June 9, 2008

Things are starting to get hectic here!

How does time fly by so quickly? I have only a few weeks here till I leave for Oregon. My two good American friends are moving back to the States permanently the week before I leave, so we are cramming in many kids and mom's goodbye events (dominos night here on Wednesday: kids off school on Thursday for Lisbon Treaty referendum vote in Ireland, school is the polling station), school trips, sports days, Aisling is having her 4th birthday party Saturday, Dave leaves for Australia for 10 days on Sunday!! I am amazed I am getting any crafting done, but it is my stress reliever. I actually decided to stay home and quilt last night instead of running to catch up with some friends already on their way to see Sex and the City at the movies!! Dave had attended the Irish drinks party/reception for his brother's wedding, no kids allowed and I wasn't feeling good Friday, so opted to stay home with kids rather than worry about babysitters up in Dublin for a few hours of partying while I was still feeling fluish... He came home and my friends were already on their way to the movie, I just couldn't gather enough momentum to rush off to join them...wimp, I know!!

Luckily I am feeling better today, just in time to print out Barbie invitations, run out to toy shops for party bags and goodies, cards and presents, etc etc etc...if I can find the time!!

I have made some good progress on the three baby quilts that have been waiting on a free motion foot. I just winged a flowery vine motif on the muslin sections of the quilt. What do you think? I have two more pretty similar now to complete.

Hollie's Quilt

I have finished the hanging sleeves on the Dear Jane now, so just the label to finalize and print out...that will be quick, so the big stress for the Dear Jane is gone now!!! It will be ready for the Sisters Show.

Not much knitting going on, just working on more ballerina slippers this time for Aine, not very exciting to show, as look like Aisling's only slightly bigger.

I need to finish up my ALQS quilt, which is no longer going to be hand quilted, no time to do it! And my DJ wallhanging giveaway quilt, which is nearly done hand quilting... that should keep me plenty busy till we leave!

Mom is not doing well at the moment, the "easier" chemo treatments that we suppose to have less side effects, have a very bad effect on her, very bad nerve pain.  She has also become anemic, so any thoughts or prayers to keep her going and to get her through this chemo would be great. Hopefully the docs will have some better pain meds ready for her next treatment tomorrow. If you want to and you have a chance, say hello to her at her blog, Cancer Warrior. To everyone who has sent her a card and gave her your support, thank you so much, it means a lot to her and to me.

Let me leave you with a lovely view from the home of Hollie, of the quilt. If you take the road we live on and follow it up the "mountain/hill" we live on the bottom of, you see lovely views like this!
View From Joan's House


Karol-Ann said...

What a gorgeous view and a cute quilt!
Lots of love to your dear Mum.

Vicki W said...

I think your quilting is really cute on that quilt! Best wishes to your Mom.

susan shepard said...

The quilt is great. Hope you're feeling fit for your trip to Oregon. Bless your mother, I know it's awfully hard having watched my mom and m-i-l go through similar struggles. But there is light at the end of the tunnel. I will post a comment on her blog, too.

Barbara said...

OMG you live in glorious surroundings!

I've been following your mom's blog and I'm so sorry to hear she's still feeling so hard-hit by this latest round. She's an amazing woman and I wish her (and you) the best.

Gorgeous quilt - once again!

paulahewitt said...

I like the baby quilts - very cute. beautiful countryside too!

The Chocolate Cat said...

Gosh you have been busy! Think you made the right decision to skip the movie....

Sarah Nopp said...

I did not remember that you were going to have the Dear Jane in the show! I will have to convince my husband that he wants to join me on a little road trip in July!
The gas prices here have gone up so much this year, he is going to argue with me strongly.
I am sorry your mom is having a tough time this round. I will definitely go visit her blog.

Tracy said...

So glad you are doing well and having some good day...sometime those crazy-busy days can be very, very good! Your quilt is lovely--I do like the free-form floral you've quilted! I was so very sorry to hear about your mom not doing so well now...Hope so much things will turn around and she'll be feeling and coping better. Thoughts and prayer to her...((BIG HUGS))

Dawn said...

Wow you have been really busy Cathi. I love your baby quilt and your free motion quilting is great, they'll love it. I will be praying for your mum and have a great time in Oregon. Wish Aisling a very happy 4th birthday from all of us in Australia.
Hugs to all
Dawn x x

ruthsplace said...

Thinking of you mum. The baby quilt is lovely, and that is an awesome view!

Julie said...

Prayers and thoughts to your mother. Your label great, I am so proud of your quilt.