Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Friends and Stitching

Karen passed on this award to me today. Thank you so much! I do treasure my friends here in this XS world. Many of you I would never have met or even known. How sweet is that? Can I tell you how much I love connecting with this group of XS friends on the net and in person? I truly do; oh, & I love XS, too. :)
There are many of you who have received this award already, so I'll try not to name you again.
Here's a description of this special friends award:

These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbon's of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these kind writers. When you pass the award along please include these guidelines. Choose eight friends to share this with.

So here's my list and I would love to include so many more......

Kathy K., Kathy H., Kelly, Sadie, Shelleen, Rene, Meari, Cameo, Gabi, & Donna.

I cannot lie - for those that counted the names, I confess - I named ten... (hanging head in shame - not really!)

I received a giveaway chart from Kathy K. this week. I think this is going to be a pass-along. Kathy signed and dated it and when I stitch it, I'll do the same and then post for a giveaway to the next lucky person. Isn't this such a cool idea? Wonder how far this one can go?

Kathy also included some of the GAST needed - thanks, Kathy! Note my little "helper" with the threads - yep, the demon Zoe herself. Though I must say, she is much improved since Indiana's death. Very strange, indeed. To say that she and Montana have "bonded" is really stretching it, but he's no longer afraid of her hisses and swats. Obviously, she hasn't bitten him yet. He's just a clueless pup who doesn't realize the utter seriousness of her attacks! LOL

I'm almost done with Ebb Tide and I do like the blue used in the Scotch and small Rhodes' squares. On with the border and it's a wrap.

And on a final note, my mom and I are going back to the retinal specialist today. She has dry macular degeneration which unexpectedly turned into wet (hemorrhaging) in her right eye. Mom's first injection in that eye helped tremendously, though it's been such a gradual change, she can't tell as much. The doctor literally had tears in her eyes when she saw the results of Mom's OCT scans, etc. She's a real keeper, BTW. After receiving that encouraging news, Mom's left eye suddenly seemed a little blurry. Since we're ultra paranoid now about any type of vision change, hoping it's not another hemorrhage, I called the dr. We don't think it's really anything wrong this time, but she wants to check her, just to be safe. My mom is ultra independent and an avid reader; to lose sight in both eyes would be a major blow, as it would be for anyone. But we're praying for the best. Hugs to all.


Terry said...

Hope all goes well with your Mom's visit to the eye doctor. Hopefully it will be nothing. Keep us posted.

Kathy said...

Prayers on their way for your Mom. I hope the new blurriness is nothing.
I'm glad you got the chart. And I am sure Zoe liked the floss because it sat on my table for two days and my Mom's Rosie also sits there. Well, she sits where ever she wants. :)
Thank you so much for the award.

Emily said...

Really like Ebb & Tide. Also, hope all goes well at the eye doctor. Will keep you and her in my prayers as well.

Beth said...

Wow! Your stitching is looking great!

My heart goes out to your mom. My Grandma is going through the same thing and gets the shots in her eyes every 6 weeks. She has playing cards with extra large numbers. She swears that playing Solitaire with them helps her eyes. And she does word finds. She can't really read books again, but she's keeping on keepin' on!


Meari said...

Congrats on the award, and thank you for naming me!

I hope your Mom is going to be OK. It sounds kinda scary. :(

ET looks really pretty.

Lou's addictions said...

I love the look of ebb tide, it really unusual (probably why it appeals to me). I hope everything goes well with your mum.

Nancy said...

ET looks great, I just finished my first needlepoint and really liked it! I hope all goes well with your mom. Nothing is as priceless as our eyesight.

Donna said...

I will keep your Mom and you in my thoughts and prayers.
I like the idea of the chart, signing it and passing it along!
Ebb tide is truly beautiful! And thanks so much for the sweet award. It really means a lot that others share with me their thoughts and care about reading my thoughts!

Shelleen said...

good luck with the eye doctor. Thank you so much for the award. it was very sweet of you.

StitchinKat said...

Hey Carolyn! Thanks for the new award! I'll really have to think about who to pass it on to, as I don't yet know many people here on Blogger. I hope your mom is okay...my mom also has macular (tho' not as severe) and my eye doctor is watching me carefully (you should be watched, because some think it may be hereditary). Mom is almost 85, and still knits every day. That is something I think she could do in the dark, she is so good at it.
Ebb Tide is looking great! I left my Blue Bayou to be framed after we had lunch, and I hope it will be ready this weekend!

Cindy said...

I am praying for your mom in hopes that all goes well!!! Congrats on the award! Your piece is looking just amazing, I just love the colors!

Oh and Congrats on the chart you won!

Rene la Frog said...

I sure hope nothing is wrong with your Mom's eye and it clears up quickly.

The stitching looks great.

Thank you so much for the award. When I started my Blog it was just a way for me to keep up with what I was stitching. Not in my wildest dreams did I think so many would enjoy reading it as much as I do writing it.

Wendy said...

Great progress on Ebb Tide. It looks really great!

Hope everything goes well with your mom at the eye doctor.

Congrats on your award to. You deserve it. I have the seem feeling, it is so fun to meet new cross stitching friends on the net. Hope some day I will be able to meet some of them. That would be great.

Louisiana Momma said...

that really is a beautiful needlepoint piece.. I want so badly to try needlepoint - but haven't got brave enough yet... love your work.

Beth said...

Everything looks great. Hoping for a positive outcome for your Mom.

Who is the designer of that marvelous piece - the nice one done on blue fabric? That's amazing!

Michele said...

I'll be keeping your mom in my thoughts!

What a cute pattern :) That will be fun to send around!

BeckySC said...

I hope everything does OK with your mom, Carolyn. Prayers being sent.

Sherry said...

What a neat idea to have another pass along chart out there!

Carolyn said...

I nominated you for an award. I always enjoy reading your blog. Take Care, Carolyn

Quiltsmiles said...

Wow, What a great idea. Love It1