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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Suspended Animation

Yes, I am still here, but seem to be in a state of suspended animation since my spell in the hospital. I am not a human blimp any longer, and can breathe, but have little energy, either physical or mental/emotional. I am doing a lot of sleeping, sitting and reading and fretting about all that needs to be done. I am really enjoying sitting out on my new patio by the back door during the cool evenings (with lots of Off and mosquito candles).

Joe has been such a dear and pulled a cart full of weeds and elm seedlings from the flower beds around the front door, even though he is so busy with all the refrigeration jobs brought on by the hot August days.

We are expecting our third great grandchild in September, and I naturally wanted to make a baby quilt. I had received a bundle of fat quarters of the Laurel Birch Mythical Horses collection last year and decided that was what I wanted to use. I knew that I was going to have to come up with a very simple pattern, in order to get it done in time. Luckily, I was able to find a panel and yardage of a wonderful striped fabric online and have gotten a top sewn up. I cut broad stipes from the fabric to border the panel and used the turquoise swirl fabric for cornerstones. I think I'll have it machine quilted by one of our local quilt guild members, since I just don't have enough energy to quilt it myself. This is the only quilting I've done in a couple of months. I hope that my energy will increase when the weather cools off a bit, hopefully soon. It just is not natural for me to feel so lethargic.

ChoCho was very happy to test the quilttop for napability.


Dorothy said...

A few weeks ago you wrote "Maybe all the stuff I thought I "needed" to do, didn't really need to be done... Maybe I don't have to do it all myself. Maybe some of it doesn't need to be done."

It doesn't. There's a lot to be said for suspended animation in August. Your batteries are recharging, dear Fran, and when the time is right, you'll go again.

Your quilt top is lovely, and ChoCho looks like a good helper. That baby will come when he is ready, and he'll be covered with love and kisses, cuddled close to mama for warmth. A beautiful quilt will be a welcome gift, whether it arrives before or after baby. Don't push yourself, you've had one heck of a few months, and your batteries are still charging.

Suzanne said...

I've been wondering how you're doing, missing your posts.

I had a similar episode with heart issues in February, resulting in a 3 day hospital stay and angiogram. At 48, that was a shock to say the least.

Your lack of energy may be from drugs, if they're giving you any. I turned into a zombie when they gave me atenolol - I had no energy to do anything. I'm now on Coreg, which has the heart-stuff under control with no noticeable side effects.

I hope you can talk to your doctor and see if he can adjust your meds - it's something to think about, since you seemed so much more lively before the hospitalization.

Good health to you Fran, you may not know me, but you're in my prayers!

ruth said...

The quilt is stunning, and your cat is very cute.

Hope your health improves - I'm sending positive thoughts your way.

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Love the quilt--and ChoCho. Rest and get better, Fran. --Susan

Allison Ann Aller said...

Fran, God is giving you some quiet time to just relax in Him....but cooler weather wouldn't hurt!
Sending big hugs.....

Barbara C said...

It's good to hear from you again Fran. I hope this quiet time helps you to regain your strength.

Debra Spincic said...

Thanks for keeping us in the loop! We worry when we don't hear from you. Hugs!

Micki said...

Your quilt top is beautiful. Rest and relax.