Sep 01 2015

Back Pain

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My mother in-law has dealt with osteoporosis for a long time. She has pain and rolls with it. Last Sunday was different. She had excruciating pain and asked us to take her to the emergency room. After an x-ray, it was discovered that she has a large fracture of the spine. She stayed in the hospital, first time except for the births of her two children, and on Monday the hospital did an MRI. The MRI confirmed the fracture. She stayed in the hospital another night. I think the doctor wanted to keep an eye on her since she was in a lot of pain and taking strong medicine.

On Wednesday, tomorrow, I will be taking her to Indianapolis for back surgery. The procedure she will have is called Kyphoplasty.
This is what I found searching the web:
Performing Kyphoplasty Surgery

During kyphoplasty surgery, a small incision is made in the back through which the doctor places a narrow tube. Using fluoroscopy to guide it to the correct position, the tube creates a path through the back into the fractured area through the pedicle of the involved vertebrae.
Using X-ray images, the doctor inserts a special balloon through the tube and into the vertebrae, then gently and carefully inflates it. As the balloon inflates, it elevates the fracture, returning the pieces to a more normal position. It also compacts the soft inner bone to create a cavity inside the vertebrae.
The balloon is removed and the doctor uses specially designed instruments under low pressure to fill the cavity with a cement-like material called polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). After being injected, the pasty material hardens quickly, stabilizing the bone.

Kyphoplasty surgery to treat a fracture from osteoporosis is performed at a hospital under local or general anesthesia.

I will be bringing her home after the surgery. Prayers appreciated.

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Aug 25 2015

Creating an Apron

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My daughter is a chef so when she asked me to make an apron for her, I gladly complied. Here is the reversible apron.  photo 457c2b3c-19b1-4335-8c59-6172880a2a46_zpsthzklabw.jpg
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My daughter picked this pattern because the apron did not tie at the neck. She thought it would be comfortable and handy since it has a pocket on each side. I like the fabric she chose.

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Aug 20 2015

More Civil War Blocks

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I mentioned that I am making quilt blocks from the Civil War Love Letter Quilt book by Rosemary Youngs. These are some of the block I made over the past few weeks. The are difficult blocks to make so I feel very accomplished when I finish each one.
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Aug 15 2015

A Lot of T-Shirts!

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I recently quilted this huge t-shirt quilt for a customer. It measured 90″ x 90″. That is going to be a heavy quilt to lug to a ballgame. It had fleece for the backing and no batting in between.
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Aug 09 2015

Quilting the Quilt

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I just finished quilting this quilt that my mom made. It is from a pattern designed by Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles Quilts. Mom and I are taking a class from Lynne next Saturday and mom wants to show her the quilt.
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Jul 27 2015

Play Ball!

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My daughter, hubby and I had an awesome day yesterday. We started out at Steak n Shake where we ate breakfast. It wasn’t too bad. How can you mess up on a pancake? After filling our tummies, we shopped for new running shoes at DSW and Dicks Sporting Goods. We didn’t find any that cried out to us. From there, we headed to Indianapolis. Highway US31 is still torn up with construction. We have been able to avoid the area for the past year and were amazed at how much is still being done.

We dropped hubby off at the ball park and daughter and I parked the car. We found a parking garage that only charged $2! What a bargain. We had to walk 4 or 5 blocks to the ball field but we enjoyed the walk. We stayed inside by walking through the causeways at the convention center. I felt like we were being sneaky to be in such a large building and not seeing many other people.

The Indians were giving out free Tshirts to the first 2500 people but we were too late to get one. We found our seats which were behind third base. We were about 10 rows up from the field so we had to really watch that we didn’t get hit by a foul ball. It was crowded and very hot in that section so we moved. We sat in the balcony behind first base. There weren’t very many people there and we actually felt a breeze. It was nice. The game went quickly and was over before we knew it.
We ended the day at Steak n Shake for a yummy milkshake!

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Jul 23 2015

Civil War Love Letter Quilt

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The Civil War Love Letter Quilt book is a filled with letters from Civil War soldiers to their loved ones. The author, Rosemary Youngs, has paired each letter with a quilt block inspired by that letter.

The collection includes love letters from:

President Rutherford B. Hayes to his family
Newton Scott to his childhood friend, whom he married upon returning from the war
David Winn, a soldier who ultimately gave his life for his country

The quilt blocks are 6 1/2″ unfinished and most are paper pieced.
I am on week 4 of this 52 week quilt making adventure. Last weeks blocks were very challenging. I am still not happy with the way the blue one turned out but it is going to remain the way it is. The points will be cut off when it is incorporated into a quilt. That block took me a whole day to make. It was made using the paper piecing method. When you trace the pattern onto tissue paper, you have to remember to make the block backwards from how you normally sew. I had to use my seam ripper a lot!
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Jul 21 2015

Promotion!

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We have a floor covering business in our small town and we are always being asked and want to promote our business. We have been in business for 34 years yet, there is always someone who says that they never knew we were here! My husband wants to put a statue of a naked lady out front. He thinks that would get a lot of attention. Yikes! I think there are better ways to promote a business.

We have advertised on bill boards, newspapers and the normal print. We have tried a few unusual ways to get our name out there like t-shirts and dust pans. After so many years, I have learned that the best way to advertise is by having something a person can hold onto, check these out!
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By adding our logo to these beautiful twistpens, our customers can promote our business for us! I love to give out pens that become the customer’s favorite. I’m picky about my pens and I have found that our customers like and will keep a good pen.

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Jul 21 2015

Crazy!

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Everywhere, in the US, the weather is nuts. We have had so much rain here in Indiana that the corn fields are looking like lakes. This is the reservoir near us.
This is what it usually looks like. See the high water marking on the bridge?
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This is what it looks like now.
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There is so much debris in the water that it is not safe to go boating even if the boat ramps were not covered with water. No one can camp or picnic this year. Pretty sad.

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Jul 16 2015

Games We Don’t Play

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For my daughter in-laws baby shower, I decided not to have any games that would embarrass or put anyone on the spot. That was not easy! I went online to find a few fun games and was able to come up with two. The first game broke the ice for everyone as they came in the door. My great niece had everyone take guesses as to how many Legos were in a large container she filled. She was the only one who knew how many Legos were in the container. She was so cute, trying to keep her secret. Each guest signed their name and guess and put the paper in a basket. The winner would receive a prize.

The second game was “Don’t Say Baby”. Each guest was given a clothespin to wear. My great niece made the clothespins especially cute by coloring a mustache on each one. If a guest was caught saying the word baby, she could steal the clothespin from that unfortunate guest. It was fun to watch each of the guests try to trip each other up. It is really hard not to say baby at a baby shower!

I had thought so hard to think of great prizes. I considered gift certificates and music gifts but settled on giant candy bars. I printed wrappers with our grandson’s name on them and wrapped each candy bar, making it a Max Bar. Each winner seemed happy with their prize.

The games could go on throughout the shower and made it a very lively party.

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