Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Been busy doing basically nothing!!

 Well, it is March already, and it is creeping along nicely, my sewing room still has produced nothing. I have certainly been in some sort of serious slump. Not depressed or anything like that. (Well I truly don't think I have) But I have been looking at patterns and buying more than I will ever need ... Reckon I would have to quilt continuously for the next 40 years and I might get most of them done, providing I don't buy more. The problem is ... when I see something I like and think I can do it... I buy it. 

I watch Jenny from Missouri Star Quilt Co. and I want to make everything I see her do .. they all seem soooo easy, but still, I have done no sewing. I did patch Hubby's jeans. that took me 4 days. I hate doing them.. the first thing I have to do is go to the thrift shop and buy some jeans to cut up for the task at hand. Then I set to and open all the outside seams on the jeans to be patched. Then and only then do I put in my first order for a coffee - the patches are done in 3 stages - a patch about 15 x 6 inches goes on the knee and thigh area on the inside of the leg - another coffee + add some Bailey's please... then the main patch goes on the outside of the legs and runs from about 4 inches above the hem to just below the pockets at the top of each leg... I do use Vlisoflex and iron the patches in place before I sew anything or it would never get done. More coffee needed, please, and just a little more Bailey's thanks

I have been doing this for 40 years now... long before the iron-on was invented .. or we had overlockers that I knew about ... I truly, truly, truly hated doing them .. lol .. but haven't had to do them for some time now. These jeans are now very heavy and take up the room of 2 pairs of jeans in the washer, and I make him wash them ... I cannot hang them on the line, too heavy for me. lol. He wanted to take the bike on a very long ride. All up I think it worked out to be around 3000 kilometers round trip, plus 1000 klms for the ferry ride from Tassie to the mainland. He was to go last month but the day before he was to leave there was a Covid outbreak on the mainland and borders were closed and his trip was now off.  He will try again in August or September when it is a bit warmer but not hot. 

But in saying all that, which was probably not really necessary, and more information than you ever needed. if so I am really sorry about that

I received a letter at the beginning of the month to tell me I had a second appointment with the pre-admissions unit at the Launceston Hospital for last Thursday and while there I received the date for surgery. ... Wednesday 10th March... yes I got 6 days' notice .. oh my. 

2 of the suggestions in the paperwork they give you are... Prepare about 2 weeks of frozen meals for when you come home and ... give your house a thorough clean before your surgery...  Well, I have time for neither maybe some cleaning... but not thorough ..  

Bugger I have to leave it here for a bit ... to be continued...

Sorry about the interruption. But I am back. It is now 12:45 am Wednesday morning, I should be getting some sleep but I reckon I will get time to sleep when I get to the hospital. Mind you they tell me I am high risk so they are giving me a spinal block to do the knee replacement and that is it. Nothing more. I will be awake right through the whole procedure. So now you might understand why I am hoping to sleep at the hospital. This being awake thing does concern me. It's bad enough that they have gone into much detail about this op but now they want me to listen to the whole thing too ...lol

Stay tuned for more on this one later. There will also be photos in my next post of the delightful jeans. 

Oh! one more thing before I go. We had our 40th wedding anniversary on the 2nd of this month and I got hubby a watch and a DVD player to watch his Monty Python full TV series. ( that I also got him) and he took me out and bought me a car. Talk about upstaging me. but truly he can do this every year if he likes. 😂😂

Now, this lovely little wagon is not new but it is new for me. I have been without my own wheels for a couple of years. oh but this is the best anniversary gift ever.  My Hubby truly is an amazing man...






Have a wonderful week and hope to see you again in a week or so. As soon as I can sit in a chair comfortably 😉💖💖💖

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

 

Time has gotten away on me

OMGoodness .... has it really been 3 years since my last post ... well no, it has been over 3 years ..  

But I am guessing I am not the only person who has allowed their blog to go unattended and without update for some time.

I have been sort of unwell, I have done absolutely no sewing to speak of for over 12 months and my family is still growing and the quilts are in more demand than ever ... so ... my dear blogger friends ... this is the year I start getting things done and with some good fortune I may even get some UFO's taken care of. 

I am seeing the orthopedic surgeon at the end of this month and hopefully get a date for my knee surgery. Once that is out of the way then, that should be the end of the big things that need fixing. And I can get to go walkies with our not so young little pooch ... I do miss it.

Well, that's it from me. Short and to the point. My sister told me I talk too much about nothing, so I have been trying very hard not to bore the world with my unnecessary ramblings ... opps, and there I go again ..

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hello ...


I have been absent for a wee while ... I have been unable to gain access to my blog .. I tried every password I knew I had used over the years .. and knew I had it written down in a safe place .. you know the place ... it is so safe even you can't find it ... well that is what I thought I had done ... but no ... nothing that simple ...

Now for 12 plus month I have been trying to get into my blog ... my google password was working on my other google things so it totally bewildered me ... so i must admit I had given up ever getting back into it ... Then again tonight/ this morning I found myself here again .. trying again ... going through all the books I have used over the past 10 years with passwords and accounts in them ... and after a couple of hours .. I found a Blogger entry ... password and account/ email for the account ... and ... ok ... here I go again ... you all know I had a stroke a while back .. and I have some damage to my brain ... which in reality I have an issue remembering some things .... and I do tend to get things a bit muddled at times ... and oh yeah .. I forget things ... and apparently I also use the incorrect email address to try to gain access to my blog ... for months and months ... and months ... and I do recall now how I originally did it ..

I was helping out with a block swap group on Facebook ... and they originally started the swaps before Facebook .. so we used a blog to get the information to members .. and I was updating the blog using my Facebook account .. which uses a totally different email addie than my Facebook one ... so .. how dumb do I feel ... all this time I have been locked out because i was using a wrong email ... and I never did think it was wrong because I had bee writing a post and saved it .. switched over to the old swappers blog .. had to log into it and the computer just automatically changed the account over .. and when i tried to go back to mine it would not allow me to return to my half done post ... I was locked out .. because I was not logged on ...

So right about now I am feeling dumber than a bucket of rocks and what do I do when feeling like a massive dumb bucket of rocks ... I post on my blog about it ... sharing with the world that I am a dill .. lol...

Hopefully I will get back in here soon with some updates on what I have been doing ... mainly block swaps because that is within my skill level these days ... ..

I am working on a couple of baby quilts for my great grand daughters .. very basic ones ... ... and a possible big boys quilt for our Harry ... he was 3 last week ... so if I start it now it will hopefully be ready for when he turns 18 ...

See you all soon ..

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Christmas gift ... how gorgeous


OK ... I am not sure why this would be in my posts as a draft ... but it was originally written on November 10, 2015 ... all I can say is ... my mind was still not my own back then .... so i am so so sorry Jo ... I really do love this hanger ... it is so very special ... thank you from the bottom of my heart ...




CHRISTMAS 2015



I am not sure what happened to my last post .. nothing written there that I can see and not a memory of doing it ... but thank you Jo for your sweet post ..

and talking of Jo from .. HERE in blogland .. ... she is such a special lady ... apparently I made mention on one of her posts regarding a beautiful crazy patched coat hanger she had made .... I don't really remember saying anything but I do remember the crazy patch work ... because all Jo's crazy patch is just gorgeous ...

anyway ... I received a lovely parcel in the post a wee while back and in there was the bestest surprise ever ... I thought I should wait til Christmas to open it .. but that thought passed very quickly I am pleased to say ...

these are the beautiful things my sweet friend Jo sent me ..






Thursday, August 13, 2015

Time out!!!


Last Wednesday late in the afternoon apparently I had a stroke .. I say apparently because I am not too aware of the events that unfolded ... I thought I was perfectly ok even though I could not get up off the floor ..I know I was really angry with my darling husband because he rang 000 and was telling them all sorts of what I determined at the time were lies about me
But since then I now realise he was not ... All I can say is having a stroke was like nothing else that has ever happened to me ... I was aware of what was going on yet not aware of what was happening to me... I could tell you word for word what was said and done around me but can't explain why this was happening because there was simply nothing wrong .. Not with me anyway ... I was just  fine .. Even though I couldn't get up off the floor I was fine ... I have since worked out  Why I could get up apart from the obvious the stroke... My left side ... Leg and arm no longer worked I could not lift myself nor could I drag myself .. I could not crawl on hands and knees and I could not even push myself along the floor I was very stuck on the floor .. But I kept saying if I could get to the bed I would be able to get on it and I would be fine ... But try as I might I could not get there ... And the positively scary part is if Marcos had gone out like  he was going to instead of waiting for me to go to the loo before leaving Heaven knows where I would be today ... I am recovering very well because I was treated  rapidly and they stopped the damage from going too far .. But I dare say it will be some time before I make a quilt but I intend to beat this ... I will return to my sewing machine and we will be friends again .. This is a promise I have made me... I have a goal ... And it is achievable... Well I believe it is ... And I am looking forward to going home

Sunday, July 5, 2015

School holidays ....

We are half way through the school holidays here ... Katie is working full time now .. So is Levi .. and that leaves 3 boys who need supervision through the day while mum and dad are not there .. and as we are the only family for miles around we get the job ... I don't mind at all ... in fact I love seeing the boys and spending time with them ... they are a joy .. but I did have lots I needed to get done this past week ... and in between I had a gall attack and was in bed for 2 days and my darling husband took over my duties .. got up in the morning .. had his coffee and headed over to the kids place to watch the boys .. and he did it without complaint ... he took his kindle and off he went ...

the boys are truly great to 'babysit' ... Cameron who is 12 just sits and plays on his phone all day ... Barak .. 10 and Chance 6 play the playstation ... all day .... and I don't care ... cos they are not seen ... not heard and I have to go looking for them to come eat lunch and snacks ... they don't fight .. they don't yell and scream or have tanties .. they get all their chores done and then do what they want ... ... I can sit and sew all day if I choose ... although it is a little difficult to pack everything I need to take over in the morning and return with it at night .. so I take hand sewing or magazines .. and just vege out ...

When Poppy went to babysit .. he got offered coffee ... Cameron made it for him .. and at lunch time .. Barak made him a cheese sandwich with no butter cos it is hard to spread ... and Chance brought him a mandarin for afternoon tea ...

Now Nan .. she gets nothing ... no coffee . . no lunch ... no mandarin ... sheesh .. she don't even get the offer of these things ... so next week when I go back to babysit ... I don't want the coffee cos I don't drink it through the day ... and I need butter on my bread so they won't have to make me one of those cheese sandwiches either .. but ... I will be demanding I get a mandarin ... a nice big fat juicy one ... haha

love these kids .. they are a small part of my family .. but an extremely large part of my life ..

Monday, June 22, 2015

Family ...

Marcos was away all weekend .. had a bus charter to do .. so I thought .. hmmm .. clean and vac the house on Saturday and then Sunday is left for sewing ... all day with no one about ... YAY ...

So I spent the day Saturday ...  (I do apologise for all this swearing girls) .... cleaning ... vacuuming ... doing laundry ... ironing ... changing bedding and even washing the quilts ... .. busy busy day ... by 6 o'clock I had eaten and showered and was sitting down with plans of falling asleep in front of the telly ... perfect end to a busy day ...

then at about 7 the dog jumped up and was at the door very excited ..tail wagging ... not barking ... just happy like Marcos or one of the kids was at the door ...

so I dragged my very tired frame up out of my chair and opened the door ... and there was our grandson .. all 18 years of him standing there with his bags in his hands and a girl by his side ... and of course my brain started racing off in 20 different directions with all sorts of scenarios .. I said to myself ... do not jump to any conclusions .. just wait till you hear what he has to say ... so they came in .. and to make a long long long story short ... she was not staying ... phew .. although he wanted to ... he left home in a huff a few months back .. and was supposed to come here a few months back ... but his mates mum talked him into staying there ... I met her the day after he was suppose to come here and I did not like her .. I don't often not like people .. but there was just something about this woman ... something off ...

Anyway .. this boy .. all 18 years of him told me how the weekend prior which was his 18th birthday ... this woman and her boyfriend and her son .... the grandson's mate .. purchased a bottle of rum and gave it to him for his birthday .. then told him a real man could drink the lot ... so being a stupid boy .. all almost 18 years of him decided to show them he was a man .... but turns out he could not drink all that rum at all ... well not drink it and then remember what happened .... thank God kids love to video things that happen around them ... .. there are heaps of videos floating around of my grandson .. tied and faffer taped to a chair ... basically unconscious cos he was sooooo drunk .. this tying up and taping was the handy work of the woman's boyfriend and her son ... then these 2 males attempted to punch and flog him sober ... he had bruises and lumps all over him ... his ear is still split .. a couple of the kids that were there called the police and 10 officers turned up .. no one has been charged yet ... i have to take the lad to the police station thru the week and he has to give a statement to them regarding this .. however he only knows what his friends have told him and what he has seen in the videos ... he remembers nothing ... apart from my very very very harsh words about drinking so damn much and being such a fool .. supposed to be an adult now mate ... if you want me to treat you like one .. then act like one .. blah blah blah ... i then made him ring his dad and tell them that he was here with me ... daddy then came to visit and left at about 11 ... so much for my relaxing .. falling asleep in front of the telly haha .. love my darling grandies ...

and today was spent with the dad ... mum .. and siblings of the 18 year old ... well until 3 this afternoon ... anyway ... tomorrow I will spend the day at the school and the police station and then to centrelink to get his payment removed from this woman clutches ... and then Tuesday it is a doctors appointment and hearing test for me ...

Yes I could have been sewing today ... but I wasn't ... instead I was talking and playing and feeding my family .. in my nice clean and very tidy house ... Then Mr 18 year old and I cooked dinner and ate .. and hubby got KFC on the way home from his job .....

On Wednesday I think I am going to lock myself in my sewing room and hit anyone who comes near the door with the broom handle ... or maybe I will just make them use the broom for the purpose it was designed for .... that would be good too ...


Sorry ... it was a bit longer than I intended it to be ... but then I never could tell a short story ... lol

Sunday, June 14, 2015

it's a bit of a worry ..

Last Wednesday afternoon .. hubby was at work .. he drives school buses .. his bus was full with kiddies all eager to get home and get their homework done .. or something like that .. and he was driving along one of the many roads in town .. he had to make a right hand turn at a T-junction.. there were I might add two sidewalks on this road .... one which had a cement walking path .. anyway ... as hubby pulled up at the junction he saw a chap walking along the 'fog' line on the side of the road .. and he proceeded to pull out onto the road ... the noise of the bus motor must have startled the guy cos he tried to run up onto the sidewalk using someones driveway .. he missed his footing (we assume) and stumbled back onto the road into the path of the bus ... luckily ... and to be honest it would appear it all could have gone much better ...... but the side mirror clipped the guy's backpack and he went flying onto the ground ... Marcos pulled the bus over as quickly as he could .. told the children to stay in their seats ... got one of the seniors to take charge and went to check on the man ... as he was getting out of the bus he was on the phone to 000 ...

The man had a very nasty gash on his head and on his leg ... from we assume where he hit the road ... Marcos did all he could do to reassure the guy that help was on the way ... emergency crews turned up very quickly ..  the man was taken to hospital and the police questioned hubby for awhile .. the boss turned up with a relief driver and the kiddies all got taken home .. some were very upset and were crying ... naturally .. but they were all fine the next day ... once they saw hubby was back on the bus and was not in jail .. they had heard on the news that the man was ok ..

We have not been able to get any information on the guy ... and I guess that is the right and proper thing with litigation and insurance and responsibilities and the world as it is ... but all we want to know is .. is he ok ... we don't want his name ..address .. contact details ... just is he ok ... but we cannot be told anything ... and we must understand that ....

Now the other side of this is .. Marcos may be charged .. not sure with what at this point cos we don't know anything about the man that was hit ... he also may lose his 'drivers authority' which he needs to drive school buses / carry paying passengers .. Until we hear otherwise he is still allowed to drive but at any time Queensland Transport can ring his boss and say ... remove him from the driving roster ... that simple ...

Marcos is ok .. worried about the guy .. who was 59 .. we got that off the news ... and now worried about his job and his license  ... I do believe all will be ok as he really could not avoid the accident ... but we are just sitting now and waiting to see what the next ??? however long it takes ?? ... will bring ..

Living in limbo is not nice  .. my concerns are different from hubby's... and I don't like that I can't really share this ordeal with him ... all I can do is still here ... love him and support him the best I can ..

ahhhh bugger ...........