Friday, December 28, 2018

I AM Still Alive

Hi there! I have missed you all sooooooo much. My knee replacement surgery took place on December 12th. It was successful in every way and I got to come home the very next day. According to my doctor and physical therapist I am doing not only well, but much better than normal. Truthfully, it doesn't feel that way to me, but I trust them so I will try to be patient and do the things I need to do to fully recover. Mr. Muddling is taking the best care of me every day. God bless him, his patience is something for which I am eternally grateful!

I went out in the back yard this afternoon and took a few pictures. As you can see there are still bits and pieces of prettiness out there. Top left was a pleasant surprise for me - one of the Christmas cacti has a bloom! There is an lot of brown not-so-exciting stuff out there, but the chickens have been having a glorious time rampaging all over the back yard and digging up everything they can get their little claw-y feet on. I don't care. They make me laugh, and you know what the Bible says, A merry heart doeth good like a medicine!

Our dear friend Dawn sent us these beautiful flowers for Christmas. At almost two weeks they still look gorgeous, just like our Dawn. We got to "meet" her through Ruthie. Dawn lives in London, and she and Ruthie were great friends. One of the last quilts I made while Ruthie was still here was a quilt for Dawn.  I am thankful our friendship has continued.

I tried very hard to finish this quilt before I had the surgery. I wanted it to welcome me home, but alas, it was not to be.

Chloe tried her best to help me finish it.

I even had a little Christmas tree next to the sewing machine to encourage me.

But this is as far as I got. And that's where it is now. I have a couple of borders I'd like to add and then there's the quilting and all the rest to make it into a real live quilt. I'm very sure it will be next year before this one is finished!

Still and all, it's been a good year. I believe next year will be a better one for all of us! I do wish each and every one of you the best and that your dearest wish will be granted.  God is so good to us all!

Hugs and kisses and lots of love,