I thought I would post a quick check in now that I am home from Vermont! If you are on Instagram, you might have seen the photos I posted from the trip. It was such a treat to spend so much time with my son and his family.
The first day there, my grand daughter woke with a fever. While I certainly don’t want to ever wish her ill, I have to admit, I enjoyed holding her a bit extra while she wasn’t feeling well. This girl is usually on the go and doesn’t have time for very many grammy cuddles. That Monday when she was under the weather, she was running around a bit less and happy to sit on my lap and look at books a bit more so that was a treat.
The rest of the week, she was a bundle of energy. We took lots of walks, ran a few errands and played in the back yard. Remember I posted about the projects I intended to complete during nap time? I was mostly successful. I started a blouse for myself. All that is left is to finish the neckline and the armholes. I brought the wrong type of bias tape so that was set aside and I will finish it up this week.
I did get a pillow case made for the baby’s bed. The pillow case with the kitties was made just before I left home. The baby got a kick out of it and pointed to the kitties as we meowed.
While in Vermont, I made one with a soft flannel from Michael Miller. (I love the flannels I have in stock – They are really soft and thick.) She loved the fish and we had fun pointing to those too. I kept telling her the colors of each one which would make her smile as we went along, though she really hadn’t a clue what I was saying. Haha – Grammy’s have to try, right?
When I cut the fabric, it was a bit shorter than I wanted. To remedy this, I left the selvages on and then bound the edge with a bright orange print from my stash (maybe a Dear Stella print??) This worked well and the pillowcase was generously sized.
Also I made the leggings I had planned. I love the way they look on her though I didn’t remember to take a picture so you will have to trust me on that one. I used the same pattern from Toddah as I used for her reindeer leggings last Christmas.
Other than that, no other sewing took place. I am not afraid to admit she wore me out by the end of the day. The plans I had to sew after she went to bed each night didn’t materialize (no pun intended!) By then, I was wiped out and usually watched a bit of tv and went to bed. I did manage to finish a book, The Housegirl, by Tara Conklin. It was a good read and I would recommend it. The story is about a current day young lawyer who is working on a reparations case to recognize the descendants of African American slaves and it ties to a young girl who was a slave in the 1800’s. I thought it was really interesting and of course, a bit sad – still a good story though.
I am happy to be back home – I was gone nine days which is a long time to be away. While I was away, I didn’t have one single migraine. I have talked before about dealing with chronic migraine. It is really incredible to go such a long stretch without a headache. I have been home since Tuesday night and still haven’t had one. So it has been since August 25th. I was texting my sisters about this and one of them asked me how much time I spent on the computer while in Vermont. I thought about it and realized I hardly turned my laptop on at all. I haven’t been doing much blog reading at all and didn’t write any posts (I had written the Meet & Greet post earlier and scheduled it to post). I often bring a book on my iPad to read on the plane but I was in the middle of The Housegirl so I brought it to finish up, meaning I read a paper book, not electronic. This was really interesting and made me wonder if the lesser migraine frequency was at all related to the dramatic decrease in screen time. So, I am going to test it out. For the majority of September, I am signing off the blog and won’t really be reading blogs either. I do have the September Blogger Bundle coming up on the 12th of September so I want to do a post then. But I am very curious to see if this relief from the migraines continues. I cannot give up computers completely because I need to continue to work my shop. But I know I can lessen the time spent quite a bit.
So, I will be back on September 12th with a gorgeous bundle curated by my friend Mari who blogs at The Academic Quilter. Be sure to pop over to check it out. I love the colors Mari selected!! Until then, take care and happy sewing!
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