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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Saying Goodbye to August

Still playing catch up.  Am plodding along nicely too.  Dents are being made in many locations but all is not how I want it yet.  Though I know that it will happen sometime.


Highlights of this past month:










International sand sculpture competition held on Revere Beach, MA Incredible!  We saw it on the 31st of July which was two weeks after the start date  of being built.  Enjoy some photos.

 Our favorite one was this heart sculpture with the two human forms framing a heart.  To us it represented a heart donor and recipient looking over a shared old, worn-out looking heart depicting DH's which he gave up in April 8, 2018.





Cirque du Soliel at Suffolk Downs, MA:

"LUZIA"

Saw Cirque du Soliel's LUZIA in Boston at the Suffolk Downs racetrack.  Another bucket list item of mine checked off.  Incredible Showmanship besides a profound story line of a waking dream of Mexico! 







Adult kind of funny!
Or perhaps my mind was briefly in the gutter.





















The contortionist's act was unbelievable in the 3 Episode.  Aleksei Goloborodko is the most flexible human I've ever seen!  Incredible show and showmanship!!!!



Was able to visit the Shaker Museum, a longed for visit as I've traveled past that exit in NH for over a decade or two with wishing to know more.




I was able to get there just before leaving NH
while traveling back from Boston from DH's
heart transplant clinic, catherization, biopsy and
blood work check up.  He had a good followup
but with the phone results called to us the next day, the biopsy showed signs of rejection (level 2) which called for altering his medications and some dosages increased.  The repeat test and visit done two weeks later showed improvements and will be seen in a couple of weeks.
He's gone through much but was stingy on this trip and refused to go to Cirque's performance, so I want alone and also sat in the car at the museum instead of enjoying it.  As I've mentioned to him it's all in the timing and we needed a two hour trip delay to be at a certain restaurant when they opened to use a couple more coupons before they expire.  He can be frustrating and so stubborn at times! 






Then our annual trip to a rental Camp in Vermont on the shores of Lake Champlain with daughter's family.  Kayak, hiking, (OK make that walking) and biking each day were highlights of our time.  Great to have such happy and quality family time!


The last day of the month an annual Labor Day sale offered at my Local Quilt shop located only an hour and a half away.  A day trip happened and it seemed like a great way to end the month.  Though I had several projects in mind I didn't do too badly with my acquisitions.  In the evening a party followed for a  family friend who retired from NYS Correctional Services after two and a half plus decades of service.  A nice was to end another busy month with some family and friends.

My current focuses are:
  • Our Health
  • The Island Garden:  Vetching experiences....
  • Working with wool- the end is in sight shortly....
  • Trying to straighten up my sewing room studio...... though knowing I 'll have to make many more messes to clean up this larger one!

During the process  
I can access the sewing machine now and many
of my WIPS are in the white drawers

PIGS and UFOs contained in a stack of Art Bin Cubed bins

At least I can open my doors containing my fabric now!
I think I need to sew much faster, ha ha!

Also, I have been doing a Keto food plan and participating with "workout warriors" for health improvements and much needed weight loss.  I am finding and cooking keto recipes.
Many are not as great tasting as their higher carbohydrate matching recipes, but I am losing weight and have stopped all my insulin injections!  Woo Hooot!!!!
Gladly I have also have tapered way off my glucose medications.  I'm feeling better and the asthma has improved too.  I plan on continuing this.

TTFN and God Bless,
Jane

September Goals:
  1. Studio cleaned up further
  2. Island Garden Finished
  3. Wool Table mat done
  4. Wild card with any one of my copious UFO projects lying in wait perhaps the wonderclip pincushion or the tesselated heart .....



Sunday, July 1, 2018

Hi, I'm well

Hi everyone.  I still am here and doing well considering the roller coaster the whole family has been on.


DH in Tufts Medical Center in the Cardiac ICU while he was on his 4 or 5th swan catheter and the balloon pump was whirling...
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Daughter, DH and myself April 2018
As many of you know, my husband's heart has been an issue for us for the past 14 years.
Unfortunately or better yet, fortunately, he had a heart transplant done in April 2018 in Boston at Tufts Medical Center, (a Number #1 Care facility in our experience).  Since we live in NY the transportation and travelling to and from for his several months' long hospitalizations (there was 3, one quick (days), one for a week and the other months long) not considering all of the necessary weekly follow-up care that has been trying.  It's been my number one priority and taking my focus and energies.

With our absence the neglect seen in our home, gardens, etc. is evident since all that took a back seat considering the immediacy of his health and the possible risks.  When returning home, I prioritized to get to the most urgent chores done first.  His recovery and recuperation as been the priority, predictable and continues upwards without troubles.  Thank goodness.

He and I are both doing well and feeling blessed.  Recently his followup care has been stretched out to once a month.  So we are easing our way back into a new "more normal routine" and thought I'd try to blog again, besides work on some of my projects to share as I've done in the past.

Sorry I was away for so long without comment.  I'll share more later.

TTFN,
Jane

Saturday, October 28, 2017

BQ will be my focus this weekend at quilt stay-cation

My BQ quilt is now officially a quilt top as I was able to finish sewing it up with those borders around the 1st of May.   Love that those borders are on and look so sweet.  while constructing the borders I asked PGD#1 what her favorite color is and she responded "blue", thus the blue cornerstones on the perimeter.  Since a friend and I are attending a Quilt retreat this weekend in Alexandria Bay, I hope to create the backing for it using up all those leftover bits.

The plan is to also make a pillow case or two, the binding and then sew up all those extra scrap parts for a backing this month.   I won a gift certificate at our quilt show in 2015 so my plan is to use that for quilting this twin size quilt. 

Wish me luck!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

I saved this post and then ...... originated as my 2017 monthly UFO challenge list

LIFE Happened,

you know, the normal day to day things needing done.  So this post and my intentions slid to the side since I needed to get the photos to go along with the post then  I fussed around with other squirrels coming inot my perview..... SO my intention without pictures of all the UFOs listed will now be to get 6 done, the small tesselated heart table top quiltlet finished. Here is how it is at present.
 
Trying to add just the one photo and I'm having electronic issues.  I need to buy another I-phone charging cord for the computer as DH "borrowed" the one that goes with the computer.  Will be back another day for the photo.   PROMISE!

January 2017 Drafted post was something like this (am saving this in context as a reference):
Judy over at Patchwork Times is hosting UFOs 2017 and I think it's a great idea!
First you make a list of 12 UFOs you'd like to complete in 2017.  Each month a random number is picked and you work on the respectively numbered UFO to completion.  I'm not sure how successful this time but I'm really focused recently wiht my intentions so am ever hopeful.  LOL  Here's my list:

1-  WFQG Community Quilt

2-  Valentine Panel Wallhanging

3-  Patchabilities - St. Patrick's Day

4-  Leaves Table Runner

5-  Radiant Wall Hanging

6-  Twisted Heart Table top Quiltlet - my current focus as of July 2017

7-  Sonia's WindowsBed Quilt

8-  Braided Squares Bed Quilt

9-  BQ2 Bed Quilt

10- Lone Star Bed Quilt

11- Four Patch Bed Quilt

12- Bird Nest Wool Table Mat


Friday, March 31, 2017

Wee Spring stitched

Was able to finish up Heart in Hand's design, Wee Spring.  Such a simplistic piece and am so glad it's done.  Started it in the second quarter this year and then hit a typical for me bump.  Thought of changing the sweater to an Under Amour logo to update the look besides switching out some thread colors.  Kept drawing out possibilities to stitch and there it sat for about 6 months.  The last week of November I said, enough, get it done simply - so a solid lime green sweater now hangs on the line instead of the 80's style apple motif sweater. 




Heart in Hand- Wee Spring
Started in May and finished in November 2016
Used a 28 count monaco I had on hand stitching 2/2
DMC threads used: 223, 304, 445, 712, 739, 801, 904, 905, 906, 931, 3740,
also Wisper White was used for the fluffy bunny tail with an eyelet stitch.







A few finishes cross stitch, books, dish rags.

This small counted cross stitch, Winter Basket by Lizzie Kate was stitched during December and finished in January and now it needs to get framed.  Hopefully I can get to that this week.   A blog I follow, Priscilla who is an incredible stitcher/finisher, designer, decorator, gardener, etc. and mentioned her way of framing several of her larger cross stitch pieces, thinking of giving it a try. 




I've also have been knitting a bit. Finished a red dishrag in honor of Valentine's Day and then promptly started a variegated green blues with the new to me design of Farrow Row Dish Rag.

FARROW ROW DISH RAG:

Used Size 7 needles cast on 40 stitches using Sugar and Cream yarn.

First 6 rows for the border KNIT.
Alternate the following 2 rows until you reach the length desired Less the last 6 border knit rows at the other end.
Row 1:
knit 4 (border edge ), *knit 2, pearl 1, * repeat making sure you knit the last 4 stitches (border edge).
Row 2:
Knit 4 (border edge), *Pearl 1, knit 2, *repeat until the last 4 to knit for border edge.

When get the length you want, KNIT the last 6 rows then bind off and tie in ends.

It's such an easy pattern to do and takes no thought so you can pick it up and do anywhere.




With my READING I've been trying to read a minimum of 2 books a month.  I've exceeded this minimum and am thrilled. So far this year I've read:

The Nest by Cynthia D'Arix Sweeney.....Liked ❤❤❤ BCS (Book Club Selection)

Sisters of Heart and Snow by Margaret Dilloway.........Really liked ❤❤❤❤ BCS

Zero Day by David Baldacci. ......Loved this ❤❤❤❤❤ both genre(John Puller with terrorism threats to Nat'l security)/author

The Absolute True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie  BCS ........Okay read ❤❤(it's a middle grade level book, many issues reminded me of The Round House by Louise Erdrich ❤❤❤❤ a much more appropriate level read and one I enjoyed!)

Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook Cure is currently being read.......Interesting so far!

I'm saving a box of books to share with Mom when I see her.  She's a voracious reader too. I started defacing the inside cover of the books with my initils, that way both Mom and I'll  know we're "Done with it" and we can give them away to let others enjoy. That should help in my trend of downsizing slowly.  Getting rid of a Book here, a ball of yarn there, another project finished and bites the dust pattern givem away or sold, etc..... it's all good!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 begins

Hello  2017!  
Am wishing you 365 days health, happiness and loads of love.  

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hello December

Sorry. I've been missing form Blogland for so long.  I'm fine, just needed to take a break from blogging for a while since my life seemed to be speeding up so much faster and I needed to find ways to slow it down.  What have I found, it's all in the attitude so I plan to continue blogging regularly again.

I have a few small finishes and will share those with you all soon.   So to my followers, my apologies again for being MIA and it's so nice to come back.

Jane

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

OMG for May

Yep!!  Time to declare that St. Patrick's Day Patchabilities will be my May OMG project for May!
I'm linking up with Heidi over at Red Letter Quilts with this goal setting page.

This is at it's current stage......


Can you tell that last night I was productive...  Finally.  (Now here another song comes to mind  8- /  )
Got the interfacing on, rainbow motif drawn then started stitching the embroidery starting with the red stripe of the rainbow going from the pot towards the hat.
Should get this monkey off my back this month.  At Last!   (another song inserted in my brain now-funny how pertinent they all seem!)  Uh  Ohh, those acronyms spell out FAL  [aka: finish along] synchronicity again.  LOL

If you want some company finishing or challenging yourself to finish up some of your PIGs, UFOs or PHDs, then head over to Heidi's blog  by the 7th to link up with other like minded creators.  The link closes shortly so be quick about it!

Jane
This happens to also be #17 on my Q2-2016 list - hitching my gains up on that accountability scale too - a huge self indulgent plus for me.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Daffodil Run Done!

Note to self:  I used a 28 count soft sage Monaco  I had in stock and stitched
2 strands with the called for DMC threads:  839, 961, 3051, 3053, 3350,
3853, 3854 and any backstitching done was with only 1 strand.
(Since I'll be selling some of my used charts on ebay - I thought to note the colors used here.)
CCS from Just Nan's design "Daffodil Run" is fully stitched and framed.  Yee HAW!

This was listed as Number 3 on my Q-2 2016  list and now it's one more completion I've reached.
Am I on a roll or what!  Sorry, didn't mean to get so excited but it does fill me with JOY!

Note to self.......While framing this I found out it was easier to "echo" stitch 8 threads beyond the stitched design to center it squarely so it would sit squarely in the frame.  The design was asymmetrical and it continuously seemed to be off until I did that step and then it worked like a charm!




This little floral frame is one that PGD#1 and I selected when we were doing my errands.

 Sweet!
















Doing my Spring Happy Dance that this is setting on a table in the living room when my own Daffodils start to Bloom.  
Okay, now I'm bragging just a tad. Sorry, but no, not really, I am just too happy not to!  Another one bites the dust!














Seems like my normal is that I am forever mentally listing all that needs my attention and I'm running helter-skelter like from one bit to the next while trying to keep all my plates spinning.  (Remember that guy on the Ed Sullivan show.)  Yep, that's me trying to keep the plates spinning and going along smoothly before they all fall and smash!  No wonder I'm breathless.

Kitchen door Forsythia wreath 2015- Notice the hanging birdhouse?
It's one  that the youngest grandson,
Brody painted during one of our crafting sessions last year.
The other bird houses sit on the front window sill.
Front door forsythia wreath made last year


Yes SPRING, we're ready.
TTFN,
Jane

PS: My sister in law is doing better.  She's now upgraded and moved to a regular room.  She's lost so much weight and vitality but know that her treatment is the right plan.  Thanks for your well wishes and prayers,   they are appreciated.