Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Colon Health Awareness Month

At the end of 2013, Joe went for his routine physical.  During the conversation with his primary care physician, the topic of Joe's last colonoscopy came up.  It had been 10 years which is the interval to have another.  

The first week of January, Joe did the dreaded prep and went for the colonoscopy.  A normal colonoscopy take 30 minutes.  After sitting in the waiting room for an hour and a half, I figured something was up.  After the procedure, the doctor told us Joe had a large polyp and he removed 70% of it.  The biopsy indicated that the polyp was pre-cancerous, so the doctor recommended that Joe have the right side of his colon removed.  

So, Joe had surgery on March 10.  The pathology report was negative with no signs on cancer.  And he is recovering nicely.

Here he is with his nurse tech and two student nurses.  

March is Colon Health Awareness Month.  Although none of us enjoy the prep for a colonoscopy, Joe is the perfect example of why it is important to have the routine check ups.  I am so thankful for perfect timing and that his results were negative. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

My Dad

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

  a time to be born and a time to die,    
  a time to plant and a time to uproot,
  a time to kill and a time to heal,
  a time to tear down and a time to build,
  a time to weep and a time to laugh,
  a time to mourn and a time to dance,

My Dad went to Heaven on February15.  He had aortic stenosis which weaken his heart.  I sat with him during his last week as the disease sapped his strength.  We watched it snow on Wednesday and then the sun came out by Saturday when he made his journey home.  

The verses from Ecclesiastes so describe my Dad.  He loved his garden.  He planted green beans, corn, October beans, onions, and tomatoes every year.  Just this past summer he was talking about planting strawberries and setting up a stand to sell them in his front yard.  He was a fisherman.  He loved catching fish and spent many hours on the local lakes.  He wouldn't ask my stepmother to cook them because she didn't like them, so he gave them to the neighbors.  He was a brick mason by trade.  At the visitation, so many people came up and said, "your dad bricked by house/chimney/porch."  His legacy will live on through his work for years to come.  He loved a good joke.  He spent many hours at the garage and I am sure the jokes rolled.  And, he loved to dance.  Not long ago, he said he wished he knew where there was a square dance.  I remember going to him to the American Legion when I was in my early 20s and dancing with him.  

As a child, I remember him to be a stern disciplinarian.  As an adult, I know that he instilled the work ethics I have today.  He was my rock when I got into trouble in my early 20s.  He was always there for me and I will miss him every day.  

Love you, Dad.  

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Southern Snow

It started snowing here about 10:00 yesterday morning.  It started as a light snow and increased in size and intensity.  About Noon, I considered going out to the studio to work on my quilt from last weekend's retreat.  Out the back door, this is what I saw...

Nope... looks cold... and it was.  Decided to stay in.  The snow stopped about 5:00, so I went out and swept a path off the deck.  When I got down to the driveway, there was about 1/2 an inch of ice underneath the powdery snow.  Ahh... that explains the gridlocked traffic.  

On that note, the TV stations have been broadcasting nothing but traffic info for the past 24 hours.  Multiple factors contributed to the traffic gridlock, but it has been quite the mess in metro Atlanta.  My neighbors had stories of sitting in their cars for hours, and walking home.  And again, I am so glad that I don't have to go to work any longer.  I like my cozy, warm house. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Red & White Magic -- End of Story

So, I finished the red and white quilt and I can tell the end of the story.  I worked at The Coca-Cola Company for 31 years.  After my retirement party in May of 2011, I walked to my car with a co-worker, Theresa Senter.  Theresa asked me if I would make her a red and white quilt.  

In early January, I got an invitation to Theresa's retirement celebration.  Theresa was celebrating 37 years at The Coca-Cola Company.  I figured my chances of getting together with Theresa after the party were probably few and far between as people tend to go their separate ways when major life events occur.  I thought I had to get busy if I was going to pull this one off... and I did... but I couldn't resist putting the red and white quilt on my bed before it left to its new home.  

It looks pretty at home there, doesn't it?  But Red & White Magic went to its new home last night.  (I might just have to make another.) 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Red & White Magic Continues

I went shopping last week for red and white fabric to complement the border of the quilt squares I posted a week ago Monday.  Of course, I look for the small red and white prints because that is what appeals to me.  My friend, Jackie, at Stitch 'n Quilts in Mableton, GA pulled out a red and white retro print that I never would have picked.  

I was thinking nine patch.  Then I started playing with EQ and played with this on point border.  I really like how it turned out.  

I mentioned that this is a gift, if I get it finished in time.  Until the gift is gifted, I'm holding off on the total reveal.  It goes on the frame in the morning, after I get through picking red strings off the back of it.  

Monday, January 6, 2014

Design Wall Monday -- January 6

This is what's on the design wall for today...

I just love red and white quilts.  This is going to be a gift... if I get it finished in time.  

Wouldn't it be nice to have something on the design wall every Monday...

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Merry Christmas

A couple months ago, I got a text from by husband's daughter with a picture of a quilt attached and a comment... "Mackenzie (granddaughter) wondered if Geema could make her a quilt like this."  As my husband says, granddaughter's want... granddaughter's get.  

Of course, it was a Christmas Eve finish.  (Don't we all work better under pressure?)

A black and white chevron.  The construction is 6" finished half square triangle.  I used five or six different blacks and scrappied them up.  

I love a big, ole' fat binding...  

One thing I love about the long arm quilter is that the quilt basting on the top and sides makes for a full, fat binding.  I love the way the binding rolls to the back and puffs up.  And, yes, the backing is a red print... hoping for a Georgia Bulldawg when dear granddaughter heads to college.  

The quilting was puffy clouds in a black and white variegated thread.  Black thread is weaker than white thread due to the amount of dyeing required to get it black.  I had more than my share of thread breaks and challenges with this thread, but it is lovely on the quilt.  

I love the quilt.  I may make another one for me!