Archive for October, 2007

This is a really neat pillow that I think I must have made with my eyes closed, only because of the way it turned out. It wasn’t supposed to be a roll, but ended up that way. I decided to leave it and let it be whatever it was. The part I really like is the old hand embroidered tea linen and the pink tatted lace, a gift from years ago, shared with me by my friend Angela. You’ll notice a lot of flaws in this and though I tend to be a perfectionist, in this case I think they are a nice touch.
The criss-crossed fabric is poly/cotton sheen, and the striped is cotton ticking. In the top photo, you’ll see satin ribbon on either side of the linen. It’s just some I had lying around and was just right for this project.
I’ve used this pillow as a “huggie” pillow at night, a knee pillow when my knee was injured and even a neck pillow for reading. Yep, strange design but thoroughly functional and decorative! By the way, no zippers or buttons, it is all sewn, so if it gets dirty I have to spot wash it.

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A miracle

Peggy and Bob

My mom has been on dialysis since the early part of September. Today we learned that her kidney is working at 31%. This is her only working kidney and she is 84 years old. She will be allowed to go without dialysis for as long as she can. God is good.

Now back back to the focus of this blog! I will try not to veer off the path too much!

Thanks for the prayers!

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Tough times

Dear Readers,

I haven’t written in several weeks due to traveling from Savannah to Newnan to see about my mom. Mom has been in a gauntlet of medical care, from triage to dialysis, ICU, physical rehab, and now back to ICU where she sleeps tonight.

I’m the baby of mom and dad’s four kids. Mom is 84 and is the strongest woman I know. She is also a Christian, and is loved by many. She’s been mom to many of our friends throughout the years. She is a sister and wife, friend and confidant.

The past several weeks are a blur, and I don’t really recall how many times I’ve traveled back and forth. I think it has been three, but never enough, as long as mom is ill. I want to be there 24 / 7.

Mom and dad have been married for 64 years. These two are the talk of at least two hospitals, as dad refused to leave her side. He stayed for fifteen days in the first hospital, sleeping first in a chair then on a cot. He is 82. I saw more than one nurse wipe a tear from her eye having witnessed his dedication to his precious Peggy.

I left Newnan this past Monday, Oct 15, to return to Savannah. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Mom was in the ER, dad by her side. She was struggling to breathe and his eyes were red from crying. I was there less than two minutes as I didn’t want to put dad in the position of having to comfort me. It is simply more than my heart could hold.

Today’s telephoned report from my sister reveals a slight recovery mixed with a new challenge for mom to overcome.

I found Psalm 17 to be of comfort. I believe it to be my mom’s prayer to God. You can find it here in a contemporary version. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=PSALM%2017;&version=46;

Please keep Peggy Deaton and Bob Deaton in your prayers, and God Bless.

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This is a quilted duffle bag I made, and boy howdy is it ever big! It is
22 inches long and 11 inches wide. I love this fabric because of the whimsical pattern with teapots, hearts and all. It is so cheerful! BUT I have decided I don’t really need a bag this large, so I’m selling it on eBay. Listing # 290167647234 will run until it is sold. Check it out and bid if you like it, it may not last! I’ll miss my fun ME bag, but I’m going to make a smaller one just like it!

This will give you an idea of how big the bag is… in the picture below, I have placed a pillow in it. Note “placed”. It is not stuffed in, and it is a standard sized pillow. This would be perfect for a cheerleader, gymnast or dancer to haul all of the equipment needed for those activities. Even a new mom could use it to carry baby’s blankets and toys from one place to another. Here at the Empty Nest we’re done with all that, at least till the baby birds start flying in! We’re told it’s no time soon, so we’ll part with goodies like this and make more if needed later! This bag was a delight to make. The ME fabric just makes you happy!

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