Saturday, January 28, 2012

Now I Know How They Feel

Hey, Y'all,
Now I know what the elderly in the nursing home must feel like when they have nothing to do but "rest" and watch television. Yesterday morning I went to the Laser Eye Center in Hurst and had my right eye worked on. It went quite well, but I was sent home to "nap" for three hours and then to "rest" with my eyes closed as much as possible and do nothing. Arghhh! Do you realize how difficult that can be? Also for the next three months I am to use lubricant eye drops in that eye every hour that I am awake. I have already done so with the left eye after it was Lasiked. That keeps the eye from getting dry and hurting.

Fortunately, this time the Dr. only had to do a very minimal amount of laser work. Finally, this morning, I decided at around 4:30 that my night's "rest" was over. I go in this morning to have him check the eye and pronounce it doing well. Then I will return on next Friday (probably) to hopefully have the temporary clear contact lens removed from the eye. 

I have been in here in my workroom making a gift card to go with a baby quilt that I made for my new great grandson, who is due to be born in March. Carol and I are going to a baby shower being held for new baby, his Mama Julia, and his two older sisters, Alyssa and Brooke after Carol and I get through at the doctor's office. I will have Carol take pictures for me, because I am sure my focus will be decidedly "off". 

I won't be able to finish Carol's quilt until sometime this coming week. Hoping to be able to drive to Sunday School and Church tomorrow morning and to teach as well. I have been wearing my goggles provided by dr's office to protect my operated eye. Yesterday, Carol got us some chicken from KFC and we had that for lunch. All I had for supper was some hot chocolate and a few pepper jack Cheese-its. I will be eating some breakfast soon. I have to be ready to leave here at 8:15 this morning, so lots to do.

This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for today. Much love to each of you, my friends and family. Thank you for prayers on my behalf. Bye for now. More later.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

We Had Our Very Own Talent Show

Hey, Y'all,
Every once in a while, I hear a song that takes me back to my days of teaching, when near the end of the school year, we would have a talent show with the kids performing and then some of the teachers (myself included, of course) would do a talent skit near the end of the show. Naturally, the kids loved it and we did, too. I believe that by performing in the show, we demonstrated that we were just people like they were.

The school was an old one that had been built in the 1940's and then added onto and renovated as the years went by. I began teaching there in the late 1960's. I became full-time librarian in the 1970's. I think maybe the talent shows began in the 1980's. Two of the third grade teachers came up with the idea and of course, I was happy to be a co-conspirator. We began with sign-ups of those who wanted to be in the talent show, and then there were auditions. Since I had a large room for them to have the try-outs, we used the library in the last part of the day for them. 

The kids would bring their audio tapes to perform with, and we had some dilly of auditions (almost like American Idol, ha) Our teachers had fun with the talent show, too. It was something that brought all of us together, in a good way. You should have heard the hootin' and hollerin' when the principal and the secretary came onstage to do Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton singing "Islands in the Stream". And then, of course, when three or four other teachers and I came onstage to do "The Twist" (Chubby Checkers). 

Some other songs we did through the years were , Madonna
"Manic Monday", Calloway  "I Wanta Be Rich", or a Wynona Judd song (can't remember which one of hers we did, but I was "Whinona" and wore a wig and danced around. (You gotta know I was in my late 50's at the time...ha ha). Some of the teachers in the show worked out the choreography each time and then we had to learn it. It was never really complicated, other wise I wouldn't have been able to learn it. We did a different song each year. I know there must have been other songs we did during the years, but they escape my memory right now.

But the thing is, we had fun, and it was a time when the teachers and kids could connect in a way that couldn't be done in the classroom. I have fond memories of those talent shows, and I'm sure the other teachers and the kids haven't forgotten those times either. Then the county built a new school, and we moved into it. Our principal was retired, and we had the advent of the dragon lady, who knew not the old ways, and so we no longer had that kind of fun. I heard recently that the retired principal had passed on. He is sorely missed, I know.

I have named no names here, so that only those who know the subjects mentioned are "in the know". 

Tomorrow, I have Lasik surgery on my right eye to remove scar tissue and I hope it turns out as well as the one on my left eye did. I have been working on Carol's queen sized quilt and it is nearing completion. I am connecting the two sides of it today. (After I complete today's blog, that is.) I worked on that yesterday and the day before, as well. Lots of basting to be sure it connects up well. I have already prepared my Sunday School lesson while my eyesight is right for it. 

I am learning a little more about my new cell phone, too. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for today. Much love to each of you, my friends and family. Bye for now. More later.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Like a Chimp with an Encyclopedia

Hey, Y'all,
Well, yeah I have entered (really) the world of higher technology and have a lot more to learn. Yesterday, Carol and I went out to get some cloth to finish up her quilt that I am making, and as we were turning in to the shopping center, I saw the Verizon Wireless store, and asked her if we could stop. I was eligible for an upgrade. So we went in and after looking around, I decided I wanted a Droid phone. I have been using a Blackberry Curve and it was pretty cool, so I thought I would just go "cooler". Speaking of curves, it presents a whole new learning curve. I feel like a chimp with an encyclopedia, a "what do I do with this?" feeling. Ha ha. But, unlike the chimp, I will learn, I know. 

This apparently has been my winter of technology, because about a month before Christmas, I decided to get an embroidery machine (I had one for several years but it went ka-pooey on me). I can download patterns from the internet onto a thumb drive for it. Also, for Christmas, Teresa and Tom gave me a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine, which also is hooked up to the computer. I am learnin' lots o' stuff, don't'cha know? With a lot left to go. Ha ha. 

Hoping to get Carol's quilt finished this week. It is a queen sized quilt (about 80x108") and I've had some fun doing it. Also, some problems which make the pattern more interesting. I will definitely take a pic or two when I have completed it. 

Well, that is about it for today. Much love to each of you, my friends and family. This is Blabbin' Grammy, shuttin' my mouth for a while. Bye for now. More later.

Friday, January 20, 2012

My Cactus Didn't Know

Hey, Y'all,
Well, I know it has been another week and a couple of days since I last posted, but in my defense, I have been knee deep (well almost) in quilting again. I only lack a few rows having the four sections of Carol's quilt finished before I put them all together and then put binding around it. Here is a picture of my work area (in the living room) before I began cutting the cloth. I have three folding work tables put together for working on my quilts. Fortunately, I have a large living room. Ha.
Looks like a big mess, doesn't it?
Did you know that my Christmas cactus doesn't know that Christmas is already over? In fact, it didn't begin to bloom until after Christmas. Ha. Here is a picture of it taken the other day. Isn't it beautiful? Actually, I don't care when it chooses to bloom, I just appreciate the fact that it does and that it brings such beauty to my eyes. :)
 A lot of stuff goes on here in this highly populated area where Dallas and Fort Worth are. I marvel each day as I watch the traffic flowing (or not flowing) through both cities on the news programs each morning and afternoon. Highway construction adds to the problems for motorists. 

Weather here in Northeast Texas is not always the same two days in a row, at least in winter time. It fluctuates greatly from 28 to 70's. In a very short space of time. It does keep things interesting. 

Oh, yeah, another interesting thing is the addition of a new pitcher from Japan to the Rangers' Baseball team. It seems they had to pay him $51 Mil just to talk to him about the possibility of joining the team and then another 60 million to become a member of the team and pitch for them. It seems that he is such a personality in Japan that the women there faint, in admiration, when they see him. 

I went yesterday to see a podiatrist and have my toenails trimmed. Never a pleasant experience, but a necessary one. The last time I had them trimmed by a podiatrist was when Dubby and I were at the Assisted Living place in Morristown when I was recovering from my gall bladder surgeries two  and a half years ago. I had been doing my trimming by myself. Do you realize how difficult it is to reach the toes and trim them accurately as you reach my age? Of course, she had to treat my "Appalachian Foot disease" by prescribing two different medications. One, I have no idea what it will cost and it is painted onto the nails like nail polish to treat fungus. The other will be ready for me to pick up today, but will have to wait until tomorrow maybe. It had to be ordered and my insurance will pay $200 and I will fork over the other 95.  The third medication which is an exfoliant for my rough heels, is supplied by the dr's office for only thirty bucks. Ha. It would have been a lot less expensive to just get down in the floor again and trim them myself, huh? 

I will be going to see my family doctor on Tuesday, and see what wonderful things she will have (or not have) to say to me. She is a really neat lady and I enjoy talking to her, and she seems to know her business. 

Friday, I get to go and have my right eye done. My eye surgeon will be removing scar tissue that has formed from the cataract surgery and other Lasik surgery that has been done over the past eleven years. Hopefully, it will do as well as the left one has done. 

I have been watching a couple of reality programs about mothers and their little girls. One is called Dance Moms, and the other is called Toddlers and Tiaras. I can't believe the values that these misguided mothers are cramming into the heads of these poor unsuspecting babies. They are so skewed!!! It is fascinating, and also horrible to think of the perpetuation of such ideas as one little four year old girl expressed, "when I do good, she loves me". Arrrgghh!

Well, folks that is about it for today. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for today. Much love to each of you, my friends and family. Bye for now. More later. (I'll try not to wait so long next time).

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Yoo Hoo! Here I Am, Again.

Hey, Y'all,
I know it has been a long time since I last posted (last year), and now I am going to try to catch up. I have been so very busy over the past week making a quilt for Tom to match the one I made for Teresa and today I sent it by FedEx to them. You might say, I have been in hibernation in the house and have not been out except on Sundays and Wednesdays, because I really wanted to get the quilt finished. (I know it must be cold in Arkansas, ha). Once I begin a project, I work until I get it done. 

Tomorrow I begin doing a quilt for Carol's queen size bed. I began the design for it this afternoon. 

This morning, I went first to my family doctor's office to get prescriptions written for meds that had no refills remaining, and then on to the FedEx Office to send Tom's quilt; from there, I proceeded to Lowe's to make some purchases. Mickey D's was next and I had breakfast. Later on I shopped at Kroger's and picked up some of my medications, along with some groceries.

I was back home by noon, and decided it would be a good time to sweep my living room floor, which was littered with scraps of cloth, quilt batting, and thread where I had been sewing. 

Teresa sent me a picture of her grandson, Roman, and his mom with the quilt that I made for him. It warmed my heart to see him so happy with it. Here is the picture. B.J. is behind the camera, taking the picture. Ha.

Great Grandson, Roman, and his mom, Madora
Roman does look really happy, doesn't he? I am so glad I made the quilt for him. It was a labor of love, as all my quilts are.

Here is a picture of my great granddaughter, Hannah, with the purse I made for her for Christmas. She looks mighty happy, too.

 Well, now you know what I have been up to the past ten days. Oh, yeah, I did get a much-needed haircut last week. My hair looked like a dandelion's fluff ready to blow away before I got it cut. Ha ha.

On Monday of this week, I went back to my eye surgeon and he was delighted with the progress my vision has made since he removed the scar tissue from my left eye. He has scheduled me to do the same thing on my right eye in a couple of weeks. I hope and pray that it will go as well as the last one did. My vision has improved so much, you wouldn't believe it. I asked him if I could give him a hug and he smiled and said, "Of course, that makes it all worthwhile." 

We had a lot of rain from Sunday evening through Tuesday morning, so it made staying inside and sewing quite cozy. We had a beautiful sunny day today, but we have a cold snap coming up tonight with cool days on order for the rest of the week and maybe more rain by Sunday. 

Well, that is about it for today. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for now. More later. Much love to each of you, my friends and family. Bye for now.