Friday, February 22, 2019

Block 4 Grow in Grace

Block 4 of Grow in Grace is in the facebook files - 


As always, if you're not on facebook, email me at allieoopsdesigns (at) gmail (dot) com and let me know which blocks you want.  Some comments are not coming through to my email, thanks google.  Sigh.  I'm so sorry if I've missed your comment.

I have to show you how Jan is putting her blocks together - 


I love it!!  And I'm a wee bit jealous of how organized she is in her sewing room.  Well, maybe a lot jealous.

As most of you know, Jenny of Elefantz is doing a book study of Gentle Domesticity.  Her latest book post is about color.  I really embraced this concept, lol.  For two and a half years, my grandmother's chair has been sitting in my bedroom with no cushions.  It used to have memory foam cushions, but when we moved into this house, the owners had left us a bumper crop of fleas from their cats, so I threw them out as I was doing battle.  So for all this time, it's been holding laundry instead of me.

I missed that chair.  I slept in that chair when I was a child - it reclines.  It's older than I am, my mom bought it for my grandparent's when she was in high school.  I wanted it back in my sewing room.  So, with part of my very last paycheck,  I went to the store and bought some outdoor patio furniture cushions, they were the perfect size!


I looked at the colors they had, grey, brown, tan and turquoise.  I reached for the turquoise, then hesitated - would it look stupid?  Too bright?  I picked up the brown and went to the cashier.

I got halfway there, and stopped cold.  The thought came into my mind of Jenny's blue couch, and how much I loved seeing it in her pictures.  Then I thought, "life is short, live it in color".  I went back for the turquoise.

In my sewing room, I have bright yellow chrome and vinyl kitchen chairs, that go with my chrome dining table that I sew on.  The bright yellow chairs with the turquoise cushions makes my heart sing!!!  It's like walking into blue skies and sunshine.  My sewing room needs color - it energizes me, makes me feel more creative.  I'm so glad I went back and switched cushions.

And now I have some unsettling news - about mom.  I took her to the heart doctor yesterday.  She's somehow developed ventricular tachycardia, which is a rapid heartbeat on the bottom of the heart.  They put her on new meds for it.  I'm taking her for an echocardiogram on Tuesday, and they want her to have a heart catheter with dye.  She's allergic to the dye.  She got very sick the last time she had this done, before her major heart surgery, and doesn't want to do it.  This is probably caused by a blockage in the lower part of the heart, and the only way to see it is with the heart cath.  If they see a blockage, they can go right in and put in stents.  If there's no blockage, they'll put in a pacemaker/defibrillator.

I talked to my aunt, the nurse, about this.  First you get ventricular tachycardia, then ventricular fibrillation, then cardiac arrest.  So we're trying to talk her into getting it done.  She just turned 81, and is rather tired of all the poking and prodding, and of course ultimately it's her decision - but we don't want to lose her.  I would like to ask you all to pray for her, she's been through so much, and this is hard news.  She doesn't have a whole lot of time to decide, apparently.  They want to do it as soon as possible.

Thank you my friends.  Count your blessings today.

Love,
Allie


26 comments:

Heide said...

A tough decision to make. Know that I am praying for your Mom and you.

Lori France said...

My Mom went through similar problems last year, ended up with a pacemaker and now is getting her energy back and feels so much better, she is 79. Mom is very happy to have had it done, however at the time she was so tired she almost opted to do nothing. Praying for your Mom.

Nancy J said...

Loving thoughts with you both as you wait for this next step.Love the chair and cushions, I would have chosen the same colour too,

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Love that turquoise chair--good decision!!
I am with your Mom--I know that I would also have a big problem with the dye--
so know how hard this is for her--so praying she makes the right chose--sending love too--
luv, di

Jenny said...

Oh praying for your sweet mom. How very scary.

I have problems with a rapid heart-rate when my thyroid medication is off. It's something a heart doctor may not think of checking? So if your mom is on thyroid medication be sure to check her levels. I constantly go from one extreme to the other because I don't have a thyroid..it is a super hard thing to regulate & affects so many other parts of your body.

I do love the turquoise! What cheerful thing to enjoy on such a lovely chair.

Farmhousesewer said...

Praying that your mom makes a decision in line with the Lord's will. Regardless of her decision, I pray that the Lord gives you and your family peace. Lord, please give the doctors wisdom in every aspect of Allie's mom's care.

Kate said...

Allie, I love the blue cushions!! And that chair - what a keepsake!

RosesArePink2 said...

Praying for your mom, you, and your family. Love to you all!

Linda in Calif. said...

Praying for your Mom, and for you. I know this is so hard. She will be okay either way, here or with the Lord. God has her in His hands.

Karen Schurr said...

Oh my, poor mum. I know how she feels. Prayers for her and you, too, Allie. Wishing you all the best.

Jan said...

So sorry about the news about your mother. Hard decisions to make. Will be praying for all of you! Glad you like my layout-thanks!

West Michigan Quilter said...

Love your designs. So sorry about your Mom. She's my age and I can understand the fear, for her and for you. Sorry I'm just now reading your post. I'm unable to get to your blog from my computer when I use Chrome. I don't know what the problem is. I can't get to Barb's Bejewelded Quilts either. I'll keep you and your mom in my prayers. Hugs

Terry said...

Turquoise is always a good choice! So sorry to hear about your mom. That sure is a tough decision to be made.

susan nieuwoudt said...

Wow I love that turquoise chair!!!

Ejaneemerson said...

My prayers are with you both but please strongly encourage your Mom to go for the necessary medical treatments God has made available to her. With the heart not working effectively it may alter her decision making and pushing her towards exhaustion.
My husband has had heart issues now for 15years and through it all we’ve both prayed His will be done. He started with heart failure, had 4 defibrillators/pacemakers, sudden death in 2011, copious echos, catheters, codes all before the miracle of a heart transplant. It’s been an incredible journey and we’ve met so many beautiful people along the way while experiencing our miracles from God. Take care.
Ps: I love those both cushions. Love with joy. Euchristo!!!!

Michele McLaughlin said...

Sending so many prayers to you and Mum. You are in our thoughts dear friend.

Little Quiltsong said...

So, so sorry about your mom! I will be praying for her and all of you. Such hard decisions. Your new embroidery is lovely - looking forward to you sharing this one with me too. Love them! Also love your turquoise cushions. Your chair looks so super comfy - enjoy!

Susan said...

Praying for you and your mom. It's a hard decision either way Praying God gives both of you peace in whatever decision is made.

TerriSue said...

Dear Allie, Of course I will be praying for your mom. What a decision for her to make. I think we all like hearing your sweet stories about her and want to have them continue for a long time.
Turquoise and yellow are a natural combination in my mind. It is wonderful that you have the chair back to a sitting in condition. You can always get a basket for the laundry. Or you could do what I tend to do and put it on the bed where it HAS to be put away so you can go to sleep...though now that you have got your chair back I imagine you could recline it and go to sleep there! lol

Natureluvr57 said...

Placed your Mom on my prayer list... my Mom just turned 86 and she has a problem with her BP going sky high, dropping and going sky high throughout the day. I think she needs one of those monitors they wear for a day or two, then the heart doctor can look at it. I'll bring them up at her next appointment. Mom also is sick of MRI after MRI and multiple Ultrasounds that all come back negative. It's hard taking care of them because they still have a say in their medical care and they don't want to go or do as they're told. I love that chair!

Genofidaho said...

May God bless you & keep you all at peace. His love is forever shinning and will be with you. The turquoise chair will always be God's reminder of your mothers love for you and your family.

Lin said...

So sorry to read about your Mum, I hope that she makes the right decision for her. Sending love and hugs. Love the turquoise. xx

Deborah Smith said...

You and your mom have been through the ringer with such difficult things to decide. I too send my prayers for you both. Also, I can't get to your email either.

Kathy said...

Oh, this is such a difficult decision for your mom to make. Sending prayers for her. I wonder if the doctors can do something to the dye to make it less toxic for her?
And I love that chair! I've never seen one like it. Does the right arm have a little attached side table too, that looks like it folds down? Very interesting chair.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Like everyone here, Allie, thinking about you and your Mom...hoping things are working out and she is healing. My Mom just moved from the hospital to a Care Home...cannot go back to her apartment so has been a sad time for her. She needs more medical to be supporting her. We are the sandwiches in between in the family members and grateful for it all though.

Little Penpen said...

I'm so sorry about your mom and I pray she makes the best decision for her. Those turquoise cushions are sweet!!!! Love the pop of color! You are so sweet to be sharing your pretty designs for the group. It's fun to see what others are doing with theirs.

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