Saturday, October 2, 2010

Big adventure

The pumpkins have appeared at every grocery store and halloween candy is  everywhere you look. Some people look to the weather to tell them fall is here, I can tell by the candy aisle. LOL

I  recently finished a sweater for my youngest and sent it off to her at school. She told me that she wore it twice this week and that she loves it. It is mustard colored, not a color I would have picked out, but she did pick it out and she loves it. I have to admit it grew on me while I was working on it. I  had her older sister try it on before I sent it and she threatened to take the sweater home with her. Maybe I will have to knit another one.

DD#1  let the sweater go when I gave her the pillow I had finished for her. She told me that she loved it and was going to use it all year. Maybe she will change her mind after she has it a while.

I finished my Snowbound block. I still haven't started on the pieced blocks. Oh well, I wouldn't want to be all caught up... what would I do then???

I had a great adventure this week!  To start at the niece called me around 11:30pm on Wed. night. My Dad had fallen and could not get up. The paramedics were on the way. I met him at the ER. Now Dad had been to the DR the last week because he was having back pain. He got pain pills and muscle relaxers. It seems he got a little loopy ( my niece's medical term) from the pain pills and he attempted to sit on the end of his bed and he missed and landed on the floor.  After most of the night in the ER the diagnosis: a compression fracture in his lower back and a bladder infection. He was admitted to the hospital.

The adventure continues the next day. My nephew got a dog, and of course he isn't around right now to take care of her. My niece is handicapped and while she can walk with crutches she has poor trunk strength. So walking a big, untrained dog not so good.   As soon as I woke up Thursday I went out to walk the dog. I was playing with her  in the yard when my niece came outside and locked us out of the house.  We checked with the neighbors and no one had a key. My aunt, who does have a key ,had just teed off in a golf outing.  I formulated a plan. My niece looked at me and said, "I don't think that is a good plan". I said, "I know, but we gotta get back in".   So I opened up my Dad's extension ladder and after it fell on me and bruised my shoulder, I managed to get it up against the house. I climbed to the second story outside my Dad's bedroom window. I unscrewed the plexiglass frame that surrounds the window A/C. I tried to lift the A/C and found I couldn't do it while balancing on the ladder. Did I mention that I am a klutz? Well consider it mentioned.
Sooo I stood on the 4" window ledge and stuck my leg into the room over the top of the A/C and lowered myself down. These crazy windows are 4 feet up off the floor. Lucky for me there is a cedar chest under the window. I made it! My muscles were trembling and I was sweating, but I was in. Of course I had to go back up the ladder and replace the plexi- frame and screw it back in.  Then took my niece to her meeting, visited my Mom ( resides in Alzheimers facility), then my Dad in the hospital. I went to sleep really early that night.
Dad is still in the hospital, friends and neighbors are helping walk the dog and I keep my keys with me!!

Happy stitching everyone.


  1. You're braver than I'd never catch me on a ladder up to the second story AND trying to haul an air conditioner out of a window! I hope your dad is okay, that's a little scary. The sweater is great, the pillow is fantastic and the snowbound block is super cute, too

  2. I love your Snowbound block, the next one is out in a few days! More fun! I love the sweater, not my color exactly but I love the style. It is really cute! The owl pillow turned out sew cute, too. I'm glad both girls are happy with their new treasures. You did have an adventure. I once had to climb into my ex's third story office window and I'm afraid of heights. I only did it once, couldn't get me to do it again. Hope your Dad is feeling better soon!

  3. Well, this old lady has had similar experiences, except I didn't have to climb a ladder into a second story. You might want to put a key in a baby food jar and bury it somewhere, unless you have a neighbor you would trust with a key to your house. I do have such a neighbor, thank goodness! I put the key in an envelope, wrote my name on it, and covered it over with clear packing tape. That was neighbor's request so that in the event I needed the key back to get in my own house, I could tell that they had not used the key to get in my house. We've had to go through that procedure twice! I was really glad they had a key. I need to bury one, because they are gone sometimes, and I'd be out of luck --- I mean out of my house! Not a good thing!
    All your handiwork is great, especially that sweater! Hope things go better for all of you in the coming days! ---"Love"

  4. Oh my word that is just too much excitement for one day! I hopr you and your dad are feeling better soon. The fracture sounds nasty. The pillow and cardigan look terrific. Ann :-)

  5. What an adventure!! Sorry to hear about your dad...I hope he recovers quickly;) My mom locked the keys ...the regular AND THE SPARE in the car when we were headed north....60 miles from nowhere at a rest stop. We called the roadside assistance line...they couldn't tell where we were!! Luckily, there was a woman working there that had experience in getting people back in their cars...she was a godsend!! I hugged her, and then made mom give me the spare key to carry the rest of the trip!! LOL
    Happy Quilting!!

  6. Do you remember the "Perils of Pauline"? How about her cousin "Beth's Bodacious Bungles", LOL (best I could do)! Your projects are really cute. Hope your Dad is doing better!


  7. Oh! My Gosh!! Thank goodness you didn't fall from the 2nd story! I think Love has a good idea about keys.