Grandma Ruthie

Fun and creative problem solving

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fitnessappreviews asked: Hi! I got you in the tumblrhoodyexchange. What size would you like? Favorite color? Special requests? Address?

Well, hello.  I am a 1X (sometimes 2X).  I don’t have a brown or purple hoody.  But it would be nice to get a hoody from you that means something.  Maybe it is a team or lifestyle or something that you like.

I will message you privately what my address is.  Thanks alot for playing along.  Deb

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And on my run this morning, I did come to realize that it might be a bit worse right now because I am living on my own….well, no other adults. I don’t have that casual kitchen conversation to bring me out of my own head. I have to work for it…make plans, reach out, etc. 

It is going to take some adjusting and I will get used to it. I do of course wish it was sooner rather than later. But, I can be patient. I know this. Because I can’t hide. I know that I can’t…I need people, I love people, and the hard work it takes to keep people in my life is SO worth it. So very much. Maybe someday it won’t be such hard work. I don’t know. Right now, it is what it is. And that is who I am.

I find that when I am alone (most of the time) I am very unproductive.  But yet I crave being alone.  When I am busy with work or bowling, I think about all the things I could be doing if I was home alone.  Then I get home and all I feel like doing is reading or sleeping or vegetating.

But then every once in a while, I can get a pile of stuff done when I am alone.  I never have been able to figure it out.

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Assassin’s Creed hoods for my son’s girlfriend’s sons.  Step-grandsons?  I’ll take it.  They said they were a little on the big side and kind of warm for summer, but fall will be here soon.  Got to love those smiles.  I had a lot of fun making these.  I got the full tutorial from 

Tally’s Treasury

She has a wonderful blog and lots of projects with tutorials for lots of them.

Right now I am working on a throw blanket to donate to a silent auction for the Youth Scholarship fund at the bowling alley.  I hope this one sells for more than last years.  That was just $10.  harumph!  Cost more to buy the materials.

I made one of the ruffled skirts for a friend’s daughter at the bowling all and I just have to have her try it on and I can make sure the waist is the right size, then I can probably sew up the waist band in a few minutes.  I will see her at the bowling alley next week.  I asked her brother what he would like me to make him.  He said a panda.  OK, that is what I am making now also.  I have a ton of ruffled yarn, but I am tired of the ruffle scarves, so I want to find something else to make.  I have some buttons and other accessories so we will see what I come up with.  Might sell those at the auction time.

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Handmade khakis for my husband.  

I dusted off my sewing machine to make some clothing.  Wanted to make height-challenged husband some custom made pants.  They are still a little baggy for his height.  But they haven’t been washed yet.  I might try a lighter weight material next time.  I still got the knack.

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July 19 to July 29th.  First Mindy and Mike’s house.  Slept on the couch.  Had to pile blankets under me to prevent the bars in the couch from hitting my hips.  But it was fairly comfortable.  Luke woke up early.  Then Natalie.  Then Dad, then Mom.  I tried to help as much as I could.  I was so thankful for my knee surgery and I was able to get around a little better.  Still can’t do those stairs to the basement very well.  I got to go to Mindy’s audiologist appointment.  I love to learn more about her cochlear implant.  At lunch we tested the Zoom program for focused conversations.  It worked pretty good.  The next few days we cleaned the house, organized Natalie’s clothes, took toys and clothes to Goodwill, went to Jumpin’ Jax, and just had a good time.

On Friday morning early I headed to Kari, Mark, Garry, and Cindy’s home to spend a couple of days with her.  I got there about 9 a.m.  Kari whipped up some waffles.  Kari and I worked, gave blood, ate tacos for lunch, and interacted with the kids when we could.  I ordered a pizza for the family while Kari went to small group.  Then the kids and I watched TV until time for bed.  The kids loved playing with my phone, laptop, and kindle.  Charly read a few pages of a book at bedtime from the Kindle.  She did pretty darn good.  The next day was a Ministry Fair at the local park.  I found a seat next to a wonderful lady, Mary, and we talked and watched everyone have a good time.  In the evening, Kari whipped up homemade enchiladas which were delicious.  The evening ended with Kari and I watching the Notebook.

The next morning I had leftover waffles.  We all got dressed and I packed my bags to head to Kalamazoo to visit with Brett, and his girlfriend Cheri and her two boys.  They had a jammed packed day planned to keep the boys busy.  First, breakfast (oops, I already ate, but yes, I will eat again.  No problem).  Then hiking, swimming, eating pizza, bowling, movies.  Grandma was a tired grandma, but I had so much fun getting to know Cheri and her boys.  And it was wonderful to see Brett this time.  Most of the time we can’t make our schedules work.  The next day was a work day for Brett and I, but we were able to keep the boys entertained most of the time.  They made a movie for us to watch.  They played games.  Brett made a delicious fish, lentil, and broccoli meal.  

Too soon, it was time for me to fly home - I left at about 5 a.m. I think.

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35 years ago one of the cutest babies I have ever seen was born.  I remember it very well.  She was so different than her brother and sister.  They were blonde and she was brunette.  She was easy going and happy.  I still can’t believe she has grown into this beautiful awesome woman.

Happy Birthday, karikeepsrunning.


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