Friday, 23 December 2011

I gave it my best shot!

I didn't go down without a fight.  In fact I'm still clinging on to some small hope of a quilting miracle.   This is how my design wall looks tonight....


The reason it's bare is not because Macs Christmas Quilt is finished.   No... it's here...


Cast aside in the corner in serious need of an iron.

I did finish stitching the Alien applique.   I also finished the last of the three panel cartoon strips and made good progress on the final two panel one......


...only the dog applique and a bit of block assembly to go and I'd won.  So close and yet so far! 

I think the box of tissues and the EU Cough Lozenge Mountain in the above pic might be a clue.   I caught a stinking cold last Sunday.  At least that's what I thought.  It knocked me for a six all week.  You know it's bad when you find yourself staring at the same cobweb in the corner for 4 hours straight.... without blinking! 

I finally ventured out to do the Christmas food shop yesterday.  Couldn't quite hold out long enough to get everything so went back out this morning.    That's when things got even more pear shaped.     Suffice it to say I had a bit of a 'Funny Turn'  caused by a bout of volcanic coughing on the pavement outside the Post Office.  Very embarrassing. 

Thanks to Sue (who works in the Craft Shop) backed up by my Mum delivering an epic lecture on caring for my health.... I was persuaded to go right to the Doctors Surgery.       Boy do I have egg on my face now!   I'd argued with the both of them that I was fine... I'd had worse..... etc...etc..  and it turns out that was a lie. I have.... pneumonia!!    How the heck did that happen!!

Good news is I've got some bug busting pills which should fix me up fine......


And just in case they don't work..... I've got a tub of GU Rocky Road to fall back on!   Well... it's the best excuse I can come up with for buying it.   Just a shame I can't actually face eating it....yet!!

You might have noticed that the 5th block of  In My Garden BOM arrived this week.   I'd planned to start that as my Christmas treat.   Hummm... could still happen.    Dear Jane is up there too.  I'm two thirds through  Block A2..... so if you are visiting from Janiacs Unite....  I am trying... honest.

There's a couple of balls of blue wool up there too.   I have an urge to knit an elephant.... in one piece.  I signed up on Craftsy for a Susan B Anderson workshop called Wee Ones - Seamless Knit Toys.   I watched a little of the lesson and low and behold...... I discovered what I was doing wrong with Short Row Shaping when I tried to work a heel that way when I was knitting socks.   I consider the cost of the workshop (on offer right now) worth the money at twice the price for that revelation alone.

Who knows... I might have quite a knitted menagerie in here by the time I can remove myself from my recliner to sew again.

OK.... I'd best be getting back to my chair.... Dr's orders you understand!! :)

Hope you are all enjoying your Christmas preparations and looking forward to a wonderful family day.

Take care and have fun.....
See ya soon

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
Josie  X

10 comments:

marina said...

You poor thing! Pneumonia is nothing to scoff at and with a note from your mum and your doctor you can be excused for not finishing Mac's quilt. At least some medicinal Rocky road will help ease the pain, along with a nice stitchery to keep you distracted from that cobweb.
Hope you manage to enjoy Christmas at least a little bit.
Get well soon!

Farm Girl said...

Oh NO! You poor girl.... I hope the drugs are now doing their thing and you're starting to feel much better. So does this mean you get out of cooking Christmas Dinner?? As for the quilt, there's now a whole year before next Christmas to get it done ......
Merry Christmas Josie!

Sue Pickwell said...

Hope you feel better soon, Merry Christmas!

Kaye R said...

Well I know you would have finished it with time to spare if it had not been for you being so ill ( for what it's worth). Sometimes it is nice to have a name for why we are feeling so crappy to justify it. I hope you are going to take very easy and give yourself plenty of time to get better. I hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas and restful New Year.

Diane-crewe said...

NOW REST!! The last place you want to be over the holidays is in hospital!! SO do as you are told!! Everything will carry on around you ...your (long term) health is what counts xx

Paulina said...

hi i discovery your blog, i loved,
i hope you fell better.
i read you

rosie said...

You poor little blossom... So close to Christmas, that's not fair.. Let this be a lesson girl.. look after yourself! Pneumonia is very serious, we see lots of cases that end up in hospital.. so you look after yourself..xxxxx

Charlie and Wendy said...

Poor you, I hope by now you are feeling much better and that you are getting lots of TLC!! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas anyway.

Grethe said...

Oh dear me;hoping by now you feel on top of the world:-) All the best,hope the Christmas passed fairly good by,and I do wish all the best of happiness in 2012.

Raewyn said...

Here was me picturing you spending Christmas with eggnog and your 'knees up' (as in Mother Brown...) while you were actually feeling rather bad and dependent on pills. I'm sure Mac has a birthday coming up one day this year that the quilt will be ideal for. I didn't quite get my hubby's quilt finished for last Christmas (when dad went into hospital) so I thought no sweat, birthday in March piece of cake... then Christmas this year...sigh... maybe he will get it for this year's birthday. Maybe that needs to be a New Year's resolution :-)