Wednesday, September 30, 2009


I can't believe it has been a year, but on Oct. 6 I started this blog. Wasn't sure what I would say and if anyone would care to read what I had to say.
Out of this blog has came the biggest volunteer project of my life, Stitching for a Cure.
I have met some wonderful friends along the way. Friends I wouldn't know if it weren't for this blog.
Along the way I learned about Yahoo groups and Facebook. I learned about ways to finish ornies and flatfolds. I learned about Carrie's threads and hand dying your fabrics.
I have shared stories with you and you have laughed and cried with me. I have shared photos of my stitching and my family.
Thank you for being my friend. Thank you for reading my blog. Here is to many, many more years of sharing friendships along the way!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Lunch with the family

Today my oldest niece came into town. She is out of town finishing her degree. My sis, 2 nieces, Mom & I had lunch out. It was a good time for all and a good time for photos. Mom looked beautiful as always.

I can't believe how fast these girls are growing. The oldest will be 21 in December and the youngest will be 14 in August. Unreal.
For all of you who wished good thoughts to my MIL, I am happy to report she is doing better. She is at home with some help. We are still working on financial stuff for her, but at least she is home. Thanks for all the prayers and good thoughts.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

The perils of falling

My mother in law fell last night. She broke her hip in two places and had to have surgery today to put a rod in it.
She went to answer the door, looked out the peep hole and didn't recognize the person, jumped back and tripped over a fan. I don't know how long she was in the floor before her landlord heard her and broke in the door to get to her.
I think this is everyone who lives alone nightmare. I don't live alone, but I do have a fear of falling and breaking something. My MIL is only 59.
She has no insurance and is going to be out of work for several weeks. She has no savings or a 401K to fall back on.
I worry daily about my own sweet mother falling. And she does, but she has learned over the years how to fall. And she has LifeLine, which calls for help if she falls or any other emergency.
If you are a praying person, I ask for prayers for my MIL. Thanks.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Hot Lips lives on

I can't believe it. Hot Lips has bloomed again. I saw the beginnings of buds on a really thin stem but thought there was no way it would really bloom again.
And we have had so much rain the past week that any possible hope I felt had been washed away.
But today she bloomed and has another bud waiting to open, possibly tomorrow. The stem is so thin that the bloom just droops way down. And the blossom isn't quite as spectacular as in the summer. But still, it is a beautiful blossom.
I think probably this is the end of her season. I am going to split the plant into two, but I have to wait until I am REALLY sure she is through for the year. Who knows, that might be February!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

For the love of stitching and a little baby

Well Folks, I am stitching again. It seems like ages since I have had the desire to stitch. Perhaps it is all the frantic stitching I did for my Stitching for a Cure project.
Speaking of Stitching for Cure, we are coming down to the home stretch. Check out my blog, Stitching For A Cure tomorrow for some news!
So what got me stitching again? A tiny little baby. One that has already been through more in the 14 days he has been on this earth than most of us would through in a lifetime.
I am stitching a little block that has a flamingo design on it for a quilt that will be given to this little angel. I have a short deadline, so I must get back to stitching. If any of you would like to know more about this little one, go here
I want to thank each of you for your encouragement to me during this stitching hiatus!