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Sorry for the radio silence... Sep. 25th, 2016 @ 08:08 am
but we brought the kids home last Saturday, and we've been a bit busy ever since. We got the kids home and settled, then started panelling the Studio. We got...well, part of it done - we had to, because the carpet was installed Tuesday morning. We've been working on it all week - as of right now, the walls are about 80% done (it takes forever....because you have to rest at least a half-hour after installing each panel. :sigh:); we have the panels for the ceiling, but no telling HOW long that's gonna take. :grumble:

We eased back into school. Herself has been obsessively churning out jewelry (she has to Make Things when she's stressed.) - MIL had given her a lot of loose gem stones, and she's finally started using them. I have a lovely ring with one of MIL's amethysts set between 2 small pink sapphires. Amethyst was her favorite....now I have something to remind me of her. (I also have a bunch of new earrings, and she's working on a necklace for me. :lol:) Himself has been working with the Replicator....it keeps jamming, and he keeps UN-jamming it. :lol: and :sigh: It's new tech, so it's to be expected, but it's frustrating, too.

Think that brings us up to date......I need to do a grocery run, so later!

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Um...is this thing on? Sep. 12th, 2016 @ 02:25 pm
Let's see...life is almost, sorta back to normal. Whatever "normal" is. :grin: The kids are still at FIL's, and will probably remain there until the end of this week. I *hope* to have them home this weekend, so we can get Himself back into the groove of school and such....but if FIL still needs them, he's got them.

My Studio is built. The outside is almost finished - it came primed. The last week of MIL's life I noticed a Sherwin-Williams store near the nursing home...and they had the magical words "All Paint 30% off!" in the window. :lol: So...the outside is just about finished - I don't do too well on ladders, and the kids aren't home, so the highest points of the gables and trim still aren't painted. (I fell off the ladder trying to paint them, so I quit. No harm done; SG said he'll get to it *soon*.)

The interior, however......we went with an electrician that is a friend of a family member. He....well, I'm sure he's good....he just doesn't show up until 5 PM, and leaves at 6. My "2-day job" is now on day 5 (because he doesn't work weekends, naturally!). :sigh: He really wasn't that much cheaper than the other guys that quoted us (and assured us my building was a couple of hours job, and would be done within 2 days of setting it up. :bangs head:) - the difference is that this guy threw in the light fixtures (used, of course....."on a model home, so not really Used."), and the other guys didn't. We're talking maybe $200 in lights.......oh, well. Live and Learn. This guy has "worked" himself out of doing SG's shop. :sigh:

Anyway. The meter was hooked up today. Saturday SG put in the insulation, tying it up out of the electrician's way. Soon as the wiring is roughed in, we'll be slapping up panelling; once the fixtures are in and the carpet installed (should be next week - the carpet guy told me up front it wouldn't be this week; I am OK with that!) I can move my stuff *in*. Then we can repaint the garage (Herself picked out the paint at Sherwin-Williams......the word "Sale" is a magical thing, indeed! :lol:) and she can get her stuff moved in there.

Pictures when it's finished. :lol:

Saturday I purchased the cabinets for my cutting table. Yes, I have the fold-down one from MIL...but. I am tight on space in the Studio (because it's not just for sewing, but also weaving/spinning/knitting/fiber prep), so things have to be multi-purpose. The cutting table I have....it's good for when you need something temporary, but you really can't set up storage under it. So. I was toying with using base cabinets and plywood. We priced them at Lowe's......$500 for the cabinets ONLY. :gulp!: CraigsList has been worthless for cabinets...so Saturday morning I woke up with the idea that we needed to go to the local Salvage Yard.

Lo and behold, they had a 6' long sink cabinet..for $170. My "dream" table is 6' x 4'. OK......for $10 more they are putting in 2 drawers where the sink is supposed to go. For another $70 I got 2 12" drawer cabinets for the opposite corners......add 2 plywood shelves and a top and I have a nice, sturdy cutting table with TONS of storage! I should be picking the cabinets up this weekend.....a quick coat of paint and a bit of work, and voila! Fabric storage, tool storage, AND a cutting table! :bounce:

As a bonus, they had a gorgeous stained glass door panel just sitting there.......I asked, the guy hem-hawed, then made me an offer. SG cut into my door yesterday and installed it. :lol: What? FIL has said he wants to get back into stained glass; this just saved him some work. :rofl: No, it wasn't necessary, but it's oh-so-lovely, and it lets in a bit of light so I don't feel so claustrophobic. AND it'll save SG some money - he is going to buy me a storm door. We were looking at stained-glass ones....now he can buy a plain glass one. :happy dance:

I've been busy at the sewing table; Herself now has a machine cover and chair cushion, and the serger now has a cover and matching chair cushion, and the curtains are done. I need to cover some cork boards, then I think I'm done with the sewing portion of the Studio. For the moment, anyway. I need to eventually make a cover for MIL's machine, and a matching cushion (once I get a chair for *that* cabinet), but that can wait a bit.

I think that brings me up to date. So...how are things with y'all?

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Weekly Recap.... Sep. 9th, 2016 @ 11:21 am
Let's see.....Monday, the last of the family left. I took the kids over to FIL's, did a bit of puttering for him, then headed home. SG and I went out and got the ceiling fan for my Studio, then had dinner, then started getting ready for bed...and the phone rang.

FIL got out of breath, panicked, got worse, and called 911. The paramedics took him to the ER...at 9 PM. So. I made a lot of phone calls, to see a) what was going on; and b) to see if he was going to be admitted or not. At 11;45, they decided they weren't going to keep him...so I hit the road. :sigh:

At 12:15, Himself called - the ER sent FIL home in a cab. :bangs head: I was...well, I was flying pretty low, so I kept going. I knew he'd need prescriptions, and he's not allowed to drive (per my SIL) right now. I got there a few minutes after he did, set him up for another breathing treatment, and watched him go into a panic attack AGAIN.

The Lord gave me the brilliant idea to make him a cup of tea. Honey/Lemon/Ginseng, to be exact. Yes, I KNOW it doesn't really do anything...but the entire process gave him something to concentrate on, and his panic attack receded and his breathing returned to normal. (I have since bought him 2 full boxes of the tea. :lol:)

I finally got to bed at 2:15 AM...and promptly woke up at 6. :sigh:

I got home and puttered around the house until 7 PM. then crashed and slept until 5:30 Wednesday morning....when I had to go back to take FIL to his doctor.

Yesterday I took Mom to get her car A/C fixed...and today? Today I am HOME. :sigh:

I painted most of the trim on the Studio, I've done a load of laundry, I've tidied up a bit...and now I am attempting to print some curtain rod holders. :lol: I have the curtains almost done......by sewing a little bit every evening. The Electrician started last night, and said he'd be done today (any bets??? :rofl:); we plan on insulating and panelling this weekend so he can come back Monday to put in the fixtures. Then we wait on the carpet (paid for yesterday....said they'd start in 2 weeks.) I have requested a bid from our plumber to trench from my Studio to SG's workshop (for the underground electric.....yes, I COULD rent a ditch witch myself and SG could do it...but I know how it'll go. I'll rent it, he'll start, his back will go out, and I'll be out the money with no trench to show for it - I do NOT have the strength to operate it, and Himself is at FIL's for the next week or so.)

Anyway - things are looking up, at least a little. Thank the Lord for that!

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SOME people..... Sep. 4th, 2016 @ 07:39 am
This is not aimed at any of you, dear readers - but I HAVE to vent or I will explode. If you prefer to not get involved in family-type drama, feel free to skip.

I can"t believe some people....Collapse )

So. Other than *that*, the funeral was nice. The pastor freely admitted he didn't know MIL very well (she.....was totally against organized religion - she felt most of them were hypocrites. :giggle:), but he did a good job eulogizing her. We draped her silk crazy quilt over the coffin - it looked really nice. SG and Himself were pall bearers, which was hard for Himself, but I thought it was a nice honor. Herself had a very hard time, which is understandable. All the above drama aside, Granny was her best friend. :sad:

Both kids are going back to FIL's tomorrow; Himself will stay 1 week (then we have to start his 11th grade year); she'll stay as long as he needs her to. I might keep ferrying Himself back over there on the weekends for a bit....we'll see what FIL needs. They would have been married 59 years 9/1.....he's doing OK, but......that's a long time to be around someone. :sad:

Rant over...for now. :lol:

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:sigh: Aug. 30th, 2016 @ 02:50 pm
MIL passed away Monday at about 12:10 AM. SIL said it was quick. The funeral is Friday at 3:30.

At least she's not stuck in the bed, unable to do anything. And at least the Lord granted her a painless end.

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» Update thingy...
Let's see....Wednesday and Thursday, you'd have thought MIL was fine. A little confused, but fine. She was a *pistol* discussing decorating the room, griping about the "former" cook, praising the "new" cook......you'd SWEAR she was recovering. Friday she started slipping; she kept falling asleep while her hairdresser did her hair, she kept calling me SIL.....but still, she was *there*.

Saturday, she started sleeping all the time. Sunday and Monday she didn't wake up at all. Yesterday....yesterday the Charge Nurse told me she didn't think it'd be too much longer. Herself and I had to leave at noon, but the rest of the family was there.

Today I took off - we had an ortho appointment. I called SIL....and MIL has rallied. She woke up yesterday and demanded FIL *kiss* her (!), and laughed and giggled at all the jokes. This AM she's been sleeping....but still giggling at SIL's jokes and banter. :scratches head: She's also not as swollen as we'd thought she'd be (she's been off dialysis now for 11 days. Usually day 10 is it.).....we're confused. Hopeful, but......unless we're granted a miracle, this is the last gasp. :sad:

We've been busy. I've finished 2 pairs of socks, 1 dress, have 1 dress that just needs hem and buttonholes/buttons, and......my studio is almost built. And...we bought the kids a Makerbot Replicater. :innocent whistle: Herself is happily planning a BUNCH of cosplays.....(Ebay is your friend. I got it for less than half-price, and it only had about 6 hours of printing time. Still expensive, yes - but we don't have jet skis, or motorbikes, or go-carts...we don't have an RV, or go mountain-climbing, or other expensive habits. This? Will more than earn it's keep, I promise you. Both kids have plans for it.......and I like them to be creative. It's been fun this past week, watching them play around with it.)

Anyway. We're back on vigil tomorrow AM. My building should be finished tomorrow; tomorrow afternoon the electrician and flooring people are supposed to come out to quote me on those. Once the wiring is done we'll insulate and panel the whole she-bang, then the carpet can be installed and I can move my stuff. It's bittersweet, but.....life goes on.

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» 2 weeks.
Maybe 3.

We had an impromptu meeting with Pallative care yesterday. Friday evening, SIL and BIL and I had set up an appointment for them to call in; SIL on the room phone and BIL on my cell. We wanted to explain to FIL - hold on, let me back up just a bit.

Wednesday, FIL got out of the hospital. He spent the rest of the day, and all night, with MIL at the Rehab. Thursday afternoon I got a call from the Rehab - MIL's #s tanked, she wasn't very responsive (we had noticed that at our visit Thursday AM, but attributed it to dialysis on Wednesday.), so he called the paramedics and they took her in.

Friday afternoon I got a call from the doc.....basically, prognosis was poor. VERY poor. Hence the setting up of the meeting - FIL knew she was bad, but honestly hadn't accepted what I was seeing.

So. We picked up FIL yesterday morning and headed to the hospital. The Pallative care nurse called me wanting to meet with us; I told her that well, the sibs and I had a family meeting set up at 10. She was thrilled and arranged to meet with us. I sent the kids out of the room, SG conferenced everybody thru my phone......

And we learned that her liver has rage quit along with her kidneys. Her numbers are SO bad that it's really stupid to keep up the dialysis, and they are going to put her on hospice. (MIL was sleeping during this). We cried, nurse left to set up a hospice meeting (Monday AM), and MIL woke up. Just as the kidney doc came in. He said, OK, we are stopping dialysis - and she got all happy. He started to explain WHY and SG said "Um, she JUST WOKE UP"....the doc immediately changed gears and said "We know you wanted it only temporary, so.....we're going to stop." :whew:

No, she doesn't know. Right now, FIL wants to keep it that way. So, she's in the hospital so that they can check her medicine (NOT a lie, actually, just...not the whole truth.) He's afraid that if he tells her she'll will herself to go early......and he is NOT ready for that.

Herself is a basket-case. She heard MIL say "So, they are finally stopping the dialysis. Yippee!" and almost lost it (she knows what that means. We've discussed it.) :sigh:

So. I apologize in advance for the upcoming radio silence. I was hoping I'd have longer, but it is what it is.

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» Dear 2016...
I'm sorry, but we have to break up. It's not me, it's YOU. You keep throwing nasty things at me, and I'm tired of putting up with your crap. Oh, there's been some good times, but for the most part? It's sucked.

So, pack your bags, and get the Hell outta here. I'm ready to move on. It's for the best.....

No Love,

Fiberaddict


PS - the last bit? Last night, when you decided that FIL needed to have a relapse of his COPD that sent him to the ER? And now caused him to be admitted to the hospital AGAIN? Yeah. That did it. Don't let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya!

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» It's too bloody HOT....
Honestly. 102*, BEFORE the heat index. At least it's already August....

1. MIL is...well, she is. Some days she's better than others. The dialysis doctor told her that she's on dialysis for the rest of her life.....which we had NOT told her. :sigh: Still, it's now out in the open and we can start working on her attitude towards it. (Uphill battle, but what do you do?) Thursday was a Bad day; Saturday she was almost normal. The nurses say she's doing OK.....

2. FIL is home; the kids are "babysitting" him. He needs it. Himself is the official receptionist; FIL refuses to answer the phone if he doesn't recognize the number. There are a LOT of people calling now to set up PT appointments, home health visits, etc......none of which he would have any way of recognizing. :sigh: He also can't remember what they do to him/for him when they're there, so both kids have been instructed to be nosy. I can't help if I don't know what's going on, and I simply can't be there every day, all day.

2a. The kids are NOT allowed to ride with FIL if they have a choice. He's easily distracted.....and I really don't want them hurt. :big sigh:

3. For mental health, I've started another 1950's Diamond Dress. What? The JoAnn's near the IL's had some "Starry Night" fabric, and it was 30% off. I've spent most of the day carefully laying out my pattern 1 piece at a time; I need to do my best to pattern match it at the center front and center back. :fingers crossed:

I'm trying to decide if I want to swim tonight or not. Sounds funny, huh? But it's so bloody hot....I'm not sure I want to go OUT in it, even if it is to swim. :sigh: Guess I'll do some more cutting....I need a new dress. They're all I want to wear in this heat, and even though SG bought me 4 little knit dresses at Wally-world, I prefer woven cotton to sleazy knits. However, in this heat? I'm not picky. :lol:

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» Happy Day!
Thursday evening MIL was discharged and transferred to the Rehab/Nursing Center! Yesterday, FIL was discharged and sent home; we got him home and the kids settled (they are there for at least 1 week to help out), then he took me for a quick joy ride to ensure he was comfortable driving, dropped me off at the house, and headed back to stay with MIL. :too sweet:

SG and I headed out to lunch at a Mediterranean restaurant, then hit an outlet mall. I was in 3" wedges...not so much fun. :ol:

I have learned a bit about myself during all this. While I am NOT a dresses-only gal....I am learning to like them. FIL has been a big "help" - see, 1 day a couple of weeks ago Herself wanted to wear a dress. I did too, in solidarity. :lol: My cherry dress was loved by the nurses at the rehab center; when we walked in FIL did a double-take and started dropping compliments all OVER the place.

A few days later, I wore one of the 1940's house dresses.....again with a TON of compliments from FIL, and a couple from random strangers. Thursday I wore the purple and white polka-dot dress (my "Minnie Mouse" dress. :lol:), and got even MORE. (My favorite was from the yarn-shop lady (Jennings Street Yarns in Ft. Worth - GO. They are AWESOME! MIL ordered some loud, colorful socks, and they happen to be the closest to both the hospital and the IL's home. I am in BIG trouble...:lol:)

Well. Talk about a boost to my self-confidence! Part of it, on my part, anyway, is that I was wearing heels instead of flats, but I have to admit it's nice to hear nice things about yourself occasionally. (SG is NOT big on compliments. Maybe if I wore sports-themed things.....)

Anyway, I have the itch to make some more dresses......at the outlet mall yesterday I realized that I gravitate towards "island" clothing - Tommy Bahama kept calling me back. Light, breezy, and natural fibers. I mean, I LOVE vintage-inspired.....but the 2 dress patterns I keep using are, well, "easy wear" - relatively loose, just skimming the body - not really Vintage (if you get what I'm trying to say. Not va-va-voom! :lol:) I've always leaned towards boho....so this makes sense.

Today is a lazy-day. I'm fighting fatigue and a cold, so...I plan on planting myself on the couch and knitting some lovely worsted-weight yarn into a pair of socks for MIL. Tomorrow will be a sleep-in day, then it's back to the Rehab/IL's Tuesday (MIL has dialysis M-W-F, so I plan on heading over there on her "off" days.) :yawn:

Hope y'all have a great day!

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