home for the winter

I can’t believe I haven’t posted in over two weeks.

There has been a lot going on. 




Descent into Baltimore.

My trip home from Texas last Tuesday (the 10th) was an easy one, aside from the 3:30 AM start at the Austin airport and a pathetic lack of coffee.  I do love those early flights, though.  I was in Rhode Island at noon, hugging Banjo Man and wondering where to go for lunch.



Block Island, Rhode Island.

The next day I visited with my mother, unpacked one little suitcase and headed north with my sewing machine to see what it would cost to repair.  There were a number of things wrong with it, but the major issue was its inability to wind bobbins.

Guess what happened!


Yes, after more than a year of agonizing and shopping and researching and saving and selling stuff on Ebay, I bought my new dream machine!  The Quilt Show Special (more about the quilt show in another post) gave me a great price and included a sewing table.

What more could I ask for?

The next day was spent with my mother with her doctor and then the ER.  Complications from a stomach bug led us to get help, but that hospital visit didn’t help.  Sunday she was taken by ambulance to the ER and thank goodness this time we got some answers.  After 8 hours in the ER she was admitted to the hospital.  She was there for three nights and is now in rehab getting her feet back under her and growing stronger.  The rehab place is lovely and right here in town so I am able to be there easily and pop in and out.

Needless to say, the new sewing machine remained in its box for many days!  I have tried winding a bobbin and threading the machine, but that’s about it.  But I have all winter, so I’m not complaining!  It is great fun to look at it sitting here on the dining room table.  It will go into its new table in my office soon and I plan to finish some projects and create a few more quilts this winter.

Banjo Man and daughter Nancy put the new table together on Sunday while I was with Mom at the ER.  It’s perfect.

I finally unpacked my giant suitcase two days ago.  I’m still doing laundry, in between trips to town.  I’m so glad Mom is out of the hospital–such a stressful, exhausting place!—and is now getting specialized care.  The goal is to get her back to her assisted living apartment and we are all cheering her on.

Time to head to town and check up on her…but I will post again tomorrow and get back in the groove!







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3 Responses to home for the winter

  1. Ellie says:

    Sending warm loving hugs to your mother. She is blessed to have you , as her daughter. The TLC she is getting, I would think she will be back in her own apartment soon.
    What fun you will have this winter with your new machine! I hope in your next post we see a picture of it. 😘

  2. Phyllis Nolan says:

    Love and warm hugs to Ottis. She is a trooper and I hope she will be back in her own apartment very soon.

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