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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a really quick note to let you all know I am back home, safe and sound, and recovering from my surgery. Everything went well, according to my doctor, and I had a really sharp point on my coccyx which was most likely the cause of all of my pain. That is now gone, and he shaved down a small part of my sacrum to help prevent bone spurs (or something like that). So far, I seem to be healing well, and I have to say that the staff of the Presbyterian Orthopaedic Hospital in Charlotte are the BEST! And speaking of the best, their BairPaws system is just the most wonderful thing in the world for keeping you comfortable before and after surgery.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving! And I want to thank everyone for your prayers and good thoughts for me during my surgery and recovery. I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful family and group of friends, and I am very thankful for each and every one of you.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Probably my last update before surgery

I'm having the surgery early next week, so this will likely be the last update I make before then, and I do have some progress to share on Mother's Arms.

Mother's Arms progress as of November 15, 2006

I worked on MA for over a week before I decided it was time to move on. I'm thinking of working on Arabian Woman next.

I'll post again as soon as I can. I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week and weekend. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Weekend!

This week has been all work, work, work, and very little play. I do have just a little progress on the double wedding ring quilt top that I can share. Slow and deliberate is the manner in which I must work on it, otherwise it won't go together properly.

Double Wedding Ring circles progress

The top row's circles are almost complete. There will be 7 horizontal by 8 vertical.

In cross-stitching news, I had a sudden desire to work on something different than what is in my current rotation. This has happened before, and I know a lot of times, I start a new project when it does. Well, not this time! I pulled out one of my other WIPs and decided to spend a little time on it (Mother's Arms). I'll probably work on it until I'm ready to move on (no stitching goal), and then I might work on one of my other non-rotation WIPs until I feel like getting back into the groove of it.

Oh, and here are my birthday quarter-yards package. The books/patterns that I got are Super Simple Squares by Lynda Milligan and Nancy Smith, Afternoon Tea (Fat Quarter Block of the Month, which is what I plan to use my quarter-yards package with) by Judy Flanagan, So Many Squares by LaBenne Publications, and Grandma's Sampler by Glad Creations, Inc. I hope to start the Afternoon Tea sampler block quilt in January and do it like the block-of-the-month ones I've seen out. Happy, happy weekend all!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Autumn Maiden and the Countdown Begins...

It really helps to take progress scans or photos, because just when you think you haven't made much progress at all, you can compare your current picture to the last one and find that you've actually gotten quite a bit done! Such was the case with Autumn Maiden when I scanned it in this afternoon. I was thinking that exact thing, and lo and behold, I've gotten much more done than I had thought.

Maidens of the Seasons II, Autumn Maiden progress
(compare the two mini-pics below)
progress as of nowprogress back on September 11, 2006

I've been working like a madwoman at work, getting everything ready for my extended absence, and of course, I am paying for it physically. I'm not getting in much stitching lately (compared to, say, a year ago), and I've been seeing my chiropractor a bit more over the past couple of weeks. It's that whole 'I'll rest when I'm dead' mentality. Actually, I plan on REALLY resting with my recovery, but I know I shouldn't wear myself down before surgery. Just a little over two weeks to go now...

C gave me my birthday present early this year - he went with me this morning to Quilter's Attic in Goodlettsville and gave me a little shopping spree - three new quilt patterns, a new fat quarters quilt book, and a (surprise!) package of fat quarters (the colors of which remind me of Neopolitan ice cream, yummy). He actually went with me into the store and even made suggestions for purchases. And he carried everything around for me while we shopped. I'm such a lucky girl. :) Okay, I'm going to go play with my stash now. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!