8/22/13

Stay Calm and Bind On

This morning I had enough time to get the binding sewn onto my quilt, and I've already hand sewn one side of it. I think it's looking mah-velous. There are few things more gratifying than a freshly sewn binding...at least that's true in the world I inhabit.


Today I had an annual check-up...nothing to report there. I had a hard time sleeping last night. My knee wakes me up every time I move, and so when I got home this afternoon, I took a long nap. I'm feeling better this evening, and I'm ready to see the surgeon tomorrow. It's an odd feeling. It's kind of like when Mike is between contracts and looking for his next job. He's not quite at a place where he can retire, but close enough that he can be off work for months, even years, and we don't get too panicky. So when he's between contracts, we take on this attitude that whatever happens is great news! If he gets a job, great! There will be food to eat through the long cold winter...and of course, fabric for sewing. If he doesn't get a job, great! We'll take off in the trailer and travel.

So I'm at a similar weird position with this visit to see the surgeon tomorrow. The difference is that the news can only be bad. If she wants to do the surgery, bummer. If she doesn't want to do the surgery, bummer. Things can only get worse. On the other hand, if she wants to do the surgery, things will get better after they get worse. So with that in mind, surgery gets my vote. More on that later. Sorry for whining about my knee so much, but it sort of colors my entire existence right now.

Tonight Mike is grilling some shrimp skewers...some left over frozen ones from a dinner we had a few weeks ago. I made a chilled cucumber soup to go with them, and so my part of the dinner is done. When Mike got home, we had margaritas out on the patio and the light was just right for this picture I've been envisioning. I like the way this strawberry plant looks against this gray rock...one of the many that line our concrete patio.


It didn't quite turn out as I envisioned it because my own shadow was falling over half of the shot. Maybe I'm looking for some better light and I just haven't quite captured it yet. I will prevail...I just need time to work at it.

So that's about all that happened today. Once I see the surgeon, I'll let you know what she says. I know you're waiting on pins and needles. And speaking of needles, whatever happens, I imagine needles will be involved. Spoken like a true needle-phobe. The only good needles, in my opinion, are sewing needles.

14 comments from clever and witty friends:

Sherry said...

That binding looks fantastic. Will be thinking of you tomorrow. I'm sure the decision will be the best it can be. And I am in total agreement about that needle thing!

WoolenSails said...

That is a wonderful quilt and you did a beautiful job on the binding. I hope all goes well tomorrow, sounds like me, hate to have treatments, but hate to be miserable, lol.

Debbie

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Wonderful finish to a wonderful quilt. Yes, we will all be waiting on the word for the day.

Quilting Babcia said...

You're quite right about the needles. Well, maybe knitting needles too, for those who have that elusive talent. Good luck tomorrow! I'm voting for the surgery, at least then you know there will be hope on the horizon.

Teresa in Music City said...

True, the only good needles are sewing needles, but only if they too are not sticking in you! I'm pulling for surgery for you too :( It's got to be better than pain that has no end, right? And yes, your binding is quite mah-velous - it looks really awesome lying against that backing with the wonderful red stitching!

quiltzyx said...

Wonderful, the binding is in the home stretch! WooHooooOOO!

I like the strawberry vine on the rock shot, even with the shadowing. It's like you're stalking the plant, just waiting to grab the next berry. ;)

Good luck with the surgeon visit tomorrow. When the time comes for the needles, just remember to relax - it will hurt less that way. (Hey, I use insulin every night, I know what I'm saying here!) I know that it will all work out and you'll be on the mend quickly.

Tami C said...

The binding really does look mah-velous! I'm hoping she wants to do the surgery. That way you feel better after it's all taken care of. I'll be keeping you in my prayers and be waiting to hear what your doctor says.

Dana Gaffney said...

Good luck today, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the surgery and soon. The picture looks like a morning shot to me, everything here takes on a golden glow in the mornings, my favorite time to get shots like that.

Junebug613 said...

As for your so called whining, hey lady, it's your blog and you're in pain, so you can write whatever you like! Even though I've never met you and I live, literally, on the opposite side of the country, I feel that you are a friend. I read your posts nearly every day and enjoy every one! Keep your thoughts on the positive! I and my six kitties and 2 woofies are sending you happy, positive thoughts as you visit the surgeon today. Can you feel all that furry love? Hoping for good news for you!

treadlemusic said...

Echo "Junebug"....it's your blog and we're here for ya!! Surgery has shown to be the best for future health/mobility but you are in my prayers for whatever the surgeon deems best for your situation.
That binding is awesome, as is the whole quilt!! I love doing that finishing step, too. It's like that final, wrap-up chapter in a really good book! Hugs and blessings to you, Dearheart.........

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Another finish, and, hopefully a 'finish' to your knee pain, too. Then you will be able to 'start' back on your walks and life.

Diane Wild said...

Praying that your knee worries will soon be resolved. And you may whine to your hearts content. Start lining up your hand-sewing projects while your knee heals. Hugs.

kc said...

Wishing you all the best & sending some hugs for when the needles come at ya!

Brown Family said...

a sewing machine needle may be the only good needle, till it goes through your finger!