Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. Eleanor Roosevelt

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Looking Up

Don't be shocked, I'm back again.
I don't have much to show you but I can say things are looking up.
Last week my SIL was moved out of the hospital and into a long term care facility.  She will be in one for awhile and hopefully will be moved into a facility in her home town by July. A lot of this depends on her getting Medical. You see, they let their insurance lapse and now she is uninsured. The community has been great has raised money for her but it wasn't be nearly enough to pay for the care she has had and will need.
So learn from this mistake and never walk that close to thin ice!

Me, I'm still doing Physical Therapy three times a week. It's really cutting into my social life! If I had one that is.
Last Friday I finally crossed that invisible line that they've been talking about. Which was so wonderful! I can sit and stand and walk and bend, and all those things I use to do. Of course the flip side to feeling better means more intense exercises! I think they like to see me sweat!
With all these appointments, it doesn't leave much time to do much else. Or maybe that's because I'm slower?

I did get some tomatoes and herbs planted, that took me over a week. But they look good and are getting bigger.

This weekend I sat at my machine (first time in months). I was a bit sore so I could only sew for 20 minutes at a time.
During that time I managed to sew some piping and a ring of flying geese to my quilt.
I think the quilt needs more but it's not coming to me yet. I just know that I need to make it bigger. And I know I need to hurry if I'm going to put it in our Quilt Show this September.

Oh and I thought since Dorian will be a year old this weekend, I needed a new kitty.
This one was outside my kitchen window watching me do dishes. Cute ain't he?

Take care, Brandie

Oh, and I'm trying to check in and see what everyone is up to. Boy have I missed a lot!

Friday, June 7, 2013


Remember me?
How about this guy?
Well we are still hanging in there. We are just taking one day at a time.
My SIL had another brain surgery after getting another infection and going unconscious this weekend. It seems to have affected her memory and definitely slowed her recovery.

With all the traveling that I've been doing, I seemed to have knocked my back out of whack again. So badly that I was forced to hobble to the Dr ( it's pretty bad when a 43 year old needs help getting of the pot!).
Apparently I've been suffering from a slipped disk. This has been an on going battle and now it has a name ( H E double hockey sticks).
I'm doing Physical Therapy three times a week and I really hope that I'll be back to feeling like myself really soon.
As you can guess, I'm not doing much of anything. Everything takes forever, even this post. I have to get up and walk every three words.
But sometime during this last month I've tested out a stoneware bread pan versus a cast iron bread pan. I used the same bread recipe on both. The only difference that I could see or find was that the cast iron pan made the crust darker but they both made a nice crust.
My sons girlfriend doodled on her arm and I thought, "this would make a beautiful quilting design".
If I ever get around to it that is!
I was finally inspired by a picture I saw. So I've been slowly sketching and designing a quilt. My favorite part is how the green dots flow into the black dots. You may have to click the picture to make it larger to see what I'm talking about. Anyway, That's my favorite part.
And lastly, I wanted to show you my new favorite plant. I love this color and it brings out the cobalt blues I have around the yard.
After I get my new corset (back brace) I'm hoping to be able to plant this beauty. Or I need to beg and bribe. I'm feeling really pathetic, I can't even go grocery shopping on my own! But I'm determined to  try to carry on and get things done.

Anyway, Thanks for stopping in and listening to me ramble.
Take care, Brandie