Wednesday, June 30, 2010

It has been WAY TOO LONG!!!!

   It has been 2 months since I have posted anything!!! Shame on me!!!  I have gotten alot done and there has been alot going on.....My mom got sick in April and has not gotten any fact she has gotten worse!!  She went back to the doctor (AGAIN!!!) yesterday, and they called her this afternoon and told her to go to the Emergencyy room to be admitted, so that is where she is tonight, and is now in an examining room in the ER waiting to go to a room...lovely!!!  I am in Slidell, LA where I am visiting my husband, he is no longer in Knoxville, TN working, he is now in New Orleans, LA.
    We got the donation quilt made for my cousin that has a brain tumor, and instead of donating the quilt for the fund raising auction, we gave Tommy the quilt, I think he really liked it, and I hope that it keeps him warm and gives him some comfort!!  When my dad was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, a few of the ladies in my moms quilt guild that she was in when they lived in Virginia, made and sent dad a lap size quilt, he loved it and it brought us a lot of comfort just knowing that someone had cared enough to spend their time making him that little quilt, and it was a perfect size for when he was sitting in his recliner, he loved it!! We still have that quilt and it reminds me of my dad everytime I see it!!  Here are some pics of  Tommy's (my cousin that has cancer's name is Tommy and I had posted earlier that my grandson was going to be Tommy, but they have decided to call him Thomas instead of the nickname Tommy....) quilt...
It is very scrappy, and I love the fabric that we found for the back, it has little flags on it...perfect!!!  Mom and I both worked on it, she worked on it whenevr she felt like it, we ended up having to bring her sewing machine downstairs to her room because she just couldn't go upstairs.
     My son went to court, and he goes back in August for sentencing, and I still believe that this is a huge blessing in disguise, I am still 90% of the time dealing with his situation pretty good, I do have my moments though!!  He has accepted 100% responsibility for his crime and has such a positive attitude, I see such a change in him as far as maturity, he has grown up so much, and I am still so thankful that he is alive and that the drugs did not kill him, and even though the drugs did cause him to act totally out of character, and do something seriously wrong, he is going to have a chance to start his life over when he gets out!  Please continue to keep JT in your prayers!!
     My husband, Jeff came home after working all day on Friday the 18th just to do laundry, sleep about 4 hours and then get up and ride with me to just east of Shreveport, LA to the benefit for my cousin, where I got to meet a bunch of cousins that I had never met before, we had a great time, and I can't wait to go back this Fall and spend more time getting to know everyone!!  We gave Tommy his quilt, and spent the night with my Aunt Catherine and Uncle Willis and then on Sunday morning we got up and came to Slidell, which is just across Lake Ponchartrain and New Orleans, I have been busy sewing for the past week and a half, I made Thomas a flannel blanket, and several burp cloths, and I made curtains, which I will have to post a picture of later because we have to get a curtain rod to hang them on, but here is what I have got finished...Here is the flannel blanket  and the 2nd pic is of part of the front and the back and a matching burp cloth.And here are 3 more burp cloths, I still have to make matching bibs to go with all of the burp cloths.  These were really quick to make, my mom had made these for me when I had my first son, and the back is terry cloth....I loved them!!!!  They were my favorite burp cloths!! 

Friday, April 30, 2010

Donation Quilt...and one for me!!

     I am going to Shreveport, LA in June to a benefit for one of my cousins, who has been diagnosed with Gliosarcoma, a malignant brain tumor.  My mom and I are making a quilt to donate, they are having an auction, and a bake sale, and a dinner, a is going to be alot of fun!! 
     This is my dads side of the family, and I only have been in touch with them for about 2 years.  My dads, father, Warren, was killed in WWII, and my grandmother remarried and "lost touch" with that side of the family.  And, to make matters worse, Warren was raised by his maternal grandmother, and his mother remarried and had several children who all thought that Warren was their uncle, and not their 1/2 brother.  So, 2 years ago I got in touch with my Aunt Catherine, she is Warrens youngest sister, and the only living sibling, who had only in the last few years found out that her "uncle" was really her bother, and now I have all of these cousins that I have never met!!!  Last April, my Aunt Catherine, her daughter, Deborah, and her nieces, Ruth and Marianne came to MS and visited with us for a few days, it was awesome!!!  I am so thankful to have found them, and can't wait to meet the rest of my long lost family!!!  I only hate it that my dad is not here to enjoy this side of the family that he so longed to have known for his entire life, but I know that he knows, and he is with the rest of the family that were there ahead of him and those who have joined him since, and I know that they are celebrating together as well!

Mom and I started this quilt out of scraps, and I decided that it would look wonderful made of old shirts, so here are a few pics of the quilt that we are making only in shirts, and I am keeping this quilt for myself!!  It reminds me of my dad because he was very patriotic!
     We thought that with the auction being in mid June that an Americana quilt would be good since it will be getting close to the 4th of July.  I love it, love it, love it!!  I can't wait to get them both finished,  I will post pics of the one we are donating in the next few days.  I am trying to work on both of them at the same time because I know me very well, if I get the donation quilt finished, I will be tired of working on this pattern, so I have to work on them at the same time, so that it doesn't end up as a UFO (UnFinished Object, for those  non-quilters out there!!)  We are going to have the donation quilt quilted by a longarmer, and I am going to quilt mine with stipple and stars!  

     I went this past week and bought my grandson a baby bed, and my sweet-tart was going to come home this weekend and put it together, but working late tonight and weather kept him from heading home this weekend, weekend he is planning to come home, or I am going has been 4, I repeat...FOUR weeks since I saw him and I miss him terribly!!!!!!  I will also post pics of Beans bed.  My daughter-in-law, Jackie and her daughter got all moved into their new apartment this past week, and little Tommys' room got painted and I can't wait for the bed to be put up...I know that Jackie can't either!  Only one more week!!!

My mom has been sick, and went to the doctor last Monday, she still isn't any better, so she has an appointment with a specialist on Teusday.  Hopefully, everything will be ok, please keep her in your prayers.
Speaking of prayers, go to Youtube, and look up "The Katinas" their song "Thank you" is my very favorite song!!!  I love it!!!  Back when my dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and we knew that he was not going to make it, it seemed like everytime I got into my car that song was on reminded me that even though I was going through the worst thing that had ever happened in my life until that time, that I still had so much to be thankful for!!! I was thankful that I had had the father that I did and that I had had him as long as I had!  I was thankful that there was nothing "unsaid" between my father and I, and that we had a close relationship.  I was especially thankful that I was able to be thankful at a time that was so hard and that I realized that God is truly with us at all times...especially the worst times!!!!

Well, I guess that is about it for me, well, for now anyway!!  By the way, Tommy is Beans' real name, and I guess I should start calling him Tommy instead of Bean, but it is hard to do!!!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Busy week...

     Boy has this been a busy week!!!  Monday we had quilt guild meetings in the morning and in the evening, we went to lunch with our friend, Mary Jo, and then went to play at the casino for a little bit before our evening meeting.  Both meetings were really good, our program was "favorite thiings in our sewingroom..."  we all had to bring our favorite gadget, tool, etc.  I took my ironingboard table, mom and I each made one from a small folding table, it is a little bit bigger than a TV tray, we folded 2 layers of warm and natural batting and mom made a cover with a casing that we put elastic in and voila....a perfect ironing table for right beside our sewing machine!!!  I love it!!!!!  Here is a picture...

It is wonderful having it right there for ironing, and I also use it with a small cutting mat to square up small blocks etc. 
     Another thing that is one of my favorite things in my sewingroom is a film that goes over my windows that blocks the UV rays, it helps keep it cooler in the room, we used it in our first sewingroom when it was downstairs, there was an East facing window, and the room was HOT all sewingtable was right in front of the window because I loved the view of the pond and the trees, and when I put the film on the window I could sit there at any time of the day with the blinds open and it would not even be warm!!!  Your fabric will not fade either, I have learned that it is better to put it on the storm windows instead of trying to cut it into the little window paynes, it is a little bit dificult to get the backing off at first, but it is well worth it, it helps on your utility bill also, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!!!  I got mine at Lowes, and it is at Home Depot, about $28. a roll, but it does several windows.
    The third thing that I took MOM!!!  She has been quilting for 30 years, and since I have only been doing it for about 2 1/2 she is great to have around!!!  She knows how to make binding, she knows what is wrong with the machine when it starts acting up, she knows so much, she is fun to mess with, and I do...ALOT!!! LOL!!!  When I have a question about something she most always knows the answer, I love having her share a sewingroom with me, we have lots of fun and we laugh, laugh, laugh...ALOT!!!Here she is throwing her iron at me...I am sooooo abused!!!LOL!!!!  I was messing with her about something and she said "I am going to throw this iron at you" and I picked up my camera and "dared" her, so she pretended to throw it and I took her know as "evidence" !!!!  We have a really good time together...when she isn't in "Billville" (her boyfriends)!!
     Wednesday was the 8th anniversary of my dads death and mom, Bill and I went to the casino to play...again!  Dad loved to go to the casino, and he told my mom that he wanted her to go every year on the anniversary of his death and play for him...and we have every year except one.  Well, you would think that he would show up and bring us a little luck....but noooooooooooooo, he must have been celebrating his 8th Birthday in Heaven, because he wasn't hanging out with us that day!!! 
     Thursday mom and I went to the car dealership where she bought her new car and we saw one of our dearest friends who is also the General Manager there, we used to work with him several years ago when we worked at the Cadillac dealership.  We spent several hours catching up, and he will always have a very special place in my heart, he helped me with several things when I had problems before and after my back surgery, and before my dad died, and he is one of those people that I will always care about, he is very special. I was so glad to be able to see him and get caught up on his family and fill him in on mine, it was a great afternoon!!
    Today, I went and helped my daughter-in-law move some of her stuff to her new apartment, did I tell you she was moving into an upstairs apartment?!?!?!  We got 4 car loads done, in the morning I have to go pick up my step-son and his wife and we are going to go and help my husnbands grandmother move from an assisted living facility into a "more assisted" assisted living, fun!!  I am tired just thinking about it!  I also have to take my dog and drop her off to be groomed and hopefully get her shots in the morning before I go, she has never been shaved, but she is this year, I know it will make her feel better now that it is really getting warm!! 
     Here are some pics that I took of our sewingroom, we had to send in pics for our guild, we are doing a "virtual tour" or everyones room, so here are some from our room...Here is mom again, that is one of Beans quilts hanging up on the design wall, this baby is never going to be cold!!!LOL!!

Here are some of my thrift store shirts, I am using Bonnie Hunters' "Scraps and Shirttails" book and making quilts out of 100% cotton mens it!!!

Here are some of my scrapbooking supplies and quilting magazines.

I love buttons, and I screwed the lids of some canning jars into the bottom of a shelf and then I can just unscrew the jar when I need to get into it and I have doubled the use of my shelf and I don't have to dust the jars!!!!

My sewing table, with my little ironing board right there all handy!!!!

Here are some more of my old shirts in plastic storage bins, I really lilke being able to see what colors are in them, it saves alot of time.

I found this shoe rack that fits perfectly in the window seat, and I am making the use of the space there so it
is not wasted!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

God is Great!!

     My daughter-in-law is 17 weeks pregnant and had bloodwork done a few weeks ago.  Last Thursday morning they called her and told her that her bloodwork results had come in and that she needed to come into the office at 1:00 and the doctor would discuss the results with her.  I went and picked her up and we went in and talked to the doctor.  The results indicated that there was a 1 in 10,000 chance that the baby could have Down's Syndrome, that is good results he said, and a 1 in 16,000 chance of Spina Bifida, also good he said and then we were told that there was a 1 in 10 chance that my grandbaby was going to have Trisomy 18 or Edwards Syndrome...these are not so good results....this is where the 18th chromosome has an extra component, instead of one chromosome from each parent there would be three altogether and if the results are correct this would result in a stillborn or the baby would only live a few minutes, hours or possibly a few days. 
     I refused to believe this could happen to my only grandbaby (we all call the baby Bean), and I prayed to God that these results were wrong.  I know that God answers prayers and that everything happens for a reason, and with everything that has gone on with my son and is still going on with him (he goes to court next Friday) I know in my heart that Bean is supposed to be here, there is a reason that Bean is coming into our lives at this time!  I gave this child to God and asked Him to protect this baby, and if it was His will that Bean will not survive to show us what we are to learn from all of this.  So, we went to a high risk OB and genetics specialist on Tuesday for an ultrasound and consultation.  Bean was very active during the ultrasound, but Bean now has a real name...Thomas Christos, Bean is a baby boy!!!  And, praise God, there are no defects, he looks perfectly normal!!!  If he had had the Trisomy 18 there would have been severe defects that would have been very apparent on an ultrasound.  When we talked with the genetics specialist, she told us that she had been on the phone with several other labs because the results of the bloodwork were so out in left field from where they should have been that they think that the test was bad or something and offered to do it thanks!!  The ultrasound results disproved the bloodwork so I believe that God answered our prayers and is giving us a healthy baby!  God performs miracles everyday, but we like to give "other" explanations, like...the test was bad, was it?!?  Or did God perform a miracle, I know what I think...what do you think?  Have you or someone you love experienced a miracle?  Just something to think about...

Monday, March 22, 2010

Funny True Story....

     My sweetheart and I went back to Pizza Palce tonight and got their incredible onion rings to go with our Hardees cheeseburgers for dinner...I know it sounds totally crazy, but sometimes we just have to face the fact that we are!! LOL!!!  Anyway, they gave us some catsup in these little plastic cups, you know the ones like you get at church when you have communion.    
     So, we are headed to Hardees to get our burgers and all of a sudden my dear husband starts cracking up laughing, and asks me if I think that the little cup looks familiar..."no, why?" I ask.  He says think "Church" and I get it then...
     Several years ago we went to visit a church for the first time, and it happened to be first Sunday and they were having Communion.  Well, we stood and we were about to pray when several couples were called up to the front of the church to help pass out the "body and the blood"....well, they have these two loaves of bread and also two big bowls of grape juice. I see this and automatically start thinking to myself.."I am not going to drink out of that bowl that everyone else is, I mean where are the little cups?!?!?! (that is the only way I had ever had communion) and as I am thinking this, out of the corner of my eye I see Jeff shaking...I look at him, and by this time we are supposed to be praying, and he is laughing so hard that he is in tears!!!  "I already know what you are thinking" he says, red faced, tears streaming!  I am in a near panic at this point because what am I going to say when it is my turn...'well, I'll take the body but not the blood..."  I mean seriously!!!  By this time the people at the front of the church are filing out of their pews one row at a time, and heading to the back of the church where communion is being served, I am trying to decide if maybe I shouldn't just skip communion, but I really wanted to partake, because my dad was dying of pancreatic cancer at the time, and I just really felt that I needed all of God that I could get! 
     So, our pew is next and we get up and start heading to the back and I am totally stressed out about this, I knew someone that went to a Catholic Church and they actually drank wine at communion and they did drink after each other, apparently the alcohol kills any germs.  We get back to the back and low and behold, they are breaking off the "body" and dipping it in the "blood" Praise the Lord!!!  I really felt like yelling that!!!  Now, if you really knew me, you would know that I am not a cookie dunker, I don't do biscuits and gravy, I don't like anything "soggy", so my new, very brief, panic is soggy bread!!  I got over it quickly, I was so relieved that I didn't have to drink after 150 people!!! 
     We partake in communion, and head back to our seats, and again, out of the corner of my eye I see Jeff shaking again....I look at him and give him the 'what now' look, he has to look away, and then I get tickled to, I had to turn in my seat away from him...they are playing music while the rest of the church is finishing up in the back, I stop laughing and Jeff stops also, he scoots closer and puts his arm around my shoulders, and then I get tickled again, then I feel him shaking...again!!  He gets so tickled that he had to get up and leave!!!  After a few minutes I am wondering if I should follow him, or is he coming back!??!!?!?  Finally, he comes back in and sits down, the preacher is winding up the service and I am determined not to look at Jeff, and then the preacher says something about communion, and the shaking starts again, I tried to be strong and give him the look that a parent gives a misbehaving child, but when I did, we both got tickled.  I was so thankful that the service was over and we could leave, by this time a few people were really starting to look at us like we were insane!!!  We made a mad dash for the door as soon as the service was over and totally lost it in the parking lot, I don't guess we will be coming back to this church I say on the way to the car!!
     My husband is one of the most serious people I know, especially when it come to church, or anything this was totally unlike him to laugh in church, but he started telling me that as soon as he saw those bowls, that he knew I was going to get stressed out about drinking after other people!!!!  He said, he wished that I could have seen my face when they brought them out...apparently I turned completely white, and I got a panicked look on my face!!  I am glad that he knows me so well!!  Well, most of the time I am glad! LOL!!  I felt bad for a few minutes, but with all of the stress that we were under about my dad, we decided that sometimes laughter is the best medicine and I am sure that God has a sense of humor, I have thought so for many years now!! 
     We never did go back to that church, and I hadn't even thought of that story for a long time, but I just thought that I would share it because I think that we need to remember to laugh, especially in the most difficult times of our lives!!  It truly does make you feel better!!  Have a blessed day!!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Happy Sunday!

     Just a quick sweetheart just left to go to Hardees to get us breakfast.  We don't have a Hardees in our area and they have the very best biscuits!!! I have slept too late every morning this past week to get there in time. I brought my sewing machine with me and have yet to unpack it or work on anything....but, I am going to get it out and sew, sew, sew for the next two days before heading home. 
     The bed in this room is horrible...and I guess that is why I am not getting up and getting moving in the mornings, I am too stiff and sore and it is getting worse everyday that I am here!!  I can't wait to get home to my own bed, but don't want to leave Jeff.   We have put a foam eggcrate mattress pad on here, but it is one of those Walmart ones, actually Jeff has had it since last Fall when I came up here and he moves it with him whenever he changes rooms, it just isn't helping very much.  Oh, well, I think maybe we need to get another one and put ontop of this one!! 
     I may get my machine out today, Jeff is going to go and change the oil in my car after breakfast, and we are going to go to Margaritas for lunch later, and then I am thinking that there is a race on today.  I have to get Jasons quilt done, it is at the top of my list! 
     Have a great Sunday!!!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Reconnecting with old friends...

     I found an old friend on facebook last night and sent a friend request, this morning she had responded.  I am glad to find friends that I went to school with and see how they are doing now!!
      I also called one of my oldest and dearest friends that I have known since 6th grade!!  I moved to Lynchburg, Va in February '77  and was "buddied up" with 'Twitty' (her nickname) since we were in the same homeroom and road the same school bus.  We became great friends, and were in each others homeroom for years to come!  We really went through alot of stuff together during school and even after we graduated... boyfriends, breakups, makeups, job stuff, and even after I had kids we remained close.  Infact my oldest son had his first "crush" on Twitty.  They became buddies also!  She is the first person I told when I found out that I was pregnant with my youngest son....we have really been through alot together!!!
    I moved away from Lynchburg in 1991 and we lost touch for awhile, and then we reconnected again several times over the past years.  Each time I vow not to let it be so long this time, but, this time I really mean it!!  Whenever I talk to her it just takes me back to when we were young and all of the fun things that we did, the trouble that we got in (or could have gotten in had we been caught!! LOL!!) we really had some great times, some of the best in my life actually!  I wish that we lived closer, we have another friend, Joanna, and we were all three very close, I miss them very much, our lives have all taken different directions, and we all live in different cities.  I hope that we can all arrange to get together soon and catch up!!!  But for now, it was just really great to talk to her, she made a difference in my life!!!

Friday, March 19, 2010

My second quilt show in less than a week......WOW!!

     I went to the Smokey Mountain Quilt Show today and it was really nice!  I saw some really beautiful quilts, it is amazing how talented people are!!!  I have got to learn not to be "scared"...I mean it is only fabric!!!  Am I right!?!?!?!  I want to just go home and sew, sew, sew...forever!! LOL!!!  I am sooooo inspired, I have so many things that I want to do, I just have to start doing them!!!!
     My big purchase today was this shirt for my sweetheart....

     I really need to change the date on my camera, I don't think about it until I upload pictures and everything becomes 3 years ago!!!LOL!!!
      I also found something that my mom was looking for, a Square In A Square ruler, and a book.  One of the ladies in our quilt guild did a wonderful presentation at this months meeting, and apparently it is a "must have"!! 
     It was great to see all of the wonderful quilts, and I am looking forward to going to a quilt show with my mom, hopefully soon!! 
     Well, I hope everyone has a great weekend, it is supposed to be sunny and warm here this weekend, I have had the windows open since I got back to the hotel, and it is so nice!!!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Late to the show!

     Well, I made it to Knoxville!  I had planned on getting up and leaving at about 5 a.m. last Saturday, that way I would have time to go to the quilt show and then I would be able to go back on Sunday in case anything "haunted" me!! LOL!!  I didn't leave home until about 10 a.m., so needless to say, I did not make it to the show on Saturday!  Jeff and I went out to grab a bite for dinner and rented a movie at the 'red box' and I stressed to him how important it was to get up and leave the hotel by 9 a.m. the next morning....I mean this show was being held in two separate locations, I had no idea how big it was going to be, or how crowded, I wanted to have plenty of time to see everything and go back to the first one if need be (I didn't want to buy too much at the first stop and then find something really wonderful, but if I had to go back I wanted to make sure that I had tiome to do so!!).  We talked about it several times that night, and I set my alarm for 8 and 8:15 a.m. I had my clothes ready to go, we were going to pick up a biscuit at Hardees (my favorite!!!  I wish we had Hardees at home still!!) and we would be there by the time the doors opened.  I checked the website to write down the directions and realized that the show started at 9 a.m......not 10. Oh, well, I can still leave by 9, I tell Jeff of the time diference and again how excited I am to be going to my first quilt show, and I can go by myself if he doesn't want to go, but he assures me that he wants to go with me.
     Ok, here is where the fun begins!!!  My first alarm goes off, I get up and go to the bathroom, come back and lay back down, knowing that my second alarm is fixing to go off in just a few minutes, and it does...Jeff gets up and goes to the bathroom, so I turn my alarm off and continue to lay there waiting for him to come out of the bathroom.  I guess I dozed off because the next thing I know, I am waking up and he is sitting there playing playstation...."What time is it?"  I say rolling over to look at my phone..."Oh, about 11 I think" Jeff this time my feet are on the floor and I am furious!!!  "Were you going to wake me up?!?!?!"  I ask, not believing that he has not attempted to wake me! "Well, I thought you needed your rest, you turned your alarm off..."  I am in shock, "What part of 'we have to leave here my 9 in the morning' did you not understand?!?!"  I am up and heading to the bathroom to hop in the shower, at this point I am wondering if it is even worth going since one of the locations closes at 3 and the other at 4, and it is at least a 30 minute drive to Pigeon Forge, so it will at least be noon before we get there.
     I came out of the bathroom dressed and ready to go and needless to say Mr. Jeffrey was dressed and ready to walk out the door when I came out!!! LOL!!  I won't go into the rest of the conversation that we had, but I am sure that you can imagine!  I did manage to make it in time for both shows, I saw some incredible quilts, and met some really nice people, and even managed to buy a few things that my wonderful husband insisted that he carry for me! LOL!! 
     I think even Jeff had a good time, we were done by 2:30 and then went and had some wonderful Mexican food that had a buffet for $6.99, the best tacos I think I have ever had out, the shells were very fresh and crispy!!! 
     This weekend is the Smokey Mountain Quilt Show in Maryville, TN, which is only about 20 minute from here, so, I am going to the morning!  I am looking forward to it, I won't feel rushed, and I will be there early.  
     Tuesday I went to several of the local quilt shops, one was having a going out of business sale, everything 50% off, I managed to restrain myself and not go too overboard, but I did buy a quilt backing and a few other pieces.  I could have really hurt myself there!!  Yesterday, I went to a few more quilt shops that I had not been to before, north of Knoxville, and I have decided that I would really love to live here!!!  It is just so beautiful here, and everyone is so nice everywhere that you go!!  I love it here!!
     Well, I will write again tomorrow and let you know about the quilt show!!!!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Going to my first quilt show!!!!

     I am heading to Knoxville to see my sweetheart!!  It has been 3 weeks, and I can't wait!!  It also just happens to be the same time of the Quiltfest of Pigeon Forge...actually, I had planned on going to this quilt show since my husband is working in Knoxville.  I have never been to a quilt show, and since I have only been quilting for a little over two years, and my mom has been quilting for about thirty years, she has been anxious for me to be able to go to a quilt show for a while now.  She wanted us to go to my first show together, and we almost had it worked out, but it doesn't look like it is going to happen that way.  I am going to go and drag my unsuspecting husband with me instead!!!  It may happen that my mom and her boyfriend will get to go, but his brother has been in ICU and she doesn't want to drive that far alone, and I want to be able to stay for a week with my husband so if things get better she and Bill may drive up on Saturday and come home Sunday or even Monday morning (I am crossing my fingers anyway!!). 
     I am taking my sewing machine again....and yes I will remember the foot pedal this time!!!  I am planning on working on a few things next week while Jeff is at work.  I love being there with him, I miss him being at home, ladies I hope that you appreciate your husbands being home at night, even if they leave their socks on the floor, if they snore, or if they complain that you are sewing too much!  LOL!!  I am sure that you all do, but I know how easy it can be sometimes to take things for granted.
     I am sure that I will post more about my trip and post lots of pictures!!  Have a blessed weekend!!!