HQAL and Back to Normal Life

It is an HQAL day and I have no hand work to show, BUT I do have some good news for me! I am back and eyes are working well! I was also able to discontinue 2 of the drops that were required for a month due to the side effects that I was having. Now I am really on the downside of this experience. Would I do it again – you betcha! It is worth all of the trips to SA (about 1500 miles since 17 Sep) the surgeries, and all the drops which control your life for 30 days. So I can now put this experience in the box of experiences never to repeat again! YEA

Before this all began I had 16 blocks ready to sew for Alexander Bean Pot. I just knew that I would be able to finish them AND have some blocks ready for the end of October for Celebrating Mary Brown. Hum, that did not happen – here is what I did do in the last month!

WOW four 5″ blocks finished – this has to be the most ‘non-productive’ month I have had in years. Time to light the fire and get with the program as 2020 is coming soon!

For those who have iPhones, it has also been a disaster for Apple with their OS13 operating system that they pushed out about 3 weeks ago. Yesterday I spent the day setting up a new Apple Watch and iPhone. Last week when reporting more issues they decided to send me a new phone and watch. I believe that it might now work. I probably had a corrupted file somewhere in the download. They now have 3 updates out where they have tried to correct their stupidity – I am waiting for update number 4 as they are still problems.

So today is definitely a Studio Day and sewing blocks on Alexander and finishing up the last of the pieces for some flowers for Celebrating Mary Brown.

We will have a 90+ degree weather today, and tomorrow and the remainder of the week will be my kind of weather. I have been back to my walking, but have decided today that it is just too hot and humid – so it will be a total play day!

I was unable to comment on so many of my favorite blogs and comments to my posts, so thank you all for sending out encouragement and thoughts while I was on eye vacation!



This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretEmmaTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchen and  Kathi

15 Replies to “HQAL and Back to Normal Life”

  1. What a great report about your eyes Nanette! I am so glad to hear that things have gone so well with your recovery. You will now appreciate the opportunity to quilt even more! Looking forward to seeing the results!


  2. I was so happy to see your heading ~ back to normal ~ Bean Pot blocks are lovely, love the fabric choices and the pattern is really quite interesting with its rosette quality….great start to a great quilt 🙂 Sharon


    1. Thank you Karrin – yes – Apple really upset the apple cart! Bad Bad OS13 – even their latest 13.1.3 will mess up the phone and watch notifications and sounds, even those were to be fixed! they should have told us it was a BETA version!


  3. Truthfully, you did plenty, with the eye surgeries in there! I’m so glad everything has worked for you and you are ready to keep going again. Woohoo!


  4. YAY Nanette! I’m thrilled you are back to normal, and the eye vacay is all behind you now. Keep on driving away with it in the rearview mirror! {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne


  5. glad your eyes are getting back to normal – it is hard to not have anxiety over surgeries even something like cataract and I did have trouble with the one I had and hope I do not have to have the left eye done anytime soon – but I know my problems were because of the retina detachment that I had 6 months before the cataract was removed – I have to keep telling myself that when time comes to have the left eye and it isn’t anytime soon that the same problems will not happen – it was not nice of that man when you are going into surgery to tell you of problems! I went back to read as we had been traveling and I didn’t keep up with blogs


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