Monday, June 30, 2008

Update on My Mom

This has been an outrageous week. I have so many complaints about the medical community I don't know where to begin! Don't worry, though. I won't go on and on.

As many of you know, my mom is 96 and failing, but she's in her right mind and pretty alert. She lives in assisted living and only gets help with her meds and bathing. Her doctor had started her on a new Parkinson's drug to manage her tremors and she began having hallucinations. She knew what she was seeing wasn't real. We were scheduled to leave on a REAL vacation (not business) trip for Bill's birthday and they kept saying that the drug would work out of her system and it would be OK.

We took off last Wed. and by the time we were 600 miles away, she was much worse! They took her BP and it was over 200 so they sent her to the hospital. Of course her Dr. was going out of town, but his partner was on call. Needless to say, we turned around and started home.

The hospital ran every test known to man to make sure they made their money! She was dehydrated and had blood in her urine, but they didn't treat her for anything!! They just blew it off as her being old. And to top it off-- get this-- THE NURSE HAD A PIECE OF PAPER IN FRONT OF HER THAT GAVE ME HER MEDICAL DIRECTIVE, BUT SHE WOULDN'T DISCUSS HER CONDITION WITH ME BECAUSE SHE DIN'T KNOW I WAS WHO I SAID I WAS!!!!!!! Even when I told I was hundreds of miles from home and her ONLY family. Nope, they couldn't do a thing for her so they were sending her home in the same condition she came in! I explained that she lived ALONE, but it didn't matter. They had talked to the doctor on call and he said to release her and return her by ambulance! Can you believe it?????

I got a friend to pick her up and called the Dr. and pealed his ears back so he ordered her an antibiotic and a sedative to help her sleep. She hadn't slept for at least 2 days. When I got home, I got her 24 hour care (at $500 a day)! Her hallucinations have gone away at this point and she's much better. I will be filing a complaint with the hospital and anyone else I can find to yell at. I just don't know what is in store for us with the health industry. It's just awful----

OK, I'm done. On a more fun note! I happened to see Cyndi Walker's blog. She's making a new bag with the Bees Knees fabric. Ought to be fun! Check it out at Wishful Stitches.

So I'm home for now. At least maybe I'll have time to list some things on Etsy and sew on a project or two. Hope everyone has a wonderful week!


Thursday, June 19, 2008

Out of Touch!

Wow! What a week this has been! We took off to hand deliver the fan quilt with the scallops to Bill's friend in Branson and spent a couple of days there. We were taken to dinner at a wonderful restaurant as a thank you which of course, wasn't necessary, but enjoyed none-the-less! Then we went to Bella Vista, AR for a couple of days for Bill's Father's Day gift. He got to play a little golf and do a LOT of relaxing!

When we got home we found out our computer modem had been fried by a lightning bolt and that took 2 days to fix! I could use the laptop, but really felt out of my element when I couldn't work at my own desk and my own computer! Is it good that we're so dependent on these things?

I've finally had a chance to visit most of the blogs created by you great folks who left comments on mine during the giveaway. They are ALL wonderful! What a fabulous group of creative and talented quilters and crafters you all are! I promise to make every effort to visit any blogs written by those who leave comments on mine. It's pure fun to get to know you through your blog!

I got a few things listed in my Etsy store, but several have sold and I need to get to work! I really like that Etsy! Hopefully tomorrow I can get with it. In the meantime, have a wonderful day---


Sunday, June 8, 2008

And the Winner Is----

Good Sunday Evening! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are ready to get back to the grindstone or whatever you do tomorrow.

I can't thank Nanette at Freda's Hive for putting my blog on her blog! She has sent me the most wonderful people this weekend. I feel like I've made many new friends. I'm kind of new to blogging, but I can tell already, it's addictive!

Before we find out who won their choice of pattern, I have a couple of things to share. First, for all those wonderful comments about my new look and the polka dot fabric in my header, you might be interested in knowing that it will be included in my upcoming new fabric collection which will be out soon! It's called "Rise and Shine!" Can you guess what the focus fabric is?

Secondly, for those of you who are looking for me to get back to selling feedsacks, you'll be glad to know that I just opened a new Etsy shop this weekend and there are a few things listed out there. There will be lots more to come, so don't despair if you don't find what you're looking for.

You may wonder why I chose to open a store rather than sell those items on my website. In a nutshell, the program to run the website is not real user friendly and I'm, well, DUMB when it comes to programming! Bill for some reason doesn't want to spend his days listing one of a kind items for me and taking them off when they sell. He thinks he'd rather be golfing or something silly like that.

Anyhoo, I am impressed with how easy Etsy is for both buyer and seller. If you're not already registered, it's a breeze and they make purchasing very simple. You'll still deal directly with me and will pay the same way that you do on my website.

If you're not familiar with Etsy, it has had some great press lately in Country Living and other magazines. The site is specifically for artists and crafters to sell their handmade work and purchase supplies to make their items. What quilter wouldn't love that?

OK-- on to the important stuff....

Here's the bowl with all the names in it:

Here's Bill picking the name out of the bowl (note that he's being very honest about it!):

And here's the winner!

Congratulations, Amanda Jean! Just send an email to with your pattern choice and address and I'll get it to you right away!

This has been so much fun. I look forward to doing it again soon. Have a wonderful week! Blessings~

Thursday, June 5, 2008

New Look for My Blog!

OK-- Don't be shy!!

Tell me what you think about my Blog's new look!

Everyone who leaves a comment (good OR bad) by 7 pm on Sunday, June 8th will be placed into a drawing for the pattern of their choice!


Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Fun Stuff!!

Good Morning! I wanted to show you what I've been working on. A good high school friend of Bill's lost his mother a few years ago and found this 30's quilt in her stuff. It had been hand guided machine quilted (and we think we're doing something new?), but never bound. As you see, I'm sure all those little scallops were the reason why. Anyway, I promised to bind it for him never realizing that it would be YEARS away that I would find the time! Let me assure you, I NEVER want to bind that many scallops again! But I LOVE the fans done in the print/solid. Think there's a new feedsack pattern there? Without the scallops, of course!

I also want to show you the wonderful pincushion I got from Janice Bohannon of BluebirdMountain on Etsy. I just had to have it when I saw that it was made from the pink version of the bee feedsack in my Bees Knees collections! How cool is that??!!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week. It's hot and humid here! Typical Tulsa weather. Blessings~