Posted by: tgonzales | March 21, 2014

Thank Goodness it’s Friday, an Update on Mom, Wisp of a Shawl Delivered, and Another Happy Slipper Customer


I can’t even tell you how happy I am that it’s Friday and the weekend is almost here. In a way it seems like the week flew by and then again the first part of the week went slowly; mainly Monday. We had quite a scare with my Mom; I received several messages from my sister Jackie telling me that she had went to help Mom with paperwork and found that she had passed out two times along with diarrhea and vomiting (3 side effects listed on the Cipro information). Jackie made an appointment to see Mom’s regular doctor to check her over after the ER visit from the kidney infection she had on Saturday night. They went to the doctor around 4:00 pm and the doctor checked her all over and sent her home. Jackie left Mom and 30 minutes later my nephew Jarred found her passed out in her recliner and he called 911. The ambulance came and took her to the St. Theresa’s hospital and after checking her all over for possible heart attack or stroke; the tests came back negative. All they could figure out is that she had a bad reaction to the antibiotic that the ER had prescribed for her kidney infection. They changed her medication from Cipro to Bactrim and they kept her over night to make sure she didn’t have any more fainting spells. I’m happy to report that Mom came home from the hospital the next day and has not had any more episodes of fainting. I am so grateful to Jarred for his quick response to Mom’s dilemma, to Angie who takes such good care of Mom with her medical knowledge, and for Jackie who is so smart with helping Mom with all of her finances and paperwork. I love you all and appreciate all that you do for Mom/Grandma. I have called her every day since she got out of the hospital and to me she seems more confused than she did on Sunday when I left her house. Last night she didn’t know if I knew about her being in the hospital, although I was right there with her along with Angie and Jackie. I asked her if she would like to go to dinner at Cracker Barrel on Friday night with John and me. She said that it sounded like a good idea and that she would write it down, usually she says that she is going to write it down but never does. So I told her to get a pen and she tried to write down 5:30 and she wrote 5:50. She laughed and said that the stuff that she writes down sometimes doesn’t make any sense to anyone else and that she has to laugh about it because she can’t do anything about it. Anyway, I love this picture of Mom and Jarred that I took on Sunday.


Now on to the crochet front…..I finished the curly fringe shawl that is named Wisp of a Shawl for my dear friend Terry.


This is her reaction when she first saw the shawl; she said that she had tears in her eyes.



Of course I had to get some pictures of her outside and I love how the colors of the yarn striped and I especially love all those curly fringes.


Terry also ordered a slouchy hat and I had enough yarn to make a cowl as well.


I’m so glad that she couldn’t resist buying the cowl too, because I think she looks adorable in both of them. Don’t you?


I also got an order for a pair of slippers from Tim who does contract maintenance where I work. It was funny because I showed him the pair of slippers that I was sending to my nephew Jacob and he just about fell over. He proceeded to tell me that he had moved from an apartment to an old house that wasn’t insulated well and how he had been looking for slippers to keep his feet warm while walking on his cold floors. I told him to try on the slippers and I would make him a pair that fit him. So he placed his order on Friday and I made one sole for him to step on to see if it was the right size and then this morning I made the other one, put the grippy stuff on the bottom, made half of the top half of one slipper before heading off to work. Then finished that one up and completed the second one on my lunch break.


Then I called Tim and he stopped by to try on his slippers and Oh my gosh his smile is priceless to me. As he tried them on he told me how nice and cozy they felt and I told him they were like a hug for his feet. And I also told him that they looked like they were made just for him. He laughed as he knew that they had been made especially for him. 😉 Anyway, thank you so much for allowing me to share my life with all of you and for always being here. I hope all of you have a wonderful Friday and weekend.


  1. So sorry to read about your Mum . Going through similar things with my Mum and you know about my Dad. Its at times like these that families come into their own. Wishing all of you the very best. As for that gorgeous shawl etc their faces say it all, they are wonderful and the fringe is such fun. Take care, xx

    • Hi Cathy! I know it must be hard for you with your parents so far away. Thanks so much for understanding and for being here loving my creations. Hugs and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

  2. I’m so very sorry to hear of the health issues with your mom, Tamara. I’m sure she is so thankful you all are there looking out for her! I hope she feels much better by now. Such a scary situation. But everyone was on the ball and did the exact right thing to help her! Beautiful photo of her and Jarred. As for the other photos…oh my heavens your work is fabulous. That shawl came out spectacular, as did the hat and cowl. The gal who bought them is so beautiful. Yay to your co-worker as well. You spread around a lot of happiness you know. That’s such a gift! Enjoy your weekend, you sure deserve it! Happy Spring!

    • Hi Jeanne! Thanks for always loving the things that I create and for telling me so. I know for a fact that you spread a lot of happiness around as well. Love and Hugs to you and hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  3. Tamara,
    Hope things continue to improve for your mom. My mom keeps a notebook beside her and writes down things she needs. Sometimes we have to laugh because neither one of us can decipher the notes. hours or days she will think of what it was and write it again. Although it is trying to care for mom it is very rewarding too.

    • Hi Kaye!

      I know you have your challenges with your mother as well; but as you say it is all worth it. We wouldn’t have it any other way, right?

      Love and Hugs, Tamara

  4. I’m so glad your Mom is doing better. It was so scary when my parents were sick. They were so strong for us throughout our lives and so fragile in their elder years. I love the shawl, hat and cowl. Those are three of my favorite things to make. I’m always looking for a new pattern to try. Please tell Tim “Hi” for me. It’s nice to see how happy he looks in the picture you took of him. He’s a great guy! Love always!

    • Hi Linda!

      Thanks so much for always being here and for loving the things that I have created. I told Tim that you said Hi and he didn’t remember your name but he knew of a lady that worked at Learjet that gave his son a dog and told me to ask if you are the same lady. He is such a nice man and was still very excited about his warm slippers. Love and Hugs, Tamara

  5. Sorry Tamara forgot to fill in my name.

  6. Oh Tammy, it brings tears to my eyes to know Toots’ health is declining, She is so fortunate to have you, Jackie, Tom, and the grandkids close by. We worry about Jerald’s mom and not being close enough to help out more. Make sure you keep us updated on your moms health. Love love love the curly fringe shawl, shawl, hat, and slippers. Your work is exceptional as usual. sw

    • Hi Sue!

      I know you understand completely about my Mom’s situation, because you had the same sort of thing happening with Aunt Bee. I loved your Mom as well and remember her fondly. And as always thank you so much for always being here to love my things that I make and for stopping by to tell me so.

      Love you!

  7. I really hope your mum continues to stay well. Your photos show just how much joy your crochet brings to people. It is amazing. I love the twirly bits. I hope you have an amazing weekend.xx

    • Hi Alice!

      Thanks so much for stopping by to comment and for loving my twirly bits. I hope your weekend is great as well.

      Love, Tamara

  8. Hi Tamara! Your mom sure is going thru rough times now. Good thing she has y’all to look after her. When I first read that she had 3 side-effects listed for Cipro, I immediately figured they’d take her off it. But they did not! So she passed out again. And guess what .. I *knew* Jarred when I saw the photo of him with your mom. 🙂 Glad he found her and so glad she did get her med changed & that they kept her overnite for observation. Well done, Jarred & hospital people!

    What an absolutely gorgeous & unique shawl!! Terry is one proud owner/wearer!! She also looks very fancied-up with her new slouchy hat & matching cowl.

    I cannot get over how quickly you crochet a pair of those slippers! And I agree – Tim has a very nice .. and contagious .. smile. 🙂

    Here’s wishing you a good weekend, dear Tam-Tam. [I don’t know where that came from – haha!]

    Love ya!

    • Hi Kat!

      Sorry for the lateness of my reply to you. I always love hearing from you; you make my day brighter just being in it. Thanks for loving all that I do.

      Love you my Friend!

  9. Lovely post! The shawl is wonderful and I loved seeing the back of it on her. The hat and scarf yarn was lovely colors, what yarn did you use? Glad your mom survived the nasty antibiotic that needs to be recalled. You saman slippers are spot on. I need to work on my charity pair that I started Monday.
    Keep it up, we all love your posts.

    • Hi Susie!

      Thanks so much for loving what I do and write about. I hope your day and weekend are blessed.

      Love you,

  10. So glad your mom is doing better. It does feel great to have others who can watch over our loved ones when we can’t. This just proves that she raised wonderful children who in turn raised their kids right, too!!
    I wonder if my daughter watched over your mom Monday night. She was working at St Teresa that night. I know the entire staff out there is wonderful.

    • Hi Catherine!

      As soon as my Mom knew that she was going to the hospital she asked to be sent to St. Teresa’s. She has always been taken such good care of there. One of Mom’s nurses names was Josh; of course she loved that because she could tell him that one of her grandsons names is Josh. 🙂

      Hugs, Tamara

  11. that is a super lot of detail about grandma but I’m glad she’s doing better. and terry is so adorable! all emotional about stuff. tim too. I want you to make some mac and cheese for me prease. thank you.

    • Hi my Chacho Aaron!

      I love that you want me to make you some baked Mac and Cheese. It makes me smile and you know that I would send you some if I could.

      Love you! Momma

  12. It’s Tuesday already, and I haven’t left a comment yet – how the hell did that happen!? Actually I know how it happened – I have started reading blogs on my new phone but I don’t comment because I hate writing lots with that stupid tiny keyboard they give you. Need Thumbelina fingers for that.
    Thinking of you and your mom.

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