Blessed Happy New Year to all!
As we close 2011 and enter 2012, I have to admit I've been a little down this week and I don't even know why exactly. Well, partly because dummy me wasn't thinking last weekend and ate too much ham and other salty foods. The result being that my ankles and legs became swollen again. Then to make matters worse I've been breaking out in hives and can't determine the cause. What a way to end the year! Of course, my caregiver orders me away from the sewing machine and puts me on complete rest with my feet elevated. I guess that wasn't so bad...I've actually picked up a novel and started reading for the first time in months. However, after 24 hours I started going into withdrawal! Aw, yes, we quilters do need our machines, don't we?
On a happier note, I received my Christmas present from my Secret Sister in Ohio. What a lovely surprise that was! She sent me a devotion book on friendship, a Christmas novel, 2 bookmarks, a 2 CD WOW set, a gift card to Bob Evans restaurant (one of my favorites), a Psalms calendar, and the most beautiful musical egg Christmas ornament that I've ever seen! Since we don't reveal who our Secret Sister is until May, I had to sit down and write a thank you to our LWML president so she can relay to whoever has my name this year. My goodness, she went overboard and I think I'm covered until May! The gifts were wonderful! Before I left for Arizona she gave me a gorgeous sunflower trivet tile for Thanksgiving. God has truly blessed me with such a generous Secret Sister this year. I gave my Secret Sister a set of scrappy coasters and a 10 minute table runner. I'd like to get her something unique to Arizona but then she would know who I am. But I think I'll get her something from here but save it for reveal day. Meanwhile I'll think of something else to get her in the meantime. She's kind of hard to buy for since she's 80 something, but the sweetest lady...maybe a devotional. First I have to get out shopping.
Been working on my RWYS Precious Project and last evening I finished one of the quilt tops. As soon as I can I will get a photo so I can post it. I was surprised at how big six 18" blocks can become when put together with sashing and borders. The top is 50" x 72". The next top will have nine 18" blocks, but I haven't decided on a layout just yet. I have started the wallhanging, but have had to put it aside until my thimble can be sent down from Ohio. Having such tiny fingers, I can't just go into a store and buy one. My neighbor is sending mine in the next package of mail. We are trying to give the 2 completed pillows back to the original quilter, but her husband hasn't been in church during the holidays. I imagine out of town family has been in or health issues has kept him at home. We will get the pillows to him as soon as we can.
Wishing all of you and your families a very safe and blessed Happy New Year!