Wednesday, May 30, 2012

GOING HOME

THE DOCTOR IS RELEASING BRIAN TOMORROW MORNING. HE REQUESTED THEY GET THE BALL ROLLING YESTERDAY SO HE COULD BE RELEASED IN THE MORNING SINCE WE HAVE A 3 HOUR DRIVE HOME. WE THOUGHT THAT WAS SO THOUGHTFUL OF HIM! BRIAN IS DOING WELL BUT STILL HAS SOME WATER RETENTION ON HIS LEFT SIDE. MAKES IT HARDER FOR HIM TO TRY AND WALK WITH HIS FOOT SWOLLEN AND NUMB SO IF YOU COULD OFFER UP PRAYERS FOR THAT TO GO DOWN WE WOULD APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH. OTHERWISE HE IS DOING FANTASTIC. VERY WEAK OF COURSE AND IT WILL TAKE TIME TO BUILD HIS STAMINA UP BUT HE WILL GET THERE. IT HAS CHANGED US BOTH IN MANY WAYS, GOING THRU THIS, BUT WE HAVE A DEEPER LOVE FOR EACH OTHER AND OUR HEAVENLY FATHER. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL TO STILL BE TOGETHER. OUR LITTLE ZOE GIRL IS KENNELED 45 MILES FROM HOME BUT SHE IS DOING OK TOO. I CHECKED ON HER YESTERDAY AND THEY ARE TAKING GOOD CARE OF HER. WE HAVE NEVER KENNELED HER BEFORE AND SHE HAS ALWAYS IN THE 4-1/2 YEARS WE'VE HAD HER BEEN WITH AT LEAST ONE OF US. IT BROKE MY HEART TO LEAVE HER THERE ON THE WAY HERE A WEEK AGO TODAY. BUT I HAD NO CHOICE. NO TIME TO FIND ANOTHER WAY. I LEFT OUR HOME WITHIN AN HOUR OF BRIAN BEING LIFE FLIGHTED DOWN HERE. MY FRIEND KATHY HAD CALLED AHEAD TO THE ANIMAL HOSPITAL WHERE ZOE IS SO IT REALLY WORKED OUT BEAUTIFULLY. I KNOW SHE DOESN'T HAVE A CONCEPT OF THE TIME BUT TO US IT SEEMS FOREVER SINCE WE'VE SEEN HER. SHE WILL BE GOOD MEDICINE WHEN WE GET HOME. I PLAN TO GET BRIAN SETTLED AND THEN WORK OUT A WAY TO GET HER IN A DAY OR TWO AFTER THAT. HOME HEALTH CARE WILL BE COMING SO THAT GIVES US COMFORT. THANK YOU MY FRIENDS FOR HOLDING US UP IN YOUR PRAYERS. WE WILL NEED THEM IN THE DAYS AND WEEKS AHEAD. IT WILL BE A SLOW RECOVERY FOR BRIAN BUT WE WILL GET THERE TOGETHER. WITH MUCH LOVE AND APPRECIATION, BRIAN AND LORI

Saturday, May 26, 2012

REJOICING!

HELLO DEAR FRIENDS. JUST WANTED TO THANK EVERYONE FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS FOR US. YOUR COMMENTS AND PRAYERS LIFTED ME. BRIAN IS DOING WONDERFULLY! HIS INCISSION WAS LEFT OPEN AFTER THE SURGERY ON WEDNESDAY BECAUSE HIS HEART WAS SO SWOLLEN ON ONE SIDE AND IT NEEDED ROOM. THEY CLOSED IT YESTERDAY AND WEENED HIM OFF THE RESPIRATOR. HE IS TALKING AND ASSURED MY SON AND I THAT IN HIS MIND HE IS 100% THERE. THE FIRST THING HE SAID TO US WAS THAT HE DID NOT HAVE AN OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCE, THAT HE WAS ALWAYS IN HIS BODY. I THOUGHT THIS WAS AN AMAZING THING FOR HIM TO SAY RIGHT AWAY BECAUSE THE DAY BEFORE I SAID TO MY SISTERS, I WONDER IF BRIAN WILL HAVE AN OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCE! I ASKED HIM IF HE FELT THE LORD WITH HIM GIVING HIM PEACE AND HE SAID YES. THAT IS WHAT I FELT TOO AND BRIAN LOOKED LIKE HE WAS ACCEPTING OF EVERYTHING GOING ON SO I FELT THE LORD WAS COMFORTING BOTH OF US. I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH YOUR SUPPORT AND PRAYERS MEAN TO US. YOU HAVE ALL TOUCHED MY LIFE IN A MOST SPECIAL AND PROFOUND WAY AND I WILL NEVER FORGET. WE WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME AND IT WILL ALL WORK OUT. I CONTINUE TO BE COMFORTED AND MY HEART IS OVERFLOWING WITH JOY FOR MY LORD. HE IS SO GRACIOUS. ALL HONOR AND GLORY TO HIM. I'LL LET YOU KNOW IN A COUPLE OF DAYS HOW THINGS ARE GOING. HE MAY GET TO MOVE FROM ICU TO A REGULAR ROOM TOMORROW. POSSIBLY HOME ON WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY THIS WEEK. THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY THINGS IN ALL OF THIS THAT HAVE BEEN AMAZING. IN MY MIND THERE IS NO WAY THESE THINGS JUST HAPPEN. THE LORD HAS HAD HIS HAND IN EVERYTHING. IT'S HARD TO WRAP OUR MINDS AROUND ALL THAT HAS HAPPENED IN THIS SHORT TIME AND HOW FAR WE HAVE COME. BRIAN'S HEART SURGEON, DOCTOR BRAXTON, IS AN AMAZING AND CARING DOCTOR AND WE ARE BLESSED TO HAVE HAD HIM BE THE ONE TO CARE FOR BRIAN. ALL THE STAFF HERE HAVE BEEN PHENOMINAL AND VERY CARING AND KIND. THANK YOU FOR REMEMBERING US AND HOLDING US UP IN PRAYER. MAY GOD BLESS EACH OF YOU FOR CARING FOR SOMEONE MOST OF YOU HAVE NEVER MET AND PROBABLY NEVER WILL. PLEASE LET US KNOW IF WE CAN PRAY FOR YOUR NEEDS. BRIAN AND LORI

Thursday, May 24, 2012

MY BELOVED

A JOURNEY....ONE I NEVER DREAMED WE WOULD HAVE TO LIVE THRU BUT HERE WE ARE. BRIAN HAD AN ANEURYSM IN HIS HEART THAT RUPTURED AND WHEN IT DID IT TORE HIS AORTA. HE WAS IN THE HOSPITAL IN OUR HOME TOWN AND WAS LIFE FLIGHTED BY HELICOPTER TO A GOOD HOSPITAL IN MARSHFIELD WISCONSIN, THREE HOURS DRIVE FROM OUR HOME. BRIAN HAD ACTUALLY NOT FELT GOOD A MONTH OR SO AGO AND WAS HOSPITALIZED THEN WITH SEVERE BACK PAIN BUT WE DIDN'T KNOW THEN HE HAD AN ANEURYSM OR THAT IT HAD RUPTURED. I TELL YOU ALL THIS NOT TO GET YOUR SYMPATHY OR TO TAKE MY BURDENS TO YOU WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR OWN, BECAUSE THAT IS NOT WHAT I WANT MY BLOG TO BE ABOUT, BUT I TELL YOU BECAUSE MY BELOVED IS A MIRALCE! BY THE GRACE OF GOD HE IS NOT GONE FROM ME. HE SHOULD NOT BE HERE!! PRAISE THE LORD FOR HIS GREAT COMPASSION AND LOVING KINDNESS. LET THIS BE A WITNESS TO ANYONE WHO WILL BELIEVE, THE LORD IS IN CONTROL AND HE BIDS YOU TO COME UNTO HIM. WE WILL BE DOWN HERE FOR QUITE A FEW DAYS YET AND BRIAN STILL NEEDS LOTS OF PRAYERS. SO PLEASE MY DEAR BLOGGING FRIENDS SAY A PRAYER FOR HIS SAFE KEEPING AND HUG AND KISS YOUR SPOUSE THIS DAY. PUT ASIDE YOUR PETTY ARGUMENTS FOR IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE THEY COULD BE GONE FROM THIS LIFE. SINCE I CAN'T CALL OR EMAIL ALL OF YOU THAT I KNOW WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON I THOUGHT THIS THE BEST WAY. I'LL LET YOU KNOW WHEN I CAN HOW THINGS ARE GOING. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE DEAR FRIENDS FOR ALL OF YOUR PRAYERS. I KNOW MANY HAVE AND ARE PRAYING AND THAT IS WHY BRIAN IS STILL WITH US. IT WAS A VERY LONG AND RISKY HEART SURGERY YESTERDAY. HE IS NOT OUT OF THE WOODS YET. BUT I FEEL THE LORD HASN'T BROUGHT US THIS FAR TO TAKE HIM FROM ME NOW. BRIAN WILL BE 57 IN JULY. DON'T WORRY ABOUT ME, I AM DOING OK. I HAVE MY TWO SISTERS WITH ME AND MY BEST FRIEND KATHY DROVE ME HERE YESTERDAY. OUR SON WILL BE HERE TOMORROW. I HAVE A WONDERFUL SUPPOSRT SYSTEM. AT HOME THERE ARE MANY THAT WILL BE THERE FOR US. AND WE HAVE FAMILY SPREAD OUT ACROSS THIS GREAT LAND THAT ARE PRAYING CONSTANT PRAYERS. WITH A THANKFUL AND VERY GRATEFUL HEART, LORI

Monday, May 21, 2012

REDWARE ORNIES AND PUNKINS


I'VE BEEN DOING SOME RUG HOOKING!
THE REDWARE ORNIES ARE A SPECIAL ORDER I
JUST FINISHED INSPIRED BY SOME OF MY REDWARE
PLATES. I THINK THEY TURNED OUT PRETTY GOOD.
I HOPE MY CUSTOMER DOES TOO!!
THEY ARE 4~1/2" ACROSS.


AND I'VE BEEN HOOKING ONE OF THE PUNKIN
RUGS I WANTED TO DO FOR OUR HOME. IT'S A RUNNER AND
I'M TRYING TO KEEP IT VERY MUTED. THE  COLORS ARE
SHOWING MUCH BRIGHTER THAN THEY ARE.
I SHOULD FINISH IT IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS
AND THEN I WILL SHOW YOU THE WHOLE THING.

HOPE YOU ARE HAVING A WONDERFUL DAY.
WE HAD THREE DAYS IN THE 80'S BUT TODAY BACK
DOWN TO OUR NORMAL TEMPS FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. 

UNTIL NEXT TIME....LORI

Sunday, May 13, 2012

PRIMITIVE STAR BLOCKS

I STARTED THESE STAR BLOCKS THE OTHER DAY.
I'M NOT SURE HOW BIG THE QUILT TOP WILL BE
YET BUT THE QUILT WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE
ON MY NEXT PT UPDATE, HOPEFULLY SOME TIME
IN JUNE. THE PATTERN IS BY
LINDA BRANNOCK IN HER BOOK
MISS JUMP'S QUILT ALBUM.
YOU START OUT WITH TWO SQUARES
OF FABRIC, THE STAR COLOR ON
TOP OF THE BACKGROUND.
I DID THE COLORFUL ONE IN OUR HALLWAY
SOME YEARS AGO BUT THOUGHT IT
WOULD BE FUN TO DO A SMALL ONE IN
NEUTRALS. JUST BROWNS AND TANS.
I'M ALSO WORKING ON A SPECIAL ORDER,
SOME HOOKED REDWARE ORNIES.


WISHING ALL THE MOTHER'S OUT THERE
A VERY HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
FUR BABIES COUNT TOO!

UNTIL NEXT TIME....LORI

Friday, May 11, 2012

CABIN & TREES PN MAT


THIS IS MY VERSION OF THE ANTIQUE RUG
WE ARE USING IN MY GROUP AAPG FOR INSPIRATION
FOR A CHALLENGE. I CHANGED MY PUNCH NEEDLE MAT
 A BIT TO MAKE IT MY OWN.
I MADE THE HOUSE A LOG CABIN AND ADDED
THE DATE AT THE TOP IN PLACE OF A STAR.
IT IS MUCH MORE MUTED IN PERSON.
I AM OFFERING IT FOR SALE ON MY PICTURE TRAIL.
IF YOU'D LIKE TO KNOW THE PARTICULARS JUST

A CLOSER LOOK.
THE ANTIQUE INSPIRATION.
MAYBE YOU'VE SEEN SOME OTHER  HOOKED RUGS
OR PUNCH NEEDLE PIECES INSPIRED BY
THIS RUG ON OTHER BLOGS OR EBAY. SEVERAL
OF US HAVE GOTTEN OURS DONE. CAN'T
 WAIT TO SEE WHAT RUG KELLEY PICKS
FOR OUR NEXT QUARTER CHALLENGE.

A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE
VISITED ME ON MY PICTURE TRAIL TO VIEW
THE NEW PICS OF OUR HOME I RECENTLY ADDED.
 AND THANK YOU SO MUCH TO THOSE WHO EMAILED
AND LEFT ME COMMENTS HERE AND ON MY PICTURE
TRAIL. IT IS A BIT OF WORK GETTING ALL THOSE PICS
TAKEN AND ON THERE AND I SO APPRECIATE YOU
LETTING ME KNOW YOU ENJOYED SEEING THEM.

UNTIL NEXT TIME....LORI

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

NEW HOME PICS







NEW HOME PICS CAN NOW BE VIEWED ON MY
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE WITH ME!
 I HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY THEM.

UNTIL NEXT TIME....LORI

Saturday, May 5, 2012

QUILT FINISH AND NEW BLOG


MY LITTLE GRAPE BASKET QUILT IS ALL DONE!
IT'S HANGING IN THE LIVING ROOM
 ON THE HANDLE OF AN OLD WOOD CARRIER
BEHIND SOME DOLLS DRESSED IN BROWN. I WANTED
A LITTLE QUILT BEHIND THEM TO SOFTEN THINGS AND
I ALSO WANTED TO BRING IN A LITTLE MORE BROWN.

HERE IT IS. I LIKE TO WASH MY QUILTS AFTER I'M
DONE BINDING THEM TO GIVE THEM THAT NICE
OLD PUCKERED LOOK.

ON THE BACK YOU CAN SEE THE BAPTIST FAN
QUILTING BETTER.

THIS IS THE BINDING FABRIC I USED.
IT'S REALLY NEAT FABRIC FOR A BINDING.
THE PRINT IS ON THE DIAGONAL SO YOU CAN
CUT IT ON THE STRAIGHT OF THE GRAIN AND IT
LOOKS LIKE IT'S A BIAS BINDING. SO COOL!
I'VE HAD IT A COUPLE OF YEARS I THINK. IT'S A
MODA FROM KANSAS TROUBLES QUILTERS.
THE LINE IS CALLED VINE CREEK. IT'S SHOWING
UP DARKER IN MY PICTURE THAN IT IS THO.

ALSO I'D LIKE TO TELL YOU ABOUT MY FRIEND
REBECCA LINDQUIST'S NEW BLOG,
THE SIMPLE QUIET.
ISN'T THAT A COOL NAME?
CLICK HERE TO VISIT REBECCA'S BLOG.
SHE IS ONE FABULOUS ARTIST!
SHE IS A WONDERFUL RUG HOOKER
AND NEEDLE PUNCHER!  PLEASE CHECK OUT HER NEW
BLOG AND DON'T FORGET TO LOOK AT THE TOP
WHERE IT SAYS ABOUT UNDER THE HEADER.
YOU'LL LEARN A BIT ABOUT REBECCA AND SEE
HER PRETTY FACE. SHE SELLS ON EBAY AND ETSY
AND WILL START TO SELL ON THE
PRIMITIVE HANDMADES MERCANTILE BLOG
THIS MONTH SO LOOK FOR HER WONDERFUL GOODS.

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND.
UNTIL NEXT TIME....LORI

Thursday, May 3, 2012

LITTLE LOG WREN'S HOUSE


I SPOTTED THIS DARLING LITTLE LOG CABIN
BIRDHOUSE ON BETTY'S BLOG AND HAD TO PURCHASE
IT FOR MY LITTLE FLOWER GARDEN UNDER THE KITCHEN
WINDOW. I'D BEEN LOOKING FOR SOMETHING OLDER LOOKING
AND THIS WAS JUST THE LOOK I WAS WANTING.
IT WAS MADE BY BETTY'S FIL FOR A BOOTH SHE AND
SOME OF HER FAMILY MEMBERS SET UP AT A LOCAL
SHOP. I SPOTTED IT IN SOME PICS BETTY POSTED
ON HER BLOG AND EMAILED HER ABOUT IT.
ISN'T IT A SWEET LITTLE BIRDYHOUSE? I WON'T SHOW
IT IN MY GARDEN UNTIL THE FLOWERS ARE BLOOMING
AND WHERE I LIVE, IT WILL BE A WHILE! lol

SIDE VIEW

THE BACK LOOKS LIKE IT HAS A CHIMNEY.

AND SWEET BETTY TUCKED IN ONE OF HER HANDMADE
DISH CLOTHS FOR ME. I TOLD HER IT'S ALMOST
TOO PRETTY TO USE BUT I WILL DEFINITELY USE IT.
THANK YOU BETTY!

I'M HOPING TO FINISH THE HAND QUILTING ON MY
GRAPE BASKET QUILT TODAY AND THEN I HAVE TO BIND
IT. I SEW IT ON BY MACHINE AND HAND SEW TO THE BACK
SO I MAY NOT GET IT COMPLETELY DONE UNTIL
SOME TIME TOMORROW. I'VE BEEN WORKING ON
GETTING PICTURES IN THE ALBUM ON MY PT TOO BUT
YOU CAN'T GET IN THERE YET. I KNOW, I'M A BIG TEASE!
IT WILL BE OPEN SOON, I PROMISE. I HAVE A FEW MORE
PICS TO TAKE. ENJOY THE DAY.

UNTIL NEXT TIME....LORI