Well, this has sure been a wasted week. I came down with the flu on Sunday night and have spent the week in bed, each day with a new horror of a symptom. Laryngitis on Monday, faucet nose on Tuesday, fever and chills on Wednesday, and a ruptured eardrum on Thursday. I took myself to Urgent Care with that latest issue and was told I had the flu, an ear infection and a sinus infection. I got my antibiotics and some steroids for my asthma and believe, as I write this, that I am beginning to feel a bit better. And I was so ready to get some good sewing done this week. I am under strict orders to rest and drink liquids.
The quilt pictured above has been a great comfort to me all week. We have had lots of time to bond. I have it on my bed and have not only enjoyed its warmth, but those cute little baskets are so adorable.
In between naps I was able to read these books. It is amazing what you can accomplish if you read for 8 hours a day. The only one of these books that I totally loved was Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger, which I would give 4 1/2 stars out of 5. I tend to love books that are from a "coming of age" point of view, and also books about family. Twelve year old Rueben lives in Minnesota with his older brother Davy, younger sister Swede and his janitor father Jerimiah. The story is about a family who encounters some big trouble, but handles it with grace and stoicism. A few miracles may happen along the way. If you enjoy books about decent people who have strong values and love of family, this one's for you.
Since I have been down for the count this week, I have not been so good at responding to comments, but thanks to all of you who said nice things about my Triangle Gatherings finish, and also who gave encouragement about the Diva Bernina coming home after her trip to Bernina's Illinois Health Spa. I wanted to emphasize that I truly have no complaints about Bernina or my dealer in this situation. I did agree to pay for shipping, and there was a misunderstanding about the warranty date (they originally wanted to bill me for labor which is not covered after the first year). The dealer stepped up and dealt with Bernina about the date of my machine warranty, so I did not pay any labor charges. The machine is working great and I appreciated the California technician being honest about not feeling he was up to the complexity of the repair, which caused Diva to make the cross country trip to Illinois to Bernina USA. I am happy with how it all turned out and am grateful to my dealer here in California and also to Bernina for fixing Diva up and getting her back home safe and sound. All's well that ends well, right? It is all good. I have a niggling worry at the back of my mind that some similar fluke thing could happen again, but as many of you suggested, I need to just get back in there and use her and enjoy her.
Oh, I don't think I shared this with you--Do you recall that my husband had his right knee replaced in July? He had been troubled for at least ten years with a bad knee and had put off the surgery for a number of (silly) reasons. The surgery was a great success and he keeps saying he wishes he had not waited so long to get it done. (Do you hear a chorus of voices singing "We told you so...?) Well, a week or so before Christmas, he was walking in San Francisco and his other knee suddenly went out on him with no warning. He has been in awful pain ever since, back to using his cane and limping and being miserable. His doctor says he must have surgery asap to have his left knee replaced! It turns out he has some kind of hereditary condition that causes knees to wear out. His paternal grandfather spent the last years of his life in a wheel chair, and his dad (Grandpa Larry) had to have both his knees replaced. He has a surgery date for March, which we hope will be moved up to February. The orthopedist's office is backed up because one of the doctors broke his leg. I am serious.
Any of you have big plans for the long Martin Luther King weekend? Not me. I plan to get back up to the sewing room and try to make up for lost time this week!