Friday, September 13, 2013

Another Lovely Day

I have today off, it has been a very busy day, up early, makr the bed shower put my mask on so I donot scare people when I am out to lunch or shopping.
I took my wonderful Mother to Appleebee's for lunch, over to Cub Foods to get grocery's, then sent her home to rest, you see she is ill and I try to spend as much time with her as possible, she has COPD all because of smoking fopr 50 some years, now she is paying the price, for so many years she said she felt fine and now three years ago she ends up in the ER and on  02  24 hours a day, I worry about her everyday her diet is horrendous, I cannot tell her not to eat these things like cupcakes and donuts because I know her days are numbered, I can hear the volume of fluid in her lungs even over the phone so sad to sit and watch a Family member slowely die, I have lost two younger Brothers and a Father because if smoking, my Brothers had lung cancer and my Father died from complications from smoking he too was on 02.
I beg of you if you smoke please stop as soon as possible, it is so hard being a nonsmoker and watching a Family member suffer health wise and to be the only one with no health problems.
I am glad I never even tried  to smoke or do drugs, almost 63 and not on any medications, I am sure my day will come but so far I am in good health except for my over weight, but the doctors are not worried about that.
Now on to better and more fun things, I have been stitching my fingers almost off, I have made a felt penny rug, this is a pattern from a magazine I found in my library of stitching and craft magazines about two years ago, I cut it all out but never stitched any of it together, I modified it a bit as you see in the picture, I didnot put all the points around the edges, I thought it looked a little overwhelming, I also put only on tooth on the cats mouth to make it look like they were scared.

So what do you think I love this table runner.

This is a picture of the sunset over Buffalo Lake in Buffalo Minnesota in august, I was at the Needlework Guild Retrteat the first week of august, it was a blastI have posted other pictures from retreat but not all of them.

I have to tell you a great story about the kitty's you see in this picture, I had the most wonderful table mates, Carol, LaRue and Sue, we had so much fun, there was a destash table in the entry of the retreat center, Sue found some things she had fun with all week long, no one at our table knew  (except Sue) what was happening with the cats you see,  Sue somehow put a cat on the table each morning, Sue asked everyone who was doing this, noone knew, on saturday someone made a litter box little bowls of food and water and of course a mouse with a sleeping mat for the kitties, we had such a laugh about this, I am so thankful i was able to sit with these wonderful Ladies.
Don't you just love the kitties.
 Well I need to go now I will post more pictures of the retreat soon, and show you the wonderful thread keep LaRue made for me she was generous with her creations and gave out many of these lovely thread keepers.
I am leavving for a Senior dinner for thr Seniors from our Church.
Have a great stitching week-end.




Ma Teakettle said...

Oh Catherine, I'm sorry about your Mom's health, I know just how hard it is to watch a parent's health deteriorate...hugs to you both! You are so right about smoking, and it's so crazy how the younger generations begin to smoke knowing all that they do...sad.

I love your table runner, it's so cute and will look perfect on your I want candy corn...hmmm :)

Your NG retreat sounds awesome! The setting is gorgeous and feels so peaceful in the pic, and your table mates are wonderful, what a fun time you had. I am always so envious of you ladies who have such avid stitching groups and guilds in your area...I can't wait to see more pics.

Have a great weekend

Anna van Schurman said...

I thought there was something really wrong with your face that you had to put on a mask! LOL.

Love the table runner. I think all your changes are perfect!

Marilyn said...

Your Mom is in my thoughts and prayers. It's hard to see a family member sick.
LOVE your penny rug mat.
The kitties are cute, what a fun time.

Penny said...

So sorry about your Mom, Catherine. Sounds like smoking has taken a terrible toll on your family. My mother-in-law had COPD, and it was so hard to see her suffer.
I absolutely love your table runner - so cute! :) The retreat sounds like it was great fun!

Catherine said...

So sorry about your mom. My mil passed away a little over 11 years ago from lung cancer. I was her primary caregiver for the last four months, so I know first hand how hard it isn't watch. My thoughts and prayers go out to you....

Love your runner and projects ~ those kitties ~ too funny, sounds like you had a good time.

Joanie said...

Oh Catherine! I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's health. I understand your frustration and sadness, my Mom died of lung cancer and my brother has severe health issues due to smoking too. I will keep you in my prayers.

I love your darling cat table runner, I've been tempted to do a little with felt too. And the retreat looked so relaxing. I'm jealous of you that you have very active stitching groups. It's got to be a lot of fun to get together to stitch and chat.
Have a blessed Sunday,

Chris said...

Hey Catherine!
I love the table runner! What a great finish.
The location of the retreat looks like it was amazing. It sounds like a wonderful time.
Have a great week!

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

OMGoodness Catherine...
that runner is totally stunning!
Good job you!

Hopblogger said...

Hello Catherine,
You did a wonderful job on the table runner. It is darling. Love the picture. Looks like a postcard. Kittens were cute!
Much love,

Anne said...

Such a cute table runner! So sorry to hear about your mom. Sending you prayers and hugs.

Kimmie said...


That runner is toooooo cute! And I love the sunset pic!!!!!