Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Sewing for me

I love to sew. I had a gift card to JoAnn's that I used this past week. I bought fabric, new patterns and sewing machine needles. 

I got home and read up on how to sew with Rayon fabric. Decided I needed more time to wash the fabric and have it dry completely prior to cutting.

I used Simplicity Pattern 8231. I cut the pattern out in my normal size and used cotton fabric from my stash. It was a pretty straightforward pattern design and I had it sewn up in four hours which included time to iron the fabric after each seam was sewn.

As soon as it was finished I tried it on or tried to try it on. I couldn't get it over my shoulders. WHAT? I looked back at the pattern envelope to make sure I had bought a Misses sized pattern. Yes, it was.

I don't know if pattern sizes have changed in the last year or if I've gained a lot more weight than I thought I had.

So now I have a dress I can't wear and a pattern which doesn't fit. I watched a few You Tube videos last night on how to grade a pattern up in size. As much time as it takes to do that, it looks very time consuming, I can buy a new Simplicity pattern at JoAnn's for $1.99 which was the price I paid on sale.  I still have the Rayon fabric to use and a large fabric stash. I love the fabric I used on this dress but gosh daRn it doesn't fit me! Disappointing.


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Straight into Summer!

Very strange weather going on. Last week we had snow flurries and today it was near 80 degrees! I've washed clothes and hung all on the line this week. It's gone right from winter straight into summer.

I had the grandsons yesterday and took them to the park. I let them run around while I sat on a bench watching them. We were the only ones there so I could let them explore and run on their own without worrying they would get too far away. They climbed, went down the different sliding boards and asked to be put on the swings. It was an enjoyable time. After an hour there we were starting to get sunburned. For a treat I drove to McDonalds and picked up lunch. We came back to my house and had a picnic lunch in the front yard. I was worried the chickens wouldn't leave our lunch alone but none ventured close enough to be bothersome. If only I could keep the chickens away from where I have tulips planted.


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Difficult Times

Life has taken a rather difficult turn. My mother in law, who I love dearly, was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia on March 8. I know this because I drove her to the appointment with the specialist. During the office visit it was mentioned that she had known something was wrong with her blood counts a year prior but didn't schedule a follow up.

WHAT? I just about fell out of my chair! This is the same woman who drove me back and forth to my oncology treatments and who stayed at our house to take care of us. She cooked, she cleaned, she held my hand, she massaged my back, etc. How can you not tell us what you're going through? I tried to be calm when she told the doctor that she didn't want treatment. I wanted to scream! When I took her home I sat in the kitchen with her and we talked for a while. I asked if there was anything that she would like to see, do or accomplish in the next five years; seeing grandchildren get married or more great grandchildren born. No, I think I've done and seen all I want to. I just want to go.

I knew what she was talking about. My husband's father passed in 1991 at the age of 53. It was a crushing loss to the family. She was a widow way too early. Those were the days when they'd made plans for trips and retirement. Things that didn't happen. I know she wants to be with her husband and loved ones who have gone before. It hurts like hell that we've only had a few weeks to grip the fact we'll lose her soon. My husband said, "I thought we'd have more time with her."

The next day I had to take her to the emergency room where they found out she had pneumonia. She was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Pittsburgh that could handle the pneumonia and which had a hematologist on staff. After a few days in the hospital they stopped the antibiotics for pneumonia and located a hospice facility to take her. She's been there since. It's a long drive from our house to the facility. I try to go every day. My husband is able to go on weekends. Our sons have both been to see her and to say goodbye. I told her that I don't want to say goodbye. She just smiled and patted my hand. This was last week. Today, the nurse told me that she's too weak to get out of bed. She's starting to sleep more and is having a difficult time speaking and maintaining a conversation. I think her time is very limited. I sit in a chair next to the bed. Not speaking. Not staring at her while she sleeps but just to be near so she's not alone.

Please pray that there is no suffering or pain for her. She has not wavered in her faith. God is with her. Pray that we have the strength to be strong for her and to help her in her passing.

Update: Mom passed March 25, 2018. There was no pain. She passed peacefully with her sons by her side.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Does Anyone Blog Anymore?

Reading other people's blogs about knitting, sewing or kids including animals makes me happy. I enjoy seeing what other people are making. I don't really have anything going on in my own life. Just daily stuff. Mindless everyday stuff that seems like happens every single day forever.

I have what I consider a medium sized stash of yarn I've picked up over the years. I look at it and then try to find a pattern to work with the yarn I have. Nothing really catches my eye.

I started a sweater for Mikey around Christmas. Followed the pattern exactly and got to the yoke when I realized the opening for his head is way too small. I did the long tail cast on. Right now it's in one of my knitting bags.

I have so many unfinished projects. Something catches my eye and then I lose my mojo. Complete lack of motivation to finish. I have a sweater I started a year ago for Jassmine only it's way too small for her now. I have a summer lace vest in linen that I started four years ago. It was almost finished. I have one finished pink mitten and a halfway knitted mitten. Those were for me.

I don't know why. I don't think it's depression because I feel perfectly fine. I enjoy sewing as much as knitting but I haven't made anything in over a year. The granddaughters have outgrown me making their clothes. The oldest is as big as me now.

I'm still babysitting my grandsons one day a week. I really enjoy it. Still working on potty training but it's hard to do that only having them once a week.

So, if you are a knitter or sewist and you blog, send me a link so I can follow you. I'm hoping you inspire me to finish a project.  haha  :)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

10 Years

Ten years ago today I was diagnosed with Stage III Colon Cancer. 

I've moved past cancer. I'm no longer defined by cancer. I have a future. I am no longer afraid to dream, to plan, to hope. To Live. To Love. More Fully.

Thank you, God, for performing miracles. 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Nothing Much to Report

I haven't been interested in keeping my blog updated or even sure I want to continue with it.  I've been busy with life and life is good right now.  :)

My next oncology appointment is in December.  Cancer is no longer on my radar.  September marked nine years and the December appointment will be a yearly one.  Unless something comes up with my blood work, and I don't anticipate that it will, this will be my last visit to the oncologist.

I made a few dresses for the girls over the summer and now I'm back to knitting.  Lately, I've been busy babysitting three of the grand kids two days a week.  Their babysitter quit.  I had forgotten how much work toddlers were.  I hope we are a positive influence in their lives.  They ask about Pappy when he's not home.  The other day Logan climbed up on Pappy's lap and wanted to be cuddled.  He was tired and cranky from not napping when I had him down to nap.  Even though he had tears on his face it still made me smile to see him comforted by my husband.  Michael is doing pretty good with his potty training when he's here but I have to figure a way to keep his hands from going into the potty when he's on it.  :(  Suggestions welcome!

Today the weather outside is warm and sunny.  Probably the last of the nice days before we get snow.   Thanksgiving will be here soon and my parents will be here.  I really enjoy my time with them now.  My oldest son and his family will be visiting friends out of state but glad we will have our younger son and his family with us.  I'm hoping my mother in law will join us if she isn't with my husband's brother and his family.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Spring has arrived!

Spring has finally arrived here in Pennsylvania.  It wasn't a bad winter at all but I look forward to spring and can't wait for summer!

I've been busy sewing and teaching myself how to use my new Brother embroidery machine.  I love it.  It has a 5x7 inch hoop which means I can do larger embroidery designs.  I bought onesies to embroider for my grandsons but the smallest onesie for Logan was too small for the new embroidery machine and I ended up having to use the machine with the 4x4 inch hoop.




I couldn't figure out which stabilizer to use so the inside of the onesie wouldn't scratch his skin.  So, they will probably not get worn.  Bummer.  I did make myself a medium weight linen top which I embroidered.  I'm happy with it.  The embroidery turned out very nice, however, the pattern I selected does not work well with my body.  I am short and overweight.  The bodice area has too much fabric gathered that it looks more like a maternity top.  If I had used a light weight fabric and lessened the amount of fabric gathers it would have worked better.  You learn as you go, right?


I also made two pair each of linen pants for the boys for the summer months.  This photo is the green linen called willow before I put the elastic in the waist band.  Gorgeous color in person.


And other photos from the last month.







Mikey loves the cats.

 Logan has red hair!


The grandma is so proud of all her grandbabies!