Monday, June 26, 2017

Weather report

What happened to the warmth???
It's chilly again today and was
all day yesterday as well.  Isn't
this supposed to be summer?
Enough of my rant.
I've had a headache since yesterday
which surely has to do with this
weather change.  I hope it 
goes away soon  !

 Here are two cards and forgive me
if I am repeating them.  There are six 
patterns and I'm changing the
sentiments on some of them, because
as I said, some just aren't really
very usable.  So if I repeat a 
pattern I appologise, but the 
sentiments are mixing me up!

I love the roses.  I have one more that
I'm working on right now.  They are
a little confusing, but I finally got
the  hang of it.  I think they are
really pretty.  I thought after I started
the second one that I should have
made the roses a different colour, 
maybe yellow for friendship, but I 
 didn't want to start all over again.
The stitching isn't so bad, but pricking
the holes sometimes makes my arm and
shoulder hurt.
Tomorrow a nurse and social worker
are coming to evaluate my mom and
I have to be there.  It's at 9 am in Hillsdale
which is about 40 minutes from me...
But if she was in Indiana it would
have been even farther.  I just would
have been able to go 70 mph.  OK, closer
to 75.  I love to go fast.  I wish I had
thought to become a race car driver.
I would have been good at it!  Thanks,
Karen, for teaching me to drive
all those years ago.  I still remember:
yellow means "hit the gas"  LOL!
Happy Monday!!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Butterfly blues

I'm back to making butterflies again.
I really get sick of them.  Why do
I keep using them?!  Can someone
please explain this to me?

This was a quickie but I like how it 
turned out.  I'm not sure if you can
tell, but there is a blue vellum butterfly
under the main blue die cut.  It almost
looks like a shadow.

Some more of that fancy thread.  I have
some different colours on order right now. 
Yesterday I visited my mom and as I 
was getting ready to go up the walk I
saw my aunt and uncle (from Toledo)
walking in.  I was going to go today, but
changed my mind and I wish I hadn't.
It was nice to see them, but pretty
overwhelming for mom to have four 
of us there. Since I had driven 40 minutes, 
I stayed, but tried to be in the background 
as much as possible so she could visit
with them.  It was nice that they came
all that way to see her.  Bert is her only
living sibling.  Wednesday my sister
is coming from NC.  My parents will
certainly be happy to see her.  My dad
is not telling my mom right now which
I think is a good idea.
I have to get ready soon to go to the first
service-I need the practice since I
didn't go to practice yesterday.  I am signing
"Blessed be your name" and "Everlasting God".
That one is hard because it's very fast and you
have signs all over the place!  I just know
I'm going to mess up something.
Happy Sunday!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Strange changes

 Before I get to what the title of this
post means, here is the card.  I've been
in the mood for stitching again, can
you tell?

This is from a pattern set of 6 so you'll see
more.  some of he center words were things
that I wouldn't use very often, like
"Happy Anniversary" and "Happy Mother's
Day".  Fortunately, if you line them up
correctly, they can be interchanged.

Here's another.  This one doesn't have
the lines above and below the sentiment.  
So, for the title, It's very strange how
my mother's personality has been changing.
For one thing, my dad says she is perfectly
happy at Drew's place and doesn't even
ask when/if she can come home.  She must
understand that this is her home now.  She
has been making friends with some of the
ladies there and even told my dad he could go
home yesterday because she wanted to take
a nap and then visit a lady in her room 
because the lady had come to visit in
mom's room!  My  mother doesn't
make friends.     She also told one of
the ladies while my dad was there that she
wanted to come "snoop" in her room to
get ideas on how to decorate her own. grandson, Ethan, and granddaughter,
Bri, came to visit yesterday (it is their mom
that works at Drew's place) and my mother 
was thrilled to see them, I am told.  She
has never shown one iota of interest
in any of her great grandchildren.  In fact,
she got mad at me years ago because I took
Andy and his infant son, Tyler, to visit
my grandparents when my grandmother
was very sick with cancer.  She was still
at home at the time.  We put the baby
on a blanket on the floor and they 
watched him with such love.  They
both love babies.  But my mom was
really angry because, well, because
Tyler's mom and dad weren't married...
That's just how she was.  She's a very
judgemental person.  I could tell you
stories but I won't.  But my grandparents
loved seeing their great grandson.  I'm
grateful that I chose to bring him to meet them.
Anyway, the point is that she is changing
so much.  Some may be from the medication,
some from the dementia, I'm not sure how
much is due to what.  I wish she had been
like this years ago.  Perhaps we would  have
been able to have the relationship 
I always wanted.
I'd better go get ready.  I have to leave
soon to go to a ladies breakfast at church.
They are having a speaker, but I can't 
remember if I heard what she is going
to talk about.  My mind is a little fried
these days.
Happy Saturday!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Cute boxes

I have a friend with a birthday
on June 30.  I thought it would
be fun to make a bunch of boxes
with things inside for her to open.
One of them will be the blue 3 sided
explosion box I made a while back.
Here's two more:

This one is going to hold the Hershey
nuggets.  I will probably either
decorate the lid or put a ribbon from
top to bottom to hold it closed.  I'm not 
sure which.  Maybe both!

Isn't this a neat box?  I just love it.  
I put a sample of body wash and 
hand lotion in this one.  
Another angle:

You can see the the dry embossing
on the top. I used faded jeans
and milled lavendar distress inks
to colour it.
I have a doctor's appointment this
morning, then I'm doing a bit
of shopping, then planning on
staying home the rest of the day!
I have been running constantly
for days and I'm pretty tired.  Not
to mention my sciatic nerve has
kicked up once again.  It's
been giving me a ton of problems
lately.  Maybe due to stress.  I'm
not sure if that affects it or not,
but I can truthfully say I'm
getting a little tired of it!
It's been raining but no storms.
I love the rain and we need it, 
but please, send the storms!!
Happy Friday!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Waiting and trusting on the Lord

Nice boring card today.  I've made
cards similar to this and for
some reason I just do not have
the knack to arrange flowers
so they look nice.  Good thing
I don't work in that field...

I do like the ribbon at the bottom and I
love these flourishes.  They make
a really beautiful touch.  So tiny and

So, on to yesterday's fun.  We've
started the medicaid process.  It's 
complicated as all state/government
things have to be.  But both of the women
we worked with yesterday were Christians
and freely told us how they loved the
L0rd and what He has done in their
lives.  Unsolicited, I might add, so that
was even more awesome.  They were
not afraid to share that, not necessarily
knowing that we knew the Lord as well.

The first  woman (Kandy) set up the 
appointment next week to have mom evaluated 
by both a nurse and social worker.  After 
that we need to get our ducks in a row and
quickly get all the financial documents
faxed to the second woman, (Becky) who will begin
processing all the paperwork.  I said something
about IF she got approved and she said, "no,
WHEN she gets approved".  Kandy said
that the fiscal year slots were filled and
the year didn't end until October.  Becky said
they would see about that and that she WAS
going to get this put through.  They were
both very compassionate and had positive
attitudes toward all of this.  It makes
it easier to go through it when you have
people who really care helping you.

My mom feels like she is being attacked
and I wonder if Satan uses minds that
are breaking down to spiritually attack.
I told her I read the end of the book and
we win!  She smiled and said, "hey, that's
right!"  I've printed out Eph. 6:10-15 about
putting on the armour of God and will take it
to her next time I go.  I don't know if this
is just in her mind or if it is real.  What I
do know is that she belongs to God and
I'm trusting that He's got this.  It's very
hard to watch her like this.  She's quite
intelligent and knows that much of 
what she says is probably not real
but still is unable to always distinguish
between reality and her mind's betrayal.

I continue to trust the Lord with
 this because I know He loves us
all so much!

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New Home for mom

We moved my mom to her new 
home.  It's a place called "Drew's 
Place" in Hillsdale, MI.  Not your
typical nursing home, it's more like 
a home.  Only 20 residents.  She
loves it there already.  She kept saying 
it seemed like a dream and she was
going to wake up.  As we are getting
her out of the car I hear a voice 
behind me saying, "what are you 
doing here?"  I turned around
to see my former daughter in law
(and daughter of my heart) standing
there!  It turns out she works there!  I
hugged her and just cried.  I feel even
better now, knowing that Annette will
be there helping to watch over my mom!
And that, folks, is called a "God thing"!

These are the same cards that I posted
the last few days, just done with the
new thread.  I haven't much been in
the mood to be creative, but maybe
now that things are settling down I 
will be able to concentrate more.

Doesn't that thread really make a
difference?  I am probably going to order
some different colours since no one around
here carries much of it.  I also wrote
the company that makes some of the
patterns and asked them to consider
designing a  "Jesus" ASL hand
sign (it would only be half the sign)
and they said they would put it on their
list of possible future designs!  Wouldn't
that be so cool?  They have an "I love you"
sign, but I have made so many of those
that people are probably getting sick
of them! (smile)
We got a little bit of rain last night and
the weeds are growing so well.  I'm
quite proud of them.  Proud enough
that I'm going to mow them over
later today.  They are they only
things that are growing, but at least
there's something green in my yard!
Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Last oval flower

I finished the last flower in the set
and also made all three in the other
thread which I will post tomorrow.

Out of the three I think this is
my favourite.
Yesterday's silent breakfast wasn't
too silent....I thought that might happen,
My brother is coming down after
church today and then he and my father are
going to see my mom.  I can't stand to see her
in there one more day so I'm not going.  Also,
she gets overwhelmed easily so it's probably
better that there aren't too many of us
there at one time.  She speaks of Angels all
the time and sees them frequently.  Who
am I to say that God isn't actually allowing
Angels to come and comfort her?  So yesterday
while Coleen and I were out, we went to Hobby
Lobby and I found this sweet Angel figurine
which I will give her tomorrow.

Maybe this will bring her comfort as well.
I probably should take the price tag
off first, though...  Too lazy to take it off
when I was taking the picture!
Happy Father's day to all.  My father has
 been talking about strawberry shortcake for
two weeks now, so that is my gift to him.  When
they come back from the hospital he will have
strawberry shortcake to enjoy.
Happy Sunday!

Weather report

What happened to the warmth??? It's chilly again today and was all day yesterday as well.  Isn't this supposed to be summer? ...