Another Update

by Karen on October 18, 2014

in family

I have had so many nice comments and emails about my mother and her stroke that I wanted to update you all that she died this morning and is not suffering anymore.  We placed  her in a hospice house on Wednesday and she died this morning around noon – she never woke up from her stroke on Monday and just stayed asleep the whole time.  All of my siblings, one of my daughters and almost all of my nieces and nephews and quite a few great ones also were able to spend time with her before she slipped away from us.  I can’t say enough good things about the Circle of Life Hospice House in Bentonville Arkansas – they not only take care of the patient but they take care of the family as well even when it is as large of a one as we have.  She had 12 children – 4 girls and 8 boys – 27 grandchildren and 31 great-grand children and 1 great-great-grandchild – she also had 2 son in laws and 6 daughter in laws that she counted as her own children and they all loved her too.  She lost two of her sons over the years and a daughter in law also.  (I think I have all the numbers right).

Mom was 89 – would have been 90 in December.  Here she is back on her wedding day.

My mom and dad together – Dad died on October 16, 1993 and Mom on October 18, 2014 – we kind of thought for sure that subconsciously she would slip away on the anniversary of dads death just because she wanted to but she hung on for two more days until all of her children were able to be at her bedside and then within hours she was gone.

this photo is one that my daughter Melanie took of her Granny about 5 years or so ago.

I came home for a couple days of rest and then a couple days away for the funeral and packing up of her assisted living apartment with my brothers and sisters and the sons and daughters in law- we will work on this together – I will be back to blogging soon.  I had hand work with me with so much sitting and chatting and waiting and made progress on my hexies I will show progress when I get through the next week.

I’m doing alright – Mom lived a full life and truthfully I have been expecting this for a long time – sadness of course – depression no – she suffered from Rheumatoid Arthritis for years and had been in a lot of pain – it was hard to see her in such pain.  She had gotten very frail in her last 15 years being wheelchair confined for the last 12 years or so and using two canes before that – she was ready to go and we had to let her.  I guess I am a realist – you face life, live it while you can and then you leave memories built up over those years for those who loved you.  It is just the way life is.

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Update

by Karen on October 15, 2014

in quilts

We are moving my mom to a hospice house today.  I am at home today “resting” if one can actually rest at times like this.  The doctor said that mom had a massive stroke totally affecting the part of her brain that controls the memory, speech ect.  She will not recover from this and it is only a matter of days now.  We will keep her comfortable and take turns staying with her as we have been since Monday.  The family is all gathering and we have more siblings coming in on Saturday.  Everyone is being supportive of everyone else – and we are all there for mom.  It was mom’s wishes to have comfort care only and no feeding tubes or other things – pain control only of which she doesn’t appear to have any at this time.  She just looks like she is sleeping which is a good thing in my book.

I am home today to pack a bag and will be going back tomorrow.  I will also pack some hand work to take with me – it always helps to keep the hands busy in quite moments – sometimes I can’t even concentrate on that though with so many family members around – a lot of reminiscing going on – with a family of 12 children – 10 surviving -  there is a lot memories and they are not all the same!

Thank you all for the wonderful comments and I really appreciate your kind thoughts and prayers.

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Blogging Break

by Karen on October 13, 2014

in family

I will be out of touch this week – my mom had a stroke this morning, we don’t know what the outcome will be right now — she is almost 90 years old.   She lives 2 and half hours from me so we will be doing some running back and forth.  Keep her in your thoughts please – this is a photo of mom from several years back.  I can tell you right now hospitals need more comfortable chairs to sit in and let the family have more access to the doctors!!  Trying to get information from them has been driving us crazy.

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A little here and a little there and these quilts will be done one day.  I need to take a break from these one day and get something machine pieced – I certainly haven’t done that for awhile – I will get my granddaughter’s quilt on the machine next I think and possibly the mini tumblers will be finished by machine – enough going on with the hand work – don’t need too many right now.   Might not get to any machine work today though – heavy thunder storms for most of the day the weatherman says – I will be glad to get some sun for the rest of the week.  I am linking to Stitch by Stitch: Anything Goes Monday.

I got this block in the 8th row done on Saturday night on Insanity Revisited.

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These hearts are for Love Entwined all pressed down on the wash away applique sheets.  After I had drawn the little cut outs on them I decided I wasn’t going to cut that area out – I’m just leaving them as is.  These go next to the vases in the corners.

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Saturday night was prep work for them and then I continued to finished the rest of them up on Sunday.

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Glue basted in place – two shades of green next to the two vases that look like this

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and the two shades of blue are by these vases.  Now to get them stitched.

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Slowly getting this center of Love Entwined filled in.  I am thinking about the flower sprays for the vases – not as many as what is in the pattern.  I have to look it over to see what I am leaving out.  In the pattern each vase has a different spray of flowers – I’m not sure if mine will all be the same or if they will be different.

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I think I have already become accustomed to hand quilting my new way with the paddle thimble that doesn’t involve my thumb except for – well hard to say – I’m kind of balancing the needle as it comes through the fabric with my thumb nail – no pressure to any joint involved.  I quilted for about an hour and a half on Friday night with a break about every 10 minutes to stretch fingers and I got done with a bit!  The block on the left was already about half way done the previous quilting session.

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I am linking to Kathy’s Quilts: Slow Stitching Sunday and maybe work a little on all my slow going quilts.

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My brace came in the mail yesterday morning and after wearing it for a short while I got the instructions back out – the thumb area was was too tight – it came up to the top knuckle – the instructions said if you didn’t need it that high on the thumb you could cut it lower with a pair of scissors which I did as the top of my thumb had turned numb!  I reinforced the seam a little with the sewing machine – I probably  could have changed the thread to black but I was lazy – what can I say.  So far it seems to be feeling ok – between this and the new way of holding my thimble this might just fix this problem – time will tell.

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All the old floor tiles are now up off the kitchen/old dining room space and ready for Mike to do his stuff – the old floor is uneven in places which resulted in tiles cracking over the years so there is a bit of prep work before the lamented flooring will go in.  We moved the dining room table and chairs into the dining room to get them out of the living room but all will not be nice and neat for awhile – for about a week or less we will have the stove and the refrigerator moved into the dining room as well so we will have room to work on the floor – in other words it will be a mess this coming week!!  Before that mess though we had just the table and chairs in there last night and ate in our new dining room.  We even tried the table out the full extension that will seat 8 and it is still roomy!  How nice for when Jessica and family come for visiting – all 8 of us will be able to sit in comfort for family meals.  It is possible they will be here for Thanksgiving but they are not 100% sure they can make it – a short visit if they do as Shane’s family lives 2.5 hours from us so it will be a couple days here and a couple days there.

What all is everyone up to this weekend?  It is rainy and chilly  here for a change – we have had almost 3 inches of rain this week – more to come Monday.


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Friday was one of those days where I got a bit done peeling old tiles up off the kitchen floor but not much to do with sewing.  I’m helping Mike with our dining room project which includes redoing the kitchen floor to make it look better with the dining room almost done – with the wall down between the two areas now it really needs it.  I should be able to finish it today.  I picked up some paint chips to start to figure out repainting the kitchen but have not come anywhere near making up my mind.

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But I did get a little more quilting done on Thursday night on Dear Jane- not much but a little.

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I got one of the bouquets for the corner of the Love Entwined quilt taped together and drew out 2 sets of 4 hearts that go next to the vase in the corner – I have decided that I well be doing the bouquets my own way – they are not going to be exactly like the pattern – I don’t want to get any flack but – this is just my opinion ok – there is too much stuff going on in the quilt for me – I want a little less applique.  My personal preference – I love the quilt and want to make it – I don’t know how much of it I will make though — but I do know that I want less in it.  Like I say that is just me – the quilts I have seen so far look great it is just more than I want to do.

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More hexies have been added on Diamonds are Forever – I think I got about 10 more white hexies on the border while I watched the news last night.  I was disappointed that I missed the last 10 minutes of Grey’s Anatomy Thursday night due to a storm and didn’t see Scandal at all.  Before we left on our trip in early August we decided that we would be cancelling our Dish Network Package and see if we could make due with our antenna – we are at the limit of what is good receiving for an antenna as the tv stations are a good 65 miles from us – we have only tried going without now for a couple weeks and it is not working well!  We are only getting in ABC and CBS and only if the weather is good – the least amount of rain or wind and forget about it!  We are thinking of trying out Direct TV which we have never used before but have heard good things of.  I can watch most shows on Hulu or Netflix but we will most likely be giving those up if we go back to Satellite TV.

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