Posted by: tgonzales | February 24, 2014

February 22-23, 2014 Weekend, 2 More Pair of Slippers, Crochet 102, and Mom Has a Double Ear Infection

First of all I just wanted you all to know that I appreciate every one of you who take the time from your busy day to stop what you are doing to read my ramblings and as usual I always get a kick out of all of you who comment. Anyway, I’m sorry I haven’t had time to respond to all your comments like I usually do. I will respond to all of you as soon as I can.



First of all my weekend started out with me finishing 2 more pairs of slippers. The gold pair is for my friend Terry and the other ones will go in the Kansas Barn Sale on October 4th. (unless I find someone that wants them before, LOL)


My Crochet 102 first session went well. I had 7 nice ladies who were very eager to learn how to read a pattern. I am happy to say that all of them finished a granny square and 3 of them started a circle. I’m looking forward to seeing all of them next Saturday and hope that the other 4 ladies are able to make a circle during the week and bring them along with them next Saturday. John and I ended our Saturday with dinner with our friends Susie and Korey and watched the old movie “The Odd Couple”, with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in it. It was a perfect ending to a perfect Saturday.


On Sunday I started 4 more pairs of slippers; a pair for my nephew Jacob and pairs for my great nieces Charlie and Lily. Of course I made the soles first and then started to put the gripper material on the bottom with the sewing machine. I was moving right along, when BANG I broke my last leather needle. I was so glad that I was able to finish Jacob’s soles before the breakage. Thinking that I would have to wait until Hancock’s opened I decided to start crocheting the body of the slipper and then I got a call from Mom. I had found out on Friday from my daughter Jennifer (who works for ear, nose, and throat specialists) that Mom had an appointment there on Friday. I felt so bad when I found out that she had a double ear infection, since I had not checked on her since last weekend. Anyway when Mom called of course she asked me how I was doing as always. Then I asked her how she was doing and I told her that I had heard from Jennifer that she had a double ear infection. Mom asked me what I was doing and I told her crocheting of course. Mom also told me that she was a little worried because she was weak and tired easily. I told John that I needed to go and see her; even if all I could do was get her water and rub lotion on her feet. I want to tell you a few things about my Mom. She is the type of person that gets up in the morning, she doesn’t lounge around in her night clothes; she gets out of bed, puts her clothes and her shoes on. She has always been the type of person who keeps her hands busy and is always willing to jump up and feed anyone who comes through her door. On Sunday, she didn’t get out of her chair to greet me, she had even called Jarred before I got there to see if he would go and get her something to eat. I told her that I could fix her some soup, but she wanted Jarred to get her a chicken wrap from McDonalds. So he gladly stopped working on his truck to run and get her the wrap. I filled her glass with water and she asked me if I would go and collect the eggs from the chickens. I really knew she wasn’t feeling well since that is one of her most favorite things to do. Of course I loved going out to collect the eggs and found 4 right away and one of the hens was sitting on one of the nests. Mom had told me before I went outside, that if there was a hen sitting on the nest that I could just reach under her and feel around to take the eggs from under. Well, this city girl looked the hen in the eyes and she gave me a look as if to say don’t you dare put your hand under me. So I left her alone and went back in the house to show her the 4 eggs that I had gathered. By this time Mom had gotten up and Jarred had just gotten back with the food, so Mom washed the eggs and sat down to eat. I sat with her while she ate and got her another glass of water. She seemed to perk up a little and moved around the house a bit, showing me the quilt blocks that she had embroidered. Then we sat for a while longer and I decided to go back out and check the nest to see if there were more eggs, since Mom had gathered 10 eggs the day before.


Right there where that grouchy looking Hen sat, there were 6 eggs all in a circle. Mom was happy that the chickens had produced the same amount of eggs as yesterday. I cherish every moment that I have with my Mom and Sunday was no different; we even got in a good cry remembering my Daddy and how he appreciated all of his grandchildren. Before I left I got her another glass of water, but never convinced her to take off her shoes so that I could rub lotion on them. 😉 My Mom is still pretty spry for her age at 82 and at the same time her mind doesn’t work so well. I received a call from her earlier in the week asking me how to bake chicken and about a month ago she called me to ask, “what do you put in chicken salad?” I still remember when I was first married I called her every day to ask her how to make some special meal that I remembered her making and she always took the time to stop doing what she was doing to help me. My hope is that I have the same patience that she had with me all those many years ago. I called Mom to check on her Sunday night and she seemed to be feeling better; she also said that she was just lying around, because SHE decided it would be the best thing for her to do. Of course she doesn’t remember that I told her to do the very same thing and I’m not going to tell her any different. It’s best to let her think that it was her idea. 😉


I didn’t mean to make this a sad post; but sometimes life gets in the way and I want to remember these times, so I have to write it down before I forget. Of course there is John who needs my attention and he always seems to make me laugh out loud. 🙂 Bye for now and I hope everyone has a wonderful Monday.


  1. It is so hard when your loved ones start to decline. I have a friend who’s dad passed last July and her mom has steadily gone downhill ever since. I went to see her on Saturday as my friend told me that hospice told them it could be any time now. Her mom is at her house with one of her sisters staying to help out. It’s so sad to see. But you are right, they raised up and did what they needed to do so reciprocating is the right and natural thing to do. It isn’t an easy thing to deal with as you know that your days with them are limited. You are doing the right thing in spending time with her. I pray for your strength.

  2. I’m so glad for you that you have this opportunity to give back to your mom the way she gave to you all those years. As difficult as it must be, it’s the flow of life. I know she appreciates you being there so much. Stay strong and keep treasuring these precious times! I hope she feels 100% better soon!

  3. Oh Tammy. its saddens me to know that the ageing process is not always a fun thing. You know how much I love my aunts and it hurts me to know that its happening to one of my favorites. I am so thankful that you and your siblings take such good care of her. I know she appreciates it. We are having some of the same issues with my mother in law at 93 and so far it isn’t getting any easier. Your mom is a beautiful person inside and out and I have many good memories of spending time at her house. Love her dearly and you too. sw

  4. Your mom is just amazing, I’ve always thought that every time you post a pic of her. She is also really lucky to have a daughter like you (and Jackie, too) and I have no doubt that she knows that herself. Happy family!!! ❤
    Look after yourself, too, please. That's an order.
    PS. There's no way I would have stuck my hand under a chicken either…..

  5. You have a wonderful family and the fact that you cherish them all so much speaks volumes of your character.

  6. Hi Tam! ~ First of all, please do not be concerned about commenting on past posts. I, for one, won’t even see those (if you do comment) bc WordPress has never worked for me as far as notifying me of follow-up comments — even tho I have that checked. Besides, just stay in the present, okay? 😉

    LOVE the photo of you & John all cuddly together!!
    Glad to hear you have more gals enjoying your crochet classes!
    And you are having fun making lots of slippers .. even when you break your needle for leather. Hah! [Make a note to yourself: “Self, always have at least one extra leather needle.” LOL]

    Sorry to hear about your mom’s double ear infection [ouch!!]. And how tired & weak she was feeling. Great, tho, that you were able to spend some time with her and do things for her. Hoping she’s feeling much better now, a day or so after you wrote all this. You are a great daughter, Tamara!!

    When I saw the pic of John, at first I thought he was holding chopsticks .. getting ready to pick his beard with them.

    Funny story about you & the chicken. We all know who really was “the chicken” that time around. Bwaaaahaaaa!!!! 😀

    Love & Hugs ~
    :: Kat ::

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