Update…cyst blasting 

Thank you to all for your thought ps and prayers!

Thursday I went in to have this synovial cyst blasted. The radiologist thought it was superfical and thought he could just do it in the CT scan room with local. WRONG!!! I had pain like none other. Placing the needle was not bad it was the attempted dye injection that was unbearable. Tried 3 times. He waded to give me some fentanyl and versed but that required a nurse and more monitoring. They did not have that and the nursing supervisor said no. So I returned yesterday and had it done with the prober monitoring. It was successful! I was slightly sedated but indeed did feel the pressure/pain with the dye injection and follow up steroid injection. But this was not that bad. Recovered and out of hospital 45 minutes later. No sciatic pain just a little pressure at the referee area of where the cyst was. Took a 2 hr nap when I got home and slept well last night. Yesterday day to the lakefront about 300 yards and felt good, just notice my leg muscle fatigued. Today put on my pedometer and walked .2 miles and felt good. No pain. Even back pressure has subsided. Plan to do this again latter and daily until I see my PT person. Had to cancel that appointment due to intervention. It is amazing what it feels to be painfree! I just have to be mindful of baring my positions during day and stay away from activities that I really should not do. 

This can come back and the procedure and be redone. Literature says 50-50, timeframe is uncertain, weeks to years.

 Will see my neurosurgeon July 6th. 

Now maybe a bit quilting, maybe some cutting…..

Have a great weekend ….Happy Quilting

Quilting progress

Hello to all! I have continued my distraction therapy as much as possible. Currently despite moving from sewing sitting, pressing and cutting I am trying to move around. I also cleaned up my sewing area and organized some of my projects. I now have several to machine quilt. As I wait for my treatment options I am sure I will have time to quilt some of them. I do have a top that I created on patternjam that is part of my Sunflower quilters mystery this fall that I am thinking will be a good hand Quilting project this summer/fall. I just have to sandwich that together. I need a bit more room so thinking of doing it on the ping pong table at the clubhouse.


The above are from the Red and Refreshing QAL. 


This is a charity quilt, very bright.


Another charity quilt. I really liked the batik nickel squares and did four patches and then cut them up into two different blocks. Very fun to do.


I continue to work on these 4 in 9 blocks by Bonnie Hunter. These are Leader and Enders. I have a lot of these especially with fabric left over from quilts. I think Bonnie will add a second block but have not seen what this would be.


We celebrated our 26th Wedding anniversary this week. So blessed to find a wonderful guy to share my life with. He even now checks over the quilts and adds a few comments. 

So tomorrow will be the neurosurgeon visit. Anxious to see what my options are. I have prepared myself for the whole range of options. Husband thinks it will be a simple fix and continues to plan vacations trips. I cautioned him to now wait until after this visit. But that keeps him busy. He has been great waiting on me and doing a lot of the household stuff.

Happy Quilting!

Graduation pomp and ceremony 

While quilting is a current passion, I admit I had another…Nursing. 27 years ago I graduated from a BSN program and began my nursing career. Oh the many different pathways it has taken me. My daughter decided on this career and choose a fine college Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, WI. She has worked very hard and many stressful days has lead to this wonderful celebration. Last night she received her nursing pin. A tradition that started by Florence Nightengale and has continued to this day. A previous nursing alumni even mentioned Cherith as when she was in Zambia last summer, a mother asked her to name her child…the name given was Emily. This touched Cherith so much. I am so proud of her accomplishment and know the hard work she has done. She will be working on a Med-surg floor beginning in mid July. She will next week use Kaplan nursing review course to prepare for boards or now called NCLEX, in early July. My husband and my oldest daughter were able to see a wonderful graduation, music, pomp and ceremony and the speeches. We wish her God’s Blessings on her next chapter in life.


Aboveis picture of the nursing class after pinning ceremony.


Our youngest daughter Abi also graduated and now is a realtor at Long in Tucson Az. She also is very excited for this new career. Will will be working on the internet team and doing some open houses to establish a referral base. She is one of the youngest. We also wish her the best as she starts this career.


Our oldest Hannah is here with her first class. This is a field trip and I love this picture. Next week they will graduate from Prek and Kindergarten. She will have her first year of teaching completed. I think she is ready for a vacation, in fact she will be visiting Abi in a few weeks.

Lots to celebrate and so Thankful!!!  My girls all now have careers and living their life. I have always wondered what they will be when they grow up. Now I know…at least as of today…

Happy Quilting 

Blessings abound 

So here is my sewing stuff packed up for return home. Hopefully it will all fit. This is a dining room with no furniture and was my design wall down here. I may use it as a sewing room, but really prefer our kitchen area. We will see when we return.Today just soaking in the last Arizona warmth. Sun is too hot to sit out in. Pool is closed due to some renovations. Finished lightly cleaning home as it really is pointless due to all the dust that comes. Will have one final chiropractor treatment down here, last adjustment I reverted back to old way and past two days were not great. A bit better later today.

Cherith who will be an RN had here interview and will work on a med-surgical orthopedic floor. She had been working there every third weekend as a CNA since last summer and really likes the staff and they her. So excited to be offered a job and she has accepted. So things falling into place for her. Plans to start as RN mid July and will work a few hours as CNA will studying for her NCLEX that she will take beginning of July. 

Abigail also passed her real estate exam yesterday and today will meet with Long Realty and sign a contract. She really has worked hard and the exam was more difficult that she thought. So now just needs to have a few weeks of their orientation and then she will be working. Hoping for success for her. Her apartment is giving her issues with roaches. She has tried a lot of things but needs to work with management and bug company.

So for now nice to see all girls settled into jobs. We have planned a few short trips this summer and would like to see more towns in Wisconsin. 

Whiskers we are on our way….

Happy Quilting…sure miss it…

Almost traveling time..


It has been a bit since last post, but I have been busy. We are starting to clean and pack up place for our return back to WI. I hear it has been cool and wet. Total opposite from here. Looks like we will just miss the 100 this Thursday or Friday. Lately it has been perfect sitting in our back patio I shade overhang. So much has happened so bear with me on this post. 

I will begin with our wonderful quilting group down here. So talented and I enjoy each one of them and their talents. So fun to pick out fabric and potential creations to come. I have several bags and one suitcase full of inspiration to sew when I get back home. I have about 3-4 quilts to machine quilt that are pinned. So nice to have a car fairly empty to pack all this stuff.  I am known as the scrap queen, so I get a lot of those from the gals. I have selected some of the pics off my iPad already, so as I create I will post. I also have been playing with a quilters software program patternjam. It is really cool and very addictive. I had so much fun that I designed a mystery BOM for our quilters challenge late this year into next. The program gal loved it. So gals will be able to make as many blocks and come next March will put them together in a quilt. They will be 6 inch blocks, very easy sewing as we have several new members. I have spent sometime writing the monthly lessons which also was fun. I probably will post them here. Here is the link if you want to play: Patternjam.

Aches and pains…we’ll had made some progress with new chiropractor. He does a rolling table massage, then adjusts you on two different tables and then gives you some home exercises. I have seen progress…but last Friday he wanted me to do some hiking prior to returning WI to see how it responded. Well I failed… I went .6 miles and the pain was terrible and really did not go away. We went to our favorite spot and had wanted to go today, but no luck. I have a visit a bit later. He assured me that if I had a setback it would be adjusted back. While I like the exercises and ice to keep it in check, I was hoping I could do more walking. Today walking and standing are difficult. I have a stiff sacralilliac joint that still has inflammation causing sciatic pain down my left leg. At least I can drive. Also picked up a cold or bad allergy with sore throat and cough. So taking it a bit easy, all while trying to get certain things done.

Daughter Cherith will be graduating soon. Her sister got her a stethoscope and now called to talk. Got her graduation gown and passed her first ATI test. So just has a few things yet to do. Is going for her interview at the same place she currently but as a nurse on night shift which she does not mind. Will be living a a friends parent’s home until she decides where she wants to move  to. Looking at a few very nice places so after graduation. A little more expensive than when I started out.

Daughter Abigail has graduated from Hogan real estate and passed their exam. So tomorrow she will take the real test. She is a free spirit and took her car half to top of MT Lemon and car light went on. She made it down, but rethought our offer to buy our Prius. So last week was a day of us buying a new car- a Prius and trading her old car and then giving her the new car. And like the you know it the first day she had it she drove to first stop on Mt Lemon. A few days later to the top. Yesterday we took her to a church near her apartment in hopes she will return to going to church and also out to eat. Stopped by her place and it is amazing what you can do with cardboard boxes…DVD movie holder and a small side table. She did have a problem with roaches so baited the apartment and per a quilter tried borax and that worked. Bugs is something she will have to get used to.

Our faith has always been central to us so praying Abi will return to church and her faith. 

Daughter Hannah has a few weeks until she completes her first school year. I think she is ready for a break. Thinking about moving so she can have a cat.

And our cat…Whiskers we will be home soon!


Happy Quilting!

Charity quilt #3 Golden Cornflower

Today finished up our challenge charity quilt using nickel squares. I have always liked blue and yellow but have never made a quilt with these colors. So pleased with results. Now I am not a machine quilter, but trying learn, so far it is fun and quite fun. I had some multicolored blue thread although I think it was quite old as I broke a few times sewing down the binding. I really like the sway stiching and added some curly circles. Those were fun but I was afraid I would run out of thread. Overall pleased with result. Will present my 3 quilts during our final quilt meeting before snowbirds return home. We are here one more month.


I have moved from the chiropractor to acupuncture this past week. I had one treatment Friday and was amazed how well I felt over the weekend. However last night it started to return, but not as bad. Have a second treatment tomorrow. (forsciatica ). I am hooding to have better control of this so I can return to pickleball by April 1st. We will see as it appears hopeful. Amazing being in pain for past 3 months and to have it almost gone, one forgets what that feels like.

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Abi has transferred our cat from Milwaukee back to our condo. Of course Cherith misses him greatly. We have some wonderful neighbors that will visit him every 3 days. He spends a lot of time looking out the window at their house. Wednesday Abi begins her trip coming to AZ and beginning a new life so to speak. She will spend some time with us, find an apartment and begin realtor school. She should be cone with that before we head back to WI. Praying she has a safe trip and her car makes it.

We are traveling with the community travel club to Laughlin NV basically for a Buddy Holly show. About a 7 hour trip there and staying two days. I guess it is a casino hotel, but we do not gamble. Will be fun to travel with the group and see Northern AZ.

Finally our Wisconsin Badgers (basketball) are in the sweet sixteen. They played two outstanding games, fun to watch. We will see how far they go. We will be back just in time to watch the game.

Happy Quilting!

A new week begins…reflect on the past week

Did a lot of things last week. So get ready….

I was able to find temporary homes for my sewing things. I also put together the first quarter of the En Provence mystery quilt. One thing I find hard is sewing rows when quilting. Someone posted that they sew in quarters the mystery quilt. I thought this is perfect for me. Now this is a beautiful quilt, but one really needs to pay close attention to the block orientation. One you lay it out, you have to be careful in sewing as things sometimes get turned. This quilt has lots of seams and bulk so pressing the seams correctly also needs attention. With that all said I was able to complete the quarter in one day. I think some of my purples could be more light or dark for better contrast, but overall I am pleased. I really like the neutral borders and the magenta color in this quilt. Unfortunately I am currently dealing with some lower back/left leg issues from picking weeds last week. So going slow on this quilt. Sitting long time is difficult.

I did get it all sewn! Now I will work on the components and then do the assembly. The main blocks I will do at home and other blocks with quilting gals.

Sweetwater preserve trail is a beautiful hike with many trails. Despite my hip/leg I am still able to do 2.6 miles hiking. It is a little cooler 50’s and we had rain over the weekend. This is our favorite hike and we will do more hikes here than anywhere. Saguaro’ are beautiful and appear like a forest. People hike with their dogs and many mountain bikers love these trails. Now we have decide to add “In and Out” burgers as a Treat following our hikes.

Sweetwater Preserve hike
In and Out burgers
We also returned to playing pickleball. Great people, a lot of fun and great exercise. We even went of their open house and met more people within our community. Dan won a hat and I a cozie.

Pickleball
Arizona church family
We also returned to our winter church family. Wonderful people, pastors and Christian messages of faith. We intend to go to bible studies on Tuesday evenings.

Dutch Treat blocks completed…

I was hoping to get to a chiropractor today. Had to wait to get an appointment until they opened today at 3pm. Found out the next new patient appointment would be in one week! Really???? So have found another one and hope to get in tomorrow or the following day at the latest. This back-leg thing is really bothersome. I look forward to the correction so I can return to more exercise and doing things, one of the reasons we come here during the winter. Would like to loose a few pounds as well.

Also our wonderful Packer won an outstanding game inlast few seconds beating the Cowboys and now off to the division champions. We actually went to a bar to join a packer party down here…it was dead as it was on national tv. We ended up coming home and watching it at home. Only liquor we had was bottle of old Morgan David wine that we drank as slots. New game will be difficult as we have a lot of injuries.


Next week…Go Pack GO