Monday, January 26, 2009

A Sunny Week Ahead

I love a Monday that offers such promise for a new week. I am sure that most everyone can relate to that statement. Some Mondays I want to pull the covers back up over my head and cancel all plans, but not this week.

This week holds the promise that my mother will finally be discharged from the hospital. She was to spend two to three weeks at the rehab hospital, but is doing so well that she may be released early. She is thrilled as are we. She has a gal who will spend the first week with her and then we will see where we go from there. My mother is confidant that she will be fine after that and is eager to resume her regular activities. After nearly a month in the hospital and several months of not feeling well prior to that, she has a lot to make up. Number one on her plan is a haircut. Who can't understand that????

As well, this week will include a trip to Florida for a convention that we attend each year. It is always a fabulous event and great fun to catch up with dear friends. One in particular is Midlife Mom . Our husbands are in similar businesses and we met each other several years ago. She is the one who actually "talked" me into blogging. Because of her I have met so many wonderful and creative people. What a wonderful world it is!

I received the most delightful package in the mail this week. It was from Laurie in Maine. She participated in the Whirl into Winter Giveaway and I was the lucky winner of her gift. Included was this wonderful knitting needle storage case. If you knew how I store my needles, Laurie, you would know how much I needed this. Don't you just love the quilt pattern on it? My needles will not know what to do in such a soft flannel interior.

She also added a fabric postcard that she had made. Look at the beautiful tiny embroidered flowers with beads. I read that she is also a fan of one of my favorite magazines, Quilting Arts. Thank you so much, Laurie. I absolutely love both items.

Knitting has been a hobby of mine since I was in nurse's training. I got a book on how to knit and started working on projects in between classes and hospital schedules. One of the items that I have loved to make is afghans. I did one for each of the kids for their 25th birthdays and they all use them to this day. I find a great fascination with the fancy patterns so I made afghans using a pattern that calls for using two strands of yarn. It actually won a blue ribbon at the county fair. Trust is warm.

We haven't had a lot of grandchildren time lately because of a stomach bug that is going through the different households. We do get to babysit the newest little one this evening while the parents have a "date night." Next week we will have a lot of time together as we are heading off to the Sierras for our annual family trip to the snow. I hope all are well by then.

Baba has awarded me with a Lemonade Award. Thank you, Baba. This is the statement that accompanies it.

Lemonade Award is for sites that show gratitude and a wonderful attitude.
Rules for the award:
1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

I will gladly add this to my blog and will pass it on when I get a chance to do so. For some reason my computer is not allowing me to make all the links right now. Grrrr.

The roses are finally pruned thanks to the help of my dear husband. I just had not had the chance to be out in the garden lately and I had over one hundred roses in need of winter pruning. Of course the pots are another story when you have a cat that enjoys making himself comfortable in the struggling cyclamen. I have to give them credit for trying.

Guess I have done enough rambling and it is time to get moving. I have "family training" at the hospital today in anticipation of discharge.


  1. How wonderful your mom is coming home. I know how desperately she want to get her hair done. That was always my gripe each time I was hospitalized.

    When you come to Florida, be sure to wave!

  2. What a relief to have your mom coming home. I know she will be so happy. You had alot of interesting things to comment about...I love your whirl into winter fun for you. Love the afaghan....and hope you have a fun time at your convention. Glad she convinced you to join blog land.

  3. Great news about your mom! And you will have such a lovely time at the convention, catching up with Midlife Mom too. Fun! I just love that afghan you made. What talent!

  4. I love the little postcard. My mother has made some of these for sending to quilting people. Glad your mum is feeling better.

  5. What wonderful news about your Mom. I know it's been such a very difficult time for her and you too...
    The afghan that won the blue ribbon is gorgeous. I can imagine how toasty it must feel on chilly nights.
    It was pretty cool here last night, but the sun is shining brightly now. No rain in sight :(
    Have a marvelous time at the convention. I'm so glad L convinced you to blog too.

  6. That is such wonderful news that your Mom will be going home soon. It was a long haul for you all. My goodness, getting sprung and having her done done will make your Mom feel like a new woman!

    Love the beautiful afghan.

    Have a great time on your get-away's. You need a vacation too!

  7. Well, lots of good news on the front this week! Fabulous news about your mom.

    LOVE that cozy, warm afghan - would love one of those!

    Hey, say Hi to Midlife Mom - would I love to be there and have lunch with the two of you!

    Hope the flu bug goes away soon -

  8. I love that afghan! I'm not a knitter so I'm always envious when I see one so beautiful. blessings, marlene

  9. Oh my, I haven't even started to pack yet! First thing this morning is to get a hair cut so that I can control this mop in the humid weather of south Florida! Looking forward to seeing you, I hope we can get out of here as there is a big storm headed our way. Gulp! I hate de-icing kind of flying!

    So glad youe Mom is getting to come home! She will be so glad to be back in her own home again with all of her own things. Nothing like sleeping in your own bed. Glad she is doing so well.

    That afagan is so beautiful! I haven't done any knitting for a few years and should get back into it. I used to make mittens for the kids but it would take me a week to make them and they would lose them in ten minutes so I gave up! lol!

    See you Thursday! xoxo

  10. good hearing about your mother's good progress....enjoyed reading your thoughts today

  11. Great to know that your mom is finally doing better and may be able to come home!! I know that makes you feel so much better..
    I love your cat sitting in the flowers..pretty guy!!

  12. Glad to hear the good news about your mom. Your cat looks a lot like my Jasper.

  13. It is such good news to hear that your mom is going home.
    A haircut would be on my list to do also.
    God bless

  14. I am so happy about your mother. My mom has always been healthy and I am so thankful. I just love the story about your friend that got you to blogging. I try to talk my best friend into it but she says she doesn't have time. I love it. It is like my scrapbook, diary & journal all in one and on top of that I meet so many people and learn so much.

  15. Happy to hear that your mom will be released from the hospital. There's no place like home.

    Your afghan is beautiful. What weight of yarn is it knit from?

    Safe and happy travels to Florida.

  16. Great news about your Mom, the kind I like to hear. I always say having my hair done is better than therapy. You are a good daughter to your Mom.

    Hope Florida was fun and warmer than everywhere else.

    Your afghan is amazing. Congrats on the blue ribbon. I just bought some yarn to again attempt to knit. I am so slow, but I supposed practice will, we shall see how it goes.

  17. So happy to hear your mom is doing better. Hope she gets to come home very soon and be pampered with a haircut with all the frills. Love your afghan. Makes me really wish I knew how to quilt.

  18. Are you back home? I know you had a wonderful time, and now the hard part - "re-entry" to real life!

  19. Good news about your mum! Lovely goodies you rec'd! Have fun in Florida!

  20. Great news about your mom!

    That afghan is amazing! woohoooo for the ribbon!

  21. I am so proud your Mom is doing better and may get to come home! Congratulations on your lemonade award, you deserve it! That afghan is gorgeous! I envy people who can knit such beautiful things!

  22. Hi - it is comforting to know we're not alone with these stupid computer issues - but it doesn't help get rid of them, does it? I didn't mention that part about e-mails just going without sending them - really weird. The worst is that nobody can tell us why!!