Two more days!

Only two more days and I will be officially retired!  I get one whole day off (actually, I get a whole three-day weekend) and then I will be back to work on Monday as a post-retirement employee.  I’ll hopefully pay off the car and buy an IQ with the extra money, but we’ll see how long I hang in there.

Today was a bit of a sad day.  As you all know, I run off every now and then to Silver Falls or other locations with my Getaway Girls.  I love each and every one of these women, and today we lost one of our own.  Pat Bond was one of the sweetest women you could ever have met, but at the same time, she had a sharp wit and an impish sense of humor.  I enjoyed her company very much.  She passed away this morning, thankfully surrounded by her family.  We will be sorting through her quilting supplies and selling them next month to help defray her medical expenses.  I will be helping with some of the sorting and pricing this weekend.  I will also be quilting one of her last quilts, which will be a wedding gift for one of her nephews (I believe).   She was very anxious to get all these things done, and I so would have loved her to see the quilt finished.  It was not to be.  So, if you can, say a prayer for Pattie.  She’s now one of God’s newest angels.

Oy!

Now I remember why I want to get out of that office!  One of the faculty emailed this morning to say he doesn’t think he can teach his class next term.  CLASSES START MONDAY!  Are you freakin’ kidding me?  And, this is not a “I’m not coming.  Cancel my payroll and get someone else to teach the class.”  This is a “I’m thinking about it and will let you know!”  OY!  The sad part is, this guy has done the same thing for each. term. this. year.  I’m almost ready to light my hair on fire and run screaming into the night.  I will however, just suck it up and do what I need to do when I get the final word.  This has been my career.  Putting out one fire after another.  I look forward to the lack of flames and smoke.

On the brighter side, I now have a commission to make a quilt for my physical therapist (and friend), Michael.  I have an appointment with him tomorrow and will bring some quilt designs with me.  I’ve got the Miss Rosie’s Spice of Life Quilts, which has some lovely but manly quilts in it, a book my secret stitcher sent me called Relax and Quilt, which has some nice ones, and, oddly enough, a book I picked up at the $1 book sale at guild last week.  It’s called Great American Quilts 1988, and for some reason it called out to me from the doorway of the room that held the books.  I walked right over to it, picked it up, and flipped to what I think is the most gorgeous HST quilt I’ve ever seen.  Of course, since the book came out in 1988, they have templates you can trace and use to make the pattern. I won’t be using those when I make this quilt (either for me or for Mike), but I need to make that quilt.  It’s so scrappy and wonderful.

So, here I am, retiring in seven more days, and really wondering if I want that six-month post-retirement contract.  Sigh.  I suppose I must work it.  They do need to find a replacement, and the schedule for advertising and interviewing I filled out today will give them plenty of time to find someone, so I guess I’d best dig in and get things finished up.  All of you younger folks who are reading this. . .I hope you find out much sooner than I did what it is that brings you joy.  You need to do that for your life’s work instead of plugging along daily in a job you really don’t like.  I’ve done it for too long and look forward to living my dreams.

Another Miracle

Well, just the miracles of modern science.  The Lyrica is working and I can finally sit here and get some stuff done!  I feel a bit loopy, but at least I’m able to concentrate on something other than the burning pain in my butt and leg.  Actually, for feeling a little strange, I’ve managed to get a lot done this morning.  Perhaps this will help me plow through the pile!  I have so much to do.  I’d like to get this office cleaned up before the end of the week.  I’ve got to retire!!  Eight days, but who’s counting?

Have a great day all.  I think I can quit bitchin’ for a while.  Well, at least five minutes, anyway!

I was wrong!

Well, I guess it’s not the first time, and surely, it won’t be the last.  Apparently, it’s sitting on my tush, and probably most specifically, sitting on my tush in my office at the UO that is causing this blazing pain down my leg.  It returned yesterday with my return to the office and last night I slept nary a wink.  I have an appointment at the after-hours clinic tonight to see if they will give me some Lyrica.  It is nerve pain, plain and simple.  I have (probably) more than my share of narcotics, but they will not even take the edge off this pain, so I finally gave up.  Thankfully, I have a physical therapy appointment tomorrow.  I’m sure Michael will help straighten me out.  If I can get some Lyrica (nerve pain medicine), I think I can get this under control.  Must not be in pain!  I’ve gotten two more customers in the last 24 hours.  I have quilts of my own I want to make!  I have no time for pain.  I think I did get an hour of sleep last night.  That was after I got up and got the ice pack — I slept for about an hour while my butt was frozen!  sigh

I’ve had a black and whitish quilt planned out for some time, but haven’t been able to find just the right fabrics for it.  A few days ago, Marsha McCloskey posted that she has some new fabrics in her Staples line (Staples III) so I went to take a look.  This time, there are a few designs in gray!  They are perfect!  Since Marsha doesn’t live far from me, I emailed her my order and went to pick up the fabrics at lunchtime today.  I also got some in taupe which will go with another background I have for a HST quilt I want to make — very scrappy.  Anyway, you should check out Marsha’s site.  Because she needed to make room in her studio for the new bolts, she’s put some of her blenders and a few other items on sale.  Check it out.

Well, I did manage to get into the doctor this evening and got my prescription for Lyrica.  Wordpress was having problems earlier, so this message didn’t post.  I’m lying here on the couch getting a bit sleepy, so I think I’m going to go hit the hay.  Hope tomorrow is a better day.  Today actually was quite lovely with large puffy clouds, despite the pain.  Spring is definitely on the way!

Miracles

Hmm.  Maybe I’m a bit more tied to that moon than I thought.  Or, perhaps there is just power in speaking about a problem.  I was feeling pretty tormented by that pain in my leg.  Squirmed and stretched and griped a whole lot yesterday.  Waited fairly impatiently for that full moon to rise last night.  Unfortunately, with a bunch of clouds to the east, I missed the full effect of the moonrise.  It always appears it’s largest at the horizon.  Anyway, I stood outside and got some nice shots of the moon.  It will take me a while to process the pictures, as I had to shoot them in RAW and in manual mode, so I’ll post some one of these days.  Anway, I got up this morning, and my pain is GONE!  Something finally let go.  So, it’s the first day of spring, I’m free of the pain, and I’ve got quilts to do.  What could be better?

Don’t get comfy

Dang it.  My back has been feeling great for several months and it actually still is, but I’ve had building sciatic pain over the past week.  Last night it nearly drove me to distraction.  I took a pain pill and a Lyrica (nerve pain med) and slept like a boulder.  This morning I felt pretty good, but the pain is coming back.  I’ve been stretching, using the muscle stimulator, icing, applying heat, etc., but it doesn’t seem to want to go away.  I guess I’ll call my physical therapist on Monday and try to get back in to see him soon.  I hate taking these stupid pills.  As you get older, you tend to be silly enough without adding fuel to the fire, so to speak.

Quilts are pouring in to do.  Fortunately, the pain in my hip and leg are better when I’m standing, so quilting is actually okay.  Now if I could only keep Ozzie entertained while I quilt.  I think I’ve found just the ticket.  It’s called Go Dog Go an automatic ball launcher that should be right up Ozzie’s alley.  Until it gets here, we’ll practice dropping balls in a bucket when he brings them back.  I’m hoping this will entertain him.  He doesn’t like the stairs up to (or down from) my studio, and when I do bring him up, he gets nervous.  He also manages to find long sharp pins on the floor that even my magnets don’t find, and he loves to eat them.  I’d rather spend the money on a fairly expensive dog toy than to pay for surgery on my pup!

Well, pain is increasing while I sit here, so I’m taking my sorry (and painful) butt back up the stairs to quilt.  Happy National Quilting Day all!!

OH!  I almost forgot.  Not only is today special for quilting, but there will also be a super perigee moon this evening.  I believe it may be clear enough here in Eugene to see it.

Now that I’m aware of my Transylvania heritage, I’ll be out enjoying it even more than usual.

Seems like such a long time. . .

Wow – I can’t believe I haven’t blogged in so long.  Well, scratch that. . . yes, I can believe it.  Life has been incredibly hectic, and I’m only pausing now because I’m home with the crud.  It started coming on two weeks ago and I bombarded myself with Zicam.  I thought I had it beat until I went off to quilt retreat last weekend and lost my voice.  I’ve gone downhill from there.

Anyway, let’s roll back a bit.  You know I was feeling stressed and frustrated at work and decided to retire, right?  So far, all is going well with that.  My last day of regular employment is March 31, just a few weeks away.  I then have a six-month post-retirement contract, but if they find someone good earlier than the end of September, I may graciously step aside.  However, I have plans for that extra income — I’ve put myself on the list for an IQ for my quilting machine.  I think it may be a wise business move, in that the quilting is picking up and I’m getting older.  Add to that the tax incentives for buying new equipment for a small business this year, and I think it could be a win-win situation.  I can imagine it would be wonderful to have a computer help me stitch out motif after motif . . . especially when you want the same design in each block of a 25-block quilt!

So, back to quilting.  The phone has begun to ring, and ring, and ring some more.  I’m going to advertise very inexpensive quilting using my Circle Lord boards.  Quick quilting for me and a way to finish projects for those who aren’t making show quilts and just want their blankie.  While lots of folks like custom quilting, many people just want the throw or blanket for snuggling, and don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for the quilting.  I intend to fill that niche.

I was honored last month to have Fil-Tec Threads request a quilt from me to hang in their booth during the show circuit this year.  I guess they noticed how often I promote their threads (particularly the magna glide and magna quilt bobbins), so they thought something from me done with their threads would be nice.  Well, I didn’t have anything on hand, so in my usual reckless manner, I volunteered to quilt them something!  Oy!  I whipped up a whole cloth quilt in a mere seven days from design concept to finish.  I guess I feel so bold because I know, using their threads, I won’t have to worry about thread tension.  I didn’t have time for cut-away trapunto, so I used a couple layers of batting and contrasting thread on the top of the quilt.  I can’t say I really care for the way it came out, especially because I was in such a hurry (haste makes waste!) and couldn’t really rip mistakes.  I also used a Gadget Girls template for the clamshells that I had never used before.  I think it would be fabulous if I could have found my invisigrip to hold it down to the quilt top better, but I went with it.  Hopefully, they won’t mind knowing I used it and slipped a few times.  Anyway, I absolutely loved the back, because the threads matched and the tension was perfect.  The binding was a hastily applied machine method, so it’s not real pretty, but it’s done.  If you happen to see this quilt in the Fil-Tec booth this season, please look at the back (pay no attention to the binding!).  It’s my very favorite part.

I like the back so much better: