It's always a stress - albeit a good one - in getting ready to leave the country. The "what if..." is always present. So I'm trying to wrap things up before we head to Paris, Normandy, and the Loire Valley this Saturday. What I worked hard to complete are two t-shirt quilts:
This quilt is in 8 columns on the design wall. I am hoping to get this into one piece before we leave. John's middle child Julie is moving to Atlanta in August. We are going to miss her dreadfully. Somehow making this quilt is assuaging these feelings a bit, and we will just have to visit her often - and sleep under this quilt. Her son Ryan, our oldest grandchild, just graduated from Ball State last weekend. Ryan's brother Brandon is graduating from Lyons Township this month - he's heading to Colorado State. And grandson Jack Mo is graduating this month, too - he's college-bound but I haven't heard his decision yet. Big changes for our family!
The medical procedure is a GI one - my lower esophageal sphincter isn't working correctly. My local GI referred me to Northwestern, and the Northwestern docs say this issue needs treatment. I think it will be a minor one, but it's still surgery and I am figuring out - thanks to the Interventional Radiologists who worked wonders on me two years ago - the whole blood thinning issue and what to take to "bridge" the blood thinning while I stop my regular medication. I am thrilled to have good insurance and some many terrific doctors. And best of all? One of my quilties, Holly, works at Northwestern and is terrific at hand-holding!
Recuperation will involved a one-night hospital stay and then a week of liquids and a week of stuff through straws. Since I won't be able to focus on food, I can see a lot of sewing in my future the first 2 weeks of June. A good thing...