Friday, September 15, 2006

Lots of stitching and more bad news

Here's a quick stitch of a Stanley Steamer.
My mom's favorite cat a Siamese.
Sleeping Beauty, the third square I've stitched for the Disney Quilt I promised OECS.
A really tiny beagle.
My Christmas Pear from Needlepoint inc. This came from Just Cross Stitch's Ornament mag last year. I actually stitched this a bit back. But blogger will only allow a certian amount of pictures.

The good news is I got all this done in the two weeks since my last post. The bad news was I fully intended to put an entry in last week till I got the phone call that shocked me. There was another wake and burial to attend. I was at work and got the phone that my friend and fellow Rolling Thunder member Pam had died from a massive stroke. I went straight from work to the wake up in Lee, New Hampshire and had to be escorted to the casket by two other members (also friends). I don't like to go to the casket by myself, but it's something I always have to do if it's possible. Makes the closure more complete I guess or it's more a thing of really knowing that that person is gone. The make-up wasnt done right in my opinion. But that's beside the point. Though it did shock me a little to see the two framed collages of pictures and was able to point out one with me in it and the second one I was in was also in a seperate frame close to the casket. Since my DH and I found out so late we were only able to attend the wake and not the funeral later in the evening since he still had to be at work by 11pm. Which was probably a good thing, I wouldn't've been able to get through that one too well.
We buried her this past Wednesday at the Veteran's Cemetary in Boscowan (sp), New Hampshire up near Concord. (She was retired Army) We did her proud. Her last ride was in her parents trike with about 48 motorcycles and 20 vechiles following. I did pretty well till I heard the Taps. then totally lost it when the folded flag was presented to her mother. The cemetary is very pretty and she's in good company.
I don't know how much more of this I can take. I hadn't been home long before checking my messages on the machine and finding one from MIL saying she was in the hospital. She has heart problems and has many screens and stuff near her heart and kidneys to keep the blood clots from getting to them. Gram's slid a few more feet downhill, and got news that my brother is having problems again.

Now that's off my chest. I'll try and answer some questions from the last round of comments..

Carol: Fairy Flora hasn't gotten any more done, and so none of my other big pieces either. My floor frame isn't holding the scrolls properly and that makes it very tiresome to try and stitch, and with my back the way it is I don't think I can go back to being curled up with it balancing on my knees. Trying to get a friend of mine over to see if he can figure out what it could be but his schedule is almost as bad as mine. But till I can see if someone can fix it or can afford another I'm not sure when I'll be able to work on them again.

Von: I didn't know that Victoria sampler had the nun stitch till you suggested it. I looked and it does have it, though it took a bit of looking to find it. Had no idea what type to look under so I just clicked on them all. That was what I did. But there was times when I'm not sure especially when the corners came about......

Thanks to all of you for the wonderful comments on my last pieces. And the back is so far behaving itself. (cross fingers and hopes it stays that way for awhile)

Currently reading: Squire Throwleigh's Heir by Michael Jecks
Currently Stitching: Tall Ship #3
Currently Listening to: Gretchen Wilson


Blogger Carol said...

Oh Amanda! I am so sorry to hear about Pam. There are no words - how very sad {{{hugs}}}

I understand about Fairy Flora - her size makes her a little tricky to work on! I used a large Q-Snap and then bought extenders to make it even larger near the end there.

Friday, September 15, 2006 5:36:00 PM  
Blogger AnneS said...

So very sorry to hear about Pam passing ... and very sorry for your loss {hugs}.

Saturday, September 16, 2006 12:53:00 AM  
Blogger zoeandcooper said...

I am sorry to hear about your loss.

All your pieces look wonderful. I love the little siamese cat. It is also cool that you are reading a Michael Jecks book. I really enjoy that series:)

Saturday, September 16, 2006 10:03:00 AM  
Blogger Lili said...

Oh Amanda,
Looks like this year is being hard on you... My thoughts are for Pam's loved ones, and for you especially.
Your charity stitching is just lovely, and in the middle of all those losses and difficulties, you still find time for the others. You really are a very special person.
Take care, Amanda. Things will improve sooner or later...

Monday, September 18, 2006 2:13:00 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

I'm so sorry - what a terrible shock. I hope that her friends and family will all be able to help each other through the loss.

Sending you hugs and support.

Monday, September 18, 2006 11:19:00 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

Wow, I'm so sorry to hear about all the bad news and the loss of your friend. I hope things look up soon! Take care.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006 2:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Coral said...

Hi Amanda, I am sorry for your loss of Pam.

A tip for your back. Before getting out of bed each morning do some stretches, they take less than a minute, 1. Bring knees up, feet flat on bed, drop kness to right, feel the stretch, and wait for the tightness to relax out. Do the same on the left. 2. bring knees to the chin and hug the legs in, it pulls out the other tightness.

It will help a lot, promise.

Thursday, September 21, 2006 9:16:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Amanda, I'm sorry to hear about your friend. I hope your MIL and brother get better soon.

On a brighter note, I love the pieces you have stitched. I remember the pear in last year's issue but we didn't stitch it in my ornanment finishing class. It is really cute though. Keep up the great work stitching. I hope your back feels better soon!

Thursday, September 21, 2006 11:18:00 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

So sorry to here your sad news hun.

The stitching loks great as always.

Hugs xxxxx

Saturday, September 23, 2006 9:12:00 AM  
Blogger Singular Stitches said...

I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your firend.


Saturday, September 23, 2006 1:40:00 PM  
Blogger Von said...

I'm so sorry you've lost a friend. It's hard to work through the grief.
Prayers for your family members to regain their health. Take care. {{{Amanda}}}

Monday, September 25, 2006 6:10:00 PM  

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