Feb 22, 2015

Phebe, where are you?

Greetings!  Before I forget, can anyone identify the designer that reproduced this Phebe Watkins 1783 sampler?  This photo from Ebay is a completed piece done on Aida, but after searching I can't find any info.  Another reader is interested and now, so am I!  Any help?
 
We got around 6" of more snow yesterday, and although we are not in the snow emergency areas of the upper northeast, I still reserve the right to bitch.  Always will.  I don't have a Medicare card yet but my Menocare card has been active for years.  It says right on the back....
 "This cardholder reserves the right to bitch regardless of situation.  There will be no debate, no rebuttal, no questions. To anyone finding female with this card in an emergency, take extreme caution with subject.  Do not offend, contradict, patronize, look at, or touch.  Stand at arm's length, if body contact is needed, guard your privates.  If emotions take over and subject starts to slump into a puddle, lift quickly, secure, and get the hell away.  For more information, take a hike to the library.  If there was more room on this card I would really tell you where to go."
 
My sister was worried that I will be curt with the man that is driving us tomorrow.  I am white knuckle on drive pavement at 40 mph so this trip, with this weather, going 75 on an interstate, I'm lucky if my jaw doesn't lock from clenching and my bones don't pop through my knuckles.  I don't think I will be saying much.  Maybe a scream, just for release.
 
I'm packed and ready except for stitchery.  Have two smalls but haven't chosen a linen and may take a few colors just in case.  You know I always veer from my original choice.  Also trying to find projects with single or few colors.  So many tests and appointments before surgery day and I don't think there will be much time for fiddling with floss bags.  One color is easier. 
 
I'm not taking chocolate.  When trying on a few tops to take, NOTHING fit.  My largest blouses don't button, my sweaters are like skin on bologna, and my jeans make me talk in a very high breathless pitch.  I bought two men's sweatshirts to cover it all and I'll add a scarf and bracelets.  So disgusted with myself to let it go this far.  I know stress eating is bad but everyone has stress!  After a week or two, you realize what you're doing and stop it.  Not me.  I'm another 5# more than I was at the doc recently.  Why are women's clothes (except for Land's End), so skimpy?  I got two fleece jackets from Eddie Bauer (tall size - yay!) and the arms are so tight I can only get a tshirt beneath.  Same with Old Navy.  Do they not realize it's a jacket and clothing will be worn under?  Even women's sweatshirts around here are cut close.  No.  I want comfort and hideability.  So I went to the men's department again for length and room to move.  Croft&Barrow at Kohl's didn't have the huge arms typical for men's tops so I got the last two.  Unfortunately, the brats thought they were comfortable too.  Their barrier was broken through and I found them in the morning, upstairs, on the bed, curled up in the open suitcase on my new black sweatpants and shirts.
 
 My husband is concerned that I will get lost in the hotel and clinic.  I truly am directionally challenged.  Rooms are by building number, floor number, section number, room number.  When I got off the elevator last time, I was looking at the doors for four sections.  I opened one door and recognized the floor layout and room numbers.  Hey - picked the right door!  So I walked down and went into room 21, scared the hell out of some old guy.  Me too.  Where did she go?  I only went downstairs for a coffee!  This old guy took over her body ... wait...  the bed is facing the other way.... I never saw these nurses before.  In the words of Roseanne Roseannadanna  ...  never mind.   I did not know that each section is exactly the same layout and room numbers.  What's behind door #1 is also behind 2, 3, and 4, except for different patients!  Twilight zone.  
 
Not sure if I'm taking my large heavy laptop, probably just my tablet.  That thing drives me nuts.  Some pages show as they would on a mobile, which I don't have, and they look weird.  If I barely touch the screen it becomes 10 times larger and startles me.  I bought a stylus and maybe that will help keep my fat fingers at bay.  So off we go, I hope to be able to post Wednesday or Thursday that all is well, and be back next weekend.
 
Have a safe week!
 
Thanks for your prayers and good wishes,
marly
 
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38 comments:

C. M. Designs said...

Hello Marly. I'm sure you'll look very nice in your sweatshirts and you will be comfortable. Don't worry about it.
We had another six or seven inches of snow yesterday and this time it's wet snow and hard to shovel. Thank goodness we have someone who does it for us but for a price.
I love what your "menocare card" says..
Praying that you and Carole will have nothing but a safe trip and that she will feel much better after it is ALL over.. You too !
Will be thinking about you the whole week.
Charlotte in Va.

Angela Tucker said...

Prayers for you and your sister. Travel safe. I will be checking back for updates. I am a stress eater, too. Last night I had to wear my fat jammies. LOL

Heritage Hall said...

Praying you and Carole through,
asking God to hold you both in the
hollow of His hand (especially at
dreaded highway speed - reeelax)
Am sharing your menocare info with the ladies....a hoot!!
Blessings

Robin said...

Lifting you and your sister up in prayer -- safe journey to the hospital, surgery to go well, and a guiding hand as you navigate the hospital setting.

Thinking of you!

Robin in Virginia

Donna Munson said...

That photo from eBay is from Linda Babb's theprimitivestitcher site and picture trail, which has contact details for her....other than that I have no helpful info...Donna

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

love your Meno-care card…I need one.
hoping your trip goes smoothly & your loved one heals quickly.
xoxox
L

jan said...

Good thoughts heading your way. ...jan

CalamityJr said...

I'll be praying for your travel to be safe and that the medical care will meet Carole's needs. She'll definitely be in good hands there, and I'm sure the people on your path will help you, as well. And please don't worry about stress eating or clothes sizes - this isn't the time to deal with all that, too! We love you just as you are.

backporchcarver said...

Praying that everything is a total success for your sister.And that you don't get too lost.

Jacqueline said...

Good news would be we aren't supposed to get any more snow while you are here. Of course that can, and probably will, change.

Good luck with all that is going on. Ask directions at every nurses station. It will al work out.

Maggee said...

First of all, I do NOT recommend suddenly letting of steam by screaming in a car driven by a man that is NOT related to you! He could swerve off the road! I will add that to the prayers! Love the meno card... pondering making one... Stress eating will stop soon! Do whatever gets you through for now! Hugs!

Frances N said...

Blessings on you and your sister--I hope everything goes smoothly for you both!

sheravery said...

Marly,
Thank you soooooo much for the belly laughs today. Living in Winter Hell has left me in dire need of comedy relief.
On a serious note, I will be thinking of you and your sister this week. Fingers and toes crossed that all goes well and that you are both home in a wink!

-Sherry-

Vickie said...

I am praying for you both Marly. Keep us posted.

capecodgirl565 said...

Sending prayers and good wishes that all goes well for your sister and also for you. Hope everything goes smoothly and good luck in trying not to get too lost. I will be anxious to see if you can identify Phebe Watkins, she is adorable.

Myra said...

Safe journey for you both. Praying your sis has a quick recovery making her and your days brighter. God's speed!

Mugwump Woolies said...

Stay safe on the road. Tomorrow Annie and I will fire up a candle for both you, and Carole. Getting lost is great exercise!
Take good care,
Robyn

kelley said...

you're in my thoughts and prayers...breathe...and ask for help with directions...(((Hugs))))

StitchinByTheLake said...

I think I will be praying for peace for you both! Deep breath...there might be a blip or two but you will manage. You might not want to, but you will. And while He's giving you peace He will also give you strength to do what you need to do and grace to keep from killing everyone around you. :) blessings, marlene

Anonymous said...

Marly, We're praying for you and Carole. SAH

Rugs and Pugs said...

I LOVE your Menocare card...lol!
Safe travels to you and Carole. I'll be thinking good thoughts for you both.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Anonymous said...

Marly prayers for successful surgery and trip for Carol and you. You are the cat's pajamas or shall we say sweatshirts. Just check your suitcases so you don't tote a cat or two to the Cleveland Clinic.

Barb said...

I know just what you mean about clothing!! I live in my sweats!! I will be thinking of you and your sister and keeping you in my prayers.

sandi s said...

I'm keeping all of you in my prayers. It is so easy to get turned around at Cleveland Clinic and you have to walk miles to get anywhere. Hugs,

Annmarie said...

Prayers continue for you and your sis. Safe travels to and within Cleveland Clinic. Look forward to hearing that all is well. Take care special lady.

Vera said...

Safe travels Marly and healing prayers. Love your meno card!!

Margaret said...

I'll be thinking of you and Carol and sending lots of good thoughts and prayers that all goes well. Lots of hugs.

Amanda said...

It's nice to know I'm not the only one who has wandered the halls of a hospital wishing for a compass or that I had some bread crumbs. I have never understood why hospitals don't have colored stripes like they put on the ground at zoos. Zoos are a lot less confusing - it's really hard to get the great apes mixed up with the reptiles - yet they give you these great colored lines or paw-prints on the pavement to follow AND they give you a map. Hospitals and clinics have warrens of rooms and floors that are virtually identical, the patients are ill, the families are stressed, and in the midst of all this, they expect you to be able to find your way around based on some arcane number/letter system that looks like a page from that advanced algebra you took 35 years ago. I can find my way on back-country trails in the National Parks, but have gotten well and truly lost between the bathroom and examining room at a cancer center. How sad is that?

Karen said...

Breath deep and slow and what the heck, just drive under the speed limit. I hope everything goes okay for you both.

Theresa said...

Hello, I agree these designers think we are all 15 years old and 80 pounds and the rest of the women are 7' tall and weigh 90 pounds. It gets frustrating shopping.
Wishing you a safe trip and all the best for your sister. Keeping yous in my prayers. Theresa

Carol said...

Will be thinking of you and Carole this week, Marly--sure hope the trip and Cleveland Clinic visit go well... (I totally understand being directionally challenged!! My family knows to just turn the opposite way that I do and they'll be headed in the right direction!).

Take care now, Marly and please keep us posted...

diamondc said...

Oh my gosh I hope the guy driving is hard of hearing and has nerves of steele, giggles.
I hate snow so much I think I jinxed the state of Minnesota very little snow this year.
Now the farmers are hunting for me, so sorry the snow has been heading east.
I hope all comes out well, good luck, I will say many prayers.

Marie said...

I hope that all goes well.

Love the menocard,,,thanks for the laugh. :-)

Kay said...

Sending hugs and hope your way. I loathe travelling in bad weather too, the slightest bit of snow etc scares the life out of me. x

Plumruncreek ♥ said...

I can totally relate!! Loved your post!! I saw the sample and LOVED it! Liked the other one she did.

Sarah Beth said...

Hang in there sweetie. We've all been where you

Sarah Beth said...

We've all been where you are. I'm battling same thing. I eat when I'm stressed. I'm trying to change that by identifying if I'm truelly hungry...then if I'm not I need to identify the stressed and lastly spend time in prayer crying out to my Abba Father for him to give me peace in the area of my need. I'd love to say I do that successfully every time but the truth is 99% of the time I Dont. I run to food or other things to fulfill what I think my heart needs.l

Sarah Beth said...

We've all been where you are. I'm battling same thing. I eat when I'm stressed. I'm trying to change that by identifying if I'm truelly hungry...then if I'm not I need to identify the stressed and lastly spend time in prayer crying out to my Abba Father for him to give me peace in the area of my need. I'd love to say I do that successfully every time but the truth is 99% of the time I Dont. I run to food or other things to fulfill what I think my heart needs.l

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