Tuesday, January 25, 2011

My Dad is in the Hospital

UPDATE: 1/28/11 10:30 AM (PST): My father now has some pneumonia, so they can't take him off of the breathing machine yet. They are hoping for tomorrow.

I'm now super sick ARGH! and I'm not sure if I understood my dad's girlfriend correctly or not but I think she said she spent the night at the hospital with him or at least stayed late into the night. My father panics with the tube in and attempts to pull it out, so frightening(!!!), so she stayed to soothe him.

How about a collective fingers and appendages crossed for the pneumonia to go away and swift removal of the breathing tube for my Pops?!

Thanks you guys!

P.S. And a big Happy Birthday to NanE! :)


UPDATE: 1/27/11 9:30 AM (PST): I was so hoping to not have anything to add, hoping all was smooth sailing but found out that my dad is still on a breathing tube in ICU. This was one of the MANY problems he had at UCLA during his 2008 stay there - his blood oxygen levels are low and he has to have the breathing tube in.

So if you feel up to it, got any spare Get Well Daddy vibes and mojo left, we can sure use it over here. sniffle sniffle ack achoo .... back to bed I go ...


UPDATE 1/27/11 6:30 AM (PST): Sick as a dog over here but wanted to update you guys ... My father had his surgery yesterday and all went well. (hurray hurrah, doing the happy dance, best birthday present!) The last update we received from my dad's girlfriend was around eight o'clock last night, he was out of Recovery and they were keeping him in ICU last night because of his breathing and heart issues. Haven't heard anything yet today.

Crawling back into bed ... I may not update for awhile, just lay around like a lump. WAH! cough cough sniffle sniffle ....

Thanks again so much for all of your kind words, care and concern! Love you guys!


UPDATE 1/26/11, 9:30 AM (PST): Just spoke with my father's girlfriend - my dad's surgery is on for today but he is an "add-on" patient ... they will do all scheduled surgeries before they do his and there's no telling when his surgery will be - could be afternoon, could even be evening.

Hold the presses teehee ... phone just rang and unless previously scheduled surgeries go longer, Dad is now scheduled for twelve thirty today (currently, that is two and a half hours away).

My father has emphysema and breathing issues and also a wonky heart beat, so I'm a bundle of nerves over here. (He had a horrible experience at UCLA in 2008 and the memory of it lingers in my memory.)

Thanks so much for all of your care and concern and also for the birthday wishes! You are all very dear to me, thank you from the bottom of my heart.


UPDATE 1/25/11, 5 PM (PST): My Dad's girlfriend called me a little bit ago and said that my father's surgery is tentatively scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday) at noon, pending two test results ... hoping since the 26th is my birthday, it will bring extra good luck along with it!

(I spoke to my Dad around 3 PM, he said he felt good and he seemed to be in very good spirits.)

Thank you so much for all of your kind words and commiserating with me, I so appreciate your care and friendship!


Original Post:

My 92 year old Dad is in the hospital. WAH!

My dad's girlfriend called yesterday evening and said he was sitting on the edge of the bed and he slipped off the bed and onto the floor and broke his hip!

He'll have to have surgery - the doctors are meeting this morning to discuss whether he's a candidate for surgery or not and if so, there's a remote chance the surgery will be today - but more likely, it will be tomorrow or Thursday.

My husband and I are sick, so we can't visit him yet. (when it rains, it pours!)

Please think a good thought for him. I will try to update when I can.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen

If you are a child of the sixties, I think I'm pretty safe in betting the homestead on your recognizing my post title as lyrics to a famous song of the era. If you're not, you're probably wondering what on earth I'm talking about teehee!

Well ... jumping up and down over here ... we're off to see a revival of the play "HAIR" this weekend. So cool.

I saw it the very first time with my mother in 1968. Fourteen years old. (yeah, yeah, I lied about it being my 29th birthday next week) And at the Aquarius Theater in Hollywood! (How perfect is that for a time and place, forever set in memory?!)

Sadly, The Aquarius Theater is long gone but we'll be seeing HAIR at the gorgeous Pantages Theater in Hollywood.

I've looked at the song list and I'm so ready for a singalong bwahahhahahaha! I think I remember most of the songs and the lyrics. This is going to be so much FUN!

I found my scrapbook from when I saw it the first time. (I also saw HAIR for a second time, the following summer - "the summer of love, 1969", as in "If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair") It's paisley! Sunshiney, earth colors, paisley. Gosh, I loved paisley in the sixties. (still do!)

I am awash in memories of my teenage years over here ... swept away ... so great!

I'm reading the playbill and not only were the creators of the play HAIR in the cast I saw, but I also saw Tommy Smothers, Jennifer Warren and BEN VEREEN! Wow! What a lucky girl I was - wish I realized at the time.

(my ticket stub and L.A. Times review of play)
we were in row G, for all of $6.50!

(photos from teen magazine, "TeenSet",)
which I have no recollection of, at all.
Lyrics to Age of Aquarius, written down by me.

Please forgive the poor photos - I'll try and scan them later, I need to find a screwdriver to undo my scrapbook, it's stuck tight.

Okay ... me me me ... singalong time!

She asks me why, I'm just a hairy guy
I'm hairy noon and night, hair that's a fright
I'm hairy high and low, don't ask me why, don't know
It's not for lack of bread, like the Grateful Dead, darlin'

Give me a head with hair, long beautiful hair
Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen
Give me down to there hair, shoulder length or longer
Here baby, there mama, everywhere daddy daddy

Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair
Flow it, show it, long as God can grow it, my hair

Let it fly in the breeze and get caught in the trees
Give a home to the fleas in my hair
A home for fleas, a hive for bees
A nest for birds, there ain't no words
For the beauty, the splendor, the wonder
Of my...

Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair
Flow it, show it, long as God can grow it, my hair

I want it long, straight, curly, fuzzy, snaggy, shaggy, ratty, matty,
Oily, greasy, fleecy, shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen
Knotted, polka-dotted, twisted, beaded, braided
Powdered, flowered, and confettied
Bangled, tangled, spangled, and spaghettied!

Oh say can you see my eyes, if you can then my hair's too short
Down to here, down to there
Down to where it stops by itself

They'll be ga ga at the go go, when they see me in my toga
My toga made of blond, brilliantined, biblical hair
My hair like Jesus wore it, Hallelujah I adore it
Hallelujah Mary loved her son, why don't my mother love me?

Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair
Flow it, show it, long as God can grow it
My hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair
Flow it, show it, long as God can grow it
My hair

and ...

When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars

This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius
The age of Aquarius

Harmony and understanding
Sympathy and trust abounding
No more falsehoods or derisions
Golden living dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revalation
And the mind's true liberation

When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars

This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius
The age of Aquarius

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Home Arts Needlecraft

I'm joining the following meme's this week.

(Please visit Sue at It's A Very Cherry World for more Rednesday fun!)

(Please visit Suzanne at Colorado Lady for more Vintage Thingie Thursday fun!)

We went to the Long Beach Outdoor Antique and Collectible Market Sunday morning. I had a list of several things I needed for a project I'm making, plus there are a few vendors that I always enjoy that I looked forward to seeing.

Why is it when you're looking for something, you can't ever find it?! I couldn't find any of the things I had come for (and which are generally readily available every month WAH!) this time.

When I was ready to throw in the towel (after tromping around for three hours!), I found some treasure ... six issues of Home Arts Needlecraft. WAHOO! Just looking at the covers makes me smile. I hope you enjoy them too! I will try to share some of the contents, down the road.

Happy Rednesday and Vintage Thingie Thursday!

Something seems to be funky with Blogger right now, it won't load my other photos so I'll try to post the rest later on.

ETA: Sorry - I keep trying to upload my other photos and it just sits there, loading and loading, spinning and spinning - I'll keep trying or I'll try resizing them tomorrow morning.

ETA 1/19/11: Blogger still isn't cooperating for me WAH! It doesn't even connect ... it keeps saying it's waiting, it doesn't even time out, just keeps spinning and spinning. ARGH! So sorry, these are so very darling and I know you'd love them.

ahem ... Okie dokie now - tried again, making them smaller and smaller resolution - geez, just don't understand why blogger accepted the first three and not the rest???! Oh well ... here's the smaller resolution ones at long last ...

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Hurray for Pam!

Doing the happy dance over here! My dear friend Pam, of Yoborobo, has just had a book released. To celebrate, Pam is having a giveaway of her book (actually several giveaways throughout the month), plus a darling plushie buddy, made by Pam herself. AND she's also providing virtual eats - you better get there fast because I've already eaten all of the fruit tarts bwahhhahhaa.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Grammie's Reds

(Please visit Sue at It's A Very Cherry World for lots more Rednesday fun!)

(I am also joining Vintage Thingie Thursday this week.)
Please visit Suzanne at Colorado Lady for lots more VTT fun!

I was having a bit of a problem coming up with something red that wasn't about Christmas and I started to go through my paternal grandmother's things and found a very small cardboard box. Inside I found some of my grandmother's sewing bits and bobs. So much fun. And there I found some reds. Yippie yippie yippie! I can remember my grandma making clothes for my Barbie dolls but I think that's about all the sewing she got up to in her later years.

Do you have memories of your grandmother sewing things for you?

I also found an envelope of photos - photos of my grandmother with three of her four sisters. I can't find anything to tell me the name of her sister missing in the photos, or what became of her. WAH! To all you young whippersnappers out there, remember to ask those questions early - almost every question I ask my father now, he responds with an "I don't know". Kicking myself squarely and loudly in the patootie for not asking sooner.

My grandma is the second from the right ... the smiling one, strangely enough. She was rather a tough old bird and tended to turn up her nose a lot in judgment of others and boy, did she ever have that "if looks could kill" look down pat!!! Good to know she could break out a smile now and then teehee.

I think I shared the following family group photo before ... I am guessing that the sister on the far left (of the above photo of the sisters), is the youngest sister in this family group photo below. My grandmother is the second youngest girl, smack dab in the middle of the group shot. Sadly, as I said, I can't match up the remaining three with the two remaining above.

I did find a newspaper clipping about one of their brothers passing away in 1951 and at that time, the newspaper only listed their being four sisters alive (and all other brothers had passed away by then).

Monday, January 10, 2011

My exciting news & the return of Monday Blog Love

Jumping up and down over here. OH! I'm so excited!

The end of the month I get to take a class from one of my absolute favorite people in blogland and crafting, Charlotte Lyons. I am over the moon thrilled!

Couldn't get anymore fantabulous than that, huh?! Well, hold onto your applesauce ... the class will be at Kaari Meng's store, French General (that I've never been to before and have wanted to for YEARS).

Yippie yippie yippie! You can probably see my wacky grin all the way over where you are. :)

Charlotte Lyons blog, House Wren Studio

The class I am taking with Charlotte

The three days of crafts workshops at French General

I'm just taking Charlotte's class and it is the very last day of the three days of workshops - how wonderful it would be to go to all of the classes, huh?!!!

This is my birthday present to myself - I'm turning, mumble mumble, er, um yeah, twenty nine, towards the end of the month bwahhahhahaha.

Happy happy Birthday to me!

Drum roll ... the return of Monday Blog Love ... which I think most of you don't give a wit about bwahahhahaha but I know some out there do (thank heavens) share my love of blog hopping and discovering wonderful new blogs (well new to me at any rate).

(It seems so long since I've done a list, there may be repeats - I've given up on keeping track, the list has become a mile long and takes up too much precious time these days.)

Ann's Quilting Journey
atmosfera di casa
Atypical Type A
Cardan Antiques and Needlework
Carrie Strine
C'est facile avec Cecile
circles of rain
cori dantini makes
Daisy Jane
David's cottage down the hill
Dolan Geiman
Domestic Stories
Filando Rose e Cuori
Folk Art at Old Crow Farm in Vermont
four rooms
Le Blog de Clo
Lemoncholy's flight of fancy
Little Junk Shop
living art at the speed of life
Miss Mustard Seed
Mitzi's Collectibles
My Vintage Mending
Oodles and oodles
pugly pixel
Red Velvet
Sweet as a Candy
The Mark on the Wall
The Sweet Beet
While I Was Waiting
White Clover Stitches
Vintage Fairy Tales

Sunday, January 9, 2011

A lazy weekend

Our last hurrah, hubby goes back to work on Monday. We had plans to take in the new Resnick Pavillion at LACMA but I ended up with a really bad headache - I think it was from my back, for some reason it was really painful Saturday. OUCHERS! So we just puttered around the house on Saturday and laid low.

(photo from LACMA)

On Sunday, we finally made it to LACMA and the new gallery addition. We arrived just in time, by the hair on our chinny chin chins, for the last day of the Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico. Fascinating!

(photo from LACMA)

Also on display in the Resnick Pavillion is the most wonderful clothing exhibit, Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700 - 1915. Just gorgeous! Loved every bit of it. At one point I turned around and happened to turn right into another woman viewing the exhibit and we both exclaimed at the same time how wonderful it was and how amazing the condition the items were in, completely in sync. Too funny!

(photo from LACMA)

(Both photos of exhibit are copyright Museum Associates/LACMA)
First one, found on Fashion Is My Muse
Second one, found on Trolleyla

If you do a Google search for "Fashioning Fashion", there are lots more photos to enjoy.

Saturday, January 8, 2011


Are you out there "It's A Paper Doll Thing" blogger? Yoohoo!

Thank you so much for visiting my little blog and your sweet comments. I couldn't find an email address/link for you on your blog so I'm answering your question here, hope you don't mind?!

Re my post that you were interested in - please click on the link and scroll down to page 27 ... if you will then scroll up to the page above page 27, you will find page 26 (too funny, it was probably the only page that didn't have a number on it). If you click on that page, it will take you to a new screen and a larger image - if you look at the bottom right corner of the page, you will find the text you asked about.

Let me know if you'd like me to scan it by itself and I will put it on this post for you. :)

And waving a big Hello to everybody! I miss you all! Seems like so long since I've posted anything.

The hubby is still on vacation - he goes back to work on Monday. We've seen a couple more movies ("Another Year" and I'm experiencing brain freeze on the other one ... oh yeah, "Love and Other Drugs" - I wish I could permanently forget that one BLECH!) and we went to a Star Trek exhibit because the hubs is a Trekkie. Today we're off to see the new Resnick Pavillion at LACMA finally.

Looking forward to getting back into the swing of things in the coming week and catching up with everyone.

Happy happy weekend!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy 1-1-11!

Happy January 1st, 2011!

Here's to bright and shiny new beginnings!