Thursday, May 31, 2007

Oh man...I *HATE* when that happens!

I got up this morning thinking "Oh thank goodness it's Friday! Yeah! Time for the weekend! This is going to be a great day!" and then it hit me....alas, tis only THURSDAY! LOL But that's was still a great day and now I can look forward to TOMORROW! :o)

Nothing much new going on in my corner of the world. Still getting through each day. Seems nights are the worst.....because when I would climb into bed, I always said a prayer for dad, and now I still find myself doing that, but then I just cry. Because I don't know how I'm going to get through without ever hearing his voice again. :o( But I realize my prayers were answered, because he's not in pain anymore. So now I suppose I'm just crying for myself. It's still hard. I don't know what I'm going to do now when I need some sage advice. Dad was always great at listening and saying just the right thing----not necessarily what I always *WANTED* to hear----but he always made perfect sense. *sigh* What's a girl to do? *sigh* Pray more I suppose!

I think I'll focus on the bullseye quilt this coming weekend. The circles are all cut and it's ready for some serious sewing time! That always helps to crank the tunes up nice and loud and sew...and if I feel like crying while I sew, I don't think anyone would mind. Do you? :o)
I leave you with a parting photo---this is the quilts stacked on display in the living room. I just love the mix of all the colors and patterns!
Happy Thursday to everyone!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Happy Saturday! What to do...what to do!

Well Happy Saturday! And it's a LOOOONG weekend! I LOVE that! Trying to decide how to spend my time. Difficult task! :o)
Jake left this morning on a plane bound for Disney...for 2 weeks...with some friends of ours. He'll have a blast. But then that leaves a HUGE hole here at home for two weeks. EGADS! A house without any kids!? What's a mom to do??? Hmmmm....spoil the dogs perhaps!?

Emmitt & Sam are already so spoiled. Here's photographic proof!
Emmitt is obviously bored, as you can see! He's so funny.
Sleeping on the back sofa cushions. He's had his summer haircut...doesn't he look cute?
And then here's Sam...noble as he can be. He's such a good dog. So quiet and loving. A wonderful guy!

This morning I've been knitting....I tell you what...even though I've only ever knitted dishcloths...I LOVE knitting! I'm almost ready to delve into a big tote bag! I've had some yummy red tweed like wool yarn and the bag pattern for several years knowing some day I would learn to knit!

And the time is almost here! YAY!!!

Here's a pic of my latest dishrag...I love this funky! So that's how I've been spending my morning.

Last night I did go downstairs and cut some more squares for the two bullseye quilts I'll be making. And yes, I'll be sure to post progress...when I have some to show! ha! The last one I made, I used reproduction fabrics and it looked so mellow and old. This one...I'm just pulling stash, though my quilting stash is probably mostly reproductions and civil wars...I'm also a huge Brannock & Patek fabric we'll see how these turn out! I always go for the old look in hopefully this will be no exception!

I hope everyone is enjoying their long Memorial Day weekend. I'll certainly be remembering Dad and others this weekend. It's been a good week for the most part....remembering happy times growing up with Dad....bittersweet...but I haven't had any big major meltdowns or anything even remotedly I guess that's good. Life surely does go on.

Happy Saturday everyone!

Friday, May 18, 2007

TGIF!!!! What a week!

And what a way to end the week. It was an AWESOME day! :o) Now, mind you, I can not say that honestly about the first part of the week. I was back to work on Tuesday and was a bawling mess....and just when I think I had myself pulled together, some well-wishing coworker would come up and hug me and say how sorry they were about dad and I'd start bawling again! And when I would TRY to get it together, they'd just hug me more and say "Oh honey just's okay...just cry." *SIGH* Okay....people....I'm at WORK...the a professional (somewhat) capacity....I don't need to sit and bawl at my desk! LOL But the well wishes were very nice and everyone was so sincere and still it was a sucky week because I just wanted to crawl into a ball in my bed and not get up and not go to work every day, but I made myself.....I did. And paid off with a perfect day....perfect weather....a great mood...sushi for lunch......enjoying a glass of merlot with a mediterranean pizza....and no crying! :o) I've actually been in a GOOD mood today AND I even actually talked to people about dad and the whole experience and I didn't lose it ONCE! Not once! :o))) You have no idea how great that is! :o) Or maybe you do? we are on the verge of the weekend....I'm going to repot the two peace lilies I brought home from Ohio....and I also have a lovely mixed houseplant basket to replant. Outside needs flowers too...more flowers I should say! So I'll be diggin' in dirt at some point!

I hope to work on the two Bullseye quilts I have fabric laid out least get some of it cut out. And then my buddy ol' pal, Twyla, who owns a lovely quilt shop outside of town (Quilted Memories in Brandon) emailed me at work (the shame!) to torture me by telling me she just got in the Hattiesburg collection by Jo Morton and that it was LUSCIOUS and I need to come see her. DAMN YOU TWYLA! LOLOLOLOL I'm a sucker for Jo Morton!

Off I go to refill the wine glass. Can't let that vino go to waste ya know!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Home Again and Life Goes On

It's so great to be back home! That was a looooooooooooooong 3 weeks back in Ohio. As I cleaned up around the house (you can only IMAGINE what I came home to after 3 weeks with hubby and son alone! ha!)...I took comfort in knowing that Dad is no longer in pain. As I watered the plants and planted flowers in the front flower bed, I reassured myself that all is well and life does indeed go on. That's evident all around me.

Happy Mothers Day to all you mothers!

In needlework news, I must say I became the dishrag queen while I was gone! LOL I knitted 9 diagonal dishrags and brought home ZERO! LOL Everyone wanted one, so now I have to start all over! Good news is I think I have this knitting thing down pretty good. Mind you, I'm not ready to delve into a sweater or socks just yet, but I don't need to look at a pattern, etc to knit dishrags! So I pat myself on the back for that! LOL

Wednesday evening, as I sat in the Super 8 in Peoria (Have I ever mentioned how much I've grown to love Peoria on my travels back home? I do! I love Peoria! ) I sat in Peoria for the night, I began another sampler. Abigail Parrish. I'm excited, as I've had this in the stash for quite some time, and with the verse, I thought it only fitting to begin that sampler at this stage of life. So I have a miniscule part of it done and it felt great to get back to stitching!

Hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday! :o)

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Two Weeks to the Day

Today, at 12:40pm, my father passed away. It was a horrible experience, and not one that I would wish on anyone. His wish has always been to die at home. I'm so thankful for the home hospice organization. Mark Mulholland, our favorite hospice nurse, was an absolute angel through this whole ordeal. Today is two weeks to the DAY that the oncologist said he only has about 2 weeks to live. I'm so glad I came to be with him these two weeks, but the last 48 hours have been incomprehensible.

I appreciate everyone's prayers thru all of this. Thanks so much.