Friday, January 8, 2016

Not much time for blogging


The New Year has started out pretty crummy.

The 31st my husband spent at church, helping to prepare the new year's breakfast items for the homeless out church serves.

the 1st he was off to work with she serving of that meal and, though I expected him early to help with preparations for our own family celebration, he came late in the afternoon rather dragging and went off to take half an hour nap which lasted the rest of the day.

Next day he read an article about when you might have pneumonia, and decided to go to the hospital. He called from there to say he was admitted. I was, by then busy trying to tidy up his things as well as mine and suggested we call off the party. No, no. all the food was bought.

Sunday after church I got a call that he was in the ICU in serious condition. I went there and found that small hospital was not a place that could give him the care he needed and though they insisted it was dangerous to move him, we contacted the University Hospital and got him moved.

So ... I have spent most of the time since then in waiting rooms. Now all six of our kids are here and I was able to skip the 12:30 to 1:00 visiting time and stay home to take down the Christmas tree and toss some of the rotting food.

Waiting room time got more 9-patch blocks done. My muslin scraps come in a variety of whites, some whiter than others. I laid some of them out and am wondering if the whiter fabric is going to make it look bad.

Meanwhile, the salmon-pink cactus is still putting out blooms.

Like me, it has yet to move beyond Christmas.



and ....







this tiny flower appeared on the tip of a three pronged bit of cacti I had found and dipped into rooting hormone and stuck in a pot of dirt I just happened to have on hand.

A tiny thing but hanging in there.


Maybe a symbol of my year so far.

27 comments:

  1. One tiny flower Julie, maybe a symbol for you all. So good to see you here, and I can imagine the hours waiting, sitting in there, stitching ( I usually had knitting with me) and family, yes, ours were here when Hugh had his heart attack. Enjoy that short respite time you now get, and as ever, much love, care and prayers winging North to you and yours. Hugs and love. XXX

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  2. Thoughts of love and prayers sent your way Julie and Paul.

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  3. I am so glad that your husband read the article and got himself to a hospital. So many times people, especially men, don't like to give in to sickness. Prayers for him, you and your family. I hope he recovers soon. The quilt is looking good and I like your little surprise flower.

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  4. I am sorry that he is so sick, but glad he is getting the right care and hopefully he is doing better since you wrote this. My thoughts and prayers are with you both and hopefully a bad start means the rest of the year will be filled with good health and blessings.

    Debbie

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  5. Sorry to hear your husband is so ill. We will be praying for him here in England.
    Sandy in the UK

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  6. Dear Julie, I never commented before, but this pushes me to do so.
    I read your whole blog from the beginning until today, and I admire you in quilty and other things.I even think about scouting for my 8 year old even though it's not going very strong here in germany.
    I hope your husband gets well real soon, I think you did absolutely right to move ihm to a bigger hospital. I send you and him my
    best wish es!

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  7. Hope hubby is doing MUCH better by now. Smart of you to move him to a better place. I like the quilt squares. Hope 2016 gets better for all of you.

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  8. As we begin the new year I am sending good vibes to hubby for healing - such a hard time to be ill. But I'm glad you got him to a better hospital. I love the quilt so far. I've seen quilts done with a variety of whites/creams and they were wonderful - even Martha Steward likes to pain her rooms in a variety of whites (what more proof do we need? LOL) Hang in there - my little angel keeps me reminded of you and yours.

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  9. I hope your husband is doing better as I write this. Hospitals are no fun but he is where he should be with such a serious illness. I am so glad that you have the support of all six of your kids. You also have the support of your friends all over the world - our best wishes for Paul's speedy recovery. And as far as your quilt goes - I don't think you have it in you to make one that looks bad - ;))

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  10. The star is astounding! It is a special symbol of something for you and your family. Like all life, it is a mystery and a miracle. My thoughts are with you, Paul, and your family during this time. And, I think your quilt is just right.

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  11. I am sure this is definitely not the way you had planned to start your year. I am very sorry to read your husband is not well. It is good to know he is getting the right care and I wish him well in his recovery. But, are you taking care of yourself. With all this running around it is easy to forget about taking care of you too. I am pleased your family is there with you. Sending you hugs.

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  12. you and your husband are in my prayers

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  13. Oh Julie, we're so sorry to hear about this. You are in our prayers. Thank goodness you got your husband moved to a larger hospital. That was a good move. That pneumonia has a chance to sneak up on people, especially when they are tired. Hope you both are getting rest now, and that the new year will be looking up very soon. Hugs from Marina & Daryl

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  14. What a blessing that you have all six of your kids there but I'm sorry it's under such worrying circumstances. Good for you for advocating for a bigger/better hospital. Best wishes that Paul recovers soon and that your 2016 will be back on course soon! xxo

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  15. What a blessing that you have all six of your kids there but I'm sorry it's under such worrying circumstances. Good for you for advocating for a bigger/better hospital. Best wishes that Paul recovers soon and that your 2016 will be back on course soon! xxo

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  16. I am SO sorry. My thoughts are with you.

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  17. Julie, Have said my prayers for your husband. Hoping for the best in all things.
    Love, Li

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  18. May God grant healing and strength to your husband and also to your family. blessings, marlene

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  19. Julie, Prayers winging their way for healing for your husband. Glad you are able to do a bit of piecing while playing the waiting & worrying game. Thinking of you and your family.

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  20. dearest julie....my heart is with you...always...x

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  21. Hope your husband gets better soon. hugs

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  22. Julie, you are in my thoughts.

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  23. I only just now discovered your blog. Lovely, & I look forward to reading more of it. I dearly hope your husband is doing better. I'm wondering if in all the chaos you have had a chance to go to the Tokyo Quilt Festival this year. Greetings from Norway.

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  24. I only just now discovered your blog. Lovely, & I look forward to reading more of it. I dearly hope your husband is doing better. I'm wondering if in all the chaos you have had a chance to go to the Tokyo Quilt Festival this year. Greetings from Norway.

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  25. You and your family are in my thoughts. I saw your picture on Queenie's blog so am hoping things are looking up.

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  26. Julie I hope that your husband's health is improving. My thoughts and prayers are with you and him. That quilt will have special meaning for you no matter whether the whites are perfect or not.

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  27. Oh no! I hope your husband is feeling better and getting his strength back. As always, your quilt looks wonderful! Your hand work is some of the best I have ever seen. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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