Tuesday, January 26, 2021


Watched a video today on how to paint bubbles.  Pretty fun, and actually pretty simple. I love painting!  Such a fun hobby.  .......and in case you were wondering......my Covid-19 antibody test came back negative. So whatever virus caused my sudden hearing loss was not the Covid virus.  Still no improvement in my right ear. 😞

Played around with another eye sketch.
And one of my little buddy.....love this sweet little boy so very much.  He definitely has Mamow's heart.  They pronounce it Mah-mol, which was their little Scottish/English pronunciation of Mamaw.  I never know how to spell it.  😄

Sunday, January 24, 2021


Long story.

Some interesting times for sure.  I've been very careful to always wear my mask, and to hand sanitize before and after each store visit.  Almost two weeks ago I woke up on a Monday morning with a sore throat, hoarseness, and some slight congestion.  Worried about going to work on Tuesday, I called in, and yes, they were going to require a Covid test.  I went to the health department and got a self test.  Was much better as the day wore on.  Tuesday, awoke with no sore throat and only the slightest of congestion.  No cough, no temperature, no other symptoms.  Felt so good, I ran outside four miles.  However, after the run, I noticed ringing and distorted sounds in my right ear.  I began wearing hearing aids last fall for some mild age related hearing loss.  I thought the right aid was not working. I removed it but the weird sounds continued.  Some sounds were so loud and irritating, others just loud but indistinguishable.  Wednesday I called my audiologist to have them check the hearing aid.  I got into the office at 4 pm.  The aid was in fine working order, no obstruction in my ear, so they did a hearing test. I immediately knew something was wrong.  My hearing had suddenly gotten worse by about 30 decibels across all the tones. Sudden sensorineural hearing loss, is what they call it. Most likely due to a virus and considered a medical emergency because typically only an immediate regiment of steroids can bring the hearing back. Took six days of prednisone.  No improvement. My Covid test came back negative but since the hearing loss occurred the day after my Covid test, the doctor said it wouldn't hurt to have another.  It also came back negative.  The ENT doctor has seen a dramatic increase in sudden hearing loss during the pandemic.  She said she used to see about one case a month, and had three just the day I was there last week.  She said they are definitely seeing some kind of connection with it and the new Covid-19 virus.

So now, I have an antibody test scheduled for this week. She still believes the virus that caused my hearing loss could have been the Covid-19, with the day I had the symptoms or some time before when I was asymptomatic.  I am anxious to get the results.  My daughter-in-law and grandson had similar short lived symptoms just a few days before mine. I would assume whatever they had is also what I had.

Of course, I would like my hearing to return but I also think I can adjust, maybe better than most.  I was already wearing hearing aids. I actually really, really, like them.  They are barely noticeable as seen here.

Mine are bluetooth which means I have an app on my phone to adjust them, I can listen to my audible books through them, and I can answer my phone through them.  Amazing technology.  My right one will need to be adjusted if the hearing doesn't return.

So, If you have had the Covid-19 virus, please pay attention to your hearing and if you develop sudden hearing loss in a matter of hours or a couple of days, please call an ENT doctor asap.

I've done a little sketching and painting lately.  Such fun.

The eye was especially fun to draw.  I think I nailed it pretty good.

The week I was off from work, with awaiting tests and doctors visits I got in some great runs.  Actually did 16 miles for the week.  Yesterday I celebrated my 62nd birthday!  Since I had run five miles on Friday outside, which was glorious, I thought I better do a slower run inside. I typically don't run two days in a row.  I wanted to do 6.2 miles for my birthday.  The kids were all gone for the afternoon so it was a perfect time to trot around the house while listening to "The Distant Hours" a novel by Kate Morton.
It was great!  And check out the time --- it is also the date, how cool is that!  While the hubby is away on his fishing trip the little ones have slept with me the last two nights.  They are so precious.  Just love them so much. We watched some Llama, Llama on my computer before lights out.  
As I roused during the night, I looked over and saw them peacefully sleeping. I prayed for them, for God to protect them, and draw them to him. I am so very blessed.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

First Finish of 2021

 I started this before the end of 2020 but it is my first finish of 2021.  I found the pattern in one of the magazines I was recently in (one of my quilts that is).  It is an easier take on the traditional wedding ring quilt.  The curved pieces are cut and 'pieced' on the quilt using raw edge appliqué.  I am terrible about sewing curves and hoped I would't have to quilt them that way too, but alas, I did. :(  I was not happy with how it was going but continued on -- something I've learned to do -- just keeping going because almost all the time the quilt turns out fine.  I think this one did turn out fine!

Lots of crinkly goodness after a wash.....
The grandson even liked it!
Did custom quilting ,which I certainly wouldn't win any awards, but it turned out fine.

I tried to start a new paper pieced project and found a block I liked in my EQ software program.  Not sure what I was thinking....it is so difficult and there were no instructions on how to paper piece it.  If there were instructions I didn't 'get it.'  So I messed around a bit and after about two days of playing with it, only finished 1/4th of one block.  Not sure this is going to ever turn into a quilt.
I tend to try to figure things out without taking time to really read and understand the directions or in this case, the numbering system.  I thought I could make it easier, well, nope, that didn't work.

I also think I sewed the fabric to the wrong side of the paper patterns....well, it has been a few months since I did one of these, and just forgot I guess?? When you do that, they won't go together like the picture I soon learned. Oh well, I do have four memory lap quilts to make so I think I'll spend some time looking at patterns.....

Thursday, December 31, 2020

2020 Year in Review

Tomorrow 2020 will truly be hindsight and like many, I will be glad.  There has been so much sickness and death from the Covid-19 pandemic virus. In this post I want to focus on the good this year.  My personality is that I must be doing.  This post is to document the things accomplished, books read, quilts made, and other happy, good things.  

First off, let's show the big woodworking project I tackled in January 2020.

This was way out of my league and it has so many flaws but here almost a year later, I still love the piece.

A faux printmaker's cabinet.  There drawers along the top and three doors that open on the lower part.

Friday, December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas!

Even though 2020 has brought much heartache to family and friends, we still have much to be thankful for.  Having Elijah and his family at our home these past five months have been a joy and a blessing.  I'm not saying it hasn't been a big adjustment for everyone but we seem to be making it work. I know this time is helpful to them as they prepare for their own place. This is the first time they have been stateside at Christmas since moving to Edinburgh in 2014.

The kids participated in their church's Christmas program.

The kids got to experience a white Christmas!  Such fun! Emma dressed and went out early this morning. Our temp was 18 degrees with a feels like of 8!

My son Elijah, and his beautiful wife Katie.
Wanted to remember what 2020 was like during a pandemic.
I don't think I've ever seen the wonderful joy of children opening presents.
Our little family.....
So blessed and so thankful....


Monday, November 30, 2020


 Thanksgiving has come and gone.  The kids were visiting the other grandparents, so we had a few days of quiet, and I was able to get some sewing done.  I did a virtual Turkey Trot 5k on Thanksgiving morning.

Afterwards we ate a wonderful meal. I wanted to cook even though it was just the two of us.  We took food to some friends who were quarantining with the Covid.  Left it outside so we would be safe.
Was able to finish the Appalachian Autumn quilt (pattern by Bonnie Hunter). I ended up making it exactly as the pattern instructed, no bigger.

Got the house decorated for Christmas. I don't do a lot, at least compared to all the Instagrammers.
My (pink) Christmas quilt. The red flannel backing faded and I did my best to get it all out, but it still has a tinge of pink to the whites.
My daughter in law is doing an Advent series each night until Christmas.  This was night one.
The swing set is finished and boy is it  lot of fun!
While the kids were gone I was able to do some painting, which I've really missed
Made a few for us to go hide. Figured they would enjoy doing that.
I received the latest magazine that has one of my quilts.  I was selected to be in one of their Designer Spotlight articles in this issue.
I tell a lot about myself and my other hobbies.
This is my quilt.  It was the first of four Quarantine quilts I made during the spring/summer of the pandemic.

Monday, November 9, 2020

November 9, 2020

 Life is moving on day by day.  Our home is busy, chaotic, but mostly fun.  The little ones seem to have adjusted well to their school/preschool schedules.  I'm sure it is very difficult for all of them to be living in someone else's home.  I try my best to make things easier on them all.  I am not able to sew much these days but did manage to get these blocks finished on Bonnie Hunter's Appalachian Autumn quilt pattern.  I'm still debating what size to make it. For now, I'm just making a block when I have a little time.

We celebrating the hubby's birthday last week.
He and the little grandson are thick as thieves these days.
We are wanting to build a swing set for the kids in our backyard.  I've been drawing up some plans.  We hope to get it built before too long.  The kids need more outdoor activities.
I've mentioned this book before.  I had a copy as a young woman, about 19-20 years old.  I loved it then, I love it now.  I lost or gave away my old copy, but found a new one a few years ago on eBay.  Amazing how the topics from 1968 are still relevant today.  Just love it.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Changing Weather

 Such a beautiful day today.  Sunny but cool and windy.  The kids are outside playing in the sunshine and don't mind the cold.  Me, I'm just hanging around the house after morning errands.  Changed the quilts on the big bed this week.  I really wanted to use my scrappy pandemic quilts on our bed....

Recently downloaded Bonnie Hunter's Appalachian Autumn quilt pattern.  I started it but not sure I'll make the full quilt.  Not committing to anything quilty at the moment.
Just finished a memory quilt for a sweet couple who lost their 21 year old son a year and a half ago.
The DIL and the kiddos painted pumpkins a few days ago.

The blue/green is Haddon's of course.  Blue is his favorite color.

These little ones keep us hoppin'!