Sunday, May 21, 2017

Hooking Away

rug progress
approx 42 x 25
beyond time to choose something for the center

lightened up the second photo
closer to true colors

angel arrangement 
in memory of Mom from the staff at her facility
my sister has it
since the cats love fresh plants

some of my very old hooked pieces...

 as always
he wants to know why I'm not brushing/petting him

it's supposed to storm here later
so I better go tackle some weeds...

Saturday, May 20, 2017


if I keep looking at Magdelina style rugs
I keep hooking on mine
slow progress with all the circles I'm doing right now
will share a few photos tomorrow


definitely my sort of recipe
only 2 ingredients
after a few days of cravings
it's been pretty easy this week
I'm just bored with the all the protien

give me a loaf of bread and a stick of butter!!!
 just kidding


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Hooking Progress

haven't done much hooking lately
a little progress on this one
I roll it up
put it away
then get it back out when 
nothing else feels right to hook either

sooner or later
I'll figure out what I want in the middle


my favorite animal shelter
is looking for people to stitch toys
and other items to sell in the gift shop

thinking a smaller version of this
for little girls

Monday, May 15, 2017

Shaker Boxes

 my family has been in love with 
Shaker Boxes for as long as I can remember
my mother collected
my sister and her husband collect
I collect

most of mine are a wood stain finish
maybe 8 or so are painted stash is a few dozen or so
I've even given a few away
to said sister and husband

it's wonderful to see them being used with needlework
all the above images are LeHay's
my BIL has always planned on making Shaker Boxes
he's finishing up a cedar lined closet now
fingers crossed...

vintage boxes found on Pinterest

so it's Day 4 of my low carb-no sugar eating
feeling better
but know there is far more to my eating 
than just lack of willpower

it's called Binge Eating Disorder

I am working on
 finding professional help locally
time to kick this once and for all!


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Healthy Notes to Self

I hate to shop
don't like cooking or doing the dishes
but I do love to eat
over the past so many years it's mostly been fast food
or some sort of take out
eating in the cafeteria at work

always sweets 

now that I have the time
that has to change
today is day 2 of low carb eating
not no carb
just eliminating added sugar
using fruit as my sweets

I've committed myself to 8 weeks 
then will evaluate my progress 

first thing I did the other day was a big grocery shop
my cupboards were bare
now they are not full
but full enough of healthy foods
to keep my blood sugar in line

the fridge is even better
fruit and veggies I will eat
chicken breasts galore, packed in the freezer for easy use
a little beef, a little Canadian bacon

will have to go back for ingredients for  
the chipotle copy cat recipes 
so much less sodium then from the restaurant

hard to read, sorry it won't enlarge more 
basically going with berries and apples fresh
others when in season

I haven't taken care of myself in so long
this is a good start


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Puttering Around

usually not even 40% completed...

I've been puttering around the house
after doing a major "healthy food only" grocery shop
 then a few doughnuts at the Amish Market

I figured my blood sugar would go too high
after 3 huge doughnuts
gave myself a fast acting insulin injection
without paying attention
I cranked it up to the level of my slow acting insulin 

now I'm staying in the house
checking my blood sugar frequently
what a dufus!

 really in the mood to do some punch needle
maybe being forced to stay inside
will help me finally find it
its' not like I don't have a million other things to do here

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Sweet Memories

so I won't ever forget...

a couple of things from the last few days with Mom
I stayed overnight with her
holding her hand each time she raised it from the bed
something we've done for years now
only leaving for a few hours
to feed the cats
inject some meds
while my sister stayed with Mom

Thursday she had a high temperature
even while on antibiotics
so we knew
she didn't respond to us 
other than opening her eyes

early Friday was so much better
she even shooed away the male aide
from Hospice
when he arrived to care for her
with think she associated him with the Hoyer lift 
she talked with us on and off all day

on returning that afternoon
I woke her up leaning over to kiss her
oh the joy on her face
when I said hi Mom
she kissed her hand 
then placed it on my cheek

for a few days she refused anything to eat or drink
except a few Lifesavers
later that day I was sitting there
eating my gummy bears
when she said I sure was chewing a lot of gum
 I told her no, that was Judy
I was eating gummy bears
immediately her right hand went up 
she ate one and was satisfied

she was happy to sit up in bed
watching the Andy Griffith show
she even drank some butter pecan Ensure

just some general chit chat after that
lots of I loves yous...

Saturday morning we knew our time was short
the Crossroads Hospice team was phenomenal
I can't say that enough


my NC sister and her husband will arrive in a few hours
we'll just putter around my yard and house
catching up on chores and weeding

tomorrow we're all going to lunch together
my local sister and I have decided to
start with a clean slate
it's what our parents wanted most
all their girls to be friends

we think that she waited to leave us Sunday morning
until she knew we would heal our relationship
just one more loving gesture from Mom


your words and prayers have touched my heart
filled me with love and hope
I am only sorry I can't hug you all in person

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Gladys Banks

Mom passed away today shortly before noon
with my sister Judy and I by her side...
we were fortunate to have a wonderful team from
Crossroads Hospice
with us once we started the morphine yesterday

I know she is with her family in Heaven now
right where she belongs
I will grieve
of course
my heart is filled with the JOY of her life
the end to her earthly pain and suffering

I have been such a lucky daughter

Friday, May 5, 2017

Best Mom

Mom had a peaceful night
I stayed with her until around 9 this morning
when my sister showed up

We are lucky Mom has been sleeping
not needing morphine
she wakes up a bit to say hi
or go away 
( to her wonderful Hospice aide Brian)
even to ask to go home...of course

I'll go back in a few hours
I'll be staying overnight as long as needed 

Mom always laughs at me for printing out these 
coloring pages and coloring them for her...
she knows I've loved to color
way before it way cool for adults

Thank you all for your kind words and prayers
I know so many of you have gone through this
with parents and loved ones...
your thoughts and insights over the years
have helped me 
very much