Archive for January, 2008

This was Sunday…. before the big melt on Monday.

Just for Clara, if she is checking….
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Spanish:Flowers (so I think this would be a leaf really!):
K was just ready to turn 16 years old and barely recovered from the chicken pox!

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Today I made my Galena Block of the Month for January. It is 10″ finished size.

Then I printed foundations for 6 more blocks for my pink & brown BoM from 2007. I want a bigger quilt and think 6 more blocks will be enough. I’m pretty sure I have enough fabric leftover for these other blocks. But since I’ll be back to the store either next weekend or the one after that, I need to know if I should get more fabric.

While I visit blogs and write here and JP is playing on the computer, Phil has to study for a livestock test. Ugh over the size of his manual!
Someone is in trouble here:

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I’ve been on guaifenesin for 2 years and 2 months. I thought I’d write just a short update. I realize I don’t post much about my Fibromyalgia… mostly because I’m too busy catching up with life!

Please go to the Fibromyalgia Treatment Center site for much more information!

This was me in August 2005 with Phil & JP. I really didn’t have the energy to go on vacation but the other 3 needed time out. We only went as far as Chicago because I couldn’t ride in the car much longer. In fact, that ride was too much. We returned to the hotel in the afternoons so I could nap. We borrowed this wheelchair because I couldn’t walk very far. My legs felt like cement and I got fatigued really easy.

I don’t know if you can see it but my hair is fine and thin in that picture. Ugh! Within a few months of being on guai, my beautician was thrilled with how thick my hair had become. And my curls came back!

How funny (not funny, haha, YKWIM…) is it that now I can drive myself to see K in downtown Chicago, spend the day with her or pick her up, and drive myself home! That is exciting!!

I have discovered an error in my avoiding salicylates. I’ve been using Vaseline Lip Therapy occasionally. I am guessing since last winter. In reading the emails in the guaigroup (support group), I’ve discovered it isn’t safe. Huge groan! I don’t use it everyday but maybe 3 – 5 times a week. That means that on those days, I wasn’t clearing my FM out.

I’ve also wondered about our Butter Cream. I make it! LOL But when I started they said all butters were OK. I alerted them that not all butters are actual butters as for instance Aloe Butter is really Aloe Gel and Coconut Oil. So now they only verify that shea butter & cocoa butter are safe. I don’t know. And I doubt there are many patients of Dr. St. Amand that use odd butters like Kokum Butter that I use in the Butter Cream.

So today I made Goat Milk lotion with all sal-free ingredients. I had wanted to get that recipe changed to sal-free anyway. This was just the push I needed. I customized the recipe last night and made the lotion this morning. I love it! So I’ll put it to the test. Too bad it isn’t warm enough for the hot car test.

A little bummed that I’ve lost time but on the other hand it explains some things. I had more energy last February than I do now and that has been a concern and had me looking a little closer at what I use on my skin.

I can’t redo last year so will continue on. I do know that life now is MUCH better than in 2005 and preceding years. It only gets better.

In my previous post on taking K back to school… walking to the Planetarium…. was LONG! And we went passed the Aquarium… where in 2005, we parked handicapped, I was in the wheelchair, and we used all handicap entrances, etc. Walking this year was cold but I was able! //img103.exs.cx/img103/6541/biggrin.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Guai Rocks!

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Dear Jane January

I have all my blocks for Dear Jane January done! They are all scanned and saved to my block chart which puts them in the right place. So as I finish them, I can see them “in” my quilt. Pretty cool feature of the software!

I don’t know how to input the block chart here so I put the blocks together like this. I included the 2 triangles for the month. The outside border of the quilt is pieced triangles.

I’m only slightly impatient at this point for the next month’s package to arrive! I do have other things to sew. //i66.photobucket.com/albums/h276/DianneOnly/wink3.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

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Molly is cold, too!

Molly’s turn today:
It is cold out here! I sure wish FarmerPhil would finish his morning chores and let me in. I’m waiting….


I’ll sit here in between the house and where he is working and wait. I think he is down at the buildings. But if not, from here I will see him come in the lane. And I’m not sitting in that fluffy snow.

I’m waiting.

Hey, those other 2 are IN the house. I’d like in the house. I hear him. I think he is coming!

Yes, she came in a bit later. Warm & cozy! Apparently, fur & winter coat aren’t good enough these days.

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A new semester!

Despite awakening to 8″ of snow Tuesday morning, it was move back to SAIC for K day! We got a late start as P had plenty of snow to move. First, to clear the yards to do chores, next to get us out of the garage and out the lane, and then to get his dad out of his driveway and road, too!

Unfortunately, that meant we arrived downtown over the noon hour. Ugh! The traffic cop kindly suggested we pull into the alley for unloading so she didn’t need to ticket us. //i66.photobucket.com/albums/h276/DianneOnly/blush.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

I kept guard (and prayed!) while P & K took loads up. Two trips this time though on the first trip, I think P had a whole other load in his arms!

K kept with us and we went to our usual parking spot. A short but COLD walk to Subway for lunch. Then K got in a long line for her semester bus pass. We had to wait at the door, not able to go passed security. She called to say it may be an hour.

So as we waited we watched…. a student haul 4 loads of projects (maybe from the winter break intensive?) down to the doors near us. She called her ride. Then moved the 4 precarious loads to the curb … this is Michigan Avenue! Then she waited for someone to come get her. Honestly, one box was bigger than what would fit in my back seat or truck bed!

Before her ride came, but after she zipped her coat, put on hat & mittens, a fire truck arrived in front of the building but not quite blocking her with lights & sirens! Activity!! They started in “our” building but went next door. I text’d K to see if she was all right, the FD was here! //img52.exs.cx/img52/7849/ambulance6zx.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Girl outside is looking and peering to see if her ride is coming and wondering if car can find her in front of fire truck.

The ambulance arrives so they pull the truck right in front of her! The look on her face was priceless and then she laughed!

Of course, just then K appeared with her pass after only 25 minutes (yeah!) so we didn’t get the end of the saga.

We walked back 2 blocks and got a bus to take us to the Planetarium. We had a bit of walking to do after we got off the bus to get there. Thankfully the wind was at our backs. When we got to Shedd Aquarium this was the view up to the north and Navy Pier. Really pretty!
When we got to the Planetarium they confirmed what P had read online — it was Free Day! WooHoo!!

(And weren’t we thankful as we didn’t think it was worth $10 after we had toured.)

A bus was right at the front door when we left so we didn’t have far to walk to get our bus back to K’s neighborhood. Yeah!

I took this out the front bus window:
We had early supper YUM! and went to K’s room. We helped unpack, made her bed with clean sheets, and hooked up the TV. All essential! Then we all went to the hotel and checked in. We enjoyed a few hours of lounging & watching TV, tho K liked OUR bed SO much she slept for an hour! //smilieland.com/graphics/snore.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

P walked her back about 9:30. Oh, I love the down comforter on those beds. //smilies.sofrayt.com/%5E/l0/sleeping.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

This morning K met us at the lobby and we had one whale of a good and costly! breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

We moved out and gave hugs & kisses to K. She did some school errands and was glad to wander her familiar hallways again. We headed out to not-much traffic and had a good trip home.

Of course, the stop off at the Outlet Mall partway home was a treat! In just 30 minutes I saved $50 on shoes and $70 total on 2 sweaters. //img245.imageshack.us/img245/3316/tfr612ix4.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Here is Phil just before afternoon chores today. See my snow? It snowed most of this afternoon.

If my sister in NY reads this, do you think she’d suggest I take down the wreath? Or will she comment? //img236.exs.cx/img236/9268/scratchchin6hy.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

And this is the view midst heavy clouds and snow from my front door. Brrr….

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Why It Is Quiet Here

Sorry this blog has been quiet the last few days. Here is a run-down with some commercial breaks interspersed to keep you entertained!

The best family news is that I have a new great-niece! Lucy Ella was born on Friday and is welcomed home by my oldest nephew & his wife and 2 big brothers. //img118.exs.cx/img118/6682/q6ibounce.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.//img118.exs.cx/img118/6682/q6ibounce.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

I had some bug on Wednesday evening and Thursday so lost many a precious hour of sewing to resting on the couch.

I recovered enough by Friday to pack for Saturday’s quilt class. Not necessarily a class to fill our minds with new information, but a gathering! Most were ladies I know from quilt guild, we worked on a new pattern using our scraps and had fun together! Class was 12 noon – 4 p.m.

I was barely home in time to leave for church but wanted to make sure my machine was home and inside, not riding in the frigid temperatures in the car.

After church last night, our small group went bowling. As my fingers have been sore for a few weeks anyway and then I received a not so gentle grab of my arm after church, I decided not to bowl. We are not the sports house, so no one did great from our house! JP & K went along and had fun.

Oh, to have this view and warmth right now…. August 2007:

Our internet connection has been sluggish at best all last week. After many calls to tech support for our provider, they decided our router is shot so a new one is coming on Monday. We have NO idea why it is working now for a bit but the new one is still coming! //www.cosgan.de/images/smilie/frech/o050.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

K snapped this picture in March 2007 while home on spring break:

I am struggling today with a bout of stomach something….. was awakened last night for a few hours and it is less but still here today.

I did manage to squeeze in a few bits of sewing anyway. I’ve finished my 2 triangles and 7 of the 8 DJ blocks for this month. The last block is prepared and basted for hand applique. It is just that when sitting…. I’m usually sitting at the computer! //yelims4.free.fr/Ordinateur/Ordinateur07.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

One of my favorites from Camp Coachman 07:

Happy Birthday Mom!

From the archives… Nutcracker 2001 Flowers on Stage (K is dark green on the right)
JP with Toots Summer parades 07:

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