The next day, Saturday July 8, I went to the Farmers Market in West Bend, and came home with this wonderful haul.
Fruits (strawberries, blueberries, two kinds of cherries), vegetables (broccoli, garden peas, new potatoes, green beans), chicken, pork roast, eggs, smoked salmon, and even a few flowers.
I spent the rest of the day Saturday cleaning strawberries to eat, freezing blueberries, blanching and freezing peas and broccoli, and making cherry jam. It was a wonderful day, just my kind of summer Saturday.
To round things off, I spent the evening finishing a baby quilt for charity. I got as far as starting to sew the binding on before I went to bed.
The next day, on Sunday, I was happily working in the yard and garden, when I fell backwards over a short fence. I shattered a bone in my back. So I had some new experiences. I was carried out of my house on a backboard, and rode in an ambulance to the hospital. I had a Cat Scan, the kind where you go inside the machine. And I had to stay in the hospital, which I had not done since my youngest child was born 28 years ago.
It turns out I had osteoporosis, and never knew it. Thanks to the staff at Community Memorial Hospital, and especially Dr. Braun, I am on the mend. I had a procedure (not thankfully an operation) where a special kind of glue was injected into the bone. It was amazing. An hour later the pain was gone. The day after the procedure I was able to come home.
My husband has been wonderful, taking over the work and looking out for me. As I get better, I've been adding more chores as I feel able to do them. I had a cane to walk with when I came home, but I hardly use it at all now. My worst problem is not being able to sit for very long at a time. My back gets sore, and I have to lie down.
After only being home a couple of days, I was really itching to work on a quilt project. But sitting at the machine was just not possible yet. My only hand work project on my Pick Six list was hand quilting my great grandmother's top, but it was just too hot for that, and the angle I had to sit at wasn't right for nice small stitches.
So, having broken my back, I decided it was okay to break my rule, and work on projects that were not on the Pick Six list. One afternoon I went down to the basement and hunted up some hand projects that were already started.
Ripping was useful, but not that satisfying. I like making things. So my next project was embroidery.
This set was also a Ebay find. The blocks were tinted on the background, and the first owner did the outline embroidery. Of the 18 blocks, 12 were completely finished, and 6 needed the black embroidery done. This kept me busy off and on for a couple of days.
Now what? On to applique!
I had several projects to choose from, but decided to work on my Ohio Rose.
I always like to take a handwork project on vacation, so I worked up a few blocks when we went to Florida last August. I had to supply the green solid and cut those pieces from the template, plus the white for the background. Miraculously, there are exactly enough of the pink pieces for the twelve blocks the pattern calls for. I found vintage thread in my collection to match the colors fairly well. I had 3 blocks finished when we got back, and that's all the further I got.
Yesterday, I made a block from start to finish. I finally went to bed and left taking out the basting for this morning.
I'm getting better every day. My doctor and I are going to work on strengthening my bones, probably with medication(s). I'm going to start a water exercise class at the Y next week, plus just spend some time walking around the park near our house. Whatever I can do to make progress, I will do.
As I heal, I will stitch by hand. I won't be flying along at my usual pace. But the time will not be wasted. I'm going to spend some time taking care of me. I'm letting this experience teach me what is important, and what isn't.
Many thanks to everyone who has been so kind to me.