Thursday, November 30, 2006

Meme from Morah at Fat Quarters

It is sleeting and snowing...but they are having school. Weather is getting worse...thunder and lightening. Here's a meme:

Morah took this Meme from Sweet Pea at Coffeetime Quilts.

1. What is your occupation?retired educator, writer, artist
2. What color are your socks right now? none
3. What are you listening to right now? Simply Quilts
4. What was the last thing that you ate? German Chocolate Cake Ice Cream
5. Can you drive a stick shift? sure, but I rather not
6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? red
7. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Kat
8. Do you like the person who sent this to you? Don't know her
9. How old are you today? 63 years, 11 mo.
10. Favorite drink? Dublin Dr. Pepper and water
11. What is your favorite sport to watch? world's strongest men, winter sport, sumo wrestling
12. Have you ever dyed your hair? frosted a long time ago
13. Pets? one old dog, 2 old cats, one young cat
14. Favorite food? seafood
15. What was the last movie you watched? don't remember
16. What was the last book you read? Am reading Death Gets a Time-Out by Ayelet Wa
aldman
17. What do you do to vent anger? Scream, Holler, Yell, Cry
18. What was your favorite toy as a child? toy gun..or my horse (live, not a toy)
19. What is your favorite season, fall or spring? autumn
20. Hugs or kisses? Hugs
21. Cherries or blueberries? Cherries
22. Do you want your friends to blog you back? Sure
23. Who is most likely to respond? No idea
24. Who is least likely to respond? Don’t know
25. Living arrangements? 1,300 sq. ft. house in nice neighborhood
26. When was the last time you cried? Probably in the last couple of days due to frustration of hip replacement
27. What is on the floor of your closet? shoes
28. Who is the friend you have had the longest? Dianne
29. If there was a fire in your house what would you take with you? Raf, photos, animals
30. Favorite smells? spicy candles and foods
31. What inspires you? lots of other people
32. What are you afraid of? Death
33. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers? Spicy
34. Favorite dog breed? Chesapeake Bay
35. Number of keys on your key ring? about 6
36. How many years at your current job? retired for 3 years
37. Favorite day of the week? Don't have one
38. How many states have you lived in? 3, Texas, Tennessee, New Mexico
39. Favorite holidays? Christmas
40. Ever driven a Motorcycle or heavy machinery?Drove a school bus for a while.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Raccoonnnnnnnnnnnnnnn....DAMN 'COON



I am beginning this at 1:38 am Central Time. The policeman has just left. We had a terrible intruder...a raccoon got into the house through the fireplace. Raf was asleep in the bed and I in my recliner. All of a sudden he heard banging. The raccoon had gotten into my studio and wreaked havoc. Photos and the rest of the story to follow tomorrow! Oh, I mean, TODAY!

Now it is just past 9 am, and here are the photos I look last night after the policeman captured the raccoon in a laundry hamper and took him outside to let him go. The policeman was very young but very capable. He said he had never captured a raccoon in a house, but once he had captured a possum.

We are exhausted!





































This is this morning...after a very non-restful night...looking out into the back yard where autumn has finally come and tonight we are to get sleet and snow. Poke the Cat is wanting in.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Tuesday...a day of resting and exercise...etc.


Today we were able to sleep a little later, and then the PT came, and I exercised and walked, and she set up a walker for the shower...so tomorrow I will SHOWER!!! I did my exercises twice today, AND I walked to the end of the block and back. I didn't realize it had tired me until Carolyn came and commented on my looking tired. Then I realized how much my muscles were sore...from walking!!

Another great thing just happened. John Seibert called us, and he is going to a rehab facility from the hospital for a month or two and is on the mend! Thanks be to God!

Today I also began working on two art projects for Christmas swaps, one for Glitter Sisters and one for Artella!! I sat at my work table to work, too.

BTW, Glitter girls, please go to the site and check your links and birthdays, please!!

In reading blogs today, Judy Perez suggested that we arts and crafts folk might be interested that November 30 is Arts and Crafts Day. It's an interesting concept set forth by a 10-year-old, and it just might be fun!

One of my Glitter Sisters, Ang, has suggested a "Pay it Forward" day of helping in our community. It's a great idea, Ang.

So today has been a good day...a restful day...a productive day...a thankful day.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Monday was a Busy Day!



This is the way we all feel after this busy, busy day.


This was the way we were feeling when there was no rest for the weary!

This was a wonderful break when Raf's cousin Nancy and her husband Bob visited...bringing lunch...how sweet was that. It has been about a year, so it was wonderful to see them.

Today was a very interesting day. We got up early, and the home health nurse, Millie, came to check me out and to take blood...as I am still on warfaren. Dr. Davé called to see how I was feeling after the ear thing.

Bob and Nancy came about 11:30 and brought lunch. They have been visiting their son, David, in Plano, and drove over for the day. Raf and I are so blessed. We have many, loving cousins, and we are thankful for them!

Right after Bob and Nancy went back to Plano in order to fly back to Ohio tomorrow, Don and Norma Lewis, rmmga friends from North Richland Hills, came by to bring back the lawn chair we left in Wimberley in October. So nice of them. We had a good visit.

Next Carolyn came by to check on me and do a little house cleaning...thank God for Carolyn! While Carolyn was here Raf went to the grocery store so that we could eat this week...although we still have much wonderful food sent by the Molines on Saturday.

When Raf got back we called Domino's for a pizza and cinnamon sticks (another yum).

When Raf returned from the store he brought the mail and my Winter 2006 Quilting Arts Magazine. If you don't take it, go to their website and order your subscription! It is wonderful. In this issue, on page 48, my friend Sarah and her friends in Maine, the Frayed Edges, are spotlighted. Another friend, Deborah who used to live in Maine and now lives in Dallas is one of Sarah's group. Deborah is also a member of our North Central Texas Mixed Media Group.

"Tomorrow is also a day," said Dell Shannon's Lt. Mendoza in many of her mysteries, and tomorrow we are going to REST, and I am going to make the Christmas ornament for my Glitter Sister's secret Santa swap.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Saturday - November 25, 2006








Raf had a wonderful time yesterday. We had been invited out to the Moline Ranch in Millsap for a late Thanksgiving dinner. I wasn't yet able to get out, so he went and enjoyed the company of a family that my family has known since the 1950's. Raf presented them with a CD of the songs he has written based on the ranch history and the family. Four of the five generations are alive and were there to celebrate. Sadly the Moline ranch is up for sale, and one more piece of family history will be bought by people from the north looking for unspoiled land on which to build their golf courses and huge piles! Thanks be to God for the Moline family and our ties to them. They are truly Texas originals!


Later in the afternoon friends from Keller, Linda and Bill Zombeck, stopped by. The often camp at Mineral Wells State Park on holidays and wanted to come by and check on me. They are friends we met through the online group rmmga (rec.music.makers.guitars.acoustic), and they and others in the group have become like family to us. Thank God for good friends!!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Deborah's Small Art Quilts, Designing a Series

I just received my copy of Deborah's book. She did such a good job. She tells all about it in her blog. I can't wait until I'm more up and at 'em, so that I can start sewing again, and journaling, and crafting, and quilting! This limbo period is the pits.

Can't tell you what a bath does for me, though! Wow, my day is brighter after each bath.

I am currently updating my church website for the month of December. That helps with the downs...thank God for the laptops!!

I just poured out all my current feelings about this holiday season, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Advent, in Loretta's blog. So if you want to know where I stand, you'll need to visit her comment section!

Last night my ear started really hurting. We called Home Health, to be told no doctor was reachable the day after Thanksgiving, and to go to the clinic at the hospital. I had only been in the car to come home from the hospital, but we drove out there. The clinic was closed, and the emergency room had a 4-hour wait until they could triage me! So we came home, call Dr. Davé's nurse, who called him. He called in some antibiotic...no one's looked in the ear yet, but it is feeling better with the z-pack he perscribed.

We are asked to go to the Moline Ranch for lunch...don't think I am going, but Raf is. He wrote a song about the ranch and is taking them CD's. Then the Zombecks are coming by about 4. Tomorrow is Sunday...Raf will go to church. Monday Nancy and Bob are coming at noon and bringing food...of course that's when home health and pt come...but, we'll see.

This whole business....hummm...Monday will be three weeks. I go see Dr. Davé on the 19th, and then it should be a down hill run! We shall see.........................

Friday, November 24, 2006

One Deep Breath - Senses


Smell, taste, hear, see, feel
Wonderful bounty of life
Thankfulness for all


Thursday, November 23, 2006

Thanksgiving - God Blessed the Broken Road That Led me Straight to You


My Glitter Power Sisters started a Thanksgiving post...thankful for our husbands. I am going to add to that.

I am so thankful for Raf. He has always been with me, in sickness and health. And in this time of sickness Raf has done EVERYTHING! God bless him. In 2007 we will celebrate our 30th anniversary. We weren't the first spouse for either of us, and that's one reason the Rascal Flats' song, God Blessed the Broken Road that led me Straight to You is so sentimental to us...so true:

I set out on a narrow way many years ago
Hoping I would find true love along the broken road
But I got lost a time or two
Wiped my brow and kept pushing through
I couldn't see how every sign pointed straight to you
Every long lost dream lead me to where you are
Others who broke my heart they were like northern stars
Pointing me on my way into your loving arms
This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you.

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for many things: friends, family, home, healing health, prosperity, our country...but especially for you, Raf!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Great Art Blogs from Far Away

Felicity in Switzerland found this blog called David Ruth from Anarctica. David and Felicity are both artists. Another artist, Jan, lives in Slovakia. And this blog, Life's a Quilt, is coming from Jen in Finland. Here's another, Robyn's Scratches and Scribbles, from Australia. Here is Richard Bell's Wild West Yorkshire, England, and Michael Nobbs' Wales.

The internet is a wonderful place. It brings the whole world closer together. It helps those of us like-minded, arty people get to know each other and share our art.

I am Thankful.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Snow~~No Snow

Pam uploaded a neat graphic of snow and told us it is snowing now in South Carolina. Well, this is my wishful-thinking blog...I wish it was snowing here in Texas. I do actually remember a Thanksgiving when it did snow...no so many years ago. Bu the forecast it for sunny weather this week...highs near 80!

So, I wish...it would snow...LET IT SNOW!!!

Monday, November 20, 2006

What is a Hero?


Sunday Scribblings

Modern usage of the word hero seems to include anyone in the public eye. A football player is a hero; an actor is a hero; a teacher is a hero. Oh, no! The dictionary tells us that a hero is someone of courage, bravery, nobility. How courageous is it to play a game for millions of dollars; to act in a play for millions of dollars; to teach students?

What do I believe a hero is? A hero is a person who puts others’ safety above their own. A hero saves lives, fights wars, battles terrorism.

I was a teacher, and I’m no hero. My father fought in World War II. He was a hero. The policeman on the beat, the fireman who battles flames, our troops who protect our land from our enemies, these are heroes.

Several years ago I had the privileges of introducing my life-long friend, General James T. Scott, who spoke at our local Veterans’ Day celebration. At that time, as there were many school children present, I endeavored to explain what a true hero is. I hope some of them understood. General Scott fought in Vietnam, Granada, and the Gulf War and was in charge of the Army Special Forces when he retired. His life was given to keep our country free. He epitomized the word hero.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

McAnallys in the Arlington Cemetery, Maury Co. TN

My cousin, John Casall, sent this. For all you McAnallys out there who might be interested.

ARLINGTON CEMETERY - MT PLEASANT, MAURY COUNTY TENNESSEE


McAnally, Ada King, 21 Sep 1910 - 5 Sep 1969 (wife of John Herman McAnally; daughter of Robert King and Betty Tripp) Section G
McAnally, Frances Louise Beckenbach, 6 Jul 1917 - 2 Jan 1998 (wife of Walter Farris McAnally; daughter of W. Beckenbach and Nancy Cummings)
McAnally, John Herman, 11 Jul 1914 - 10 Jul 1990 (husband of Ada King; son of Walter Scott McAnally and Lula Mae Bell) Section G
McAnally, Lula Mae Bell, 25 Jul 1883 - 5 Nov 1948 (wife of Walter Scott McAnally; daughter of Willis George Bell and Leona Neeley)
McAnally, Mattie Aline Boshears, 1909 - 14 Sep 1936 (wife of Walter Farris McAnally; daughter of John Henry Boshears and Hattie B. Boshears) Section A
McAnally, Walter Farris, 25 Mar 1904 - 18 Feb 1977 (son of Walter McAnally and Lula Mae Bell; married 1st to Mattie Aline Boshears and 2nd to Frances Louise Beckenbach)
McAnally, Walter Scott, 8 Oct 1874 - 26 May 1967 (husband of Lula Mae Bell; son of Gibson Taylor McAnally and Emily Ann Morgan)
HENDRIX, Marcus Allen Hendrix, 18 Sep 1915 - 25 Apr 1995, son of John Harvey Hendrix and
Katherine McClain, was born in Lewis County, Tennessee and died in Mt. Pleasant, Maury County, Tennessee.
Marcus was a very respected man in Mt. Pleasant, serving as a commissioner for many years.
and
HENDRIX, Nina Maude McAnally, 2 Jul 1919 - daughter of Banner McAnally and Hattie Harris. She was
born 2 July 1919. Married: 22 Jun 1936 Maury Co., Tenn
Lowe, Clifford Hoff, 24 Feb 1875 - 17 Dec 1971 (husband of Florence Ruth McAnally)
Lowe, Florence Ruth McAnally, 26 Oct 1908 - 1 Feb 1992 (wife of Clifford Hoff Lowe; daughter of Walter Scott McAnally and Lula Mae Bell)

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Fort Worth Diocesan Convention Over

The Diocesan Convention is over, and Resolutions 1 and 2 passed!!!

Resolution 1 (Seeking Alternative Primatial Oversight)
Clerical - For: 51 Against: 12 (2 not voting) 80%
Lay - For: 102 Against: 21 (1 abstention) 82%

Passed

Resolution 2
(Withdrawl from Province VII)
Clerical - For: 51 Against: 12 (2 not voting) 80%
Lay - For: 98 Against: 25 (3 abstentions) 79%

Passed


Resolution 3A has been passed in place of Resolution 3, with an ammendment.
This says:

Be it resolved that this 24th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth establish the following procedure for a parish to withdraw its membership from the Anglican Communion Network of Dioceses and Parishes:

Withdrawal may be effected by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of [ammendment: first the 2/3 majority of the vestry and then followed by a 2/3 majority vote of] the qualified voting members (as proscribed in Canon 26, Section 2 of the Diocesan Canons) of a parish at either an Annual Meeting of the parish or a special meeting of the parish as defined in Canon 26, Section 3. Due notice of such meeting shall be in accordance with Canon 26, Sections 1 and 3.

Resolution 4 has been substituted by Substitute Resolution 4.
It says:

Be is resolved that this 24th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth affirms and endorses Resolution 1:10, Lambeth 1998, affirmed by the Primates Meetings 2003, 2005, and further affirmed by the Winsdor Report, in its entirety and recognizes it to be the official teaching of the Anglican Communion on Human Sexuality.

It passed by clear majority.

Thanks be to God, and with gratitude to Bishop Iker, Canons Hough and Boyd, their staff, and all the delegates.

Here is Bishop Iker's Address to the Convention.

Friday, November 17, 2006

The Ficke Family



As I grew up my daddy, John Ficke, regaled me with stories of his growing up in the Texas panhandle. Second only to stories of his sisters, mother, and dad, were stories of his cousin, George H. Growing up I never met George Henry Ficke, although I knew his brother, Charles, who went into business with Daddy in several schemes...the one I remember most was raising parakeets.

Anyway, about 10 years ago someone sent me a email telling me that my cousin, George Ficke, would like to contact me. So, I did and he did, and the above photos show George, his sister Helen, his daughters Lynn and Margo, and his grandchildren.

We often visit Lynn when she's up this way, or we are in Georgetown, and we plan to visit George in the spring after this surgery is healed.

I am so thankful to the internet...I have found about 20 cousins!!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Friends -- One Deep Breath














Di and I

Friendship over time
Laughter all around us swells
Dianne and me now

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Two Grandchildren - We're Proud

This photo was taken last Friday at the Mineral Wells Veterans' Day celebration. The boy playing Taps is our second oldest grandchild, Joseph. Joey is a senior at MWHS. His siblings, cousins, and grandfather were there to hear him play and to celebrate, with our town, the heroism of all the veterans of all American wars. Joey has joined the Marines.




This second photo is of Joey's little sister, Beth, who plays select softball. This was taken last weekend. Beth is 11 and in the 5th grade. She plays catcher.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Two Wonderful Magazines

Well, my thinking process is still not up to snuff, but it's getting there. I even emailed one fellow regarding some genealogy stuff about my Routh family. We share the same ancestor, Robert Devon Routh, my great-grandfather...his great-great.

I am able to read more today, and I received a newsletter from editor, Patricia Bolton, regarding Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors. Each magazine is going from 4 to 6 issues a year!!! Yeah!!! These are two of my three favorites...the other being ARTitude Zine.

If you don't know about these three magazines and you're into art...you NEED them.

As to my health...each day is an improvement. PT will come tomorrow, and I am exercising and walking. Nurse came today and took blood because I am on warfarin right now.

My friend, Margaret, came by for a visit and to bring a beautiful silk orchid. Carolyn came and sat while Raf went to H2JO, PO, etc. I am sick of TV...hope I may be able to concentrate on reading tomorrow.

So...until then. . .

Monday, November 13, 2006

North Central Texas Mixed Media Group

I started an Yahoo online mixed media group that has exploded into a meet-up group. We have been going since January 21, 2006, and we have 36 members. Most of us live close to the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, but we have members who travel all the way from Oklahoma to meet with us and members in Canada who enjoy our swaps.

We have an event coordinator now who plans our meetings. The photos who the most recent meet-up last weekend in Dallas. Our next meet-up will be December 9 in east Fort Worth at Paper Planet.

Our artists are as mixed as the media we use. We have a fantastic doll maker, botanical artists, art instructors, art store/website owners, quilters, ATC makers, jewelry makers, altered artists...you name it.

So, if you are interested in starting a group, it's certainly possible OR if you are in our area or just want to join a group of like-minded people...join us. The link to our site is in the title of this blog.

JOIN US!!!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Colorgenics

This is my personal profile as seen through Colorgenics:

You have always longed for tenderness, love and a sensitivity of feeling into which you would like to blend. You are a very gentle warm person and responsive to 'All things bright and beautiful'. This personifies a caring person, a person who 'needs' and indeed 'needs to be needed'.

You are a true extrovert, frivolous and outgoing. You need to feel in control of any situation. If matters are not proceeding according to plan you tend to get extremely irritable and perhaps become difficult to live with.

The way things are, you feel that you are stuck in a rut and there is not much you can do about it. You feel frustrated and inhibited but if you can find a way to let yourself go, you may find that things aren't quite so bad as perhaps you thought they were. One consolation is that since you are an extremely emotional individual, with the right person you may be able to release some of that frustration and tension with some mutual tender loving care.

You are being unduly influenced by the situation that is all around you. You do not like the feeling of loneliness and whatever it is that seems to separate you from others. You know that life can be wonderful and you are anxious to experience life in all its aspects, to live it to the full. You therefore resent any restriction or limitations that are being imposed on you and you insist on going it alone.

You wish to be left in peace... no more conflict and no more differences of opinion. In fact you just don't want to be involved in arguments of any shape or form. All you want is for 'them' to get on with it - and to leave you alone.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Saturday

Today has been tiring. Home health nurse came today...and she is a friend, which is nice. Carolyn has been here since about 3 pm so that Raf could go get groceries and then tonight I made him go to H2JO go hear Dale Marsh. He needed to get out of the house.

So...all is well on the M-dub front.

Night, night, sleep tight, and don't let the bedbugs bite!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Home again, home again, jigitjig!

Well, here are...traditionally our family gets together for the M-dub annual Veterans' Day celetration. Every year one of Carolyn's kids have performed in some capacity. This year Joey played taps...a realy honoe, and I understand from the rest of the family that he did an outstanding job. Joey is hoping to get into a Marine drum corps when he graduated in May.

The first photo shows Rafael and Chrisit (or baby) after we got home and began to relax...Raf took his shirt off. They are looking into our blueroom where I am sitting in my reclinger trying to RELAX...haven't yet. But that's me. I am my mother's daughter. One year her minister, John Wesley Ford, gave mother a newspaper article entitled, 100 Ways to Worry Scientifically.

The next photo is of my feet with the leg extension on...getting settled into my recliner.















This photo Christi and Carolyn listen as Rafael tells about Uncle John's poor condition. John lives in Nashville, and although they don't have an explaination, his health is really going down.










This is a larger part of our crew. In the back John Christian, Carolyn's oldest son; Kat our oldest daugher; Christi our baby, and Jennifer, Christi's daughter. Front row are Tim, Kat's son; Travis, Christi's son, and Dani, Kat's daughter.







I believe everyone had fun...now we are relaxing.

Love to you all, and thank you for all your prayers, love, soft hugs, fairies, and angels.


Thursday, November 09, 2006

Thursday

Today is a brighter day. I am exausted, but I have done ot and pt twice today. I walked up stairs. Raf got my walker, potty chair, leg extension, so tomorrow after the Veteran's Day presentation...at which time Joey is playing taps, all the girls will be here, and they will all help me get settled at home. Nov. 11 is Kat's birthday, so we always get together for the celebration and then eat hamburgers at Jesse's. So, as they ask "on a scale of one to ten", I think my pain is a 1, my anxiety level is a 8.5, but each day it seems to get better.

Here is a neat wmp Texas Country Reporter about Skidboot

Thanks to all of you for your gentle hugs, prayers, love, care, fairies! Love to you all. BTW, the ipod kept me asleep last night as well!

Love...you all

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Wednesday

I'll try to answer questions:

  • I feel much better today...haven't gotten up, and I'm sure that will hurt, but I SLEPT 6+ hours...first sleep I had had.
  • I'm not home...won't go until Friday, probably...I lost most of yesterday because of having to have the blood.
  • Raf gave me an ipod and that's what helped me go to sleep...he bought it from a friend and it had lots of music on it...went to sleep to Deb Cowan and Ian and Sylvia.
  • I am taking all the pain meds they will give me...I just couldn't take any while I was have the blood, but it got ahead of me!!
  • Pain is much less today...probably will come back during pt.
  • Love those gentle hugs!!
  • Love to all of you!!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Well. . .

Today was a day, all right. Don't let anyone tell you that this doesn't hurt...it DOES! Also, they gave me my two units of blood back, so I couldn't use the pain med all day. Also, my blood oxygen level is low, temp was up...but is now down, and, well, bitch, bitch, bitch. Also, my family doctor did not order my bp and other meds, so it was midnight before I got it. Again, bitch, bitch, bitch....so, rather than go on, I'll stop and write more tomorrow.

Love and hugs and light and peace to all of you...thanks so much for your wishes, prayers, messages, pictures...you all are just too good to me.

--sioux

Monday, November 06, 2006

Sioux's ZEST

This is Rafael posting for Sioux, as promised:
Sue's surgery went well. The doctor is pleased and she is resting in her room. She does have some pain, but the nurse says the first night is the worst and the pain will subside quickly.

They expect to get her up in a chair tomorrow, and on her feet, Wednesday.

Carolyn, Christi and Darrell were with us, and a big help. Sue and I didn't get a lot of sleep last night, so we're both pretty tired now. I'm going to try to stop back out to see her tonight, and then make an early night of it. I kind of expect her to be asleep when I get there.

-Raf

Today's the Day

Raf will post more later...we are off to the hospital.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Last Day of Waiting

First of all, thanks to all of you who have emailed me and commented on this blog. Your encouragement and prayers are very special to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! (((((HUGS))))) to all of you! Raf will post tomorrow and let you know how everything went.

I just took my 7.5 mg warfarin for the day before surgery. Then no solid food after 9 pm and nothing by mouth, save my morning med, before surgery.




I am taking an antibiotic, and I feared it might be a problem as the anesthesiologist was concerned that I might have fever (I don't) or yellow mucus (Don't have that either), but I finally talked to the doctor's nurse, and she feels it's all go. I really want to get it over with!

Today I completed piecing the quilt, and here are two, not too good, photos. I love it. Some of the largest squares will have embroidered fairies. There are no two pieces of the same fabric.

Next time I want to experiement with using the backs of some of the fabrics. I do have some 5" squares to work on in hospital. I am not sure what I am going to do with them. Got them at Quiltin' Tia. It and the shop in Graham, Texas, (can't remember the name) are my favorite fabric stores right now. The lady in Graham doesn't quilt, but she cuts out tons of fat quarters. Beautiful fabric.

Today we had Father Phil Swickard. He will serve as supply this month, except next week when Canon Hough celebrates. Then we will serve every other Sunday after Father John Phelps moves in the rectory and we begin sharing with the lake and Graham.

God bless our bishop, Jack Iker, and our canon, Charles Hough, as they fight the fight against the devil lurking inside the Episcopal Church. I hope our diocese, Fort Worth, votes to leave TEC and finds a bishop who will be our APO. Wish we could be at the convention.

Well, I'll stop now. Talk to you all on Tuesday. Cheers!!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Granny Smith and Out to Eat

Today is another waiting day. I decided to draw both for Kate's class and for the EDM Challenge. I like the apple, but I hate the shadow!

Oh, well...tonight we are going to Weatherford to eat at Golden Moon. This was suggested by Dr. Davé's nurse, as tomorrow I should not eat a heavy meal and as I will be in hospital for the better part of next week. After Golden Moon we're going to eat ice cream back in M-dub at The Scoop. Then we may go to H2JO to hear Blue Valley Bluegrass IF they have my ChiTea! If not, I'll probably come home, and Raf can go back if he wants to.

Tomorrow is the last day of waiting. I have registered and will be going into hospital about 7:30 am...they've changed it 3 times. First 9, then 6:15, now 7:30. I started taking antibiotics for a sinus infection, and the hospital seems concerne, but Dr. Davé was out of town the last part of the week, so I couldn't check with him. Both Christi and Carla thought it was the best thing to do.

And so. . .off to Weatheford we go....go....go.

We went, and we're back. Golden Moon was good...but they didn't have Raf's 4 Star Beef. When to Scoop, and it was closed! I don't think their business is going so well. Went to H2JO and they "said" they had my tea, but it wasn't their good chitea...Heard Blue Valley, and they were good. Jimmy Baldwin, Rual Perkins, Allan Evans, Terry Blevins and others were there...but I am tired of them not having the drink I like!! Today was Earl Clark's birthday so he had a birthday cake to share. His band is good...for bluegrass!

I am finishing the sort-of turning twenty quilt called "Quilt of Many Colors" I am making for Carolyn...she never reads this so she won't know. When she was little I made her a "Coat of Many Colors" after the Dolly Parton song, and her hateful step-mother threw it away!! I am going to embroider fairies on this and back it with midnight minkie. It's a just because gift...hope it will be ready by Christmas.

Anyway, I'm about to watch Last of the Summer Wine, a great BBC comedy. We've been watching woodworking and Handmade Music shows.

Nighty...night...good night, sleep tight, and don't let the bedbugs bite!!

Friday, November 03, 2006

Leaf...lesson 1 of Kate Johnson's Drawing and Sketching

I am not at all pleased with this, but I tried several mediums, and that was the point of the lesson.

Smooth Strathmore drawing paper, a variety of pens, Derwent watercolor pencils, Prismacolor pencils.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Shelina's Quilting Meme

Shelina created this Quilting Meme. As usual, you copy the and paste, then highlight the items that apply.

However, I got this from, Bayou Quilts
Have You Ever?

1. Taken a quilting class
2.Paper pieced
3. Hand quilted
4. Hand pieced
5. Created your own pattern
6. Published a pattern in a magazine or book
7. Gone on a quilting retreat
8. Gone to a quilting convention
9. Met someone who wrote a quilting book
10 combined your quilting with some other craft
11. Done any three dimensional quilting - like fabric origami1
2. Made something using Thimbleberries fabric--but I'm about to, have the fabric
13. Made something using batiks
14. Dyed your own fabric
15. Made a landscape hanging
16. Made a New York Beauty quilt
17. Made a baby quilt
18 Made a wall hanging
19 Made a journal quilt
20 Submitted your journal quilt for viewing
21 Made a fabric postcard
22 Made a artistic trading card (ATC)
23 Exchanged artistic trading cards
24. Mailed your own postcard
25. Made a lap quilt
26 Made a twin size quilt
27 Made a full size quilt
28 Made a queen size quilt
29 Made a king size quilt
30 Donated a quilt to charity
31 Sent a quilt out to a quilter
32 Thrown away a UFO
33 Given away a UFO
34 Cut up a UFO and made something else with it
35 Ripped fabric instead of cutting it
36 Made a quilt exactly like the pattern, with no changes whatsoever
37 Done any Sashiko
38 Quilted your own quilt
39 Did free motion quilting
40 Put any embroidery or beads on your quilt
41 Given away your quilt to a stranger
42 Swapped fabric
43 swapped blocks
44 participated in a round robin
45 participated in an ostritch round robin
46 kept a journal about your quilting
47 written a letter to someone who made an antique quilt
49 kept a blog about your quilting
50 participated in a gift exchange
51 sent a quilting random act of kindness
52 joined a newsgroup about quilting
53 made a quilt using a pattern from quilterscache
54 joined an online block of the month
55 made a block of the month quilt
56 subscribed to a fabric of the month club
57 bought fabric at an online store
58 bought fabric from ebay
59 own more than one sewing machine
60 have a room dedicated solely to sewing
61 hide a fabric purchase
62 finished making a holiday gift before July
63 spent more than $200 in one quilt shopping trip
64 made a quilt using a book from the library
65 worked with someone else to make a quilt
66. joined a quilt guild
67 become president of a quilt guild
68 taught a quilting class
69 helped someone else get the quilting bug
70 taught a child to sew
71 made a Dear Jane block
72 Made a miniature quilt
73 watch QNN - quilters news network
73 subscribe to a quilting magazine from your own country
74 subscribe to a quilting magazine from another country
75 buy fabric from another country
76 swapped completed quilts with someone else
77 asked for quilting help online
78 gone to a quilt shop to ask for quilting help
79 bought fabric at a local quilt shop
80 traveled more than 100 miles to go to a quilt shop
81 used nontraditional fabric for a quilt - something other than cotton or flannel
82 made a quilt using instructions given to you on a blog
83 make comments on someone's quilting blog
84 meet a quilter in person after only having talked online
85 had a quilting retreat in your home
86 own quilting software
87 made a quilt you designed on your quilting software
88 done any quilt research - history, interviewing quilters, etc.
89 had any quilt related subject published anywhere
90 donated a quilt to a museum
91 bought a quilt from a thrift store
92 made a quilt using fabric from a thrift store
93 made a quilt using photos
94 made a pastel quilt
95 made a quilt using brights
96 made a quilt using ethnic fabric from another country - African, Asian, etc.
97 made a quilt using leftover blocks from other quilts
98 had your quilt in a magazine, newspaper, newsletter, TV, etc.
99. submitted your quilt to a quilt show
100. won any ribbons with your quilts1
101 had more finished quilts than UFOs
102 made a quilt using reproduction fabrics
103 took a break from quilting that was longer than a year
104 made money with your quilting
105 had a job in the fabric / quilting industry

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

November 1 -- All Saints' Day -- Grandma's Soup Day

Mary Margaret Stout Clifford was born 1 April 1890 and died in July of 1990. She had always wanted to live to be 100! When she was in her 80's she would write and tell me about going to play piano for the "old people". She was a remarkable woman. She was Raf's maternal grandmother.

When the weather begins to chill, one of the first cold weather meals I cook is "Grandma's Soup". This is one of Raf's favorite things to eat.

I want to share this and another soup recipe with anyone who might want to try it this year. I am making up things and freezing them so Raf will have food while I am in the hospital. These soups freeze really well. Both recipes are at the end of this post.

Yesterday was my second trip to Carter Blood Bank. It didn't go as badly as last week. I was fairly weak by the time I got in the car, but I didn't pass out. So that was good.

Last night Carolyn came over and handed out Halloween candy because we were both "tuckered" out! We had loads of kid, so she told us.

Today I registered at the hospital, Palo Pinto General Hosptial, for my Monday surgery. I also had to do some more lab work so they could determine if I need an antibiotic. The registration took about an hour, and they woman who does that was bright, positive, and pleasant. I am to be at the hospital at 6:30 am, go to the lab to sign that the blood I have is mine, and then go to day surgery. I will go into surgery about 7:30 and should be out by about 10. Carolyn and Christi are both coming to sit with Raf while I am in surgery.

NOW for the soups:

Grandma's Vegetable Soup
28 oz stewed tomatos
1 1/2 to 2 lb. lean stew meat
2 T navy beans
2 T split peas
2 T barley
2 medium onions, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped, or celery flakes
1 piece of chopped cabbage
2 carrots, chopped
2 T frozen lima beans
2 tsp. sugar
1 small potato, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1 small can of corn

Grandma's recipe says add first 6 ingredients and cook until beans are soft before seasoning. Add carrots and cabbage about 1 hour before done. Add lima beans 15 minutes before serving, and add corn last.

I put it all in together and cook it all day. I often add the sugar last...the sugar makes the soup.

This is much better if not eaten until the day after it is cooked.

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Louise's 7-Can Soup

I have modified this somewhat since I got it from my good friend, Louise:

1 can Ranch Style Beans
2 cans minestrone soup
1 can corn
1 can chopped tomatos
1 lb. browned ground beef
a bit of cabbage, chopped
small bit of onion, carrots, and celery, chopped
1 tsp sugar

I cook this all day, too, and if also freezes well.

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