Last Saturday I went to my Machine Embroidery Guild (MEG) meeting for a wonderful presentation on machine embroidery greeting cards given by Ellen Snyder. I had a great time and loved Ellen's power point presentation...it was excellent! Another member, Carol, brought some hand made greeting cards from Germany that are thought to be from the 40's. I took several close ups in preparation for a blog post (wasn't expecting the title to be "The Adventures of Calamity Jane" that's for certain!
This was also my first visit to Quilt Heaven's new location. Wow, what a big beautiful store Lois has....if you live in the area, stop by and check it out. I took a few pix of the shop to share.
Oh....I gotta tell ya it was also the last day of a sale, 25% off all fabric and an additional 5% if you finished the bolt. Yep....you know I did some shoppin'....and then some more shoppin'....... Taking my sack of fabric to the car and leaving to have lunch with my girlfriends from the MEG meeting... I was very happy.
That happiness came to an abrupt end when I broke my ankle. Suffice to say since then, time has passed in a new way. I had 3 fractures and a dislocation which basically means I was in a world of hurt like I never knew possible.
It was Wednesday before I could get my thoughts together and I still don't recall much of Saturday night through Tuesday. I was taken down for Physical Therapy on Wed. and when I returned to my room someone had cleaned it nicely. Yep...that's my quilt....I took it with me in the ambulance to help me feel safe when they took me back to Toledo Hospital Saturday night late. My quilt provided many opportunities for conversation and of course much warmth and beauty to an otherwise un-fun place to be.
This is an inside view of my 7 days spent in and out of a narcotic haze. See all these arrow buttons? Do you think they all work? Nope! Try to figure out which ones work and which one's don't while on narcotic pain killers is a very tough task indeed. I pretended they were "needle up/ needle down" indicators and I was sewing...at least I was doing something I enjoyed...LOL.
Laying there I heard several things over the PA that mostly didn't make sense at the time but are quite humorous to me now. The first was a Code Brown being announced. Following the Code Brown came a description of a person and that they were in the West Wing. My narcotic haze translation:
Someone has had a toileting accident in the hallway...no...they wouldn't be giving a description of there person would they? Oh don't tell me they are describing the the person as a brown person....I give up, I'll ask someone later.
When I asked I was told a Code Brown is a missing person....a patient who is not in their room and should be. I was so relieved to know there were no potty in the hall...LOL.
Time as Relative
THEN there were "THOSE THREE MINUTES" yesterday when time came back in to the center of my conscious awareness. It was 12:58 on Saturday, October 19th and I had laser focus....what was I doing you may wonder? Trying to sign on to Quilt In A Day TV for the 1:00 (my time) airing of Lady Eleanor's 35 Anniversary Party.
There was a blank screen where you see Lady Eleanor and I was in a tizzy. There was no way I was going to miss this program...I had my phone charged in case the ambulance transport arrived on time (little chance of that happening I thought) AND just to be 100% CERTAIN I would miss it I had my computer completely charged so I could watch while in the ambulance going across town to the Rehab Center. The screen was blank until 1:03 when I started to hear the music play and my heart raced and I was back in my happy mode and time was fun again. Hooray for me! I was fortunate enough to watch 42 minutes of Lady Eleanor and her beautiful family celebrate their 35 year Anniversary...then my screen went blank again and the streaming stopped. I won't focus on the end....just those fun wonderful 42 minutes I so enjoyed. Those grand babies are sooooo sweet :)
Congratulations Lady Eleanor....you sure are one very lovely role model inside and out! I say "role model" and I'm not referring as much to your amazing quilting career (you Quilt Hall A Famer you!!! :) as I am to the fine woman you are and the fun you bring to what ever it is you are doing. We need to make a beautiful red carpet just for you...a scepter and a throne too! Will someone get right on that as I'll be laid up for a while yet.
Last evening I lost all track of time while looking at every piece of sale fabric at Quilt In A Day....don't miss their big sale...you'll be very sad if you do!
Until next time....thanks for hanging out with me here in the Rehab Center :)