Saturday, August 16, 2014

Time away from the blog

For anyone who follows my blog, I've been away for a bit plus a bit longer.

 Mama is 91.5 and up until now very healthy, driving, independent and in her home since 1946 when she came to this country from Cuba.

   6/30/14 she had diarrhea which upset her and she continued to have it daily for over a week and then off an on for next 2 weeks.  During those three weeks I contacted her family doctor of 40 years because she was also not eating, drinking, confused, wobbly, sleepy, anxious, aggitated, moody and the list goes on.    At one point her doctor said he was not worried about the diarrhea.  Then I was concerned that she might be dehydrated and he said he was not concerned.    With all the mood swings and she was having trouble getting meds down, he chose to put her on Prozac in addition to her Ativan which I was adjusting due to how she was reacting.

Finally due to some breathing problems, the cardiologist suggested we go to Prime Care (urgent care) to be sure her lungs were clear.  They discovered UTI 2 days after her doctor had done lab work.      Prime Care sent us home with meds for the UTI which he said can be so dangerous in an older adult.    The next day they called to check on her and suggested we go to hospital to be sure not in her blood stream as they could not do blood cultures in their office.

  7/19/14 they admitted Mama and said her sodium level was very low and we never heard about the blood culture.

7/23/14 the hospital was going to release Mama to our care to go home after which time they had not let her get on the potty chair alone and she had not walked.    I explained to the social worker that she lives alone and how would we handle all of this and could they please send her to rehab for a bit.    She said we would just have to deal with it.    Thank goodness for friends.  My friend Lora said that she felt sure the insurance would pay for rehab.  I called back and left a message for the social worker that I heard Ins. would help cover that and let me know what's next.  The next morning she came in with 3 choices, go look at them and let me know which one and she walked out.    Needless to say I had a moment of undue stress due to that gal.

7/24/14 they moved Mama to Rehab behind the hospital, The Oaks.    She was good and getting better but after about 5 days, she got a cough and I got nervous.  Yep, turned into Broncitis and she was put on oxygen for about 5 days.    She can get sick very easily.

I've been under such stress that I've been living in the bathroom and losing weight.  The guilt over not doing something in those first 3 weeks will always haunt me.

In addition to all that Mama was experiencing at home it just got worse at rehab.  She could not hold a fork, answer a phone, dial a phone number, write her name , not eating or drinking again and she prayed to die for about 4 days and was asking for hospice.   She was giving up and I did go talk to Hospice to help me prepare.    I did find out they have grief counseling that I so need as you do not need to wait til that day to avail of their services.

8/14/14, Mama has turned the corner and a new person.   Who would have thought such a change could happen.       Going home still seemed not the best idea due to the fact that she would still need a bit of assistance as she is almost back to normal but tired and needs help with meals, bathing, etc.    We have opted for Independent Living which will resolve the meals and give her some people to be around.  We think that will help her depression, give us some peace of mind.  We'll go over and help with baths til she gets stronger.    She's sad over leaving her house and neighborhood.  She has outlived everyone and she likes her new neighbors but it's time for a change and some fun.

I've been just as sick over this decision as well due to tight finances, the move, change, etc.    I'm also tired from hardly sleeping myself, living in the bathroom and my own set of nerves.

The new beginning starts at Independent Living next week.   Mama very nervous over it all.  Wanted to let her go home first, after she had seen the new place but  we've been told by everyone that is not a good idea.  Best to move her from rehab.

She has a 3 month lease to decide.  I think while it will be a squeeze, her quality of life will be really better as she had 0 to do at home and if she gives up driving, she's trapped.    Wish my one sister was on board with all of this and try to see a better future for her.

Now Don might be getting sick.  He has RA and now needs a hip replacement.

At my age, I've discovered I can only work on one problem at a time and I've been going non stop since 6/30/14 so forgive me if my blog activities are on hold for a bit.    Keep you posted when I'm back to stamping and sewing.

Please keep us in your thoughts.  For those who have sent Mama a card, I thank you very much.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Quilting: Preemie Quilts for 2014, so far

Well for those who have been to my house and craft rooms, you know I have a lot of "Stuff" as my husband calls it.  I have bunches of fabric and I have this fear that I'll die and he will just toss it all out not realizing how much I have invested.  So goal has been to make some preemies for Brenners Children's hospital to use some of it up.  Of course along the way I've had to buy some fabrics to go with what I have.  Are you laughing because you understand.

My goal was also to practice my free motion skills.  It's a learning process.


    Sadly the purple one was to be a preemie but it had some issues so it made it's way to the nursing home as a lap blanket.  










 The rest are preemies for the hospital.  Here's what I've gotten done so far this year, 2014.  My goal has been to do 12 a year.








Saturday, June 21, 2014

Quilting: Daisy on faux fence

Yep, when I bought my sofa I asked if they ever had upholstery samples and the girl said yes.  So I came home with a huge box.  Thank goodness I gave 1/2 away.    Still have a very nice stash.  Decided one day to see if I could create something using one of the pieces and this is what I came up with.   I also have a lot of yarns.   Faced the back.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

June 2014 class projects

  Hard to believe we're almost at the 1/2 year mark.  The older you get the quicker times passes you by.   Are you too busy to stamp these day.    If you think it's hard to gather up all the supplies to make a card, then you might want to consider Stampin Up's Paper Pumpkin.  It ships to you monthly with all the supplies to make the projects they have provided for you.    Ask me about it or check it out on line. 
 
 June 2014 projects were fun.   If you just like coming to class and/or  stamping with others            then you might enjoy these projects.     Look how easy these cards are to do.
Sorry that Calypso Coral is no longer available.  Such a pretty color and this is the last of my stash.  Time to find another use for that Pansy Punch you may have purchased.    Stay tuned for at least one more card using your punch. 
 
If you are interested in a class to make these projects, please let me know.  I like to have at least 3 people for a class.    Feel free to contact me to see if I have any openings in my regular monthly classes.  Class is normally around 2.5 hr. depending on the number in class as it's hands on and I'll provide everything needed for $15 per person.      Give me a call, 764-3546.


If you noticed, I also changed the tag color in the card above.  White was just too bold for the paper peaking thru the Pansy punch.
 
Well I'm thinking about the butterfly.  Often things look different in photo.  Wonder if the butterfly should be in black.  We'll see.  Comments welcome. 
 
As for the Starburst card with 3 pansies, lesson learned.  Don't try to put in the center flower first thinking it's the center..... DUH.  Glue dots don't come up.  So end flowers first and then the center flower.  Also the flowers will now be sponged around the edges. 
While I love the softness of the butterfly in white, I'm considering if I should try it in black.  We'll see.    
 
 
 
Yep,  I discovered not wise to put the center flower in what you thins


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Holidays..... over before you know it

Hope you had a nice Holiday weekend with family and friends and took a moment to remember those who have fought to defend us and others.   To their them and their families, we thank you.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The New....Stampin Up catalog is now here.

The old catalog is coming to an end this week.   Retired items have been flying off the shelves and at a discount for some.  If you want to get in a last minute order, now is the time to do it.  Either visit my SU site below to place your order and it will ship directly to you.  http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/joanlowder/

The new catalog will take effect 6/1/14.  

Once again, Stampin Up is allowing us to have a catalog sent directly to your home. 
5-7 days delivery is $8.50 and  2-3 week delivery is $5.00.  If you are in the area, just call me and we'll work something out as I have a few extras, $5 will include your mini catalogs.

If you are interested in having the new catalog sent directly to your home as listed above, please let me know and I'll send you information about where to mail your check.    jlowder1@bellsouth.net  or call me          336-764-3546.

Because the mini catalogs are much larger now, like a magazine, they will only come out twice a year.   I believe they explained to me that the next mini will not be out til very late fall, to give you time to absorb the new catalog. 

Do you stamp with friends?  You should as it sure makes bouncing ideas more fun and don't forget the snacks. 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Stampin Up retired items for Sale

Entire set of 2011-2013 In Colors, Ink Refills, new.  Colors include Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder.  5 refills, normally $2.95 each.  Set for $12.50 plus shipping.

Be sure to ask me if you are looking for ink, cardstock, stamps.  I'm paring down my stash and moving out some items.

Here are some stamp sets looking for a new home.  Shipping will need to be added to final price.

The price is listed in white on the photo of the set.
 Feel free to contact me at jlowder1@bellsouth.net      If paying by check, check has to clear before I'll ship the items.   I'll accept paypal as well.    Buyer pays shipping.  Check back later for more items.





5/5/14 on hold, awaiting payment

5/5/14 on hold, awaiting payment 


May 2014 class projects

Here are the class projects for May 2014.  If you need more information about them, let me know.  I'll have the supply list finished this week.  Drop me a line, jlowder1@bellsouth.net


If you would like a Stampin Up catalog, please let me know.  The cost is $5.  I already have one on order for my Seniors club as well as current stamp club.  

Friday, May 2, 2014

Stampin Up retiring lists are out.... goodbye old and welcome the new

The list is posted on the www.stampinup.com site however I don't believe the list is by page number.   I understand the list will be updated daily at 4 pm as to items that are gone and no longer available for order.   You can also place an order directly at my SU site for delivery to your home. http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/joanlowder/

If you would like a copy of the list, in excel, by page, number, please drop me a note at jlowder1@bellsouth.net.

I'm today ordering new catalogs.  If you are interested in one for $5, please let me know.  Thanks for stopping by.

Some back later when I hope to list several items from my retired inventory, for sale.

Wheeee.  My advice would be to get someone to help you by calling them out as you move thru your catalog.  Seems like it took me forever to update mine.




Thursday, April 17, 2014

April 2014 Class projects

Sadly this April didn't start out so great.  I ended up with what I think was the Norovirus that lasted 5 days solid and a few days to recover.  I was down 7.5 lb but sadly that didn't last long.  Then this week Don was lucky enough to also get it and he's down 9 lb.  It's a nasty virus and it caused me to reschedule classes.  Hope you don't get it.

Here are the projects for April.

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It's still a learning experience. If you are ever looking for a retired stamp set, ask me, I might have it and let it go.

As a follower you'll get emails when I post things which I tend to do in batches, once or twice a month. For class dates go to my Stampin Up events calendar: http://www.joanlowder.stampinup.net/

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