Sunday, September 7, 2014

Yesterday's Rain Storm

We had a huge downpour yesterday afternoon.  There was high water all around the West Side of Charleston.  I was sitting on the porch when it started raining, and I jumped and ran into the house immediately.  I got soaked!  This first picture is from my front door soon after the flooding started. 

There is a very low area only a half block west of my house and it usually floods any time it rains heavily.  This time was much worse than usual.
This picture was taken from my side picture window in the living room.  The water was running down Bream Street like a river.
This one was also taken from my side picture window.  You can see two cars that were foolishly driven into the high water and were drowned out.  Those two cars were there for quite a while after the water went down.  If you click on the pictures you can see them larger.  While the two cars were stuck a fire department rescue vehicle drove up next to them but left them there.  I thought they would block the street but they didn't.  I didn't realize that they had their hands full, with high waters all over.  I was thankful I didn't have any place to go!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Day After Surgery

I didn't need any pain meds yesterday.  Last night I slept better than I have in years.  I only got up once to go to the bathroom, at 5:30.  It hurt to raise my head from the pillow.  I ignored it and went back to bed and slept some more.  When I got up for the morning I knew I had to have pain meds.  It's not the incision that hurts - it is all the muscles in my neck that hold my head up.  Richard said they probably had my head at a strange angle during the surgery.  It feels like I have been beaten about my head and shoulders.  I haven't taken any more pain meds today.  My neck was swollen at the incision and I had to hold an ice pack on it.  That's when we realized that our ice maker in the freezer has gone kablooey.  Seems like there is always something or other to work on.

Adam broke a tooth off at the gumline this weekend.  I'm sure that is going to cost us.

Richard has been feeling bad ever since he retired.  He hurt his back during his last week at work and that has bothered him a lot.  He also complains of stomach problems.  He is eating a lot of antacids.  He has taken good care of me the last two days.

Monday, August 25, 2014


I had a thyroid lobectomy this morning.  They did not find cancer, so far, so they removed the right side and left the left side.  I had a nodule and a goiter.  They will still be checking the right side for cancer the next couple of days and if they find any I will have to go back in and let them remove the rest of the thyroid immediately, before it all heals up.  I was told I would most likely spend the night in the hospital but they let me out about five o'clock.  When I got home I went straight to bed and slept until eight.  It is now 10:40 and I am on my way back to bed.  My throat is somewhat sore but I have been able to swallow soft foods today.  I am also hoarse.  I have not needed any pain meds so far.  Richard stayed right there with me all day, all he ate was an apple.  I'm sure he was starved.  He is taking very good care of me, fixed me some Beefaroni for supper.  I am truly grateful for all the prayers sent up for me.  I'm sure that's what made the results so good. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Crystallized Throw Pillow

This is the second throw pillow I have made from the book we got at work.  I will be teaching this one also.  Crystallized is larger than Jewel of the Seas.  Jewel is 16" square and Crystallized is 20" square.  I really love both of them.  I hope our customers at work will love them too and want to learn to make them.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Jewel of the Sea Throw Pillow

We got a new pattern book in at work that has just throw pillow patterns in it.  Linda and I liked it so much we soon decided to teach a few classes out of it.  This is the first pillow made from the book.  It is called Jewel of the Seas and why I don't know.  Maybe because they used aqua as the main color, where I used red (red matches my sofa and loveseat).  The center is made of string blocks (always a favorite of mine) and has several borders.  It has bound edges and I put a zipper in the back.  I will be teaching another pillow from the book.  It is called Crystallized and consists of many half-square triangles.  The trick is the use of warm and cool colors and the way you put them together.  Linda has picked another couple of pillows to teach.  One is made with hexagrams (Linda's favorite) and the other is made cathedral-window style. 

Friday, June 20, 2014