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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Saying Goodbye to August

Still playing catch up.  Am plodding along nicely too.  Dents are being made in many locations but all is not how I want it yet.  Though I know that it will happen.


Highlights of this past month:










International sand sculpture competition held on Revere Beach, MA Incredible!  We saw it on the 31st of July which was two weeks after they were built.  Enjoy some photos.

 Our favorite one was this heart sculpture with the two human framing a heart.  To us it represented a heart donor and recipient looking over a shared old, worn-out looking heart depicting DH's which he gave up in April 8, 2018.





Cirque du Soliel at Suffolk Downs, MA:

"LUZIA"

Saw Cirque du Soliel's LUZIA in Boston at the Suffolk Downs racetrack.  Another bucket list item of mine checked off.  Incredible Showmanship besides a profound story line of a waking dream of Mexico! 







Adult kind of funny!
Or perhaps my mind was briefly in the gutter.





















The contortionist's act was unbelievable in the 3 Episode.  Aleksei Goloborodko is the most flexible human I've ever seen!  Incredible show and showmanship!!!!



Was able to visit the Shaker Museum, a longed for visit as I've traveled past that exit in NH for over a decade or two with wishing to know more.




I was able to get there just before leaving NH
while traveling back from Boston from DH's
heart transplant clinic, catherization, biopsy and
blood work check up.  He had a good followup
but with the phone results called to us the next day, the biopsy showed signs of rejection (2)
which called for altering his medications and dosages increased.  The repeat test and visit done two weeks later showed improvements and will be seen in a couple of weeks.






Then our annual trip to a rental Camp in Vermont on the shores of Lake Champlain with daughter's family.  Kayak, hiking, (OK make that walking) and biking each day were highlights of our time.  Great to have such happy and quality family time!


The last day of the month an annual Labor Day sale offered at my Local Quilt shop located only an hour and a half away.  A day trip happened and it seemed like a great way to end the month.  Though I had several projects in mind I didn't do too badly with my acquisitions.  In the evening a party followed for a  family friend who retired from NYS Correctional Services after two and a half plus decades of service.  A nice was to end another busy month with some family and friends.

My current focuses are:
  • Our Health
  • The Island Garden:  Vetching experiences....
  • Working with wool- the end is in sight shortly....
  • Trying to straighten up my sewing room studio...... though knowing I 'll have to make many more messes to clean up this larger one!

During the process  
I can access the sewing machine now and many
of my WIPS are in the white drawers

PIGS and UFOs contained in a stack of Art Bin Cubed bins

At least I can open my doors containing my fabric now!
I think I need to sew much faster, ha ha!

Also, I have been doing a Keto food plan and participating with "workout warriors" for health improvements and much needed weight loss.  I am finding and cooking keto recipes.
Many are not as great tasting as their higher carbohydrate matching recipes, but I am losing weight and have stopped all my insulin injections!  Woo Hooot!!!!
Gladly I have also have tapered way off my glucose medications.  I'm feeling better and the asthma has improved too.  I plan on continuing this.

TTFN and God Bless,
Jane

September Goals:
  1. Studio cleaned up further
  2. Island Garden Finished
  3. Wool Table mat done
  4. Wild card with any one of my copious UFO projects lying in wait perhaps the wonderclip pincushion or the tesselated heart .....



Sunday, July 1, 2018

Hi, I'm well

Hi everyone.  I still am here and doing well considering the roller coaster the whole family has been on.


DH in Tufts Medical Center in the Cardiac ICU while he was on his 4 or 5th swan catheter and the balloon pump was whirling...
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Daughter, DH and myself April 2018
As many of you know, my husband's heart has been an issue for us for the past 14 years.
Unfortunately or better yet, fortunately, he had a heart transplant done in April 2018 in Boston at Tufts Medical Center, (a Number #1 Care facility in our experience).  Since we live in NY the transportation and travelling to and from for his several months' long hospitalizations (there was 3, one quick (days), one for a week and the other months long) not considering all of the necessary weekly follow-up care that has been trying.  It's been my number one priority and taking my focus and energies.

With our absence the neglect seen in our home, gardens, etc. is evident since all that took a back seat considering the immediacy of his health and the possible risks.  When returning home, I prioritized to get to the most urgent chores done first.  His recovery and recuperation as been the priority, predictable and continues upwards without troubles.  Thank goodness.

He and I are both doing well and feeling blessed.  Recently his followup care has been stretched out to once a month.  So we are easing our way back into a new "more normal routine" and thought I'd try to blog again, besides work on some of my projects to share as I've done in the past.

Sorry I was away for so long without comment.  I'll share more later.

TTFN,
Jane