Pioneer Woman at Heart
One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!
One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Monday, July 10, 2017
SIL updates ~ ...from the handiwork journal
Quick update on the sisters. Sister "L" was getting her heart balloon removed on Sunday, and weaned of heart pump. They removed the vent Saturday night. The procedure for the heart pump took several hours, so we didn't get to visit. The plan is for two stents to go in on Tuesday. Sister "P" is doing much better and might be going home soon. Everyone is back to work today, so sister "L" gets a day of rest before the procedure. However, even though we were called last night and sister "L" was doing well, we got a call at 5:49am this morning.
The family was called in to the hospital. Sister "L" is having trouble breathing and her blood pressure is very low. At 6:42am, I got another call after Hubby went to work. She was heading to surgery to get the stents in. I was also told they had to shock her heart this morning to bring her back. This is very risky, so we will pray and wait.
UPDATE: 2:54pm. The surgery went well, and she is in an induced coma to keep her heart rested (under sedation). In a day or so, they plan to remove vent and heart balloon again. So far, she is doing well. Thank you all for the prayers, well wishes and good thoughts.
We had to head home yesterday, because our almost 21 year-old "vet-tech" daughter wanted her Dad to change the oxygen sensor in her car. She had taken her car to the car parts store, had them put it on the computer, and that was the part not working.
We got home, put the car on the jack, and guess what? She had a gas leak. Hubby fixed it, and she gets to take the$50-some dollar part back. I'm glad she brought it over.
Grass was mowed, my new weight bench put together by my "vet-tech" daughter, and I baked a pie.
I had just prepared the blueberries the day I got the call that we were heading to the hospital. I put them in the fridge, and finally baked it last night. A King Flour recipe, and it was very good. The blueberries were prepared in wine. I couldn't find blueberry wine, so I used what I could get "fruity." The crusts are made with organic butter (pre-made crumbles and put into the freezer until needed), and the blueberry mix contains no white granulated sugar (1 cup of confectioners sugar).
I have a recipe to experiment with an einkorn flour pie crust, so that will be our next pie if we locate more blueberries. Our source closed, and so far, no one I know can tell me where there are "You Pick" farms or otherwise (Michigan blueberries). If any of you have a tried and true recipe using einkorn, I'd love to try it. It would be so much healthier for us. I just hate to waste ingredients on new recipes that fail.
While hospital hopping, I still ran out to the garden to pick what was needed (to deal with later). Weeding'l have to wait. It's thunder-storming out this morning.
~ A boat load of chard, and more peas. The zucchini is just about ready to start harvesting. Tomatoes are now on, and will need tied up again this week. Bell peppers are on too.
Here are a few updates on my handiwork projects. By the way, I found a few more unfinished projects in my closet, ha ha!
....finished 4 (one not photographed) crocheted bracelets. If I can find more buttons that fit these, I'll make a few more.
.....got a few more granny squares made for the baby blanket. Only 24 more to make. I crocheted about 3 at the hospital visit in the above photo.
....two knitted dishcloths in the making. I didn't quite get that red, white and blue one done for the 4th.
....I sort of forgot about this baby blanket, but it's progressing too.
There are no projects on my afghan hook, nor the tatting needle nor the cro-tatting needle.
I have a few Christmas gifts in the making, but those projects are slow going.
I'll update you on the SIL's when I have solid information.