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Coming Up for Air


The SAQA auction is doing very well this year. The first set of pieces made $13,625 to benefit SAQA programs. The next set of quilts are up for bid tomorrow at 11 am PST. My piece, Mystical Forest, is in this group. Here is a link to the page if you are interest in placing a bid – SAQA Auction.

We are having busy times around her. Jayme arrived yesterday to help Mark make arrangements for the two events that they are hosting. Lots of visits to The Party Place, Ikea and Costco. They have ordered ribs, sausage and chicken breast to grill on Saturday at the picnic. Tomorrow night is a dessert cocktail party at the Sellwood Yoga studio, owned by former San Francisco friends of Mark, tomorrow night.

This morning I went to a pre-op appointment with Mr C who has surgery next Thursday. Then, Kevin gave me a new redder hair color and a shorter cut, which I am loving. Then it was off to the Farmer’s Market to get flowers for the house and then I picked up supper goodies for us and Steve’s brother and wife who arrived from California tonight.

To add to the excitement around here, yesterday, the washing machine quit with a load of Mark’s clothing locked inside. We finally found someone to come and service it. He found a needle in the drain pipe or filter, or something which had caused the machine to clog and not drain. I am baffled about how the needle got in there, but I have been known to use my shirt as a holding spot for needle and thread when I am hand sewing.

Tomorrow, I will spend time spiffing up the house for the Friday party. We hope to be able to seat 35 people with tables here and there and some additional rented chairs. I rearranged the living room furniture and I love it.

I received sad news about my brother-in-law who has leukemia. He had a serious problem with the atrial fibrillation on Sunday and is now on a respirator. They have also found either melanoma or lymphoma in the bone marrow. The sister who called was not sure which, but the upshot is, there really is no treatment they can do for him at this stage. I am having a hard time managing the happy times here and knowing what the family back in New York is going through.  So these are bittersweet times for me.

I will try to post some photos of our happy times, if I remember to take a camera.

12 Responses to “Coming Up for Air”

  1. Stacy West says:

    Take care of yourself; this is a lot of stress for you. Hope all goes smoothly. My thoughts are with you,
    Stacy West

  2. Judy says:

    sorry to hear about your brother-in-law. Lord, when it rains it pours, huh?
    just wonder how that needle got into the drain pipe of your washer!! LOL Glad you were able to get Mark’s clothes out.
    Hope all went splendidly with your party.


  3. Janice says:

    I sure hope you have a great time with your family this weekend. I’ve had that same problem with my washer too. Small things are easily sucked into the pump when it drains. I think it is a very common problems with front loading machinces, though I’ve seen it happen in top loaders. Now new front loaders are made with an access panel that is easily opened to clean out the area before the pump. Not mine. I had to remove the lower panel and twist it open to clean out what turned out to be a ink pen. Next time I’ll put a trash bag under it to catch the water. I ended up flooding the area a little bit.

  4. rayna says:

    sigh…so sorry to hear the news about your brother-in-law. This has been a difficult year for you, Gerrie – and I will wish you what those of us who celebrate the Jewish New Year, which starts tonight, wish each other: a happy, healthy and sweet year ahead…starting now!

  5. Gale says:

    Your combination of family news is a good reminder that we need to enjoy our friends and family now because change is always happening. Have a great celebration of life and love.
    For the needle problem, I have a pincushion which pins onto my shirt and, knock on wood, I’ve never lost a pin or needle hand sewing. The pincushion I have is lime green and purple so it is fun too. PS. is there a way to check the filter on the washer or does it require a service person?

  6. Jeannie says:

    Mystical Forest is beautiful. Hmm, I guess I should start using that pincushion instead of the arm of the chair or my shirt! You have been on quite the roller coaster ride of emotions this week and my heart and thoughts go out to you and yours. I wish you joy this weekend as you gather for the big celebration. Cheers.

  7. Kristin L says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your BIL, but I hope that your festive week with family will more than balance out teh sad news. Enjoy this celebration of life!

  8. Have a wonderful time with your family. The situation with your BIL must make you hold them all that much closer to you.

    I also have been guilty of putting needle and thread into my shirt to hold it. Maybe I’ll re-think that habit!

  9. Connie Rose says:

    Gerrie, so sorry to hear about your BIL’s condition, and that the bittersweet times continue. Hugs and prayers from me.

  10. Vicki W says:

    That’s the first I’ve heard of a needle in a drainpipe! You probably spent an hour looking for that needle a year ago. I lost a pin in my carpet the other day and asked my friend if she would take her shoes off and find it for me!

  11. Patti says:

    Longtime lurker – but your washing machine comment made me post – we had ours serviced yesterday as well – it quit halfway through filled with water and clothes. The issue was a finishing nail in the pump – but unlike you it broke our pump!!

    Best wishes to your family with the big celebration week.

    I love your blog.

    Patti 🙂

  12. Gerrie,

    I wish you, your family and friends a wonderful and memorable ‘fiesta’!