February 8, 2009


I have been away from my blog far too long. For those who blog, you already know that it requires time and thought before putting it down on "paper". Well, I haven't really been up to too much. My daughter has had some additional health issues steming from the anti-rejection medications she is required to take. We just spent a lovely, but cold week at the Cleveland Clinic where she was admitted. The meds that Renee is taking, just do not seem to be pleasing to her body. Her new pancreas loves them.....but her kidneys HATE them! They revolt constantly and unfortunately, for her, she ends up getting really sick. But...I just still think it is still a miraculous and wonderful blessing with this transplant. We pray everyday that she will get used to the meds and everything will straighten out. I know other people have gone through the same thing....it just takes time and patience....and a LOT of prayers!

Well. on to stitching....I am stitching the most beautiful sampler from Beehive Needleworks. I have been stitching and stitching. Last week, I put my stitching in an vintage sewing bag made from what appears to be hand-loomed fabric. It is the most beautiful berry-red with wonderfully, worn wooden handles. I figure it had to made in the 1930's or 40's. All hand stitched together with a beautiful, pale blue fabric lining. To make a long story, short. I had the bag with my stitching when we down to Cleveland. I left it in the front seat, on the floor board...BIG MISTAKE!!! From my shoes being wet from melted snow, the water ran onto this lovely bag and the beautiful red ran on to my sampler! I tried my best to get it out, bought every concoction known to man, and the pale red still did not wash out of my linen...I wanted to cry...all that stitching! But when I looked at it, after it had dried...I felt a certain calm. It no longer bothered me that I had a pale red spot on my linen. I realized that everytime I look at my sampler, I will be reminded of our trip to Cleveland and the "mini-vacation" we had in the dead of winter and the new hope of a wonderful and healthy life for a loved one.


Plumruncreek said...

Bobbie~Hope Renee is feeling better. I'm so sorry to hear about your stitching, that's terrible!!

ihook2 said...

Bobbie-Will be praying for Renee. It seems like sometimes the things that I try to keep so perfect are what gets messed up. I'm now at the point in my life that I don't get as upset when something happens to my things. I now think that little imperfections gives things character. I'm sure you will cherish this sampler. Would love to see a picture when you're finished.

The Worker Bee said...

Hello Bobbie ~ Glory be...to do fret about the dreaded spot, it simply adds a bit of special aging to your sampler! Some of the antique samplers that I fancy most are those with mistakes, spots, and thread loss. Each and every sampler is meant to tell a story after all! Prayers and special blessings to your daughter.

Bobbie said...

Thank you all so much for your thoughts and prayers. I have learned to live with my red spot..I actually think I made it worse when I tried to remove it. Oh well...I am going to try a little coffee or walnut dye after I finish it...I'm almost done..YIPPEE!!

Anonymous said...

Bobbie - I hope your daughter is feeling better, will keep her in my prayers.
Glad to hear your sampler is almost done. I hope you share pics with us. Love your work and I do hope to see more it.
Hope you have a day filled with sunshine and smiles :)