Tuesday, September 28, 2010

On Modern Technology

Tomorrow will be 43 years since the birth of our first child.  I smile now at how little I knew going into that.  No prenatal classes--only old wives tales that seem to abound around childbirth.  

Before I had my knee surgery I had a class that went through all the equiment that would be used by me and by the hospital to speed recovery.  I met the Dr., the PA, the physical therapy office near the doctor's office and I was prepared with some knowledge.  The tools I have at my disposal are the best that are currently offered--and many weren't even around when my mom had her knees done eight years ago.  The ice/cooling system is wonderful.  I can keep it on my knee for as long as I like.  We put frozen water bottles inside and then fill the ice chest with water and then coolness moves through the blue cord and into the pad that is held in place with Velcro.  Wonderful healing gizmo!!!    I must wear the TED hose and the little white plastic thing allows me to put the hose on there and then pull the chord and without a lot of effort the hose are up to my knee and hardly a sweat is broken--much different than when I was putting some on in the hospital before the surgery.  The crutches are light and easy to use--not sore armpits and no stooping over a walker.  Pain is managed through drugs--they have their downside--but with a little senna tea last night I even broke through that barrier!  ROFLOL!!!

I have a written account on an ancestor--who when coming to Utah from Denmark then to England and with a group of immigrants in the 1800's came as a child of eight.  Her parents contracted the flu and left the four (I think) children orphans.  Their mother had made quilts and had knitted warm wool socks for each child.  My grandmother was placed with a couple that really didn't want to have a child with them.  The story tells of some mistreatment and "loss" of socks and quilt.  The group of pioneers that left with handcarts, left a bit late and really should have stayed back East through the winter, but they left and then were stormed in a Rock Cove in Wyoming.  Her feet were frostbitten.  Her feet removed at the ankles and later needed to be "sawed off" at the knees by someone, not even a doctor.  She survived, walked her life on her knees with leather surrounding the knee and cotton from old clothes as padding.

She learned to sew and made clothes for others and that's how she provided for herself.  She eventually married and had a family and she is I think my great-great grandmother.

I've often wondered how she ever did it.  There are no records written in her hand.  I would think she would have post-traumatic stress syndrome.  Anyhow, even with all the tools I have and the physical therapy and all, I still have pain--though little I'm sure to what she endured!

And I have a quilt--wonderful when the ice is on my knee.

Yesterday we measure the flex--90 degrees up from 63 last week.  The swelling is subsiding and I'm staying under the limit for my meds--and hopefully can begin to decrease dependence on them!  Oh and I get to shower with warm water and a chair to sit on and just enjoy the water rolling over me.

Life is fine!

Our neighbor brought over some hot home made bread.  Now who can pass that up?!!!   I've been off wheat for 2 weeks, and am breathing much better without eating wheat--but you'd have to throw it away to avoid that aroma!!!  Used some pear honey that I'd made a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed a treat.  Soon the loaf will be gone and I'll be back off wheat, but oh, that was fun!!!  (Spoken like the baker's daughter that I am!)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Two Things...

Home from the hospital and have a new knee!  I got home from the hospital a couple of days ago.  Yesterday I had my first shower!  Whoopee!  The water was so soothing.  I'm getting around on my crutches and driving my DH nuts, so I must be getting better!

Talked with my sis yesterday.  She has a dear friend who pops in on her often and has sort of adopted my sis.  The other day, I sent her a quilt.  It's one I completed awhile back and just hadn't decided where it would go.  After talking with my sis one day, I knew that she would be the kind of person who would love a quilt.  I was right.  When receiving the box with the quilt in it, she fondly caressed the quilt with so much love that after my sis's description, I knew it had been sent to the right person.  Often, I don't get to know of the recipient's reception of the quilt and the description warmed my heart.  One day, I would like to meet this genteel lady who cares for a 92 year old man, with little of worldly goods, but has a special heart and lives from that place in her heart that gives her direction and the empathy she has to assist others.  What a woman!

Cheryl's New Quilt

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Could U.S. citizens ever be imprisoned based on ethnicity?

Yesterday while meeting with friends from high school after attending a service for the burial of one of our classmates our conversations of course returned to our high school classes.  Recently while attending the quilt show in the same town at which we were eating and conversing (Springville, UT), I asked them if they were as dumb as I was about the Topaz prison camps near Delta, UT during WWII less than 100 miles from our high school--yet I NEVER KNEW about this until I was married and with horror watched aTV show about such.  None of my classmates knew either--until later in their lives.  How can such things happen, I've asked myself...and then I read about hate over immigration issues now present and I'm reminded we don't seem to progress past hate very rapidly.

These are pictures  I took of a two sided quilt in the Topaz Display aside from the regular quilt show.  This was also at the Springville Art Museum, but loaned from the Topaz Japanese American Intermet Camp Museum (P.O. Box 241, Delta, Utah 84624--a non-profit organization).

Over the Moon

This is actually quilted on both sides.  A beautiful quilt indeed.  This is from the letter that was posted as part of the display. 

Over the Moon

Dear Jack,
I'm here at Tule Lake.  They call it a camp, but it is not like the summer camp we went to where we rowed on the lake and roasted marshmallows.  There is no lake anywhere, just dust.  It blows in my eyes and stings.  I have to sleep in the same room with my Mom and Dad on hard cots and there's no hamburgers or ice cream here, just potatoes and lotsa soup.

I mis my school friends and sometimes I even cry, especially when I think about Neko and Usagi.  You remember Neko, my yellow cat?  We gave her to the lady next door.  Sha (maybe incorrect spelling, but I can't read it too well) and I hope your Japanese cat gets along with my American cat.  I hope so too.  No one would take Usagi, even when I changed his name to Rabbit.  On that day we left, Mama told me I had to let him go free and we took him outside and opened his cage.  But he just sat there.  He didn't want to leave his home either.  Finally, Mama tipped over the cage and he hop, hopped away into the bushes.

Last night I couldn't sleep.  The coyotes were making awful scary noises, but I snuch out of our barrack anyway.  It was so bright with a big moon shining.  I went over to the barbed wire fence and was looking up at the sky when guess what I saw.  Two rabbits jumping over the moon.  It was Usagi and his new friend Rabbit.  I was so happy to see him again.  I yelled Usagi, down here, Usagi.  And you know what?  He turned around and looked right at me, just like that last day before he ran away.  I waved at him and started to laugh, but then the big spotlight came on and I ran back to my bed before they could shoot me.

Your friend 
Eddie Matsui

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Top of Granddaughter's Quilt top
Whole Queen Sized Top Ready for Quilter
This top started with a few charm packs that my oldest granddaughter picked for a quilt.  With no particular pattern in mind I was promptly presented the challenge of trying to find enough fabric for a queen sized bed which she was soon to be inheriting from her parents.  Well...the fabric line was nearly impossible to find.  I had some 1 1/2 inch rolls of precut fabric which I used for the piano keys border, and I found another line that matched but it was not a print.  The blue in the small borders was a bit too bright, so I just used it as the corner borders.  I found some precut triangles--turnovers they are called, but I could only get 3 packages, so not enough to make the pinwheels of the same fabric.  However, that being said although it's a bit busy and fussy for my tastes, I think she'll love it.  It is floral, feminine and I was able to buy enough of the blue to sort of "cement" all the florals with that.  I've got a piece for the backing and I'll take some of the leftovers and part of the braid as a lenghthening strip for that as when I ordered it, I forgot to get enough for the leader for the quilter.  I'm going today to find a batting and hopefully it can get quilted this week, if not, I'll not be able to used the foot pedal for awhile to add the binding.

This project has been one of love.  I've gotten into the "crunch" time of this and have been so sick with deep chest congestion that I didn't think I'd get it done.  I'm still not sure if I can keep my original date for my knee surgery as I'm still coughing a bit.  To see the doctor Tuesday and then I'll know for sure!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A Whole Cloth Quilt

Whenever I see one of these quilts, I am drawn to them.  They hold interest for me in the way they are quilted and the simplicity of the white fabric used in them.  I spent quite a few minutes just looking at all the different quilting designs--and done on her Bernina!!!  WOW!!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Peacock Incognito

This quilt was made for the Hoffman Challenge in 2008.  Each three inch block has 20 pieces and the entire quilt has over 1120 individual pieces. 

Friday, September 3, 2010

Barbara's Fan Club

Another quilt by Kathy Wilhelmsen.  This quilt looks to be done with a simple block, I think Drunkard's Path and then a HST added to make a fan.  The fabrics don't show up well in the large photo of the quilt, but mostly I wanted the idea for the block itself. 

Thursday, September 2, 2010