Cookie Bear

I swear my hobbies are the only thing keeping me feeling somewhat grounded. This was a little freebie that came with one of the cross-stitch magazines we subscribe to. I wanted something quick and easy to stitch. I have a larger project I’m working on, too, but I find a few small projects help keep me motivated. I did a few Christmas ornaments late last year, too:

I swear I grabbed the ornaments at random. I was amused that I kept finding Santa ornaments. I have a sizeable stash that includes a good variety of smaller kits. The small kits are kept in a tote bag and I can reach in and grab a new project. It’s fun to see what pops up.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment


The weekend before last, my mother received calls from two of her siblings. Both live out of state and were calling to tell her they’d been unable to get a hold of my grandfather.

My grandfather is strong-willed and values his independence and privacy. He also has progressive medical issues that make it difficult for him to walk, even with the assistance of a walker. Because of these issues, my grandfather has great difficulty getting up should he fall.

My grandmother has suffered from Alzheimer’s for nearly a decade, we think. It’s progressed to the point that she is not able to remember anything said to her just moments before. The only person she seems familiar with is my grandfather. I suspect that’s because of their long marriage. She hasn’t recognized neither me nor my mother for years.

Anyway, when my aunt and uncle couldn’t reach my grandfather, they notified my mother, who also attempted to reach my grandfather. When that failed, she decided something was wrong and she needed to investigate. My dad was busy and I had no idea what my mom was about to find, so I went with her.

I will never forget the dread I felt as we walked up the steps to my grandparents’ front door and found four days worth of newspapers on the porch. Mom and I exchanged looks and she hesitated before knocking on the 8door. Surprisingly, my grandmother answered. Mom asked where Grandpa was and Grandma pointed at an empty couch. Mom called for him and he thankfully answered. He had fallen in the bathtub. A phone was on the sink, but he couldn’t reach it to call for help and Grandma wouldn’t bring it to him.

Mom covered Grandpa and started asking about injuries while I called the paramedics. Grandpa was transported to the hospital. Mom grabbed some clothes for him, helped me prepare food for Grandma, and then followed. I watched Grandma for several hours while doctors ran tests to see if Grandpa was injured.

Mom arranged for 24-hour care for Grandma. Grandpa wasn’t hurt in the fall, but tests indicated his mobility has suffered to the point that his muscles were starting to break down and release toxins into his blood. He was sent to a rehab clinic for physical therapy, but demanded to go home the next day. He spent one night at home. The caregiver looking after Grandma became concerned with his confusion and other symptoms and called the paramedics. He is back in the hospital recovering from a UTI. Mom will be looking into getting things for his home that will make it easier for him to get around.

I know Grandpa wants to see that Grandma gets the care she needs. He wishes to outlive her to ensure this. Time is against him, though. He is several years older and his health is deteriorating. Mom told me the other day that she believes he’ll pass away soon. If his condition continues to decline…. Our goal at this point is to get him home and make sure he’s comfortable. He wants to be home. He wants to be with Grandma. We intend to fulfill those wishes.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

“Cougar Reflection” by Sue Coleman

I hoped to finish this last month, but I underestimated how long it would take me to do all the half stitches. Part of it was the lack of motivation. My stitching bug took one look at all the colors that make up the river and fled. It came back out once I moved on to the background and the backstitching. So glad it’s done. A Halloween project is my next start.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Cougar Reflection (Work in Progress)

All of the full stitches are finished. Next is the half stitches. Last will be the rest of the backstitch. I’m hoping to have this finished in the next couple of weeks.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

Rest in Peace

I haven’t been to many concerts. I don’t care for large crowds. I made an exception when Linkin Park came to Oklahoma City in February 2008. My boyfriend at the time and I are both longtime fans, as were the friends we planned to go with. Things didn’t work out with our friends, but my boyfriend and I had a great time.

The concert came at the end of a rough month for both of us. Once there, we learned that Chester Bennington was sick. The only way we could tell is because her kept apologizing about it. His singing and energy seemed normal. I think that shows how much the band loves their fans. We were fortunate, too, because the band had to postpone or cancel their next two shows due to Chester’s bronchitis.

I have most of their albums, though I still need to buy their newest. I’ve heard a lot of complaints over the years about how different their newer albums are from the first two, and I shake my head at those comments. Sure, their music has changed, but so has the band. They’re not in their 20s anymore. Things have changed, and I like that their music reflects that.

When the news spoke of Chester’s death yesterday I really hoped it was a sick joke. I will miss his voice and energy.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment


My brother recently purchased his first home. It’s a bit north of us, but well worth the drive. He, his girlfriend, and their roommate have done a good job putting the house together. I got to see it yesterday during their housewarming party. I also had the opportunity to meet several members of his girlfriend’s family. They seem like great people.

I wasn’t sure I would be able to attend, because a coworker called out on Saturday, and they’ve been known to call out multiple days in a row. I told my supervisor on Saturday about the family gathering I hoped to go to the following afternoon in an effort to give him a warning that I wouldn’t be available yesterday to cover extra hours. Fortunately, that coworker didn’t call out again, so it was never an issue.

I did have to cancel plans I had on Saturday, though. Mom and I were  invited to a stitching group meeting at a nearby library. I really wanted to go, despite being sleep deprived, because our friends are fun to be around. Oh well. Next time, I hope. 

Work was interesting while my boss was on vacation last month. It seemed all the weird stuff that happens on occasion knew she was gone and took advantage. I think we handled the challenge well, though.

There was a drive-by shooting outside my workplace last month. Two people were hurt, one seriously. I was outside and nearby when it happened, so I was a bit rattled. I am grateful no one was killed and neither my partner nor I were hurt.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Cougar Reflection (In Progress)

This is Sue Coleman’s “Cougar Reflection”. It’s the third project I’ve stitched based on her artwork.  All three projects are cougars, because that is my favorite animal. I’ve got a number of other charts and kits featuring cougars, but a couple other charts are calling out to be done first. It sometimes amazes and frustrates me how easily I can find charts of tigers, lions, and leopards, but there aren’t nearly as many featuring cougars.

I started this in 2014 after receiving the chart and thread as a Christmas gift the previous year. As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve lost my stitching bug for months at a time. That said, I started keeping a stitching journal, which is helping to keep me motivated. I also take pictures every now and again to show how much I’ve done, because out doesn’t always seem like that much until I see the photos. So, here is my progress through the year. The most recent picture was taken Wednesday. My goal is to have this finished by the end of next month.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment