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So Beautiful

My friend Angela has been quilting her old embroideries and the latest one is quite stunning.  It was a cross stitched embroidery stitched by her late mother-in-law, so it held special memories.  She turned it, from an embroidered table runner

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To a stunning work of art by mounting it on a background and then quilting it.

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This is then an heirloom for future generations.  What a wonderful way of transforming a piece of embroidery.

I'm glad that is over.

I don't want to go back there! 

This has all been brought on because I have moved from being Gluten intolerant to being Celiac.  This is going to take major adjustment with my eating habits.  Added to this I had my gall bladder removed a couple of years ago so how my liver reacts to fats had been added to the mix.  Last week I was very ill, so ill I wanted to just die but now I have recovered and I think myself "so silly".

My other BIG problem is that I have mixed up my apple log in, now I am blocked.  That one is going to take a bit more thought.

Before I fell ill I met a friend for lunch at Sandgate.  Now, I always thought this a bit of a hole but I need to eat my words.  I am going to have to explore all the water lily covered billabongs, the wonderful turn of the century houses, which look very much like the houses I remember from New Orleans and sit and contemplate the foreshores.

Sandgate sits opposite Moreton Island, which marks the northern end of islands where I live.  This day the weather was foul but the skys were wonderful.

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I have never sat and really looked at the sands before, but this day I noticed that all "the dogs' thought it was heaven as did the birds. 

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They just loved the place.

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The Ibus (bin chickens because they are always raiding rubbish bins) were out there in force digging in the sand and the sandflats looked like Staves of music just waiting for the notes to be written.

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I was surpised at how clear the water was, you could see the foot prints of the ibus below the surface.

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And not only the birds and dogs were effected by this place.  Joggers,

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People ridding bikes, some of whom just got off the bike and sat on the sea wall,

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and other patrons of the cafe were equally effected.

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To add to this there was a wonderful old 'paperbark' tree that was flowering and full of birds just outside the cafe.

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I wonder if I can make an embroidery of its trunk?

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My friend and I intend to meet  here more often.

New Stitching Chair

My new (second hand) chair has arrived!

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The leg compression bags are hanging on my embroidery frame holder, I can just lay them on the floor when I want to stitch.  It is fully adjustable by using the electric mode selector.  I can extend the seat to raise my legs when I have to put that leg machine on.  I have a small table at the side to sit the coffee cup for coffee or tea and my knitting.  I can also watch things on my Ipad.  I just have to stay awake!  The regular pressure of those leg bags lulls me to sleep.

Now, I will have to make a cover for it.  Everything turns red here from the red soil, great for plants to grow, terrible for light coloured fabrics and shoes!

Merry Xmas

I'm afraid I lost the plot for a couple of days.  I have another 10 days to go in that horrible machine and when the Doctor gave me the news it knocked me sideways but I now have 4 days off for Xmas.  This means my brain should recover a bit and I will cope.  I also got the news that the pain in my right arm is Neuropathy,  which I have in my legs and goes along with my autoimmune problems.   At least I have an answer now, but there is no cure so I will have to just deal with it.

All that aside,

it is Christmas.  So, Merry Xmas everyone.

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Advent is here

Here we are in December again at the beginning of Advent.  I have dug out my little Xmas tree and some of my old decorations.  I selected some that came from my time in Denmark and Sweden.  ( I have to admit that some are now 50 years old.)

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The big tree was great when we had a big house but this little one suits our down sized home.

I have also brought out the nativity, minus one wise man who broke during out move.  The Xmas runner that was started by my friend Angela and which I finished the stitching of, and the Xmas candles, which are new.  I will light them on Xmas eve.

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I have downloaded my advent calendar from Drops Designs.  I always say "Oh I must knit that" and never do.

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And they have some very attractive Xmas cross stitch as a background to their demonstration, and, Arne is using both the English and Continental methods of knitting in his colour work.  I really miss knitting.

It is normal Xmas weather, hot, humid and lots of thunder storms.  (This is the time for the Monsoon up north.)

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Sometimes they miss our island and go right around us.

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Other times we get hammered.

Well that's normal at Xmas.  I just hope that I get home from my cancer treatment each day before they hit .

Another week

Some days are harder then others and over the past week my cancer treatment and I have been in disagreement.  Still there is nothing I can do about it so I try and take my mind off it all with my stitching but even that hasn't been able to help.  The weather has been wild, then we get a good day, then it goes wild again.

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I had a birthday last week and my family took me to the Strawberry Farm for lunch.

The drugs I am taking make food ... just say I'm not into food at the moment but I did enjoy this day.

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Also, I did get a nice bundle of 'loot' on the day including a couple of new books to read.

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My grand daughter told me not the worry because the flowers, they would open in a few days and that she was working on a name for her craft business, she is 11 years old.  She though "Crusty Crochet" might work.  I'm not sure about that.

A lost week

This past week has been one of seeing Doctors, filling in forms and making sure that all things are in order, as much as they can be.

My daughter and I had time together.  Somehow or other I bought her a new hat!  (I know she has wanted this for over 18 months.)  Wesley, her deaf dog, seemed to like it as well.

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I had morning tea with my quilting friends.  We have been friends for 30 years and I now live far away, but, friendships that old and special are important. (I also got to deliver all my Xmas presents that my friend Kay will distribute if I have to miss the party.) We met at Albany Creek, which is on the north side of the city and near the high school where I used to teach.  It used to be an outer suburb back then, semi rural.  Now there are shops and coffee lounges and one of the nicest Patchwork shops I have been in for some time.  It is called Butterfly Stitches and the owner stocks all the fabrics I love, so I had to buy just a few.  The store isn't cramped but spacious, with a great teaching space as well.  I have a quilt planned for my sister of which I have some of the fabric, the rest is in that shop.

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I would have liked to purchase tons but was very circumspect and only purchased a piece for the background in my "Choock Quilt" and a piece to make a bag as a Xmas gift.

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I was hoping to have the Choock Quilt all ready for stitching when I got home from hospital and although I have prepared all the fabric cutting out the shapes is difficult as my wrist is still inflammed, but I am pushing on. 

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I also have my eye on a book from Quiltmania but it cost $45.00 US which translates to about $110.00AU when landed.  I might just keep my eye on it.

Screen Shot 2023-10-29 at 1.02.01 pmMy daughter-in-law is Dutch and I would like my grand daughters to maybe make one these quilts in the future.

 I will now be absent for a week or so as I turn to do battle with the cancer BUT I expect to win!

A bit hard to write.

This is a bit hard to write. 

As you will have noticed over the last year, I have had a number of health issues.  I have now been told that my breast cancer is back, after 23 years. 

So now I am on another journey.  I will see the surgeon tomorrow and he will outline my options, but I know that major surgery and chemo will be part of it.  There will be times when writting this blog will be 'too hard', so I will not be able to post sometimes.  I have severe inflammation in my right wrist.  This is my immune system working hard, but it does limit me.  This may get worse before it gets better.

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(source: found on Facebook)

This has made me face my mortality and I can say, looking back over my life, I have no regrets.  I have had a full and wonderful life and taken every opportunity that life has presented.  I have also been blessed with great friends and family, so no matter what the outcome I have no outstanding 'business' to deal with.  I also take great consolation in my faith so I do not walk this path alone. I live in a paradise and I know that it will help with my healing.

BUT, I'm not dead just yet, so while I can I will stitch.

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