Because that’s what I am—a quilter.
Not per se a quilter with heart disease. That’s not how I will define myself. My optimism is rising, along with my determination to beat this thing with the help of doctors, medication, diet, weight loss, of course, TIME. Lots of all of these.
I was back in the hospital last week but only for a day. I had an angiogram that came back perfectly normal. They said I have good unclogged arteries. Hurray! Some good news for a change. I also talked to the cardiologist who performed it. He gave me some real hope. He said that my heart can heal, can shrink back to normal size, and pump blood with more OOMPH.
Not everybody heals. But I am determined to be with the majority who do.
So with my new-found optimism, I am trying to go back to my normal activities. So I’ve been thinking about what to do with my time that is a little bit limited now because of the need to rest.
Things I have to do for running my household: washing dishes, cleaning up kitchen, laundry, putting things away in their proper places. Things I need to do for my mental health: at least a little quilting every day, doing my SWAGBUCKS, seasonal gardening chores, things like that.
Yesterday I went back to my mini-group after being gone for a month. It was so enjoyable to sew and talk to my friends! We are all working on the same pattern, Fun with Bricks, one of Bonnie Hunter’s free designs on her website.
I have been working on mine at home to keep up, even before I was well enough to go back to the group. I finished my top yesterday and here it is.
I’m thinking about giving this baby size quilt to Miles when it’s finished. You know, this is not your typical, so-cutesy baby quilt. I like to think that this quilt related back to when quilters truly used every scrap, the same ones for baby quilts and grown-up ones. The torquoise pops nicely and I think I’ll use a bright binding as well, maybe bright yellow or red.
Today I drove to the PO with some mail and I stopped at the Strawberry Lady’s truck. The strawberries are picked fresh in Oxnard and sold the same day. They are huge, sweet and luscious. Can’t wait to have some of these sweeties!