His & hers therapies. I’m so happy to say that Mr. Zombie is finally home. And thanks to modern medical marvels, aka the PICC line (a “diy” IV system) - the Infection-Zombie gets his RX treatment at home - rather then spending 6-8 more weeks in the hospital. That just blows my mind.
The hospital (OHSU) was fantastic and they couldn’t be more pro-family and made a bummer situation so much better. And perks that scored big with me… the staff of course, but also the 24/7 cafeteria with really good organic/free trade coffee. But home is best, not to mention I can do without the daily almost 2 hour drive each way. Mr. Z’s infection (in the donor bone) will take a while to rid of, but he’s on the right track and we see progress each day. Our heartfelt thanks to all who bestowed us with good wishes and thoughts, comments and emails… now THAT was truly the best RX - for both of us!
Physical therapy starts again soon for Mr. Z. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was picking up my “prescription” while I was in Arizona. Ahhh… Arizona. I had blast with my girl-gang. I want to go back. This was my second time in Phoenix, and I need a third - I want to visit my sweet pals Jona and Bren… and a trip up to Sedona is in order too.
I love the Arizona flag - I’m just gaga about it. It’s so graphic and bold, and very, very cool. It has an art-quilt quality and fantastic branding to it. I want to cut up some fabric and make one for myself. I love the flag of my home state (California Republic) and my adopted state’s flag (Oregon) is a snooze… but Arizona’s flag is King of The Flags. Top flag dog.
Beauty found in a Phoenix strip mall.
Surprise! Or as I like to say… Supplies! This never got old for me, even though I drove the girl gang nuts and was threatened with getting kicked out of the car. Arizona has the best names for cities and towns. I love these names… Bumble Bee, Happy Jack, Carefree, Grasshopper, Christmas and Sunflower. And these towns/cities say “Arizona” all over them… Skull Valley, Iron Springs, Black Canyon City and Maverick. Best flag. Best city names. And a ton of In-n-Out’s. Sigh. You rock, Arizona.
At a JoAnn’s in Phoenix. Merchandising the HZ way.
Sure is loud in here. Ahhh. That’s better.
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe) and Calavera de Azúcar (sugar skulls) are not an easy find here in the Pacific Northwest. I KNEW I’d score big in Arizona!
Another score were the tiles I found at Hobby Lobby. And what a score Hobby Lobby is! So jealous they’re not on the West Coast. I first heard of Hobby Lobby via Blogland… and I must say that I really liked it. It’s as if Micheal’s and HomeGoods had a night in Vegas… and 9 months later a little Hobby Lobby was born.
And then there are the fabrics that came home with me - even though there was already some of it at home. For the I-Just-Can’t-Get-Enough-Of-These files. There’s always room for more Sandi, Tanya, Heather and Jennifer in my cupboards! We visited Quiltz - a shop being featured in the upcoming Quilt Sampler. We had high expectations, and boy did Quiltz deliver. I can see why it made the top ten in Quilt Sampler. Beautiful store and wonderful shopkeepers and staff. The store was heavily peppered with my favorite fabrics (in my realm of unreality, I know they set the store just for me). A definite e-ticket of a quilt shop, and the small world part - was that the owners were from Scapposse, Oregon… just up the river from me.
Fabric shopping is all good and fun, but there’s nothing better to make your husband’s-having-emergency-surgery-and-you’re-out-of-state-scrary-sucky-day… then to come home and find that your sweet friend Nanette has sent you some cotton love from her stash. A total OMG moment. LOOK at what she sent me! Talk about vintage goodness, and all the better because it’s from Nanette’s cupboards-o-joy. Just dreamy. Nanette has a knack for vintage fabrics. She’s THE vintage fabric whisperer. I’m just waiting for the day she gets gobbled up by a fabric company as a repo designer - and we can all have some of her vintage joys in our cupboards.
But wait, there’s more! Nireko sent me these beautiful Lecien bundles of Mrs. March’s 30’s. Sooooo stinkin’ cute. Nireko sent me some other goodies, like the darling box she made - and filled with tiny little Japanese treats that are Triskit sized. Saving that for another post. Just too darn cute.
And now that we’re settling back in to “normal”, and the big scare is on it’s way out… time to focus on some more fun stuff!