Life Begins Anew and a Late HQAL Post!

Greetings from South Texas where summer is here and Texas is going to be opened up on 1 May 2020.  

Some good news!  We were advised last Tuesday that Clay was Number One on the list for his Heart Cath and Aorta Valve Replacement for 1 May!  We are so glad!  We will not know which way they will replace the AVR until the Heart Cath is done Friday.  We will be there at 6 AM and the procedure will start at 8 AM.

Friday I had an eye appointment and Clay had an appointment at BAMC for a checkup.  It was an interesting day getting out of the house since we had not been anywhere but curbside HEB for groceries for 6 weeks!  I picked up some things at Whole Foods and as I came out of the store it felt like it was just yesterday that we had been out and about.

So for those who have not been out yet, believe me, once your area opens up, you will have the same feeling.

Today Clay had an appointment for Therapy at BAMC this morning.  He had purchased a gift for his surgeon Major David Wilson.  We were told Friday that he would be deploying in the next week or so and we would not see him again.  This morning we stopped in at the Clinic to leave his gift – a set of Oak Leaf Clusters that he will pin on when he is promoted to Lt Colonel hopefully by the end of the year.  We had prepared a card for him expressing our gratitude to him for saving Clay’s hand.  We left the Orthopedic area indicating we were heading to the Business Office to pay another bill.  When I came out of that office I looked up and here came our beloved Major Wilson looking for us to thank us for the wonderful gift and card!  I will admit that we broke all the rules because I gave him 2 great hugs and Clay also gave him a hug.  If we could adopt him we would!  LOL.  This was the highlight of the day for us!

Sunday our new yard man, Roger, did the yard!  He is absolutely one of the hardest working individuals that we have hired.  I do believe we have a permanent yard man forever, as needed.

I have been working on Celebrating Mary Brown this month (and it is not a lot).  I have mostly bought books or patterns (like I needed more) and gave up on OMG – difficult focusing.  I have finished 3 of the last 4 leaf blocks for Mary Brown.  I am almost finished with the 4th and hoping that it will be a quiet day tomorrow and I can do that!  So here is what I have done.  The  blocks will go on the bottom of the quilt.  I have not done the blocks with the Vase’s.

Block for the bottom left corner

Here is a picture of the right hand corner of the quilt.

Lot of work yet to do to catch up, but I will be happy to finish the 4th block of leaves.

Again, I have not really had time or ability to focus on reading other Blogger’s post!  We are praying that things go well and our lives will return to normal in June, if not before.  I believe that our 2020 will begin in July which is fine.  We have received so many many blessings this year it is unbelievable.

Today was no different because we were unaware that the Base entry rules had changed and we had to go back to the Visitors Center to get Clay a temporary pass (I have a permanent one because I am a retired Civilian).  IF that had not happened, we would have been in the Orthopedic Clinic 30 minutes earlier and Major Wilson would have not been able to chase us down.  Life is good, even when we do not understand why things happen when they do!

Wish all a great week and will try to get an update out in a week or so!


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,  EdithSharonKarrinConnie, Bella, Gretchen, Daisey , Kathie.


15 Replies to “Life Begins Anew and a Late HQAL Post!”

  1. So glad to hear that surgery in coming up soon for Clay,and pray all will go well. Your yard is looking nice! It’s nice to find good workers who take pride in their work.. enjoyed seeing what your working on.❤️


  2. Hi Nanette! What a nice update. I am so happy to hear that Clay is going to get the heart cath and valve replacement. I will be sending you both plenty of prayers and hugs. Your Major story is just so awesome! How cool. Your yard man did a GREAT job – he’s a definite keeper. God speed and many blessings to you both. ~smile~ Roseanne


  3. Will be praying for you on May 1. You have some pretty blocks to work in when you are feeling more focused, and until then, a lovely yard to look at and enjoy. Hugs to you my friend!


    1. Thank you Kathy! I need to add Monica on the list for HQAL will try to get that done before Thursday which will be a pack a bag, do some washing and drink a bottle of Jack Daniels (JOKE – have not had a drink since the 1980’s! LOL. Will be glad when the Heart Cath is over with so we know what will be next.

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  4. Thank you for updating on Clays surgery. We hope all goes well on Friday. Your applique is lovely and soon you will have a beautiful applique top to quilt yeah.


  5. So glad things are coming back together for you both. I wish your husband all the best for his surgery. Mary Brown is coming along great. At least you’re working on it, I haven’t done anything on mine for over a month.


    1. So sorry for being so late! the days just go I cannot remember most of them. He did good on the Heart Cath and now is going to be scheduled to have the Aorta Valve replaced by them going through the groin and arteries~. Amazing changes in this rather than having to have open heart surgery. Hugs I am trying to get some appliqué done but having concentration and focus problems – think it is called stress! LOL


  6. Good to see that you have been working on Mary Brown blocks. I know you have had a lot of stress this year making it hard for you to concentrate on quilting.
    I know you will be glad to have Clay’s procedure over and done with.


    1. Stress is a killer in its self! I miss my previous life, but hopefully Clay will do great with TVAR and be home the next day and on the mend. He has a great immune system. I am trying to finish one more block….It seems like I never quilted before…… out of mind experience! LOL


  7. Thinking about you two this morning as you handle another medical issue together.
    Enjoyed reading this post very much…moving.
    Beautiful applique.


    1. It went well with the heart Cath! no stints and looks like the blockage is in a place where they normally do not stint them. Such great changes in the medical field for the heart! Hug


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