Sunday, September 28, 2014


by assisted living main entrance
Mom and I had a good afternoon
a long walk outside
church music sing along
worship service
still can't believe she agreed to singing and church
first time since she's been there
she's looking forward to next week

the entrance I use to visit Mom
When I left today
Mom was sitting in the common room
watching Kindergarten Cop with another resident
the aides were at their table
getting decorations ready for the hall/wing
there is a contest underway between the aides
tomorrow I'm getting Mom's room decked out
with pumpkins, sunflowers, crows
a couple hooked rugs
will be sure to take photos to share

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Familiar Territory

I was going to get up early
even the cats were slacking this morning
so no pumpkin shopping today
filling a basket with homespun for rag rugs
filling a box for Audrey's mom
will spend the afternoon with mom
she promised to play bingo today
(getting her there is tough-once there she has fun)
I can do my errands later
sleeping in is highly under rated

Friday, September 26, 2014

Rag Rugs Continued

this is larger than the placemat size rug
lots of new size frames from my sister's visit
this is the largest
maybe tomorrow I'll share the smallest

this one is off the frame
ready for finishing
 perfect for my kitchen table
or should I say the sun worshipping napping spot
yep, this is for the cats to sleep on
no trying to kid myself
there is another mat about 1/3 finished on the frame
red and green only
no matter what mom says...
Happy Friday!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Looking Forward

I love to rake leaves

I love local apples
oaks and acorns

this is screaming "hook me"

I love autumn

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Favorite Oldie

this photo has to be about 10 years old
my front stoop the year I went (extra) pumpkin crazy
much loved rug design by Brenis Thompson
Circle Whimsy
would love to hook another in different colors...
maybe I can tall her in to drawing one up
the days are flying by
good and bad alike
we get through them with prayer, laughter and tears
the weather is perfect for Mom and I
took take walks outside
checking out the sunflowers, chipmunks, bird feeders
think I'll sneak some pumpkins under her bird feeder
once I hit the farm market
stopped by this one yesterday for Honey Crisp apples...
I should be working on the layers of dust
accumulating around here
yeah right

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Meandering For Now

Mom has been doing so good lately
she is much less anxious, much more at home at the facility
she frequently wants to see what everyone else is doing
much less interested in hanging out with us
exactly what we've all been praying for
she also seems to be much better mentally
able to sign her name again
whipping through 100 piece puzzles
asking where specific articles of clothing are
we are so blessed with this facility
not perfect by far
mostly because they seem to always be short staffed
many days I help with lunch service
once a waitress...
it's fun because I can talk to each of the ladies
as long as Mom as occupied!!!
otherwise I get the jealous look
Her being at peace has sure helped me too
I feel more like me
Am sure part of it is getting the house purchased
it will be months and months before
we will get her on Medicaid
money from house will pay for facility
(right now almost 30 K owed)
then whatever they make me pay for home repairs
but we are nearly there
so for now
I will clean and organize the house
have been here about 15 months
some things haven't been moved since then
so many other priorities
I'm tired of clutter and dust
not in the mood to create just yet
plus I want to use up all the paint on the exterior
enjoy being outside without the pressure
Because the my credit union paid my share of the closing costs
(being a first time home buyer)
I ended up getting money back
Thanks Navy Federal
my friend Jo suggested I purchase a snow blower
good idea
 I'll just put the money aside to pay someone to plow
waiting for pumpkins
to show up at my favorite farm market
Happy Sunday!

Saturday, September 13, 2014


Mom and Deb
on the tomato run yesterday
love the smiles

Thursday, September 11, 2014


my dream of many
my real house...
finally closing tomorrow afternoon
next on to the Medicaid approval
  moon and sky were amazing
the other night when I left work

these were taken in the parking lot
you know what I thought, of course
hooked rug!
please say a prayer for my coworker and friend Trent
he had emergency surgery last night
he's been feeling off lately
 kept coming to work - going to school
he has a high tolerance for pain
so didn't realize how serious his "stomach ache" was
now there is infection and
possible long term repercussions
he's only 21
going to school for his second degree
on this sad day I remember
thinking of how our world has changed
how so many lives were altered
will there ever be peace

Monday, September 8, 2014


yesterday after lunch mom and I
went back to her room to work on weaving
she decided to give her roommate some of her candy
so she got out a Ziploc bag
(her top draw is filled with lots of odds and ends)

before putting Sour Patch Kids in the bag
Mom checked to see if she liked sour things...
That's my Mom
always sharing and keeping an eye on other residents
she's concerned for a while if someone doesn't eat
but if they do it every day
she thinks they should just stay in their rooms...
the things she comes up with
if all goes as planned
I'll be closing on Friday
not that far off from the original date of August 22
second appraiser was here today
another appraisal needed for Medicaid
my sister and her husband will be here Wednesday
I have a little work for them to do
in the mornings before Mom
mostly outside
chopping out old bushes
she loves that sort of work

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Most Random

love this image
reminds me of the work needed
to get the house back in shape
appraisal came back less than I'd hoped
once purchased
I can get the tax assessor to reevaluate
that will help with Medicaid
I will still need to pay back about 10K
in what Medicaid considers misuse of funds
(repairs to the house because I am purchasing)
panic attack yesterday morning
hate those
I take a Xanax as soon as I feel one coming on
doesn't stop it
but at least I don't feel like I'm going to die
Mom signed the papers for title agency
no problem...her signature was wonderful!
she is truly getting better in so many ways
yesterday she walked at least 30 feet in therapy
with a walker
held up with belt by PT personnel
she's back in therapy this week

Mom normally balks at working with male therapists
but this man is very personable and kind

so exciting to see this
she tells me how hard she's trying
even when she'd rather rest

my local sister is off on vacation starting today
NC sister and husband we be
here Wednesday for a few days
hoping to get mom out two days
one trip to the favorite farm market
one trip to the park with ice cream, of course!
my heart is not in creating right now
visions of chalk ware type Santas
are flitting around my brain
not ready to get on paper yet
my $2014 saved in 2014
looks to be falling short...
so maybe by the time I close on the house
(hoping next week or so)
I can get busy with the designs
Wishing you all a great weekend
I'll be working
weekends are my favorite...
I'm in charge and work with good people

Melrose can see the birds
and me
 from his spot on the windowsill
usually looks at me the most