I had forgotten to post my final pics of the board and batten project I did in our back hallway. It isn't perfect but I do love it so much. So much even that I'd like to do a wall in our great room by the front door.
Monday, May 3, 2021
After nine months my son and his family have moved to their own place. It is bittersweet. We will miss the littles so very much, and I know my DIL is so ready to be the woman of her own space and to be honest I am ready to have my house back. Living with family can be hard and we've had our moments, but when they look back I hope they know how much we love them and have done our best to be helpful to them on their journey of life. I hope the grandchildren realize the joy they have brought to our lives these nine months. I couldn't have asked for a better grandpa than my husband. These are not his biological grandchildren but he loves them as if they were his flesh and blood. He is the best! Always taking time to play with them and thinking of things they would like to do. The house sure is a lot quieter. Thankfully they are only about five minutes away. Not like across the ocean like they've been the last six years.
A couple of weeks before their move they got their first pets - two precious kitties.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
After putting the primer and one coat of paint, I was disappointed. The boards were still too rough. So I have spent several hours now sanding, sanding, sanding, and sanding. I *think* I have it smooth enough to start painting again. It will be a while before it's finished.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Got all four of the memory quilts finished and ready for a rest from quilting for a bit.
Friday, February 26, 2021
This one went together quicker and easier than the first. I think it is going to be my favorite. I made up the pattern based on something similar seen on Pinterest.
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
I was asked to make four memory quilts. I have never made more than one for a family, and this has proven to be quite an undertaking. I have one top finished, didn't have enough shirts for four, but when making these you don't know that until you get them all deconstructed and cut for a pattern. They gave me more shirts from other family members so I'm not sure the fourth quilt will have much of his shirts in it. Oh well. I learned something. One - I don't have a slow button so whatever I have on my agenda to do, I will usually work like crazy to get it done, and Two - not to agree to making more than one memory quilt for a family. It is just too much for me. I've been very stressed about these. I finally got one done, and two more mostly cut for the patterns I've chosen. They are not in any hurry so I am going to put this on pause for a few weeks, if I can. I just hate having projects hanging over my head. I am definitely a finisher.
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. 😞
Sunday, January 24, 2021
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.
Tuesday, January 12, 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!
|Did custom quilting ,which I certainly wouldn't win any awards, but it turned out fine.|
|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.|