Tuesday, March 27, 2012

My Artwork

I finally got around to adding some of my artwork...hopefully you can see them in their entirety. 
Made for my parents  copywrite2012  
Flames 2010 copywrite2012

Joe's kids and mine copywrite2012    
December 2010 copywrite2012

Mine copywrite2012

Celtic Knotwork inspired copywrite2012

Dome 2010 copywrite2012 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Nulla Dies Sine Linea

" Never a day without a line" = Nulla Dies Sine Linea
I am trying to work on this, writing either in my journal, working on one of my stories or here on my blog. I, as you can see from the spotty blogging, am not succeeding very well. I also want to put my artwork online somewhere but don't know a safe place to put it...any suggestions would be appreciated. :) more later

Thursday, February 9, 2012

February 9, 2012

On the Crochet front, I have finished a little embellishment project. I will sew this and one like it to a purple sweater I have. I am still working on blankets for babies and baby clothes for my due in August grandchild. I also am working on a purse for me, which keeps getting pushed to the back burner as I find things to make for the expected child.

On the Alzheimer's front, I took a test to see where in the 7 stages my mother was, and it seems she is late stage 4 or early stage 5. She has symptoms of both stages but not all the symptoms that are associated with stage 5. I have just gotten her used to taking her medication every night and now she is blaming her upset stomach and other intestine related problems on the medication. However, the stomach and intestinal problems do not occur every time she takes the medication. It does seem to happen every time we go out to eat and then go grocery shopping, But not only then. So I have to figure out what she is eating that is triggering her diverticulitis and or the lactose intolerance. In the meantime, Dad requested that I get her medication changed. It won't do any good but I did it. She constantly complains about taking to many medications and I don't know what to do to help her with that. I am getting in over my head and need to be seen to myself for my depression, my anti-depressant obviously needs to be adjusted. 

Saturday, February 4, 2012

February 4, 2012

Slept til 7 today, which is unusual for me. Mom is having issues with her stomach this morning, and last night the yogurt we used with her pill was yo-plait...it didn't seem to help with the lactose intolerance. Apparently we should stick to the Stony Field Farms yogurt. That seems to help the best. Last Night was the second night on a whole pill, previously she was on half a pill for a month.
It seems odd that she has only been taking this for a month. It seems like much longer than that. I haven't gotten much done on the Crochet front, except for reading all the crochet emails I get from the many yahoo groups I am on. Gotten Several "Spiral" patterns the last couple of days, I love spirals both for their religious meaning for me and for their beauty.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

February 2, Ground Hog Day

Today in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil the ground hog saw his shadow and scurried back into his den, meaning we will have 6 more weeks of winter. If the rest of winter is like yesterday was I can handle it quite well, thank you. We had 47 degrees here in Central Vermont yesterday. I wanted to spend the day outside and walking but that didn't work. I will have to go out to the storage container today for more yarn, and some more furniture for my room. 

Talked to Neal, Kevin, Keith, and left a message for Tom, this morning. I also had a panic attack about not being able to get hold of my daughter. still have not taken pictures of my WIP - Works In Progress. but I will today and post asap.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

January 31, 2012

Last day of the first month, January. I have finished my first baby sweater, except for sewing on buttons, (after buttons are on I will take pics and post) and am working on several baby blankets too, but am currently working on my first ever "for me" project that I might just keep. It is from this pattern : http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/everyday-tote I am doing it in a honey gold color and kinda tweaking it as I go... like it calls for a single layer for the base, but i did two and put cardboard between the two layers.

I will of course post a pic when I am finished. Mom is doing well today, she has posted her emails for the day and read the ones sent to her. She has completed her outdoor chores and is cooking broccoli for dad's lunches. I must remember to check on it...sometimes she forgets she is cooking. This is of course why I am doing most if not all of the cooking.

Received an email from another Michelle over the weekend with links to a couple of groups for caretakers and I think today I will check those out. Thanks Michelle K.

Hopefully these will help others going through the same things Mom and I are going  through.

Merry Meet & Blessed Be

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Finish it Friday
This is a great idea... think I'll participate. How about you?

Yesterday nothing got done, played Fallout: New Vegas and silly little facebook games all day. Today Going to find a worsted weight layette set to do for soon-to-be grandchild.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Jan 24, 2012

January 24th, 2012
Up at 6:00 this am and by seven was working on my third cup of coffee, had watched the weather several times and was anxious to begin searching for a jacket/sweater/layette for my grandchild-to-be to wear home from the hospital. It will be August so it will have to be something light and comfortable, possibly cotton. I have so many boxes of yarn in the rented storage container in Dad's yard that I will never have to buy yarn again, but getting to it is the challenge. Mom is out putting mail in the box and probably worrying about the snow sliding off the roof. The warmer weather we are having makes the snow dangerously hang off the eves. Having said that I think I will go and check on her... This was the first pattern I saw shared this morning on the crochet groups, and I might choose this for the first pattern... http://www.geocities.ws/crotiques/tunisian.htm

these pictures are directly from her site. not my work. though I will post my work if and when i make it. 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Catalog of Our Lives

Today is January 23, 3012. I am the Caregiver for my Mother who was just a month or so ago, diagnosed with Alzheimer's. At that point we started her on a medication to slow the progression of the disease. It has been up and down with her because the drug has a lactose coating on it and she is lactose intolerant. I have found that taking a couple of tablespoons of Stonyfield Farms French Vanilla Yogurt with the medication at night, makes for a more pleasant following morning for her. 

This Picture was Taken in 1992 or 1993, Chris was 21/22, I was 23/24, 
Cassandra was 2/3 and Michael was 10 to 18 months old. 
As those of you who are my facebook friends now know, I was told a couple of weeks ago that my darling firstborn, My daughter Cassandra, is making me a grandmother this coming August. I am excited and scared, worried and ecstatic. I have found just begun the search for the best crochet pattern for both boys and girls... just in case. This blog will catalog both the progression of my mother's disease and my work with crochet. I hope that this will help me and others to be better able to deal with the hardships presented in both issues. 

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