Mar 3, 2015

Progress!!!

Finally some light at the tunnel's end.  I am home with cramping legs, sore feet, and no more macaroons.  Carole was moved into a room late yesterday and when she called, I could barely understand her garbled words.  I was concerned about a stroke but realized the Seroquel (psychotic drug) was probably the cause.  Today, she is sounding like herself, coherent, and refused the drug this morning.  Progress!!  Family is allowed to stay in regular rooms (not ICU) which I did for a week in January, but I really needed to come home and rest.  Good thing it was yesterday because we have weather advisories today.  Her nurses are wonderful as they were before, the aides are as sweet as could be, and she is finally feeling and sounding like herself.  Thank goodness.  And thank you for your concern and prayers. 
 
I was so touched by offers of the Nash heart from stitching blog buddies, I am planning to stitch two.  But first I need more 32 count Belfast and will order that this evening.  What will I do with two???  Hmmm.  What do YOU think?  Honestly, I can't imagine giving up the kit or chart but some of you were willing to and I am thrilled to stitch it.  Thank you!!
 

I started looking at fabrics, and Michael Miller's Old Script was one choice.  Thinking a darker background would be better, I played around with my dye jars until I got the right shade, then decided the original ivory background may be better.  But as always, a completely different fabric may end up on the back.
 
 As for the bird, the mustard fabric is dark, you can see the unbleached Belfast behind it, and this brown/rust/blue would be a good choice.   Another mini print that matches the fabric, three shades of mustard with no other color, is in the running too.  Not sure what to do with it, a pouch with flap?  Just a pillow?   Won't know until I sit down at the machine.
 
 
Tonight I will browse online and order Shakespeare Peddler's Fraktur Friends and the 40 count silk gauze needed.  Yikes.  Will I ever stitch something like that?  Who knows.  But I want it.  Saw a few other items including the punch needle from Stacy Nash but not everything is listed online yet.  One day, I will use one of several patterns I have and actually try punch needle.   
 
 
Thanks again for being my buds and helping me through the last 8 months.
 
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37 comments:

Vera said...

Hi Marly - glad you are home safely and so glad, too, with the progress news on Carol. We are getting the snow/sleet/ice again. So tiresome....

Vickie said...

I am glad you two are home safe.
That is a neat, new pattern you are going to order. No reason you cannot stitch it on linen instead of gauze.

Anonymous said...

Marly, glad things are looking up. I have my eye on Fraktur Friends too. Get some rest.

wenhkc said...

Now you can stitch and craft with an easier heart.

Simple Pleasure said...

Such wonderful news...made my afternoon!
Busy Hands...Happy Heart
Patricia

Penny said...

Happy about the good news! Glad Carole is making progress and feeling better!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the wonderful news!! Enjoy your day. SAH

Melody said...

I am glad you have good news to share. You must be so relieved. Your stitching looks great. I also like the new chart. :)
Glad to hear you are home to rest up a bit. Take care.

lynda said...

So glad to hear of Carole's progress. Get some rest! You and Carole are still in my prayers.

Justine said...

Great news. Hope Carole continues to improve and you can get some rest xx

Justine said...

Great news. Hope Carole continues to improve and you can get some rest xx

Carol said...

It sounds like Carole is surrounded by many caring professionals up there, Marly--you couldn't ask for more! I hope you can rest up now that you're home again--you must be absolutely exhausted... Hope you can relax with your stitching, finishing, and chocolate :)

backporchcarver said...

Well, it has been a long long haul for you and your sister but it is so good to hear things are getting better. We'll be praying things keep going in the right direction for you.

Sue Robinson said...

Here's hoping the worst is over and better times lie ahead at long last. I wish I had a sister; you've been an angel (in disguise!)

celkalee said...

No place like home! So glad your Sister is doing well enough that you could come home. Blessing. Recharge and order needle work kits to soothe the aching body.

Angela Tucker said...

Wonderful news! Happy that your sister is starting to feel better and that you will get a bit of rest. :-)

C. M. Designs said...

It sounds like Carole is in good hands with the nurses. I could just do the "happy dance" hearing good news.
I'm so glad you made it home. There is NO place like home. It seems like old times when you are looking for and ordering new material and charts.
You both will still be in my thoughts and prayers. Rest up, eat some chocolate and some healthy food too. Have fun stitching.
Hugs, Charlotte in Va.

Sandra said...

Wonderful news on all accounts! So happy for you and yours. Sandra

Barb said...

Great news about your sister. So glad you are home and getting some rest!

Anonymous said...

I'm grateful to read of your sister's progress. And I'm so glad you are home. Now I hope you can take good care of yourself!
Lancy

CalamityJr said...

Such great news! You must feel so relieved enjoying the comforts of home while knowing that Carole's in good hands and feeling much better. Hope you get some much needed and well deserved rest!

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Marly,
You have reported such good news about Carole. It sounds like everything is proceeding along as it should. I am glad you came home to rest for a while. I know you want to be with her, but you need to take care of yourself and rest up, you know what they say about the caregiver just giving out...and it will be so much harder on you when she comes home, probably.
The little Nash heart is so sweet, stitch two, one for Carole, one for you. I may have to go on a search for the chart online.
Hugs to you and please take care.
Melinda
xxx

Margaret said...

Glad things are finally looking up and you are home resting. Hope you continue to get good news from Carol. I really didn't need to see that Fraktur Sisters. OMG.....

Anonymous said...

So happy to hear good news about Carol! Been keeping you all in my prayers. SF

laceystitcher said...

Marly, I am so glad that things are improving for Carole and for you! Looking forward to finishes for you stitchy projects. Blessings.............

Frances N said...

So glad you've gotten some good news on your sister, and I hope this continues! Relax at home and take care of yourself, too!!
Your stitching is all lovely!

cucki said...

So happy to hear good news about Carol
Sending you big hugs xx

Happy Room Diana said...

So pleased to hear Carole is feeling a bit better. Sounds like you need some R & R yourself.. spoil yourself for a while.

Linda said...

Glad to hear such encouraging news. Rest well and stay safe in this weather.

Carole Z. said...

Marly, so happy to hear that Carole is doing better and that you are home (THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME)! The offer still stands. If you ever come back to the Cleveland area I would love to take you to our local needlework shop -- CRAFTY EWE in Broadview Heights, Ohio. I'm certain you would love the shop and the many, many choices of fabric Carol (the owner) offers. May God bless you for the wonderful care you are providing to your sister. Peace!

Karen said...

I am so glad you are both doing better and she is getting good care that makes one able to relax and breath easier! The new pattern is delightful.

gracie said...

Good news! Take care of yourself also...

Mary said...

Marly, So very, very glad Carole is making progress. Now back to stitching stuff, I love that script fabric, i will be searching for that. Take care of yourself.

Robin said...

Very glad to hear your sister has been moved to a regular room and is making progress along the road to recovery. Hope you are able to get some good rest before heading back there.

Robin in Virginia

capecodgirl565 said...

So glad to hear that your sister is improving. The power of prayer is an awesome thing. Hope you are able to rest up and things will continue to improve each and every day.

Kristen said...

Oh Marly, so happy and relieved to hear the good news!

Kristen said...

Oh Marly, so happy and relieved to hear the good news!

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