While I have been hard at work in PT, (yesterday with my therapist "gently" pulling my arm over my head I achieved 172degrees out of 180degree rotation,) a friend has been equally hard at work creating a get well gift for me.
With every carefully selected pattern : dandelions, hedgehogs, leaves, a trellis, pears and countless stitches Gwen created an indoor garden to not only keep me warm but to bring the outside in, thus (hopefully) keeping me away from digging and cutting down bushes and all the other forbidden pleasures.
This was only her second quilt and it took her longer than she expected. She carefully monitored my progress on the blog hoping for a speedy recovery but not too speedy.
She sent encouraging text messages and vaguely alluded to a present she was working on but was having technical difficulties with.
I was having my own technical difficulties so gave it no mind.
I just wanted to be able to wash my face with both hands, clean the litter box with my dominant hand so I wasn't constantly slinging sifter litter about the mud room with my left hand and get that baseball size clump of shampoo out of my hair.
Now my hair is clean, right shoulder achy but working and I am the overwhelmed owner of this piece of loveliness.
We had a long, cold and snowy winter but spring continues to arrive daily with flowers and sunshine and waving dragonflies and and gifts filled with love and hard work.
Thank you Gwen. I thanked you privately and now I'm taking it public. I'm so touched by your generosity and creativity.
My bed is more inviting than ever. Now if only you could have stitched a magic spell that would keep Gus sleeping past sun up.