Sunday, March 3, 2019

Back to work and a birthday

My winter break is long over. I am always amazed at how quickly this week disappears. I spent a lot of it cross-stitching and I made some great progress. I can't show it to you unfortunately. 

I also spent a lot of time cooking and baking so that Hubby and I have some "heat and eat meals" for those days that we work late. 

I will show you a cross-stitch I made many years ago at my mother's request. It hangs in her living room. It is a beautiful Irish saying for the month of March.
I recently treated myself to two new books. Mom had given me a Barnes and Noble gift card for Christmas. I adore Log Cabin quilts and this book definitely appealed to me.
In it I found this.  
I want to make a bed quilt for my daughter and her future husband. We had chosen a quilt from a magazine that I have, but she didn't seem real thrilled with it. She did determine that she likes stars. I sent her this picture and she loved this quilt.

Once my cross-stitching is completed I am going to start this quilt. This picture is of a wall-hanging size, but directions are given for a queen-sized quilt. I can't wait to start searching for and buying fabric. I will be making over 200 blocks, but who's counting.

I also bought this book, basically to use up the gift card, but also because it appealed to me. I always find books that include witchcraft or ghosts quite appealing. I'm not sure why, but I do.
We shall see how I like it.

This past week I celebrated a birthday....the last of my 50s. I really don't feel that old. At least I didn't until Thursday. I had been having some trouble with sciatica down my left leg on and off for 2 weeks. I have experienced the same thing with my right leg before and I was doing my exercises from past therapy to ease the problem I was now having. I woke up Thursday morning in extreme pain. I couldn't sit. I was barely able to stand and walk around. I was most comfortable kneeling or laying on the floor flat on my stomach. Obviously a doctor's visit was needed. My usual orthopedist was unavailable so I took the first appointment with another doctor in the same medical group but a different office. I have been diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis (I was told years ago that it was starting, but to just leave it alone). I was sent home with meds, a back brace and an Rx for therapy. It took quite a while for the meds to kick in though and I spent most of Thursday laying on the floor on my stomach. I now know the meaning of "writhing on the floor with pain". I do not want to experience that ever again. I have rug burns in some interesting places because of it. By the night time, I was able to lay on the couch. Thankfully, a good night's sleep in my bed with the help of some pain medication found me in a much better place on Friday. I am hoping that I continue to improve and maybe make it back to work this coming week. 

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching. You all know what I will be working on.... some secret stitching.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. So sorry to read about the pain you are in. Hopefully the meds will have you feeling a little better soon. You will be in my prayers.

    1. The meds are working. I still have some pain by the end of the day. Hopefully that will end soon. Thanks for visiting.

  2. Happy Birthday,
    and hope all that pain is better not very nice for you.
    Love the Irish stitch , enjoy your day.

  3. It is no fun to have back issues, sciatica is awful. I hope you are better soon.

  4. Sorry you are in so much pain, I'm glad the meds are working. The Irish cross stitch is beautiful. I have Judy Martin's Log Cabin quilts book. There are so many lovely patterns in there. I've made one of them. Timberline log cabin is lovely. I look forward to seeing the colorway you make it in. Hope you feel better this week.

  5. It sounds like you had a productive week until the sciatica hit. I’m sorry to hear you were in so much pain and hope that it gets better and stays away soon. The quilt for your daughter looks beautiful. I look forward to seeing the colours you will use to make it. Happy belated birthday!

  6. the quilting book looks really good. Although the cover quilt looks really hard! My sister has the same diagnosis except hers is a lot worse from the sound of it and she has curvature of the spin which makes it worse I think - I hope your meds get you up and moving again soon

  7. I'll be praying for you - ugh!! I hope you get relief soon.

  8. Oh I feel for you and your back last month I was out of commission for 3 weeks. I think log cabin quilts are my favorite. I hope you enjoy the Paula Brackston book I have read several of her books and found them good reads.


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