Friday, May 29, 2009

Carl and doings

Good Evening all,

Carl continues to improve each day and the docs are happy with his progress. Today we visited the hospital so he could tell all of the people that helped him while he was there, "Thanks". He wasn't able to see everyone that took care of him, but he did get to see a few. He didn't even know where he was going because the last time he went from room to room and floor to floor he was looking at the ceiling as they wheeled him around in his bed. The floors were quiet because the snow birds have flown home and there are less of them to take care of. This happens every year during the summer. They close down different floors because there isn't enough people there to take care of.

Not much quilting going on just yet. I am in the process of making a couple wallhangings, but I have not pushed myself with it yet. I have also signed up for a couple more blocks to swap in 3 Sisters. They are a bunch of neat quilters. Not a lot of personal stuff going on that site, just swaps. I was going to post the pics I have of the blocks I have already swapped, but I haven't downloaded them from my camera yet. I need some time to do that 'cause I make sure that I put them in the correct folders and label them when I download. That is the only way I am able to keep them organized.

It won't be long now before I am in NY state at my daughters wedding. The days just seem to fly right on by. I received her invite today so I know the date & time LOL....... I did manage to find an outfit to wear, but now I need to get a pair of shoes to match and I want to get my nails done before I fly back. I guess I had better get my buns in gear as I only have a month left to get this stuff done. I sure hope it isn't wet and nasty while I am back there.

Happy Quilting,

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Slowing down

Good evening all, The excitement of the past month has calmed some. Carl's appointments with the doctors have gone well & they are amazed at his progress. All are surprised that he doesn't have pain in the chest area from the surgery. He notices when he is doing something he should not do because his ribs and sternum let him know. A couple nights ago I went out & was trimming a bush next to the driveway and he just raked the debris out into the driveway & it really tired him out. The next morning he felt every pull of the rake in his legs and arms. That is the most work he has done in a month!! He is able to walk longer without running out of air and is feeling much better. Yahoo!!!

I have finally returned to my sewing/quilting room the past 2 days. It has been hard to get back into my routine with Carl home. I enjoy spending time with him and find it hard to quilt. I do have an incentive though, I am in a couple swaps that I must get done and in the mail. At Quilt in a Day, I am hosting a 5 inch fabric swap (they are called 'Nickles') and packages are arriving everyday, waiting for a 'White Elephant' box to arrive, and at the beginning of next month I am going to be doing a 'Sew Along' swap and finally my next birthday block is due at the end of next month. I have that block done & I think I'll send it out early so I don't have to worry about it while I am in New York at my daughters wedding. I am also involved in 3 Sisters Cyber Quilting block swaps. I have one left to get out before the end of the month and I started working on that this morning. If nothing else the deadlines encourage me to get back into the swing of things. Can you believe that I haven't bought any fabric is the past 2 weeks??? Neither can I. I may go into withdrawl. I am trying to be very good while Carl is out of work. I am very thankful he got Aflac a few years ago because it sure has been a blessing for us twice. The first time was when he tried to cut his thumb off with a hole saw. He was out of work for 6 weeks that time.

Here is the block I am making from the 'Nickle' swap. I am going to make a king sized quilt for our bed. I thought I had enough, but most of my stash was repeats & I wanted lots of 'scraps'. So I called on my quilting buddies to help me out.

Happy Quilting,