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Wednesday, January 1, 2020


Impromptu picture of my dad and I on his 98th birthday last June.  A childhood friend of mine stopped by to wish him happy birthday.

Living with and caring for my dad for almost 4 years has been a blessing and a trial.  I love that I can spend the last years of his life with him and that, while his body may be failing, his mind is pretty much there.  I definitely miss my home...it holds my husband, my horse and my longarm!!  For most of the time I have been with my dad, I have been umpiring adult slow-pitch softball.  It's fun, gets me out of the house and I get some social interaction.  For all but the last year, I was umpiring 6 nights a week.  All that changed this year as my dad's health made him less independent.  I umpired 2 nights a week this year and I had a companion to come in and care for my dad while I was gone.  He is now using a walker and couldn't microwave his dinner and get it to the table any more.  I don't think I will be umpiring any more, so to avoid the deep pit of depression, I need outside motivation to get me sewing.  I always feel better when I play with fabric and create something.

Sherri, who blogs at A Quilting Life, is having two challenges per month.  One challenge will be sewing/creating with our scraps/stash and the other will be organization of our scraps.  I'm going to jump on board and see if I can work on both.  I don't have much of my stash here, but there has been stash enhancement since I got here!!

If you would like to join in, you can find her post here.  Jelly rolls...you will be made into something!!


The Joyful Quilter said...

You are doing a wonderful thing for your Dad!! It's good that you are remembering to take care of yourself, too. SEW glad that your small fabric stash will be keeping you entertained in the coming months! Thank you for the link. Off to check it out!

claudia said...

I can relate to your story. I was fortunate to have my Dad ask me to stay with him. He was 90 at the time. I lived with him for two years before he passed. I was more than delighted to stay with him and visit, cook his meals and do the daily things he was unable to do for himself. I spoiled him with the things he loved...like root beer floats!
I miss my Dad every day. I can always look back on the very trying and blessed time I got to spend with him.

Susie said...

I think that what you have done for your Dad and for you is a marvelous thing but know how hard it is for you and your DH and being away from your Farm.

I think being made to do quilting to a deadline is a great way to keep motivated and we are all here on the end of our computers for you. I know it is not actually in person but we are here.

Susie xx

Susan said...

I'll have to check out that link. I won't know if I need it until I take a look, right? LOL The shoebox project helped with the stash! =)