Help Mike beat blood cancer

24 February 2013

Inspiration

Do you seek inspiration? This is my 12-year old granddaughter's room. I don't know which I love more... The quote, or the fact that it's above her sewing (creative cat) space. What's NOT to love?

When was the last time YOU went out and TACKLED (or clubbed down) inspiration?

We should all remember the possibilities we had ahead of us when we were 12 years old, don't you think?

...and what inspires me? One thing that certainly inspires me is my granddaughter, Caille, my little creative cat.

22 February 2013

Quiltz r us

Forgot to post these at Christmas.

I made Ceres the yellow and lime kalaidascope pattern. It took me almost 3 years to finish hand-quilting this.

I made Shawna the batik blues and purples. This was my first attempt at free-motion machine quilting, which was a little bit scary. But fun!




















18 February 2013

Dallas fabric: At Harry HInes and Perth

Took Mike to his follow-up doctor visit in Dallas after his surgery last week. As usual, we got out of the doctor's office right at about the start of rush-hour. So he sat in the car for a bit while I ran in to visit some of my favorite places.

I have been searching for drapery fabric for the living room for the last six months. Also, seat fabric for the dining room. I need Devon to help me choose. (What will I do when she moves to Chicago in a few weeks!?)

By the way, The Golden D'or wouldn't give me a fabric sample. Wha? How can they expect someone to buy 26 yards of fabric @$19/yard without bringing home a little swatch to make sure it works with the carpet, furniture, etc? Nuts! It used to be my favorite fabric store. Not anymore! I didn't even take a photo of that warehouse. I guess that's how angry I was when I left.

13 February 2013

My "million dollar man"

We had to drive the 2+ hours to Dallas and 3 hours back today so Mike could (finally) get surgery to repair damage from the fall he took from the Schwan's truck (the step broke -- AGAIN) in DECEMBER 2010.

So much medical in so little time.
25 months =


  • 2 major back surgeries (including lots of cages, screws, rods and bone grafts)
  • 1 strange "brain reboot" (don't ask, 'cause I don't get it)
  • 1 hand surgery (1 more to go)
  • 1 hideous headache lasting 25 months
  • At least 10 hospital visits
  • About 50 visits/1+ hour waits at the pharmacy
  • About 100 doctor visits
  • About 1000 miles
  • About 65 certified letters from the evil worker's comp insurance
  • 2 video recordings from the worker's comp insurance private detective (which, of course, didn't help their case)
  • About 59,000 "DENIALS" from worker's comp. Just because.
  • 13 to 18 doctors?!
  • Maxing out our out-of-pocket costs on my Blue Cross in 2012 (do you know how hard that is to do?!)
  • 11 months having to use a walker ( we were so happy when he graduated to a cane last month!)
  • I can't even remember how many phone calls, emails, meetings and benefit reviews with lawyers... About 75?
  • Immeasurable tears anxiety and anger
  • Just enough patience from God
  • And we are not done yet




11 February 2013

I am *so* over it

Do you ever just get so bored with all the cutting and just wanna SEW already?! That's how this project feels right now.