March 21, 2009

With Many Thanks!!

I have been doing some bits of sewing and knitting since my last post, I am working the free motion quilting on my quilt for my cousin, and some blocks for my brother and sister in law's wedding quilt (making it official this year!!) I am starting on the heel of the second sock for progress is being made, but not much to photograph. One thing I can show is the Paddy's Day quilt hanging up on the entryway quilt shelf!
St. Paddy's Day Quilt 

What I do have to photograph are some wonderful pieces of mail I've received in the last week or so...
More Gorgeous Fabrics from Elise
These gorgeous fabrics arrived from South Africa from Elise, whose daughter lives here in Ballina/Killaloe. I gave her some fabric and freezer paper, I think I won out on this trade!!
Cool Postcard from Zizzy
This gorgeous postcard came to cheer me up from Zizzy in Florida. I love it!! Thank you so much!!
Goody Bag from Katy
Katy sent over lots of goodies: two of our DJ blocks for our exchange...the sampler we are doing for our sock for a sampler swap...a gorgeous card and some yummy japanese taupe fabrics!!
Lovely Package from Jane!
Jane sent over a lovely card, this covered journal, Mary Engelbreit card making bits, and 3 gorgeous FQs. So thoughtful, and much appreciated. Thank you!!
Ann sent these gorgeous cards from Brittany to cheer me up and wish me Happy Birthday (next Wed the 25th, lol!!)
Lovely Package from Andrea!
Andrea sent another lovely package today. Craft projects and chocolate for the girls (long gone before I took photo!!), some gorgeous sock yarn and civil war FQs and a great little bits and bobs bag with ribbons bows lace and zips. Thank you so much!!

I really appreciate all the cards and presents people have sent to cheer me up, totally unnecessary, but very much appreciated. The blogosphere is a great place, thank you so much for your constant encouragement and support, even before all this happened!

March 11, 2009

Hospital Finishes and First March Finish!

I did a lot of waiting in the hospital for tests and was mostly feeling well, except for the numb foot thing! So..when taken out of my normal fast moving routines with the kids, I got a lot done!!

I finished 3 books: Eat. Pray. Love. by Elizabeth Gilbert, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer  and The Visible World by Mark Slouka. Once the MRI results were nearing, I couldn't concentrate on reading and moved on to knitting. In the meantime, I had also hand pieced two Dear Jane blocks for my swap with Katy.
March crafting

Once I received word that it looked like the MRI showed evidence of MS and that I would be doing a lumbar puncture next, I was a bit of an emotional mess and alone in a hospital, so picked up the knitting and went to town... Here is the sock I finished in the hospital. This is also going to Katy! I am a few inches into the second sock and plan to bring it for car knitting when I head off on Thursday with our patchwork group for a quilting exhibition in Dublin. Will take photos for a new post.
March crafting

Here is a quilt I did on Sunday and have been doing the stitchery for the last few will be my Paddy's Day seasonal quilt for my entryway quilt shelf, just need to sew down the binding at our patchwork group meeting tomorrow.Paddy's Day quilt...nearly done

I am slowly getting my head around it all, and the numbness is getting a bit better now. I will start medication in a few weeks and hope it will help further attacks from happening or happening as often. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the huge outpouring of support. Nearly everyone seems to know someone who has MS and who is getting on great in life. It is all very inspiring! I hope to reply to everyone, but haven't gotten a start yet... Just know that it means so much to me to be supported by my blogging friends.

March 4, 2009

Not So Good News

I have MS. The MRI results I was waiting for didn't have great news. My symptoms are mild, but will start meds in a few weeks. Have to decide what kind of medicine I want to inject myself with daily. My emotions have been all over the place ranging from tears to bravery to terror... but I think I will be able to be brave about this soon. Just need to get my head around the whole thing.

Believe it or not while in hospital I finished three books, 2 Dear Jane blocks and a SOCK, lol! Will do a post about my hospital finishes soon.

I plan on keeping doing as much as I can that I have always done, maybe just not the salsa dancing for a while, lol!!

Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers!