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Sorry I haven't been very active here - I've been too busy getting ready to move, and recovering from my knee replacement.  It's been an extremely busy month for this girl!  But I'm actually sitting here with nothing to do for the moment - my Vancouver house is rented, I found a house in the Seattle area, the movers have come and gone and they'll meet me at the new place tomorrow morning, so my cousin Joy and I are driving up very early tomorrow with my cats and all the fragile stuff to meet the movers.  We'll have just shy of a week to get my place into some semblance of order.  As long as I know where the coffee pot is, I'll be fine.

My new job at Martingale/That Patchwork Place starts in 1 week - woohoo!  I can't wait, I'm so excited!  And my knee is coming along slowly.  Stronger every day, but physical therapy at home isn't as effective as with a therapist and I have to miss 2 sessions because of the holiday and the move.  But I lucked out and found a PT place right next door to work, so I can go on my lunch breaks and keep making progress.  I've graduated from a walker to a cane, and can do alot without the cane, but still need it for uneven terrain and stairs.  It'll be 4 weeks tomorrow since the surgery, but I still have a ways to go.  Still pretty stiff and sore all the time.  Can't wait for the stitches to be healed so I can get into a pool (and a bath, ahhhh a bath!).

I haven't set up internet at the new place, so if you don't hear from me, that might be why. 

Oh yeah, forgot to tell you the movers ran out of room with the first truck.  I've been teased it's because of all my fabric, heehee.  No worries though - all the fabric and sewing stuff made it on the first truck.  The 2nd truck will follow in a week, but ACKK!  my sewing table didn't make it!  Guess it'll be a folding table for a few days.  hahaha.

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Comment by Ada Funnell on June 3, 2011 at 4:52pm

Hi Karen,   I am so glad you are doing well after your surgery.  I did have computer trouble and didn't realize you were going to have it.  I hope you still had coverage!!!  I have had both done my first being

as good as it can be.  Sixteen years and it is now in need of another top up.  I am so glad you got a

job and am saying a little pray for you that it will work out well.  I was glad you didn't sell your house.  you would never find another like it.  You have done a fair bit of quilting this spring. 

I also wanted to mention that swimming is great for the knee - walking in the water and not on it;

Comment by kathy on June 2, 2011 at 12:49pm
Monday is your big day.   Hope you find many successes and friends at your new job.   kathy
Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on May 31, 2011 at 4:23pm
Great to hear from you!  I hope this new chapter in your life proves to be FANTASTIC!  Keep in touch!
Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on May 31, 2011 at 2:44pm

Good to hear from you.  As a fellow knee-replacement quilter, my advice is to do just what you are doing -- keep up the PT!!!!  A knee surgeon once said what he does is 20% of your recovery.  The other 80% is faithfully following through on the physical therapy!  Good luck and best wishes on your move and new job.

Carol Ann/CA

ps.  I'm at 4 months past surgery as of this weekend and I can just now walk up and down the stairs to the upper story of the mountain house, using alternate legs and not holding on to the handrail! Yea!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on May 31, 2011 at 12:59pm
Glad the knee surgery went well.  It sounds like you have everything under control regarding the move.  Hopefully the transition will go well. 
Comment by Stephanie G. Benson-Greer on May 31, 2011 at 8:34am
Welcome home my friend.  Wave as you go my office on the I-5.  I am off the Seneca Exit!  Tell Joy hello from me!  And Yes, my kindred spirit, Rhonda, Karen is in my territory now!  Hah, kidnapping does sound like a good idea though....let's get together....heheheheheh :)
Comment by ranchmom/OR on May 31, 2011 at 6:21am
Good Luck Karen, enjoy your move and your new Job.
Comment by Judith Cogswell on May 31, 2011 at 6:14am
Have a good move.  Good to know that first things first (fabric) is going to get there on time!
Comment by Billie Blakeney on May 31, 2011 at 4:34am
How exciting and stressful at the same time. Take a deep breath, one day at a time and think "calm thoughts" ..this, too shall pass. Good luck.
Comment by Gayle/La. on May 31, 2011 at 12:39am
Karen, congrats on getting it all in the 2 trucks. I don't envy anyone that has to do the moving thing.  I think I would need more than 2 trucks.   I hope you continue to progress well with your knee healing and getting around without any aids.  It does take awhile.  MISS YOU!

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