Thursday, January 31, 2008
Mac's ear took a turn for the worse sometime during the night. When he woke up this morning he had blood draining from his ear. It wasn't pouring out his ear but there was enough present to make my stomach knot up. Lucky for us his appointment was Dr. L's first one this morning...bad thing was driving on the icy roads! Anyways, Dr. L looks into Mac's ear and decides that it isn't an ear infection but that there was a growth in his ear instead. Okay, I admit I had to ask if it was something Mac possiblly shoved in his ear. Dr. L laughed and said no that it was a mass of skin. Dr. L decides that it is time to go see Dr. B (ENT dr) and let him check Mac out. I was thinking that they would schedule it the next day or so but Dr. L comes back and tells me that I have an apppointment for Mac in one hour. Eeeks!...I have never got into a specialists office that quick! Lucky for us Dr. B has seen Mac before so he knows him and his ears.
We get ushered into a room where Dr. B looks at Mac's ear and confirms that their is mass of scar tissue causing all the problems. I know all the medical terms but I just don't have the energy to go into those details tonight. Bottom line is Mac has so much scar tissue from ear infections that it is has caused a cyst like mass. This mass is what is keeping his infection from getting better. How do we get his ear back to normal now? While we were at Dr. B's office, he took a small biospy of the cyst and told us he thought Mac was going to need surgury to remove the mass from his ear. Nothing is set in writing yet, we are waiting for the results to come back and then we will know more when we go back in for another check up on Feb 18. We haven't told Mac that he might need surgury yet. I don't want to worry him until I can answer all his questions (and mine!).
So far Mac has been a real brave boy though all of this. The doctor kept commenting on how he was being so good and laying still while he was doing the biospy. He has been a little cranky this afternoon but who wouldn't after they day he had!
The bright spot to my day is ....it is snowing!!! I know I am crazy but I love snow:) These weren't little snowflakes either! These were perfect for catching on your tongue. Girly was extremely happy to see the snow. She ran around and rolled in the snow until she was completely white. I tried to take a picture but she wouldn't stay in the same spot for more than 2 seconds! Gracie wasn't too impressed with the cold white stuff. LOL
I am off to find something to stitch on...I need to release some stress! :)
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
I looked and looked for some wintry type fabric but I couldn't find any so I gave up that battle and settled for this pinkish rose fabric.
Do you see the rotation schedule on the side? IGNORE it! It lasted 5 days I think. I am just not a rotation kind of gal. The only thing that will stay the same will be my SAL with Renee on Sundays.
I want to thank everyone for such positive responses to my tutorial. I just hope that it reads clear enough. I am a very "visual" person so if I can see the process in pictures I can usually figure it out.
Tomorrow Mac gets to go back to see Dr. L. I predict that he will look into his ear and tell me it still isn't better. *sigh* I wonder what problems I will encounter tomorrow. On top of his ear problems or I should say because of the ear problems Mac's schoolwork is starting to go downhill. While his grades are average and passing I know he is capable of more. From last quarter to this quarter he has gone down a whole letter grade. What subject? Reading! So Mac isn't happy with me but we are doing lots of reading at home. Right now we are reading the book Superfudge by Judy Blume and he seems to be enjoying it.
Have a great night!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
First of all here is a list of materials you will need for this project:
Cut out enough fabric to cover the false bottom. Cover the batting and glue fabric to cardboard. Do the same for your stitched piece and the top lid.
Cut a strip of fabric to go around the outside of the lid. I press one end of the fabric under 1/4 inch. This allows for a nice straight edge to line up the bottom of the lid with the fabric. I also do this at the end of the fabric so no raw edges will be seen.
Glue the fabric down to the top of the lid.
Center stitched piece on cardboard and glue down. Glue the stitched piece to the top lid. I usually place a heavy (but not to heavy!) book on top to press together and let dry for a few hours.
Cut a piece of fabric big enough to cover the inside AND outside of the box. I start mine by placing the fabric about 1/2 overlapping the bottom of the box and I press the fabric down as I turn the box in my hands. Once that is done then I glue the extra fabric down on the bottom of the box. You should have enough fabric extra to tuck the fabric down and glue to the inside of the box.
Insert false bottom into the box.
Cut a piece of fabric big enough to cover the bottom of the box. Glue down. I like to take a small (and I mean just a tiny amount!) amount of glue on my finger and run it all the way around where the sides meet the bottom.
At this point I let the whole thing dry for a few hours and then I can add my ribbon and/or cording to make it pretty. :)
I hope this is helpful to everyone! :)
She also sent me some great goodies, too! Thank you so much, Judith:)
I didn't work on TF last night instead I started working on another freebie. I will probably work on it some more today. I have some things waiting to be finished but when I went to get my craft glue it felt extremely light. Hmmmm....I have a sneaky feeling someone used my glue and forgot to tell me it was getting low. Oh well, sounds like a good reason to go and pick up some finishing materials. :)
Monday, January 28, 2008
This morning I was pleased to hear that my Valentine exchange has made it safely to Outi's home. I stitched her this freebie from ABC Cross Stitch Patterns. I was concerned about the threads matching the fabric I had bought but in the end it worked out perfectly.
I finished it into a small covered box for her. Making these boxes are fairly simple and if there is enough people interested I would be happy to try and put together a tutorial for making one.
Friday, January 25, 2008
While Mac was napping yesterday I was able to work on ES. I finished the BS on the left side border and started to fill in the top border. I was hoping to finish page one yesterday but I guess that will have to wait until next week.
I am not sure what I will stitch on today. I am supposed to start Mac's stocking but honestly it isn't calling me.
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
This week's SBQ is:
Have you had a happy dance yet this year? If so, tell us about it! (Or just point to the entry that mentions it.) If not, when do you predict will be?
I have had a happy dance this year but I can't share anything about it yet as it is still trying to find its home. I can't wait to share it either, it turned out really cute!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I have been working on TF for the past 2 nights. I finally gave her legs! Now, all she needs are her wings.
Monday, January 21, 2008
About 2 hours after the script had been phoned in I go to Wal-Mart to pick it up. Yep, that is where all the trouble starts....Wal-mart! I inquire if his medicine is ready and they tell me that is has not been filled. I asked them if they could tell me that in fact they had gotten the script. I was promptly told to go stand in another line and wait. *Sigh* I finally get the chance to ask if it has been received and the pharmacist starts having an attitude with me about how they don't check the phone in scripts every hour, only when they get a free moment can they check it. I told him I understood this but I needed to make sure that they had it (the script) and not waste the day waiting for it to be filled when they didn't have it in the first place! Did I make sense just then? He gruffly tells me he happens to have a free moment and would check them.....25 minutes later he tells me yes he had it BUT he did not have one of the medicines in the store! Okay...is there another WM pharmacy for me to go to and get it? No, Ma'am we don't keep this is stock in our stores. We might be able to get it from our supplier in Tulsa, if they have it. Let me check and see. While he is looking up the info on the computer the pharmacist is giving me an earful about how the Dr should have called him personally with this prescription. I swear the whole time I was thinking "what did I do to deserve this today?" About 15 minutes later, he finally said they could have it here tomorrow around noon. Before I left the pharmacist looked over his glasses and told me if Dr. L planned on writing more scripts he needs to let them know so they can keep it in stock. Stay tuned for the drama to see if our insurance actually covers it or not!
In my last post I promised a progress picture of Harvest Witch. Here she is. :D I can't wait to pick her up again!
Thank you for all the wonderful comments on the fob. It is back in the "to stitch" list for me:) Sorry if this post sounds rushed, well it is, my 2 teen girls are swearing that I never feed them and are threatening to cook if I don't come out and start dinner...lol. Believe me it is not a pretty sight when they do cook!
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Margie, I hope you don't mind I snagged your pictures. I forgot to take pictures before I mailed the fob. Enjoy the fob:)
Last night I started on Harvest Witch but I didn't get enough done for a picture just yet. I will be working on her again today so hopefully later I will have a picture for you to see.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Instead of frogging out those stitches, I decided to pull out the floss I need to start on Harvest Witch. Renee and I are stitching her as SAL on Sundays but to kick it off we will be working on her for the SAT this weekend. I can't wait to get started!
I am not sure what I'm going to work on this evening yet. I mailed my Frosty Friends exchange out on the 5th and it still has not arrived yet. I am getting nervous about it since it really didn't have a long ways to travel. I have sent an exchange to XXXX before and it took almost 2 weeks (and it was priority mail!) to arrive then. Speaking of exchanges, later this afternoon I will be mailing my final 2 exchanges out. On one hand, I am sad to see it come to an end for me but on the other hand, I sure am not going to miss the knots I get in my stomach waiting for an exchange to arrive safely. This of course doesn't mean I won't be sending out gifts, it just means I don't have deadlines to worry about. :)
Have a nice day!
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Things have been slowly adjusting to Gracie arriving. The kids love her so much that I actually have to rescue her just so she can sleep! At first Allie was not happy about it because she is not fond of dogs. She has never had a bad experience with dogs but she has never liked any other dog other than Girly. However, when she got home from school she ran right past me to find Gracie and pick her up. Krissy and Mac are just as bad, too!
As for Girly, she isn't too sure what to think about Gracie. She is a little jealous but it isn't directed at Gracie. Instead Girly refuses to share her toys with Gracie! LOL...it is actually pretty cute to see. Girly will go and get her ball (a pink and purple ball in particular) and bring it back to her spot and lay down with her paws covering it. So I went and bought Gracie a stuffed toy and now Girly keeps hiding it from her! At the same time if Gracie whines or whimpers Girly is the first one to check on her and if we aren't moving fast enough (at least in Girly's opinion) she will start let you know that you need to move faster.
It looks like it will be a quiet day around here for me. I have to do some laundry but once that is done the day is mine to stitch away. :) I have a small headache today so I'm not sure if I will work on ES or start something small for me.
Monday, January 14, 2008
I want to thank everyone for their comments on Gracie. She has everyone wrapped around her little paw. She is so cute right now. I'm sure that will change in a few months when she is chewing on everything in her sight! LOL
Have a wonderful day!
Saturday, January 12, 2008
And here is the back of the pinkeep. Thank you for everything Leena!!
I haven't had a chance to stitch today but I had a really good reason. :) I would like for you to meet the newest member of our family. Her name is Gracie. She is a real sweetheart. The kids adore her!
Friday, January 11, 2008
This week's SBQ is:
What was your favorite finish of 2007?
This one was easy! Woodland Faerie by Teresa Wentzler. :D
Have a great weekend! :)
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
With Mac being sick today I haven't had a chance to even think about stitching. I hope to work on my V-day exchange after I get back from picking up the medicines. I worked on it last night and finished about half of the stitching. I am quite happy with how it is turning out so far. :)
I want to thank everyone for their comments on Topaz and Allie becoming a teen. I will say that it is very "hormonal" around my house 3/4 of the time! LOL
Have a great night!
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Because of the nasty storms I didn't get to do a lot of stitching last night. I did get one more flower finished and I have started to give her legs. Today I am working on my Valentine exchange piece. I finally picked a pattern but so far ( and I only have about 20 stitches in it) I am noticing that the colors in the picture aren't quite accurate. This could be a small problem since the fabric I have to finish it with matches the colors in the picture. I am not too worried about it because it is a pattern I like so if it doesn't work out I can keep it for me. :)
Monday, January 07, 2008
We had a pretty nice weekend. We didn't do anything special but the weather was unusually warm so Mac and Allie took advantage of it and played outside all day long. Those two keep me in constant supply of Band-Aids, Neosporin, and ice packs!
As for stitching, I worked on Egyptian Sampler Saturday night and almost finished the falcon. I know I have said it before but I really am loving this piece!
Yesterday I decided to work on Topaz Fairie. I didn't get to stitch as much as I wanted to yesterday due to the weather being so nice. I wanted to fill in her dress and one of the flowers but all I got done was the dress. That is okay it is supposed to have rain later today and tomorrow so hopefully I can make up for it then. :)
I want to thank everyone for their comments recently. I have been terrible about reading your blogs and commenting. However, I did decide this morning after seeing my total number of feeds to read that I was not going to be able to get caught up. I hit the dreaded key to mark everything as read so hopefully I can stay caught up now at least for a little while.
Saturday, January 05, 2008
I made a quick run into town today and picked up the fabric I needed for my Valentine exchange. I have everything ready except for the pattern! While I was running I was able to get my Frosty Friends exchange and Lottery exchange in the mail. This time I remembered the PO closes at 11 AM on Saturdays. :)
We have no plans for tonight other than staying home and being lazy. This is the last official night the kids get to stay up "late" because they go back to school on Monday. So we will probably pop some popcorn and watch a movie ( I will stitch while watching the movie!).
I hope you enjoy your weekend!
Thursday, January 03, 2008
This week's SBQ is:
Are you starting something new to celebrate the New Year or participating in "Guilt Free January?" If so, what are you planning on starting?
I started Egyptian Sampler as my official New Year start this year. I am also planning on trying to go back to a daily rotation. A daily or every other day rotation works a lot better for me when I am working on large pieces.
I will start a rotation once I have finished my Valentine exchange. I am still in the planning and gathering stage right now!