Mar 11, 2015

The heart decision

Hello stitching buds.  Hump day. 
 
 Fourteen years today we lost Dad.  Received sad news about a friend.  Received bad news about my nephew, Carole's son.  Obviously, someone got lab results mixed up as they did with mine years ago because after his illness over Christmas, they said all was negative.  Mine was malignant and after major surgery - whoops!  Didn't find any cancer - must have been a mixup.  This happens WAY too often around here.  We'll know more tomorrow but he has to get to Pittsburgh for a surgical procedure right away.  Carole is starting to have difficulty breathing again, but it's only 2 weeks out from surgery so she has to give it time.  Lots of time.  I think the cardioversions and Torsades episodes took a lot from her, and then it was the pacemaker, then the AV node ablation, then new leads and a different pacing unit, then the valve replacement.  I don't think she fully recovered from any of these before going into another.  The frustrating thing, the valve was the problem all along and the other procedures were not needed.  It will take time but we're confident she will be feeling so much better this summer.  Thank you Cleveland Clinic, doctors, and staff.
 Mark had a bad fall on the ice this week and went to the chiropractor this morning.  A box on the counter filled with chocolate covered pretzels was to raise funds for a therapy horse.  There were a lot of empty wrappers when he came out of treatment.  His head turned right to me.  What!  You know I go above and beyond to help animals - don't give me that look.
 
I did find Spot the Horse.  As for the heart giveaway, I dyed the flax Belfast to a slightly warmer shade, and am using the recommended floss color.  This one will be more of what Stacy designed it to be and will be the offer.  I love chenille on pieces - other than mine - so I will decide on its fate later.  I have difficulty sewing a smaller backing onto shapes, like a heart.  On square pieces, my corners are never right.  I need to practice more.  Thank you for your suggestions and help!  ..wait...  I just had a tremendously hot flash and a vision of the heart with chenille trim appeared.  Looked good.  See what I mean?  Nothing is ever in stone.  When I first saw my bright yellow car, I laughed at whoever would be fool enough to drive it.  Four hot flashes later, I became that fool.  The heat must soften my aversions.

 In my browsing yesterday I found several antique samplers very similar to Mary Antrim.  So were these stitchers from the same area?  I'm too lazy for not into researching.












   I will work on your heart and be back when it's ready, taking a few days off the computer.
 
Hope your week ends even better than it started.
 
Thanks for visiting.
 
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16 comments:

Frances N said...

Oh my, there's always something to deal with. I hope everyone fares well--you've had so much.....
Glad you found the horse chart you wanted!
I don't know anything about antique samplers, other than they are beautiful and I'd like to have some for my house! However, these definitely look similar and it's a good guess that they're from the same area. I wouldn't know how to research it!!!
Take care and I hope all works out.

celkalee said...

Oh my, never a simple path back to health. Hope all improves. Love the samplers, such similar designs might be too good to be true to be entirely unshared.

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Well, rats! I'm sorry your family is having health issues again - I thought we were over that particular hump. I love chocolate covered pretzels too mmmmm

Jacqueline said...

Enjoy the rest of your week. I hope it is quiet and stress free.

Vickie said...

I hope recovers quickly and completely. Carole too!
Enjoy a few days of quiet WITHOUT CHOCOLATE. ;)

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care. SAH

Jeanne said...

Goodness your sister has sure been through the wringer. I hope for better days ahead for all of you.

I love Spot the Horse. I picked up the chart a few years back...it's displayed as a model at my LNS and I just love it. It certainly looks equally great as a hooked rug.

Margaret said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the mix up with your nephew. That is plain scary that it happened to you and now it's happened to your nephew. Poor Carole too. I hope she's feeling better really soon. You all need a break from all this stuff. Hang in there. I'm sending prayers and good thoughts for you all.

C. M. Designs said...

Will keep you and your family in my prayers. Sorry Mark had a fall.
Your antique samplers look like they'd take a lot of time and patience. More power to you.
Always best wishes !
Charlotte

Pondside said...

What a time you're going through. I hope your sister is soon feeling the good effects of the surgery!!

Barb said...

Oh, what a horror story you told. I guess that's why they asked me 15 or more times which knee they were replacing!! Plus they put a big x on the knee with black marker.I will continue to keep your family in my prayers.

laceystitcher said...

Hang in there..............Hugs and prayers coming your way.

Truus said...

Hope the weekend will be better for all of you.Do understand your thoughts about the past-it seems that's is a never ending story.
Take care and have a restfull weekend
Truus from Holland

Vera said...

Oh Marly, so sorry to hear the news about your nephew. Very scary that tests/results get so mixed up. Sending prayers for him, Carole and, of course, for you and Mark as well. Take care of yourself.

Primitive Stars said...

Hi Marly, sorry to hear about your Nephew now, when will it end???? Will keep you all in my prayers,Hugs Francine.

StitchinByTheLake said...

There is no amount of time that can pass to make the pain of losing a parent go away. I'm sorry to hear about your nephew and concerned about your sister's difficulties. I know this is a difficult time for you - my prayer is that God will give you peace about it all. blessings, marlene

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