Saturday, January 2, 2010

Goodbye 2009 and Hello 2010!


I spent a lot of time the past couple days stitching on my quilt block for the SFAC Quilt, and it is my first fiinish for 2010!  My block is in memory of my grandfather who died from bladder cancer way back in 1976.  I'll be sending this off to Donna next week.


December was definitely a busy month at our house. 

Lots of snow--over 16" of the 39.1" we've had so far this winter. 

I had cataract surgery on December 3 and 10.  I'm now seeing 20/20 in my left eye and 20/25 in my right eye!  I have never seen better than 20/40 in my entire life, even with my coke-bottle thick trifocal glasses!  This had been quite a big change for me.  Now I just need the inexpensive readers available from most any store instead of the old $600+ glasses!

December 14th brought back surgery for me--a laminectomy of L-3 to remove bone spurs from my extensive arthritis and two cysts.  The surgery meant a couple days in the hospital and a couple weeks recovery at home.  It's been a challenge to get back to 'normal' activities, and I'm still struggling with  fatigue and lack of energy some days, but I'lll go back to work at least part-time on January 4th.  The good thing is the surgery seems to have resolved the intense pain I've been experiencing down both legs. 

Look at the absolutely gorgeous crocheted afghan one of my staff, Cece, made for me!  That's our year-old Golden Retriever, Murphy on the right.

Pieceable Friends, the local quilt guild I belong to, brought over a comfort quilt and sent me a nice Get Well card.

Because of my back surgery, we weren't able to go to our son's house (250 miles away) for Christmas.  This was the first Christmas since he was born that we haven't all been together on December 24 and 25.  DH and I spent a quiet day watching movies on TV.  Our wonderful next door neighbors brought us a wonderful Christmas dinner.

Our son WAS able to come home the next week for a couple days, so we actually celebrated Christmas with him on December 29th.  Gifts were very small and inexpensive this year, but that's okay, the important thing is, we were together. 


I didn't feel up to stitching for quite a while after my surgery, so didn't finish the Elvis cross stitch I'm working on for DH.  But, here's my progress to date.

I'm trying to catch up on the various lists I'm on, and getting stitching organized for 2010, I'm signed up for several SAL's, as well as have a long list of items I want to stitch.  So, I hope I can be productive this year.

Wishing everyone a wonderful, happy and healthy New Year!

Happy Stitching!

Vicki in CO


AFwife99 said...

The quilt square is lovely. So glad to hear that you are recovered from all the surgery. Blessings for 2010!

Deb said...

I glad to hear that your eye surgery went well, and hope you have continued improvement on your back. The quilt you received is gorgeous! And your quilt block is stunning!

EvalinaMaria said...

I am so happy for you, you have a pair of a brand new eyes! And in no time you will recover from your back surgery, you will be dancing on Valentines! Congrats on the lovely gifts and your stitching looks awesome. Happy New Year Vicki!

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

The quilt square is beautiful.
Sounds like you are on the mend.
Hope you can find some time to finish your stitching.

Mel said...

I'm soooo glad to her that your surgery went well and that your legs are feeling better!!! :)

Stitching is looking great Vicki! :)

Meari said...

Both the quilt and afghan are beautiful. Glad to hear you're recovery is going well. Nice stitching, too.

Brigitte said...

Good to read that both surgeries went well and that your health has improved through them. And I hope that you will soon have regained your strength.
You stitched a very lovely quilt block, and your Elvis project looks really great.
Wishing you a healthy and happy new year.

Shelley said...

Your quilt square is very pretty. I am happy to hear that your surgeries all went well. I hope you are recovering and don't overdue it trying to get back to work too soon.

Nancy M said...

Glad to hear that all your surgeries went well and you are recovering. Don't over do it!! Your stitching is very pretty!