I'm actually getting some things accomplished...amazing! I've finished up the top in the first pic. My plan is to find a backing , pin it and machine quilt it. I'll probably just run those diagonal lines. And the second picture of another finish, as of this morning. This one was thread basted, waiting for utility quilting, but I decided I'd spend the time on something else, and did a quick grid. It's done and ready for binding. I don't feel that I see well enough to do a good job at machine quilting, but it's passable, especially on quilts for kids and donation. Main thing is it's DONE and it's DURABLE!
I'm a bit under the weather(so to speak) today. Altho I had a nice time at the cookout and fireworks, there were unexpected consequences. I'm very smoke sensitive, due to chronic asthma. Smoke is one thing, but too much smoke and it becomes a different ball game.
I been having some 'smoke' difficulties off and on this summer. My new neighbor to the south is a smoker, and the summer wind brings alot of it my way if her windows and mine are both open. AND they've been burning brush and stumps north of me. The nearly-dead smoldering smoke
smell is the very worst. The combination of the smoker and the smoldering has 'set me up' to be more sensitive than usual this year. I didn't give that a thought as I went to the fireworks...big mistake.
It was very humid with little to no wind Wenesday night.The smoke 'hung' a few feet above the ground and didn't move away.(Plus damp air is difficult for me to breathe.) The combination of cigarettes from guests and gunpower smoke did it's number, and altho I didn't spend ALL evening coughing, it became apparent that my lungs weren't handling the toxins nor was my blood being adequately oxygenated.
The result of that is nausea, confusion, sometimes unconsciousness, and extreme drowiness or sleeping. I hit all the levels except unconsciousness(as far as I know). Thursday a.m. I was up at 5, but back sleeping at 7 (til 9) andthen I was back in bed sleeping by 1 and slept til 4 p.m. I retired for the night at 10 and slept soundly til 7 this morning. Just a bit much! That plus not being able to eat or keep anything down is the pits. But all things considered, I'm lucky. It could have been much worse. The question of portable oxygen now comes into the picture, and I'm NOT happy about that, but it does make short work of what has taken more than 36 hours to begin to resolve. It's not the first time I've been in this position of smoke overdose, but it's been so long, I'd forgotten it can happen. And, of course, without the massive coughing you almost aren't aware you are in trouble til it's way past a safety point. Guess that's going to take care of future 4th of July parties. I'm feeling and thinking better today. Enough to run those(almost) straight lines of machine quilting....but I'm going to leave the bill writing for a different day..*VBS*
A day to forget.....
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