Monday, September 15, 2014

Maria Part Two

She was born in June, 1947.

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She has a gorgeous face[plate].

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Her other end isn't bad either.

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She brought baggage to our relationship.

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And that's all right with me.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Meet Maria

I just couldn't wait to introduce you - Maria will get a thorough photo shoot tomorrow, I only had my phone camera today and naturally, the pics don't do her justice.

As you know, I've been at my aunt's, all summer long.  I've been missing my best friend Cathy....we haven't gotten together except for a hurried coffee all summer.  Today I came home, and I'll be home for a few days, so we met up after she got off work.  She had a sneaky surprise for me....

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What could it be?  She had texted me a picture on my phone, of what I thought was a suitcase, and I told her she couldn't leave home without coming to get me.  Well, the suitcase was in her back seat, and when I opened it....

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And then she said "happy birthday merry christmas!"



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Her name is Maria.  I asked Cathy to help me name her, and she picked her mom's name - how perfect.  Her mom was a beautiful seamstress.  Cathy lost her mum last year....

Maria and I will be getting to know each other better tomorrow.  She's going to put the binding on my little quilt for me, as soon as the hand quilting is done.  I can't wait.  I'll show you more later - she even came with a ruffler!  She's going back with me to my aunt's.  She's so lovely, and small, and will fit on the tv tray I've been using for my computer - can't use my aunt's kitchen table.

Welcome home Maria, I hope you love it here - you're going to be treated like the queen you are!!!!  Oh and I hope you don't get carsick.  You'll be traveling.

Oh - the reason I'm home for a few days - my hubby lost his dad this week, the funeral is tomorrow.  Mum is doing well, she finished up her infusions today, and starts hyperbaric treatments Tuesday - every day at 8am.  Weekends off, so I'm going to try to come home every weekend.  My aunt is doing well also, still using the wheelchair when she needs to but getting along pretty well with the walker.

Cathy and I are going to the Quilter's Showcase in Birch Run on the 27th, I believe, if any of you are going I'd love to meet you!

And now I have to tuck Maria in, and then myself.  And then cry a little cuz I sure don't deserve such a good friend....see you soon.

Friday, August 29, 2014


Whew - what a busy season it has been.  I've missed you all so.  I'm in the fourth month of staying at my aunt's, she's still not back to work, still using the wheelchair - although she's getting around a bit with the walker.

And now an update on mum.  On my last post, I mentioned that she had an appointment with the dentist - he found a bone infection in her jaw.  The next day, I took her to the foot doctor, and he sent her right off to emergency.  The infection from her foot has gone into the bone.

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And there she stayed for the next four days, 60 miles from my aunt, who fell again and went to the hospital near her on the same day as mum.

The same week saw the end of my job.  And I got rear-ended.

Mum is now out of the hospital.  She's staying at my aunt's, I'm so happy to have them in the same place - she has to have IV infusions of antibiotics every. single. day.  Saturday and Sunday included.  Maybe it's a good thing I'm not working?  Also, she has no pulse in her foot, and will probably have to have surgery to open the artery.   Our beach trip is on  hold indefinitely.

And this, my dear friends, is why I have been so quiet, and not emailing or visiting you.  The only time I have is in the early mornings, when I'm at the clinic with mum, but there's no internet there.  Instead, I sew, sitting in the car....

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and I do admit, it makes for a very peaceful morning.  It takes 3 hours for her infusions.  Three hours to drink my coffee, pray, and enjoy my needle slipping through the fabric.

We also had a birthday recently, I no longer am the mum of a teenager!  Sam turned 20.

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How come he gets older and I don't?

I had better finish this, I smell something delicious from the kitchen....buffalo meatloaf....I do love buffalo meat!  Yum!  And I don't have to cook, can't beat that.  Take care my friends, I hope to see you soon, I'm very anxious to get back to my sewing and blogging - I MISS YOU SO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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A foggy morning but the coffee helped

Monday, August 4, 2014

Silly Then Serious

First the silly.  Well, not really silly - just fun.  I'm still at my aunt's, although tonight I'm sleeping in my own bed.  More on that in a minute.

Since I've been unable to go anywhere this summer, I've been shopping.  I found the sweetest little local store in Lake Orion, MI, called Vignettes - I really need to go back there with my camera.  I found the cutest wall hooks, they're cast iron and they suit me perfectly...

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Aren't they gorgeous?  Her shop is very shabby chic, with lots of hand-crafted goodies, painted furniture, and now clothing....can't wait to take my aunt there.

Then a new local quilt shop opened.  OH MY.  You know I had to go there, right?

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I had some help taking photos and opening the bag.

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I got the loveliest fat quarter bundle of London prints.  I have an idea for a small wall quilt with these.

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And a fat quarter for a far-away friend [far in distance, not in heart].

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Some for keeping, some for sharing [someone just had a birthday I missed...]

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Think that gives me something to look forward to?  Me too.

And now for something serious.

Mum is having trouble.  You might know she has diabetes - and when a diabetic gets an injury to their feet, it can get serious in a flash.  Mum cut her big toe on something, and the wound is getting bad.  We find out Tuesday if it's gone into the bone.

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We took her shopping today, great fun watching her maneuver a scooter for the first time.

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She was FAST on that thing.

She's in a lot of pain.  She may lose the toe, or even the foot.  I haven't made our reservations yet for our beach trip, and probably won't until we know what's going to happen.  If you're a praying person, we would really appreciate your prayers.  She's not sleeping due to the pain.  And to add insult to injury, she has to go to the dentist tomorrow.  She's getting it from both ends.....

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But she can still smile for you, my blog friends.

I've not answered any emails lately, or been to blogs, I'm trying to take care of both mum and my aunt, in addition to working.  No rest for the wicked, right?  *G*

I'll see you soon, I must go pet my kitty [and my new fabric!!!!] before bed!  Bed in my own room [have to take mum to her appointment tomorrow], I can hardly believe it!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Checking In

Not much blog-worthy going on in Allie-land lately, but you knew that, right?  I miss miss miss my blog, and I miss you too.

My auntie is doing well, apparently hips take a very long time to heal - and she's still using a wheelchair mostly.  She's still having quite a bit of pain.  So please pray for her, I'm sure she'd appreciate it.

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Snickers has discovered she can see through her new favorite table in the family room.  It has a glass top.  It's been fun watching her try to dive through it.

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She's queen, you know.

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We've been having a little excitement here.  A couple of weeks ago, Jane found a tree frog in the living room, and managed to get it outside.  The other night, Snickers was going crazy in the family room, staring at the fireplace brick, and I saw a tree frog on the brick!  It ended up on the mantle, frustrating Snickers no end.  Jane was soundly sleeping [after a major pain pill] and I could NOT bring myself to get close enough to capture the critter.

Then I remembered Sam was working that night, so I called him to come over after work.  And sent him this picture.

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He laughed, of course, I know it's not a great pic but I wasn't about to get close.  He came, captured it, and it only got away 3 times - the 3rd time it landed on his neck where it promptly pooped!   Even with that, he now wants a pet frog.  Um, no.

Since it's summer, and there are flowers everywhere, I wanted to show you a picture of my grandmother's roses.  These roses have been growing in my aunt's yard for 40 years.  She's going to take cuttings for me.

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Aren't those gorgeous?  I still miss my grandmum.

That's about all - I had Sam bring me my sketchbook the other day, I'm itching to be designing again.  I miss sewing so much!  I just got Jenny's newest pattern, Under the Apple Tree, have you seen it?  So darling and I'm dying to start.

She's having a give-away to celebrate, go enter!

One last thing - I'm planning a little vacation for mum and me - up in the Oscoda area.  If anyone knows of any beach rentals, cottages or motels, MUST be on the beach, please let me know!  See you soon, my precious friends...

Sunday, June 8, 2014


is what happens when you're making other plans.  And my life has taken a slight turn this spring that I wasn't expecting.  3 weeks ago, my aunt fell and broke her hip - so I'm staying at her house, helping her out.  The day after she fell, and was in hospital, my mom fell at my aunt's house.  Fortunately, mum bounces like a rubber ball, and only bruised some ribs.  This past week, I fell at my aunt's house.  I seem to take after mum, only bruised my sternum and severely wounded my pride.

While I miss my sewing, I am enjoying being at my aunt's house.  This is her kitty Snickers, who was really missing her mum and wanted to go visit -

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I did go home last week, and Hermione ignored me for awhile before she consented to let me pet her.  She's not happy with me at ALL.

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Mostly because my boys don't feed her enough treats, I think.

We're getting on quite well, my aunt is in a wheelchair for a bit, she can't bear any weight on that leg.  Three more weeks of that.  A bonus of me being here is that she lives only 5 minutes from where I work - and I'm driving her gorgeous car, lol.  She may not find it too easy to get rid of me.   Oh and a new quilt shop just opened, right down the road.....Kindred Spirits in Oxford, MI....must go visit.

 I brought my Daisy Days stitcheries with me, and you really need to go visit Jenny if you haven't lately - she has a gorgeous new stitch-a-long!!!  I do miss my sewing machine [and cutting table, and sketchbook and pencils and....] but I'm really too busy to do much.

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a local resident

So I guess this blog will go into sleep mode for awhile, even more than it has been.  Hopefully I'll be back in about 4 weeks, refreshed and ready to stitch my little fingers off - I have to many projects I want to do!!!

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the view from the garage


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