Winter, Say Sayonara… Please

My apologies for the month-long silence.  So what exactly have I been doing?  During my absence I’ve been mostly holding a lot of incredibly boring and one-sided conversations with myself and sleeping through an amazing number of movies.

Con·va·lesce: to become healthy and strong again slowly over time after illness, weakness, or injury.

One quick snip during an emergency surgery rid me of a bothersome appendage, my appendix. Since then, I’ve had plenty of time to peruse the statistics that I didn’t fit neatly into – appendicitis can affect anyone, but it most often occurs between the ages of 10 and 30 years of age.  My best guess is that I’m simply a late bloomer in the extreme.

I was happy-happy when I was released to go home – in my opinion, a hospital is no place for a sick person.  What with the constant chuffing of the IV machine, and the liberal visitation policy (the woman in the next room, 92 years young and quite hard of hearing, still had visitors at 11pm), and the inflating of the automatic blood pressure cuff every five minutes, and the certified nurse’s assistant waking me up at 2am to ask if I wanted to get up and brush my teeth (seriously?), or to record my vitals, and the quick bursts of cackling from the night nurses who were apparently holding a hen party in the hall just down from my room… I couldn’t get home quickly enough.

Oh, I’ll just fess up and admit that I’m probably not an easy patient – at least not until I’m told that I can go home – then it’s smiles for everyone.

Washington's Sidewalk Kaye Egland Civil War Legacy Stitchin' Witches Quilt AlongFeeling much better, thanks, but I find that I now have a whole lot of catching up to do.  As of this morning, I was officially two months behind on Stitchin’ Witches Mystery Quilt Along.  I’ve not done the February segment yet, but I did get the March segment, Washington’s Sidewalk, knocked out – it really was a lot of fun to plan and piece.

North Star Sawtooth Kaye EnglandHere’s my January segment, a sawtooth North Star.  So glad that the instructions for this block arrived before the February interruption.  I’m still waiting for my quilting mojo to return, and I don’t think that I could have done justice to all of those points just yet.  We’re getting so close to a finish, and I’m very excited to see how this mystery quilt will come together.

Barbara Brackman’s newest Civil War quilt along, Threads of Memory, began in late January.  The blocks for this project are 12 inches finished, and when that information was released the crazy woman decided to do two versions, sadly neither is in Civil War reproduction fabrics.  Okay, so I’m more contrary than crazy.

portsmouth star Barbara Brackman Threads of MemoryLike a lot of quilters, I’ve got a scrap bin that’s turned into a bit of a beast.  As a matter of fact, it’s grown so much that it’s overflowed onto what I now term “the scrap table”.  Something needed to be done, and done quickly, so I shopped my scraps and came up with a nice assortment of appropriate bits in red, black and ivory/cream.  Wish me luck on my quest to vanquish the scrap monster, but please note that I never-ever said that I wouldn’t purchase new fabrics while I was trying to reduce the pile o’scraps.

portsmouth star Barbara Brackman Threads of Memory Perhaps I was needing relief from a seemingly never ending winter when I spied the fabric line, Honeysweet by Fig Tree Quilts.  It is so outside of my comfort zone, but I was absolutely smitten from the first moment I saw it.  Whatever the reason, I’m now the proud owner of a layer cake plus some yardage of my favorite prints, and I have the next ten months to make the fabrics work in my world.

That’s it folks, I’m mostly caught up except for a mountain of email.  Toodles for today… this crazy woman is signing off.


10 thoughts on “Winter, Say Sayonara… Please

  1. akagracie

    ooh ooh ooh! I love, love, love the dot, ticking, horseshoe, plaid, etc., block. That’s so beeyootiful; so ready to be the heart of a quilt under which I would gladly snuggle any time. The next/last block looks like the beautiful beginning of perfect summer quilt. The colors and attitude seem just, well, joyful. Which I interpret to mean that you are well on your way to becoming the Jo we have missed. Hope you’re feeling better and more like yourself every day – and I’m glad you’re back to piecing and blogging.


    1. Jo Post author

      Good Morning, Gracie. I’m quite fond of red/black/ivory quilts, so there’s really no doubt in my mind that the completed quilt will be snuggle-worthy. As for the Honeysweet… it has a very mod feel to it, and I can see it in your home or D’s very easily. In my home? We’ll wait and see, but I do like the challenge of working with these fabrics.


  2. mosaicthinking

    When I was in hospital some years ago I was also determined to get out ASAP. So I started walking, in my hospital gown, to prepare and show them I was ready. Too bad my gown had that big split at the back. The nurses came running after me with a second gown to tie at the front and protect my modesty. I didn’t care – like you I just wanted out. Wishing you a speedy healing.


    1. Jo Post author

      Ha! Funny how there’s no room for modesty in a hospital, not that the surgeons really give one the opportunity to care about what is or isn’t being revealed with (IMHO) the over medicating for pain. The cocktail of meds that they gave me was incredible, and was a huge factor in my wanting to go home quickly.

      Thanks for your good wishes, my feet are well planted on the road to normalcy.


    1. Jo Post author

      Oh yes, it’s been unusually cold this winter, with more snow and ice than we’re accustomed to getting. Thank goodness for the heated seats and all wheel drive in my vehicle. I’m hoping that warmer weather is right around the corner – I dream of the day that I can sit out on the porch with nothing to do but watch water bead up on a glass of something cold and tasty.


  3. Neame

    Missing you! So glad you are back. Glad of your stories and your lovely blocks.
    I suppose we should be grateful for the “miracles of modern medicine” but sometimes I think they shoot themselves in their own foot. How faster could patients go home if treated with consideration and respect?
    Recovery thru sewing and the beauty of fabric and thread.
    Be well….Neame


    1. Jo Post author

      Thanks, it’s good to be back and feeling like a participant again instead of staring dully at the television with nothing to do but let my body heal itself. The big question now, is where to start? There’s so much to do!


  4. Tom Saucier

    Jo, My name is Tom Saucier. My father was William Eugene Saucier, Anthony Wayne was his father and Eugene Frederick was his father. I have come across a photo of PELAGIE ROUSSIN SAUCIER. I would love to send you a copy. I remember the Roussin Roundups in the 60’s that we were invited to. Of course, I was only 7 or 8 but I do remember my father introducing me to all my new found cousins. Now at 61 I wish I could remember all that I met.
    I hope this finds you well and look forward to hearing from you. I have the photo scanned so it will be easy to send to you.


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