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Well surgery is done and prognosis is great. As a matter of fact I am way ahead of the game in the recovery area. Stitches out, emobilizer/restraint removed and shoulder, other than very sore and tender, is moving well. Had bad scare in recovery in that they almost could not bring me out of the paralizing (sp) agent they put in with the anestetic so that you don't move during surgery. They had to intubate me twice (put breathing tube down my throat) as I could not breathe. Scared the bejesus out of me as I was fully awake just couldn't move, breathe, talk, nadda! I did not know they put that stuff in as I've never had any problems with surgery or coming out of the drugs in the past. I even commented to a nurse that I now know what someone who suffers from a stroke, has had currare, or drowning must feel like. Never want that feeling again. A scare like this and the scare my hubby gave me on our anniversary this past July just reminds me how short life is and to live it to its fullest.

With that in mind, we are going to Hawaii for 13 days. A second honeymoon and much needed R&R. We were contemplating moving there, but after a lot of research on costs to move, expenses of homes there, Good/bad Lava Zones, we decided it just was too much. For example, a nice home, in a "good" Lava Zone runs around $150,000 (at the low end) for only 624 sq. ft.! To ship all our belongings, AFTER getting  rid of a lot and not taking any furniture, is $18,000, shipping the car - with us driving it to California for port-to-port - $1,250, one way tickets to Hilo, $1,200, rental car until our car arrived $1,000 and then to have our cat in quarrentine for 30 days, we pay boarding and food, $1200. So this definitely was a no-can-do, not if we still wanted to be able to put food on the table.

When we return, we will be going to Florida at the end of April to look at homes there and have an area already selected that comes highly recommended. Close to things but not so close as to be buzzing with heavy traffic. We would definitely be close to our twin granddaughters whose parents just purchased a home in the same general area for a vacation home. They will be there winter break, spring break and all summer. When the girls go off to college, they will move there permanently. So that works out nicely. :)  When we get ready to move, I will be having a "Quilter's Moving Sale." More on that later.

Thought I'd post a few things that I've been working on. I am involved with a group of wonderful ladies that are doing 12"x12" blocks for 2013, for ourselves they are not swapped, that are based on themes. For example, January was based on a sentence from page 78 of any book that inspired a block. Catch -- you could NOT use any quilting books, sewing books, how-to books. My page 78 came from Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island." The sentence read "Stand by to come about," the parrot would always shout. That lead to the Pirate Parrot. February was based on your favorite children's book and I chose Alice in Wonderland. March is "Think Spring." Catch - cannot use typical vases of flowers.

So with that said, here are pictures of January and February. I am working on March.

January's Pirate Parrot. Thread painted, handpainted with InkTense dye sticks/pencils, hand drawn and waves appliqued.

The picture below is February's March Hare from Alice in Wonderland. I have no given him his hat and still have a little stitching to do, but shoulder surgery has greatly limited on how long I can sew without causing a lot of pain. Those periods are getting shorter.

Mr. Hare is thread painted, appliqued, InkTense and hand drawn. I used a pattern based on antique Steiff toys and designed by A. Southworth. I'm still working on the Antique Toy quilt and hope to have it completed one of these days. I keep giving the blocks away as "little" quilts to people who have seen them and wanted them for a bedroom or office or as a gift for someone special.

Will post more later! Have a great week.

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Comment by B J Elder/WA on March 13, 2013 at 8:39am

Fun to see the rabbit block. It's looking great. Of course the parrot is wonderful too!  I am so glad you and DH will have that great second honeymoon without any honey have to's during it.  Then on to Florida. How nice that the area you are looking at is where you will have some family nearby, at least part of the year.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on March 13, 2013 at 7:59am

What a scary situation!  Glad it turned out okay and that you have a new appreciation for the more meaningful moments in life.  I think we all have those moments where what is important comes into clear focus.   Enjoy your trip!  

Cute blocks!  

Comment by Terri D. on March 12, 2013 at 5:30pm

Thank you Pam for your comments on my blocks.

Wishing you and yours all the very best that life has to offer. Remember, don't sweat the small stuff 'cause it's ALL small stuff!

Comment by Pam/NY on March 12, 2013 at 4:37pm

Love the blocks...beautiful work. That was quite a scare after surgery. All's good now and you can plan for the future. Sounds like a fun trip and moving to Florida will be a great new chapter!

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