A setback

I don’t know what happened.  My back started hurting on Monday afternoon.  Then the pain started down my leg.  I didn’t sleep much Monday night because of the pain and I don’t think I slept at all last night.   I went to physical therapy this afternoon and Michael tried to pull my leg off.  It did help the pain for a while, but it’s back now.  I’m lying on the couch with the laptop on a pillow on my stomach and I have an ice pack on my back.  I took a flexeril and will probably be taking a pain killer here shortly.  I cannot bear this!  It is just too painful.  😦  I have to get 2.5 quilts done before I can even think about putting my whole cloth on the table.  I guess there will be no 2008 show quilt for me.  I am so bummed.  I just hope I can get the customer quilts back to them before they get too ticked off.

Well, off to la-la land.  I wish I could just get the pain to STOP!!

I’m back!

Well, it’s been four months tomorrow since my gastric bypass surgery.  I’ve lost 64 pounds and feel really good.  I took some pictures today and, especially compared with my pre-op pictures, I can really see the difference.  I have hated having my photo taken for the past several years.  Today when I looked at the picture of just my face, I thought – hey!  That’s me!  I’m back! linda-4-mos-who-is-that.jpg

And, for those of you who so kindly told me you didn’t think I was that big to begin with, here is the proof.  OMG!  linda-4-mth-comp-front.jpg

I’m glad someone stuck a pin in me and let the air out. 😉  Life is good.

Giving thanks

Ah, where to begin?  How is it that I get to have such a good life?  When I think of all the people in the world who don’t have enough to eat, no place to comfortably lay their head at night, or those who have to fear gunfire, bombs, natural disasters . . .  I am truly blessed.  I have a cute but old and funky house, I have more than enough food to eat, I have clothes and shoes, enough fabric to make enough quilts for an army.  I have two snuggly kitties.  I have a family that is a bit dysfunctional, but I love them all.  And, I have friends — quilty friends.  What more could a gal ask for?  Friends who love beauty and warmth and friendship as much as I do.  Life is very, very good.  So today, I wish you abundance in all things and the time to stop and be appreciative of it all.  I will spend the day quilting, snuggling with kitties, and doing a little bit of eating.  What could be better than that?

Simple minds . . .

simple pleasures. I have been getting such a charge out of just watching the washing machine! How pathetic, right? 😉 It’s amazing how this thing can use so little water and still do such a good job on cleaning the clothes. I did three loads of laundry last night and it was actually fun. The washer spins so much water out of the clothes that they are nearly dry before you even put them in the dryer. This will be really good for my utility bills.

I’ll be quilting till I wilt this weekend. I need to get the Baltimore Bunny done, a cross-stitched SBS, and an applique’d heart quilt that she just wants a panto on. I need to clear the decks so I can work on my show quilt. This may not happen, but we’ll see how it goes. We’ll get to leave work a little early today, but I still have my appointment for PT with Igor at 3:30, so that will put a hole in my day.

Well, better get some work done. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Getting ready

Well, today should have been a big day of quilting, but it wasn’t. I spent most of the day cleaning out the laundry room. My new washer and dryer new-wd.jpgwill be here on Tuesday, so I cleared everything else out of the laundry room except the old washer and dryer. Oh and the freezer. Hopefully, the delivery guys will be able to get the old set out and the new ones in without much trouble.

I also went to Costco today and bought a new Christmas Tree. It’s 7.5′ tall and is pre-lit. I swear the worst part of putting up the tree is dealing with the dang lights! Problem solved. I may actually put the tree up tonight (without ornaments) and leave it that way for about a week. We haven’t had a Christmas tree in the house for a couple of years and I’m not about to put my expensive ornaments on there until I’m sure the kitties aren’t going to climb the limbs and knock it over. Hopefully, all will be well. I’ll be gone for the week of Christmas, but my pet sitter will still be able to enjoy the tree and I’ll get to dig it for the part of the holiday season that I AM here.

So, all in all, I’m pretty tired. Wrastling a 75 pound 4.5′ long box into a small Honda Civic and then cleaning the laundry room was no picnic. I do tend to get pooped out awfully easily these days. The doc says that my blood work is fine, so I guess this is just my normal state of being now. It will be an early night.

Running on empty

Well, this past weekend was when I was supposed to catch up on everything.  I need to clean out the laundry room for the new washer and dryer.  I needed to mow the lawn and get the leaves up.  I need to finish several more quilts before I can feel comfortable.  So, what did I do?  I slept!  I would go in my room to get something, lie down for a minute to pet Vince, and I would be out.  I finally went today to see my doc and had some blood drawn.  I’m not sure what it is,  but perhaps because of my weight loss surgery, I’m not absorbing enough nutrients.  If the blood work is fine, my doc says that it may be that I no longer need my anti-depressant.  It could be the very thing that is making me so sleepy.  So, we’ll wait and see what the tests say.

I did manage to finish the dresden plate and then I did the two-sided T-shirt quilt. Although it is probably the nicest T-shirt quilt I have ever seen, it didn’t really come out as I would have liked it to.  I made a bad choice of thread for the back.  The quilt is mainly black and the customer wanted clear thread on the top.  That looked fine, but I didn’t quite know that to use on the back.  I chose grey, as I thought it wouldn’t stand out too badly against the black and would still blend in with the shirts.  Unfortunately, it really stands out against the black.  Oh well!  It’s done, so too late now.  I think I also chose it just in case I had slight pokies showing through the top, but fortunately, I had great thread tension on this so I could have used any thread I wanted and it wouldn’t have showed through the top at all.  I’ll give it back tomorrow and then I won’t have to look at it any more.

Well, I’m beat, so off to bed I go.

What a difference a day (and some sleep) makes!

Well, after my gnarly, snarly day yesterday, I’m feeling so much better today.  I find that when I get really whiny (you mean it gets WORSE than normal? ) 😉 , it means that I am either getting really sick or am overly tired.  I believe yesterday’s fiasco was because of the latter.  I ended up staying home and sleeping for most of the day.  Something for which Vince, my wonderful feline companion, My buddy Vincewill be forever grateful.  There’s nothing better than snuggling against mom when she’s sleeping!

So, what’s doing for today?  I got up and made a delicious cup of coffee, and was browsing the web, when I saw a picture of a quilt on the APQS site that looks an awful lot like the one my sister made for our latest currency challenge.  I’m figuring someone saw my sister’s quilt and decided to copy it.  I called her to tell her about it, and she mentioned that there happens to be a sale going on at the Crow, and did I want to meet her there?  The Crow is “Something to Crow About,” a really neat quilt shop in our area.  It specializes in Thimbleberries and Moda and lots of primitive or folk art-type things.  Oh yea, nothing better than fabric shopping.  So I headed over there, with a picture of the offending quilt in hand.  Poor Ginny looked a little upset when I showed it to her — she spent about a week drafting the pattern for her quilt — but then I told her that I liked hers so much more and thought this was a poor imitation.  I think she felt a bit better, but, after all, she doesn’t have a copyright on hers — never dreaming someone would copy it.  So I shopped.  I bought some fabrics to whip out some Christmas Stockings (in my spare time!), on my serger.  I found a pattern for them that looks fast, easy, and oh so clever to do.  So now I just have to finish quilts and find a weekend to get the stockings done.  I also got some Civil War repro background fabrics for my Dear Jane, which I’m making in my other spare time, and then I have to wash the sateen that came in the mail two days ago for my whole cloth which I will do in my remaining spare time.  Dang that University job — I have no time for it!

Now I’m home, have new fabric in the washing machine (still waiting for my new machines), dinner in the crockpot, water in the kettle for my pot of Pleine Lune tea, and Vince is already at the top of the stairs in the studio bellerin’ for me to get my sorry carcass up there!  Oh yes, my back is killing me, but today it doesn’t matter.  I feel so much better and will just have Mr. Shiatsu deal with it later on!