Archive | March, 2013

Coming out of the flu fog

9 Mar

notecard samples

Sitting here watching the KU game and it is already making me nervous. Playing Baylor in Texas so could be a nervewracking game.
I am in the recovery phase from my 48 hr bout of the flu. I actually thought I was a lot better today, but after being up for awhile, I began to feel really weak and then got a huge headache. Laid down for a few hours and now feeling somewhat better. Did manage to lose 5 lbs. Whew.
The flu hit me around 3 Thursday morning. When I was getting sick, it really upset Meeko. He would follow me in the bathroom and then cry and then he would run into the bedroom like he was trying to wake Denny up, and then he would run back to me. It was really pretty sweet. When I was done, I sat back down on the divan and closed my eyes. I knew he was on my lap, but when I opened my eyes, he was looking straight at me, like he was trying to see if I was okay. Both Meeko and Jumper were by my side the entire time I was in bed. Denny was a great nurse. I am a big baby when I am sick to my stomach and I cry and cry. I can’t stand throwing up.

We are getting much needed rain today, at least an inch so for with more on the way. It should really help the lake levels.

I have begun my fundraising for “Friends of Namakkal” by selling my notecards. $10 for a box of 8 plus shipping. The entire $10 will go to the mission. This supports the 2 children, Murugan and Gomathi, who are orphaned and the money goes directly to their care. This includes medications, school, clothing, food and other essentials. Since my trip to India and the little cinder block hut we were able to fund, they children now have running water and some electricity. Here is an excerpt from the Center for Church and Global AIDS website about the family.
Namakkal, India, and visiting with a child-headed household, due to both parents dying of HIV and AIDS. Thanks to help provided by the Center for the Church and Global AIDS, these children get some assistance through the Women and Children’s Center run by N. M. Samuel, M.D. Dr. N. M. Samuel’s Women and Children’s Center, stands on a busy street corner in Namakkal, India. Impoverished women, children and youth come for urgently needed health care. The staff introduced me to a child-headed household. Three young children had been recently orphaned because of AIDS. Now they live in a little cement-block home built for them by five United Methodist women from LaVeta, Colo.
The malnourished 15-year-old boy, Siva, works 10 hours a day cleaning eggs with formaldehyde liquid. He is trying to pay off his father’s 5,000 rupee debt, as well as earn money for food to feed the family. His 12-year-old sister, Gomathi, suffering from tuberculosis, cooks and cleans and has to leave for school by 7 every morning. Together they care for their 8-year-old HIV-positive brother, Murugan. Since it was Murugan’s birthday, we brought a cake complete with candles. As I sang “Happy Birthday,” tears streamed down my face. I was invited to offer a prayer, blessing the little home. I then flipped on the electricity, and a little small light bulb (with mosquitos perched on it) provided dim light for one corner. What joy and squeals of laughter, as I cried! I thanked God for these courageous children struggling to survive and for all those unknown loving Christians who are joining everywhere to battle HIV and AIDS, bringing hope and light to the world.

I’ve posted a copy of samples of notecards I have. Please email me at buellsis@yahoo.com or reply to this blog and I will get the cards to you. My goal is to raise $500 which would be 50 boxes. I have already sold 6 boxes, so well on the way.
Think I’ll go lay down again. I hope tomorrow I am feeling much much better.

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Tidbits Tuesday

5 Mar

studio messwarp</adining work spadefuzzy rugquilt pocket
Photos are my loom, my new rug, my out of control work spaces and my latest quilting project. Give you the experience of my chaos when I’m manic.
Just realized it has been a few days since I’ve blogged. I’ve been in a slightly manic pace and trying to do everything my mind wants me to do. It has been fun because mainly I’ve been sewing and weaving. Once again, my mathematical skills failed me. On Saturday, I decided I was going to warp my loom, which I haven’t done for many months, so..everything was a little confusing. I carefully measured from the center of the loom out to the sides to get the right size for my many placemats I was going to weave. Then I decided I would do a 2 color warp. Then I decided how much length I needed to make the placemats. Then I tried to remember how to warp. It took about an hour to remember that. Then I had to remember how to pull the warp through the heddles. Then Denny came to the studio to hold the warp so I could wind it up after I remembered how to do that. After I had wound it up, I forgot that I had to roll paper around with the threads. So….I unwound it and wound it back up with the paper. Whew!! Then I had to separate the threads and put them through another hole in the heddle. Then, I got everything tied on and tightened and VOALA-I’m ready to weave. Oops. I have now realized, that after my careful measuring, I have warped the loom for the wrong direction of the placemat. Instead of being 21″ wide, it should have been 15″ wide and 21″ long. RATS. So instead of several cute, colorful, fuzzy placemats, I have 1 long colorful, fuzzy thing. Maybe it will be a rug. Also, I finished a quilting project. Enough about my crazy hobby stuff.
Made it to KC with Chuck and Cindy and had fun trying out new clubs. I came home with a 9 wood which should help the approach part of my game. Denny and Cindy each bought irons. Good day for the golf store.
Had a wonderful time in Manhattan with Lawrence and Cinda on Thursday. Dinner at Wahoos’ and then more yakking in Auntie Mae’s. That’s an old college bar in Aggieville. Had quite the ambience of all of our college days.
Finally had the Hopper show up on my recordings last night. Was dreading making a phone to Dish, so now I don’t have to.
Yeah KU and KState. Still both winning.
Meandered over to Lawrence yesterday to the Yarn Barn (I used all my rug warp), and had lunch with oooollllllldddddddd friend Margie. Not saying she is old, but saying we have known each other since we were 2. That’s 58 years!!! Her parents and my parents were good friends and now my Mom is the only one left of the 4 of them. It’s fun when we get together because we can just start up yakking like we see each other all the time which we don’t.
Hoping our friends, Nancy and Ginny, survived their swim with the manatees in some river in Florida. I’m hoping they didn’t encounter any alligators too.
Denny and I are having fun with different ideas for our next adventure in life. Lots of thoughts and it will be interesting to see which one actually happens.
I think that is all for now. It’s a blustery day but kind of sunny. Think I’ll spend the day cleaning up my messes and taking some deep breaths. : O