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Comment by handstitcher/IL 8 hours ago

That’s great advice bout calling the paramedics, Cat Lady! I wish I’d thought of that when my dad got stuck in the bathtub the night before he moved into assisted living. I ended up calling a friend to help. Only a very good friend will help you get your naked elderly father with dementia out of your tub! If I had any doubts about his need to move assisted living, they were erased that day! I’m so glad the hospital is allowing you to be with your husband for his treatments. 

Glad you’re feeling better, Sandy. This is a scary time to be sick! I hope your husband’s condition improves. 

I hear you about the glasses, Gail! Mine broke yesterday. The eye doctor has very limited hours right now, so I couldn’t call today. I hope they can order the part I need. I’m wearing my old pair, but the prescription is no longer even close to where I’m at. I hope you were able to get you husband’s fixed. 

One week down working from home. I’m guessing this will go until the end of the school year. I feel for the parents. It’s stressful enough right now, but we’re all required to send home lessons. My little ones need a lot of parental support and many parents are still working from home. I miss my kids!

I’ve finally realized that I won’t be able to work on big quilting projects until school actually ends for summer. I’ve been frustrated that I haven’t had any time. I have enough hand quilting projects ready to quilt in the evenings for the rest of the school year, so I’ll be happy with that and put everything else on hold. I made the mistake last week of working late instead of quilting one evening last week and it took forever to fall asleep. I need that calming quilting time before bed. We’re also only watching the news once a day. It really keeps the stress level down. 

Hope everyone stays healthy and safe!

Comment by Katherine V. 11 hours ago

I am with you Janet.  The sewing masks is not enjoyable.  Our post office is open, but the lines are slow.  My husband went twice today.  

Comment by Janet/MO 15 hours ago

Happy Monday to everyone.  It sounds like some of you have had quite the weekend.

Sandy, it is not easy taking care of a hard headed husband.  Ask me how I know.  It took mine being diagnosed with prostate cancer to finally start to realize that he really was just human.  

When I sewed these strata units together, I did the go up one way & back down the other.  I think the problem came in with a couple of them was having to press them using a regular ironing board.  Now I have a pressing surface on top of a kitchen island in my sewing room so that gives a wider area to lay it down on.  Plus I now have a better machine which makes a lot of difference.  

I need to redo the straps on a mask I made for our future SIL and then make some to go to Las Vegas.  I need to call our local PO & see what the situation is as far as mailing pkgs.  To be honest I have not really enjoyed making these, but that might also be due to the fact that I'm really ticked off at the need to do so!  

Comment by Gail Brown 15 hours ago

Sandy, I know what you mean about your husband, I'm just as bad.  I try to crawl to something that I may be able to pull myself up with.

Oh MY God, I am glad I don't have to have Arnold or Sylvester in my house.  The only Sylvester I'd welcome would be Sylvester the Cat.

Comment by Sandy Larkey 15 hours ago

Janet, I've noticed also that no matter how accurately you cut long strips, when you sew two together they want to curve.  I think my problem may be that the feed dogs on my elderly Necchi pull the bottom fabric through quicker than the top one.  And no, a walking foot doesn't solve the problem.  Necchi's were "orphaned" before walking foots were invented, so only generics are available, and they don't quite fit.  One solution to the problem--if you're sewing several strips together--is to alternate sewing directions.  Then the curvatures offset each other.  My usual solution is to grab the fabrics in front of and behind the needle and pull them tight as they go under the needle.  With practice, you can even avoid forcing them through faster than the stitching.  But I will admit, even that doesn't work sometimes.  My quilt borders usually have a bit of ripple to them. 

Comment by Sandy Larkey 15 hours ago

Cat Lady, my husband is stubborn enough that he'd have laid on the floor the rest of his life rather than let me call 911.  He might--just might--have agreed to let me call my brother to help him/me.  He's always been so independent that it would really gall him to admit he couldn't handle getting up by himself.  He won't even use a walker, and absolutely hates going anywhere because he has to use a wheelchair in public. 

Third (or is it fourth) week of no quilting session in Nelson.  And this upcoming Thursday is supposed to be Superior quilt guild meeting.  And I've got a bad case of cabin fever!  Sitting by myself and whipping down binding, or stitching up quilt blocks really doesn't satisfy. 

Comment by Gail Brown 16 hours ago

Sandy, sounds like youhave really had your hands full.  I pray that things will improve for both you and your husband.  I know getting sick like that was probably scarey for you.  People told me a long time ago that getting old was ot for sissies but I thought that did not refer to me.  Well, guess what?  They were right and it does refer to me and my hubby as well.  I have learned the hard way that if a walker or cane is reccomended I should take heed to the suggestion.  I am still dealing with pain from compression fractures in my back from fall in January because of a little piece of plastic on grocery store floor.  Still fighting with their insurance company as well.  

Now another problem, lens fell out of my hubby's glasses last night so we have to get them fixed today.  Can't use old one temporarily because he had cataract surgery and he can't see out of them.  They are only open for a few hours but they said they could fix them.

Janet, I know what you mean about the bowing.  No matter how careful you think you are cutting, exact seams and every precaution, some how I end up with a little curve somewhere.  I'd much rather deal with the shorter strips, especially when they're that narrow.  Good luck with it.  I know it will be beautiful when you get it done.

Cat Lady, I know this is a difficult time for you and your husband, I'm so glad that they let you go in with your husband.  I know that is a comfort to you as well as to him.

Hope everyone stays safe and well, I'm praying for everyone.

Comment by Cat Lady--MO 16 hours ago

Sandy, when my husband falls down we make a 911 call for a "lift assist" and normally get 3-4 firefighters here to get him back on his feet.  When my mother would fall they also sent members of the volunteer fire department (she lived in a small rural town) to get her back up on her feet. My husband who was a volunteer fire fighter in a small FL town said fire fighters are trained to help people get up from the ground. You may want to keep that in mind if your husband falls again.

Since I have been having to use a walker for the past few years, the only way our cats go to the vet is for me to wait in the car until someone comes out to get the cat in their carrier. Having to do that during this time is not unusual.

I have been doing some hand quilting in the evenings and sometimes in the afternoon when my husband is experiencing a panic attack and my sitting next to him calms him down. Other than that I have been working on some hand piecing projects while he gets his cancer treatments. Since the clinic knows about his panic attacks, so far they let me into the hospital with him as long as I am not running a fever and also wear a mask.

Comment by Katherine V. 19 hours ago

I made masks all weekend.  My son asked for some.  He and his fiancé are staying with her parents in CT.  I made theirs out of some batiks that I’ve probably had for 20 years.  I found out pretty quickly that batiks are hard to hand quilt.  I also made a couple samples for my niece’s husband who is an RN.  He wanted them to wear over his PPE mask.  I’m not sure if they will work but at least I tried.  It did keep me busy all weekend. 

My son did yell at me for running out to a LQS last week for backing and batting.  That was right before the governor shut the state down.  Now I’m trying to behave.  Sandy - my cat did get sick and had to take him to the vet.  They came to the car and got him.  It’s easier for cat since I had him in a carrier.  Turned out to be a stomach virus.  He’s doing much better. 

Comment by Katherine V. 19 hours ago

I made masks all weekend.  My son asked for some.  He and his fiancé are staying with her parents in CT.  I made theirs out of some batiks that I’ve probably had for 20 years.  I found out pretty quickly that batiks are hard to hand quilt.  I also made a couple samples for my niece’s husband who is an RN.  He wanted them to wear over his PPE mask.  I’m not sure if they will work but at least I tried.  It did keep me busy all weekend. 

My son did yell at me for running out to a LQS last week for backing and batting.  That was right before the governor shut the state down.  Now I’m trying to behave.  Sandy - my cat did get sick and had to take him to the vet.  They came to the car and got him.  It’s easier for cat since I had him in a carrier.  Turned out to be a stomach virus.  He’s doing much better. 

 

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