Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas Quilt Top Finished

Got the top finished this morning. I'll probably not get around to quilting it till next year, but I'm pleased with how it looks. Applique still isn't my favorite, but the results are nice.

Christmas Eve, 2006

It's the morning of Christmas Eve. Dan and I are home in Ganado. Nathan, Wendy, and Cole are in Memphis for Cole's cancer treatment. Travis and MaryAlice are in Austin, doing Christmas with her family.

We got over two inches of rain with a very windy cold front last night, so the yard and plants are well watered. I wish the Christmas elves would come weed all my flowerbeds, rebuild my rasied vegetable beds, and rake the leaves.

Yesterday was spent at Jimmy's, making smoked sausage, head sausage with barley, and tamales. We worked from 9:30 till 4:30 in the afternoon, and my legs and back are a bit tired today, but it was a wonderful soothing project. Just steady work with good tasting products to show for it at the end of the day.

Today will be spent doing the preparations for a small Christmas dinner. There's no reason to bake a huge turkey for the two of us, so I'll be cooking just a turkey breast. Of course, one must have all the side dishes, too, so it's really not any less work.

I've also got to get some sorting and throwing away and storing things done as well. It's especially difficult now that I've been gone so much dealing with various crisis situations over the last two years, and my house has acquired much too much furniture and too many family keepsakes. Some hard decisions about what to keep are going to have to be made.

There's much to be done this week and next, but I'm going to try to keep my focus on today. What I can only live in the present.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Life Going In An Unexpected Direction

Shortly after my last post, we had Thanksgiving, the Longhorn/Aggie game, and life settled into a routine again. For a couple of days.

I went to Missouri to help out with Lonnie's situation. Kathleen had foot surgery, and then Minnie, Lonnie's mom, fell and shattered her right shoulder. She had to have shoulder joint replacement surgery and is now living with Lonnie and Kathleen.

Over that holiday weekend, I had a feeling of needing to call Nathan and Wendy. I fought it off for a couple of days, then called. Turns out Nathan had taken Cole (age 2 1/2) to the Emergency Room on Saturday, November 25, because he was limping and reluctant to walk.

Within three days, Cole was admitted to the hospital and cancer was suspected. Every family's worst nightmare was coming true for us.

I left Missouri on Thursday and flew to San Diego to be house sitter and backup for Wendy and Nathan. Dan drove out the next week. By December 9th, Cole was being transported to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

What I will record here are my thoughts on being a grandmother of a very ill little boy. It has been an emotional roller coaster for all of us, and after seeing the wonderful job that Wendy and Nathan are doing recording their experiences, I didn't want to intrude on their website. I have this little corner of the Internet of my own.