Wednesday, December 14, 2022

A Holiday Version of Thoughts & Things

As I have been moving slowly, again, yet methodically, I have had so many thoughts... thoughts of gratitude for the times my slow improvement of recovering from viruses... as well as a few times of frustration and determination as I faced setbacks.  I was frustrated when Dave was past the desperate need for cough medicine and lozenges and returned to his shop.  

I, on the other hand, seemed to be getting worse.  At one point (around 3 a.m. Monday morning) I was resigned to the fact that I would be making a visit to the local clinic.  Dave began praying fervently as I finally fell asleep following a horrible coughing fit.  When we opened our eyes a few hours later (after 7 a.m. - which is unheard for me!) I felt as though there had been a great healing in my body.  

As I prepared for the day and stared at the variety of supplements and cough medications I had before me, I opted to skip the cough suppressant and expectorant.  You see... I had noticed a pattern.  After taking that medication I would cough out of control (every time) about 2 hours later.  It was a 12-hour dose that never seemed to make it past about 6 hours... I had even reduced the dosage and upped the frequency, being certain that I did not surpass the suggested dosage.  The pattern continued...

Once I eliminated it completely from the regimen, I began clearing.  My lungs and throat no longer burned, the coughing was minimal, and my mind was clearer.  The thing that was to help me improve was making me worse!

That was when I returned to quilting the Dresden Quilt...  And when I started giving thought to future projects as well as a review of goals met and successes as I've had this year.  
I was excited as December began... I have a special love for Advent Calendars.  I love the excitement and anticipation of opening a new pocket or envelope each day brings...

I found a fun on-line Quilter's Advent Calendar at Melanie's Kunstraum.  

Each day brings a new surprise... there may be a free pattern or tutorial, a chance to win a prize or even a game...  like Christmas Bingo...  I have a pathetic looking bingo card at this point, but with our health being restored, we are optimistic that things will improve.  

I have had plenty of time to reflect on the meaning of Christmas and wanted to share this insight that I saw on Instagram the other day.

Joseph and Mary needed to get to the City of Bread…to deliver the Bread of Life…into a FEEDING TROUGH…to be given for all…to nourish and sustain…the Soul.

We pick up our Christmas letter this afternoon and will be addressing envelopes this evening.  If everything goes as planned, we will be making a shopping trip tomorrow, rest on Friday and perhaps on Saturday we will even get our tree out to decorate.  Sunday evening, we should be meeting with our friends with the twin girls for dinner and a trolly tour of the town to view the Christmas lights.  

I have often turned my thoughts to those that have lost loved ones throughout the year and their struggle to find a festive spirit inside of them... and for those that are facing cancer and are in the midst of a treatment that plays havoc on their body... for the couples that face another year without a child... and for so many more.  I lift them in prayer and can only hope that they might be able to look beyond the commercialism that comes with this holiday season and see the real reason, the TRUE reason for season.

May you find some Christmas Peace... and piece... this season.


Linking with:

Mid-week Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter
Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
Free-Motion Mavericks at Quilting & Learning
Thankful Thursday at Brian's Home
Little Things Thursday at Good Random Fun
I Like Thursday at Not Afraid of Color


  1. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I hope you continue to feel better. Thanks for your encouraging thoughts.

  2. I am glad you have finally turned the corner. I am no medical expert but the expectorant maybe should have been a suppressant. Anyway, so glad you figured it out. I love Mel's advent calendar idea....heading over there for some fun! Wonderful, thoughtful prayers for those whose Christmases are less for one reason or another. Blessings on you and yours.

  3. I sure am glad to hear that you are feeling better. Advent calendars are always fun, we have one for the cats with cat toys in it. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  4. Glad you figured it out! I haven't taken any cough or cold medications for years - they always make me feel worse. Sounds like Dave's prayers were the ticket. Yes to the prayers for those affected by loss or sadness. Hope you continue to get better.

  5. Hi Melva, I'm so glad that you're finally feeling better. There is only one cough medicine that I take and it's not available here now - some kind of shortage somewhere in the chain. I'm glad that you were able to figure it out and that the prayers helped! If you love advent calendars, you should check out Frédérique's at Quilting Patchwork Appliqué. I hope to make a couple of the fun projects. Take care and thanks for linking up to Free Motion Mavericks.

  6. Merry Christmas! So glad you found the secret to feeling better. Thanks for sharing your Dresden on Wednesday Wait Loss.