I need to fill you in on what has been happening here in my little corner of the world. It all started on Saturday, May 2……….
The morning was a whirlwind of activity as I got ready to walk in our annual Mayfest parade. I had agreed to help a friend out with her parade entry. Little did I know what this entailed……I had agreed to dress as this:
I also had the mandatory Minion construction hat but not in this picture. ☺ This is a fleece jumpsuit type of thing and that head piece is foam. It was a beautiful warm sunny day so I was a giant sweatball until the parade was over. I was prepared for the warmth but hadn’t really thought about the fact that I should have trained for a mini-marathon with all the antics and running around we did in parade-route. Whew!!! My girlfriend was advertising her store space and has a cute little Smart Car that comes along as part of the parade every year. There were 4 adult minions, 3 kid minions, Gru and Dr. Nefario in our cast of characters. We had a ball!
These are just a few pictures of the parade entry while we were getting ready. The minion balloons were 54″ high and the Ba-Ba-Ba-Ba-Ba-Banana song was playing the whole way through speakers mounted on the car. It was so cute! Now, if you have never seen the or heard of the “Despicable Me” movies, this will all mean nothing to you so we will move along now.
After peeling my sweaty body out of the fleece onsie, I came home and had a nice refreshing drink out on the patio while I recovered. This is where the day took a surreal turn. You know that TV commercial where the subtitles come on while the man is fixing his breakfast and getting the morning paper in……….”Joe’s heart attack will happen in 30 seconds”? or the one where the lady gets a note and it says……….”Your heart attack will arrive in 2 days”? Well, that is exactly how it happens.
I was working on a baby shower gift while Mike was out mowing the yard. I noticed the mower wasn’t running anymore but did not know that he had come in the house to lay down because he wasn’t feeling well. I thought he was probably talking to the neighbors about the earthquake that we had felt about half hour previously. He walked into the living room and told me he had come in to lay down because he didn’t feel good (this is very ODD for him). I asked him what he meant and he said that he was having chest pain. I immediately called our daughter-in-law who is an Emergency Room nurse and her instructions were to give him 4 baby aspirin, which amazingly I had on hand, and see if he was willing to go to the ER to get checked out. Amazing again that he thought this was a good idea. Folks, when you walk into the ER and say you are having chest pains, it is full speed ahead! He was immediately put in a room, IV started, EKG hooked up while information is being gathered from both of us as to age, name, insurance, etc. In just several minutes, the Dr. came in as said, “Mr. Bontrager, you are having a heart attack right now and the Samaritan will be here in 15 minutes.” For those of you not from around these parts, the Samaritan is the medical helicopter that was coming to transport him to a larger hospital with heart specialists that is about an hour and 15 minutes south of our small town of Shipshewana.
By the time my son and his wife and I had gathered our “wits” about us and were pulling out to follow by car, my phone rang and it was one of the medics from the helicopter letting me know that they had arrived at the Heart Institute and my husband was already in the heart-cath lab.
One hour and 15 minutes later, we arrived by car and no later that 2 minutes after we located where we were suppose to be, the Dr. popped out of a side door and told us that Mike was doing well and on his way to his room! Everything happened so fast the whole afternoon that there was never time to panic or even think for that matter. His artery was 99% blocked, two overlapping stents were put in and 4 days later we were back home. My goodness! But….God is so good. He orchestrated the whole day from start to finish, just like He does all of our ordinary days. His love and mercy were so obvious in every step, and every person that we had contact with. We have been so blessed by the love and caring of family, friends, our church family, and our neighbors. We are now in the rest and recovery phase. Mike will go back to work June 1st and is thoroughly enjoying the “break” that his brush with death has provided. Minimal to no heart damage and a bright future ahead. Thank you, Lord.
Today has dawned sunny but unseasonably cool. All outside flowers survived the near frost this morning. This is what is going on in the landscaping:
the Rhododendron by the side door is in full bloom,
The Snowball Bush is absolutely beautiful,
and my favorite, the Bleeding Heart outside the patio door…..she is beautiful!
I hurried outside this morning and picked this little bouquet off my dwarf lilac bush to keep my company while I write.
So much to say!
On a final note, I am trying to do a sew-along with Lori Holt over at Bee in my Bonnet. About a month ago, while stumbling around in blogdom, I came across Lori Holt’s sew-along, quickly ordered her book so I would have it to start on May 1. Needless to say, I fell behind with our busy month but am trying to catch up. The sew-along follows her book Farm Girl Vintage.
The quilt blocks use scraps which I have oodles of and which is one of my favorites so it is a perfect fit for my vintage-self.
I am currently cutting and sewing-along on week two but here is a quick peek at my week #1 blocks:
A twelve-inch block and a 6-inch block. I am enjoying having a quilt project in the works. That is all for today folks.