A Healing Time

During this healing time I have not been in any shape to quilt.

I am forbidden to use the iron for another two weeks since repeatedly lifting its weight is detrimental to tender stitches. Long arming must wait as well.

*le sigh*

Happily, my daughter took pity on me and invited me for a day of baking. 

We were able to prepare a number of Christmas favourites.

Vinerterta (pronounced sort of like veenertarta) is an Icelandic Christmas cake that's been made in our family for generations. The filling is made of prunes spiced with cardamom. People either love it or hate it.

We love it!

Peanut Blossoms
No-bake Chocolate Fudge cookies
Cheerio Cookies

Thankfully, my husband and our older son took pity on me and put up the tree (bless them!)

They also did the lights and tinsel since I couldn't bend or stretch for fear of opening incisions. My job was to add the ornaments. It took me two days, but I did it!

Our tree 2013

Reflection and Goal Setting were part of my healing time, too.

There is still more to do on this front, but I have said goodbye to 2013 and started shaping my vision of what's to come in 2014. This is a process, and it is work, but it is so worth it!

Next time I'll show you the tool I use.
It makes my heart sing!

At this moment, we are eagerly awaiting the arrival of my younger son's girlfriend from Korea where she is spending a year teaching English. She has chosen to visit us during her holidays, and we couldn't be more thrilled!

We anticipate a busy week of shared meals, games, and special family time with our children & their partners, our grandchildren, and my mom.

May you have a very Merry Christmas, too!


  1. Merry Christmas Carole and family, I hope she has finally arrived safely!

  2. Thanks Margaret!
    It took some doing, but she did arrive safe and sound!


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