Long Time Gone

Life has taken many a turn since my last post.

Feb 2010 my mother passed away.  Even though I have lived far away from “home” for most of 30 years and didn’t have day to day contact with mom, her passing was hard.  Events like this make you reassess your life and what is important.

Mom as a youngster

In August I managed to destroy my neck. Who knew that too much sewing and computer time could do such damage. Okay, I knew, but I chose to not listen to those in my life who nag me. Months of spectacular pain followed by a double cervical fusion in November brought my year to a close.

I did attend Quilt Market in Houston last fall, and was able to survive the adventure only with help from my dear friends. My beloved husband joined me on my last teaching trip of the year in November. He made sure I was as rested as I could be, well fed, medicated and absolutely disallowed any lifting.

Two days before Thanksgiving I had surgery to correct the problem. After the pain of two herniated discs, surgery was a breeze.

My spring travel schedule was slow other than an extended trip to Australia and New Zealand. I highly recommend this trip – beautiful countries and lovely quilters! My husband traveled with me. He was my sherpa and chauffeur.

ladies from Bungendore

Queenstown, NZ

New Zealand was exquisite!  I would love to go back.  We spent 4 weeks between Australia and New Zealand, it wasn’t nearly enough time!  If you have a shop or guild in either country and would like me to teach, just let me know and I’ll be on the next airplane!

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