Sunday, June 23, 2019

May & June

Sorry to be MIA for so long.  My mom had a nasty fall the night of May 15.  Fractures, head injury, lacerations, staples, sutures, congestive heart failure and kidney failure all lead to a week in ICU and 3 weeks in a rehab facility.  She's home now, but still needing extra care from me as well as a home health nurse.  One of the lacerations isn't healing well and requires extensive care from the wound clinic to avoid infection of her artificial knee.  The doctor says we should expect that the laceration will take at least 12-14 weeks to heal completely. 

We have a new family member!  My nephew and his wife welcomed their third baby boy the end of May.  I crocheted a baby blanket for him.

Moss Stitch in a Square Blanket
Design by Sarah Zimmerman - Repeat Crafter Me
Lion Brand Mandala Yarn
Colorway - Genie

Thank you for your continued concern for me and my family.  I'm happy to tell you that I've had some relief from the severe migraines.  After having additional tests done, it was discovered that my thyroid medication dose was too high.  I've been on the higher dose for 20+ years and tested every year to ensure the dosage was correct.  Both my doctor and I were surprised that the dosage needed to be lowered after being stable for so long.  I still have some bad days, but the severity of the migraines had decreased significantly.  WooHoo!

Until next time,

Happy Stitchin'

Tuesday, April 30, 2019


Wow!  I started trying to write this post a couple weeks thing I know, it's the end of April! 

Have you had crazy weather like we've had here in Illinois?  One day it's sunny and warm, and the next it's a snowstorm.

This was April 14, it snowed for over 12 hours and we ended up with nearly 9 inches of heavy, wet snow.

Hazel and Hollie loved playing in the snow most of the day.

A week later, the tulips were in bloom.  Notice the snow shovel is still on the front porch.  We had more snow last Saturday, but nothing like we had on April 14.

As I'm writing this, it's raining and we're in a flash flood warning.  We've already had almost 5 inches of rain in 2 days and more rain is forecast through the rest of the week.

Dottie Dog turned 14 and enjoyed one of her favorite treats.  Last September, when she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, I wasn't sure we'd get to celebrate another birthday with Dottie.  We're thankful for each day she's still with us.

I have no stitching to show, but I did do some organizing in my craft room.  I've been trying to come up with some sort of plan for projects I'd like to stitch this year, if I can get the migraine under control.  I have been using the X-Stitch app and entering all my charts and kits so I have an idea of what I have.  I need suggestions for storing my charts and kits.  How do you store your charts and kits?  Do you have them sorted by designer or some other way?

That's all I have for now. 

Until next time,

Happy Stitchin'


Sunday, March 31, 2019


Is March going out like a lamb or lion in your area?  Here in my part of Illinois, we had a calm, sunny day with temps in the 40's. 

Between both Hubby and DD#1 having medical procedures, my own doctor appointments with more tests and the non-stop migraine, it has been a rough month.   Unfortunately, the migraine is still just as bad and nothing is breaking the cycle of pain. 

Two weeks ago, we woke up to more than 5 inches of heavy, wet snow.  My photos don't capture the beauty of the snow and the dramatic looking sky, but as much as I dislike winter weather, I had to admit the snow and sky were beautiful!  It didn't last long and was mostly melted by the next day.

The triplets turned 1 on March 16th! 

Last year, I helped a friend by painting more of the wooden butterfly wings and helped him sell them at several craft markets.  He has spent all winter making more wings, so I've been slowly painting again.

My friend has also made a new style butterfly as well as four different sizes of each.  He is planning on selling at three craft markets this summer and fall. 

I have been stitching a little bit at a time, but have no progress to show.  I was able to knit another baby hat too. 

Snapped this pic of the pups the other day.  They thought I had food and were trying to get some, but all I had was a folded paper, lol.

DD#2 is settling in and just went back to work after several weeks of leave.  She spent most of her leave just relaxing at her new home.  She volunteers at a local shelter and fostered Charlie, a senior dog with special needs, for a couple of weeks while he recovered from surgery.  DD said he was such a sweet, relaxed dog while he stayed with her.

Hollie is still here with us for a while longer.  We're still making plans for visiting DD and taking Hollie to Texas. 

Thanks for all your continued prayers and keeping us in your thoughts.  I owe some of you apologies for not replying to your comments on my last post.  I am sorry, with the constant migraine, I just didn't get much done since my last post.

Until next time,

Take Care & Happy Stitchin!