Friday, January 13, 2017

7th day of Christmas

This day started very early,
as Mr Husband had an early doctor's appointment.
I was up with him, made him hot tea to take with on his cab ride in,
lit lampadas and a blessed candle for his long day, and went back to bed...
He had various tests (for his breathing stuff) and we will know more by early next week,
we hope... he got home in the early afternoon and rested.
Meanwhile, my dear quilting friend came over,
I had just managed to clean the sink in the hall bathroom and sanitize 
(yay for lysol wipes!) all the door handles... 
We had an Indian Chai tea, part of a chocolate covered gingerbread man,
and a great lunch of takeout food...
I was given the lovely pusheen in little wallet form,
which of course Cleo had to pose with :) ;) 
I was also given a lot of wonderful fabric from my friend and 
I can't wait to get back to quilting after the Christmas season.
I must say that it's been really hard to balance my time -
the new writing gig I took on in the fall
 (which equals reading and responding to blog posts, 
research and reading books, writing and editing), Sunday School,
sewing, housekeeping + home related paperwork, 
helping with church paperwork, making meals, baking, hospitality, reading,
it's all a lot and I have yet to figure out how to have a routine for it.
Esp. since 'life' always seems to get in the way and derail any sort of routine...
Anyway, I hope to have more time to sew again, I am SO CLOSE to having
my godson's quilt down, and I would really like to get my goddaugther's 
quilt done this year... and I have other projects as well that I would like to do...
And I have writing projects too that I would love to be working on...
but right now the biggest projects I am doing are
helping Husband and recovering from the flu... it takes a long time...
I still get winded more quickly and at times cough, esp. after talking for a while
and in the evenings... 
So my quilting friend helped me finish the Christmas presents.
My Husband says I do presents on an industrial scale.
I do like to bake...and God willing, I will have all the baked goods
in cello-bags next week Friday, in preparation for my belated
'40 with a flourish' birthday party,
which is going to be in 2 Saturdays! 
So our house is now slowly getting back to normal,
other than the huge amount of bags of things under the tree!
So I am getting really excited about this party,
esp. because so many from my far-away church are coming
and we don't yet know when we will be back at church
there again, as the doctor today said it could take my
beloved Husband 4 to 6 weeks to recover...
we are hoping to figure out more on how to better care for him,
with his asthma related problems. 
We are super grateful that so many are praying for him and myself. 
The end of the 7th day of Christmas began with us
watching the Walton's, then having a break for dinner and then 
finding out that Cleo has made a mess,
which in the end took about an hour to clean.
But it's all better now.
Tomorrow I hope to switch out our bedding to be washed,
as we still have to watch for dust related problems...
thankfully I am pretty caught up on laundry,
so that's good.
I can tell I am gaining, but that I still need a lot of rest too.
Mr. Husband says pretty much every day that he has never
focused on resting so much or knew how hard it is to just
make oneself rest... he's very much a busy-let's-do-things-all-the-time
type and this is quite new to him.
I gave my quilting friend an English first edition of 
Elizabeth Goudge's The Rosemary Tree as it is a very special 
book to both her and her husband.
I got the first American edition of it for Christmas and 
I hope to read it sometime soon.
Cleo is messing with my hair again, I think 
searching for a hair tie! 
She will not find one though, as I am using a barrette ;) 
Well, the 7th day of Christmas is ending quietly with much 
thanksgiving for the many things God has given us,
including doctors, medicine, Christmas treats, tea, wonderful meals
and caring family and friends.
And Cleo, even if she makes messes once in a while!
Christ is born! Glorify Him!!! 


Tracy said...

Hi, Elizabeth! Hope you and your husband are feeling better soon! So fun to follow along with you celebrating the many days of Christmas--such delicious food and gifts! :) Be taking good care there... ((HUGS))

Lisa said...

I forgot to wish dear Cleo Merry Christmas! :) I hope everyone is feeling much better by now.