So starting off the month some of my sewing friends and my Sister and I were getting together for lunch because our/my friend Gloria has a birthday on 12/3. Now I have made some gifts for my friends for Christmas but the night before the lunch I get this text telling me that they all want to cancel gift giving on Birthdays and Christmas we'll do lunches. That way there is no pressure for gift giving. It's a good thing.... But... So we all agree that we can give gifts off an on as we come across things we see or have that we know the other would like. And in honor of the fact that my Sister and I give each other "Pillow Gifts" we now call these sporadic gifts - "Pillow Presents" - we're funny aren't we?
I originally made this for Vickie. She was President and I was Vice President for the last 2 years at the SNR guild. This was a combo thank you for help with our 2 year run, and a Christmas present for her.
It's wool on wooly flannel.
Next is the squirrel bag I made for Cheryl.
Then for the Birthday girl Gloria - She loves 30's fabric. I'm not really that big on it. Well years ago I bought this pattern and started collecting material to make this little quilt because I liked the pattern - But I've never made it because I don't really like the fabric. SO.... I gave it to the Birthday girl - with the offer to help since she doesn't know how to do fusible applique.
There was a couple 1/2 yds, 3 - 1/4 yrds, and at least 1/8 yrd cuts so with that and her stash of 30's it should come out cute.
They all seemed to like their "Pillow Presents"
So what's up for December?
That is a good question.
My Goals - work on some guild projects and since my Sister is in town work on her bear quilt. For now that is it.
My goals lately have been a little vague and will probably continue to be so for a while.
Below is a rant and an update why I've been a little out of the loop. It is a long rant - feel free to skip to the bottom.
** I've been dealing with some health issues and as much as I don't want it to - it becomes a big focus in my life. I have what is called a 2nd Branchial Cleft Cyst. Which means I have a lump on the side of my neck, that is pressing on things in my throat and resting against my jugular. It is over 5x4x3 cm which is a little over 2"x2"x1". What it also means is that I am going to have surgery on the 15th. What has also been going on is that I have had a horrible time dealing with my primary Dr. office staff forwarding paperwork to get my referrals in. So to back up a little: I originally noticed this sometime between April - June and thought it was a swollen gland since I was dealing with allergies. I brought it to the Dr. attention the middle of August when I had my physical. At the end of August I had an ultra sound in the doctors office and got results first week of Sept. It took them until 10/17 to get me in for the CT Scan that the Dr. directed them to set me up with. On 10/24 I went in for the results and she said I needed to see the ENT specialist. She put in the reports that I was to be referred STAT. - and I waited 5 weeks for them to get it done - even to the point that I had to go pick up the paperwork the night before my appointment with the specialist (that had already been canceled once due to lack of referral) to take with me to the appointment.
Next up my surgery is pending on them faxing the referral to the cardiologist so I can get cleared for surgery on the 15th.
I found out on the the ENT couldn't refer me to the Cardio Dr. - I had to have my PCP do it. And they couldn't just take that at face value I had to go in for another visit (I'm sure so they can collect another 100 bucks for an office visit)
We went in on Thursday the 30th and talked to the primary Dr. She wanted to do the clearance for the surgery, but said to call the ENT and ask if that was okay. She said if it wasn't to call back the next morning and she would have them put the referral in right away.
So I called the ENT and they explained why I needed to go to their cardio Dr. So I then called the primary Dr. They wouldn't let me talk to the referral personnel. They said they'd have them call me. Then when they didn't call me I called back. The receptionist wanted to know what it was concerning I reminded her I was there the night before and what it was about and said she'd give them the message.
In the mean time - I pray they get the paperwork in so the surgery can go as scheduled.
So .. as much I don't like to be obsessed with my health, it is a little overwhelming and consuming. Because not only am I dealing with all of the paperwork stuff - I am also dealing with how it feels. Not only does it look bad - I do have a lot of pain associated with it.
** Thanks for listening to my rant - Blessings to you all. Lynn