So, I've been away from the blog again. Seems to be an unfortunate pattern! No sewing has been happening either, for a number of reasons.
Last week I left work midday on Wednesday to meet my husband at the ER where my 95 year old mother in law, Frances, had been taken. She apparently had another episode of vertigo/dizziness/weakness walking in the hallway of her apartment at the retirement home, but did manage to make it to her bed, where she called out fruitlessly for help, then apparently passed out or fell asleep for a couple of hours. She telephoned for help when she awoke and an ambulance was called by the nursing staff. No stroke, no abnormalities they could find at the ER, and after a couple of hours she was released home. We were advised she probably needed more nutrition and more hydration. While Grant went back to work, I spent the rest of the day taking her to get something to eat since she had missed both breakfast and lunch, and taking her home, where I found her missing hearing aid hidden. Then I went to the store for snacks and water, Ensure, a prescription for Antivert, and back to her apartment. Anyway, she seems recovered but is getting very forgetful these days. She did not remember that we took her to the ER for this same problem several months ago, when they ruled out a stroke. She sleeps a lot and eats less. She often says, "I'm ready to go, the good Lord can take me any time". We're checking on her more often now.
|Frances on her 90th birthday, five years ago|
And now I've gotten a summer cold, causing me to spend the weekend mostly on the couch or in bed. Yesterday was the worst, but I didn't think a coughing, nose-blowing medical staff member is quite appreciated, so I stayed home today. Maybe by tonight my ears will pop so I can hear again!
Meanwhile, I've been making lists of quilting projects and their needs, and also home organizing projects. Have you heard of the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge? Well, I hadn't either until I stumbled across it while on Bloglovin. The idea is related to Spring cleaning, but spread out over essentially the period of Lent. That challenge period having passed months ago, it is still a good way to systematically go through your house/garage/attic/basement, etc., in a less overwhelming way. I decided to start in our bedroom, since it has turned into a dumping ground. Picture frames, magazines, books, linens, blankets, clothes, and things that didn't have a home. My husband also liked the idea and together we purged a number of bags, for a good start on the 40 bags. Today I called for the donation truck and hope to have a number of additional bags to add to the constant accumulation of donation items hiding behind a quilt thrown over the upstairs railing :) Next room is our office (shudder) and then the music room closet (a true catchall).
My hardest thing to get rid of is family heirloom-type items. But we have TOO MUCH STUFF, unused and just taking up storage space. Some tough decisions will have to be made regarding certain items...many of which came to us from my MIL when she sold her home 10 years ago and moved to the retirement home, like these:
Or, especially, several of these:
This mink stole was handed down to my MIL by HER MIL, who was my husband's paternal grandmother.
Purchased no doubt at the fancy Downtown Los Angeles Bullocks Wilshire many decades ago.
Her name is embroidered in several of the furs we now have. Grandma Rose was of French blood. She passed away sometime in the early 1970's so I never met her, though Grant's grandfather lived to be in his mid 90's and met two of our three children. What do we do with this and several other real furs? Hard to decide, so there they hang, unused. I'd appreciate some ideas, should anyone have some! And now, back to blowing my nose :)