let's see....let's get the bad over with first, 'K?
1. MIL has been formally diagnosed with End Stage Renal Failure. TL/DR = her kidneys have quit and are trying to leave the building. This means dialysis is a must for the rest of her life; she has said that she does NOT want permanent dialysis. So.....FIL has the duty of trying to convince her to change her mind. I pointed out to both of them that it won't cost them a penny - dialysis is the only medical procedure that is covered 100% by Medicare, even if you don't qualify for Medicare otherwise
. (Thank you, FDR!)
1. FIL is OFF the O2 (as of yesterday AM!).
2. FIL is going HOME Saturday!!
3. MIL will be going to the rehab/nursing center as soon as a dialysis spot can be found for her!!! The nurse thinks Thursday/Friday. :fingers crossed:
So. Progress is being made. I am concerned about MIL, of course, but....I can't do anything to change her mind. SIL and FIL are going to try....as is Herself. (Who is a basket-case, but hanging in there.)
The kids'll be staying with FIL for a week or two. If/when MIL comes home, they'll go back for another week or two. I'm glad we homeschool year 'round - I can "give up" a month of so without actually falling behind. And....this is honestly more important than school. :shrug:
*I* need to plan some sewing while they are gone. I'll be able to Stay Home for a few days at a time! :lol: and :zzzzzzzzzzzzz:This entry was originally posted at http://fiberaddict.dreamwidth.org/873649.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
without much to report. MIL is still in the hospital, still doing dialysis 3x/week. Her spirits are up, but her numbers.....not so much. There are 2 that I am concerned about; the kidney # (creatine level) is going UP when it should go DOWN (it was 5.2 last Friday); the G....something - 4 letters - is going DOWN when it should go UP (it was 10. NORMAL is 60+.) :sigh:
FIL is doing GREAT. They have him walking with a walker now. He's still on O2, (The nurse told him he could go off, the doc said NO.) but we are hopeful he'll get off that soon.
Me? I'm tired, but hanging in there. It's important that they get to see each other every day, so....since we're closest it falls on us. Me. :sigh: "s alright. I'm trying to find time to Make Something every day, for my sanity. I'm at the heel flap of sock #2 (going slowly, but it's going at least!) I made another tank top Saturday evening - this one in Minion fabric. I'm tracing off SG's overall pattern.....basically I'm taking it one day at a time. What else can I do?This entry was originally posted at http://fiberaddict.dreamwidth.org/873254.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
OK. Let's do a list:
1. We almost lost MIL last week. Tuesday they gave her morphine and something else for pain, but her kidneys had decided to go on strike. She started tanking and they had to give her the drug that counteracts overdoses....and she got lost in la-la land. It was seriously touch-and-go for a bit; my SIL flew in because she was so worried, and BIL (finally!) came up. We had a meeting with the palliative care department on Saturday, because they were concerned.
2. FIL was sent to the Rehab center last Wednesday. Saturday SIL "kidnapped" him and brought him to the hospital because we were concerned; MIL woke up a wee bit. She was a bit better Saturday; enough so that she told the nurse that she had a DNR and to NOT do anything heroic.
3. We took yesterday off; SIL was there to keep up with stuff and honestly? *I* needed a break. Plus, MIL's sister came into town and....I couldn't deal.
4. Today Herself and I headed to the hospital. MIL had been moved from ICU (moved there Wednesday) to a REGULAR ROOM! last night. We walked in, and we had been granted a miracle - she was AWAKE, she was giving the nurse hell, and the PT showed up to get her walking so she can go to the Rehab center with FIL. Praise God!!!!!
5. FIL was taken off of the oxygen today! We'll be kidnapping him tomorrow after lunch to go the hospital - and the PT at the center has set it up so we can do it every day. MIL NEEDS that, and so does he. :happy dance:
So. We're not out of the woods yet, but we can breathe a bit easier now. :praise God!:
In other news, yesterday I knocked out a set of PJs. I finished the swimsuit last.....Wednesday, while waiting for SIL's plane to land. I need to do more stuff, but it's OK - we're not as panicked right now.
I'll try to check in later this week!This entry was originally posted at http://fiberaddict.dreamwidth.org/873209.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
FIL is improving. He *might* get to go home (on oxygen, with a walker) tomorrow. His diagnosis: bronchitis with fluid.
MIL is "improving". She has had issues with her kidneys and liver in the past, along with the congestive heart failure. The fluid is slowly coming off, but she has a lot in the "3rd space" - they have her on something that starts with an "A" to pull the fluid back into the vascular system, and on Lasix to pull it from the vascular system to the kidneys to get rid of it. They're talking rehab for her, in 3 or 4 days. Maybe.
We're all zombies right now. We're trying to spend a few hours every day at the hospital; when you add the drive time we're gone most of the day (it's a good 1.5 hours from here to the hospital. Their house is right at 1 hour away....so, yeah......:sigh:
Anyway, sorry for the radio silence - there's not much I can do about it right now. Hopefully FIL can go home tomorrow - I'll drop the kids with him to help him out. I'll still be running ragged, but at least he'll be home. (We're spending a lot of time running between hospital wings right now. Fun times!)
Gotta get the kids up so we can head out. Laters!This entry was originally posted at http://fiberaddict.dreamwidth.org/872717.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
because Enough is ENOUGH. :sigh:
Took Herself to the OB/GYN yesterday. Tentative diagnosis: PCOS. Doc pulled blood, and we go back in 3 weeks (or so) for a sonogram. Treatment: Birth Control (which she is already on, but not currently taking. :bangs head:)
As we were headed for the blood draw, my phone rang. It was Himself - seems Granny's neighbor called. Both she and Papaw had to be taken to the ER. She fell, he couldn't get her up, and the *3rd* time the paramedics came out yesterday (!!!), they brought an ambulance. Only, they took one look at HIM, and slapped him on the gurney and started breathing treatments (he'd been having problems. *I* told him to go to his doc......:bangs head:), then called another ambulance for her.
She's in the cardiac wing (congestive heart failure, for starters); he's in the regular hospital. He looked good last night; she was in good spirits, but extremely swollen and sore. We're headed back out in a bit to spend most of the day there. (We're the closest, at 1.25 hours. BIL is in Austin (3.5 hours, or so), and SIL is in Kentucky (19 hours, or so). Both are trying to get up/down here......but for the moment, we're it. I don't mind....but I hate hospitals.
I've been working on a new (very much needed!) swimsuit, but it's been shoved to the back burner. The 3 suits I made in 2013 (really? It's been that long? Wow!) are slowly dying, so I NEED a new suit (we're in the pool at least 1x/day, so...yeah.) but they'll have to limp along for now.
At least I'll get some quality knitting time in? :sigh:
2016 will be fired if it doesn't get it's act together. I can NOT deal with another month like last December. Herself is already a basket-case -she and Granny have always been close (she's the first grandchild. While Granny's been careful to not have favorites.....Herself is a wee bit more favorite than Himself, or her newest granddaughter. Himself is the favorite (only!) grandson...and the wee one is currently the favorite red-head. :lol: But Herself is, well, the first - and she's just a little more Aspie right now.)
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|» More photos!|
Today was a wash - we had to run to Granny's. :sad: She fell Sunday evening, and finally called 911 at 2 AM Monday. Spent the rest of the night at the ER; got home and called us at 3-ish Monday afternoon. We had to do some shopping for her, and Himself did some honey-do's. :sigh: She's started a quilt for Herself - I told Herself that if Granny couldn't finish it, I would. I took photos of the layout, so I can make sure it's how Granny would have done it....I really hope I don't have to step in.|
Anyway. Been busy Sunday and yesterday making new covers for our dress forms. I went to Bootstrap and bought the basic block woven dress for both Herself and I, in our measurements. I debated a bit, then cut the "real" fabric - this is a cover, I'm not going to do draping (I have no interest in it, honestly), so if I had to add seams/whatever, it'd be OK.
The dresses fit almost like a 2nd skin, which is what I wanted. I needed to repaid my form, and pad her's, so....I needed these to be like, well, US. :lol: I did have to add a couple of seams under the busts, because...these were supposed to be dress blocks, not dress form covers. :rofl: Here, have some photos:
First up, Me (Kat):
And Herself's (Dolly):
The fabric is from the great $1/yard caper. :lol: I ran zippers up the backs, to make it easy to open up and repad if necessary. They're coat zippers - it's all Wallyworld had. (SG was confused - "Why...um....the zipper's BROWN. And..isn't this a bit...short? And...tight?" :sigh: I had TOLD him what I was working on. :lol:) The bottom has elastic run thru a casing - I need to pull both a little tighter, but they work for now. The armholes are just covered by fabric circles - I can't decide if I want to sew them to the cover, or not. And I haven't decided if I need to cover the neck, or not......
And - they MATCH us. Eerily so! I dialed both forms down to the smallest they'd go, then padded them up with polyfill quilt batting. They are both now pinnable - a plus! (The wrinkles at the bottom are from the elastic pulling. I've pulled them taught-er, so there are fewer wrinkles now.)
I used Herself's Bernina to sew her cover up. It's NICE. I still prefer my Singer, but.....she's actually wanting to sew, now, because it's so QUIET. (The Singer is nice, but it has a bit of a growl to it. The Bernina? Hums. She prefers it.) I need to print out a manual for it - the needle seems to be on the right, and it threw me off. I can't figure out if it's moveable or not. Herself doesn't care, but...I do. :lol:
Tomorrow is a make-up day for school. Herself wants to make some halter tops, so I need to help her trace off her size and work up a muslin. :heehee: I need shorts, but she needs to get comfortable with her machine.
Gotta get ready for bed - laters!
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|» Photos or it didn't happen....|
well, except for the pillowcases. Y'all will just have to imagine those - I gave them to Himself before snapping photos (what? They're just rectangles!) and...well....I am NOT asking for them back. :lol:|
Anyway...first up, my finished fishie blouse:
Finished it this morning; I had been putting off doing the buttonholes. I forgot how fast and easy the attachment makes it. :shrug: The buttons are from the '40's, according to the seller. I thought they looked like bubbles and HAD to have them for this top. :lol: (The bubbles don't show up very well here - they are OPALIZED, y'all! They look like stones under water, the way they sparkle!)
Next up, my 1940's Homefront overalls as a playsuit (why, Hello Google! :lol:) This is a review of the pattern as well as a brag post, because....well, the pattern has *issues*.
This is a Retro-vivo pattern from Wearing History. She takes an original pattern and grades it up/down, but does nothing else to it. The instructions are photocopies/scans of the original pattern....and therein lies the problem. (Well, ONE of the problems.) I'm not sure this pattern was written for a sewing machine - the assembly directions want you to make the bodice, then make the bottoms (sewing up ALL seams, except for the short bit on the left side where the facing/button band will go), THEN attach both to the belt, THEN attach the facing/button band and do the button holes.
I'm sure a more experienced sewer could do this....*I* canNOT. The first pair of overalls I did, I followed the instructions. There was NO WAY I could neatly apply the facing and button band, and the buttonholes are...well, creative. The 2nd pair, I left everything FLAT; did the facing/button band/buttonholes and THEN sewed up both side seams. Anyway, on to THIS project.
I decided to line the bodice again - it's a much nicer finish then the way the pattern calls for (bias tape on the raw edges). My choice: Watermelon fabric!
I have to say, I did a bang-up job on these! The sewing up was as close to perfect as I can get it. I carefully sewed the seam, then overlocked it to tidy up the inside. All was going well, until I sewed the bottoms to the top.....
Don't know if you can see what I did there.....:sigh: Basically, you attach the RIGHT side of the bodice front to the back, and the RIGHT side of the bottom front to the back. Um.....I did, only I sewed the side that was on the right of the front as it was FACING ME to the back, then neatly overlocked the edge, then overlocked it AGAIN because it wasn't quite neat enough. I then proceeded to sew it to the belt, overlock it, press it, and TOPSTITCH it. THEN I noticed my mistake. :bangs head:
I spent a bit of time looking at it, but decided to junk it and start over. (Don't worry - I figured out a way this AM to USE both parts - I'll cut the bottom off of the belt, add a new belt, and have a pair of shorts. I'll take the top and add a skirt to the narrower belt, and voila! A dress!) I didn't have enough of the lining to do another watermelon set...so I got cupcakes, instead:
THIS time, I obsessively marked the side seam I was to actually SEW. :lol: I was just as careful, so this set is also pretty "perfect":
I figured out a few things: instead of using 2 layers of denim for the front facing, I used the lining fabric. On the long overalls, I couldn't figure out exactly WHAT the instructions wanted me to do (still can't, to be honest!), so I folded the facing in half and used it that way. It was MURDER to try and do the buttonholes thru 3 layers of denim; this time it was a *breeze*. I cut 2 of the facing pieces, sewed them, flipped them, and topstitched them before attaching them to the bodice. The buttonholes hold it in place.
The button band is the same - the outside is denim, the inside is lining. It's neat, it's pretty, and it was not as difficult to install the hammer-in jeans tacks that I used.
Of course, that could be because I discovered that my grommet press will also work on the jeans tacks. (Helpful hint: IF you're going to be sewing a lot of jeans, run - don't walk! - to eBay and snag one of these lovely, lovely tools. I looked last night and there are a few listed for as low as $35! I paid $65 for mine, and it's worth every penny!)
They don't fit Kat perfectly, but you can at least SEE them on a "body". Sorry, but I don't do morning pictures - bed braid and hay isn't a good look for me. :lol: Not that the husband complained.....he seems to have a thing for women in overalls. :wink:
The only thing I don't like about these is that the denim I bought for me is a stretch denim. I thought I had grabbed a bolt of non-stretch; it didn't stretch any when I tested it (I also bought a bolt of stretch for Herself; it's still stretch. :lol:) This was a bit.....fun...to sew up; I think the lining will help the bodice not stretch out during wear. The bottoms...well, I guess they'll get a little baggy. :shrug: NEXT time I'll be more vigilant in my testing of denim! (I STILL need to get me some lighter-weight NON-stretch denim. :Sigh:)
All-in-all, though, I'm happy with these. They are perfect for summer barn work. And the lining does make me happy. :lol:
Oh! For the 2nd pair of overalls I made earlier, I added 2" to each leg piece (because the hips on the original pattern are SNUG. To the point that you can NOT work in them. You can pose, you can walk, you can look very cute, but you can NOT actually do any work. Since I wanted them to USE.....) I carefully added another dart to the back and tuck to the front, taking up the amount I had added to the side. I remembered - now! - that I had a problem with the pants being too wide; this time I widened the added dart/tuck by another half-inch EACH.
The pants were STILL 1" too wide. :bangs head: I re-drew the dart AGAIN; the pants on the cupcake set was only 1/4" too wide. I simply made a small tuck on either side of the right side seam and called it good. Thing is, I can't see HOW it's too wide! I carefully used 5/8" seams, like it calls for, I took out via the dart/tuck the same amount I had added.....:shrug: The belt fit the bodice (which is traced from the same size as the pants, and is a wee bit loose on me)...so I dunno what's up with that.
Hope y'all have a great weekend!
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|» Just a quickie...|
it's HOT. Hot, hot hot - and it's only JUNE. :sigh: Maybe we'll actually get a winter this year?|
Been sewing - since last week I have made 6 pillowcases, 3 pairs of PJ's, and am in the middle of a 1940's playsuit (think overalls, but with shorts instead of jeans). I am trying to knock out as much as I can - I do NOT have room for all the wonderful $1/yard fabric! :lol:
Herself has a cold - we see the doctor today. Himself is doing well. The pool is now officially open - it's been great every evening, hopping into the lovely, coolish water.
Today is grocery-day, so I need to get hopping. Laters!
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|» It has been a busy week...|
and it's only Wednesday! Oy vey!|
Let's see...Monday we went to the Grandparent's. Um....Grannie isn't doing very well. We got there around 9:30; the door was open so we walked in. She was sitting on the floor - she had (please excuse me) fallen and couldn't get up. And we couldn't get her up. Her neighbor got home at 11 and got her up into a chair; while we waited the kids and I did a lot of little things for her around the house. :sigh:
Yesterday was SG's day of working from home. I had to go with him to the Toyota dealership (40 miles away) to drop off the Camry for recall work. I then spent the day (after school, of course) sewing some tank tops - here:
I have 5 (well, 6 if you count the wearable muslin - watermelon fabric. It seems SG has a "thing" for fruit prints - he LOVES the top. He couldn't comment on the *fit*, but the print? LOVE.) The lozenge and the fish are finished; the other 3 are waiting on bias tape for the neck and armholes. Here - look at it on Kat:
It's unstructured; loose and comfy. PERFECT for outdoor chores.
I also have another Gertie top almost finished:
(I can just eke out 2 shirts from 3 yards of fabric, IF I use bias tape for the binding, instead of self-bias. Not too bad! It's why I have the same print in 2 different shirts.)
I'm waiting on a button placement gauge - I love this print so much, and I want this blouse to be as perfect as I can get it. (The other tops are a little wonky in the button area - no big deal, but I'm trying to up my game here.)
We're pretty booked the rest of the week, so there will probably be no more sewing. Next week I need to tackle shorts. And PJ's.
Sam seems to be doing well. :fingers crossed: We're slowly tapering the steroids down, so....hopefully he'll continue doing well. I want to tackle a Thundershirt knock-off for him out of some of the knit fabric I picked up last week....people clothes first, though.
If I don't get back here before Friday, have a great week/weekend!
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|» Um....there are Balloons EVERYWHERE!|
*ahem* So. Herself and I ran to Wallyworld Friday afternoon, and they were pulling fabric out and putting it in clearance. The manager wasn't there, though - so it was "full-price" clearance.|
I got up early yesterday, did a quick clean (it was Herself's birthday party)....but I had the overwhelming urge to Go. To. Walmart. I put it off, until Himself had gotten up and eaten; he agreed to go with me. (It was about 9 AM).
Well. The manager was there, and about 1/3 of the fabric was pulled. I, um....fell down. Hard. I bought about 70 yards......what? ALL the Star Wars fabric was clearanced ($1/yard, folks!) as was the My Little Pony fleece that Herself wanted for PJs. It took about an hour....when I got home I texted Mom. :lol:
After we cut Herself's cake, I asked her if it was OK if Mom and I went back up there...she said Of Course - $1/yard fabric! So......this time I only got 30 yards (What?)
To be honest: I'm not materialistic (see what I did there? :lol:) - I have plans for 90% of this fabric. Of that 90%, I already have the pattern picked out. Out of the 10%...16 yards are knits (2 bolts.) 1 bolt is for making "thunder shirts" for the dogs ($40 at PetSmart.....$1/yard here!) and the other is for t-shirts. I figure I'll get used to knits this way - it's no big deal if I screw up! (Most of the fabric, I was asking myself what I'd do with it before I added it to my pile. Except the Star Wars fabric - I asked Himself about it, and he said "Mom, it's STAR WARS. You should get it - you'll figure out what to do with it later." :rofl: At the cutting table, we decided he needed pillowcases.)
I got fleece for PJs, Star Wars flannels for PJs, some cotton for tops, and a bolt of Minion fabric for tops/PJ tops, and.....I dunno. I got some Minion fleece for me, hence the fabric - and I wanted 5 yards; 8 wasn't much of a stretch. :lol:
I've washed a bunch of it, and will be turning it into shirts soon. I traced off a tank pattern for Herself; I'll make the first one then turn her loose. She needs to start sewing her own stuff. :lol:
I'm very thankful for this blessing - it's not often I scored $1/yard fabric! Especially not current-style fabric! It's also not often that I happen to have the funds to take advantage of such a sale - The Lord was certainly looking out for me!
Tomorrow we go to Granny's - I hope to get some sewing in today. Then, next week - it's all sewing, all the time. I need to convert some of this to wearables!
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