Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Rainy days

After two months with very little rain we are being deluged! The weather man is even forecasting a tropical storm tomorrow. Every where you look there is water standing, in the street, in the yards, every where.

Thank you for all your kind comments and thoughts about my mother and her situation. The Hospice folks have been wonderful so far. The chaplain came yesterday, a wonderful young man, who seems to understand what we are dealing with. I have a lot to be grateful for. I have wonderful help in place. They love my mother dearly and do a wonderful job. Mother has trouble feeding herself so they put her meals in a burrito wrap so she can pick it up. These folks really go above and beyond.

The last two days I have been making scrap blocks. the number of blocks is directly proportional to my stress level. Can you tell I was a math teacher? Making the blocks seems to use both sides of the brain and is very relaxing and distracting. It is so interesting to see the unplanned shapes that emerge. I love it.

My question is this: do you make the blocks and then sew them together or sew them together as you go along? I have been sewing these together as I go along, sort of in strips.

I used a subtle sawtooth at the bottom of this one to fill in a space.

I also cut a lot of 2 1/2" blocks yesterday. It was great to go back and recall what I had used the fabrics for.

I am using the squares to make random 9 patches. My aunt got me re-interested in making 9 patches. She has been doing it and has put together a couple of quilts this way.

One more picture of fall flowers. This is from my mothers front yard. I think you call it a beauty berry. I love love the purple with the green. What a vivid beautiful color combination.

All the rain makes for nice quiet afternoons sewing!!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

I am an idiot

Let me make it clear what an idiot I am. I was feeling very neglected by my blogging friends because I didn't have any comments on my last two posts. This morning I decided to go back and look and I have no idea what I did but I did something that made the comments not show up in my email! I thought I was semi-computer savvy! I could not believe that my blogging friends would desert me! And you didn't!

Thanks for all your comments and support. We met with the Hospice nurse and social worker yesterday and will have a follow up on Monday. As of Friday mother is covered by Hospice. She will have minimal help to begin with. Basically a nurse will visit once week to monitor her vital signs. When she and/or the family needs more than that they will provide it. I am sooo relieved. I did not want her to go to the hospital and it is very hard to get her out at this point.

My husband and I are at the beach this weekend for a wedding of the daughter of a cousin of his. Beautiful day here but too hot for this time of year.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fall flowers and life.

It has been a long time since I blogged. My mother has had a setback and we are dealing with it. She is having trouble with her speech. It is difficult to see her struggle. We are working toward getting her into the Hospice program. I have heard good things about Hospice. If you have any information please let me know.

My husband and I are walking as many days as we can. We love seeing the fall flowers. The first picture is actually the flowers in my yard!

We often walk down a road near us that has a field on one side. For some reason the farmer did not plant the field this year. Look at the beautiful flowers that came up on their own. How can you not be inspired by nature!

This is the quilt I am making for my youngest grandson. Poor guy! Nana hasn't made him anything yet. I deviated from the pattern by putting half square triangles in the border. I am going to put his name in liberated letters at the top and maybe finish it off with more hsts.

I have always wanted to do a zig zag quilt. This is for my son and daughter in law to give as a gift. This has been soothing to work on. After a stressful day it is so relaxing to go upstairs and just sew! I am going to put a row of red and then last a row of purple.

I am still reading blogs and trying to comment when I can. I love our blogging community.