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There’s always a silver lining……

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

This week has been a bit grim. I’ve basically been in bed feeling lousy and battling bronchitis – that was a new one on me and it rather knocked me for six. To those of you who suffer regularly, or even occasionally with bronchitis, my condolences – it’s really not a nice experience. Anyway this week was one of this weeks where there was nothing for it but to take to my bed and stay there and let myself be driven to the doctor’s by my husband (who must have been concerned to have taken the morning off work), sleep, drink tea, try hard to breathe….

It was also the perfect time to prop myself up and watch small doses of the boxed sets that I never had time to watch before. So this week was ‘The Killing’ in Danish (please don’t tell me who did it, I still have a good long way to go!) accompanied by a little sporadic sock knitting, but of a very plain vanilla nature because I had to be able to knit without looking so I could read the sub-titles (my Danish not being up to much – although I can pick out the odd word or phrase that is closely related to German). That was the nicest part of being sick and just being quiet and cosy at home with Pablo the cat curled up at the bottom of the bed.

I had rather forgotten how nice just being at home is. Since I went back to work my life has been at fever pitch and my days off are generally pretty planned out with appointments, jobs and seeing friends, so doing nothing has been very nice indeed. It would have been nicer if I hadn’t felt lousy of course, but then you never get everything in life, do you?

I had also been meaning to show you this for a while…… (apologies for the darkness of the photo – we have descended into the foggy November gloom where sunshine and good daylight are hard to find)….


This is my the finished quilt from my first ever bee – Stitch Tease. I put the final stitches into the binding at the weekend. It’s taken years to finish. I really don’t know why – dithering over a border is up there, but finished it now is and I’m really happy with it. It’s so full of memories and friendships. Stitch Tease is a wonderful bee – still going, but sadly without me – and I made some lovely friendships and have met almost everybody who was involved in it from the start – Di and Di and Annabella and Susan and Katy and Hadley. I never did meet Danny, but maybe one day our paths will cross!

So that’s it then, back to the socks…or perhaps I’ll just have a little nap.

Life is good between the coughing!






13 Responses to “There’s always a silver lining……”

  1. Thimbleanna Says:

    I’m so sorry to hear that you haven’t been well — I hope you’re feeling better soon. I could so relate to your comments about being home. I hate to wish my life away, but I find myself counting the days to retirement even though it’s years away. What a dream to have the luxury of just being at home — especially on a winter’s day. Wrap up in your beautiful quilt — I’ll bet it will make you feel better!

  2. Quiltova Says:

    I’d forgotten what it looked like! Worth waiting for – hope it’s keeping you cozy!

  3. Susan Ramey Cleveland Says:

    Hope you are all better soon, Helen. I am intimately familiar with bronchitis. BTW, I just love that quilt.

  4. Diane stanley Says:

    I’m so sorry you’ve been sick. I went through a few years there where I had bronchitis every January. I hope you’re feeling better.
    Your stitch tease bee quilt is really lovely. I’m glad you were a part of our bee and wish you still were. ❤️

  5. CarlaHR Says:

    Hope you are well on the riad to recovery Helen. I’ve had bronchitis twice so know how you are feeling – thank goodness for antibiotics. Your group quilt is lovely and the border was well worth the wait.

  6. Leanne Says:

    I hope you are better soon, although the vision of staying in bed doing nothing all week has a certain appeal too. I sure love your quilt, it’s beautiful.

  7. Sarah Says:

    Lovely finish. Hope you feel better soon. I can sympathise with how days off usually are. I only have Friday off. Today I actually spent it doing nothing!

  8. Indianna Says:

    I struggle to knit socks when I’m not ill … Hope you feel better soon, enjoy the rest x

  9. Swissrose Says:

    Hope you’re feeling better – and what a great eclectic quilt, even to my geometry-loving eye 🙂

  10. Julie Says:

    I love the quilt! And I hope you’re feeling better very soon, and that some more pampering happens. Hugs to you, dear Helen…. xoxoxo

  11. Elaine Says:

    Sorry to hear you’ve been under the weather Helen – I hope you’ll be feeling better soon. I bet Pablo the Cat loved having you at home and in one place! I love your quilt – definitely worth the perseverance. Take care x

  12. Vreni Says:

    Poor you! I’ve never had bronchitis but my husband gets it often, so I know how awful it can be. But he’s been much better since he started doing tai chi; probably something to do with deep breathing. Love your quilt; did you quilt it yourself?

  13. Katy Says:

    As a regular sufferer, I hope you’re feeling much better now, and no longer feel like you have an elephant parked on your chest (at least that’s what it feels like to me)

    Love the quilty finish!