You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart Matthew 22:37

Friday, July 22, 2016

July Stitching

Hi friends! I completed the July SAL from our friend Palko. It took me a bit longer, as I used all metallic threads in this one.
This was stitched one over one on 25ct white evenweave using Artiste metallic thread in Royal Blue and Lipstick.
I am almost finishing up a July mini sampler. This also will be for my cubby shelf.

I saw the neurologist this week. He has put me on a beta blocker, at a very low dose. While this is typically used to treat high blood pressure(which I do NOT have at all), it is also used to treat migraines. Now I do not have migraines if you recall. I have "Intractable Tension Headaches". It is just a bit too early to tell if this is going to work for me yet. I am on the starting dose yet. He has had patients that have had this medication completely remove the headaches. We shall see.

Would any of my American friends want this SB pattern? I am sorry, it must be an American friend due to postage costs.
I thought I would stitch it, but I am not going to. So I want it to go to someone who will stitch it. Leave a comment below telling me you would like the chart. If more than one of you want it, I will draw a name and announce the winner next time. :)

It has been very hot here all week. I stay mostly inside in the A/C. Best way to avoid bad headaches. Good weather for tomatoes, green beans and summer squash though. :)

I hope you have an excellent weekend my friends! Thank you for stopping in.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

Monday, July 18, 2016

Jenny

Hi friends! I am happy to say that Jenny has received my package and I can now share with you what I have been up to lately. :)

Our sweet friend Jenny has been battling breast cancer for over one year now. She is about to start another round of chemotherapy. I made her a little healing garden. She and I both love our flowers. We are finding it hard to get out into our gardens at this time, me just from my headaches. Maybe you recall this little freebie pattern I stitched up several months ago? Well I finished it off into a pincushion for Jenny.
This sweet, little free pattern can be found right HERE, along with many other freebies. I admit that this was a hard finish for me to give away! I truly love the way this turned out on the pale blue linen. The precious backing fabric from Carolien makes it special. I am glad it is Jenny's now. :)
I also worked on two more pieces last week. One for Jenny and one for me. They are the same except that hers is stitched two over two on 32ct lambswool linen and mine is stitched one over one on 28 ct lambswool linen.
When I found this pattern I fell in love with it. Not in an "aww, that's cute, a BFF kind of thing". No, for me, being a Christian, I instantly thought of how wonderful it is to truly have that.  Friendship that WILL last forever. If we are friends here, it is only just the beginning. The start. The warming up of the friendship! A friend for all of eternity.
This free pattern is from The Nebby Needle  and you can find it right HERE.
I did use all DMC, most of my own choosing. I kept the pigtails for myself, as charted. ha! What do you think?!

My friends, if you would like to give a few words of encouragement to Jenny, say hi, or offer to pray for her, CLICK RIGHT HERE and you will be in direct contact with her. :) I would GREATLY appreciate this. I know she would also.

I am almost done stitching up a little July piece. It is done with all metallic threads. It certainly takes longer that way!! I will be back next time to share this one with you.
Have a super week my friends!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

Monday, July 11, 2016

Plodding On

Hi friends! My accomplishment this weekend was Madeleine's shorts. Pretty easy when you follow a pattern. ;) Especially since I have made these before from this pattern a few years back for myself. Here they are in an orange linen blend material. Not the best picture.
I am stitching. I happen to be stitching up the exact same pattern I completed last week for my special friend. I wanted to make up one for myself so we each have one.  :) You'll see. Just not yet. Sorry.

So, all I have to show you now are a few daylily pictures.

Thank you so much for your wonderful comments my friends. Maybe you do not realize how very, very much they mean to me. They mean a LOT to me. Especially right now, when I am trapped in the house so very much due to these headaches that are heat induced. I have done online research of my own. It is rather depressing, since there seems to be NO answers for us that suffer this. Just information.

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

Friday, July 8, 2016

Blooming

Hi friends! I hope all is well in your world. Thank you for leaving me such nice comments last time. :) I thought I would show you how tall that pink hollyhock has grown now. It is well over 8 feet tall. I am 5'11".
I have one other hollyhock that survived our cold Wisconsin winter. I planted the hollyhocks last year. This one opened up this week. It is a pale yellow. It is not nearly as tall, perhaps 5 feet tall.
These are bachelor's buttons. I buy a packet of  50¢ seeds from the Dollar Store. So pretty.
Madeleine had asked me to sew her a pair of shorts. I drafted a pattern from a pair that she already has and likes very much. I took several home ec classes in junior high school and high school. I figured I could do this. Now I am not necessarily dumb, I think these 4+ months of constant headaches cloud my thought sometimes. So, well, the shorts.... they did not work out. I forgot to account for the fact that the fabric she chose was a polyester blend. Not a knit material. No stretch. So the waist was teensy, tiny. oops.

She does have another fabric she wants shorts made out of. This is a linen blend. Most importantly, she has now decided she will go with the pattern I have for shorts. Yes, I have an actual pattern for shorts. AND I have sewn a pair successfully for myself a few years ago. She just does not want the folded up hem at the bottom. Fine. I can do that. I had offered this pattern in the beginning, but she wanted me to try to make the others.

I have been stitching also. And finishing. For my special friend. I am working on getting this second piece finished, then I will get them off to the post office. So no pictures yet.

Headaches? Yep. The doctor did increase the amount of Imitrex I can have per month to 20. Since I need 2 to knock out the nasty, I get 10 days of relief a month.

I hope and pray you have a good weekend my friends. I am always thankful and glad when you stop by.

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.  Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.  For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4

Stitching and praying,
Vickie


Friday, July 1, 2016

Pretty Gifts

Hi friends! I received a pretty surprise in the mail yesterday. That is always fun, isn't it?! This package came all the way from California from our friend Jenny.
A pretty surprise
A sweet basket of PINK flowers for ME
Isn't this sweet on the backside?
Now I have to say, pink with white polka dot scissors make me smile! :) "Summer Splendor" is a pretty pattern Jenny. I will think of you as I stitch this.Thank you so much!

I finished The Snowflower Diaries July SAL yesterday. You know I love it because of all the pink right? ;) I actually think the flamingos are too pink, but I did NOT change that, because well, hey, it is pink!!!! I did make several changes. First, here it is.
I stitched this one over one on 25ct Bo Peep Pink Lugana using DMC ,VMSS and Wisper. I only used the White Wisper for the chick. Everywhere else white was stitched in the pattern, I stitched two over one, otherwise the white did not show up on this pale pink fabric. I only used  VMSS in 'The Perfect Rose' in place of DMC 3777. I used DMC 471 instead of 834. I backstitched the flamingos wings with DMC 963 instead of 3854. I stitched up the corner roses in the border as pale pink/DMC 963 instead of white. ;)
Now I need to make myself do some finishing I have set aside for toooooooo long. Then I will reward myself with another start. At least that is the plan. I need to be STRONG. Stitching is more fun than finishing, but this is for a special friend. No more excuses!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend my friends! My American friends, I hope your weekend is filled with parades and fireworks and patriotism!! This will be my first Fourth I can recall that I have not gone to a parade or fireworks. I just cannot. Even if it is cool, the noise will make the headache soar. So I won't. The three kids will together as always. Maybe I can convince Brian to join them too. No sense in us both hanging out here at home. It is okay. We just walk several blocks to the parade route. At night for the fireworks, it is a mile walk to the park. I can see them from the backyard, kind of. ;)

Stitching and praying,
Vickie




Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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Hi friends! My ophthalmologist appointment went well. I have healthy eyes. I have nothing wrong with my eyes that would cause headaches. The doctor did say that if I was having headaches from eye problems, the headaches would be across the forehead, not squeezing at the temples. I am getting new lenses for my glasses. My distance vision is slightly worse, but I now also need bifocals. I am getting the progressive lenses. Wow are those ever expensive!!

I will call the neurologist this morning to move up my recheck appointment. I have one scheduled for the beginning of August. Why wait around in pain right?! HOWEVER, I have been experiencing very low pain for three days now. I have been praying fervently for these three days. A LOT more than I ever have about this entire situation. I am so very thankful to God for this relief from the intense pain. Most especially since two of the days were very, very hot. I am still hopeful, believe it or not, that these headaches can just be gone. I am literally at exactly 4 months post steroid injection now.
Yes, I squatted down to get this picture. I am 5'11"tall. That would be one huge hollyhock!
Henry and I went to visit our friend Joyce at the nursing home last Friday. She died 5 days after we last visited her. :( I was so sad, I used my own comfort dog, Henry, right there in the lobby and cried. I pulled myself together and had a bad headache day. It is so hard when I lose a friend like that. We told each other "I love you." We were friends for two years. I miss her already. She would have been 90 in a few weeks. She loved Henry so very, very much. He was wearing his bow tie to show her, as I promised I would for the next visit. Well.... this is not the first time. It will not be the last either. I have been attached to quite a few elderly friends over decades. Can't stop now. ♥

I finished reading Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives by Elder Thaddeus of Vitnovica. What an excellent book.
Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica was one of the most renowned spiritual guides of Serbia in the twentieth century. As a novice he lived in obedience to Elder Ambrose of Miljkovo Monastery, a disciple of the Optina Elders. From him Fr. Thaddeus learned the Prayer of the Heart and the selfless love that came to characterize his whole ministry to the suffering Serbian people.

Born in 1914, Elder Thaddeus lived through all the suffering endured by Serbia in the twentieth century. Over the course of two World Wars, during the Communist takeover, and through the nato bombings of 1999, he co-suffered with his people. He taught, counseled, and prayed for all who came to him in pain and sorrow. His words of love and hope provided spiritual balm for people from all classes of society.

In 2002 Elder Thaddeus reposed, leaving behind a large collection of his teachings, preserved by his faithful spiritual children. His life, teachings, and spiritual conversations are here presented for the first time in English.

I am over halfway done with the July SAL by Snowflower Diaries. I have made small changes. I will share that with you next time.

I hope you are having an excellent week my friends! Thanks for stopping in.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie
"As is our relationship to our neighbor, so is our relationship to God."   Elder Thaddeus

Friday, June 24, 2016

Hello From Poodletown!

Hi friends! I did not give up on that peter pan collar. I took it all apart and started over again. I made up my own template. :)  Here it is all finished.
Here is a close up of the fabric I used.
I am stitching up the July SAL Snowflower Diaries pattern right now. I have a long ways to go yet. Stitching has not been easy this week due to headaches.

The neurologist says he thinks the headaches are most likely not from the steroid injections, but we do not know what caused them. We must accept this and move on. We have to focus on finding something to comfort and find relief for me. Yeah well, that is not working. I have been a 7 or 8 on the pain scale every day this week.(The weather has been hot.) I am only allowed to use 7 Imitrex tablets a month. I have to take one, then one two hours later for them to work. Well that works out to only 3 times a month for me. Then I get to use 10 Tylenol days a month? The rest of the month I am to rely on ice packs?!  I am told I need to accept it. So, yeah. I think this is going to be a very looooooooooooooooong summer. This has all certainly increased my prayer life and THAT is a blessing.

I received some excellent advice yesterday afternoon from Ren. She told me to get a super eye exam. The neurologist told me this also. If you can believe it, I actually forgot. Pain does that. Messes up your mind sometimes. So, I made an appointment for next week with my eye doctor. Thank you for that reminder Ren!
I do hope you are enjoying the summer my friends. I normally do. I love to get out and enjoy my garden. I also love to explore new parks and gardens and festivals. Have you been to new places? Tell me! I would love to hear about it, since I will be mostly homebound this summer now.

Have a wonderful weekend my friends! May God richly bless you.

Stitching and praying,
Vickie