Tuesday, June 2, 2020

A Little Update

How timely that I framed the verse mentioned in the last post and put it in my sewing room/ office! In quietness and confidence is your strength from Isaiah.
I have had a doozy of the a weekend so
I am giving you a life update,
a reason for the timeliness of the verse, and
a mention of a few things I want to record.

Mother has been sick for a while. First it was a sinuses/ears which are an ongoing problem that rears it ugly head 3 to 4 times a year. Sometimes we catch it early and heal quickly and sometimes it gets her down bad. The recent bout got her pretty bad and then quickly on the heels of that the other recurring problem is UTIs. That one had settled down for about two years, but it got her down starting a little over a week ago.

Friday midday she agreed to go the immediate care but only saw a PA. They gave her an antibiotic and some kidney stone medicine. I ended up having to take her to the ER Friday night.

All these weeks of staying home and being good went out the window when you had to go to the ER. The cases haven't actually stopped here and I know of a person my age who was just admitted this weekend for the Big C. The only worse place would be the rehab place which is part nursing home. 

She stayed in the hospital until yesterday. She was on pain medicine and IV antibiotics and seemed much better when they released her yesterday. IT was determined she had a cyst and some blockage that obstructed the kidneys.

She is not so good today because of all the pain medicine. She is so loopy and has no idea what has happened to her.

That said, I am going to take a blogging break. I will be back down the road, but there is just a bit too much to deal with to put a coherent thought together and I think it will take her a couple of weeks to get back to normal. I often feel with each of these bouts she loses a bit more clarity too, so that doesn't help. I think she will bounce back in a few weeks as she has gotten this bad and turned it around. I am praying that is the case anyway.

I will be dropping in with my friends in this wonderful community each week to read and comment and I will do a monthly post to update you. I was trying to do a weekly post, but I feel I need to just withdraw and focus on family.

That verse is just what I need to do right now...
Be quiet and have confidence that God has all this in His hands and He knows best. I intend to just focus my energies there for a few months.

To document a tad bit of life in other areas.... Coach Pat Dye passed away yesterday. I sort of expected it when he was hospitalized a few weeks ago and the last time I saw him he looked so feeble, but it was still a shock. To Auburn people my age he was a ICON. He came to Auburn while I was there. We loved him and he was a prominent part of our household life. We were DYE-hard Auburn fans.

The times we are in make it hard to even mourn a loss properly. Now he is not a family member, but still such a part of your life like any leader figure would be and you need to catalog those memories and thoughts.

I got my blue jays back from the framer. Jeff has determined that putting them in a bedroom is not proper exposure for the mockingbird, blue jay, and well, I will let you see my third choice in a moment. I told him that was what I had chosen these patterns for so I will evaluate it all when I finish the third one.

As you can see the third one is a cardinal.  A completely different direction than I had previously mentioned. There is some thought behind it which down the road I will share. I stitched quite a bit in the hospital room with Mom.

Thanks blogging friends for all your sweet comments. I am still not able to get my comments to come to my email, so my only way of replying to you is to comment back in the post which few want to go back to anyway. I have not replied to many from my previous post and will just let those go. I will try and get back to looking at things once a week and hopefully things will settle down and I can back to things more often.

Going Quiet for a few weeks,


  1. Your framed piece looks great. Also great start on your WIP.

  2. Sandy: I am so sorry your Mother is having these problems, I hope they can get under control soon.
    Please be careful you do not wear yourself down, it comes easy when caring for others.
    I will put your Mother and Family in y daily prayers.
    I understand why you need a break from blogging.
    The Jays are framed perfectly, wow they take on a whole different look when framed.
    The Cardinal is stunning, we have many living in the pine trees on the golf course, three of the trees are out our back lawn, they sing so pretty and loud.
    Stay Healthy.


  3. Yes, you need to take care of your mama and yourself right now Sandy. Prayers going up for you all.

  4. Praying for your dear mom AND for you! Come back when you can but know that you are in my thoughts and prayers!

    1. That is what I love about the blogging community.

  5. Praying for you and your Mom. I know how that is, as we went through a lot of that with my mother in law...and the medications that they give for those kinds of issues do take a toll on an elderly person mentally. So just bear with her and try to make sure she is comfortable and eating right and especially drinking a lot of fluids...water! Folks that age don't drink enough fluids and that also causes UTI's and other issues, as well as dehydration. But I am sure you are aware of all of that. Just speaking from personal experience. At the time we didn't realize a lot of what was causing her confusion and frustration, etc. Anyway, I love your Blue jays and I know your Cardinal is going to be stunning! Just relax and do things you enjoy when you can so you can relax. We'll still be here when you are able to come back for a visit.

    1. Yes, I am constantly after her to drink more water. I am quite sure the pain medicine has her loopy. She is still having some but we are not taking anything more than over the counter meds. Thank you!

  6. Praying for you and your Mom--mom's are so special--love all the bird needlework, too--
    for comments to come to your email --I had to finally--after I publish each post--I hit the comment section like I am going to comment on my own blog and if you look--over here to your very right you will see a 'notify me' box--check that each time--and they will show up in your emails--but you have to do it every time now after you publish the post--good luck--
    stay safe--luv, di

    1. I will try that. It was new with the update and I feel like it has just been so hard lately to get things to work just right. I don't have time for that issue.
      Thank you for telling me a possible solution and prayers. I have certainly not been the best blogging friend as of late:)

  7. Oh Pam, I'm sorry things have taken a turn for the difficult. I do understand how it goes with the elderly when their health takes a dive because of what my sister and I have been through with our mother.

    Your stitched birds are exquisite! I love the bluebird but the red of the cardinal is even better. What beautiful accomplishments to come out of hard days.

    I'll miss your blog posts and look forward to updates as you are able. You are in my prayers.

  8. Sandy, your cardinal is stunning! I think it will be a fabulous companion to the blue jays and the mockingbirds.

    Praying for your Mom's healing! Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, Sandy!

  9. I will be praying for you and your Mom through all of this. It's such a hard time for us all but being sick really adds so much more to the hard time. I love the birds you are stitching. I hope you'll stay well through all of this. And we all are praying for each other, I know. Sweet hugs! Stay in touch!

  10. I'm so sorry to hear that your mother has been struggling again with her health. And that you have this worry. I pray that she gets to feeling better soon. Your Blue Jays are just stunning, Sandy. And I already can see that the cardinal is going to be, too. Take care! I look forward to reading any updates as you post them.

  11. Sandy, I am so sorry to hear that your Mom is having all these health issues. Please don't worry about the blog and commenting, just take care of her and yourself. The blue jay framed is beautiful and I love cardinals, they are always around with the Jays too so a great companion piece.

  12. I'm so sorry Sandy...sending healing prayers for your mom and to you as well....take care of you too.
    You're right...He has us all in his hands and once you feel the warmth of His arms around you, you will know that he is taking care of everything. It will be as it is supposed to be. Trust Him...

  13. I hope your mother improves soon, Sandy, you are both in my thoughts.


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