Well, I believe I’ve come to the conclusion that I burned myself out on quilting. I knew that even before my illness in March but afterwards I’ve felt the importance of giving myself a much needed break. I was doing quilting stuff 20-30 hours a week on top of working a full time job and taking care of my household duties too. It just became too much. I’ve always had a difficult time finding balance with my hobbies and quilting is no exception.
The good news is my studio is waiting for me when I feel ready to return! In the meantime I’m enjoying some other things and working on simplifying my quilting stash since I’ve accumulated things over the years between buying and being given things by other people when they find out I’m a quilter. Some notions I tried and didn’t like or bought and never used. Some fabric I was given by friends but never used or liked it either (yet you feel pressure to keep it because someone gave it to you). So, I’m slowly cleaning things out and reorganizing my studio.
I have’t podcasted because I haven’t been doing any quilting so I’m not sure what I’d talk about other than everyday life! The corgis are all doing pretty well. Basil had CCL surgery to repair a torn ligament in his knee and he is recovering nicely. He had surgery on June 10th and a month later the surgeon says he is doing fabulous. We are all waiting on his hair to grow back. Keeping him from jumping and running since he’s feeling better has been a challenge! I know it’ll be great for him in the end. He is enjoying pool therapy a lot.
Easiest way to keep up with my shenanigans these days is to follow me on Instagram. I update there quite often!
Photo update time!
I got a new tattoo that kind of represents my healing from my illness and my hope for health in the future. It is a tree of life design with “kodama” (Japanese tree spirits that live in a healthy forest) and rainbow dragonflies. These are characters from a Studio Ghibli film named “Princess Mononoke”. It took three hours to do and the last 30 minutes was tortore but I love how it came out.
Aaaand in other big news I’m having a baby! Okay…. not a human baby. But I’m getting a baby….. tortoise. This is a little greek tortoise hatchling that will be coming home next week to live with us. I’m still brainstorming names but I think I’ve settled on calling it Cornwallis. I’m having a ball setting up the indoor tortoise table and planning what the outdoor area will look like. Since I’m in Florida it will be able to live outside pretty much year-round once it’s big enough. I can talk your ear off about tortoises now.