Friday, July 22, 2011

Thank goodness that’s over…

Wednesday was not an easy day and I sure am happy that’s behind me.  

I am so grateful to have very caring and compassionate doctors who are genuinely concerned about my well being.  They have put a rush on everything and I’m hoping to have the results from the two biopsies by Wednesday of next week.  Thank you all for your kind words and support.  They are making my trip down this unknown road so much easier. 

You guys are the best!

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In my last post, I had these grandiose ideas of being able to complete the piecing of a Civil War nine patch quilt before my surgery.  As you can see below, I did get a start on it…

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and the rest of the nine patch and setting blocks were waiting patiently beside my machine for me to continue.   However, on Sunday…

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Frankie…as in Frank Sinatra…AKA 'old blue eyes’…arrived!  

Everything came to a screeching halt!

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Frankie is a three month old seal point Siamese kitten and he’s

E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E!

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Mac is being such a sport about it and apart from a few introductory swats and hisses, they are now co-existing really well.

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Then, and in anticipation of my brother coming to visit sometime in August,  we decided that it was time we did something with the spare room. 

Until now, it has been used as a catch-all and a place to put everything that we just hadn’t found a home for…including the last 4 boxes that are still waiting to be unpacked.  *sigh*

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Not only is it the smallest of the four upstairs bedrooms but because of the dormer and sloped ceiling, we decided to go with a single bed in order to be able to include some other furniture in there as well.  I made the quilt on the bed a few years ago which you can read about HERE.

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We picked up the bed yesterday and the decorating has only just begun. 

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There are still pictures to be hung, quilts to be piled on the bench, braided rugs to be scattered on the floor and a few other touches to give it a lived in feeling.

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Oh, and the other distraction as to why my piecing was put on hold was because my new Bolivar wool cutter arrived!  Isn’t it a beauty?

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So, while the little fur baby is napping, I’m  tip-toeing off to the studio to see if I can get a few more rows done.

Shhhhhhhhh!

Kaarenheartname 

67 comments:

Monica said...

You sure have been busy! Its making me feel like a slacker...hahaha.

*crossing fingers for good biopsy results*

jackie said...

i just love the pics of your home! the little guest room will be charming, i'm sure.
Having just completed my first queen-sized quilt (and the first i've made all by myself) i am fascinated by the civil war quilt you are making.
i said a prayer for you when i read about your biopsy.

susis quilts said...

i wish you all the best!!!and what a lovely room for having guests,very nice!susi

Linda said...

Hi Kaaren..so glad that the biopsy is over and will say a prayer for good results for you.
That little bedroom under the eves is just adorable.
I haven't heard of that wool cutter.
I have been doing some researching myself and will look that one up.
Be sure and post how you like it.
Linda

Judith said...

Good luck with the biopsies. I love siamese I have had two in my life and what characters they have been. Your brother will love that little room, I'm sure it will be very cosy.

Sunnybec said...

Glad you have got that out of the way. Oh old blue eyes is going to give you many hours of fun by the look of it, he looks a right little rascal...Linda

JessicaSews said...

Dear Kaaren, I am so glad to hear that you have such caring doctors. I'm praying for the best!

Love the Nine Patch!

What an adorable cat!

Enjoy your sewing and beautiful of course, your beautiful surroundings (home)!

~Laurie~ said...

So good to "see" you!

GerryART said...

You've certainly been busy. With lots to show for it.
What's the story behind 'blue eyes'?
Good Thoughts your way
hugs ♥♥♥

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

Frankie is beautiful...and I dont even like cats!!!
Thinking of you, and sending good vibs your way!!

Kathy said...

Your new guest room looks very inviting already, even without the extra quilts and pictures!

Praying for good results from your biopsy.

julieQ said...

I sure hope you are feeling wonderful soon...and have some news!! I see the nine patches I sent...love that quilt!

Stephanie said...

I know you're glad to be home. First the girls and now Frankie. I hope Max isn't sulking too much. :o) Frankie is a handsome little fellow. You have so many things to keep you distracted, and that's a good thing.

Rhonda said...

Praying everything will go well for you health-wise. Thanks for sharing about your projects!

Susan said...

And I think that you are the best...

Glad to know that I am not the only one with grandiose ideas..... Always more on the plate than time to chew or swallow...........

Lovely new baby at your house. Siamese are such wonderful friends to live with you.

The guest room is coming along.... I saw a few more ideas I can use at my house.

Praying for the best news next week.

Dianne in the country said...

Dear Kaaren,

So glad to hear that yesterday went smoothly and that you won't have too long to wait for the results. The kitty is so cute and its nice that he and Mac get along together. I love that quilt on your guest room bed. Your guests will certainly enjoy their rest under it. Will be thinking of you until next Wednesday.

Enjoy your weekend.

Dianne

sunny said...

Oh, a kitten! How exciting. He'll keep you so busy you won't have time to think of anything else. Prayers for good biopsy results.

Muddling Through said...

I think kitties are very theraputic. (When they're not making your crazy, that is.) Yours is a beauty. I know you'll enjoy him. So glad everything is moving along well for you.

KaHolly said...

Frankie is adorable. I have had a few siamese and I just love them. One lived to be well into his twenties! Kaaren, it's so good that you can keep busy and distracted. I'll be thinking of you. ~karen

Me and My Stitches said...

So glad the surgeries are behind you - praying for nothing but good news from here on out! Love your new kitty - you will be on your toes now for sure!. And what a wonderful guess room - I love your bench and night stand...and of course...your quilt!

Corrine said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Your home looks so lovely and inviting. Your nine patch will be happy to wait I am sure!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Glad to hear some procedures are behind you. I hope the results will be good. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Belinda said...

I thought about you all this week and hope the biopsy results are good.
What fun to do a room from scratch! I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product!

Nanci said...

Kaaren,

So glad to hear the biopsy day is behind you and I'll be praying for good results. I can't believe how much you get done in so little time. The kitten is a great addition and will be such fun as he grows up.

God bless...

Sandy said...

Prayers for good biopsy results! Love the quilt on your spare bed!

Brenda said...

Praying for you and wishing you all the best. Love the double wedding ring quilt on the table. Glad Frank has a good home.

JCnNC said...

Your little room under the eaves is so inviting. Luck to you as you wait for the results - happiness happens so we are going to continue the positive thoughts. Judy C in NC sends her warmest (literally) wishes

barcord said...

Good to see you blogging Kaaren. Praying that the results will be good. Your guest room is lovely. I do like the chair. Lots of love Barbara.

Joy said...

Frankie is adorable ... and I can't believe I'm saying that because usually Siamese make me shudder ... but he's SO cute!!!
The spare room is coming along great, do love that quilt, I'm sure your brother will be more than comfortable in there :o).
Kaaren I'm sending lot's of positive vibes your way and praying for good news from those biopsies.
Big hugs,
Joy :o)

ann said...

I don't know how you quilted that fast that is beautiful. I would love to have that Bovlier cutter
How long did you have to wait.

Sandy said...

So glad that Wednesday is over for you. I wish you lived closer and I would capture you and we would go visit quilt shops. You certainly have been busy with everything that is going on in your house. rest and sending prayers your way.

Merilyn said...

Sending positive thoughts for your biopsy results next week. Your new family member sure is a cutie, it's great dogs usually take things in their stride, my two did when I bought home a little rescue cat! they all seem to be fine together!! Love your little guest room!!!!

Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

Sending hugs, prayers, and good vibes for the very best outcome!!

Oh baby, that wool cutter looks like serious business! I hope you enjoy many hours cutting and then hooking and making new rugs to give you years of pleasure.

What a wonderful little space that room will be for your brother and other guests.

Enjoy your new fur baby!

Hugs from a very hot MA!!

Hands Sew Full said...

What an adorable new fur baby! I am happy to see that you are keeping so busy while you wait for the outcome of the tests, I know that part can be hard. I am keeping you and your health care team in my prayers during this journey.

Jeanne said...

You look so well organized and I love the spacious guest room! It's so inviting!

marina said...

A great start on your nine patch. The guest room looks just gorgeous, that quilt is enough to make it welcoming.
Love your new fur baby! Siamese are such attractive cats and they love to 'talk' to you. He will be a lovely companion for you and Mac. Fingers and toes crossed for Wednesday.

Sue said...

Hi Kaaren... glad to hear you have caring doctors..... so important.. and your new baby is gorgeous... Just what you needed... a distraction!! Would love to spend the night in your guest room.... lookin good!

SC Sally said...

Wishing you good news.........
Praying you peace.

Chris said...

Kaaren,
Am keeping good thoughts for your biopsy results. Many of us have been there and are holding your hand.
Frankie is just darling! The perfect addition to your home.
Can't wait to see the guestroom when you're finished.

SueB said...

Frankie is adorable. Those eyes are beautiful. Hope that you get great biopsy results. Your home is goregous.

Sheila said...

Kaaren, you sure have been busy this week. Always love to see pictures of your home. Frankie is beautiful, I am sure Mac will keep him in line. Only good thoughts coming your way.

Miriam said...

Frankie is gorgeous!!!

Keep busy.

All the best for next week.

Gayle said...

You got a BOLIVAR cutter? I'm so envious! (sigh) I've heard they cut like butter - don't think I've actually ever seen one in person...

Val said...

Frankie certainly looks like a cutie. Kittens sure do mange to get into everything:) Sounds like you are keeping busy. Hope you feel OK.

Melody said...

Your decorating is looking wonderful and your new little fur baby is adorable.
Take care, lovely Kaaren. I think of you often - good luck with the biopsies. Hugs.

Jenny's Craft Place said...

Fingers crossed all goes well for you. In the meantime, I'm sure Frankie and Mac will keep you entertained..lol... Good luck getting any quilting done :) Happy crafting, Jenny

Sue-Anne said...

Frankie is adorable and I bet he will keep you all busy for a while (poor Mac). Have fun with you new wool cutter and fingers crossed for your test results.

Siobhan said...

Your new kitty is adorable!! Your quilt WIP is sooo pretty, and I can't wait to see the end result of the bedroom decorating.

I say a novena for you every morning. Thoughts and prayers for you continue.

Melanie said...

Where would we be without our pets?!? Love the quilt on the twin bed....Stay busy... In a few months you are going to look back on this time and say---"Man, I'm glad I didn't sit around and waste a minute!!!"

Sydney said...

My prayers are still comin' at ya!
Love your house renovation stories and pictures! You are such a busy, talented lady!
Sydney

sydney120@aol.com
NY USA

Lori said...

A new resident?! Frankie is adorable! I hope he settles in quickly.
The room is looking wonderful adn I'm sure it will be ready for company in no time.
May everything concerning your health contnue to go quickly and smoothly.

Deb said...

Hoping and praying for a good biopsy result.

Jeanne said...

Praying for a good report from your biopsy, Kaaren. I love the quilt you made for the guest bedroom. I'm still stitching my Raggedy blocks and loving each and every one.

Heartsdesire said...

You certainly have your hands full, what with a new kitty, company coming and now a fabulous wool cutter. Looking forward to some woolies, maybe in the fall? Your guest room is lovely, especially the quilt. I'm also interested in your Civil War nine-patch. I love CW fabrics and nine-patch is my favourite block so will be checking in to see how you're progressing with it.

jojo said...

superbe quilt et adorables animaux
tu fais des merveilles en patch j adore gros bisou

Candace said...

I'm glad to hear the waiting will be over soon, Kaaren! Oh and Frankie is ADORABLE! Mac will have a very interesting playmate! Love guest room decor - so will your guests! And your new wool cutter is gorgeous! What will you do with the old one?
Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear all is going well with your doctors. I LOVE your new kitten, we have 2 siamese and have owned various siamese over the years. THey are the most beautiful amazing animal and will fill your life with love for many years to come! xxBrenda

Allie said...

So glad that's over Kaaren - I'm praying for good results! Your quilt is looking beautiful, but how will you get anything done with Frankie - oh he is so gorgeous, I do love Siamese! I'm so glad he's getting along well with Mac.

The spare room is lovely, can't wait to see it all finished - such a beautiful quilt on the bed!

Michelle said...

I hope your surgery goes well and you have a quick recovery. That Civil War nine patch is going to be beautiful!

Karen said...

Is the new kitty for you or hubby?
Looks like he will be some fun to be with.
Glad to hear the biopsy is over and that you will get the results soon. Waiting is the worst.
Have you gathered some hand work to take to these meetings?
Wasnt my best stitching but helped with the waiting.

Hoping for good news...K

Jennifer @ Stitchin' Thyme said...

I am praying for great news.

Your spare room is lovely. You have been ever so busy! I love the nine patch and it is coming along nicely! Take care!

Daniëlle said...

Thanks for the music!!! Love those girls! OMG, your Frankie!!! His face hihi, oh so naughty!!! the one advantage of a pup Labrador: our Taegan doesn't jump onto tables hihihi! Glad to read you are home again and I will pray for you!!! Because when I have to keep my fingers crossed ... well ... little stitching hihihi!!! Hugs, Daniëlle

Mari, Tenerife (España) said...

Hi Kaaren... I wish you all the best!!! Good luck from Tenerife (Spain) See you soon...

Sandi said...

Here's hoping your results are good news tomorrow. The room for your brother's stay is so comforting and inviting. He may not want to leave! :-)

Martha said...

Sending you lots of prayers for your biopsy results. Love the guest room, but my favorite is Frankie. I love cats, but my favorites are Siamese. They have such expressive personalties. Can't wait to visit you again.

Nancy said...

Best wishes for you Kaaren. I have to tell you that I loved clicking on your blog and being greeted with music by Johnny Mathis. One of my all-time favorites!

Darlene said...

I'm so sorry I missed this post! That guest room is going to be lovely and definitely inviting. You have such a knack for decorating.