Well it's August, 2017 and after 17 years as a Stampin Up Demonstrator, it's over for me.
Mama was sick in July 2014 with a very bad UTI that her doctor ignored.
By fall I was a caregiver. She was 90.5. We gave up her home of 69 years, the only home she had ever owned since she moved from Cuba, 1946.
She now lives in a Independent Retirement Community and has a small apartment.
She did a lot of activities in the beginning but has now settled down to her old routine of naps, Andy Griffith and crossword puzzles. She's healthy and doing great.
Yellow sweater is one of my favorite pics. from late fall 2014. I liked her hair.
She has 3 meals available per day in the very nice dining room. It's a very nice place to live and meet many new people as someone is always moving in.
She will be 95 in Sept. and is doing wonderful. It's like she's a new person. She had no one to talk to living at home. She had to think about what to fix to eat and many times it was McDonalds up the road.
It's easy to find her apt. just down from the dining room.
People often enjoy looking at her back patio
Broken Wrist. Early in the year, 2016,
I did a dumb thing.
I tried to step down backwards off the steps. Don was upstairs and I was on the second from bottom step tossing packs of quilt batting up to him to store upstairs as it was for Preemie quilts for our guild. Well once we were done, I thought I was on the first step as I backed down. Oops. No floor and down I went, swinging around on the stairs post and landed in the hall with my right wrist wrenched against the wall. I was screaming and Don said, I can't lift you. Now is not the time to tell me that.....LOL. I managed to get on my knees and he helped me up. Yep.... I broke it good. Right handed of course I could only think about all the things I would not be able to do. Did you know it's hard to pull up your britches in the bathroom.
My left hand was only for decoration. It was not a working limb. I needed Don for a lot of things..... you know that saying..... for better or worse. He had to take my night guard out in the am as it was too snug for one hand to get. It was a very long 4 months.
Then around early 2017 I realized I just was losing interest in Stampin Up and have way too many supplies. I'm currently down to one class a month, with some ladies who have been so loyal for about 9 years. They come to a surprise class monthly where they make 3 projects (cards) for $15 and I supply everything. My demonstratorship stopped early spring with Stampin Up. Actually I'm a bit less stressed trying to keep up with minimums. Now I just do a class a month, we laugh and often snack. I have some great ladies who come to class. Class is now 7 ladies as we just recently lost a dear member, Doris Biesecker to that nasty C. I have enough supplies to last a long while. I told them, when the card stock runs out, I'm done.
Trabeculectomy May, 12, 2017. What we had been putting off for a long time, was in our face....Surgery on the left eye. I go to Duke Eye Center, part of Duke University, for my Glaucoma. I found out I was type II diabetic in 2/2007. It was recommended I check on my eyes. Of course Dr. Sasser at Midway Eye Center said, I think you have the beginnings of Glaucoma and need to be seen.
He got me in the next day with Dr. Moya. I've been there ever since. It was worse in the left eye. We treated it for years with many different drops that you need an excel sheet for. Finally we were at the end of the road. He said it's time for surgery. Shame the cataract is not ready so we could do both at the same time. I spent better than 3 months hardly moving out of my chair. No bending, lifting, no stress!!!! Lots of naps.
Surprise, the Prednislone for the Left Eye, has not made the cataract in the left eye grown leaps and bounds. It's to the point that Dr. Moya and the Retina specialist could not see behind it to see if eye still swollen. That eye has been blurred since May. Really can't see much besides fuzzy things, nothing clear.
Now we will discuss cataract surgery for later this year. Of course it's not a normal one but I think 3 cataracts in one. Just couldn't be simple.
So here we are, August, 2017. Finally lifting, bending, trying to catch up on things I've missed out on. My seniors class was this week and it was nice to see the ladies. We were missing 3 this past week. This is my stamp room in the basement.
Quilting is a renewed passion. 5 years ago I invited folks to join me for a Quilting Bee named "Busy Bees" and we are still going strong. We have 9 local members and often it's a full space of buzzing machines. We quilt from 9 am to about 3:30 and on, every Thursday, at the local Rec Center.
I've been busy sewing since you and I last visited on my blog. The blog got put on the back burner. My goal is to come back and share some of the pieces I've made.
Lately I've been working on simple string piecing blocks for a quilt for our bed. BIG challenge. Of course Don hates all the colors. Bummer. Not going on our bed. String block is a lot of strips of leftover fabrics. I cut phone book pages to 7.5" and sewed on the diagonal. When put together you can get lots of different layouts. This is mine to form diamonds.
My eyes are currently 2D and cutting is a bit off. Trying to dead head flowers was a lot of cutting air so keeping sewing simple.
If you need a Stampin Up supply, don't hesitate to ask. I just might have it.