Saturday, April 7, 2012

love the WestJet comercial!

It was so cute--hopefully people saw the end where it said "happy April Fool's day"
Was taking my Mom to get a hair cut yesterday, had the wheel chair, but she wanted the walker. Bad idea! After taking about 4 or 5 steps (I went to open the door) she toppled over backwards, just as if a strong wind had pushed her. Thankfully no major injuries! Several kind people rushed to help including a woman who went to her car and got a big golf umbrella to shield us from the sun until the para-medics came. They bandaged her elbow, where she split the skin. He had a lump on her head, but the skin wasn't broken, so she decided she wanted to go back home. I don't blame her!
My brother took a turn for the worse last evening, was taken to ICU and is on full oxygen. He is now stable, and they are trying to see if he can get a CAT scan. Hopefully the oxygen will stabalize him enough to get him to the Miami hospital. Evidently their oncology unit is bigger and better.
I have a pound cake in the oven, and am trying to think "Easter". The weather today is lovely, sunny but still cool air. Have invited a few friends over for dinner tomorrow, and DH and I will go to church in the morning. Mom doesn't want to go, and after yesterday I'm not going to insist. Whew!
Happy Easter/blessed passover to all.
Sara in Fla.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Greetings from Alabama

Note that pink is NOT one of my favorite colors, but nature seemed to be flaunting it today...
I had the day off for Good Friday, and chose to spend some of it in the Botanical Gardens. The tulips, daffodils, and dogwoods are already gone, and the irises are past their prime. The azaleas are in full bloom, and the day is gorgeous!
I also got a shot of the water lilies that I thought was exceptionally lovely. Y'all enjoy!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Give the lady a medal !!

Wow Doris....I am impressed. I had a new oven last year and it's as much as I can do to cope with that. Well done for keeping up with technology. If progress was left to me, I'd still be living in a cave and cooking over an open fire...


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

checking in

It has been a while since I've posted...

Today at quilt guild, we had a wonderful program presentation from Suzi Parron on the Barn Quilts Trail I bought an autographed copy of her book, and think it will be a delightful read. There are pictures of a lot of the barn quilts we saw in today's presentation, the stories that go with them, and no patterns to feel guilty about not making. ;o) She told us there is a really nice quilt trail in Ontario, Canada, too! Rosey P., do you know anything about that one?

A few technology changes around our house in the past month, also:

Brave new world #1) Big changes in our house a couple of weeks ago --- we finally have another option for internet/cable TV provider in our area. Competition! Yay! We took that opportunity to ditch the cableTV company we've been stuck with for decades and their lousy customer service. There is a bit of a learning curve but so far, so good. DH is in heaven, because this new provider has five or six different Masters-dedicated TV channels covering The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia, this week. LOL The man is in heaven.

Brave new world #2) I also bought a Kindle last month. I first ordered the Kindle Touch, had it a week and decided that was not a good match for me. I returned it and got their current basic entry level Kindle 4, and really really like it. I resisted getting a Kindle for years, as I always felt quite married to real books. I finally decided I no longer want to lug around the weight and give up the suitcase space when we go on trips. Oh my . . . I am quite hooked on this Kindle thing! It is so light, takes up so little space, and it is soooo easy (ack!) to buy books and ... !voila! ... they are downloaded in a minute to my Kindle.

Brave new world #3) Our microwave oven died. Well, it is as old as the house (25 - 26 y/o) but it is part of a double wall-oven built-in unit, with the conventional oven below. So . . . we'll have to buy an entire new unit. Argh. The cooktop in the kitchen island is the same age, and perhaps we should replace it as well. I bought a countertop microwave at Sears for the meantine, and ohmygosh! that thing is a lot more powerful than the old one in the wall. DH and I are having to learn new times and power levels for heating things up. We love that it has a built-in spinner (don't know what you call it) which is so much easier than the one we have to wind up every week for our old microwave.

Finally, our local TV station was talking about this commercial (copy & paste the link) on Monday morning. Apparently it was filmed and aired on Sunday, April 1, as an April Fool's joke. It is really LOL cute!!! I have watched it two or three times, and catch something new each time I watch.

Must go .... I'm sending hugs to everyone!

Monday, April 2, 2012

life is full of changes

I was very interested in the around the world yacht racing. Yesterday I read in the paper that several crew members had to be rescued by the Coast Guard, off of San Francisco, Ca. due to high surf swamping a yacht. There was not much more info. I hope they were able to get the yacht to land.
Funny how things change with a phone call, or e mail.
My brother E mailed me last night that he wasn't feeling well, no energy, having bruising on his legs, nose bleeding, etc. This had been going on for a week. This morning I got an early phone call that he was in the hospital having tests run, and had been there all night. About 1:00 PM he called me (still in the ER) and asked me to come down and get Mom as he might be in the hospital for a month or more getting chemo. He has been diagnosed with Leukemia.
He is in pain in the hip area, hopefully by this writing he has gotten more pain med that he had before and also a room.
So, I'm driving to West Palm Beach, Fla. tomorrow to spend one night and get my Mom to bring her here. Will have to get hold of the hospice social worker who coordinates her care in the home. Hopefully will be able to switch things here without trouble, and continue here care.
My brother is the quiet, thoughtful type, he has been taking care of Mom, and before that my Dad until he died. I'll have to step up to the plate, so to speak.
So, no quilting for me any time soon.
Sara in Fla.