Monday, December 9, 2013

Stuck

I'm really stuck.  I'm stuck like in the movie "Groundhog Day".  I mean every day is mostly the same.  I am pretty frustrated with my ailment and I'm determined to get myself well.  But I haven't seen progress yet.  And so I feel stuck and in almost constant pain.  It makes me sad not to be able to sit at my sewing machine and participate in my normal everyday life.  And it has made me aware that I shouldn't take those things for granted.
I was looking for a specific picture on my blog the other day and browsing the archives.  I realized I could be working on this project.  I could be doing some applique.
And I should be working on old projects with applique like this one, too.  I'm really not motivated but I need to motivate myself to distract myself from the pain.  Right?
While browsing for that picture I found a few pictures of baskets I had made.  I forgot I even made these.  What did I do with them?  I must have given them for gifts.  I forget.
I found this table runner.  I absolutely do not remember even making this.  At all.  I actually found lots of projects in blog archives I made that I forgot making.  Weird.  I'm old I guess.
I don't remember making this table runner either.  Where did it go?  Is it living somewhere?  Like I said..old.
And these potholders I made...they were obviously gifts.  But where are they now?  Do you feel like that sometimes?  Like you've made projects and forgot making them or remember making something and wonder where it lives now?  In 2005, I think, I made lots and lots of baby quilts that I sold.  I wonder where those quilts live now.  I'm kind of going crazy.  I think you can tell.

-nanette

33 comments:

Caro said...

Bless your heart! Keep positive and hope the healing is taking place.

Sarah said...

Oh Nannette! What's the matter? I developed Rheumatoid Arthritis this year. It is the pits. Some days are better than others, but sometimes I just want to SEW and I cannot because my foot hurts or my hands hurt or right now my shoulder hurts. Oy.

Dresden Quilter said...

I hope you will feel better. Your applique is always so beautiful.

julieQ said...

Nanette, I just dropped and said a prayer for you. It is Ok to forget...heck I do that all the time! Just wish you felt better...many hugs.

Missy Shay said...

I hope you start feeling better soon!

Moose on the Porch Quilts said...

Hope you start feeling better soon. I have to say that I love reading how you have forgotten about some of your projects. I do that too!

debbie said...

Hope you feel better soon. I can relate... every day I wake up and something different hurts. Sewing is always the best therapy though, so I try to find something I can do that day depending on the pain. Some days I can't sit at the machine so I trace applique instead. I love your projects. xx debbie

Nedra said...

Nanette, you and I started the first one together, how many years ago? And if it makes you feel any better I haven't finished mine either! I pulled it out the other day, and promised myself a finish in 2014.
So sorry to hear you are in such pain, and can't work on the things you love. Are you still able to go to your job? Lots of prayers being sent your way.

Muddling Through said...

NO, you are NOT going crazy. You are just so incredibly prolific in your making that it's hard to keep up with it all. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. LOL I can't remember everything I've made either. But, see, that's the value of blogging - we can look back and see what we've done.

Judy said...

Nanette - I am saying a prayer for you as I write. Thank goodness you are so prolific that you don't remember everything. Imagine how many people you have blessed with your creativity!! Chronic pain can be so depressing--try to keep on as much as possible. My psoriatic arthritis has deformed by fingers but I'm commited to quilting/sewing as long as the Lord allows. I pray God's blessing on your memory and your physical body. May the Lord bless you and keep you.

Sewn With Grace said...

Bless your heart! You are not going crazy. Being in pain gets to you in lots of ways. A friend of mine sent me a picture the other day of her youngest in a hat and quilt I made for one of her older kids. I have absolutely no memory of making that quilt for her. In fact, I don't think I did, but she says I did. I know that feeling all too well. When you sew as much as we do, it's easy not to remember. I'm praying that you feel better quickly. Don't be hard on yourself! Blessings!

Lisa said...

Pain takes a lot out of a person! If it is so bad you are suffering see a Dr. If you are seeing someone make an appointment to see them soon. I use sewing as a therapy to get my mind off pain. It helps to distract yourself from it. Praying you get relief soon.

Sherri McConnell said...

Oh Nanette my heart just goes out to you! I will be praying for you!

Ps you are so kind...I bet you gave all of those projects as gifts!

Cardygirl said...

Gorgeous pics...hope you are feeling better soon!

Cynthia said...

Remember that we are never given more than we can bare.....you are determined and you have the faith to get better. As others have said, you are very kind hearted and probably gave most of those projects away as gifts. It's easy to forget making them, because they were in our hands for a short time and then never seen again. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Nettie said...

I am just one of MANY of your readers who prays and hopes you will be feeling better soon. I always enjoy reading your blog and seeing your pictures for inspiration. You are a sweet little ray of creativity for my day~
Take care of yourself.
Nettie from Spanish Fork

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Maybe, just maybe we can find a little bright spot. Most of us do not have much time to sew during the Holidsy Season. My prayers and hopes for you are that you enjoy the family time take it easy and the new year will bring seeing back.
I love to look back at my blog and say the same things. I will mention that I have a house potholder hanging in my office from YOU!

Pots and Pins said...

What did I miss? What's wrong? I'm so sorry you can't sew - I know how much you must miss it - especially this time of year! Get better my friend, your health is more important and just like housework, your sewing/quilting projects will be there waiting for you when you return! Merry Christmas! Nan

Thimbleanna said...

It's because you make SO many beautiful quilted items that it's hard to remember them all! I hope you're feeling better soon -- it's awful to be down and out at this time of the year. REST and Get Well!!!

Carol said...

I'm sorry you're in pain...hope you get better really soon! Being in pain and not being able to do what you want must be terribly frustrating. I started my blog because I couldn't remember things I'd made and I wanted a place to put my photos so I'd know what, when, where I'd made it.

Pat Broe said...

Dear Nanette ... I am sorry to read that you are in pain and not able to enjoy sewing. Although I do not know or need to know the reasons for why you feel the way you do, I know I have been in a similar place, too.
Two years ago I felt I might never sew again. Quilting is my happy place and I could not go to my happy place. In my case, a lot of it was physical, most of it was concern for someone I loved, but much of it being stuck in my own head.
This is what changed me: the physical reasons are still there and are much worse; I placed my loved one in God's care and God took care ... and one day an online friend sent me an email asking for blocks for a care quilt for another dear sweet quilty friend who, unexpectedly, was gravely ill. I wiped the dust off my sewing machine and sewed the block. Now even on days when I do not take a stitch or get into my sewing room I know where to find my happy place.
Someone, somewhere needs a block today. All you have to do is sew that block. LMK if you need to know where to send it.
All the quilty projects you have made, remembered or not, and have sent out into the world are gifts and they have made a difference in someone's life. May they return to you tenfold.

{{{{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}}} and prayers, my quilty friend ... <3 Pat

em's scrapbag said...

Something tells me your generous heart gave most of those projects as gifts. So sorry you are hurting. Hope you feel better soon.

Eva patch said...

Hi !!! You are a bussy girl !!! Your applique is so beautiful !!!!
Merry Christmas.

Lynn said...

I know what that feels like, just slogging through. Taking care of a house full of people and working and trying to find a bit of time to yourself is demanding and then add some pain to the mix and that's over whelming I hope that you find a bit of relief soon and can sew. I had an injury that made sitting very painful and the only thing I could really do was stand and cut fabric. 2 years later I still have projects to work on from what I cut.
I bet that most of what you've showed went to folks who loved and enjoyed what you made for them!

Giane said...

You need a quilt journal! Take a picture or two, date it and then tell what the project is for. It's fun to go back and see just how much you've accomplished! Feel better soon!!!

pratima said...

I hope you will find this time to rest and soothe your body and soul and gain new energy and inspiration as we enter into the New year. Love your cute patchwork projects! Wish you a peaceful and happy holiday season! Hugs.

donna said...

Bless your heart Nanette. I am so sorry you are in pain. You are not going crazy it is too much going on at the same time. I hope you feel better soon.
Merry Christmas
Hugs
donna

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

I'll keep you in my prayers, Nanette. I'm hoping the pain eases. You are not going crazy. I have forgotten many things I've made. I use my blog or flickr to keep track :) Hugs to you!

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Des said...

oh, you're adorable! could i please be your neighbor and visit you everyday and race you to the mailbox and forget to take my garbage to the curb and then i'd have to bring my garbage to you and you would share your can with me, but first you would dig through my sewing garbage for scraps.
get better soon, sweet lady!
Merry Christmas!

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