Sunday, November 2, 2014

Life Happens

I haven't been on my blogs since last March. Every year I have intentions of being a better blogger, but that just doesn't seem to happen. Last April we found out my husband had a brain tumor (benign) and we ended up spending a lot of time in Houston from June to the end of September. He had surgery the first of July where they removed as much of it as they could and them underwent 8 weeks of radiation. Hopefully our life is starting to settle into a normal routine. I have been working on a few little stitching projects here there and yonder. Here are some pics.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Whooping Cough, Quilting and Stitching

Above is a picture of a quilt I made for a young man who was born prematurely around the time of Halloween. He wasn't supposed to arrive until sometime around the first of December. His mother became quite ill with very high blood pressure and he got here early. At birth he weighed a little under two and a half pounds. His parents were told he would be in the hospital until about his due date. Well, he did so well he was home by Thanksgiving, and when I gave him his completed quilt last week he weighed in at about 12 pounds! He is quite the little miracle!

I have another of my Santa's stitched up, but just haven't taken a pic yet. It is by far my favorite because he is carrying a flag.

On the other hand I have had a friend test positive for whooping cough, and about ten days after she got sick I had the same symptoms. My test hasn't come back yet, but I have been under the weather and really not feeling that good at all. They went ahead and gave me medicine for it so I would not be contagious. I also think everyone I have came across over the age of seventy has told me stories about having whooping cough when they were a kid. My mom told me about her and 4 of her siblings having it at one time. The health department came and put a sign on her door. When the baby started coughing one day he was turning blue and Grandma called the doctor and when he came he shook Uncle Bob and he stopped coughing. I am listening to her tell this story and wondering whether my Uncle Bob has had any lingering effects throughout his life from being shook as a baby??? I guess shaken baby syndrome in those days was kind of like car seats or seat belts for kids, I don't know. I do know in the past ten days I spent a lot time pondering this story. I guess that is why people of her generation are tougher than the rest of us.

One more week of work until Spring Break! Today we have had a rainy day with a little sleet and snow mixed in. I really didn't think we had that bad of a winter, but if the moods of the people around me are any indicator, then I would have to say winter must of been really bad for them.

The boy is seeming to do well in high school. Out for track, on the livestock judging team and jazz band are his second semester activities. He came upstairs Friday after school and told me he won $50 in an essay contest about civil rights. I asked what he wrote about and he looked at me and said--"Civil Rights." I asked what specific thing he wrote and he didn't know. Then my friend called and said she just saw on the school marquee sign that he was Student of the Month. I went in his room and asked him if he was student of the month and he said--I don't know maybe that was what that e-mail was about.

Until next time happy stitching!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Where Have You Been Tammy?

So here I am again after about 7 months absence. I didn't stitch hardly any at all last year. I did a stocking and a Christmas present for a friend at work. I didn't even bother to take pictures of them.

In June I spent a week at work doing common core stuff, then we had baseball, and summer conditioning at 6 AM every morning. Let me just start by saying that I am not a morning person, so getting up at 5:30am every day except Friday was not my idea of a summer break. That problem will be solved this summer as he will be able to drive legally.

August brought on our first experience with high school football. J got to play quite a bit of junior varsity and during the playoffs he got to suit up with the varsity, but not play. Football became like a part time job helping feed the team, cooking pasta for 55 big boys and making cinnamon rolls for them. Then going all the way to the state championship game took up our fall, right up until the Saturday after Thanksgiving. By then Christmas was breathing down our necks.

I finally got time to take a breath over Christmas to start stitching again. Below are pictures of what I have accomplished since I returned to stitching. I was going to make the Santas into a quilt, but have pretty given up that idea and decided that I will make them into ornaments. Since deciding this I looked at Vonna's Twisted Stitcher blog to see that she is cross-stitching them and doing ornaments. I am thinking that she has done hers in such an elegant, simple way I might just copy her. Isn't there an old saying about imitation being the highest form of flattery? I got on 1-2-3 Stitch tonight and ordered the Santas that I was missing from what they had for sale. I am still plugging away on my Christmas at HRH, I am coming close to finishing the square featured below.

For ten years I was a farm wife working full time and had a lot of free time in the summers when Dan was working morning to night. Then we finally got the baby that we had wishing, hoping, and praying for and I was a stay at home mom for five years. Both of these periods of my life allowed for a lot of stitching time. Then I went back to work being a mom, wife, and full time employee and the stitching time was hard to come by. Now we are entering the phase of the boy being so much more independent and able to drive I am starting to get a little of that free time back.