Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Good-bye, summer

Summer's been pretty busy around here, so the blogging got shelved for a while.  But, though I may not have been recording it, I've definitely been getting a lot done.
(Disclaimer-prepare for a photo heavy post)

First, there was the deck to "deck out."  With the new paint and furniture, this has definitely been a place we have loved to spend those long, summer evenings.

The refurbished deck has been the perfect place to enjoy the fruits of our new smoker.  Say hello to Matt's Father's Day gift to himself.  I swear, I've never before eaten so much brisket in my life. It's been heavenly.

I've also had my little side yard veggie garden to tend, the fruits of which we are just now beginning to enjoy.

There has also been copious amounts of flowers to plant and care for.  These flower beds have given me immeasurable happiness for the last few months.  When we bought the house, the beds were covered in ugly river rock and over-grown shrubs.  The last two summers have been spent digging up and hauling off.  It has been very inspiring to spend this summer planting and pruning.

And of course, the quilting weaves itself through all the other plans and activities.  This is a quilt made from blocks I made last month during a quilting retreat.  The color scheme was inspired by the wedding colors of one of my nephews.  Their colors were cornflower blue and canary yellow.  I added some gray and black to round it all out and I think it turned out quite nicely.  

I can't remember if I have posted this before.  Even if I have, I don't mind posting it again.  I simply love it.  I've wanted to do a black and white quilt for a long time now and this turned out as good as I always imagined it would.  

Plus, I totally dig the chair fabric I added for the border.  The pattern didn't have border but I thought the quilt needed a pop of color.  This fabric was just the trick.  

This is a quilt I whipped together from some HST's I made for a quilt demo.  I like the way it turned out but I'm definitely wondering how to quilt all that negative space.  

Lastly, this baby quilt was put together with only fabric from my stash.  

I've been hoarding this birdie fabric for quite some time.  It was a little painful to cut into it but the pain quickly subsided when I saw how great it worked with the rest of the colors.  

The bird theme made it's way onto the back of the quilt as well.  As did the new, smaller quilt labels I ordered for my smaller projects.  

Along with all of that, I've had yoga classes to teach and clients to train.  It's only a couple of hours a day but it's been an adjustment.

And lastly, it's been a summer of medical tests and procedures.  It's been months of waiting to find out if I have Lymphoma and wondering how that would effect my future if I do.  
I'm happy to report that I took my final test last week and the results were good.  My lymph nodes, which had been swollen, are definitely smaller with most of them returned to normal. 

So, how did I celebrate the good news?   

Oh, I stayed pretty close home.  It appears that, finding out I don't have a serious illness sends me into full on nesting mode just as much as worrying that I do. Apparently, it's my go to coping mechanism.

Today was a very "Fall-ish" day.  The weather was crisp and cool.  It may technically still be summer but I think the dog days are over.   Fall is my favorite time of year and I'm especially looking forward to this one.  Life is good and by the grace of God I've got a lot of it left to live.