Thursday, March 31, 2022
Monday, March 14, 2022
I don't like change! How about you?
It took me a while (as I'm sure it did you) to settle into a Covid way of life and find a level of contentment in what I could safely function. Now it seems I have to reverse engines and go back the other way. The question is how far back do I want to go?
As things would have it, an official diagnosis of arthritis in my back last week will be a factor in my return to "normal" (whatever that is?). It's been suspected for several years and I've actually been taking steps to manage it with monthly maintenance sessions with a physical therapist, monthly massages, and a morning stretching routine since it was first a possible reason for my back issues. But something about having the doctor say where it's located and that it's "severe" threw me for a bit of a loop and I spent lots of time last week fretting about what this means long term -- the DOWNS.
I have to fret -- that's how I deal with change -- but today I'm done with the fretting and ready to make changes that will enable me to feel energetic and as pain-free as possible.
Thank goodness for my sewing!! It has been my default for a long time when fretting -- the familiar actions of piecing calm me down and allow the rational, practical part of my character to activate. While I haven't had any finishes for almost a month, I've made lots of progress on a variety of projects since doing anything more than 30 minutes at a time leads to backaches so lots of changing up around here!?!
My version of @jemimas_creative_quilting EPP project has finally reached part 7. The auditioning for each part goes slowly and I waffle about fabric choices though being a couple steps behind the release of the mystery parts is a bit of an advantage because I know where the design is going. Actually, as I write this and look at the picture, I think the picture will help me make a couple of decisions. I work on it during the evenings (watching murderous English TV series) and during webinars about native plants and pollinator insects (which are abundant right now).
I finished the blocks for Forever Friends (in the book, Sisterhood of Scraps) -- settled on 24 blocks and started adding the sashing and setting the blocks together.