Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I'm still here.

I didn't forget to blog, I just had to stay off the computer, doctors orders. I've had problems with my shoulder and neck which is slowly improving with treatment thank goodness. It has seriously cut my sewing time down too. David's been falling apart like Humpty Dumpty as well but he's nearly been put back together.
I wanted to share this beautiful Jacaranda I saw on one of our excursions out, it's one of the largest I've come across, the width of two houses. I think my new phone takes quite a good photo.
Ive been on extra Nana duties and did get the Christmas cake made last month with some help as you can see. I'm going to miss little Beth, she's been here most days and now the family have moved to another state.
Little random pieces of stitching has been happening from time to time, some hexagons, not a lot but it all adds to the pile.
I have managed to spend some evenings hand quilting. Summer hasn't got going yet, it's very late for here and we've had some cold weather. If it continues, I may even get it done, only two thirds of a border to go.
It's time for a coffee and a read of my new book, it's a great one and a must have for a lover of red and green quilts like me.
Hopefully I'll be back soon.

41 comments:

Janet said...

I love the quilt in your header! I'm sorry to hear you've had trouble with your neck and shoulder. I hope you are getting back to normal soon.
Your baking help is a cutie :0) I hope they haven't moved too far away.
Your new book looks to be FULL of inspiration!

Lurline said...

Dear Janet - so nice to have you back and sorry to learn all has not been well. Nice to have kept your hand in with a little stitching, so read your lovely book and keep in touch when you can!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Julia said...

Nice to see you posting again Janet. Cute little helper there, you will miss her I'm sure.
take care and hope your back to 100% real soon.
Julia ♥

Oops-Lah said...

What a cute sous chef; I'm sure she was a big help with licking all the bowls clean. Sorry to hear about your shoulder. I can imagine that it must be frustrating to have to put sewing (and the computer) on hold. Look well after yourself .

Patchwork and Play said...

Beth has beautiful eyes, doesn't she? I find my phone take great photos too! Love the hexie flowers! I hope you are feeling better from your blogging break!

Dixie said...

Hope you are feeling better very soon, so you can get back to all of your sewing. The little one is just precious and hope you still get to see her very often. That jacaranda tree is just magnificent. I asked my local nursery guy whether they would grow here, and he said, sadly no, we are too far north of Santa Barbara! Really love the looks of that red and green book.

Cardygirl said...

Hope you are on the mend...not good to have your stitching time impacted! The book looks good!

liz said...

It looks like you still have found lots to do with your time. I hope you are enjoying a little change in the scenery. What a wonderful way to spend time together. And I also like your new header. Yum.

nicolette at dutchcomfort said...

janet, I love your new blogheader. Take it easy and one day at a time! You have some lovely projects on the go!

Cathy said...

Lovely to see you again Janet, but sorry to hear all has not been great. I hope you and hubby heal up fast. Love that Jacaranda, I know in Brisbane we used to call it the purple panic because it flowered at exam time! Gorgeous photo of little miss! Enjoy your book. xo

Red Quilty Girl said...

Hope you are feeling better soon. I love your red and green book it looks amazing! Hugs xx

Kaaren said...

So good to hear from you, Janet.

Take care of yourself. Everything will be there waiting for you when you're 'up and running' again.

Fran├žoise said...

So glad to see you back!
I think i have had the same problems with shoulder and neck, right side. That's over now(took a long time) now it's left arm, also from the neck. It should get better, just takes time. Which we don't want to spent on things like that. So yes, it's very frustating. But not life threatening.
It will get better.

Jessica said...

I hope you are back up and running soon! (I didn't copy that from the last comment LOL)
I love Jacaranda's, they are sooo beautiful in full bloom. The hexies look lovely and so does that book. At least they can distract you when you are missing your little helper.

Stephanie said...

Who would have thought blogging and sewing would be hazardous to our health. Be well and swift healing. The tree is stunning. We have them where I grew up.

*karendianne. said...

First let me say little Beth is such a sweetie. Thanks for sharing her with us. I love that tree and your right - your phone takes GREAT pictures. I'm glad to read you're taking time away front the computer and resting like you should. We should all follow your example to avoid over-doing it. And thank you for dropping us a line and letting us know how you're doing. Warm heart, *karendianne.

Sue said...

I LOVE the quilt in your header. That is gorgeous.

Your little helper is quite a cutie and times with the little ones is precious.

Hope your shoulder mends up well.

That book looks wonderful and I'll have to check it out. I love red and green quilts.

Merry Christmas,
Sue

Thimbleanna said...

Yay! It's nice to see you back Janet. I hope all the time away has been helping with your injuries. Love your cute little helper. The new book looks wonderful -- as does that beautiful header!!!

Mary said...

Take care of your shoulder! I know it is a slow process. Christmas cake? Is this like our fruit cake? Recently, I was sewing with a girl from New Zealand and she mentioned Christmas cake as well. Sounds yummy! Your little helper is just adorable. Enjoy the book!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Janet so sorry you are not feeling well. Hope you and your husband feel better soon.
Love your new header and must get the Quiltmania!! It is so hard to find that red, it's kind of like a pinky red...just gorgeous!

Terry said...

Glad you're feeling better! Love the Jacaranda tree! It's amazing! :0)

karenfae said...

I haven't seen that book. I am using two different red/green books for the quilt I have been making. (well I haven't touched it in awhile but all I have left to make is a border for it)
Karen

Nedra said...

You've been missed. But, good for you for following the doctor's orders. I pray for a healthier 2012 for your family.

Maree: said...

Thought you had been Quiet..hope you & DH are feeling much Better now.
Love the Jacaranda Tree they put on a Beautiful Show.
Take Care

Lori said...

Great to hear from you. I hope you are feeling back to normal soon!!
I may need to put that book on my wish list;)

Mary said...

I hope whatever ails you is quickly healed. Even when I'm not sewing, I need to know I can if I decide to. The book looks great - I love the goldfish in the bowl on the top row!

Heather said...

Thanks for the update, as one of your blog followers I had been thinking about you lately and wondering if all was well. Sorry your shoulder is acting up, hopefully some more resting and you will be feeling better soon. Sending good thoughts your way.

taylorsoutback said...

Take care of yourself...it seems neck and shoulder problems go with the territory...our love of quilting & the desire to share it with others via computer!

A stunning header, Janet...

And thank you for the info on the Red and Green Quilt book...it looks lovely.

Donna K from N.TX aka Quilting Bear Gal said...

Sorry to hear about your neck and shoulder problems. My husband is going through that right now and has an appointment with a pain specialist next week. Good to hear from you.

Rachaeldaisy said...

I'm glad to hear you're getting better. And your husband too. Humpty Dumpty is such a fun analogy. I am SO in love with your header!! I said OMG really loudly when I saw it and Gbf came running. It's so beautiful!! That book looks wonderful, I'm in a red and green mood at the moment, inspired by Christmas. Look after yourself Janet.

Archie the wonder dog said...

Welcome back, it was so lovely to see a new post from you in my reader! I'm glad your neck and shoulder are responding to treatment - enjoy your book! Oh, and I love your new header!

Josie said...

Little Miss Beth has the most gorgeous eyes that compliment the cake mix nose perfectly! Super cute.. no wonder you miss her being around.
Hope your shoulder mends soon. I've got left shoulder/arm/neck trouble right now.. horribly frustrating isn't it. Didn't know sewing was an extreme sport!

Notjustnat said...

Oh Janet, look after yourself. I hurt my shoulder at work and my doctor told me, thing happens when you get old :(. That wasn't nice thing to hear from my doctor!
I love your new header. It's gorgeous - have a lovely day - Hugs Nat

Sarah said...

Hi Janet, Nice to "see" you... Hope you make a speedy recovery. Sorry to hear your granddaughter and her family are moving interstate. I don't know how my mother would cope if she didn't get her weekly dose of "Mary time"! I like the look of that red and green quilts book. Might go and order it online now. xx

Carrie P. said...

Love your new header.
Always nice to have help from little people.
Great looking hexies.
Merry Christmas.

Cathy H said...

I love the red and green quilts book....and also the quilt in the header of your blog page......

Barb said...

good to see you again, sorry to hear about your shoulder and neck!
The tree is stunning. We have them in Florida and I just love them.
what a cutie pie. I have fond memories of times with my Nana

Ann Champion said...

So good to see a post from you. I was worried. Wishing you both a speedy recovery!
I recently had a hand surgery. It's not easy sitting on the sidelines when there's sewing we want to do.
Beth is such a cute little helper. I'm sure you'll miss her quite a bit?
I love your new header..and that red and green quilt book looks pretty interesting.

Cindy said...

I love hexies! I have a good portion of my Grandmothers Flower Garden wall hanging done. It's quite labor intensive, but so relaxing!

Kristen said...

Just had to say those are such beautiful brown eyes!

Nanette Merrill said...

Little beth is so cute. Those hexies are too.