dragonsinger: (weasleytasticsleeve)
Have been spending the last week and a half working and getting together several projects.  A friend asked me to make a baby blanket for their grandson - Yellow border, Dark blue center and athe word NAVY in yellow in the center.  The mom was in the Navy and the dad still is.  Graphed out a project for my walking partner's grandson and up to 130 mini cauldrons for the OKC Yule Ball. 

Joe and I have also been fighting colds and trying to avoid the 'he gave it to me/igave it to him/he gave.." merrygoround.  So for so good but it did halt the walking for a bit and with the cold temps and the holidays, Maria and I put are taking a few weeks off till after New Years.  Going to see what the temps do after the holidays to figure when we can start back up again.

Managed to actually get some cards mailed out this year, first year I have in a few.

AND, for the first time since we moved here, Joe has enough days off that we can actually do something for the holidays and so when I get off work today, we're heading to Bucyrus Ohio to visit his mom and siblings (4 out fo 5, #5 lives in Lubbock, TX) for Christmas.  While I've been able to go back and see my mom (and dad before he died) since we've moved to Oklahoma, Joe hasn't been able to and hasn't seen his mom since our wedding 6 1/2 years ago.  So off we go.  14.5 hour drive should arrive early morning tomorrow.  Plans are for everyone to gather at one of his brothers for Christmas dinner. 

Managed to find some small gifts for his siblings and their spouses to take with us and last night finished an afghan for his mother (did I mention I didn't hink of doing it till after we decided for sure we were going this Saturday???)  Since mom doesn't even have a computer, I'll probably be offline till we get back sometime Sunday unless I can pick up wireless somewhere.  So....

From Joe and I, we wish you the most wonderful Christmas/Yule and until then, perhaps I should light the tree so you can enjoy that while I'm gone???  


MERRY CHRISTMAS!



dragonsinger: (blackrose)
... that as of today it has been a year.  The seasons still change.  The sun still rises and sets.  The moon still follows it cycle and lights the night sky.  And he's been gone a year.  Some days its not hard at all.  Some days, a simple thing brings a memory and I laugh or cry or both.   In that year, the family has gone on and supported each other through it all.  But no matter what, you're missed.

I love you, Dad.

dragonsinger: (growup molly)
Yesterday was Joe's one day off this week and we needed to go to Tulsa to pick up two books he needs for church.  On the way, we stopped at a car show and spent some time admiring some of the great vehicles on display. 

16 Days

May. 27th, 2007 10:20 pm
dragonsinger: (blackrose)
and
5,367.3 miles
and
13 states (Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Oklahoma)
and
11 Interstate Highways (I-630, I-30, I-40, I-65, I-64, I-81, I-24, I-59, I-10, I-78, I-287)
and
1 Graduation, 1 Conference, 1 Funeral
and
1 catalytic converter

Later

I am home.
dragonsinger: (mariuspontalbon)
Currently spending what's left of the night in Cleveland TN on way to NOLA

Of course, it's been busy here with Jonathan's graduation Friday night, Dad's Memorial Mass Saturday night, Mother's Day Sunday.  While we thought yesterday would just be somewhat laid back and a couple of local errands, Mom and I ended up picking up my one daughter, Eileen at her work (Covington Walmart) to head for Lewisburg WV Walmart for yarn.  I ran out of carrot for the Mollys I'm working on and her store was out of it.  They had it so we went.  Mom treated us to dinner at Bob Evans and then we just did the shopping we needed or wanted to do before heading back home last night.

Along with that, a few photos under the cut to show you how I've filled my time since arriving here Friday morning. 
dragonsinger: (blackrose)

Well, here I am currently in Virginia on Saturday morning.  Left Oklahoma at about 1 p.m. (Central time) and it was not too bad a drive…. Long but not bad.  Had a nice dinner with Kelly from Fangirlish in Memphis at Cracker Barrel – thanks, Kelly and see you Thursday !!!!!  By the way did you know there is not one nor two exit 12’s off I 40 in Memphis but FOUR????!!!  O_O  Yep.  Four 12 a – White Sta. Road;  12b – Sam Cooper Blvd; 12 c – I 40 (yea just add to the confusion people lol) and 12 which was the one I wanted in the first place but had to drive in circles on the others before I finally figured out how their four exit 12’s worked :D 

Arrived at my mom’s at around 10ish Friday morning.  Thought I’d take a nap but didn’t really happen.  However, some lunch, hot shower, crochet on some molly sleeves and I was feeling pretty decent.  Which meant time to head up to DSLCC for the graduation ceremony.  Arrived early to save seats and of course, since I was sitting there any way, packed a small tote with camera, wallet, skein of yarn and hook!  Between waiting to start and listening to speeches, I got the back panel of one Molly over half done!!!

Love the fact the ceremony opened and closed with the faculty and grads being led in and out by the Virginia Highland Pipe and Drum Brigade!  Bagpipes!!!

 

Yesterday, a friend from Richmond came in to see Mom and I and attended a mass at Mom’s church in Dad’s memory.  It went well.

My kids took us both out for Mother's Day today and then a trip to Walmart where I picked up more Molly yarn *coughcoughnoShaenotaddictedcoughcough*

Tomorrow is errands and Hoping to post some pics of the graduation.


PR in three days :D
Miss u all
dragonsinger: (evile crochet)
From this to this:

Work:
Run and fold Sunday's bulletins
Send email about newsletter articles

TLC:
Training transcription

PR and post PR
Work on two six molly sweaters
Kelly's mask

Around here:
Laundry on Wednesday
Finish packing for the 3 trips in one
Load car
Wait for phone call from Patriot's Point museum

Oh, and in case you're wondering if I forgot I crossed off the two molly's as done... yea  I did cross them off


......then started two more :D  And lined up 4 more besides to do :D


dragonsinger: (Default)
.........that I actually have made progress on this list.....

and further edited on late Saturday night with more progress made!!!!

Well, hit the ground running once I got back home last Thursday and in that time,

At work I have
Completed, printed, collated, folded and mailed newsletter (with hubby help last Saturday, thank you Joe :))
Updated info in bulletins through end of May
Printed and folded last Sunday's bulletins
Printed this Sunday's bulletins

Folded this Sunday's bulletins

On the PR front, I have
swap done
ATC done
Secret Project done
Only about 4 rows left on two sets of molly sleeves. Then assemble and trim.  See below :D
[info]jewells68
Julia's business cards designed just need to print out :D

Advertising cards for the RP site I'm on 1/4 printed out will finish
Make mask for Lizzie
Still have to plot out my Anne Rice sites on the blown up map of the quarter I made. Can do that while printing out stuff at work
Print out handouts for RP roundtable discussion
And still have to make signs.
Everything that's ready is packed and stacked to be loaded in car.
Oh and that triangle shawl I started though that and sweater trim can be on the road projects.
Still need to do my piece of the Pontalbon project.

Plus stuff around here that has to be done yet.
Vacuum
Strip beds
Get oil change on car

Still doing laundry but last load now in dryer (Argh! and will still have to do some before last packing wednesday ^_-)
Trunk of car sorted out from this trip.
Redid obituary for New Jersey paper and waiting for Mom to check it over.  Fax or Email to paper
Still need to clean out cars and clean windows
Wash cars
Finish packing for 3 trips in one - graduation, nola, New Jersey for interment service.



dragonsinger: (crochet attitude)
.........that I actually have made progress on this list.....

and further edited on late Saturday night with more progress made!!!!

Well, hit the ground running once I got back home last Thursday and in that time,

At work I have
Completed, printed, collated, folded and mailed newsletter (with hubby help last Saturday, thank you Joe :))
Updated info in bulletins through end of May
Printed and folded last Sunday's bulletins
Printed this Sunday's bulletins

Folded this Sunday's bulletins

On the PR front, I have
swap done
ATC done
Secret Project done
Only about 4 rows left on two sets of molly sleeves. Then assemble and trim.
[info]jewells68
Julia's business cards designed just need to print out :D

Advertising cards for the RP site I'm on 1/4 printed out will finish
Make mask for Lizzie
Still have to plot out my Anne Rice sites on the blown up map of the quarter I made. Can do that while printing out stuff at work
And still have to make signs.
Everything that's ready is packed and stacked to be loaded in car.
Oh and that triangle shawl I started though that and sweater trim can be on the road projects.
Still need to do my piece of the Pontalbon project.

Plus stuff around here that has to be done yet.
Vacuum
Strip beds
Get oil change on car

Still doing laundry but last load now in dryer (Argh! and will still have to do some before last packing wednesday ^_-)
Trunk of car sorted out from this trip.
Redid obituary for New Jersey paper and waiting for Mom to check it over.
Still need to clean out cars and clean windows
Wash cars
Finish packing for 3 trips in one - graduation, nola, New Jersey for interment service.

*sigh*

Oh and there is a chance we might be moving week of June 6th. Yeaaaaaaaaaaa Timing is everything.
dragonsinger: (Molly day)
Well, hit the ground running once I got back home last Thursday and in that time,

At work I have
Completed, printed, collated, folded and mailed newsletter (with hubby help last Saturday, thank you Joe :))
Updated info in bulletins through end of May
Printed and folded last Sunday's bulletins
Printed this Sunday's bulletins


On the PR front, I have
swap done
ATC done
Secret Project done
Only about 4 rows left on two sets of molly sleeves.  Then assemble and trim.
[profile] jewells68's business cards designed just need to print out :D
Advertising cards for the RP site I'm on 1/4 printed out will finish
Still have to plot out my Anne Rice sites on the blown up map of the quarter I made.  Can do that while printing out stuff at work
And still have to make signs.
Everything that's ready is packed and stacked to be loaded in car.
Oh and that triangle shawl I started though that and sweater trim can be on the road projects.
Still need to do my piece of the Pontalbon project.

Plus stuff around here that has to be done yet.
Vacuum
Strip beds
Get oil change on car
Still doing laundry but last load now in dryer (Argh! and will still have to do some before last packing wednesday ^_-)
Trunk of car sorted out from this trip.
Redid obituary for New Jersey paper and waiting for Mom to check it over.
Still need to clean out cars and clean windows
Wash cars
Finish packing for 3 trips in one - graduation, nola, New Jersey for interment service.

*sigh*

Oh and there is a chance we might be moving week of June 6th.  Yeaaaaaaaaaaa Timing is everything. 
dragonsinger: (marius sad)
Yesterday morning, quietly, peacefully and as painlessly as was possible, my father left this world for one where he can now breathe freely and be active like he once was.

Dad was 82 and if he had lived, he and mom would have been married 58 years in June.  He loved his family and we are all the better for his having lived.

It's hard but it was much harder seeing him last week become something he never wanted to be a full invalid.  Dad's free now and someday we will see him again.

I love you Dad.
dragonsinger: (Molly day)
Still in Virginia, at DSLCC again today.  Hospice to come by mom's around 1:30ish and this morning dad actually said he would let them bathe him so we shall see.  He's about the same....though its small changes each day that remind you he's not getting better. 

Not getting out of bed at all since Wednesday.  Today asked for his coffee in a plastic mug mom had as the ceramic one he's always used became too heavy for him to hold.  All we can do is make him comfortable, love him....and wait.

Still planning to head for home around 3 ish (EST) tomorrow.  Spent last night on the mollys again

So far have 2 back finished, the both front panels to one and one front panel to the second one. 

My eldest is coming over from Roanoke when she gets off work today to spend time with him and I'll get to see her too.

Miss you all
dragonsinger: (Lady Mpontalbon)
... for my wireless connection today.  DSLCC.  It's where I attended and got my AAS in Business Mgmt in 1991 before going on for my BA elsewhere.  And where my son is graduating in May.

Met some of his friends who are really cool and into things I am too.  HP, Anne Rice, music wise.  And they now think he has a really cool mom :D

Dad's about the same.....  though he did sleep through most of the night which was good for mom as it mean't she got to as well.  Still planning on heading back home Saturday afternoon if nothing happens by then.

Have taken pics of coffee shop, Jonathan playing vid games here, Lady M at the coffee shop and here.  The crocheting I've gotten done........... and when I went to upload them this afternoon found out I had the cord to my old camera not this nice new one.  The cord for this is hanging out of the computer at home ^_-  So much for that but will post photos upon return home. 

However, have finished the last of 200 Ashies...did 40 since arriving here.  Finished the back to one Molly and half of a second back.  Will be working on that when I get back to mom's. 

Miss you all
dragonsinger: (marius sad)
*stares and reads comments over past two days and mutters "In public cafe will not cry" over and over and over*

So far I'm not...but it was amazing to log on and see all these wishes. It means alot ...

Dad's eating very little, mostly soft, but you can see how hard he has to work to breathe. If nothing happens by Saturday, I'll return home and come back May 10th as planned (son gets AAS on 11th) prior to Phoenix Rising. Then down to NOLA. If anything happens between now and then, Mom plans for us to go after PR (will come back here) to take ashes to NJ for interment in family plot. Otherwise, I will return again after May.

There is nothing more doctor can do for him. Anything would be prolonging and he does not want that. Yesterday, he did not want to be 'touched'. He let mom brush his hair but 'grumbled'. He can speak one or two words before becoming winded again.

Hospice coming in to change bandage on small sore on his back and I'm up at the wireless coffee shop in Covington, VA about 13 mi from there apartment to catch up emails and check in.

Thank you all so much for the encouragement here.

Been reading flist and commenting where I can and miss you all
dragonsinger: (Default)
I logged on this morning after arriving in Virginia and was surprised at the comments... Not that you all would not make them just people I never knew read my LJ ............. It was very very welcome after driving 16-17 hours.

It is easier time wise for me as I am in an internet cafe about 13 miles from my parents' apartment to just answer them all here instead of all of them individually !  So many and such a support to me right now.

As for Dad, he's about the same as when I left Oklahoma 3:15 pm CST yesterday.  Arrived here in Virginia at 10 a.m. Too early for him to be surprised (that's what he'll be told, I just felt like surprising him.  He's not aware quite how bad it is.)   So have met kids at a internet coffee shop and we're having a breakfast, lunch??????????  hmmm not sure what meal I'm up to now :D Lol 

Will be here till at least Saturday and if no change will head back home until May when I was coming anyway. 

Will update as soon as I can/have something

Hugs and love and many thanks to all of you! 
dragonsinger: (marius sad)
There's a section in the bible that goes "For everything there is a season...."

My father's season is about to end.
Some of you already know that my father suffers from emphysema and has been on oxygen 24/7 since 1997. A week and a half ago, he was placed in hospice.

Last night he had a very bad night and my daughter called to say that if I wanted a chance to see him I need to come in.. I'm leaving shortly for Virginia and will be on the road 20 hrs to get there.

I will be taking my laptop and logging in when I can... Touching base with you all will help me remain 'calm' and keep me occupied when I am alone with my thoughts.

NOW for the public service announcement

My dad began smoking at 14 years old. In 1993, at age 67, the doctor told him he had a spot on his lungs of emphysema but if he quit smoking then, it would not develop much farther. My father's reply was "I don't want to."

By 1997 he was on oxygen 24/7, down to 93 lbs. and unable to do many things he did before. Dad's weight never has gone back up over 114 and he's never been without his oxygen tank since. He slowly got to the point he did not have enough strength or lungs/air to walk 50 feet or to drive his car.

If you are now smoking please think of this. This was not what dad envisioned for his later years. Nor did we his child and his grandchildren and wife.

Think twice ... I have.
dragonsinger: (crochet attitude)
Spent a crafty celtic weekend at home.  Yesterday, Joe and I made colcannon and some corned beef for our dinner and as we worked on various crafts together, watched several Irish movies along with Best of Riverdance and another one called Dancing on Dangerous Ground. 

Earlier in the week, I completed a Gryffindor Dragon for a HP Crafts swap I was in.  He should be arriving at his new home in the next day or two. 


Also managed to get quite a bit done on the PR secret project that [profile] ofenjen and I are working on.  Perhaps another hint? :D


As well as birthing another 100 streelers and now we have 200 all happy healthy with eyes and antenna fully developed all ready to attach themselves to loving caregivers at PR.  Have another 100 or so that will be born soon as well.

Now getting ready to start a shawl for PR...found this fun yarn at Dollar Tree and thinking of doing shell stitch on the diagonal.

Sláinte

Mar. 17th, 2007 11:47 am
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dragonsinger: (Lady Mpontalbon)
Ok, went to Walmart this afternoon and detoured into the Dollar Tree near there. Had not been into Dollar Tree in a while so found a lot of new things... including these goodies for my House uniform.

The beret was found at Walmart marked down to $3 too :D


Pontalbon Accessories for Stylin' n profilin' )

The packet holds 5 of those bracelets that you snap and light up in the color shown. Not sure what I'll do with the glass stones but maybe decorate a photo frame for a shot of some of my friends. And the ribbon rosettes, not sure what I'll do with them but will find something :D

Also found a basket done in Ravenclaw colors for hubby :D

Ravenclaw )

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