Happy Father’s Day

20 06 2010

Despite continued deterioration/increased pain of my back, I had a great talk with my beloved Daddy and a nice day with my dearest hubby. Nick is cooking another new recipe for a chicken dish for Ed. It sounds really yummy, and smells. so. good. He also made up the coolest card for Ed. A true chip off the old crafty block. {wipes a tear from her eye…}

Two Major Family Changes – Part 1

13 02 2009

First, we are very sad to share news of CoCo’s passing. CoCo was such an integral part of our family for her 14 wonderful years with us. We loved her so very much and miss her terribly. She was a happy-go-lucky, spunky and sweet companion. I remember so clearly the night we adopted her, driving on a cold winter evening out to the “toolies” of Darrington, WA to take a look at her. We found her listed in the newspaper’s Free Pets section. Nick was just 4 years old then, and I could harly contain my excitement! When we finally found the correct (unmarked) street, and the mobile home with a German Short-Haired Pointer tied to a tree in the yard, Ed and I took a double-take and asked each other if we should go up to the house or not. It was not a welcoming sight in the least. We each had visions of a horror movie unfolding. Approaching the front door, the wet pressboard porch sagged beneath our footsteps. Once the lady of the house opened the door and asked us in, we followed her between the stacked newspapers, boxes, bags and whatnot lining the walls into the family room. We saw teenagers huddled under blankets on the couch, with sweet little black lab momma dog at their feet. We could see the kitchen from where we stood, with the kitchen window wide open. No wonder it was so cold inside. A green garden hose was duct taped to the kitchen faucet and appearred to be their watersource. {Oh my!}


{CoCo at about 5 years old, Nick about 10}

The lady of the house let the puppies out of a really old-school dog kennel made of wood with a domed top and a little metal screened window in the front. Happy to be out of their box, and having been woken up, the 6 or so puppies did as any normal pup would – they all commenced to pee and poop all over the carpet. The lady was prepared, however, with her roll of paper towels. She quickly tore a sheet off, laid it over the spot where the pee or poop was, and moved on to the next. {Naa – no clean-up, just a quick cover-up! :O)

We watched the puppies. Which was most/least active, dominant, nippy? Ed was the first to spot CoCo, and she was the only one in the litter that was chocolate brown, and she was happy, but somewhat calm. It was speculated by the lady of the house that her other dog tied up outside was the papa. I think one of the pups did have that speckled coat. As we continued to watch the pups, it was obvious that CoCo was meant to become part of our family. She was perfect!!

The lady of the house, despite those questionable homekeeping habits, handed us an index card from her card file that contained all of CoCo’s relevent information – parents’ breeds, pup’s date and time of birth, number in the birth order, weight at birth, colorings and markings, etc. I was shocked to recieve it and have been grateful over the years to have had the information.


We drove the 45 minutes or so home, holding our noses all the way. Being stuck in a dirty kennel with 6 or 7 other puppies lent CoCo a rather nasty aroma. Despite whining most of the way home, after a quick bath that first night, CoCo slept well. With lots of treats and lots of love, CoCo quickly became our well-behaved, well loved daughter-dog. She loved everyone she met, including lots of dog-pals over the years. Rest in peace, my big brownie dog. We’ll always love you.

Wow, This is a Record! Long Time No Post

5 10 2008

I guess I have a lot to catch up on. Today I was checking in on Ravelry (knitting site) on the Knitting RPh board and there was a link to a couple of fun quizzes.Try for yourself, if you’d like!

NameThatDrug.com – The Drug Test

I have some pics to post, too. Hopefully I’ll BRB.


Harley Davidson

13 04 2008

Ed bought a gorgeous HD a few weeks ago, March 19th actually. Here it is coming home to Ed’s garage one lovely evening. He borrowed a trailer from his boss to bring it home from Cowboy Harley Davidson in Austin, TX.

Ed\'s new Harley Davidson Street Glide


When we moved to TX, and Ed had his license changed over and apparently was concentrating on making sure that his CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) was carried over, and with the correct grade. Unfortunately, the licensing person missed his motorcycle endorsement and Ed did not catch it. So he has to go through the classes and take the test. Oh well. He hadn’t ridden a bike since he had one when he was about 18 or 19 anyway. And over the last 25 years or so that we’ve been together, I wasn’t exactly supportive of the idea of Ed getting a bike. Now that he’s gotten most of that fearless, invincible “thing” out of his system, when he brought it up a few months ago, I thought it would ge something pretty fun for him, and maybe even me. One of the other foremen that Ed works with has a bike and lives about 45 minutes away up in New Braunfels, decided to get a new bike and invited Ed to go with him. That, folks, was all she wrote. Ed found the bike of his dreams, got a loan, and there she is!

Fast forward to one week ago today. Sunday April 6, 2008. Ed’s friend invited him to go riding with him. Ed had taken his written test, passed it and was able to ride as long as he was with another rider with an endorsement. Great! Ed left early in the morning, maybe 8am. He called at about 5pm and Nick answered the phone. Nick says “How bad is it Dad? On a scale of 1-10?” Nick says “oh – a 5?” The ambulance is on it’s way? Where are you? OK, bye.” So by now, my heart has stopped, I am hoping it is some sort of twisted joke and I’m trying not to panic horribly. Nick says Ed said they had ridden all day, had a great time and right after Ed had split off from the guys he was riding with, he hit gravel and went down. Ed was on 46 about 5-10 minutes from home. So I couldn’t stand the thought of Ed laying on the side of the road, waiting for an ambulance. I got dressed {yeah – disgustingly slovenly huh? Sunday, 5pm and not even dressed?} grabbed my purse and cell phone and took off, leaving Nick at home in case Ed called back there. I headed for 46, which is really 10 minutes from home, and since I did not know which way Ed was, I decided to go West toward Boerne. I tried calling Ed’s call, tried calling home, and could not get through on my cell phone at all. @#%*&%!#*^(&^ And for those of you who know me, yes, all of that came out of my mouth every time I tried to call and could not get through.


Fast forward again. I find out Ed is being taken to the new Boerne Methodist ER, so I meet him there. Exam, X-Rays, wounds cleaned. Result: broken scapula, sprained shoulder, dislocated/sprained thumb, broken toes, abrasions, scrapes, contusions. Treatment: shoulder – let the break heal on it’s own. The muscles will keep it in place; MRI Monday 4/14 to determine actual damage and why it looks wonky and out of wack; thumb – surgical repair on Wed 4/16 since it won’t stay in place; broken toes – leave them be and they will heal; abrasions, scrapes, contusions – scrub, scrub, scrub, antibiotic ointment, daily dressing changes. We’ve gone through at least $110 in gauze pads, tape, gauze wrap, self-adhering wraps, ace bandages and antibiotic ointment. Good thing I’ve got that 15% Walgreen’s employee discount. πŸ˜‰

I decided to not include any wound pictures. They are pretty gross. Some wounds were deep, most were just removal of nearly all layers of skin. Gross, gross, gross. This is why I never followed in the footsteps of the women in my family. But I can say that there was a great sense of satisfaction in tending to a loved one’s needs, and helping bring health and healing to him.

He has not been able to sleep in bed yet. It is very painful for him to get up, even up out of a chair. And of course he’s already been back to work Wed morning, Thursday & Friday. He is absolutely nuts if you ask me when it comes to working. He did not take any pain medication during the day, so was out of control by the time he came home. So the recliner is his bed, and with the Valium for muscle spasms and some Vicodin DS for pain, he sleeps better than usual.

At least he did not ruin his latest surgery – his rotator cuff repair was the right side, and his wreck was his left side.

His bike is likely totaled. We should hear about that tomorrow.

This weekend’s excitement is the toilet cracking in our bathroom. So Nick is learning all he never wanted to know about toilets and plumbing. What did I do? I made cupcakes! I’m also making some cards for some dear friends who showed a lot of support with Ed’s accident, knowing that my back is wasted. Oh – and that surgery is scheduled for 4/24, with my pre-op scheduled for this week. Yippee-skippy, huh? I hope you have a great week!


Good Golly!

4 03 2008

Looking at the old blog I see that I completely missed February! C’est la vie!

So what is new? Hmmm. Found out that Nick’s graduation ceremony will be held on our 23rd anniversary, May 31, 2008. While watching an episode of Martha Stewart Crafts on DIY a few weeks back, she was talking wedding stationary (for which I have no need), including Save the Date cards. It occurred to me that this would be a nice idea to apply to Nick’s graduation, since everyone who we would invite is from out of town. So I made up some postcards and got those in the mail Monday. Phase I done! Now to get that cap & gown, class ring, announcements, etc. all ordered. Oh yeah, and senior pictures! Oops. We still haven’t done those. I *really* need to get them done. I just have to talk him into going. πŸ˜‰

Ed had rotator cuff surgery done 4 weeks ago now and is doing very well. You’d never even know that he even had it done.

We are planning to replace all the windows with some more energy-efficient double-paned 3/4″ Low E + Argon gas vinyl windows. We’re also reconfiguring the kitchen door and picture windows in the rec room. The window will become a french door, and the current kitchen door in the breakfast nook will become a window. We may even be able to build a window seat there now. We’re really excited about doing this!

The pets are all good. CoCo’s showing her age more and more but is OK.

Work is going fine. Been missing too much due to my back, though. Exploring some options there.

No real crafting been happening, also due to my back. I am working on an applique block of the month on The Quilt Show though and am really enjoying the hand work. It’s what I can do right now. I have quite a bit of knitting to do also.

I’ve been converted from Microsoft Outlook/Exchange to Lotus Notes today. :O My laptop is ready, so I must sign off, get ready for my 3PM meeting and start checking out Notes.

Wish me LUCK!!


p.s. Sorry for a no-pics post!

A Quickie Fig Post

25 01 2008

Well, I’m not much of a fig lover (the fruit), but I am definitely a Fig Tree Quilts fan. So if you are a quilter (or ever wanted to try it!), head on over to Fig Tree Quilts and look at the new quilt kit available for Pre-Order!! Joanna has designed some truly darling fabrics, quilts and accessories. Here is the yummy quilt. It is the perfect combination of piecing and applique.

And here are a couple of recent pictures highjacked from her blog (below). These are just the look and feel that I love. Kind of country, but fresh – not shabby. Plenty of color, but pretty and somewhat muted.


I just love the old drying rack with quilts on it. Growing up we always had one – but I’ve never bought one. That’s now on my list. I’ve been talking to Ed for years about having some sort of display rack or ladder for holding my quilts. The ones that are not hung up are on hangers in my craft room closet. I’d really like to take some of the displayed quilts down off the wall and display them this way. That opens up so much wall space for putting up artwork and pictures. And I may just paint the drying rack it a nice blue (since I won’t be drying clothes on it). (Now if I only had *bolts* of fabric to stack next to my quilts! πŸ˜‰

So, I still I.O.U. the items noted below. And did I mention photos of 3 quilts I finished last weekend. Maybe.

Big xoxoxo’s to my family and friends.

Oh for shame!! Must post soon!!

18 01 2008

Well Christmas has come and gone, New Year’s too. And I.O.U. pictures galore of the finished kitchen, my new baby (car), and miscellaneous other happenings in the Pratt family. I did get a letter from a relative (My Mom’s cousin Janet) in the Olympia/Aberdeen area, and we have suffered a loss of our tiny little family. My Mom’s cousin Dale died of heart failure at the age of 50-something.Β  He died a couple of weeks before Christmas. That is terribly tragic, and brings to mind how lucky I am to have the family I do have left. Which brings to mind that I need to communicate more often to my dear family members and make sure they know how very precious they are to me. Each and every one.

Tomorrow is another day. Actually, as 12:03, it’s tomorrow already. TGIF – and I’ll try to post over the weekend. I have the pics all downloaded from the cameras, just need to compress them and share.