Three weeks into the new year. And I’m not off to a real great start, I must say.
On January 2nd, My Cowboy was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure. Just one more horrible thing to add to his already long list of incurable ailments. And more pills to take.
On the 6th, we both got new eyeglasses, because . . . well . . . we’re getting old and have the beginnings of cataracts. I really like my new ones — you can see them in some of the photos below.
On the 7th, I was outfitted with this lovely piece of footwear:
Stress fracture, they call it. Well, I can certainly believe the “stress” part — it’s causing me great stress! I’m trying to ignore that I have it, but that’s not easy.
On the 8th, I left for California. The weather is much more tolerable out there, and I did have fun. Both of my daughters live out there, so I got to visit with them for several days. And see my grandson!
If you’re in the area, this exhibit runs until March 7th, and you should go see it. There’s a wonderful artisan gift shop attached to the gallery, too — well worth seeing.
We had so much fun at the reception. This is one of Victoria’s quilts that is in the exhibit, that I quilted for her. I’ll post more later on the quilt itself.
And both of my daughters got to be there, a rare occasion indeed!
I spent the rest of my time visiting with my girls, and went to work with my youngest on Monday, where I got to visit with Charlie the Cavoodle, the Chief Happiness Officer at her place of business. He has his own Instagram account @charlie.cavoodle, if you’d like to see more of Charlie. He’s so adorable!
Just before I left to go to California, I had my first quilt finish of the year, because I wanted to take it with me as a gift for my daughter’s friend, Bree.
I got to present the quilt to her in person, and here’s the best part — Bree is a HUGE Disney fan (which is why I made this quilt for her in the first place), and when we walked in, she was dressed just like the quilt! She had on a red vintage-Mickey dress, with a gray cardigan and black tights. Perfect! And she was showing us her new Minnie Mouse purse — true fan in every way. So cute! She cried when I gave her the quilt. And as it turns out, her birthday had been just a few days before, so my timing was pretty good! She told me later that she cried again every time she showed it to someone! And then sent us a photo of herself all snuggled up underneath it that night. I think it was a hit. (And it was also my #2 quilt on my #APQResolution list, so that’s another small win.)
The middle was a vintage-Mickey panel I bought from sewingpartsonline.com quite a while back when they advertised it in their newsletter, so I don’t know if they have them any more, but Google might be your friend in this case, if you want one. I also bought a companion piece to use for fussy cutting the centers of the star blocks I surrounded it with, and matched white, gray, black, and red solids for the rest:
On Friday, the 17th, I arrived home from California, right in the middle of a horrific ice storm, to find:
A broken bowl
A broken shower curtain rod
A broken toilet seat
A broken door on the microwave
A broken clothes-drying rack
A curtain that the cats dragged down, rod and all,
Some dirty dishes,
A mountain of laundry, and . . .
My Cowboy’s truck won’t start.
And did I mention the ice storm? And that I have a broken foot? Yeh, all that . . .
My poor Cowboy did what he could, but it was evidently all he could do to take care of the farm by himself while I was gone (did I mention it’s winter?), so I’m thinking it’s a good thing I came home when I did! He said: “The party girls were trying to clean up before they left, but with the ice storm coming, they had to skedaddle!” Haha! I think he needs more efficient party girls next time. Actually, forget party girls — bring in a team of maids!
I have some deadlines to meet before the end of the month, so I’m trying to get back into full-time work mode. And I’ll be posting our January organizing task tomorrow.
I’m also gonna have to bite the bullet and start doing the cooking myself from now on. My Cowboy ate frozen microwave dinners, frozen pizza, and microwave popcorn the entire time I was gone! CHF patients need to be ever-so-slightly more cognizant of their diet than that — so I’m gonna have to take matters into my own hands. Uff! Can’t leave him alone for very long, I guess!
So that’s been my 2020 so far. I’m hoping it can only get better from here, and still, we don’t have it as bad as some folks, so I am thankful every day for what we do have.
And I’ve decided to start my year over on February 1st — stay tuned!