Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Every Day Life and thinking positive no matter what

With the help of Georgia her sister in law in Pennsylvania
Janet has the face on her cat!!

Darling quilt by Pam

Well I spent a couple days with my daughters family last week. Megan and little Jack were both sick but now this week it's worse Megan's cough has developed into Bronchitis.

I am thankful she got in to see the doctor to get medication and hopefully she will be feeling better soon.
Hubby is at the dentist this afternoon and coming home hopefully with his tooth feeling better.I am again thankful.

Between Rug hooking last week being at Megan's and a quick trip to a nursery in North County I was busy gal.  Then there was a horrible storm.
                                                      Janice working away on her stocking

Jan knitted her sweater

 I was impressed

We had a severe thunderstorm a couple days ago it was crazy. A young lady was killed by a tree which hit her car while she was driving and some reporters were hurt by a falling tree.San Diego county never gets winter winds like we have been having lately. Blame it on the El Nino .

I am looking at my garden today with all the yard mess of the high winds of a couple nights ago.I am blessed. I  went around my yard picking up my broken yard umbrella. A broken patio table. One birdhouse was destroyed and some were off their wooden stands.Two slats in our front fence got broken so hubby has that to fix that but at least none of our trees fell.

I was so scared  a couple of nights ago! The wind was so loud and just continued to blow and blow heavy gusts thru the trees. I finally got up and told hubby I was going to sleep on the easy chair in the front room.It was every man for himself I thought sheepishly.  The back bedroom is closest to the large Eucalyptus and they were blowing like they were going to come down. It did sound like a mini train. I put my ipad on and my earphones in my ears.I turned  on a Christian podcast station and blasted music til I fell asleep.This was way worse then a couple weeks ago.

I got the window hooked

Every day my life is so alive with one thing after another.I feel like I am constantly changing my hats. Being positive is hard when Life keeps throwing you hard balls but what is the alternative?
So because of my role models I see in my daily life I trudge ahead making the best of situations. Not having the answers to love ones who are in the middle of health struggles is heartbreaking but as I say to friends and family I am praying for you and hopefully it will get better soon.

Last night I was talking to my cousin on the phone and she was teasing me of how excited I get over common things most people take for granted but for some reason silly as it sounds It floats my boat.So I am going to list a couple of routine things that I am Thankful for dumb as it sounds.
Maybe you can think of common things in your life that make you happy and thankful for. First I love my I pad and I love that I can download books and audio books for free from the library.
 Second I like my new large garden trash can it is huge and closes up nicely. The wheels are great when moving it around my garden. I am happy that green apple ice plant might have a fungus and has been dying around Crest and in my yard.I am happy for my endless supply of wood which hubby has cut up so we don't use our heater. I am thankful for my Vermont Casting wood burning stove and how warm it keeps us.Lastly I sure loved my nails getting done at Christmas and how fancy I felt. Lol.

So there you are simple me when things get difficult and I am feeling a little sorry for myself for a quick second.I think there has got be be something I can be happy for. I will reach into my memory bank and say to myself  Is there anything to be Thankful for and there is always something to be happy about and off I go again.

     This afternoon I am making chicken soup and as I do my dishes I am listening to a audio book called A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson . It has really kept my attention as he describes the Appalachian trail.
He makes you feel like you can see the beautiful Smokey mountains and it gives you an appreciation of what it takes takes to take off and really get tested by nature.It's a humorous book at times.

I am taking a class by Cheri Payne on Saturday it should be fun.
I will take pictures.So enjoy the quick pictures of what the ladies are working on.

                                                 Last week Marjorie was doing nicu caps
                                                 This week it's chemo hats!

                                                             Michele is cross stitching away!!

                                                                            Pam quilt

                                                                    Karen made this sewing tote

                                             I went to a North county nursery and loved these
                                             planter boxes!
                                             I have to go the soups done! I am going to freeze some of it.

                                             I will be sure and take pics
                                             of Cheri Payne's class on Saturday.
                                                    hugs cheri



Rugs and Pugs said...

So sorry that Megan and Jack were sick. Hopefully your daughter can shake the bronchitis.
Yes, we have much to be thankful for, but sometimes we need a reality check and must really focus on all the positives.
Love the face on the cat!
Be sure to take lots of pics from your class.
We get lots of high winds off Lake Erie and sometimes it's pretty scary, and the older I get, the scarier they get :) Glad you survived unscathed.
Hugs :)

Larkrise garden girl said...

Hi Lauren, I will be sure and take pics. Were not use to strong winds except Santa Ana's but last week was bad. My soup turned out good!
Georgia was such a help to Janet. It was perfect timing being out in Pennsylvania for Christmas.hugs cheri

Mary A said...

I live in Northern California and we got a little bit of the storm that you got. It blew down trees here too. We are losing so many trees because they are weak from the drought. I love all the different needlework that your friends do! It's very motivating! Prayers for your daughter's health.

Larkrise garden girl said...

Hi Mary A , wasn't that storm crazy. Thanks for the prayers for Megan I appreciate it!
The drought has been terrible in California. I can only imagine how it is in Northern California.

annie said...

What a post, so thankful your trees survived.
What a post, so very thankful to read, what a good blessing you shared.
Hope I get to see your class photos!

Larkrise garden girl said...

Hi Annie, Hopefully I can get something done in Cheri's class on Saturday. I am so glad that the weather is back to normal.
I will share the photos. Hugs Cheri

acorn hollow said...

the winds sound awful we don't have winds like that often anyway. I read a walk in the woods very funny.
so sorry you have some sickness in your family never easy but good they are on the mend

Saundra said...

Like you, when the wind starts howling thru the trees it scares me. I think it is a healthy positive outlook on life you have and good for your emotional well being and that of the people you interact with, particularly your family. Some magnificent projects you and your friends have accomplished. Huge quilt and you did a great job on your window.

Larkrise garden girl said...

Hi Cathy , I am enjoying the book! There is something soothing about audio books. It puts me to sleep at night. Reminds me of when you were a child and got read to.hugs cheri

Larkrise garden girl said...

Thanks Saundra!

Rosemary said...

oh im so jelly that you get to take a class with Cheri! I love all her work :) Please take tons of photos!

Farm Girl said...

Hi Cheri,
I am so sorry Megan and Jack are sick. It is hard being the caregiver isn't it? I know when one of my daughters get sick, I do feel so helpless. I love all of the things you shared. I think that is what gets us through so many hard things. The little bits of joy that we have. Have you heard of Libivox? I have the app and listen to old classic books from there. I really enjoy it. I love Bill Bryson too. I remember laughing myself silly at some of the parts in that book. Some of it gives me pause too. His one that he does on Australia is a hoot too.
That was a huge storm but we haven't had wind. Which is weird. You are getting wind when you don't normally.
I think your class sounds fun. I wish I wasn't five hours away, I would love some classes like that.
I hope it gets easier for you Cheri. I am with you, it has been so hard these first couple of months.
Blessing and I will keep you all in my prayers.

Larkrise garden girl said...

Thank you for the kind thoughts Farm Girl it is hard being the family cheerleader sometimes.
It builds my faith realizing I am not in control and hoping my attitude will keepplugging away.
The class will be fun. Especially alot of the ladies I know are taking it.
I haven't tried Libivox yet. I will have to look at it .
I have so many books to read on my ipad I am going to have hurry up my reading. Lol
Thanks for the prayers, hugs cheri

Larkrise garden girl said...

Hi Rosemary I will!
I need to get out my reds I am going to use for my hearts!!