Wednesday, June 22, 2016

FATHER'S DAY AND CLAIRE'S OUTFIT IS FINALLY DONE!


I am trying not to flip out that I had typed QUITE A BIT when suddenly this old dinosaur computer of mine turned off and I lost the whole thing...sigh.  Haven't had that happen in quite a while, but still...sooo annoying.  So I am not going to go back and try and remember everything I said, but rather just jump in and try and get er done, lol.

Father's day was a total delight for us.  We went to my oldest son's house to celebrate ALL the dads we could, and it was a great day.  Swimming in their pool, feasting on bbq hamburgers, sweet corn on the cob, and juicy watermelon was wonderful, plus the conversations and visiting were enjoyed by all.  On Sunday after we had listened to our old Pastor online, but before we went to our son's house, I decided to make Lindsey up a make-up bag.  She had mentioned when she was here that she needed one, and since I was looking for something to make out of the mini charm squares I had bought anyway, this seemed like the perfect thing.  The little zippered pouches can of course be made any size you want, and out of any fabric to give it a totally different look.  I had not made one out of mini charms before, in fact I've never made anything out of mini charms, and I thoroughly enjoyed doing so.  I got a little carried away with the quilting, which made it take A LOT longer then I planned, but I really liked the way it came out.  We were actually running a little behind because I wanted to finish this up and bring it along to give to her, since you never know how long it might be between visits, and so therefore never remembered to take pictures of it until we were sitting in their driveway.  I whipped out my I-phone and snapped a few as it sat on my lap.  Let me show you...

ALL THE DADS, GRANDPA'S,AND GREAT GRANDPA'S IN OUR FAMILY....ALL GOOD MEN AND DADS, WE ARE SOO BLESSED!

LOVED THIS PIC OF MY SON JOE WITH HIS DAUGHTERS ANNABEL AND LINDSEY [JOE SPENT MOST OF HIS TIME IN THE POOL, LOL]

SOPHIA TOOK HER NAP ON GREAT GRANDPA'S LAP


THE PICTURES ARE REALLY NOT THAT GOOD.  THE BOTTOM AND THE TOP WERE MADE OUT OF THE CHECKERED MINT GREEN AND WHITE FABRIC, AND I QUILTED IT ALL IN A CROSS HATCH.  AND THEN THE LITTLE MINI CHARMS WERE QUILTED IN JUST 1/4 INCH LINES.  I ALSO PUT HER NAME AND SOME HEARTS ON IT WITH MY DECORATIVE ALPHABET AND STITCHES.  THE BACK IS IDENTICAL MINUS THE NAME AND THE HEARTS

THE LINING

THE SIDES WAS THIS DARLING BIRD FABRIC, AND THEY WERE QUILTED IN SQUIGGLY LINES

BOTTOM OF THE BAG...YOU CAN SEE CROSS HATCH QUILTING BETTER....AND ALSO MY LOOSE THREADS, LOL.  I DIDN'T GET THEM ALL PICKED OFF I SEE....I WAS IN SUCH A HURRY

CLOSER LOOK AT THE QUILTING ON THE MINI CHARMS.  THE FRONT AND BACK HAD A FUSIBLE FLEECE ON IT SO I COULD QUILT IT. 

On Monday after I straightened the house and started the laundry I sat down to sew.  It was supposed to be 110 that day [and it was!] so it seemed like the perfect day to STAY inside with the air and the fans cranking, and not think about how hot it was outside!  Let me just say this about this little outfit. Pretty much everything about it was kind of a pain.  Only because I am soo stubborn did I press on as I really wanted to light a match to it, rip it up, toss it in the trash, forget I'd ever started it more then once.  Monday as I sat down I was to the point where I had just attached the skirt part to the waist band, and was ready to put in the buttonholes down the back and on the waist band where it was to attach to the romper.  But as I held it up the skirt to the romper I realized something was VERY wrong.  You would have to sew to know what I was talking about, BUT if you have gathered a skirt onto a waist band, or really just gathered anything, you KNOW it is important to get all of your gathering as even as you can.  Let's just say while I do TRY I am not a fanatic about it and truthfully it has never mattered much.....until now!  Bottom line, because there was two pockets on the front of this skirt, it was VERY VERY important that I had gathered it VERY evenly and made sure the center of the skirt between the two pockets was exactly on the center of the waist band.  Typing this out it would seem like OF COURSE it had to be centered.  Trust me, it should have been.  But I am always in such a hurry.  Anyway, there was NO WAY to fake this.  If I didn't completely take the skirt back off the band and start ALL OVER putting it back on [and this time carefully centered of course] the whole thing was pretty much ruined.  Sooooo needless to say I had to do it.  And considering a couple of those seams had been trimmed and clipped, and OVERCAST to finish off, it was really quite the wahoo!  I could have seriously just cried.  But I turned on some praise music, picked up my seam ripper, and just tried to mindlessly go about it.  I finally got it done, and then still had nine buttonholes to put on it between the skirt and the romper!  And yes, you heard me right... nine! AND the ties that go on the back had to be made and put on as well.   WHEW.....ALL of this took me about 3 hours, but I officially finished it up by noon.  I took a break after that, and then decided the longer I lingered over that break, that I had sat there long enough for one day.  Let me show you the little outfit BEFORE I tell you of the nightmare of the matching shoes, lol, that happened on Tues.

TA DA!!  LET ME SAY THIS TOO....THIS PICTURE DOES NOT DO THIS JUSTICE, LOL.  IT REALLY DOESN'T LOOK THAT DIFFICULT.  BUT JUST LOOK AT THOSE POCKETS FOR INSTANCE.  NOT YOUR ORDINARY POCKETS...THEY ARE NOT ONLY GATHERED  AND THEREFORE PUFFY, BUT THEY HAVE A BINDING ON THEM.  THE RUFFLE ON THE STRAPS DOESN'T LOOK LIKE IT WOULD BE VERY HARD EITHER, BUT IT IS A BIG RUFFLE, AND FITTING IT THROUGH THE HOLE WITHOUT CATCHING IT ON EITHER SIDE WHEN SEWING AS WELL, WAS REALLY PRETTY FIDDLY.  AND YOU CAN'T TELL FROM THIS PIC., BUT THERE ARE SHORTS THAT ARE ATTACHED TO THE BIB UNDER THAT SKIRT, AND DID I MENTION THAT THE SHORTS WERE PLEATED FRONT AND BACK [WHY ON EARTH CONSIDERING THEY WILL NEVER SHOW?  JUST WONDERING] OH AND A NAP FOR THE SIDE OPENING ON THE SHORTS AS WELL.  AND CONSIDERING THE WHOLE THING WOULD HAVE HAD TO BE REMOVED FOR A DIAPER CHANGE, I ADDED GRIPPER SNAPS TO THE CROTCH TOO.

AND HERE'S THE BACK...I AM SHOWING THIS HERE WITH THE TIES UNTIED SO YOU CAN SEE HOW CUTE THE BUTTONS UP THE BACK ARE AND HOW THE STRAPS CROSS IN THE BACK AND THEN BUTTONS THAT HELP ATTACH THE SKIRT TO THE ROMPER.  OF COURSE SHE COULD CHOSE TO JUST WEAR THE ROMPER WITHOUT THE SKIRT TOO.

AND TIED IN A BOW
LIFTED THE SKIRT SO YOU CAN SEE THE SHORTS

GRIPPER SNAPS
Sooo then I Tues I just wanted to make up the shoes and possibly get started on the hair bow so I spent most of the morning it seemed chatting on the phone, lol.  Mistake one.  First off I had to search high and low for the pattern.  I FINALLY found it, but by the time I had I was already annoyed and frustrated.  Then, as I got into it I remember that I did not like the directions that went with this particular pattern, but for the life of me couldn't remember what I had done instead.  You'd think I'd simply write these things down, but of course that would require organization and smarts, and apparently I am short on both.  I started and began again, ripped out and flipped out, fiddled and fussed, actually stuck myself with a pin soo hard I bled on the fabric once, and FINALLY got one I kind of liked.  And only one, and only kind of.  I left the whole mess just sitting there and quit for the day instead.  This morning I got my daily chores done and sat down there again determined to take my time, and try one last attempt I had actually thought of in the middle of the night, and low and behold it worked!  Success!  It was really pretty cute, especially after I added on the little bows on top.  Now, truthfully I have NOT re-done the one I did yesterday but that's is because I honestly don't know if I have enough fabric scraps left over of the one fabric [plenty of the others] to make another shoe.  But is it bugging me?  YES!!  I really want to make it again.......right!  However, there is the fabric issue, plus I have NO IDEA if these shoes will even fit her, or if she or my daughter will even like them, or how often she even keeps shoes on her feet anyway.  Details right?  I decided to stop and put this post up before the whole week gets away from me again, but I will probably be searching through my scraps to see if I don't have enough after I am done here.  It really doesn't take much.  Let me show you these shoes!

AS I LOOK AT THIS PICTURE THERE IS NO WAY I AM LEAVING THAT OTHER SHOE.  SURELY YOU CAN TELL WHICH ONE IT IS?  I AM LAUGHING ALOUD RIGHT NOW ALONE IN MY CHAIR....IT'S HYSTERICAL...LOL  BUT ANYWAY, YOU GET THE IDEA.  

WITH THE DRESS...NOT AS OBVIOUS NOW....PROBABLY ON HER FOOT NO ONE WOULD NOTICE??!  LOL

OH AND I PUT LEATHER ON THE BOTTOM OF THE SOLE SO THAT SHE COULD WALK AROUND IN THESE
Welp, that's about it for now.  The weather has cooled back down to the upper eighties, but I see it's heating up again for next week.  Guess summer is here in all it's force.  My cleaning woman will be here tomorrow so guess I will venture out in the heat to pick up some more fabric, but don't worry, I don't have anything HARD, or FIDDLY, or FRUSTRATING planned, lol.  Hope you all are having a good week, and enjoying your summers.  Many blessings to you all!  Debbie

PRECIOUS CLAIRE...CLAPPING THAT GRANDMA HAS FINISHED HER DRESS...notice her feet are bare?  lol  usually are!

LUKE AND SAM ENJOYING ICE CREAM CONES AFTER THEIR SWIM LESSON...THEY ARE DOING SOOO WELL I GUESS.....REALLY MISS THEM!

AND PRETTY SOPHIA ROSE WEARING ONE OF THE OUTFITS I MADE HER.  LOVE THE EYELET TOP ON HER.  SHE IS SOOO PRETTY!


Saturday, June 18, 2016

A WEEK PLAYING I GUESS!


Goodness how can it possibly be Sat morning already and this whole week has come and gone.  I am afraid I've played it away.  I've tried to analyze why that can make me feel guilty, but it just kind of does.  Monday I did spend the majority of the day at the sewing machine, which I guess now that I think about that, MANY would consider "playing" too, lol, but I do I guess consider it "working", at least in my mind.  I had kind of a hard time with the outfit I am making for Claire as it has straps with an attached ruffle, pleats in the shorts, both front and back, a nap [which I haven't done in ages] where it attaches to the bib, a waist band, and now I am making the skirt which has the cutest pockets and will button over the top of the shorts.  It is coming out SUPER cute, but honestly is WAY more complicated then I was originally thinking.  I am intending to make a pair of matching shoes to go with it too, so I guess I'd better keep my nose to it or she will outgrow it before it is ever done.

On Tues I drove to Joannes to pick up a few things that were on sale and couldn't be passed up, and then it was on down to Newport Beach to get my hair done.  It is FINALLY grown out enough that I am again happy with both the style and color.  I hope I remember this whole experience if I should ever decide again I NEED a change, lol. [wink] By the time I got back it was kind of late and I didn't do much more then chat on the phone.  Wednesday I got up and scurried around doing my regular morning chores and then left here by 10 to go and pick up my grand daughter Lindsey from her last day of school.  She was going to spend a couple of days with me, and honestly I can't tell you how much I enjoyed it.  We stopped for lunch on our way back here and sat in there for a couple of hours chatting and visiting and catching up on all that has been going on with her.  Then, we came home and continued right on chatting until it was time to head down to Huntington Beach to see my niece Katie perform her solo in her dance recital.   Lindsey and Katie are only a year apart, 15 and 16, and haven't had much opportunity to hang out together in a while, and they enjoy each other very much. Katie was planning on joining Lindsey here so that the girls could have some time together.  I am not sure how it is that when they do hang out together they do it here, but it sure works for me and I am soo glad to be included on their fun.  The recital was SOO fun and we all enjoyed ourselves. Katie has been dancing for several years now, but this was her first solo on pointe.  [which means on her toes].  I am soo glad to see her accomplishing one of her goals.


SHE LOOKED SOOO BEAUTIFUL!
We didn't get back here until after 11 and truthfully we were ALL beat [especially me!] and we tumbled into bed.  On Thursday we got up and got around and headed to the mall..  What teenaged girl doesn't like trips to the mall?  lol.  I am not good for much there with my knees so I sat in the air conditioned car and messed around on my phone for some of that time, and was just fine let me tell you.  Then, we went to lunch at Red Robin's.  It was a LONG leisurely lunch full of "girl talk"...I enjoyed every minute.  After that we went to the movies.  By the time we got out of there it was again late and we came back to the house where the girls showered and got into their PJ's and we whipped up some taco's for dinner.  We called and had hubby bring home some frozen yogurt for later, and then finally settled in for some movies.  Hubby and I made it through the first one [Woodlawn] and then we headed off to bed leaving them to their selves.  They watched more movies, made cinnamon rolls to snack on, and chatted away until 2;30 in the morning, lol..  Goodness, remember those days? lol

KATIE ON YOUR LEFT....LINDSEY ON YOUR RIGHT.....THIS WAS TAKEN AFTER LUNCH AND BEFORE THE MOVIE
Yesterday morning the girls slept in till close to 10 and I caught up a few things around here.  Then they got ready and we again left here to do a couple more things.  We headed over to Victorian Gardens mall and the girls did a little more shopping and then we had lunch at Kabuki and had some sushi.  After lunch we drove over to my grand daughter Annabel's house to visit with her and Sophia. They are both doing sooo well and we all enjoyed our time with the baby...



ANNABEL, LINDSEY, KATIE AND SOPHIA
SHE WAS WIDE AWAKE MOST OF THE TIME WE WERE THERE, BUT FINALLY DOZED OFF AGAIN AS WE WERE READY TO LEAVE...THAT WORKED WELL FOR US.

We dropped Lindsey off at her house after that as she does not live far from Annabel, and then Katie and I came back over here until her parents picked her up a couple of hours later.  We squeezed a lot of activities, food, and fun into those couple of days let me tell you, and honestly I felt kind of like I was in another world, lol.  Stories about boys, friends, sports, boys, dancing, school, and did I mention boys, lol flowed freely.  I am soo glad they both feel free to share with me these stories of their lives, and we actually had several conversations about God and important things as well.  I LOVE this age in girls, and feel soo grateful I was blessed with these two sweet, beautiful and full of life girls.  Even though I did basically spend the week "playing", lol.  I have sadly neglected my blog, and my visiting, [along with my sewing] but hope to catch up in the next couple of days.  Hope you are all having a WONDERFUL week-end, and possibly have some father days plans as well.  We are heading over to my oldest son's house for a bbq on Sunday afternoon.  Many blessings to you all, Debbie

Friday, June 10, 2016

A BUSY WEEK, AND SOME DISAPPOINTING NEWS


Well here we are to Friday already and seriously I've just had the first opportunity I have had ALL week to sit down at my sewing machine this morning.  I enjoyed my time on Monday with Katie.  We lunched out, caught an afternoon matinee [which always screams summertime to me!] and had LOTS of "girly" conversations. I honestly really enjoy that age. After I dropped her off I grabbed something to eat real quick and headed over to get a pedicure.  It was REALLY necessary and sooo relaxing. After that I stopped at the cleaners and picked up hubby's shirts, and then swirled into the grocery store and picked up a few things.  By the time I got home that day was pretty well gone.

  And then on Tues I got up and scurried around as I had to be at my oldest son's house by 9 am as little Jeffie was graduating from the sixth grade.  Goodness, HOW can that possibly be?  He is 12 years old I know, but getting glimpses of him in his little world let me know just how old he has really gotten. The kids put on a little concert show before the graduation and Jeffie participated as one of the MC's. It was soo much fun to see him in action, and hear how well he speaks in public, and realize he has joined some of his uncles in his ability to entertain and be funny.  I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing.  After the program I ran my his older sister Lindsey to school.  She had stayed home to attend the graduation.  It's only about a 15 to 20 minute drive, but it did give us a chance to chat and catch up a bit too.  She has done SOOO well with her freshman year at Ontario Christian, that honestly I just couldn't be prouder of her.   On Wednesday I got up early and headed out to Irvine to see the new orthopedic doctor by 9 am.  It did make me SOO glad that I am not usually on the freeways that time of day as the traffic was really heavy for sure.  The doc, while very nice, did not really have much to say to encourage me.  First he examined my knees by pretty much swirling them around in the same positions my old doc did, and pressing here and there and asking me what hurt.  Truthfully, NOTHING hurt at all, and he was sooo amazed at my "range of motion" that honestly he kind of went on and on about it.  Which is exactly what my old doc did as well.  I guess it must be kind of phenomenal.  But he said pretty much the same thing my old doc did too.  "Your x-rays are SOOO bad I expected to see someone who can barely move at all and is in pain ALL the time.  WHAT are you taking or doing?  Do you get injections?"  I told him I take nothing but an occasional Tylenol, and while I have tried injections they have done nothing at all to help me.  He told me that he wasn't surprised that injections don't help because seriously I am WAY too far gone and bad for that.  He pressed on and then said, "do you take any kind of supplements or arthritis aids?"  And I told him I do take Shaklee's joint Relief supplements, and had for several years now.  He said, "well they must work really well for you."  I also told him I do stretch exercises twice a day. He said, well those will definitely help too, but it's GOT to be the supplements that allow such movement.  I did tell him that the second I put my weight on my knees is when I feel it, and that walking just from one room to the next, let alone anything else, is REALLY bad.  And he said, well, I am sure it is based on those x-rays, but you have to be grateful that you can do what you do.  Then!!!!  He went on to say that there is NO WAY he will do the knee replacement surgery until I lose 50 pounds!  Now don't get me wrong, I KNOW of course I am overweight, and that losing weight will help all the way around.  I get it I do.  But dieting for me has become SOOO difficult because every time I cut my carbs back too much and eat mainly veggies, some fruits, and proteins, my IBS acts up SOOO badly I'd really rather be crippled and fat.  And yet, honestly I just don't eat any where near what you might think I would in order to weigh what I do.  I am sure it is because I am sooo inactive, but again, MOVING around much at all is a nightmare of pain with my knees.  It is a vicious circle.  I guess I was hoping I'd fix my knees, and then be able to get out and exercise and losing some weight might happen better for me that way.  My other orthopedic docs I have seen in the past have NEVER refused to do the surgery, and I don't weigh anymore now then I did then.  It was REALLY disappointing as I have just been waiting until I was finally ready to face the surgery, and now that I am, I am going to a doc who refuses to do it.  Soooooooooo needless to say I will be giving it my best shot to lose weight, without hopefully messing up my IBS and hope I can do it.  But seriously 50 pounds is going to take a while and be LOTS AND LOTS of work.  But it is the old, it is what it is.  I have struggled with my weight since I was in my early 40's, and trust me know everything I need to know about eating right.  In the past exercising helped me keep my weight where it belonged, but with these knees I just can't do it. This will be interesting to say the least.  After I got back home I did get Claire's out fit cut out, and the laundry done, and the front porch plants watered and the porch furniture cleaned.  At that point that day was gone too. Then yesterday, I left here EARLY again, [just as my cleaning woman pulled up,lol] and headed out to the quilt store to get more of the fabric I had chosen to make Claire's outfit as I did not buy enough.  I browsed for a while and bought a couple of fat quarters and a mini charm pack.  Not sure what I am going to do with them, but I am sure I will figure it out, lol.  After that I ran by Joannes and picked up some zippers, some buttons, some elastic, and some thread.  I felt I needed to congratulate myself though as I didn't buy ANY fabric, lol  After that I grabbed a salad at subway and then headed over to Victoria Gardens.
LOVE THIS MALL

 I LOVE this out door mall, but seriously I don't go there much at all anymore as I don't "do" malls at all with these knees.  Plus honestly Melody and I used to spend soo much time there before she married and moved away, that it can put me in a down mood if I let it.  But I had decided I was going to go back to a place she and I used to go to all the time and get my eyebrows threaded.  Now I will tell you I would have NEVER done such a thing in the first place if it hadn't been for my daughter encouraging me to do so.  I have had them waxed MANY MANY times, but I don't really like doing that either as it pulls soo much skin off at the same time, and the older I have gotten the more sensitive my skin is, and the more I hate it, lol.  But on the other hand, the alternative, which is just plucking them myself, has also become more and more difficult.  I can't see well up close without my contacts out, and yet with them out it is difficult as well.  I do have a magnifying mirror which helps, but it is still difficult to see well, and they just have not looked just right for a while.  Sometimes I can get them waxed and then keep them looking good myself for quite a while, but it was time to address this issue once again.  I guess I should mention that I have pretty thick, somewhat bushy eyebrows, and they MUST be maintained, lol.

 Anyway, I will never forget the first time I had this done.  OH MY GOODNESS it hurt.  I had tears running down my face and I wasn't crying, lol.  It just made my eyes water and my nose run.  It was kind of a nightmare, but my daughter assured me that it only hurt that way the first time and after that it was not bad at all to maintain.  She was right.  The second time was MUCH better, and by the third it was a non event. Needless to say considering I haven't had this done in years I was sure I was in for some real pain, lol. But I was pleasantly surprised.  It hurt, but not too bad at all.  So I decided I would go ahead and do my chin as well.  Now I guess I should say here [no idea why you are getting all this information, lol] that I really only have a very occasional hair on my chin that needs to be plucked, and this only happened after my hysterectomy.  I knew there was some VERY VERY light hair on my chin and honestly I didn't think it would be too bad as there wasn't much, and I figured I was there and I might as well get it done.  OH MY GOODNESS!!  I couldn't believe it.  It was HORRIBLE, lol.  Hurt SOOOOO much! lol.   Don't know if I will be doing the chin again.  But the eyebrows were not bad pain wise at all, and looked the best they have looked in years.  Have you ever thought about how much maintenance it takes to keep yourself looking decent, and yet the sad part is anymore it's not that good even when I get done, lol.   I found a little video for those of you who might be interested in how they "thread" your eyebrows, lol



 After the threading shop I headed back towards home [I was a GOOD 45 minutes away still] and swung into Kaiser to re-do my UTI  infection test for the 3rd time. Yes, you heard me right....3 times!  So far all I can say is I am not that impressed with Kaiser, and the orthopedic's thoughts only made it worse...sigh.  By the time I finished up there and got home, it was late once again.  This morning I did get started on Claire's outfit, and honestly so far I am finding it a little more fiddly and difficult then I had hoped for.  I stopped and ate my lunch and decided I would put this up before heading back to the machine.  We don't have a lot on our agenda for this week-end, but we do have quite a few more people that are planning on attending the new bible study fellowship, and I am looking forward to that.  Hope you all have a GOOD week-end, and are enjoying these early days of summer. Many blessings to you all!  Debbie

MIKE AND MELODY CELEBRATED YESTERDAY

TELLA WAS AWARDED COMMUNICATOR OF THE YEAR AT SCHOOL THIS YEAR

SAM AND LUKE....LOVE THEIR LITTLE BOND

PRETTY SOPHIA ROSE!



Monday, June 6, 2016

NEW BEDROOM COMFORTER...SOME SEWING...AND A NEW BIBLE STUDY!

I had every intention of putting up more posts last week, but somehow it just never happened.  I didn't even have a ridiculously busy week, so I am not sure what I was even doing, lol.  Let me just catch you up a bit around here.  I did get over to the quilt shop and get my quilt dropped off.  I am not going to get it back until July first, so that is going to make it a bit pressed for me to get it finished up before her birthday [also in July] but I am soo glad to have it at the quilters.

I was going to get busy on the quilt kit I bought a few weeks ago, but decided instead to make a few other things first.  I had purchased some cute knit fabric when it was on sale, and wanted to make up my grand daughter Capri some new skirts.  She loves the skirts I make for her, and sticks pretty much to just wearing those, so I wanted to give her a little more variety, lol.  I also had found a pattern in her size for a sleeveless top, and a tank top as well, so I made her up a couple of them as well.  They were all easy, quick, and what I call "mindless" sewing.  I needed a little of that kind before I move onto that quilt kit, lol.  Let me show you....

THOUGHT THIS FABRIC WAS SUPER CUTE.  THIS IS THE TANK TOP PATTERN

LOVED THIS REVERSIBLE FABRIC, AND THIS ONE GOT THE SLEEVELESS TOP

CLOSER LOOK AT THE TWO FABRICS....THE SKIRT IS THE POLKA DOT, THE TOP IS THE STRIPED WITH THE BINDINGS ON THE NECK AND SLEEVES DONE IN THE POLKA DOTS

TIE DYE SKIRT....BOUGHT THIS FABRIC AGAINST MY BETTER JUDGEMENT AS IT IS NOT THE KIND OF KNIT I LIKE TO WORK WITH....IT ROLLED BADLY.  ANY OF YOU WORKING WITH KNIT KNOWS WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT...I DO LIKE THE WAY IT CAME OUT, AND I AM PRETTY SURE SHE IS GOING TO LOVE THIS ONE, SO I AM GLAD NOW I HASSLED IT.
I have a darling little outfit I want to whip up for Claire next, but after that the plan is to take on the next quilt.

Saturday hubby and I decided to take on a little extra cleaning around here, and so hubby shampooed all of our carpets.  Which is really just the two bedrooms, the living room, and then the huge area rug in our family room.  Everything else is tiled.  But even this much takes quite a while.  But it was a nice warm day for them to dry, and it was soo time.  I have probably mentioned that we bought our home shampooer years ago, so we try to do this 3 or 4 times a year.  It was definitely one of our smarter buys as we have used the thing to death.  I got all of the curtains throughout the house washed and dried and ironed and back up so I was feeling pretty accomplished too.  Then!  I bought us a new comforter for our bed.  Goodness HOW I debated on this, lol.  Part of me wanted to make EVERYTHING.  A quilt, a bed skirt, new curtains, shams, decorative pillows etc.  But truthfully just trying to find fabric and dwelling on the pattern etc. had me stressed, not to mention my recent discoveries on me and quilting, that I finally decided what in the world am I stressing for?  lol.  And truthfully I KNEW it would probably cost me at least double the amount of money as well.  Sooo I bought us a new comforter set that came with shams and a bed skirt, and then a few decorative pillows as well. All on sale.......all good prices.  I decided to stick with the same color theme so that I didn't need to change the paint, curtains, pictures, and nick knacks that go with it.  Plus, I really still like everything I have so why go to all the expense and trouble, right?  I decided to leave the new bed skirt off as I really like the wood of the bed showing,  and I honestly wasn't that thrilled with the included bed skirt anyway.  I did rearrange mom's chair in there a little bit and I like that whole look better too. Let me show you...

VIEW SITTING IN MOM'S CHAIR OPPOSITE OF THIS....LIGHTING IS NOT GOOD WITH THOSE WINDOWS, OR COLORING EITHER, BUT I DO THINK YOU GET THE IDEA.  EVEN ALL MY LAMPS STILL GO WITH  COLOR THEME.  I'VE HAD SOME OF THINGS FOR YEARS....LOL


JUST HAD TO SHOW YOU HOW WELL MISS BEAR STILL MATCHES TOO

LOVE MY ANGEL...SHE HAS HUNG IN OUR BEDROOM FOR YEARS...GOOD THING SHE WASHES UP SOOO WELL, LOL

HAD THIS BOOKCASE SINCE THE SECOND YEAR WE MARRIED [SO OVER 40 YEARS!] AND IT HAS HOUSED MORE DIFFERENT SETS OF BOOKS AND BEEN IN MORE ROOMS THEN YOU CAN IMAGINE, BUT IT FOUND IT'S WAY TO OUR ROOM ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO, AND HOLDS MY TREASURED COLLECTIONS OF MY FAVORITE CHRISTIAN  NOVELISTS.    LOVE IT THERE

VIEW OPPOSITE THE BED.  THAT'S MOM'S CHAIR THAT SHE BROUGHT HERE WHEN SHE MOVED IN, AND THE LITTLE STAND HE BOUGHT TO SIT BY IT.  I LOVE THAT I KEPT IT AND HAVE IT IN HERE..  I HOPE TO START DOING MY DEVOTIONALS HERE EVERY MORNING.  ON THE BACK OF IT IS THE PIECE OF THE QUILT WE ALL GOT [ONCE I DIVIDED IT UP] THAT WAS MADE BY MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER.  EVERY SINGLE BIT OF IT WAS DONE BY HAND [EXCEPT THE BINDING I PUT ON IT!] AND I HAVE AN ADDED APPRECIATION OF IT NOW TRUST ME THAT I HAVE DONE SOME QUILTING MYSELF.  GUESS I MUST HAVE HAD SOME THINGS IN COMMON WITH MY GREAT MOTHER, THOUGH I NEVER MET HER.

ANOTHER VIEW......THE BEAR COUPLE SITTING THERE WAS GIVEN TO US ON OUR ANNIVERSARY A FEW YEARS AGO BY MY SISTER, AND PLAYS "YOUR STILL THE ONE" LOL, AND THAT PILLOW WAS MADE FOR ME BY MY BLOGGING FRIEND JANETTE AT JANETTE SAGE BACK WHEN I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER SIX YEARS AGO NOW.  I LOVE IT!  AND IT HAS ALWAYS MATCHED OUR BEDROOM DECOR PERFECTLY AS WELL

CLOSER LOOK AT MY PIECE OF THE QUILT.  YOU CAN FIND THE STORY ABOUT THIS HERE IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.  
And then I wanted to tell you about a new bible study that we are going to get involved in.  My niece Jessica [the one with the miraculous story in the post above this] and her husband Phil have decided to open their home for a home fellowship/bible study that my son James is going to come up from San Diego and teach for them.  They only live a little over a half hour away from us so this will enable us to enjoy my son's teaching without driving all the way down to San Diego so it works for us really well, lol.  It's going to be on Sunday afternoons, and hopefully enable many to attend a weekly study/service that is difficult for them under ordinary circumstances.  I was really surprised to tell you the truth that my son was willing to do this as his Sundays are soo busy already of course, but he said he has actually been praying about this for quite a while, and felt the Lord leading him in this direction.  It looks like it is going to be PACKED which is a good thing of course, so we will see how it goes.  Don't know if we will even fit in the house very long.  It is always exciting to see how the Lord works.

I have got a lot going on this week.  My niece Katie [who is sixteen] came home with us after the study yesterday afternoon, and is going to spend a couple of days hanging out with me.  She and I are going to go to lunch and to the movies later and I am looking forward to a relaxing day.  She's still sleeping right now....oh to be sixteen again, lol.  And then my Jeffie graduates from the sixth grade tomorrow, and Wed. I have an appointment with an orthopedic about these knees.  We will see what he has to say.  My x-rays showed SEVERE osteoarthritis, which didn't surprise me of course, as that's what they said six years ago.  It might be finally time for the knee replacement surgery on one of them this summer.  My old orthopedic wouldn't even consider doing them at the same time, but maybe this guy will have another thought on it.  Though I may be too heavy for him to consider it at all right now, so I guess I will have to see what he thinks before I speculate too much.   Other then these things I hope to get to at least the outfit for Claire.

I hope you all have a GOOD week.  Many blessings to you all....I'll leave you with a few quick grandkid pics and a little video of Claire IF I can get it to work.  
Debbie

OH JUST GETTING HER PURSE OUT OF HER CAR, LOL

SAM AND LUKE WITH ONE OF THEIR BFF'S, CAROLINE, AT HER BIRTHDAY PARTY.  THEY SOOOO ENJOY ONE ANOTHER

MY BIG ADORABLE LUKE SPORTING HIS NEW OUTFIT!

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Monday, May 30, 2016

NEWSY POST....A MIRACLE, A BIRTHDAY, AND MORE

Well it's been a full week since I've managed to post, but what a week it has been... I should probably tell it in order of what went on, but I have to tell this UNBELIEVABLE story first.
JESSICA AND WESTON


It started a few months ago when my niece Jessica, the one who is Melody's age [twenty nine] and is definitely one of her very best friends, the one who does my hair,  the one who spent soo much time at our house growing up that she definitely feels like one of our own kids and one who I love like one of my very own sure, the one who I did a tiny bit of sewing for her own clothing line for, the one who is soo gifted creatively that her parties are legendary in our family, and the one is the mother of Weston....you know, THAT one, has been having a few medical issues with her liver.  At first she had no symptoms from this, but it showed up in her routine blood tests that she was having done at the beginning of her fertility treatments.  They were really quite slight so at first they opted to just watch it and see what happened, while of course putting her fertility treatments on hold.  Eventually when nothing changed she began to have test after test ALL of which showed nothing,   Two specialists and a bajillion tests later they decided the only way to REALLY know what was going on was to biopsy the liver.  By now she was started to have pain too, and we all began to feel the dread.  But when the results came in we were all relieved to hear that the liver was showing no signs of any permanent damage or disease, but rather it was something in her system that was causing this, most likely a medication or a supplement.  HOWEVER, considering she doesn't take so much as a Tylenol or Advil, and NO vitamins or supplements, and eats SOO healthy it is somewhat ridiculous, it honestly made NO sense. She began to rack her brain and meanwhile the pain was definitely gathering speed. So they sent her for a CT scan of the whole area late last Thursday afternoon.  Now mind you she had already had a couple of ultra sounds of the liver which showed nothing.  Anyway about 5 o'clock on Thursday afternoon I got a call from my younger sister who was in complete tears.  I knew immediately of course something had been very wrong with Jessie's CT scan.  And sure enough they had found a LARGE mass in her abdomen tucked up under her liver and between her kidney's and pressing on her spine.
PHIL, JESSICA AND WESTON
 They suspected cancer of course and they were ordering a biopsy asap.  I called all the prayer warriors I could think of and we began the wait.  When they called her the next morning to schedule the biopsy and told her it would be almost 3 weeks before they could get her in, we all kind of flipped out.  Seriously?  3 weeks?  Surely NO ONE should have to wait 3 weeks with a LARGE suspicious looking mass inside of them wondering if it was cancer or not, and IN PAIN as well!  We began to pray more specifically and my sister went into action.  After sitting at Kaiser until she finally got the admin woman to talk to her she was told to take her to the emergency room right away and tell them she was in pain and they would do the biopsy on the spot.  Soo late Friday afternoon Jessie and her husband headed to the emergency room and my sister kept their baby until her hubby could get there, and then she joined them.  Sure enough they decided to do the biopsy immediately with the doctor there saying, "this mass is WAY too large to wait".  Here's where things begin to get exciting.  As she was in getting a needle biopsy they were using the scan to help them for placement and they were just having trouble.  They couldn't seem to get it in there right.  So they decided to get another scan and try again.  But when they had gotten the second scan and went to read it, they discovered that the mass was COMPLETELY gone!!  The doctor came in and told them he really had NO IDEA how this could have happened or could be.  There was NO MASS.  He said, the only explanation he could come up with was perhaps the dye they had used in the first test had not gone all the way through her system and some of it was still in her bowel and that was what they had seen.  But just because he knew what they had been through in the last 24 hours, and how bad it felt about it all, he would do yet another scan so they could all see again for themselves that there was nothing there.  So they did, and sure enough it was completely normal with NO SIGNS of a mass! Now personally I [and all of us!] are calling this a miracle!  His explanation for several reasons made NO sense.  He told them to go home and follow up with her specialist this week about the pain, but that there was NO abnormality in her test.  Can you believe this?  A large mass one day in a very specific location with measurements etc., and absolutely NOTHING the next?
DISNEYLAND A FEW WEEKS AGO
 I am not sure where this will end.  I am thinking they are suspicious now that the fertility hormones they gave her for her first pregnancy may have caused her liver issues, and that her gallbladder may be the source of her pain now, and the two are totally unrelated.  No matter what it is, NO MASS, and a clear liver biopsy, is about the best news we could have gotten.  Needless to say we all felt a HUGE burden being lifted and the power and mercy of a very mighty God being shown, and our gratitude honestly knows no bounds.  Thank you Jesus!



Soo you can see why that story had to be told first, and why it IS soo exciting etc.  So the rest of the stories I have I will try and tell just in pictures.  I could wait and tell them later, but I am afraid I will never catch up if I do.  Soo I will try and keep them nipped, lol.  Sooo Saturday was little Luke's 3rd birthday.  When Melody had asked him what kind of a cake  or party theme he wanted he was very clear that he wanted NO cake.  He just wanted "mice cream" and a pointy party hat, lol.  So that was easy.  Melody invited his little friends to run through sprinklers and have a slip and slide with, and set up a "mice cream" bar complete with several different toppings including whip cream to enjoy.  OH! And he wanted donuts for breakfast, and he wanted the big box to sit in front of him while they ate them, lol.  Hubby and I were sad to miss the "mice cream" party, but we got plenty of pictures and videos of the day.  He looks like he had a wonderful time.  How I love this sweet, lovable, darling little guy would be hard to describe...

BOX OF DONUTS, POINTY PARTY HAT, AND A GLEEFUL 3 YEAR OLD LUKE!

"MICE CREAM" BAR.  OH, HE WANTED ONLY VANILLA ICE CREAM TOO, LOL

BEFORE THE PARTY GOT STARTED.  LOOKING AT THIS PIC I SEE MANY YEARS OF LITTLE CLAIRE CAREFULLY POSING WITH HER BROTHERS WHO DON'T WANT THEIR PICTURE TAKEN, LOL

SLIP AND SLIDE FUN...I FIND IT FUNNY THAT CLAIRE THOUGHT SHE WAS ONE OF THE PACK AT ONLY A YEAR OLD....AND MELODY SAID SHE HUNG RIGHT IN THERE WITH THEM ALL, LOL.  WITH 2 BIG BROTHERS SHE WILL NO DOUBT PROBABLY BE PRETTY TOUGH, LOL

SQUIRT GUN FUN TOO.  SAM'S FACE LOOKS LIKE HE'D RATHER IT WAS HIS TURN THEN THE BIRTHDAY BOYS, LOL

"MICE CREAM" TIME.  MEL SAID LUKE HAD BOTH A CONE AND A CUP GOING, LOL, ONLY ON YOUR BDAY RIGHT?

SAM AND LITTLE CAROLINE...SHE TOLD ME WHEN I WAS THERE LAST TIME SHE WANTS TO MARRY SAM SOMEDAY, LOL.  BUT SAM WANTS TO MARRY HIS COUSIN TELLA...WE WON'T TELL CAROLINE THAT.  SOO SWEET, LOL
LUKE AT THE END OF HIS BIG DAY GOING POTTY BEFORE BED...LOOK AT THAT TIRED LITTLE FACE AND STILL WEARING HIS POINTY PARTY HAT.  LOVE HIM SOO MUCH!
And on Sat. hubby and I asked our oldest son Joe and Leah and Jeffie and Cody [the older two already had plans...sat night don't ya know, lol] to join us for dinner at Joe's Crab Shack.  We had such a good time.

IT'S REALLY QUITE AMAZING THAT I GOT 12 YEAR OLD JEFFIE TO POSE IN THIS BIB...ONLY FOR GRANDMA I HAVE  FEELING.  THEY BOTH LOVE CRAB AND SHRIMP, BUT IT WAS KIND OF MESSY, LOL

TAKEN FREE AT THE PLACE FOR US....COURSE THEY TRIED TO SELL US THESE PICS INDIVIDUALLY FOR  A MERE 17 DOLLARS A PIECE [REALLY? LOL] BUT WE REFRAINED..  THIS CAPTURED IT PERFECTLY
And then....yesterday after church, hubby and I decided to try something different he had read about online. He had read that IF you wait until the day of the performance, CLOSE to show time, and pay CASH at the box office [no online purchases], you can get tickets to see a play at the South Coast Repertory theater at a great discount, IF there are any tickets available that is.  We decided to take a chance. We had a nice lunch and drove over and sure enough got two wonderful seats for less then half price.  The eighty dollar seats were now only 30!  We almost felt like we were cheating, lol. Though notice I said "almost", lol.  We saw Amadeus.  It was beyond amazing.  Soo good.  Got a long standing ovation.  Hubby and I enjoyed every minute of this 3 and half hour production. Needless to say, we will be trying this again.  It was a risk of course, as I think we might have gotten two of the last seats in the place, lol

THE MIDDLE GUY HERE WAS PHENOMENAL!
And then even though it seemed to take me FOREVER I did manage to finish up Melody's quilt with the scrappy borders, and hope to get it to the quilters tomorrow.

THERE IT IS...I WANT TO REACH INTO THIS PICTURE AND STRAIGHTEN EVERYTHING MORE, BUT YOU GET THE IDEA.  IT FINISHED AT EIGHTY FOUR BY EIGHTY FOUR.  BIGGEST I HAVE MADE SO FAR

LITTLE CLOSER LOOK AT THE FABRICS.
And finally I want to wish you all a happy Memorial Day.  May we NEVER forget those who have served and are serving now, and have given their lives for our freedom.  Our gratitude can really never be adequately expressed or stated.  hope you all have a good week!

MEMORIAL DAY CUTIES

ONE YEAR TO THE NEXT....LOOK HOW THEY HAVE GROWN