Friday, April 4, 2014

I Know, I Know!

I know I have been missing for several weeks. I've been going through some things that caused me not to feel like blogging. So, I will give a little explanation about how things are going around this household. 

The last post I told you that I had gotten a new Janome machine. Well, it has been back to the dealer twice since I got it on March 5th. This machine has a screen that goes up and down to put it at eye level, plus it gives me more room to maneuver quilts in the harp area when it is up. For some reason, mine kept coming off track and would not go up. The owner has been so awesome for helping me get it back on track. He said he will send it to Janome the next time it happens, though. He gave me his wife's old sewing machine table, because he thinks it might be the table I was using that caused it to happen. I don't think so, because it is a heavy duty table I got at Home Depot. The problem with the one he gave me is it is not as big as the table I am accustomed to, but I will have to put it where I can place my other table beside it to help hold the quilts while I'm working on them. He is getting his wife a new table for mother's day, so he gave me this one. I thought that was really nice of him. :D I'm also scheduled to go next week for my first lesson on my machine. I was never even offered one on my first Janome, but since this one has the Acufil quilting system and embroidery on it, I guess they feel I need lessons. LOL I do really enjoy the machine when I use it. I am almost finished binding my grandson's quilt and will post pics of it when I get it washed. I have almost finished quilting the Carpenter's Star quilt, too. All I like are the borders. 

This is the Carpenter's star and what I'm putting in the corner squares. I'm finished with all of them. It isn't perfect. They aren't lined up like that should be, but remember that I am still learning about this program. It is actually an embroidery design. I think overall when I get it finished and washed, it won't look too bad. Hope so anyway. I keep being told that we are our own worst critics, and I know that is true for me.

What else has been going on with me? My bursitis/arthritis/fibromyalgia has been messing with me big time. I've had such pain in my hips all across the pelvic area of my hips from one side to the other it isn't funny. I finally gave in and called my RA doctor. He had the nurse call me in something for pain and a dose pack of Prednisone. I hate to take steroids, but sometimes one has to do what one has to do to get better. I have hurt to sit down, to lie down, not getting sleep because of hurting. It hurt to stand on my feet for long. I took the pack, but the day I took the last one, my hips flared up again. I was only pain free for a couple of days. Well, I called them back and they scheduled me to come in Wednesday for steroid injections. One in each side for bursitis. That is what it is and it is radiating all across from one side to the other. Believe me it is painful. I didn't sleep well last night because of my left side/hip hurting. I couldn't get comfortable. They said if this didn't do the job, I may have to take Prednisone for more than just six days to get the inflammation under control. Ugh!!!! I hate pain! Keep me in your prayers that this works. I need to be sitting here with ice packs on my hips, so I will probably do that soon. Then I need to vacuum the floors and get into the sewing room.

Our daughter and son-in-law are in the process of buying a house in a town close to them in Florida. They have been renting for the five years they have been there, so they are ready to settle down. They found them an older home, but it is in great shape and is bigger than where they live now. It is also on almost two acres of land, so the grandson is happy about the exploring opportunities. It has a regulation sized tennis court on there that can be used for many things for little boys, plus they can learn to play tennis and get exercise. I am so proud for them. Our grandson is home-schooled, so we will be watching him for a week or so once they get the closing date and during their move. That way he won't get hurt, stepped on, something dropped on him, or run over. We can keep him occupied, hopefully.  I told our grandson that I would teach him to sew on my Brother machine while he is here. He has gotten on a shark obsession, so I'm hoping I can find some shark fabric to help him make a couple of pillow cases while he is here for his bed. He is so anxious to come up here. He loves it here. I am also proud to say they have already found a church that is only three miles from their new home location. They love it and the pastor and his wife are close to their ages and have been very supportive.

I don't have a lot of exciting news to share, so I'm going to let you go for now. I pray you are all doing well, and I wish you the best of weekends! Be creative, and show someone some love!