Weekend Coffee Share; Life, Changes and Crochet

Weekend Coffee share is a time for us to take a break out of our busy lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)! Please grab a cup of coffee or tea and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? any weekend plans?

Life is full of twists and turns and I can finally officially announce that I am going to be a grandma again! ❤ ❤ ❤ I am so excited my son and daughter-in-law are expecting another little one that is due in March. I talk a lot about my only granddaughter Alice, and she told her Mom and Dad that she thinks she is going to have a sister! Haha, we will see. They will be finding out the gender but it is a little early yet, just past the first trimester. So I am going to put it in writing (again) that I am bound and determined to move closer to them as I NEED to be near these little bundles of joy! AND I miss my little Alice so much, my heart aches but I can’t make the move right now to Arizona. We have other issues we have to deal with before we can consider moving. We will figure it all out, just one day at a time. 😀

Changes are in the air, yes, we did not know what we were getting into caring for an elder parent that has dementia. We are in way over our head with the amount of time needed to care for ALL her needs. It’s very overwhelming so we have found a loving board and care home where we will be moving my mother-in-law some time this month. With the help of her doctor who recommended Eastvale Senior Home, where other elder women reside in the community of Eastvale just 6 miles from Norco where we live. We toured the home and there are 3 other sweet old ladies living there and she will room with one and live out the rest of her life there. I am sure she will make it to her 90th birthday in October, but her dementia is bad enough she doesn’t remember much and so the transition should be fairly easy. I took a photo of her new home to share with my daughter. It is for the best, she will be well taken care of there 😀

My mother-in-law’s board and care new home.

Crochet is a craft that helps me de-stress. I LOVE crafts, I cross-stitch too! But I mostly crochet. I have shared in other posts some of my crochet projects. I have crocheted a bunch of animals, those are really fun to make. I will have to make more of them soon. I also crochet Star Wars figures, super duper fun to make! I have shared photos of those too. My current project is a granny square blanket.

8 squares across by 12 rows for a total of 96 squares. It is suppose to look like spring or summer flowers. No theme, just eclectic colors. They will be trimmed in white yarn.

I have all the squares made and am stitching with an off white yarn around them all. You can see in the photo 3 squares already with the white trim. I wanted a neutral color around the edges to sew them all together to help make all the colors pop! I think this will work well and once completed I will share. It should just barely fit across a twin bed or make a nice size throw blanket. I am thinking of keeping this one, my first granny square blanket as its so eclectic I am not sure how well someone else would like it. I like randomness or creativeness, so even though I followed a pattern for the stitching of the square, I picked all the colors and trim and how I will stitch it all together. I am enjoying this project and am thinking of making another one with a theme which means making all the squares the same colors for a more uniform blanket.

How are you doing on coffee? or maybe some tea? I forgot to ask earlier but I wanted to follow my title on this coffee share so I am writing this a little differently. I wanted to share what has been happening in our busy life which includes how I de-stress. I find working on projects helps me relax and not be so uptight about the daily stresses that we have been facing lately. My horses help me de-stress too, what do you do to de-stress?

I found my last cross-stitch I worked on years ago. I need to frame it! This photo does not show all the vibrant colors very well. Could be the lighting.
My daughter’s kitty, Wolfie. I wanted to share, isn’t he getting big? He is 3 months old!

Life is full, changing and fun, but sometimes stressful. I am so enjoying my coffee and I am thankful you have visited and shared with me. My daughter will be here this weekend. She is coming so that I can drive her to the airport Sunday as she is flying out on a trip to Spain! How exciting!! She travels with some good friends each year to an exotic place, well, to me it is exotic! All I know is that it is far away. Her passion is traveling and she is doing a good job seeing a lot of this world. She is boarding her kitty, but I will be taking care of her guinea pigs for the 10 days of her travel. I hope you all have a WONDERFUL weekend! ❤

Crazy Life, staying centered and strong!

~Diana

19 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share; Life, Changes and Crochet

  1. Kathleen Howell

    Congratulations, Gma!! I love your crosstitch, that is beautiful work! It must take quite a bit of time. My mom was an avid crocheter, I remember her making granny squares.. Thanks for the coffee!

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    1. Thank you Kathleen!! I’m so excited about the new addition!!! And yes, crosstitch is takes a lot longer to complete a project, I’m glad you like it. I enjoyed have coffee with you!! 😃♥️

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  2. Hi Diana,

    This was a fun post, but sad about the parent with dementia. I just lost an elderly and much beloved uncle to it so my heart hurts for your family.

    I don’t have much to offer about crochet or cross-stitching, well, except that it would likely be much more fun with a Dremel or other power tool. ;-D

    Congrats on the new grandchild coming your way.
    Blessings are overflowing in Norco it sounds like.

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    1. Thank you Gary for your kind thoughts. You make me giggle as only a guy would think a power tool would be much more fun!
      I totally understand!! I actually have a sister and good friend that like using power tools and have made wood craft things, my friend made bunk beds from wood for her son’s years ago. Haha, I’m like why? That’s why I have a husband. Her husband never touches power tools, mine is a true guys guy – If you get my meaning. I wouldn’t have a clue how to use most power tools!

      Thanks for your concern too, sorry about your uncle, dementia is terrible as they are not the person they once were. Very sad. And am so excited about the new baby!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! ♥️

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  3. Wolfie is a stunning cat.So handsome! And I think you are doing the right thing for your mother in law. We have friends who did not make the decision until several things went wrong. They have now moved the mother to a home. When I first read about your mother in law moving in I was worried . Sad to say it came as a happy surprise to know she will be going to a care home. Our friends mother is now quite happy in her care facility. She no longer remembers being at our friends house. Have a good weekend.

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    1. I think Wolfie is very handsome too! Thank you! And thanks so much for your support, oh my, both my husband and I were shocked how far her dementia has gotten in just 8 months. You don’t “see” how bad until you have them living with you. She didn’t even make it a week with us and I told my husband we can’t do this. It’s so reassuring to know that there are care givers that specialize with the elder and she’ll be in a good place. We are sooo stressed here with her in our home. It will be a relief to have her in her board and care. You have a good weekend too! ♥️😃

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  4. Congrats, Grandma! 🙂 ❤ So happy for you. Prayers raising for your situation with Mominlaw. I know how difficult it is to find a good care home. Around where I live (Northern Kentucky) we have nursing homes that just aren't that "homey", more like hospitals. Mostly they're referred to as the "death house". Sad, but true. I'd rather walk out into the hills and die somewhere there then be in one. So, I'm glad you found a nice, and what looks like privately run, real Home for her. I worked Elder care: dementia/altzheimers for many years both in the nursing home and in private care. Much preferred the private care. Will raise some prayers for your family as I know how hard that kind of change can be.
    I Love your crochet! Last night, another sleepless one, I did some packing for moving and finished crocheting a cowl for this fall. And, I started on a pair of hand warmers (aka fingerless gloves) that I like to wear when it get chilly as it cuts down on arthritis pain. I also cross stitch, tat, knit, and have been known to do some bobbin lace (I just got new bobbins, but they're now packed). We hope to be moving within the next few weeks ourselves. Hopefully someplace nicer than where we are. BTW, where did you get that pattern for that style square. I love it! I like making grannies out of leftovers, too.

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    1. Thank you so much!! ♥️ And boy oh boy, this is such a difficult time right now with mother-in-law and can’t wait to get her situated in her care home. The staff there especially the LVN who runs it is SO LOVING I feel truly blessed we found this home available for her. She and her staff really have made it homey. 😃 Thank you for the prayers and thank you for working in that industry as I don’t think it’s easy and takes a certain dedication to the elder. My heart goes out to all who help the elders! 🙏♥️
      I’ve finished a cowl before starting this granny squares blanket. My idea was to use left over yarn, at least colors I didn’t have a dedicated project. I bought a granny squares book. I should have shared a photo of it on my blog. I bought it at Hobby Lobby – called 20 on the go projects – crocheted Granny Squares. By Val Pierce. This square I picked is called Daffodil square. I can’t wait to start stitching it together which I’ll start doing soon. I’ve made fingerless mittens with just a thumb hole, and tons of scarfs too! I keep wanting to thank you, it’s so fun to read about all your doing and I hope your move goes smoothly. It’s neat to here from fellow Crafters! 😀♥️

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      1. 🙂 ❤ It is great to meet a fellow crafter. I really should get my pnone out and take some pictures of what I'm working on as I have two blankets, a hat, and mittens on the hook at the moment.

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  5. Life is indeed full of changes. I am so happy that you found a good solution for your mother in law. I know you were a little nervous with how everything was going to work out. Your decision sounds very wise.

    CONGRATULATIONS to you new grandchild to be 🙂 That is so extremely fabulous! Great, happy news!!

    On another note, your crochet is beautiful. I haven’t done any crochet lately, but I do enjoy it.
    Thank you so much for the coffee!

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    1. Thank you dear friend for having coffee with me!! As I’ve been saying here, it’s very difficult to take care of someone who has dementia. I’m so happy we found a good solution!

      I was soooo surprised to find out about the new addition coming!! Of course I want a healthy grandbaby, but I’m excited to find out the gender!! 😃👶👣🥰🤱 Thanks so much for your WONDERFUL kind words!!! ♥️♥️♥️

      When you do pick up crochet, you’ll have to share. I bet that would be a good art project to teach you daughter one day! 💕

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