Thursday, December 31, 2009

the year that wasn't

2009- I chose the word "balance" as my word of the year. It's the last day of the year and I have to say it just wasn't much of the year I envisoned.

The spring was filled with quilt shows and gardening and lots of great energy despite breaking a hand.

The summer highlight was the Sisters week of classes and enjoying the quilt show.

Late summer was the FABS retreat held at my home and a totally delightful time.

By autumn I was running out of energy...I pretty much stopped quilting, reading blogs, and didn't even note my blog anniversary in November (4 years).

I did go back to my doctor for a problem(s) that has been ongoing for a year or so.

Now that has really sidetracked me from doing many things. I was handed on to a specialist and having gone through various tests etc, I won't hear anything until January 5th.

I am on a new medication that basically makes me want to sleep about 12 hours a day...of course I don't actually sleep that much, but I sure feel in a fog much of the time. I have very little energy and beyond working my job and doing the basics required..I am reading and doing low key entertainment.

Very gradually I am working my way back into quilting. I am halfway through a simple cloth napkin project- a gift with no deadline for a family member. An engagement has been announced-so a wedding quilt will be considered in 2010. The FABS challenge is due in February...another creative project that I have given much thought to as well.

An Alice quilt has fabrics pulled and waiting. There are quilt blocks up on the design wall and pieces sitting on the sewing table.

There is plenty around here to do- it's gathering the energy and the doing that is the next step.

I am going to give "balance" another shot in 2010. Though 2009 was balance in action;

2009 taught me the value of slowing down and appreciating that I don't have to do everything-in fact, I can do nothing and it's fine.

As much as I like being busy and productive- reflective time and resting time have their place.

Here's to celebrating the end of 2009 and looking ahead to 2010 !!!

With tomorrow being a day off some time will be spent at my machine, and some time not.

Balance, a little of this and a little of that all adds up to a full life.



At 8:53 AM, Blogger Clare said...

Oh Cher,

I've been wondering where you got to and put it down to me being slack and killing off the unread blogs before actually reading them.

I'm sorry things haven't been too good and hope that the test results, whatever they are, are ok.

Will be keeping you in my thoughts.

Hang on in there kiddo and keep doing the balancing act.

Happy New Year.

At 10:01 AM, Blogger Shelina (formerly known as Shasta) said...

I hope the doctor's figure out what is wrong, and that it is quick and easy to fix. I really needed this post though. I was lamenting over the things I haven't done this year, and you are right, reflective time and resting time have their place.

At 10:02 AM, Blogger Twisted Quilts said...

Take it easy Cher and you will be back before long. I think as women we are too hard on ourselves. We expect to be everything to everybody, we expect to be able to do anything and we feel guilty when we can't achieve our expectations. We should all take it easy and enjoy each other and do what we can do. Good luck to you.

At 11:03 AM, Blogger Linda C said...

I am glad that you are not beating yourself up about what didn't get done. I know that you chafe at the inactivity but your body issued a little wake up call in effect. Actually you got quite a bit done considering that you work full time and often help with your grandchild and kids where needed. Balance is correct. SO come sew with Norma and I, like old times!

At 11:55 AM, Blogger Tonya Ricucci said...

Cher, sorry to hear that the meds are making you so sleepy. miserable. Happy New Year and much wishes for balance!

At 5:13 PM, Blogger Michele Bilyeu said...

Cher, sometimes balance means slowing down and going within to really look at where one has been and where one now need to go. I'm about to leave for another month in Alaska, but I have become a co-moderator with Clare in two Liberated Quilting groups and opening up a Challenge, tomorrow. My life is filled with immense challenges and very, very little sleep. Yet, I could easily be in the same spot, other side of the spectrum from where you are now. Balance is more about sliding around on the scale and seldom about actually balancing on the perfect fulcrum point. You have a wonderful spirit and great's just in limbo right now and finding it's way back out into the light once again. Sending hugs to both you and M.

At 12:07 PM, Blogger Hunter said...

Goodbye and good riddance to 2009. A warm welcome to the endless possibilities of 2010.

Thinking of you.



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