Posted by: tgonzales | February 11, 2013

February 9-10, 2013 Weekend, KS My Stitch Officer’s Meeting, a Joann’s Run, Simply Crochet, Giant Pom Pom Maker, and 16 Baby Grannies

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My weekend started off with the KS My Stitch crochet guild officer’s meeting. It’s always fun getting together with everyone and catching up on what they have been doing and making. I loved having Lucy join us too; she finished up one of those ruffly knitted scarves while we were talking and started another one. For the last 4 years we have done a bag giveaway with lots of crochet goodies in it at the February meeting. The way you get your name in the drawing is to have paid your yearly dues by the end of the January evening meeting. Then the Secretary and Treasurer work together to gather all the names who have paid their dues.

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Then at our February Officer’s meeting we draw the winner. So we did that……and no I’m not going to give you the name of the winner yet. But here’s a picture of the bag all stuffed with neat stuff. (Bag and contents are worth around $100)

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I was also so glad that Susie’s husband Korey drove her to my house; even though Susie wasn’t feeling quite herself I was very happy that she decided to attend. Susie fell in love with the colorful heart that I had made last weekend. I had racked my brain before Christmas on what to give to Susie and Saturday I knew that she needed the colorful heart. It made me smile to see how happy it made her and I think the laughter and visiting made her feel a little better. I made chicken tortilla soup, a tossed green salad, and Kaye brought Pomegranate sherbet for dessert. I know I can’t believe it either that I didn’t even take one photo of the food. I had every intention to do so but once I started eating I never thought about it until all the ladies left. Oh well I’ll try to get a shot of them next month.

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Someone mentioned that I’m never in the photos, so here’s a picture of me looking all purple except my cleavage area looks a little jaundice. Must have been the golden lamp shining on it.  🙂

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After the ladies left I loaded up my car to head to Joann’s on the east side of town. I needed to purchase more items for the giveaway bag and I wanted to see if they had the first issue of a new magazine from the UK called “Simply Crochet”. Much to my surprise they had 8 of them and I had to have one. I’m looking forward to making a few of the projects in the magazine and can’t wait until the second issue hits the states.

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I also picked up a couple of skeins of yarn to make my Sister-in-Law Ricci a crocheted crusher hat, plus I couldn’t resist this huge pom pom maker. I can’t wait to try to make one of those. It might be a good way to use up all of those little balls of yarn that are hanging around.  🙂

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I also stopped by Hobby Lobby to pick up one more ball of the Bernat Handicrafter crochet thread to make 16 different colored squares. After dinner John and I decided to go to an actual movie. We went and saw “Silver Linings Playbook” and we really liked it. When we arrived back home John decided he wanted a bowl of sherbet that was left behind from our officer’s meeting. Since it has some sugar in it he decided to take an extra shot of insulin and since his blood sugar level was high at 200 before even eating the sherbet. I went to sleep around 10:00 p.m. and was woke up by John jerking around 2:00 a.m. He was having a diabetic seizure and from past experience I knew that I couldn’t do anything and since he was jerking I could not administer the sugary shot (I can’t remember what it’s called) that we have in the nightstand. So I called 911. Paramedics arrived about 5 minutes later, along with a fireman and a Wichita police officer. The officer just happened to be one of 3 who had been summoned by John about the dog barking incident. One of the paramedics took John’s blood sugar reading and it was at 21. They immediately placed an IV and squeezed sugar water directly into his veins and he started to respond and then he started asking questions about what happened. The paramedics asked if this was the first time that this happened and I told them “NO” that I have had to call 911 about 5 times in the last 5 years. I told them that I have mostly handled it myself for the last 18 years; except when he is having a seizure. Anyway the paramedics left around 2:40 a.m. and I changed John’s clothes, put socks, and a hat on him so that he could get warm. He fell asleep just like a little baby would do if you swaddle them. Me, on the other hand could not fall asleep (as usual after one of these episodes). I’m not sure why I’m telling you all of this but I somehow needed to get it off my chest and document it. Sometimes after I know he’s ok I just sit and cry and Sunday morning was no different. I can’t help but think that I cry for myself and what I have to go through to help John, but on the other hand I mostly cry because I hate this disease called diabetes and how it has affected him and so many other people who I know and love and not to mention all the people that I don’t even know.  😦  Anyway, that’s enough about that.

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Later Sunday morning I finished up the laundry while crocheting these cute little baby grannies together. I wanted to show you how I crocheted them together. I used the technique that Lucy from Attic 24 uses to crochet her granny squares togther for her afghans and she has a wonderful tutorial on how to do that very thing here.

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I love how when you crochet in the back loops of each square

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and then when you flip it over you can hardly see the stitches at all; you will not believe how hard these pictures were to take with my own two hands. I had the lens cap in-between my teeth and held the camera strap with my right hand so that neither would show in the pictures. It’s all in a days’ work for just the right photo.  😉 All and all I had a good weekend and I hope that yours was good too. I would love to hear all about it and hope that you all have a great week.


Responses

  1. Thanks for the Lucy tip re joining squares, I’ll have to remember that.
    Purple hair – it’s time I tried it, I’m definitely up for some sort of image change 🙂
    Am sorry to hear about John’s diabetes, it must be a burden for both of you. But I’m sure you handle it with grace. Thinking of you x

    • Hi Jill!

      I can’t wait for you to try to Lucy way of joining grannies, definitely wished I would have known about it sooner. I’m glad you like the purple in my hair. (my Mom hates it) Thanks for the kind words about the diabetes. I deal with it the best that I can and sometimes I don’t think that I do a very good job at all, especially afterwards. I can get kind of hateful and mad at him when sometimes it’s not his fault. Thanks so much for stopping by to comment.

      Love and Hugs,
      Tamara

  2. Sounds like you had a lovely weekend overall. I am sorry to hear about the episode with John’s diabetes. It must be very scary for you when he is in the midst of a seizure. You were smart to call for help. As for your feelings afterward, I suspect that is normal as well. It’s something you can’t control and that can make one feel very helpless and upset about feeling helpless toward someone you love.

    Congrats on getting so much done and for getting your new goodies! That’s always fun!

    • Hi Jeanne!

      Thanks so much for stopping by to comment and for loving the things that I create and for thinking that I accomplish so much. I feel like sometimes I can’t get anything done, then when I write it down I have actually been productive. And that’s a good thing! Have a great Monday!

      Love and Hugs,
      Tamara

  3. Oh Tammy, I love the bag of goodies that you have for your Feburary give away. And the meal you cooked for your officers meeting. I may have to join just so I can partake. lol The little heart is sweet also and Susie looks very happy about it. Love the picture of you all decked out in purple with your purple streak in your hair. So sorry about Johns diabetes scare. You are a very caring person and you knew exactly what to do when this happens. John is very lucky to have you. Love you both.

    • Hi Sue!

      You really don’t have to join the guild in order to come to my house for lunch. 🙂 Yes the bag full of goodies is pretty cool and I wished Kaye would have drawn my name out, but sadly she didn’t. 😦 If she would have no one would have believed that it was fair anyway. Thanks so much for the kind comments about John’s diabetes.

      Love you too!
      Tamara

  4. diabetes is a terrible disease….i have been thru both the lows and highs with my daughter, lows when she was carrying my granddaughter….i don’t know how many times i picked her up off the floor and her not remember a thing….highs in times of stress no matter how much insulin she takes, last year she was in a coma for 9 days…..it takes its toll on everyone. and you talk about it to get it out, to relieve your stress, you have to and we understand

    • Hi Diane!

      Thanks so much for understanding about my ramblings about the diabetes. The disease is hard on everyone who has it and the people who love and care for them. Thanks again for stopping by to comment.

      Hugs,
      Tamar

  5. such a busy weekend. I was so excited to hear that you were going to a movie theatre! I actually have only seen the first 20 mins of that. so so behind am I. poor father and his affliction. we’ve both had to deal with it and it’s always upsetting. missing you, love you.

    • Hi my Chacho Aaron!

      Yes you really should try to watch the movie. We actually both liked it; Jennifer Lawrence was good and I can see why she won an award for her acting in it. The only bad thing about going to the theater was that the seats are so broken down at the Warren and I was so uncomfortable the whole time. It’s a good thing the movie was good. 🙂

      I’m so sorry that you have had to deal with your Daddy’s disease all your life. You were always so cute when you were little and you would ask him if he had any candy in his pockets in case he would have a low. Then you would pull candy out of your pockets telling him that you had some if he didn’t. You were thinking about him more than he thought about what would happen. I just hope that you don’t end up with it or any of your brothers or sisters. I love you too and miss you mucho.

      Momma

  6. Oh dear, Tamara! … a jaundiced-looking cleavage area. You are too funny!

    Yikes! I had not known John has diabetes. Now I know why I felt the need to special-pray for you over the weekend; I am sure the prayers dwindled over for John also. HOW SCARY!!!!! Soooo glad he is okay!!!!! He is blest to have you to help him thru those times.

    hmmm…. Got another camera? … for John to take a pic of you with your camera, holding the lens cap between your teeth (etc.) to get a good photo. Signs of a true photographer, girlfriend!

    Lots o’ hugs!
    Kat

    • Hi Kat!

      I thought you might get a kick out of the jaundice looking cleaveage. 🙂

      I know I wrote a little post about living with a diabetic some time back. Actually it was January 20, 2012 when I posted it. I know you will remember it once you read it again. Thanks for the extra prayers for John and me. We need all the help that we can get when it comes to this disease that I hate.

      The picture of me taking a picture would have been great but I was in my pajamas and my hair was all messed up so it wouldn’t have been such a good thing. But maybe someday.

      Love and Hugs,
      Tamara

      • Oh geez, Tamara … I just re-read the 1/20/’12 post. I hate that my memory is so lousy!!! There are some painful memories I have (being with my pets at their ‘end’) for which I actually pray to be removed from my mind. Hasn’t happened tho. At this point, I *think* I will remember John has diabetes … but no guarantee. You are his lifesaver at times, that’s fur sure!!

        And I would love a ‘natural’ pic of you … in your jammies & your hair all messed up.

        Love, Hugs, & Prayers ~
        Kat

  7. So sorry that you have to deal with your hubby’s diabetes. I have Type 2 diabetes and it is a pain in the posterior!! It doesn’t only affect the person who has it – it affects the entire family. You hang in there.

    I love your blog and read it all the time. Thanks for sharing your love of crochet with us.

    • Hi Debbie!

      I’m so sorry that you have to deal with diabetes too. What a terribley unforgiving disease it is.

      Oh and thank you so much for loving my blog and what I talk about. It really means alot to know that.

      Hugs,
      Tamara

  8. Sorry to hear about John’s episode. My husband has diabetes to and so far has not had an episode like that. Since class I have been working on the frilly scarves that curl on them selves. I really need to find a new project to do. We really need to get together some time soon.

    • Hi Linda!

      I’m sorry to hear that your husband has diabetes also. But I am glad that he doesn’t experience the lows that John does. It’s good to hear about what you have been crocheting. You know I love hearing all about that and yes we definitely do need to get together real soon.

      Hugs, Tamara

  9. Tamara, Thanks for sharing with us. I hope you are both feeling better.
    I believe your tears may be tears of relief, and joy, that he is still with you.
    A few years ago Ray was taken to the emergency room and I was told, by the Dr, to call his children. I did OK during the emergency but fell apart later.

    • Hi Linda!

      Yes both of us are doing find now. You are so right about the tears being a combination of relief that its all over and that he’s ok. Thanks so much for stopping by to comment and let me know that you understand. I hope your situation came out fine in the end?

      Hugs,
      Tamara

      • Yes, Sorry I should have told you the rest of the story. He had pneumonia and the flu and was diagnosed with COPD. When he came home a week later, He was on oxygen 24 hrs a day for several months. He is resisting using it during the day &/or during activity. I believe we are approaching a day when he will have to use it more. Each night I’m grateful to hear two oxygen concentrators humming away. in the next room. It means we are both getting the oxygen we need, while sleeping.

        I look forward to seeing you at Guild on Monday. One of these days I need to share some of Ray’s yummy low carb recipes with you.


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