Posted by: tgonzales | January 6, 2012

A Real Update on Tom, A Very Sweet Thank You Card, and Some Crochet

I’m sorry that my last post was so vague about Tom’s status. The reason I couldn’t tell you anything is because I didn’t know anything. I kept getting second hand news about his progress, so I decided on Wednesday I would call the person who knows the most about Tom and that would be my sister-in-law Linda. She updated me on several things that the doctors found out while he was in the hospital. One scan showed where his brain had a spot on it; the spot could have been caused from a TIA or mini-stroke. The Echocardiogram of his heart came back fine. Other blood work showed that he had high blood sugar readings and the nurses wrote on his chart that he could possibly have sleep apnea. Well, the last one didn’t surprise me since my Daddy suffered from sleep apnea (although he was never diagnosed), my brother Dean had sleep apnea and I suffer from it too. And if you were wondering I’m not ashamed to say this, I have slept with my CPAP machine every night for 9 or 10 years and don’t regret ever having the sleep test done. My CPAP machine is the first thing that I pack for an overnight stay and it’s also the first thing that I get set up as soon as I arrive at my destination and it’s the first thing that I pack back up to come back home. I recommended to Linda that they set up an appointment to go have the sleep study done as soon as they can. Anyway, Linda also said that she planned on watching what both of them eat and try to make healthier chooses with their meals. I just love all three of my sister-in-laws, because they take such good care of my brothers, since I can’t be there to do it anymore. 🙂

Oh by the way, I received the cutest little thank you card from my friend Bernie.

Remember she’s the lady that I made the Newsie Newsboy Hat for as she is going through her chemotherapy treatments. I heard from my friend Kat who is Bernie’s neighbor and my friend too that Bernie is doing EXCELLENT and she has had her 5th out of 8 treatments last week. Her attitude and spirits are good and she has only lost 8 lbs. even though her taste buds have been affected and things don’t taste the same. I wish Bernie the best of luck as she continues to receive her treatments for her cancer and I couldn’t help but share the lovely little Mary Engelbreit Thank You card with all of you.

There’s not much to report on the crochet front, but I did finish up the little Mary Jane slippers and added just the right little black buttons.

The only thing now that’s bothering me is the little yarn bows are unraveling at the ends. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can take care of those?

I also made this cute baby wrap sweater to go along with the slippers. I’m pretty pleased with the way it turned out too. I hope everyone has a wonderful and relaxing weekend.


  1. Good morning! Love the card, love the booties, love the sweater!!!

    Try a dab of Dritz Fray Check on the end of a scrap of yarn, to see how you like the results. That might work on your bows.

    Good news for Tom!

    Now I’m going to TRY to get a few more minutes of sleep, sleep, sleep…

    • Hi Rosina!

      Thank you so much for liking the sweater and booties and thank you for the fray check idea. I would never have thought to test it on some yarn first, DUH? Now, I’ll have to go purchase some and I might even pick up some more yarn. 🙂 You know you can never have enough of that?

      I hope you got enough rest.


  2. Hi Tammy, so glad to here a report about Tom. He is pretty special so we have to keep him healthy. Love the little booties and sweater. My suggestion would be to make little pom poms to go on the ends of the little bows. Don’t know if it would work but it might be worth a try. We are going to Wichita today to see the kids and also to celebrate Ambers birthday. Jackie offered to give me some fabric to make things for the kids in the shelter so we will go to her house for just a little bit after lunch to pick it up and then to John and Amber’s house to spend time with them. I so enjoy you blog. Love you. sw

    • Hi Sue!

      Darn, I wish we could get together while you’re here. Oh well, we will have to make plans to do that real soon. Thanks for stopping by to comment and thank you so much for liking my blog.

      Love you,

  3. I saw your cute hats at Material Girls – are you going to have a pattern for sale for them soon? They are adorable.


    • Hi Chris!

      I do have a pattern out for the billed hat and you can find it in my Etsy shop; just click on the link at the top of this page. I’m glad you like my hats and thank you for stopping by to let me know. 🙂


  4. Hope your brother continues on the upswing!


    • Hi Mindy!

      Thank you, I feel the same way. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 😉


  5. Hi, Tamara,
    Glad Tom is doing better! Scary stuff. My father-in-law had a mini-stroke a few years back and was fortunate to have been taken to hospital quickly. Love the pink booties and sweater – brown is so nice with pink. I agree with Rosina, fray stop. I wonder, hard to see in the photo.. could you make the bow and then weave in the ends on both tails – then you would have just this cute little bow?


    • Hi Steph!

      Thanks for liking the sweater and booties. I know I usually use brown with everything, but this time I made the booties and sweater with black and thank you for your suggestion about weaving the ends in and thanks for stopping by to comment.

      Love & Hugs,

  6. Glad to hear the (mostly) great news on Tom.
    Sorry to hear so many in your family suffer(ed) from sleep apnea.
    I do not think I’d be *able* to sleep with that contraption on my face.
    Plus, I am a stomach sleeper.
    Glad it is working so very well for you, Tamara.

    Love the pink items! I thought of Fray Check before I read any of the answers. Hoping that will work for the yarn. If not, I suppose you could always … carefully … burn the ends (tho it won’t look so purrty).

    Sure is nice to see Bernie’s pic here again. She sure loves Mary Englebreit.

    Thanks for your posts!
    Hugs ~ Kat

  7. Oh, I would love to be able to buy the pattern for the babycardigan as I am giving birth to a girl in about two weeks….

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