Friday, August 18, 2017

Random Acts of Crazy

Oh, the treats that keep me going.
Two Kaffe charm packs..light and dark.
 
 Anna Marie Horner at her best
 Two different colorways.
I never liked pre-cuts..but now..in my old age and recovering status.
I gravitate toward them.. I am most comfortable standing while cutting..and I cannot do that well yet.

Great news.. I went to the doctor for three week check up..
Three weeks...seems like three freaking years!!!!
.I am on track..I should keep walking.with my walker.
Prognosis...continued improvement...operation...a success story..
Trying to believe it........ as progress is pitifully slow.

My new Chinese clip on holders...  that hold nothing....seem perfectly suited to the
Vintage Cape Cod sea glass that my mother collected 64 years ago.
When she gave them to me, she said that they were very very expensive.
Not so says the estate planner ...not so fast..
What is desired today, not desired tomorrow.
So I am using them.
Pins?
 Little snap ons?
M&Ms?


The random....

and...
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I just saw the Tina Fey segment on "sheetcaking" on Huffington post.!
 A brand new word in my vocabulary..
When life is tough, you go to the grocery store and buy a sheet cake and eat it.
Ha ha ha ha

Ok Ok Ok...I cannot drive..so I cannot do it tonight.
Thank you though, Tina for giving me glorious permission.
I do have a small Oreo stash!!!

My son just called me from a bridge underpass...
He told me not to worry so much about him.
He said that he is resilient, street smart and capable.
We are setting up a visitation at a park next week so his children can see him.

Meantime, my friends sustain. me...In spite of my tears and my impatience...they come to quilting...help me with my crazies...drive me places and bring me food and books.
Muggs even does last minute school shopping for me and organizes our world.

My love is a bluebird...flying by to bring the cheer.
I want him to stay.
xoxo.



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

News from O'Drama Queen

I did not die from 4 surgeries in one year.
I did not die from four some years of desperate grief.
The earth did not shatter.
The sun actually came up this morning,
Evidently, the world does not revolve around me.
I am getting better and I ironed and cut..some fabric tonight.
Terrific!!!

News here from Boo...my quilting king and office manager.
 When Boo hears the printer, he knows that I am printing out a quilting pattern...
So, he quickly runs to get the paper..He bites it..all of it from the quilting room and runs with it all over the house, depositing it all at the foot of my recliner where I have been sleeping.
Then, since I am not allowed to bend from the waist to pick anything up...I have to get my gripper and put the papers on my walker..
Ummm...I would say...Thank you Boo...but the edges are chewed!!!!


 The tale of the grey and white polka dots..
I got this yardage from Barbara's estate sale as well as these charms.
She saved it all forever.
I was tempted to carry it all to my grave as well...but...
Be proud of me...Tonight I ironed  it and cut it all up.
I just might be getting wise.
All is  good here..for now...nice to be able to post positively.
Of course, for this grandma who owns the equivalent of  two quilt shops in her  house,
she uses any excuse to buy more fabric.
I mean today it was because I was getting better and wanted to celebrate!!!!
QuiltHome.com has 25% off bundles..eg Kaffe and Annamarie..fat quarters
I hear my man talking...his spirit all around.
I  just know he is saying...go for  it darling...you so deserve it.
xoxoxoxoxox

Monday, August 14, 2017

Solace

Taking charge of my own moods, I have turned off the news.
Taking charge of my own fancies...look what came today....just in time!!
 Being ill and alone is not for sissies...
For me, being a horrible sissy...it feels worse..
My sister arrived with a milkshake and a sandwich.
 I ordered these cup holders online.
They hold nothing..no soda cans, no water bottles...nothing
.Good job Mrs. O'Quilts.
When I am off my walker, I hope to find some plastic cups to put inside....
then...who knows..attaching to my sewing table for random items.
Picking out some fabric for zippy purses for sit and sews..
When I can stand by myself, I will be able to cut..

Tomorrow should be a better day, Stephanie and the kiddos should be back in the afternoon.
I am practicing courage...with myself..ha!!
I found this interesting link on TED.
Ageism

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Those Pesky Shades of Grey

Off to Portland!!!!
My daughter and her man just left.
Sad and happy...all at the same time.
Tomorrow night, she will be playing her tin whistle at an Irish session in Portland.
 This evenings work cut out for me.
Sewing closed my charm pack hand warmers.
 I had used a funnel last time. One half cup of rice is perfect IMHO
This time I made a cornucopia from paper.  It was much more flexible and faster.
My grandmother taught me how to do this for cookie frosting..
 My friend Muggs goes everywhere.
This time she went to Manila...lucky me got a lovely bag..
 Nancy...Look here....another use for one of your baskets.
Brian hooked it on with wire and I am all set for my recovery alone.
I am one proud owner of Nancy's baskets.
Remember now...no more baskets to Goodwill!!!!
And, so it goes...tears are dried, life goes on and bit by bit I am walking better.
Only because I am uplifted by friends, like you all..!!
xoxo


Friday, August 11, 2017

Mama Said.....


 Tonight's healing just might be in sewing together into four patches,
 these random batik squares I just found..
Also I found in this magazine some links to look at.
I keep thinking I will subscribe to this magazine, but I never do.


My mother said to me that I would be alright.
When my love was diagnosed with ALS she told me that
she would not be here for me, but that I would have to look deep down into 
the core of who I was, whether or not I called it God...and I would be ok.
Of course she did NOT say it would be easy!!
I am trying to heed her words.

O'Quilt family news:

My XDIL is pregnant.
My son called distraught that he cannot find help to get clean from Heroin.
My sister said he is not ready yet.
My physical pain is mostly under control now. At least I am off narcotics.
My widow friend Tim, killed himself.
.
Mr O'Quilts never came back.

Friends brought me lunch today.
I was able to put a frozen pizza in the oven myself tonight.
All wobbly like, taking chances, but I did it.
I burned it, but I did it.
I carried it all funny and lopsided  while walking with my walker.....
My saintly daughter and her man leave on Sunday.
They have been here 3 weeks caring for me. I am grateful
I have not left my house in 3 weeks, the walls are falling in.
But I still have my sewing!!!!
xoxo

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Grandma O'Quilts is a cry baby....

Found this on Pat Sloan's blogpost..Finally..
I saw it years ago...and wanted a copy for myself.
I love it sooooo much
Too bad I get car sick!!!
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Two weeks and four days since my complete  hip replacement.
Oh, Lordy....Ouch...I cried to get up and I cried to walk.
I took Hydrocodone which made me cry some more.
I knew I was dying and that it had all been a mistake.
I slept downstairs in my recliner in the dark, imagining the worst.
And then....today...the sun peaked from behind the clouds and...
I saw the light!!!

When I would wake in the middle of the night, I did my Craftsy classes. When sewing for others...  sometimes I  just make the same kind of quilts.
The Craftsy class of  Sarah Fielke  is quite interesting.  New techniques that I will try...looking forward to it...with my new life!!!!
During the past few years, when classes go on sale..like...$15..I have bought about 10 classes. that I have never used. During this time, it was great to have them all ready to read.  
Some I read right through..prepping my brain for a new adventure..
If I have to be honest, most of the time I was in a very dark place of pain and grief.I have been tested for sure on my patience at least.


.I am not saying that I am perfect now, I have great discomfort walking...but no more screaming in pain..Wahoo...
I was finally able to host quilting last night.They turned all the hand warmers for the teachers for winter.I just have to fill them  now with rice.
December first, I like to give a holiday basket with these handwarmers.
School staff put them by the microwave to keep their hands warm at bus duty.
Thank you friends.
 And...they helped me thread the elastic through the potluck covers.

I bought this bobbin threader on Amazon.
Now the smaller grands can make bobbins for me when Evan is busy.
I know my heart will miss my daughter when she leaves on Sunday.
I am so grateful she came.
And, I am so grateful for all the comments and emails from you all, 
my blogging friends...encouraging me on.
I am so relieved!!!!
xoxo

ps If you sent me a comment or email that I did not respond to
please forgive me...brain was gone for awhile.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

My New Hip and Hop Party....

Day seven...I am back...
Ready now....set go....

Wow....pain galore...I cannot believe that I am now through the hardest part.
Surgery last Monday morning brought a new hip, tons of pain, fear....
A bone bleed that required a blood transfusion and 5 extra days in the hospital. for anemia.
I just could not see the light..
Lucky me...saw old friends, met new friends...and once again, survived.
These friends have warmed my heart.
I am on some pretty heavy pain medications every 4 hours.
Today, the pain broke..and I was able to move around enough to sew. without screaming.
I could not have  made it without the support of my blogging friends..xo
Today, I was able to rest outside on this glorious day.
My girl asked what I would like to eat.
I said Oreos.....I think our definition of comfort food is different..
 Here are 21 pot-luck travel covers...tute on front of my blog.
I had these all prepped for threading the elastic from a sitting position..like now.
 Pinned the hand warmers for teachers..
If I continue to improve like this...(knock on wood), I will sew these together tomorrow
after physical therapy.  I am grateful that  my PT will come to me.
She is the same one one that I had for my knee,  which is very nice.
Wonderful Rachel turned up at the hospital with Hugs and Kisses..
I love you Rachel.
Now, my girl found them and Hugs and Kisses are being rationed...
I am so happy. the surgery is over.
I am so happy to have hope again.
I am so happy to have a daughter like my Emily.
I am so happy to once again...see the light.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

How a Quilter Prepares for Surgery

She sews..!!!
It is not in the Ortho Carolina pre-surgical manual.
What do they know??

I am only supposed to bring my insurance cards and  my drivers license..
So I made a wrist bag to carry them in.
This is the first time I have used the cool gold glitter--see through vinyl
Cousin Ann sent me from London.
It is perfect and gives me great cheer.
 My collection of Velcro included this matching red...
I used Batik for this quick bag because it does not fray.
 Filled with essentials...
I added my keys and my phone..
In 12 hours I will be under the surgical lights.
I felt that I should sew instead of fret.
Dr. McCoy has done my knee, and my shoulder too.
I will be under the care of the best.for this hip.
And so my friends, I sign off.
Believe me I would never,ever be looking forward to surgery
if my pain were not so bad.
xxoo

Friday, July 21, 2017

Grandma O'Quilts July Vacation.

You know that poor Mrs. OQuilts never gets a vacation...although Easter  in Cheraw was wonderful, South Carolina, that is.....
Some friends go to Europe, some take rides in the country...some to the beach..
Grandma O'Quilts cannot even ride in a regular car..her joints hurt so..
.She gotta do a van.
 Just sayin'

But, Monday...she is going somewhere...somewhere special.
There  has been a vacancy at the Mercy Resort in downtown Charlotte.
OrthoCarolina hip, knee and shoulder center.
Yup..Monday morning at 7:30 am, this grandmother will once again be under the knife!!
A brand new hip should brighten the horizons quite nicely.

The new shoulder of 4 months and the new  knee of a year will welcome the new hip into the family.
The Doc called today at 4, I went right down for my blood work..got my surgery bracelets..

Wahoo...pls pray that it all goes well.
I couldn't wait to share.

Look what I ordered from China...
I like to be friends with China....
I like to be friends with everyone...
Found this link on Facebook
But I will have to wait until after my surgery to play with them.
They even sent an email with instructions on using each foot.



There is a roach on my wall.  Stitch and Boo are trying to take care of it.
But....it is too high for them.  I called the neighbor..not home.
I called my XDIL to bring Lynsey the brave roach killer home...
No dice...It is rough to be a baby-grandma, isn't it.
So...kids are gone.
But memory flowers picked from the  yard.. are here on my keyboard.

My Dear Girl changed all her flight times to come home..
She and her man have to take different flights...awful..
But love continues...She can get home Tuesday which is terrific at such short notice.
She should be back in time to take me home Tuesday...but we will see.
I feel loved.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Today was the day...and more....

I think my sister loves me
She brought my favorite flowers to cheer me up

Today was the day:

That my sister agreed to take 7 year old Dylan to the dentist.
That his 8 year old sister threw a fit insisting that she had a tooth ache too.
and that the dentist wants her too and that Dylan is clearly our favorite OMG
That I found out that my son lied to me.
That my sister had to do my grocery shopping because my pain was too great..
That my daughter listened to my woes in great support.
That I wanted to double my Tramadol, but did not.
That I could  have eaten an entire bag of Oreos and drank a few glasses of wine.
But, I had neither!!
That MP cheered my day by having a bday party at quilting tonight.

THE PARTY

MP's birthday party at quilting:  given by
Our talented group...this apron made by her sister, Muggs..
 Jewelry holder made by Sherry

 Death by Chocolate cake made by Marie
 Drenna's present.. a quilting tray..

Drenna also gifted Margaret her birthday present..all finished.
 This was made from a jelly roll.
Nancy and I gave this as part of my present
MP loved it.
I filled it with a doily made by my grandmother
and two holiday potluck bowl covers,
one for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas.
Getting ready!!!
Wrapped the present in vintage type fabric 
with 2.5 inch strip as bows..
We pinned and trimmed the table cloth MP is making for her party table..
Batiks are so pretty..

Last but not least.. Grandma O'Quilts with her karate chickens..
And a faded memory of the Grande Dame, my mother.....age 92 out on the town.
They say that Lincoln said that folks are always as happy as they mean to be...
Or something like that.
Thank God for friends and family.
This article is very helpful to me...as I keep waiting for my old self to re-emerge.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Moxieburt and Me

Surviving the third night alone with my hip, my Tramadol, my cane and my vino.
My friend, Kara...says that pain is a thief..stealing hope and perspective and more.
Thank you Kara, for understanding.
Here is the field where my man's spirit is..the morning dew., the afternoon rain..
I love it, outside my sewing room window.'
Nancy texted to say that she was on the way to Goodwill with baskets.
I said...do not bother...I love clutter:)
Pay attention friends, You might get one for Christmas..lol
Friendship is books coming just in the nick of time.
Muggs and Katie have saved me..over and over again.
Out of the blue, I miss my mother.
All things happened at once at my house..
No break for the weary.
It would be lovely now to have a glass of wine
and a lovely chat with my dear ol' ma.age .93..

OMG  This picture is from 2012...18  months before she died...How in the world did I think  her age did  not show???  Talk about how a person's spirit transcends their looks..
And, of course denial..
My mother loved dogs.....Zoe came to visit.
I am a fabric show off...Always  have been..
Above and below...a little cheery visit to Equilter is equal to a Tramadol or two.
 Checking out some stash for the holiday makings..



Peter said I had moxie.  That was a wonderful compliment.
Like mother, like daughter.
My mother's email address was Moxieburt!