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Comment by Lynne (APMom) 23 hours ago

Parenting parents who don't want to be parented is never fun.

Dennis is doing well.  Doc said he had two very nasty meniscus tears but got him all fixed back up.  Now to keep him from overdoing, rest while it is daylight isn't in his vocabulary.  I think he is going to put off the other knee for a while now.

Wedding day countdown is on, just ready to get it done at this point.  As soon as we get the decorating done it will be fun again, not looking forward to that part.

Suppose I'd better get our bird in the cold water to speed up the thawing and get the final grocery list for Thanksgiving done.  Have a great day!

Comment by SandyO yesterday

Diane....Her kids need an intervention!  You're right, as unrealistic and neglectful as Doris is, this is taking a toll on her mental and physical health. She probably caves because he gets so angry that she can't stand up to even what is best for him. OR...she is living in lala land thinking things will be better this time.  Please take a deep breath and quilt, quilt, quilt.

Comment by Peg yesterday
Diane, I have no words of wisdom for dealing with your Dad and his wife but just know you can vent here any time. Hope he does ok if she insists on taking him home. Why is Kim's surgery? Don't forget I'm in IC so if I can do anything for you please let me know - company, food, a place to stay if needed, etc. I'm about 5 minutes from the hospital. When my aunt was there I made several trips back and forth to pick up cousins, let them come here to shower and take them back and pick up another one - lol.
I had a great time with kids and grand kids in Portland. It was easier to leave this time since they are coming here 12/17 and staying for almost 2 weeks. I'm working on getting quilty gifts finished up before they get here.
Happy turkey week!
Comment by SandyO yesterday

Oh Jan, I'm so glad to know I'm not the only retired person who sits around in her robe (mine is a jungle print MuMu!) for hours some mornings.  So comfy and I really AM doing things....like emailing my favorite people!

Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas yesterday

Oh Diane, such a worry!  So sorry that you feel so helpless and frustrated.  Prayers for a good resolve to the situation.

I have a busy day planned, but here I sit at the computer, putzing away.  We leave for St. Louis in two days and I don't have any of the Christmas stuff done.  (We do family Christmas on Thanksgiving so individual families can do their own thing at Christmas.)  We usually give money, but I need to get that ready in the cards, etc.  I'd rather read or sew!!

DH has a sore throat and feels nasty.  Hope he doesn't pass it along to me.  I am staying far away from him, washing hands frequently, etc.

Have a good day everyone.  I promise, I'll get busy soon.  At least I made the bed - although I'm not dressed yet!!

Comment by diane on Monday

I love it Lynne. Need to do mine now too! How is Darrel getting along? We head to Iowa City tomorrow for Kim's pre-op physical. I'm just keeping him company on the ride.

Dad had a terrible day yesterday. He hadn't slept all night and was highly agitated.  Me and my sibs were there ALONG WITH HIS WIFE. nOTHING WOULD CALM HIM. hE WAS CUSSING AND SWEARING EVERYONE. wE FINALLY GOT AN ORDER FOR A SEDATIVE SO HE FELL ASLEEP ABOUT 3. wE HAVE FOUND OUT THAT hIS WIFE INTENDS TO TAKE HIM HOME TOMORROW. (oops cap lock) He can stay till Friday with medicare paying, but can be released tomorrow so that is what his wife wants to do. We tried to get her to keep him there till Friday but she just caves to whatever he wants.She thinks all will go well once he's home, she won't admit it will just go sour again and her kids just say--he's not our dad. Yes but she is your mother and it's taking a toll on her as well.

Comment by Lynne (APMom) on Monday

I finished the kit that Diane, Melzee and I all purchased at the quilt show. It's just 3" square finished.  I'm good with paper piecing for a while now.  I envy those of you who have the patience for it!


Comment by Jan from Iowa/Arkansas on November 15, 2017 at 9:36am

I received the post also regarding Nancy Z.  She was a remarkable woman, and such an inspiration.  I literally "grew up" with my sewing watching her programs.  (I was already physically grown, but continued to grow as a seamstress.)  She did seem to simplify almost every project and encourage you to "try it" even if it wasn't something you planned on using on a regular basis.  She will in deed be missed.

The photo is of a quilt I constructed at the retreat in August.  It is called "Le Jardin" and not my usual colors.  I bought the kit at an estate sale a couple of years ago for $45 and have quite a lot of fabric left over.  Will be able to make another top, I'm sure.

Thanks for letting us know about the "Bettycases".  Everytime I see a "homemade" pillowcase, I think of Betty and her generosity.  She was such a fun person.

Congrats on the new babies coming and the other news.  It is good to touch base with IQ friends.  Have a great rest of the day.

Comment by Jackie Orton on November 15, 2017 at 3:36am

Nancy Z made every project look sew easy!  She made everyone believe they could be a sewist.  And she seemed like she could be your personal friend.  After Pat Adney reported about going to her expo a few years ago, I had always wanted to go.  I have a book pattern from one of her episodes that I've never done yet...maybe I'll have to get that out and make it as a small tribute to her.  She was certainly a pioneer in the tv/sewing education field.  I read her post, too, Sandy...<3

Comment by SandyO on November 14, 2017 at 7:16pm

That IS sad.  Did you read her post a few months ago when she announced that the treatments she had been receiving for quite some time, for cancer, were no longer working and there was nothing more doctors could do for her?  She has made amazing plans for her show and for the big sewing expo she had hosted every year in her hometown of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.  She worked all during her treatments, taking only a few days off when she really felt awful.  It was a very heartbreaking piece to read and so brave of her to post it.


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