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July 19, 2019
Taking it easy, and a knitting finish from Romany Quilting

I’ve been rather occupied this week with my medical (day) procedure.  I packed my “hospital bag” with a few things which I may have needed.  This lovely bag was a gift from Jean who blogs at All Points of the Compass.  She sent me this batik bag three years ago when I was having treatment at the hospital for several weeks, and it accompanied me each day.  Thanks so much Jean, I have called it my hospital bag and use it for appointments.

My special bag for day hospital visits

“What’s my name and date of birth” I ...

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July 11, 2019
Slow Start to the Week from Romany Quilting

Ours hasn’t been a very well household at all this week.  Robin came down with a dose of “man flu” on Sunday and that clipped his wings for several days.  Then of course, the bug left him behind and hopped over to me.  With a sore throat, coughing, and head aches I was feeling so poorly that I didn’t make it to our monthly quilt guild meeting, much better to be tucked up safe and warm at home, and keep my hacking cough to myself.

Of course, I just had to roll the dice this week on Monday ...

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June 5, 2019
Donuts and Donations from Romany Quilting

Quite a busy day today, driving 50kms to Palmerston North for a medical appointment.  Nothing too bad, I was booked in for a Bone Density scan, so nice and peaceful, not like the noisy MRI from a few weeks ago.  After crossing another couple of things off our “to do” list, we headed to the Food Hall in the Mall for lunch.  So much choice – what to have?  We decided on a Bento Box of chicken and rice.  This was the first time we had tried it, and it was really tasty.  I needed a coffee after that, and perhaps ...

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May 30, 2019
New art work from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I'm back home. I had a fabulous time with the quilters in Port Hope. What a quaint little town. I'm not ready to move............yet! I'll share that work with you in a future post. I'm now way behind in posting pictures!

The other day, I had to get myself off to the optometrist for a check-up. It had been two years and I was thinking my prescription had changed. Not changed much, but enough. Turns out that my distance has improved a wee bit, but not enough to change the lens and my close up ...

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January 16, 2019
2018: A Year of Lessons from Professional Quilter

At the end of a year I like to take a look back at the year and see what I accomplished, what changed in my life, what lessons I learned. I usually do this in a journal. This year I decided to share some of it with you. I’d love to hear what your lessons were.

Don’t be afraid to stop a successful event

In 2010 I stepped out on a limb and decided to create the Creative Arts Business Summit.

I had been to events, knew what supported me, knew what didn’t, and I wanted to ...

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November 11, 2018
Finally--I am Sewing Again! from The Modern Diary

IIf you are interested in quilting skip this long paragraph about my health!  My health has not been good since last April or May.  I had dental work done and got an infection under my new permanent bridge.  It was pure hell for awhile there and then I finally went in for a second opinion about MS because I had so many symptoms (and have three relatives with it).  Turns out I do not have MS (thank you for that) but I do have a B12 deficiency which actually mimics MS to the point of ridiculousness.  It was so bad ...

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October 10, 2018
Building a Healthy You and a Healthy Business from Professional Quilter

Do you give much thought to how your general health affects your business? You may not think they are connected, but they are.

Truthfully, your own personal wellness should be a priority. Without a well you, your business suffers. In the extreme, you become run down, exhausted, and burned out — and so does your business. In the short run, you can lack focus and just aren’t as productive as you need to be.

In my own life I’ve seen this. I used to prioritize nutrition and exercise and sleep. At one point, I started down a slippery slope ...

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October 5, 2018
Fall Break--Bisbee! from The Modern Diary

This year's Fall break is happening now.  Kathy is working a different job and cannot yet get time off so we decided to do a weekend getaway to Bisbee and stay at the Shady Dell.  This has been on our list for awhile and with my health (and needing to rest constantly) it was a good fit for this year.  We stayed in the Tiki Bus which was super cool!  We got lots of fun pictures!

We arrived last Friday night and checked thing out in our bus and then went to bed.  There were two small beds (one ...

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September 29, 2018
What a Week from Romany Quilting

Not the best of weeks at all – with news we would rather not have.  Bad health news for my daughter, but now she has a diagnosis, she will be starting chemo  within a week or two, so that is good to know.   Her little family is devastated, as we are, and she is finding it hard to talk about.  I understand completely – after my own cancer scare several years ago, I felt I just wanted to hide away from everyone. 

With all this swirling around in my head, I didn’t “roll the dice” till Friday, much later in the ...

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July 13, 2018
Once again – biopsy time :( from Susan P Blog

It just seems as if my body has to try something new every single year. And of course, 2018 is another such a year. I’ve had this ‘spot’ on my arm for a long time, there is a similar one on my foot. Just a pale, flat spot. Two weeks ago the one on my arm came alive ……….swollen, red, itchy, bigger, angry. Every night I told myself to make an appointment to see the doctor, every day I ignored it. To be honest, I was scared and worried. Decided yesterday morning it cannot continue like this and called ...

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July 12, 2018
Retreat bags from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

There's just too much to share with you!!!!   My own stories and things I've found on the internet.

Where to start???  I need to get some of these links posted so I can close them in my browser. Otherwise, I'm going to run out of memory!!! Yep - already getting that message.

Here is the most adorable little film EVER!!!  And I mean LITTLE.  Check it out. Watch the first video which tells how the film was made and the second one is the actual film itself. Very cute and has a textile perspective to it.

And here ...

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July 4, 2018
Independence Day! from Nina Paley


I am celebrating independence from my uterus and cervical fibroid by resting indoors while my body knits together my post-surgery innards! I told you my posts would be strange for a while.


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July 1, 2018
Nina’s Big Hysterectomy Adventure from Nina Paley

At long last, I am on the other side of “hystery.” I’ve had a rough year, health-wise, culminating in this crisis. But on Wednesday I got my long-sought-after hysterectomy (ovaries stayed in, everything else removed). It was complicated, due to the location of the fibroid in my cervix, and the surgery itself took 4.5 hours, and the doctor tells me I can expect more recovery pain than a “normal” hysterectomy. But I’m recovering steadily and glad the wait is over.

Photos below, including one of the “specimen” the surgeon removed. If you are weak of stomach, do ...

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June 27, 2018
Your Creative License: Why Investing In Your Quilting Hobby is NOT a Waste of Money from Cheeky Cognoscenti

A few days ago, a fellow quilter posted in one of the online Bernina forums that her husband was getting on her case to start selling some of her handmade projects at craft fairs in order to justify her ongoing fabric expenditures.  My response to her post seemed to resonate with a lot of people, so I'd like to share those thoughts here on my blog as well for all of my readers who are not members of the Bernina forum.  As always, your friends are my friends -- feel free to share this with your guild or with your ...

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May 28, 2018
Pink Ribbon High Tea from Romany Quilting

We were invited to a Pink Ribbon High Tea on Sunday, and I was requested to “please bring a plate, Nana”.  Organised by grand-daughter Megan and her land-lady Jane, it was a very swish affair indeed.  Megan met us at the door and ushered us inside.



Megan and Jane had been busy all morning, in the kitchen, and decorating the house with balloons and ribbons.  The table was groaning with all sorts of delicacies, most with a hint of pink.   Other guests arrived, dropping their contributions on the table, and we settled down with a hot drink.   Then the hostesses ...

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May 16, 2018
Is There A Doctor In The House? from Nina Paley

Note: updated below
I NEED HELP. I have an orange-sized fibroid in my cervix, among other problems. The local hospital system is dysfunctional and corrupt – doctors don’t communicate with each other, or with patients (it is, however, one of the most PROFITABLE systems in the country! Isn’t that nice). My so-called “primary care physician” hasn’t seen me in 3 years, though not for lack of trying on my part. I visited the emergency room in great pain last year and since then have gotten bumped from specialist to specialist, and then dropped – it took 4 months ...

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May 11, 2018
Humans Plan, God Laughs from The Snarky Quilter

I was going to share some of my recent experiments with a new to me coloring tool, but instead I had my appendix out. I feel much better now.

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May 9, 2018
Taking things Easy from Romany Quilting

It’s been a quiet week so far, with not too much going on.  I’m trying to send my sore throat and hacking cough out the door and far away.  Things are not too bad during the day, but once the day draws to a close, they come back with a vengeance.  Needless to say I didn’t feel up to “rolling the dice” this week, so have just been pottering around instead, with a couple of afternoon naps thrown in.

Even though I didn’t want to spend time concentrating on machine stitching, I’ve tried to do ...

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May 6, 2018
A Week of it from Romany Quilting

After having a fun weekend away last week, sadly I’ve been feeling a bit miserable this week.  Presumably picking up a bug which has left me with a raging sore throat, coughing and sneezing the week away, with thumping headaches too.  So I’ve been self medicating with these two, plus Strepsils for my throat and Panadol for my headaches.  My goodness, sorry to sound such a misery, and luckily after a week it’s starting to ease.  My symptoms seem to clear up during the day, but sadly that nasty cough is just waiting for me to lie ...

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April 25, 2018
Who is Producer X? from Nina Paley

Astute observers of Seder-Masochism will notice one “Producer X” on the poster:


This is consistent with the film’s opening credits:


and end credits:


Why? Who? WTF?

I made Sita Sings the Blues almost entirely alone. That caused an unforeseen problem when it came time to send the film out into the world: I was usually the only person who could represent it at festivals. Other films have producers who aren’t also the director. Other films also have crews, staff, multiple executives, and money. As SSTB’s only executive, I couldn’t be everywhere at once. Often I couldn ...

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