Friday, April 22, 2011

I Miss my mommy!

Determined not to write a long, sad post.  So I will make it quick.

Six years ago today, My Mom left us for heaven.  It was sudden and unexpected.  The resulting pain and grief will be with me until the day I see her again.

By the way, Mom, your roses are beautiful this year!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

On Friday is the sixth anniversary of the accident that took my Mom.  I went in to the week knowing it was going to be emotional for me.  (And, yesterday was the anniversary of my Step father's funeral.)

Yesterday, a lovely woman at church died.  I think she was in her 90's; and she had Alzheimer's .  She had lots and lots of children, grand children, great grandchildren, and a few great, great grandchildren. (In fact, just a few weeks ago, she was living with her daughter, who is raising her own great grand daughter!)

This was especially hard on Miss B.  Every time she saw Miss Eva, she would give her a hug.  She knew that Miss Eva probably didn't remember her; but she felt that giving her a hug each time she saw her might make her remember her a little bit.  She also thought it was sad that Miss Eva would forget that people loved her.  So, by giving her a hug, she would at least remember for a few minutes that she was loved.

I love my daughter and her sweet, sweet heart.


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Poor Bubba!

Well, Bubba has been under the weather for the past week.  In the middle of a shirt for Disney he decided he didn't like the design and messed up royally.  I diagnosed the problem, researched the cure and attempted a home grown remedy.

He got better, then today took a turn for the worse.  He will visit the 'doctor' on Tuesday.  But until he gets well, I have no embroidery machine.

So, now I have no projects to work on.  I have about 20 projects working (counting all the Disney shirts as just one project, by the way) and evidently they all involve the embroidery machine.  I have a couple of baby gifts I can plan, but they really need the embroidery machine to carry out. The kids rooms still need some stuff made, but, again, I need the embroidery machine to do them, and I really don't want to cut out the drapery panels until I can embroider the trim.

In looking through all my possible projects, I seriously can't find a thing that does not need Bubba to finish the project...and as all the embroiderers out there know, you generally have to do the embroidery first...

One of those times where you don't realize how much you need something until you can't use it.  Although I probably should have realized it...considering I have almost 4 million stitches in about 14 months time...and I was unable to use it for a couple of months due to the neck surgery!  Oh yeah...Brother recommends you have your machine serviced at 1 million stitches....


Friday, April 8, 2011


For the past several months, I hae been agonizing about how to better store my fabric.  I've seen lots of expensive 'solutions' that don't seem (at least to me) to really be workable in my studio.  As I was sitting at the embroidery machine tonight doing a test design for a friend, I realized that I had a full kitchen in my studio that we weren't using as a kitchen.  In fact the last time any food had been made there was a couple of years ago!

I have a whole row of empty cabinets...uppers and lowers!  So now, they are starting to be filled with nicely folded fabric.  Unfortunately, my pile of fabric is not going down as quickly as I had hoped.  I've barely made a dent in it and have already filled two cabinets!

I think I need to work on a few more storage ideas before I decide this problem is solved, but at least I think I am finally on the way to a better storage system!


Thursday, April 7, 2011

From Facebook

Next time you see a child ' misbehaving' or hear a child screaming, please stop and think, 'could that child have special needs or sensory issues?'. Please spare a thought for the child who struggles to stay calm and regulated and for the parents who are constantly stared at, judged and criticized. *Make this your status in support of ...families living with autism and special needs.*

One of my 'online' friends had this as her status this morning.  When I saw it, I almost burst out in tears!  I can't even count the number of times people have thought Mr D was just misbehaving.  (even had one unfortunate incident where someone who didn't 'know' Mr D tried to discipline him to stop being bad...did NOT end well!

Sometimes I think I should make out cards to pass out when we start having melt downs (or as you might see it a 'temper tantrum' ) Or maybe a sign for him to carry on those bad days!


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Wild and funny ride!

Last night we had another of those Spring storms the south is known for.  We knew it was approaching, but with 80 + weather it was hard to think about a ...storm?

As the evening grew closer, the clouds started pouring in and the wind really kicked up.  Soon, it was too hard to ignore that it was coming...but too warm to actually close the windows.  (and since we knew a really cold front was behind it, no need to turn on the A/C!)

Hubby had taken the kids fishing; and then a second trip with our Son in Law.  They were just getting back from their fishing excursion when the kids went to bed.  We still had an hour or so before we needed to start worrying about the storm, so all was fine.  However, the wind was so bad I had to lock the deadbolts to keep the doors closed.

Hubby got home from the clean up of the fish (but, knowing him, NOT the clean up of the mess!) around 11...just as the storm was about to hit.  We watched the approaching storm on the tv (that is when the satellite  didn't go out!), and made the decision to get the kids up and go to the basement around midnight.

Now, at this time it actually had just started raining a bit.  We decided to go down really early!  But the weather man was painting a doom and gloom picture of what was happening around us, so we decided to be safe rather than sorry.

We have an office that is built in an interior room of our basement.  In fact, you can't hear ANYTHING from outside when you are down there.   We have recliners in there for the kids to sleep in, so they were all toasty and happy.Well, the dogs don't like it down there, so we had a bit of trouble keeping them down.  I suggested we turn off the light in the stair way (since they are both a bit of chickens in the dark!)

Hubby decided it would be better to close the door leading to the stairway.  Now...before I go any farther, you have to know that the doors on both sides of the stairway lock.  At top and bottom.  It is for security purposes.  When the house was built, the basement was an unfinished area.  At the top of the stairs is a lock that you can easily a bedroom or bathroom lock; while at the bottom, it requires a key to go up.

Whenever I close that door I always check to make sure it is not locked.  In fact, I rarely close it when I am downstairs.  (I think you can see where this is heading!  LOL)

After the storm was over (more or less) we were ready to head back upstairs.  I woke up the kids and hubby was going to go on up to fix another cup of coffee.  Yup, you guessed it!  The door to upstairs was locked from the other side and we didn't have the key with us.

Normally this would't have been an issue...since we rarely lock the back door to the kitchen.  But this time all the exterior doors were locked with the deadbolt!

Now, hubby likes to think of himself as a McGyver type.  So, he proceeded to try and pick the lock.  No luck.  Then he decided to use a knife to jimmie the lock.  No luck.  Then he decided to take the hinge bolts out (why are they on THAT side of the door anyway??!)  Well, he got them out, but the door still wouldn't budge!

He went back to my studio...I thought to see what other tools I had to work with.  No, he went out the basement door, in the rain, up to the kitchen to make sure the deadbolt was locked.  It was.  (by this time the kids were back asleep in the office and I was thinking of turing on the sewing machines to do a bit of work!)

After a few minutes,(a little after 1am) we started hearing a lot of commotion upstairs (yes, it woke up the kids).  You have to know that during the worst of the storm we could not hear a thing from outside.  At one time they said it was almost a continuous lightning strike!

Down the stairs comes hubby....he had broken into my house through the kitchen window.  It was the only one he could find unlocked!  When he went to open the stairway door to 'free' us from the basement...he forgot that the pins were out of the hinges and almost knocked himself in the head with the door!

So, now my basement door is sitting in the basement entry way.  I think it will stay there for quite some time.  And...I am sure that the next time hubby closes a door he will check to see if it is locked from the other side first!


Monday, April 4, 2011

Why is it so hard to find....

a child sized dress form?  I mean really.  If I had $300 to spend I can find lots and lots.  I want a nice pretty one... but I can't seem to find any.  I can get an old boring one for under a hundred...just no pretty ones!

I guess if I didn't have any money at all in my pay  pal account I would be able to find what I was looking for...oh well!s