Monday, June 29, 2015

Hot Enough to Fry an Egg Outside

Good grief my part of the world is hot right now.  It was 110 on Sunday, by the time I went to bed at 10 pm it was 93 and I woke up at 6:30am this morning and it was 80 degrees out.  On top of the hot temps we've had some gusty winds and thunder storms.  Sadly there is a pretty good sized fire NW of us in Wenatchee, WA and several small fires around the area.  With our drought situation we are only allowed to water our lawns twice a week and with the 4th of July coming and idiots shooting off illegal fireworks I suspect our firemen are going to be extremely busy and exhausted.

Friday we went to Spokane for CR's scans and this Wednesday we should get the results.  In the meantime we got a call from the repair shop and it appears our car is finally in the assembly stage and we are hoping to have it back later this week.  Wow, that made our day.

I've healed up and am ready to put it all behind me.  I did see the orthopedic for foot and ankles this past week.  Three years ago I injured my left ankle and so I wore a boot for a couple of months that summer.  Boy did I hate that stupid boot, but I wore it and my ankle seemed fine, until lately.  About the last 9 months my ankle has gotten increasingly painful when I am at rest.  It's pretty much constant, so I decided to see him again thinking it might need a cortisone shot or perhaps a few weeks in that darn boot.  Well, after an x-ray and an MRI and a painful exam we discovered that my ligaments are not holding my ankle in place - darn thing is wiggly and floppy and has a tear and 3 ganglion cysts and a darn bone spur to add insult to injury.  I have 2 choices, wear a brace the rest of my life or have surgery to repair the issues.  Waiting to long could result in major tendon issues on top of it all.  So, since it's hot as hell out and we have no plans for the summer, I'm having ankle surgery.  I'll have a cast for about 6 weeks and won't be allowed to put my weight on it, then a walking boot and some PT.  I figured better to do it now than the winter - who wants to navigate slick surfaces with crutches.  I swear I just know how to mess myself up and have some fun.

On to some fun news.  I recently made 2 baby quilts.  One I'm going to quilt on my friend Kelly's long arm as it will be backed in minky fabric and I'm afraid of it slipping and having issues trying to quilt it on my sewing machine.  The other baby quilt I backed in flannel and finished sewing the binding on this morning:



I also made a few burp cloths that I found a free pattern for on the Internet.  


And 3 years ago I (wearing that darn boot), painted my sewing room and covered my ironing board with this fabric:


But after 3 years of spray starch and thread and a leaky iron, it was time to recover it.  So this afternoon I covered it with this fabric:


It's actually a darker yellow than it appears - almost an orange yellow.

Well that's what I've been up to lately, what have you been doing?

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Monday, June 22, 2015

Blueberry Pickin

It's that time of year.  Blueberries are ripe and picking is abundant.  All total we picked 56 pounds and froze most of them.  Cliff has blueberries in his oatmeal all year long and I do some baking and it's amazing how you truly use them all and are ready for picking season to begin.

Blueberries ready for the Freezer

A blueberry pie that didn't last long

A blueberry buckle, more cake like than a cobbler or crisp.  It was delicious.
I received a box in the mail from my Aunties - they told me they were sending me a "little" thank you for the wall hangings and cookies I sent to them.  There was nothing little about it and I was so excited when I opened the box and saw what it was:




Oh my goodness when I saw the Jim Shore boxes I couldn't get into them fast enough.  They spoil me!!  

Along with all that blueberry picking and baking, I finished my July Block of the Month Door Hanging early and I love how it turned out:


And for Fathers day I was able to get Blackberries at Farmers Market, so Cliff got a delicious blackberry pie:


And just because I haven't posted pictures of them for a while, here are the kids:

Chance man has taken to napping on the wicker chair in my sewing room, that is currently
hidden under a pile of fabric and a few wall hangings.

Maddie (shhhh, she has to go to the groomers this week and she won't be happy about that!)

Razzy - watching birds and napping and thankfully staying out of trouble for a few minutes!

Scotchie likes to hide in back of our bedroom door, I wish I knew why, but if you
can't find him in the usual spots, you'll find him there.
My shoulder is so much better and so is my neck.  I'm still doing one more session of PT, and seeing the massage therapist once a week.  The only issue at this point is my wrist.  I thought the problem with it was my shoulder just causing my whole arm to be weak and hurt, but it would seem there is more to the wrist than just the shoulder.  Ugh!

My car is still in repair, apparently one of the parts was bad so they had to reorder it and it didn't come in till Friday.  Please pray that they get it to painting this week and then assemble it and I get it back.  This week will be 2 months since the accident and I am so OVER the whole thing.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Six Week

It's been 6 very long weeks since my accident.  I've just started to feel like my neck and shoulder and collar bone will be okay.  Everything is moving again for the most part and not painful.  I give full credit to my wonderful massage therapist for that.  I also started PT this week to get range of motion back in my shoulder as it's just not what it was before the accident.

At this point I only know that the repairs on my car started at the end of last week, but it still needs to go to painting and assembly.  Ugh, probably another 2+ weeks till I see it.  The repair shop has had it longer than I did at this point.

I finally got my block of the month door hanging for June done on Wednesday.  It turned out really good.  I had messed up May's block so badly from stress and the car accident that I contacted the sellers and was able to get all the materials to remake it.  I'm excited to make it and have it look nice, The messed up version was embarrassing.


Last night we had the last of the Copper River (Alaska) Salmon.  It's my favorite of all the salmon and it's only available for a short time.  It tends to be expensive, but oh so worth it.


It's been so hot that I was craving my Grandmothers Lemon Fluff recipe, it is so cool and delicious and refreshing, so I made it yesterday.


It's supposed to be in the 90's today, rather than in the triple digits, hooray.  Tomorrow and through the weekend it's supposed to be in the 80's.  Man that sounds so good after all that heat.  And to make it even better, blueberry picking starts on Friday, so we'll be out in the fields picking blueberries to put in the freezer, and to make Cliff a Blueberry Pie for Fathers Day.

My next sewing room project is to get 2 baby quilts done.  Then I have some quilting on lap quilts I've made that are not complete yet.

So what are you sewing these days??

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Line UP

The other day I found this in our bedroom:


It was a cat line up, waiting for the sun to come around and warm them up.  They are so funny and lazy, boy are they lazy.

I finished a lap quilt I was working on.  I was looking around in some of my project totes a few weeks ago and found this adorable pattern, the 2.5 inch strips and fabric for the 2 borders, binding and backing.  I can't remember buying it, but I loved it so I put it together, now I just need to get busy and quilt it.


Since I wasn't in the mood to do the quilting, I decided to put together a panel and matching fabric I purchased at the coast about a year ago.  I made it a wall hanging and while simple, I really like it and it makes me think of Cannon Beach.


This is the backing fabric.

So that's what I've been up to.  Last week with the holiday I believe my brain took the week off and things I was supposed to get done didn't happen.  I didn't get my Aunts new wall hangings boxed up and out to them.  So to make it up to them I baked both chocolate chip and Amish sugar cookies to send along.  I almost dropped the ball in calling the specialty pharmacy to get CR's meds ordered and overnighted to us.  I freaked out when I realized that Wednesday night so I was up at 6am Thursday (9am back east) to get that ordered and the meds arrived Friday afternoon.  Hopefully my brain will engage and be present this next week as I have a lot of things to do.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Monday, May 25, 2015

Lessons On Being A Rascal

When you are a Rascal, or Razzy as he's called around here (also stinky man, no-no, you get the idea), you are always up to something.  There are things that your brothers would never think of doing - like for instance playing with something you shouldn't and it makes a loud banging noise that wakes your mom up at 5am, or jumping on her stomach when she is trying to sleep.  He definitely lives up to his name.  Today, after the early morning shenanigans, he spotted the dryer door open and decided to hop in.  There are the woolies dryer balls in there and hey - who doesn't love to play with balls.  This little man is always busy and always up to something and always makes me laugh!!






We are having our friend Ken and his dog Gracie over for dinner today.  It's 81 degrees and a nice day to eat on the deck before it gets to hot around here.  I'm making a Rhubarb pie for dessert and Cliff is grilling a tri-tip to go with an arugula/watermelon/mint/feta salad.  It should be delicious.

Hope you are enjoying this Memorial Day Holiday and remembering all the brave men and women who've given their lives for our Freedom.  God Bless Them!

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Rhodie









It just gets bigger and more beautiful with each passing year!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend to those in the States.  Hope you have a fun time and stay safe.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Slow and Steady

This has been a slow week, seems like all I do is get massages and go to the chiropractor and this week I added get x-rays to the mix.  Now don't get me wrong I would never complain about a massage and I have the best massage therapist, but when you hurt and need to go, it's just not as much fun.  I'm having a lot of trouble with the left side of my neck, my collarbone, shoulder and weakness in my left arm.  Can't wait for it all to be over with.

So anyhow last Sunday I saw this Strawberry Yogurt Cake on Facebook and on Monday I made it for Cliff.  Oh he loved it and I must say it was delicious.


Maddie had her day of beauty this week.  Although she didn't appreciate it, she, as always is a good girl for the groomer and she looks so pretty after a bath and haircut.  Well I think she's always pretty and she is such a sweet girl. 


I finished the quilting and binding on my Aunties wall hangings this past week.  I posted pictures of them in my last post.  I need to bake cookies and then get it all off in the mail to them this week.

I cleaned house, except for dusting which I need to do this week.  I was going to start it today, but I think my shoulder needs another day, so tomorrow, ugh, not my favorite job.

Sundays are my day to make us brunch and today before I got brunch started I started on a cheesecake.  It's a cheesecake that has buttermilk in it.  It sounds so different and good and then a rhubarb puree on top.  Can't wait to try a piece after dinner:


I've also started something new and fun in the sewing room.  It's a jelly roll pattern and I bought all the fabric for it a few years ago.  Time to work on all the projects I have waiting for me rather than buying a lot of fabric, unless it's for something specific.

Here is a peek:

I didn't get much done today - why - well this character just wouldn't leave me alone, he wanted major attention:


When Razzy wants attention, he will not be ignored.  He goes to the vet this week for his wellness check and shots.  I can't believe he's been our boy for a whole year now.  He is a love bug and sometimes a pest.  He is just adorable and he's my boy!!

So what have you been up to?

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Wall Hangings for the Aunties

I've had the embroidered squares done for quite some time, but so much has happened that I just didn't have the time/energy/patience to sit down and fussy cut the corner stones and put these wall hangings together.  Well between yesterday and today, I got it done and they turned out so cute.  Hopefully I'll have them all assembled by the first of next week so I can get them in the mail to North Carolina.

Kitties are for Aunt Shirl

Doggies are for Aunt Jean
I can't wait to finish them and get them sent out.  I know my Aunties have been waiting so patiently for them. 

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Monday, May 11, 2015

Springtime Around Our Yard

Thought after the last sad blog post you might need to see that it's not all doom and gloom.  Our yard and flowers are looking so beautiful this year.  My hubby has such a green thumb and he loves the yard and flowers, they do keep him busy and give him something to putter around with.  My hubby likes to putter and he's always busy with some project or another.

Our Peonies are so beautiful this year and they smell so good:






Our deck is ready for enjoying the outdoors before it gets too hot.  Frogs are out as well as the table:


The swing and CR's 2 bbq's are ready for action - in fact he did a beer can chicken last night:


We planted the buckets on the deck last week.  I like to plant the million belles and this year I also planted a spike plant in each basket.  Both require very little to keep blooming all summer long - which is good because I am not a green thumb:



Our leaf bird bath has seen a lot of action already, and my metal quail family:


A gorgeous yellow rose we planted in honor of my Grandma:

A beautiful purple plant that I never remember the name of but I love it:


Close up of the yellow rose:


Lots of bird activity and squirrels climbing the tree outside of the window keep the boys entertained:

Rascal and Chanceman (they are big boys weighing in at 15 pounds)
Poor CR had to have a tooth pulled this morning.  The root was cracked and starting to bother him.  He's got a mouth full of gauze and decided to just lay down for a bit.  Rest is good!!  We saw his Oncologist last week and his PSA is down again.  We are thrilled because the PSA is an indicator that the meds he is on are working.  Working meds hopefully means that the cancer isn't continuing to grow in other places.  It won't take away what he has, but if it stops the spread that is good for us!We'll see the Oncologist in late June for all his scans.

I'm feeling better than I was when I last posted.  It's hard to hear from someone you care about that their time on this earth is limited.  And yet all of us have a limited amount of time on earth, it's just that we may not know the when and where and why of it all.  So what I plan to do is be a good friend, write, text, call and be there to listen when needed.  This is all I can offer at this point because my Husband and Aunties are my priorities in life right now.  I can only do so much and it's hard to make decisions like this, but in my heart this is the right decision for me.

I'm busy working on a cat and dog wall hanging for the Aunties, a baby quilt for a friend and I've now gathered all the fabrics for the top of a 108x108 bed quilt for us.  Lots of sewing to do.

What are you up to?

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam