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I've missed everyone -- and hope that I can start participating in here again on a much more regular basis!  It's been a month since I've posted in here...

 

Partly, it's been a mix of too much professional responsibility.  I've been working very hard to get some of my "reluctant learners" back on track, which has meant writing totally new lessons and readjusting the course schedule.  I've also been taking a professional development course, which also takes up a lot of time. 

 

Then I get home and have been trying to guide my daughter Allison through another rough patch in her struggles with bipolar disorder.  I am so thankful that she is actually very stable -- she takes her medications, understands the diagnosis, and does tell me how she is feeling and what she is thinking.  But even the most stable people with bipolar have to deal with the inevitable ups and downs.  And it's so unpredictable!  But at least it is something that we have figured out how to deal with.  However it means very little time to just be on my own. 

 

Now doesn't that sound odd?  It's either feast or famine in life, isn't it? 

 

What got me to slow down?  I had an asthma attack this morning.  This is definitely God's way of telling me to slow the heck down!  So even with the other pressures and activities swirling around me, I've been able to carve out a few meaningful minutes for myself... and once I'm done trying to catch up a bit with my online "quilty" friends, I'm gonna QUILT!

 

... or maybe eat some chocolate.

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Comment by Patricia, VA on March 27, 2011 at 4:53pm
Chocolate you can eat anytime, it's good for you.  Proven fact.  Quilting is good for you too, lowers blood pressure. That's a proven fact too!
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on March 27, 2011 at 1:27pm
I vote for both quilting AND chocolate!  Hope you will be able to rest up, recoup and feel refreshed to face whatever's next.  Hang in there!
Comment by Pam/NY on March 27, 2011 at 12:50pm
We're whenever you can be...life CAN be very challenging.
Comment by Terry F on March 27, 2011 at 8:26am
You can quilt and eat some chocolate.  Life does seem to be either feast or famine.  And I totally understand the energy spent supporting a loved one with bipolar disorder, it can consume you.  You are doing good though, keeping up with students and your studies too!  Hope you can carve out some time for yourself Gardengirl.
Comment by karenthequilter on March 27, 2011 at 7:52am
So glad you took a little break from life to rejoin us here - a little time with quilters can make everything seem better!
Comment by Laurie on March 27, 2011 at 7:27am

The saying goes...All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy....For me, dull isn't the right word.  Exhausted, grouchy, irritable are just a few of the words that fit.  If I keep pushing anyway, I run my body to a point like you where something happens to get my attention.  Glad you are finding time to catch up with your quilty friends and get some quilting time.  This site has been my source of sanity and support in all kinds of life situations. 

I know some of the difficulties of dealing with bi-polar.  I had a couple friends and an ex that are bi-polar.  It can be a real challenge.

Comment by B J Elder/WA on March 27, 2011 at 7:08am

Sorry about the asthma problems, but if they get you to slow down and take some time for you then perhaps it was a good thing.  I know that sometimes God has had to go 'drastic' to get my attention -- I've been working on being a better listener - :D.

What a blessing you are to your daughter and your students. You are the kind of teacher I would have loved for my kids as they grew up.

Now.... go find those chocolates, I can hear them calling all they way here on the West Coast.

Comment by Paula/TX on March 27, 2011 at 6:43am
It's always something!  Sounds like you are dealing the best you can with life with help from above.
Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on March 26, 2011 at 9:28pm
Sounds like you definitely give a lot of yourself to others...and that's a very good thing; they are blessed to have you.  But you do need to take care of you so take those God given minutes and enjoy.  Prayers that the upcoming days are calm relaxing ones. 

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