Here are my partially assembled blocks laid out on the table top. Sorry about my knee scar - hope it didn't scare you. :) That brown blob at the lower left is my Mom's pincushion (it is supposed to be a teddy bear). I think it is really ugly but haven't been willing to part with it, yet.
At the risk of sounding very whiney, I must say that the weeks are getting tougher and longer. :P
Wednesday was a fun day in some ways. I went into Columbus to visit Dabble and Stitch, arriving around 1:30 p.m. While I waited for my friend Barbara to arrive, I shopped a while (bought some goodies for making garments:) and then sat in their sewing studio corner and knitted. The owner and her husband were both clerking when I came in but she had to leave shortly after I checked out to go to her 'real' job (as a paralegal). I spent some very pleasant time while waiting chatting with Dan, the co-owner. We had quite a few things in common, including a background in the biological sciences. :) Barbara got there around 3 (I _think_ - wasn't watching the clock:)
It was so wonderful to see Barbara! We got to spend a little more than an hour together - it was a clean breath of air from home for me. :) She showed me some of the goodies she picked up at the quilt shop in Pataskala, OH just before leaving - lots of really cute buttons included. I've got to try to find time to go visit there. :)
My brother was doing ok when I saw him, late on Wednesday afternoon ... or as ok as you can be while situated in an intensive care unit in hospital. The trach tube was working well for him and his spirit was good.
Thursday I spent the day running a variety of errands (the ever-popular trip to the lawyer's office, to two different banks, etc.) and took my brother Kevin to the laundromat to wash clothes. Hot, hot, hot day and tiring to move around. :P
Friday, I got a call in the early morning that the hospital staff had decided that my brother Jeff was well enough to move into an acute care facility and out of the ICU. The place he and I had chosen is in Cincinnati (2 or three hours by ambulance from Columbus) and there was no guaranteed arrival time. I decided to stay home and do yet more errands (actually, I _thought_ I might get away with just spending the day at home ... but then remembered that my car needed an oil change). I spent all afternoon (another hot, humid afternoon) getting the car serviced and didn't get home until about 7 p.m. I was so tired, I just flopped down on the couch and read until bed time. :P
Saturday, I punched the address for the new hospital (Good Samaritan) into my iMaps ap and set off for the near west side of Cincinnati. Long, dull trip for the most part, punctuated with momentary flashes of panic as I wound through the concrete jungle of going-into-downtown highways. I chose the direct route over going around the south side on the local beltway - won't do that again! Cinci, as one might expect from a town built right on an major old river, has a LOT of up and down streets and twisty roadways. I was sooooo glad to arrive at the hospital and turn my car off! :) The hospital is quite nice and the staff there seem extremely caring - much more attentive and careful than the people in Newark, that's for sure!
While I was there, a renal specialist doctor came in to look through Jeff's medical notes and check on his kidney function. Apparently his kidneys are down to 15% of normal functioning (dialysis has to start at 10%). Poor man, his body is just shutting down, one organ system at a time. :(
The drive home last night was long and difficult. I am a fairly reserved person, emotionally, and rarely allow myself outward expressions of stress or grief. I will admit, though, to crying most of the way home. My poor brother does not, in any way, deserve this kind of physical punishment ... if one can think it is that. His life has been more difficult than one would guess. Sigh. The weather was very gray and raining, sometimes heavily, all the way home - which did not add any light to my dark mood.
Today has been lovely, weather-wise. High 70's and low humidity. I have spent most of it sewing. Since I finished my various bee blocks and sent them home via USPS, I decided to go back to working on my Splendid Sampler quilt. The photo at the top of this post shows how it all looked when I unfolded the pile of blocks and parts this morning. It has been so long, I had completely forgotten whatever mental plan I had for the quilt design! Documenting my plans has never been my long suit .... maybe I can work on getting better at that. Sigh!
I decided not to torment myself with trying to dredge up a months worth of old memories and just made a new layout. After some happy sewing time, I managed to finish the flimsy by the end of the afternoon:
In case you can't tell, this little quilt top has ten Splendid Sampler blocks in it. I framed each one with fabric and am debating exactly how to quilt each block.
I am really happy with the way this has turned out. I debated but don't think I will add a border ... I am going to sandwich it for quilting some time tomorrow and probably self-bind the edges by turning the backing over to the front. I bought a really pretty yellow-on-white pinstripe print for backing this .... adds light to the piece without making my eyes hurt. :)
Tomorrow morning the moving company guy is coming to give me an estimate and tell me about the various options. I do not look forward to sorting through all this stuff! In the afternoon, I have an appointment to take my Mom's van to the glass dealer in Gallipolis to get a new windshield. I have to put the new license plates on the car before that so I'll be completely legal. :)