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Friday, July 11, 2014

Getting in the Swing

I can't believe it has been so long since my last post! I really didn't have anything to write about since I haven't done much in the line of sewing or quilting for several months now. Last evening I completed a second large block out of 9 of Star Light Star Bright, a quilt-a-long with Happy Quilting. Now if I can only stay on task with at least finishing up this quilt I will be happy.

It appears as though we will have another year of me assisting with administration of a governmental grant that benefits pregnancy centers in North Carolina. Hopefully, now that the groundwork has been laid it will not be as time consuming and will allow me time to have a more balanced life this upcoming year - which means more time to quilt, sew and blog.

Also, I am in recovery having injured my right rotator cuff having stubbed my toe and running into a door frame. The thing that aggravates it most is moving a mouse around and being on the computer - of course the thing that impacts my livelihood. I can feel some ache while sewing but not as much as pushing that mouse around. I am still waiting for the cortisone injection to kick in and alleviate all of the pain. It has reduced but still needs ice packs, muscle strengthening exercises and taking anti-inflammatory medication.

Other than that life is good and I am looking forward to reconnecting with all my online quilting friends.

We have a cardinal's nest in our Crape Myrtle tree that is up against the house where the nest is visible in our second story window where we can daily watch. So much fun! The momma cardinal notices us and just looks at us with interest. We must not be too scary to look at. She has 2 in the nest.  The dad helps with feeding and works very hard at distracting to defend the nest. So cute to watch. There was a moment when the proud father was standing on the edge of the nest checking out his brood. Lately, I have noticed a parallel having read and personally experience men sharing their food with their wives and children. Now I see it in nature with the male cardinal who naturally participates in the feeding of the female cardinal and peeps. Did you know that the female cardinal chooses her mate by allowing the male to feed her. Once she determines that he is going to assist with feeding she then knows she can rely on the male to assist her in feeding their babies?

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So how are you doing with your UFOs and NewFos. 
Hopefully, much better than I am doing?

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  1. Hope you have a speedy recovery! Take care of yourself!!

  2. Love that block!!! I do hope that your healing is swift and you're able to navigate through all needed/fun tasks. I can totally empathize with you as I kinda did a 'number' on mine some years ago when I dumped my motorcycle. I elected for no surgery repair at that time as the MD said that either way I would possibly have some arthritis in the area "when I'm older".......and now I'm older......LOL! Quilting/sewing is good exercise, as is moving a mouse.........helps with the "range of motion" (that's me talking not any medical person!!! Hehehehe......) Your little birdie photo is awesome! Hugs comin' at ya............................

  3. Life gets busy...but so glad to see you back with a little sewing too.

  4. Glad to see you back, Joanie. I love that block. Is it a modified Carpenter's Star? I feel that if it hurts to work and it doesn't hurt to sew, life is sending you a message. :-)

  5. Love the block. Very pretty. I am so sorry to hear about your rotator cuff. Take it easy. So you can get recovered totally.


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