Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Friday, 9 July 2021

Friday's Good News Bulletin

 First of all, thank you, everyone, for all the loving messages, they have helped, I am sure of that. Distance is nothing when we blog, email or phone. I must remember to tell my Doctor that next week.

Our Doctor started Hugh on one more tablet that has been a miracle, pain level dropped almost dramatically, from Tuesday to today, he can use his right arm and hand and is  able to sleep so much easier.  My work load has lightened, no need to cut the meat and veges,  or help him get dressed, and he drove yesterday and seemed to be OK. As a treat for this, we visited a sportswear shop, the usual winter sale, and he has new fleece jackets. Very smart too for a  man his age!!!

My visit to our doctor, also yesterday, my blood pressure is now too low, so I have to monitor it morning and night,  take two readings two minutes apart, before meds in the morning and at least 30 minutes after coffee!!!  Maybe the one new tablet the hospital ordered can be dispensed with, discarded, not necessary, I live in hope. The angina has not returned, I am under strict orders not to exert myself, to stay warm and NOT to venture into the freezing wind again.My doctor was horrified to know I had dosed the concrete with a bleach then hosed it clean!!! I explained I felt fine, and it was only a small section of the driveway.Maybe now Hugh is better, by the end of next week I can stand and watch the water blaster do the job so much faster and easier.

I am calling this wall hanging " Rays of Hope" 

I saw this on the internet some time ago, and although it is usually a paper pattern, I was able to have it emailed as a PDF. This will be a long term project for a very special friend of ours who lives nearer to the Central Plateau and will be looking at snow today from her farm .Needless to say, this wonderful lady, a long time friend, is a minister, so this will be specially for her and her faith. And with my huge stash of batiks, ( Don't tell Hugh how much) I am sure I will have plenty to choose from.

 The other project, that I do finally have all the batiks for, is a pattern from Audrey Esarey over at Cotton and Bourbon. I have purple and blue, and this will be a virtual shared  wall hanging project  with a new blog friend in Alaska. This, too, will have to wait a while till my eye settles down and I see if new reading glasses are needed. Already I have an appointment for the 6 week check up with the surgeon.

Flue shot, all done
Shingles vaccine, all done. 
Covid vaccinations, all booked for the end of August for #1 and in September #2.

The cold spell continues, freezing in the far south, more snow north of us, and the fire keeps us warm night and day.

Quotation of the day from Alexander Dumas

All human wisdom is summed up in two words,

wait and hope"

Greetings from Jean


Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

Oh I'm so happy to hear that things are looking up for you both. And hooray for covid vaccinations booked. :)

eileeninmd said...


I am happy to hear this good news about you and Hugh!
It is good you have your vaccine appts.
The faith, love and hope will be a lovely wall hanging quilt.
Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

Marie Smith said...

It sounds like things have improved for both of you. Take careful watch of the low BP. Take care.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

So glad to hear things are looking up! Hang in there!

Jenn Jilks said...

I was thinking of you this morning!
Poor JB is in a bad way. Neck pain. We are flummoxed.
I hope you follow the advice! Good work with injections.
Take care! xx

Carol Mattingly Photography said...

Jean you are a go getter if ever there was one. You remind me of myself in many ways. No matter the issue with your health you keep moving forward. I am so happy Hugh is better. You follow the doctors orders and you will be ok. Take care the both of you. So glad to hear from you. The art is beautiful. Carol

Out To Pasture said...

So glad to learn that you and Hugh are much better. Interesting that you now have low blood pressure. Received a delivery this morning and the driver of the truck was from New Zealand. I told him that kiwis have my favourite accent and he entertained me with a ten minute discourse on the state of the world and our favourite things in it. Best chat I've had In ages!!!

Jenny said...

So pleased for Hugh, what a huge difference that new pill is having on his life. You take care too, and adhere to the docs instructions. We have just had our 2nd Covid jabs this week.

The Furry Gnome said...

So good to get the medications right. It makes such a big difference. Wonderful design for you to work on.

Mystic Quilter said...

Happily things are moving along for you Jean, hope the BP settles down soon but so pleased you're excited about quilting projects again. Your Rays of Hope pattern will surely keep you on your toes, it's a beautiful project and as you say, no shortage of batiks at your place!
Pleased to hear about Hugh, long may progress continue.

QuiltGranma said...

From one Jean to another, I am so glad you are feeling better and Hugh as well. We have been praying for you both. Love the wall hanging with Faith hope and love.

Julie Fukuda said...

So good to get positive news. You have had more than enough challenges to face this past year. The quilting goals look like fun challenges.

Lori Skoog said...

So nice to read about all the good news! Everything seems to be in order and things are looking up, Yayyyyy!!!!!!!

KB said...

Your good news is making me smile and smile! I'm glad that you can be thinking of some fun projects now. Stay well.

Tanya said...

The rays of hope quilt pattern is just beautiful! I'll be looking forward to seeing what you make with it.

Dee said...

Dear Jean, th and you for sharing your good news--from vaccine to meds that work for singles to your possible letting go of having to take a certain pill. I've been away from blogging for some time and so have not been aware of all that's been happening to you. I hope that there's a long, long stretch of healthy days ahead for you and your husband. Days when you got quilt, find the beauty in fabric and design, and share with others. Peace.

Dee said...

Dear Jean, I just wrote you a comment, but somehow deleted it inadvertently. So all I'll say now is--it's wonderful to know that both of you are feeling better and able to do more. Peace.