Wednesday, October 16, 2013

sew months

January and February are the longest months in a year; bitter cold weather, piles of snow, worried how to get to school without stuck in the snow; blizzards months, waking up in the dark and going home in the dark and my little fella's birthday month to celebrate which brings fun and light to the long winter months.

March is great, the month of turning the clock forward one hour. It is always hard for the first few days, but slowly there's much appreciation of going home in the light and perhaps a little springy around the air, but maybe not so ready for ND that we lived for last few years.

April is a month that we aren't sure how to dress up. Shoes are always wet from the melted snow, muddy roads and the spring fever is everywhere. The antsiness of going out and about since we've been kept indoor most of the winter season. More light during the days and maybe to turn off the furnaces, maybe..

May is a fast moving month. Getting ready for the summer, try to finish up all the school work before heading out for family break somewhere. Bring out summery clothes and store away winter clothes. Running trips after trips to Laundromat to get them clean. Always needed twice exchanged quarters for that. Time to open windows let the fresh air in and dry air out.

June is awesome! Still cool in the air and all the family road trips are taken in the first part of the summer. Visiting families and friends. Eating authentic food somewhere and yes, stop by these fabric shops that friends talked about and have been added list to do book.

July is still perfect! We loved the 4th, which we always celebrated with friends; yummy cookies and homemade ice cream. The small town parade is the best! We sat on friends' front yard and clap through the whole celebration! Cheers for friends who get to be in it! 

August is not so great! My little fella is tired from all the fun that she has been in and ready to see school friends again. Each day, the same question would pop in our conversation that would always be, How many days till I go back to school, mama? Gladly, she marks down the kitchen calendar and counts them even I'd tell her. Getting school supplies ready seems a perfect ending for the summer and getting ready for school year.

September is I called not for sure month. It is a month getting new routine running and change planners. I've always needed an extra week or two to figure out that and planning monthly lunch with S in her school.  It is the best! You probably heard me talked about the school lunch time in the past! I love that, but boy I think kids love to talk, talk, talk, talk.... endless and resulted none touch lunch, but the bell rang.. maybe a quick bite of sandwich before send the tray in. Hope of this lunch date will keep going... finger crossed!

October is fabulous month. We seemed all settled in. All the cozy woolies are out, quilts are washed and being use for extra coziness. We are in layer's of clothes and morning tea/ coffee give nice wake up break. Time for the apple picking and making any apple related pastry. Time for pumpkin patches, busy time for making a special custom for little fella's Halloween fun even she changes her mind hundred times before she made up her mind. Pumpkin seeds roasting, pumpkin bar, pumpkin butter that Julie makes. yumm and the birth month of mine. Can I say No to October? of course, she is my favorite!

November is perfect month of the year. We set the clock backward and though we gain an hour, but the daylight starting get short. Oven doesn't get shut off much during this month. Lots of baking during month of November; cookies and pies are two popular items and roasted chicken as well. Not to forget the homemade bread that goes with the chicken. It is a month that we start thinking "you know who is coming next month". Lots planning for gifts, mostly handmade! S is busy making Christmas cards and ornaments. She makes them and sell them for little money. She gladly earn a little Christmas fund to get a little present for mama.  One year, she got me a cookie sheet and it has been the best cookies sheet so far and many other little things she made for us... priceless...

December goes by fast! Preparing the Fall semester to end and getting all the gifts wrap up and send out. It is the month we called secrete month. " You know who is coming" is coming so soon and S is always busy writing a letter to " you know who is coming"; a nice letter!  It is also the month of musical month. Many music recitals to attend and perform. Getting lists cross out and getting new lists add on and ready for a new year to come.

You might wonder where is the sewing time between these months... I'd say, I sew every single month and we craft almost every single day. There are breaks in between all the busy planning. I wonder if your year has been sew busy? 

This year, none of above apply since May...  We are happy to be with our family for a little longer and spending time with our pup who is so busy everyday. He loves snuggled between we girls and lots of pats and "name" calling. He is funny and sure, he has extra sweet look when he gets up in the morning.

It has been a long summer and long month of September and long October already.  Back in the summer, I had some body pain. The discomfort was way back when I was in grad school. Then back in September, I had doctor appointments. The doctor recommended me to remove some of the negative tissues from my body. I was very frighten!  I couldn't sleep much because I have never been in a operation room besides the labor room. There are many little procedures and dangers might go wrong during the operation.  I held my breath through the month of September.  S was a great friend the best helper! Her little face got worrier when she saw me in pain and when I was going away to get "fix" by the doctor.  Her hugs are so powerful each time that gave me a positive energy each day. My dear friend's emails were so encouraging and so kind and sweet!  I had a little faith in myself two days before the hospital day.

Beginning of October, I have packed all the needs for the hospital and wrote down what S needed to work on then head to hospital. There were so many check ups to do before the operation day.  I took a little box of hexie with me, so I can still work on it in the hospital room. Not much dinner was served that night and I waited my sister to come to spend the night with me since the operation was at 8 a.m. She brought me two books from S who though I might needed some reading time and a scarf since the ac in the hospital was so cold.  S stayed home with Grandma and Lucky.  Later on, she told me she didn't sleep that night and two of them played eye catch game.. That means who blinked the eyes who lost the game.

After the operation, I felt really weak! I was in the recovery room along without my glasses. All I saw was green movements everywhere and purple lights { Later on, when I could see clearly they were nurses who dressed in green uniforms and wore purple hats}. It felt really cold and my body was covered with air warmed blanket and nurse came check on my blood pressure so often.  I can still clearly hear their voices and calling my name to make sure I breath!

After return to the hosptial room, I had to lay flat for over 6 hours. I almost tear for the last two hours. Turning my body was impossible and I was not allow having any water. S used the cotton pad and dipped in the water to wet my lips; one after another one. Just make sure mama is getting some water...

The first night was difficult... I forced myself to take few walks around the hallway; to distract the pain and that didn't work so well. I was crappy!! Couldn't or maybe I shall say didn't want to talk at all. My first meal was a store bough pudding and that was really good even I had to use left hand for getting food, since the right hand was getting iv.  The room was being shared with two other people, so it was a little noise. It made the night a bit longer and yes, I did fall asleep in the early morning for a few hours. Nurse woke me up for more check ups and more pain that never went away... I think I was the most cooperated patient in the room. By day four, I "wanted" to go home! I beg and gentle asked the doctor and nurse, when can I go home? That reminded me the sound of my little fella.. when can we go home, mama?

Yes, they let me go home by day four noon. I have all packed in the morning even I knew I might not get to go home. Crossed my fingers, I think I might have been the good one. The air outside of the hospital was warm, but it felt cold. I was in winter pants, longs sleeves and plus a woolie scarf. It was a crazy dress up in the hot October days here. People gave me a strange look and wondered what have happened to me.  Slowly my brother's car pull in and upload all the belongs. I moved so slow to get in the car. It was great to be home! It took a good 10 minutes to get up to the room we stay normally less than 1 minutes.When little pup saw my return, he was not sure at the first. He looked at me then slowly approach my legs. He snuffled around... It might had been the smell from the hospital then he wiggled his tail when I called his name, Lucky It me, I am home!! He was so happy to see me, finally.  Lots kisses from him... endless need for some good attention.

Finally, I could nap without any interruptions and S is by me. It feels so good to be home. The following recovery week was very long. The pain still is here! The medicines that I took after the hosptial have had great side affections on me. All the food I have was tasteless and I could only eat so much per a meal. Mom has been the main care giver  of mine as always, a mama! She makes sure the food she made that I can take and extra attention to the ingredients that she adds on.

Dad stopped by the room when he got off from work and wanted to make sure I am was improving everyday. He asked me when is my return appointment every night even I think he already knew the date. Brother comes every afternoon and chat a little to see if there's anything that he could help. He has been getting S to swimming classes. Sister has been awesome to take care of S while I need extra time along to nap. Lots snack time in the afternoon that they shared and the pup...

The month of October seems going so slow this year. The wind is blowing nicely, but hot! I am still feeling weak and tired. There aren't many full night sleeps, more of napping from time to time. Going downstairs and upstairs are much better. 

My return appointment was great! The stitch threads are off and I am feeling less pain and more comfortable.  S sang me a song that reminded me it's someone's birthday today a few days back. Cakes, some nice tea, and good laughs. I tried to laugh not too loud or it feels pinch pain.  She made me a full basket of paper hearts, cranes, flowers and the very abstract card..

Thank you for all the kind emails that you've sent to me. I am doing well! Another week I should be move freely and I have been working on hand-sewing little by little or the day goes really long without handwork to make it enjoyable.  Spent a few minutes each day made a little flex frame pouch for a dear friend.. it is the first one that I never made and already love it! Some gifts that I need to start working and shops update soon! Both shops are open now and thank you for your visit to our little shops~ 

I'll slowly return, but not in a full speed still...



  1. Chase! I am so sorry for your past couple of weeks! What hardships! I will be praying for your healing ~ Karisma from Big Island.

  2. Sorry you have had to go through this difficult and painful ordeal Chase. I do hope that you recover soon, and that the operation was a complete success. Good to see that there is a little sewing going on still! And how lovely for you to have your family around helping. Wishing you a belated happy birthday, and that you are feeling 100% very soon. CJ xx

  3. Hope you are feeling better soon, Chase!!! So glad you have your family helping you. Your daughter is so helpful too and so creative, just like you!! :)

  4. Happy Birthday Chase. I love the card that S has made for you . It's very colourful and clever . I have been reading your blog for a year now and I still love reading all about your creative life ........but I'm so sorry to hear that you have not been well . I hope that you recover soon . Take as many naps as you can and hopefully soon the pain will be gone .

  5. I am so happy you are doing better! I've missed your stories of S and Lucky and your beautiful handwork. I hope you have a speedy recovery. Rcoyle at
    PS. I LOVE S's birthday card! The colors are so beautiful; what a sweet and thoughtful daughter.

  6. Oh my gosh, Chase .. how come I missed your story :( I'm not a good friend, huh - wishing you well, dear .. and have a speedy recovery especially with smile of your daughter every days.. she is a truly angel ...
    and Happy Birthday to you, always wish the best for you in life..

  7. Wishing you well and a speedy are fortunate to have your family with you at this time! I hope all will be well for you!

  8. It sounds like you have been through a lot...good to be on the recovering end of surgery!
    Take it easy and I wish you a fast recovery!
    PS I finished my little Ipad mini bag and love it to keep finished paper pieced blocks in....still not sure how to get a picture to you but I think of you all the time!

  9. Belated Happy Birthday, Chase! I love the sweet handmade gifts from S - what a darling she is and very creative, just like her mama.
    Sending wishes for a speedy recovery and know that you're receiving the best care, surrounded by a loving and supportive family. Rest up and feel better soon.

  10. Dear Chase, I read this posting with a mixture of sadness and joy. I am terribly sad that you are suffering and have had to undergo a painful surgery and recovery. But at the same time, I am glad that you have your darling S and your family with you to to help in your recovery. Sending you all the best wishes. xo - Gayle

  11. So sorry to hear about your health issues. I hope you have a speedy recovery and very soon you are back at sewing and crafting along with S. Best wishes.

  12. I am sending positive thoughts your way! It's good you had your family to help you and S. I know you will be back to sewing really soon!!

  13. Dear Chase, I am thinking about you! I wish you quick return to good condition. And I am sending the big hug for Stella too! Take care, both of you :) ***

  14. i dont comment often but read every post you do. i am enjoying your adventure back home. i was sad to hear you had surgery and were poorly but i am so happy to hear you are on the mend. s is such a great helper and girl!

  15. Sending you get well soon hugs! You are surrounded by such a loving family. Take care of yourself xx

  16. Hi Chase, sorry to hear of your health troubles. Sending you good thoughts. There is nothing like family when we need them them most.

  17. Hi Chase, I hope you'll be back on your feet soon. Take care of yourself.

  18. Hope you are feeling better real soon! The pouch is so adorable!

  19. i'm happy to read you again and wish you good recovery.
    it takes time but you have a wonderful girl and familytakes good care of you!
    i send you great fresh hugs from France where the weather is being colder(sorry of my bad english)

  20. The way you combine fabrics is quite magical. I also like the little mat on your header.


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