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A change gonna come

One of my favorite gospel songs is “A change gonna come” especially sung by Aaron Neville.  Actually anything he sings is my favorite.

Listening to his music has helped me keep my sanity in check over the past 2 years.  There has been a whole lotta changes–some good, other not so much.

In early 2012 our daughter decided it was time to spread her wings and leave our protective nest.  So she became a solider girl.  While very proud of her we were also apprehensive about her going out into the big bad world.  But we taught her well, so we knew she would survive it well.

My Soldier GirlAnd Mom was finally starting to recover from her heart attack in 2009 and the multiple surgeries because of it.  Life was good.

2013 brought a lot of sadness and a lot of happiness at the same time.

Mom suffered a devastating stroke that left her paralyzed on her right side and unable to talk. There were days when visiting her in the nursing home I would have to step outside and have a good cry.  It was so difficult to see her suffer so much.  Mom eventually died from the complications of the stroke, but it does give me some comfort to know that she is no longer suffering such horrible pain.

She was a classy and elegant lady until the end.


At the same time, joy came into our lives.  In June soldier girl got married to soldier husband Nestor.


And in August they informed us there would be a soldier baby arriving in April.  Talk about joy! It was a big surprise to us, didn’t see it coming.

Here they are at Christmas time at Manhattan Beach, CA visiting his family.

ashley & nestor

What a beautiful couple they are.

It still baffles me that I could have such feelings of joy and pain at the same time.  Now it is a new year–although almost half of it is gone, for me it feels like it is just starting.  Over the last few months, I’ve managed to tie up some loose ends and have energy for moving on.

That means you will see some changes here.  Actually, the changes have already started and more are on the way.

Until next time, have a beautiful life.


Been a long time

It has been a long time since I’ve shown my face around here, mainly due to a difficult last year.  Last April my mother had a major stroke that she never fully recovered from.  She lost her ability to speak and was paralyzed on right side.  At the beginning we were very hopeful that she would recover, but it soon became evident the damage was too much.

Since my sisters and I were not able to care for her at home, we had to put her in a nursing home.  So our main priority became to make sure she received the best care possible.  We established shifts where at least on of us 4 daughters were there with her almost all the time.  Since my work schedule was most flexible, I spent most of my days at the nursing home with Mom.  That meant a lot of things in my life got put on hold, including this.

In December Mom moved on to another phase of her life.  I miss her so much, but now I must move on also.  I will never stop missing Mom, but I feel her here with me all the time.

So what does that mean for Sew It Yourself Slipcovers?  Well, I need to revive and revamp–it is time for a new look, don’t you think?  Also, there are some technical problems that I have not been able to solve myself and no one else has either.  As you may have noticed, none of the comments show up and I can’t figure out why.  Very frustrating.

For the next few weeks, I will be working behind the scene rebuilding the site.  What I have now will stay up until then.  I hope to see you back here real soon to reveal the new look.


27 Years

Twenty seven years together.  The path hasn’t always been smooth, but we are still hanging in there.

Ready to take on another 27.