Saturday, December 05, 2015

Changes

I absolutely cannot believe how busy a "retired" person can be.  My calendar has something on it every single day. 

Some quilting has happened but it's mostly finishing up stuff and appliqueing baskets.  I made two Route 66 placemats for a friend's motor home.  There were issues with my Bernina 750 on the quilting.  I was so frustrated.  I actually sat down and removed the cross hatching on the first placemat.  The 750 was in the shop when it was unpacked because of "moving" issues and has been sitting in the Cottage fixed but unused for almost the whole year.  The fabric was bunching up.  I was about to pull out another Bernina when the light bulb came on.  While the machine was in the shop, the repairman lifted the dual feed mechanism.  Once I realized that and dropped it back down into position, the cross hatch quilting worked perfectly.  Those placemats were delivered around Thanksgiving and are checked off the to-do list.

I sewed the bindings on two quilts (with the dual feed working perfectly), did the hand stitching, and those are going out in the mail on Monday for the grandchildren of two friends.  Check.  I have one more binding to get machine stitched on this weekend, and I'll get it finished next week.  It's a Christmas quilt for my quilt rack display this year.  All three of these quilts were back from the quilter this summer but I'm just now getting around to finishing them.


Baskets -- 225 done out of 291.  I'm really getting a little tired of these but am plugging away.  I hadn't worked on them for a week, so I sat down last night and did one.  It's the old "how do you eat an elephant" thing.  My goal now to get these done is two months.  There will be some appliqued setting blocks to do, but not too many, and those will get done in due time.  This long-term project will definitely be a 2016 finish.


Shopping -- There was an estate sale that began on Thanksgiving Day in a little town near me.  I went with my nephew and his wife, and we had a ball going through this gorgeous turn of the century home.  I wanted so many things, but settled on this old secretary.  It hasn't been cleaned here yet, and there are a few scratches that I can handle, but I love it!  I also picked up a beautiful crystal bowl for $25 that will hold a nice flower arrangement on the dining room table, and some beautiful doilies and mantle scarves.  Don't know how much I'll use those but I couldn't pass them up for just a couple of dollars.  I quickly scanned the books in the library and found two books on antique furniture for next to nothing.  What a fun afternoon!

 
Health -- I think Monday will be my last PT visit because of a life change that is happening.  I had an orthopedic appointment today.  I love that guy.  He's a hoot.  He examined my knees, and said I should go next door and talk to the therapist about a good regimen of home exercises to do, and "We'll give it a shot."  Okay, great, we'll give the home exercise program a shot. Uh, no.  The look on my face I'm sure was priceless when the nurse walked in with a small ultrasound machine and a syringe.  I really need to pay closer attention!  Anyway, all is well; the knee is feeling a lot better and I'm off and running.  No, wait, no running.  Sheesh.  No pictures on that one.  Can I hear a "Thank You!"?

The change -- I am going back to work.  It's a governmental administrative support position. I think I'll be much happier getting out of the house every day, meeting people, and having more structure in my life.  Frankly, I missed working.  But the beauty of this position -- it's about a mile from my house!  I left home 15 minutes before my interview this week, and then had to sit in the car and kill 10 minutes so I wouldn't show up too early.  I'll work four and a half days a week.  Win/win.

So back to sewing at nights and on the weekends.  There's the structure.  No more being exhausted after an hour to hour and a half commute.  I can walk Penny, eat, and dive in.  Wait, no diving ...

This weekend is busy.  A facial, a two year-old birthday party, and the Christmas parade and lighting ceremony in the evening.  I'm loving life in my tiny town!

12 comments:

julieQ said...

What a beautiful post!!I am happy for you going back to work...I think you have so much vitality to offer to stop. And you are sewing!! And estate shopping! Fun, fun, fun!

Julie @ Jaybird Quilts said...

Short commutes are the best! I hope you enjoy the new job! Miss you in CA! *hugs*

Lindah said...

Sounds like things are humming right along for you. I'm glad to hear it. A 10 minute commute can't be beat. Hope the job is all you're looking for.
The little baskets are looking good. They will make a lovely quilt.
Couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the photo of your secretary. I have the twin. Forty years ago, we took our oldest son to summer camp and stopped by an antique shop on the way home. We were driving a VW beetle. Yes. My husband devised a way to secure the secretary On Top of The VW for a 45 minute drive thru MD into downtown DC and across to our VA home. We got some strange looks. Most importantly, no damage or bugs plastered to the secretary. It has since travelled to CA (in a moving van!) and still takes an important place in our living room. Now, I will think of you and your secretary when I see it across the room.
Blessings!

Kyle said...

Sounds like your recent changes are sunshine and roses. Glad you've been able to settle in and start enjoying your new home, new job and new sewing studio.

mascanlon said...

What a happy post! So many good things happening in your little town!

Anonymous said...

Happy for you for part time work and seeing people and happy that you are back to working on quilts. I enjoy reading your blog and hope you can blog more often.

Mimi said...

Well things seem to be really be going well for you, but I have to say ....I am sad to hear that you didn't enjoy retirement as much as I thought you would. I am heading there and am really concerned about what it is going to be like being home ALL THE TIME. I know there is plenty to do in the way of sewing, but..... Well, I am sure the grands will keep me busy or their parents will with asking to babysit. Congrats on all the new things in your life.

suz said...

sounds like things are slowly getting on track - I totally understand the need to get back to work. I was on sick leave after surgery in February - 6 weeks - totally bored by the end and realized that once I retire (which is very close), I'll have to do something or I'll go insane.

Laura said...

I guess it's OK for you to go back to work (smile), but don't forget about us! I really enjoy your blog posts.

Karen said...

Back to work! If it makes you happy, go for it. If not, make some quilty friends locally. Maybe through a guild. It will keep you busy.

Linda Enneking said...

Hope the new job works out, but I hope it won't mean fewer blog posts from you. I really enjoy reading your posts and was looking forward to seeing your quilting and decorating projects begin after your long period of disability. Keep us posted, please.

Dora, the Quilter said...

What a beautiful secretary! I would love to have one despite the fact that my space is limited--I'd manage somehow!

A mere five minute commute sounds heavenly!