Hello again. It's been a three weeks and here I am again.
The surgery went well but it's a pretty brutal surgery
and recovery takes time. The new joint is working well,
I just have to wait for the bone and large incision to heal up.
I have matching scars now, one on each hip.
I discovered that you can sew bindings on quilts
while lying flat on your back and so that is what I have been doing.
To date, I have completely finished 12 of the 16 Beyond Neutral quilts
and they are looking amazing.
We are making plans to take pictures of them in February
and they will be posted somewhere for all to see
(I'll let you know nearer the time where they are going)
Recovery is frustrating and slow
and it is hard to be patient.
I feel like I've been an observer of life for so long
and now I want to get out there and be in it!
I've noticed something interested though
as I lie on the sofa, sew bindings on quilts
and watch the family do their thing.
It seems to me that sometimes we need to let go of the bigger picture
and just focus on the little things here and now.
When times are difficult, it is possible to be thankful for fresh flowers and sunshine
and much more important than agendas and timetables.
To enjoy a freshly baked cake with a hot cup of tea
puts a smile on your face more than plans for the future.
Life is about finding the balance between these two things,
the big and the little.
But I realise now, that in the hard times,
when each day stretches out long and painful,
to focus on the little details and enjoy those,
is actually the way forward.
You don't notice the change day to day,
but looking back over a week you realise that things are better.
All those little moments carry you forward
while you wait for the big changes to occur.
I've sewed the binding down on this quilt in the last week or two as well,
it's a lovely quilt, although funny enough,
it doesn't photograph well as a big picture.
This quilt is all about the little details and the tiny pictures.
I'm sending it away today, to a dear dear friend in Australia,
who needs a reminder to enjoy the little things
while the hard times are passing.
It goes with all my love.