Today is my sixty-first birthday. Two days ago I felt like every joint in my body was most definitely at least that old. :) Today is better (rest heals much, for me). I am down to only three employees at my store so I had to work on the sales floor today. Turned out to be pretty quiet (blustery cold weather out probably did not encourage shoppers either) so I spent most of the day sewing.
I did get quite a few happy birthday phone calls. My daughter was first with a Face Time chat from snowy Wisconsin. Poor kid, she has another (or maybe the same) abscessed tooth - but she is on anti-biotics and had a root canal scheduled for Monday (at the dentist's expense - looks like they didn't get it all the first time). It was wonderful to see her face and hear her voice. :)
My niece Amy called later in the afternoon - love that young woman quite a lot. I am her godmother (not very good at that job - not being a Churched individual:) ... but I really feel like her second mother emotionally. Adore her (and her three siblings, too:)
Alice M. (the employee who worked with me today) had her husband drop off a wonderful birthday gift halfway through the day - an extravagent mylar birthday balloon of a cupcake (I got a virtual sweet treat 'cause of my diet:), a hysterically funny birthday card and an Amaryllis to grow. Now, I _love_ amaryllis ... but it has never crossed my mind to try to grow one. (scratching head in surprise) My mother has them every year, gorgeous ones, so it's not like I've never seen one. :) I am really looking forward to having this one bloom in the dead gray of mid-winter! :)
Speaking of my mother, she is still pretty sick. Apparently she has a nasty infection in her large intestine but it is slowly responding to the meds. My sister's third child, my niece Stephanie, called me this evening to say happy birthday and to tell me that she is leaving to go to Ohio to take care of Mom. I did not realize that Steph's current job as care-taker involves people who need nursing care, just like Mom does now. As Steph said to me, "I'd rather be doing it for my Grandma than strangers!" That was definitely an excellent piece of news for me as I've been really worrying about Mom. Now she will be able to go home instead of into a rehab facility.
My retired manager, Libbie, is apparently doing reasonably well even though she is still in the hospital. She is speaking and responding to conversations, which is pretty promising as she recovers from whatever kind of stroke she had. Prayers needed. She is able to have visitors now and conversation will help her recover - St Agnes CCU, room N2201 if you'd like to see her.
My business is on its last legs. I have to make a public announcement soon as to when/how we will close. Many tears wasted on this issue. sigh. This is a gray winter for many reasons and I am less happy than I usually manage to be on my birthday.
I took some photos of my African hexagon quilt hanging on the work wall - my sewing today just about doubled the amount of it I have pieced together. I only have the closeup photos I took, though - can't find the overall shot. Maybe it will come to light sometime but I didn't want to hold up this post while I look for it. :)
Here are three detail shots of the progress. The hexes you see are 6" on a side. Most of the fabrics are African but there a few Australian aboriginal prints in the mix. See if you can find them. :)
I am doing this pattern as a half-hexagon so I don't have to sew inset seams. I cut all the pieces using the Hex'n'More ruler by Jaybird Designs. Great tool!