Thursday, May 28, 2009

Back to the Hospital

This Morning I woke to a little scare with my incision with involved hubby taking me back tothe hospital. I will be having nursing care coming in daily for the next while and so I likely will be out of action for a few days.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


I admit it, I am addicted to quilt magazines. I am currently receiving subscriptions to 6 magazines. Unfortunately it doesn't  stop there. I also pick up other magazines when I am out shopping.  Hubby and I often make a date to go out for a fancy coffee at Starbucks (in our local Chapters) and pick up a magazine or two, to peruse while we sip our beverage.

So this morning I am going to start and sort through the pile I have been collecting next to my chair for the last 6 months. (this is a pile I have ready thinned out once quickly).

I am going to look through each magazine for patterns I think I could or would actually make. If I find one, I will put a paper sticker on the front of the magazine noting the page and type of quilt or project I am saving the magazine for. Then I am going to give the rest of the magazine to my quilty friends.

I leave you today with a picture of my darling Shadow. This morning she is was sitting on our deck, as usual surveying her kingdom. She likes to keep watch on all of the   birds, squirrels and chipmunks. As I went to take a second shot she turned around and said Yea Mom, what do you want.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Back in the Saddle

Before all of this appendicitis stuff happened, I had been down in Toronto for yet another Doctor's appointment. To treat myself after the appointment I went to Sew Sisters a great quilt that has both a store and a web business. Low and behold,  I saw this pattern made up and hanging on the wall.

Well I had to have it. I hope to have it done for this Christmas but with so many others UFO's we will ahve to see.

I am thrilled with it.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Hot Appendix

Mom and I had a nice Mothers day visit, but ......................... the next Morning I woke up about 5:00 am and my tummy did not feel so good. I will spare you all of the details but needless to say
I felt this too shall pass.

It didn't.

During the morning, I helped Mom tidy up the house and felt that moving around helped a little. We had business to attend to between 1 and 3. So I carried on in some pain an discomfort but still sure it would get better.

It didn't.

After that I lay on the couch with the heating pad on my Tummy and about 5:30 I decided we might consider the hospital as a possible option. My Mom bless her soul did not want to think that there was anything really wrong with me so upon my suggesting we should go to the hospital, she said "What for?" I told her perhaps it was appendix or gall bladder and she went to the computer to check symptoms. I had all of the classic signs of an appendicitis.

Off we went to the Emergency room of the hospital. It had a been a really busy day and they were terribly backed up. I was asked on a scale of one to ten how bad was the pain. I said a five being the trooper that I am and was sent to sit in the waiting room for about 2 hours. After that time I really felt that pain was getting worse. I went to the triage nurse again and she took my vitals and suggested that they get the blood work started and then I went out to wait in the waiting from for another hour.

I was then called into a back door of emerg and put in a room on a gurney where I could at least lay down. The nurse told me to put a gown on and the doctor would be in shortly. We waited and finally I buzzed the nurse and asked if I could have something for the pain. She advised she could not give me anything but would get an IV started so that when he did come in she could get something started right away. I guess she had a pretty good idea it was appendix or she would not have put in the IV. She then told us it would be another 2 hours before the doctor came in so I sent Mom home.

Bless her she did not want to go but she was falling asleep in the chair and I did not want her going home to late at night. As it was she encountered a drunk wandering down the middle of the road downtown.

About two hours later the doctor came in and told me he was pretty sure it was appendicitis but they would keep me and do a CT scan in the morning and then if correct, I would then see a surgeon. Needless to say I went into the hospital at 6 pm and finally at 6pm the following evening I was having my appendix out. The hospital is brand new, I had a lovely private room and the nurses and doctors care could not have been better I just felt the wait was a little long and that there are still despite all that is being done many people in the emergency room who could have seen there own doctor the next day or perhaps a regular walk in clinic.

I am home now and have a couple of big incisions to show for it. The doctor tried the laproscopic type of surgery but because of prior surgery it would not and I have a regular incision.

Sincerest Thanks to Dr. Graham Gibb,  my Surgeon and nurses Marg and Lynda who took great care of me. 

Two More Bags

I went home for Mother's day and Mom and I had a nice visit. Mom went with me to a local Quilt show which was really great. I was really impressed with the beautiful selection quilts on display and the large merchant mall. We had a bit of lunch there and went home for a lazy Sunday complete with a fabulous Leg of lamb dinner, complete with mashed potatoes, tomato and onion salad and some lovely fresh green beans. Mom even picked fresh mint out of the garden to make a mint sauce for the lamb. It was fabulous.

I gave Mom a lime green T-shirt and pretty Pashmina of soft greens and blues. I made here these two bags and my hubby the butcher cut up a beef tenderloin so she would have lots of filets for the BBQ.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Bag Lining

Bag Lining
Originally uploaded by Quiltgal
Here is the bag lining and pocket

Bag Front

Bag Front
Originally uploaded by Quiltgal
I finally got the picture up

Finished Bag - April WISP

I know that I have not been blogging on a regular basis, just so many things going on in my life right now and not much sewing. However I did manage to finish  this bag for my neighbour Wendy. Wendy and her husband very kindly look after Shadow for me when we have to be away for more than a few hours. Sometimes my appointments will take me away from the house for the day.When that happens Wendy comes over and lets Shadow out and sometimes takers her next door to there house to play with there dog. Anyway I thought I would make Wendy a bag for Mother's Day from Shadow.

For some reason I can not seem to upload the photo's. to I will try next week.

Have a great Mother's Day Everyone.