Friday, January 20, 2017

Rug hooking and camping in January

Bravery is seven little letters but so much in those letters. Observing the friends in my life and all the groups I belong to I am amazed how brave my friends truly are and special. Not because they don't speak what comes from their heart but that they go on as bravely as they can in spite of with good attitudes. Chronic illness is such a hard situation there is no magic bullet that fixes everything.It's not like a bad cold or flu it's just trying to get thru the day with as much dignity and hope that it will be better tomorrow and feeling wiped out and exhausted and in pain. Your whole family feels the ripple effect of you feeling helpless and sad for you.Chronic illness is something that makes you dig deep inside yourself to make it to the next day.  I don't know how many times I have said I am sorry to my daughter because she is in pain .It's tough.

  As a sick person you have the added stress of waiting for treatments to be approved.You fight with insurance companies when your ill and wait for doctor visits hoping and praying the specialist has more information about your illness. If you need a handicap spot and you look O.K.  you are harassed by people expecting you to explain what's wrong with you. Sometimes you are having a good day and don't need a cane. You feel normal and yet some judgmental person wants to try to ruin your day. There are so many hidden disease where you look so called normal but just walking or going to the grocery store is such an achievement! I am amazed at how many of my friends are going thru illness and loss and still can be brave kind and constantly showing their wonderful character. Brave people inspire more Brave people!

The fact that a person does not become bitter is the bravest part! The old John Wayne idea of bravery of being stoic, not being real is not what bravery is believe me. Talking about what's bothering you to close safe friends and realizing you are not alone helps them and you on this windy path.Sometimes you are just an example to others of coping skills  A lot of times your dealing with one health crisis after another one problem and you barely have time to come up for air. But oh when you come up for air it's glorious.Life is wonderful when your having good days.

                                                                      camping and hooking

The bravest people discuss what their going thru and ask for help and understanding from friends and family. A brave woman can cry get angry and just be pissed because they're sick of being sick. (that's the only word that fits)

 Camping has been such a welcome relief just being to have some time with my husband has been priceless. We relax watch the ducks regroup and can help again.

  Unfortunately this month is going to be a tough month for my daughter trying to get her pain under control. She is going to have IV once a week and will get sicker before she feels better. So I will be running back and forth to her home to help.I get to see all the cool moms again waiting for their kids in their skinny yoga pants and this little Nana will be picking up the funniest little kindergartner .I was face timing him yesterday he kept scrunching his eye brows up and down and he informed me that is an eye brow Hello. Now I know you think this is a Cheri serious post but I think that sometimes when your looking at peoples post you think what a wonderful life and it is far from it. They learned to find the friends that support them and rebuild a new life with this new shadow in their life. The fact your family can still find happiness in spite of this chronic situation in your life is another use for that seven letter word Bravery.

OK well back to the rest  my Life. Sometimes I think I compartmentalize my life ya think? Remember how I was saying how awful the coyotes have been? Well now add a mountain lion to the mix it was spotted in Crest last week. All this rain is effecting wildlife for some reason.They are getting Bolder.
Last weekend we went camping again. My husband had a three day weekend so we went camping in January. It was my very own hook in and perfect.  I hooked away on a cute log cabin rug . I was having a fun time bike riding and taking pics of the different birds. Maulie went  riding in a bike with Jack. I had to laugh when I saw her riding by me . I am really looking forward to a big trip were taking in May to the Ocean with five couples.

                                                               I hooked outside and when it rained
                                                               I went inside


                                                                    My camping project

Coyotes seem to be following where ever I go.
The irony of the coyotes that have me worried since I lost one chicken is I go camping and see a coyote about 50 feet from our trailer trotting slowly by. There I was riding in the afternoon and saw another one across the brook from me. We had a fellow camper tell us how they hang out in the area we were camping at probably because there is a stream of water. Today I  went to my rug hooking group it was fun as usual Enjoy what my fellow rug hookers are working on.

                                                        Pam is getting it closer to being done

                                                               Michele wants to repair this quilt

                                                            Janice finished her stocking !

                                                        As usual Donna has a beauty of a rug

                                                              Stephanie work

                                                                  I am getting there

                                                                     hugs cheri


Rugs and Pugs said...

Hugs and prayers for your daughter and for you, too. No matter the age, a mom never wants to see her child hurting.
So many wonderful projects being worked on. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs :)

acorn hollow said...

I love your little rug. and so glad you got away for some R and R.
keeping your daughter in my thoughts I have a gravely ill friend so I know what it is to live with it.

Larkrise garden girl said...

Thanks for your prayers Lauren and I do so appreciate!
Cathy I know you know how hard it is at times . Prayers to you too.Cheri

Kim said...

Aww, I'm sorry your family is going through this. We never know what some people have to cope with and yet so many people are so quick to judge on what they see on the surface. Hugs to you all

Julia said...

Dear Cheri, you are a brave lady and so is your daughter. Having to go through seeing your own daughter suffering and not being able to stop the suffering but ride through this suffering with her is brave. Seeing my own suffering is almost unbearable so i understand.

Those coyotes have me worried and now a mountain lion too and probably two.

I'm so glad that you have been able to get away with your husband to hook away to your heart's content. The projects everyone is working on are all beautiful. I love the colors you have chosen for your trees. So creative.

We have been doing some necessary renovations in our home while my brother was here for three days and I got so tired that I fell asleep at the keyboard this morning typing a comment on your blog so I had to go for a nap and come back and finish off. lol.

I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers and i would ask to keep my older sister Leona and her husband Henri . He passed away this morning from terminal cancer.

Stay safe from those wild animals. Hugs, Julia

Larkrise garden girl said...

Oh Julia, you are going thru so much . My heart and prayers are with you always.You are truly one of the brave friends I know .So sorry for Henri and Leona. I do enjoy working on projects it keeps my mind occupied. I hope this goes well and my daughter feels better.A good mothers love is unconditional and always is there for all your children.You are that Julia.

Larkrise garden girl said...

Thanks Kim,wouldn't it be nice in this world there would be less judgement and more empathy.It finally stopped raining and I am putting some milkweed in the garden. I am trying to attract Monarchs. Hugs Cheri

Kurt Schindler said...

Hope the treatment your daughter is going to receive will help her. What a brave person she must be to face the pain and sickness she is experiencing. Prayers for all of you.


Larkrise garden girl said...

I hope so too Charlotte. One treatment three to go. I am home again and I am going bike riding with some friends. I need to clear my mind.
Thank you for Prayers!

Connie the Cootiebug said...

Hello, I'm also a lover of the series Larkrise and I have them on DVD so I can re-watch when I'm in the mood. I'm a new reader and Follower of your blog. I quilt, blog, etc. etc. too and I invite you to click over to visit me sometime. I used to camp and loved it but no longer have a camper, and I do miss the fun I had.

Larkrise garden girl said...

Hi Connie, I loved the series Larkrise it was so well done.Thanks for following My blog I do enjoy getting comments from followers. It sounds like you keep busy with all your grandkids and quilting.Have a nice week! Cheri

Bee Lady said...

I am so sorry for what your daughter has to go through. And I can't imagine the constant struggle with insurance. It seems insurance has always been a struggle and I don't know if it's any better with the governments involvement or not! I would freeze camping in January! It's a blessing you can help your daughter with her son. I miss my stitchery group. Glad you have your groups to help relieve stress. I always say my crochet group is my therapy.