Tuesday, February 24, 2015


  I promised you all that I would show you my quilt when I got it finished. A lot of stitches and here it is my latest project hot off my embroidery hoop. I am pleased with how it turned out, but my pictures never do it justice. It has a happy home to go to and she is thrill with it.She has been able to watch the progress as I worked on it. The kittens and birds look so real. I finished it last night after I went to supper with my kids before my oldest left.
  Our oldest son had come home for grand jury duty. He had drove a lot of hours because he worked on Saturday. He got up yesterday to go to the federal courthouse to learn that if they had known he was working out of town he could have been excused. Plus the  guy that was suppose to have a jury trial decided that he didn't want one at the last minute  so he felt like he came home for nothing. We went to what I called Brunch after he got back in town so I got to spend time with him. All of the kids and us went to supper last night so I got to spend a little more time with him. Time was much to short and he left this morning to go back. It was back to Louisiana and then to Texas for a month working at an oil refinery. He was going to have to shave his beard because the job requires him to be clean shaven. It was good to see him no matter how short the visit was. He is suppose to let me know he made it back o.k.. The weather wasn't going to be the greatest for him.  He promised that he would stop if the roads were back and find him a motel room.
   I have been spending time at the nursing home with hubby to make sure things were going o.k. He stayed in bed this morning and ate his breakfast  because it was so cold. The walls don't have any insulation. You can lay your hand on the walls and feel the cold. They still have several people that are still trying to get over being sick. So far we have been lucky. 
    Our weather has been like a roller coaster, but we haven't had what they have got all around us. I am hoping to be able to go to the city Thursday for my doctor appointment, but I will just have to wait and see. We are suppose to have rain, sleet and snow mix tomorrow. I will just pray and keep my fingers crossed. 
    I have been trying to decide what I want to do for my next project. I just know the fingers have to stay busy for sure to help me keep my sanity. I have another baby quilt partially done I may just go ahead and finish that one.
    All of you in blog land are very special to me. You give me the strength that i need to accomplish what I have to do. Your comments are greatly appreciated. I know that the man upstairs is there with us every step of the way. Life is like a roller coaster it has it's ups and downs. Sometimes we can be a little discouraged, but we have to pick ourselves up and continue on because no body is going to do it for us. I try to keep a positive attitude, but I can tell you the tears have fallen after learning that he would be living in a wheel chair and being told very bluntly that I wouldn't be able to take care for him. Luckily, I didn't cry in front of him, but I did when I got home. It is your comments and prayers that helps me  so very much. 
  Stay warm and take care. Prayers and hugs are for those in need. 


Frances N said...

What precious stitching...kitties watching birds! So cute!
You are right--life can be a roller coaster. I hope it will even out for you soon!

sweet violets said...

Oh, how beautiful that quilt is!!! A lot of hard work went into that and your love shows through....

I know you are sad and heart broken....I understand and sympathize with you. These are supposed to be the golden years.... But I know you are strong and the Lord has not left you alone, you will rise up to the task and make the very best of what time you have left together. Keeping you in prayer...

Stay safe and warm....what a winter!!! It was -10 the other morning......xoxoxo

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Hi friend
Your stitching is absolutely beautiful. It's a blessing to be able to create such beautiful art. You have also been blessed with the strength of your faith and surely it gives you the energy to be where you need to be. Wishing us all warmer days SOON!! Next year I hope they put a rock over that groundhog hole!!
xx, Carol

Vickie said...

What awesome stitching Shirley!
So nice you got to see your son again.
I am sorry for the way things turned out with your husband. You keep praying. I will too.

Julie's Lifestyle said...

I love your beautiful stitching! Keep strong and keep busy with your creations because they are so beautiful!
Hugs, Julie

NanaDiana said...

Shirley, That is one of the most beautiful quilts I have ever seen. Is that cross stitch or embroidery? It is wonderful!!!!

I am sad for you to get the news that your hubby would be wheelchair bound and that you would not be able to take care of him. Life sure is not kind to us sometimes. I have always said it is a good thing we can't see into the future because we might not have the strength to go on.

I am sure the outcome was hard on him, too. You have to be strong not only for yourself but for him, too, and that is always hard.

Glad you got to see your son and spend some time with him. Think how handsome he will be clean shaven. lol My boys grow beards or mustaches sometimes and then shave them. I love to see them all freshly shaven. lol

Have a good day, Shirley. Love to you! xo Diana

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Your quilt is really beautiful, Shirley! I'd love to see it in person. I'm glad you got to spend time with your son. I smiled when I read about how he promised to let you know when he got back. My son will do that for me, too, if I ask him. It is always good to know they arrive home safe and sound. They never get too old for us to worry about them, do they? I'm sorry about your husband, but I know you will do all you can to make him comfortable as much as possible. Just be sure to take care of yourself, too, and be careful in this winter weather. It's supposed to snow here tonight.
Hugs, Cheryl

~ Dixie said...

Absolutely stunning work, Shirley!
The kittens and birds sing with joy.

So sorry to hear about your husband.

Charlotte Huffman said...

Beautiful work! Glad you and your family are doing OK. Stay warm and keep blogging!

Nancy said...

Shirley, you are amazing and talented and you have a beautiful soul!

Good thing hubby has a woman who can provide warm quilts. Tell him hi from all of us in Blogland!

Gert said...

Shirley, That quilt is gorgeous, you do such beautiful work. The new owner is a very lucky person! So glad you got time to spend with your son...it is precious I know. Sorry to hear about your hubby..we don't always understand the 'why' but as you said,we must accept that God will carry us through.


Jeanne said...

Your quilt is just amazing and love how the embroidery turned out on it. It is a good thing for the mind to keep your hands occuppied. Glad that your son came and you got some time with him even though he didn't get to stay long. Keep warm and spring will be coming soon. Thank you for coming by to visit my blog. Hugs to you from Texas!

Rettabug said...

Awww, Shirley, I am so sorry to read this about your sweet hubby! Trust that he is where God wants him to be, since you could never care for him at home all by yourself. I could barely take care of my Ern & I'm much younger & stronger than he was.
I love the idea of the battery operated candle during your prayer time. I am too forgetful to dare light a real one right now. The fog of grief is overwhelming & I thought I was prepared...NOT!

May I share some advice to take many more photos of your dear husband while he is still alive & if you can, record his voice, speaking to you. Even if it is just "I love you"...you'll be so glad to have it once he is gone & the silence sets in.

Still struggling,

ps. Your stitching is beautiful!!!!