We had the first little flurry of snow today. Me and Jamie were walking back from the supermarket when we saw this very dark and low rolling cloud. I thought either it will pour with ice cold rain in a minute or if we are lucky it will snow. Thankfully it was snow but mixed in with it was hale. Which was no nice when the wind picked up so we had sideways hale pelting down on us mixed with a bit of snow. It didn't last long but now it has cleared up and gone clear and cold outside. All leaves are but gone after the chilly night we had. I stood watching a beautiful orange maple just across the street lose all its leaves when the sun rose. It took about 2 hours and there wasn't a leaf left on the tree, just a thick golden carpet on the ground left to be raked up. I do love autumn for all its color and the first frost covering everything with white sparkly crystals.
I am on my second week of sick leave after my operation and I am getting to be a wee bit bored and frustrated that I can't do anything! I had an operation on my right hand, carpal tunnel syndrome, and am now supposed to really take it easy and not lift anything heavier then a milk carton with my right hand. It is tempting to do too much too soon since there now is very good progress and it doesn't hurt other then when I forget and do too much. Hopefully my sick leave (8 weeks) will be approved so I don't need to go back to work too early and mess everything up undoing the whole operation. I might have to do the same operation to my left hand as well as that one is showing the same symptoms. But that will have to be done later. I really want my right hand to be back as good as normal before doing my other one. You just don't think how much you do with your hands until you cant...
Sewing isn't happening at all at the moment. But before the operation I did try out the Giant Dahlia template I bought in Birmingham and me and Mette also managed to try her Double Wedding ring rulers out. They were fun but frustrating at times since I am not used to sewing curves. But it turned out pretty round anyway and I have started to quilt it. I made a single row of rings as a table runner in Christmas colors, red, green and gold. I should be able to finish it before Christmas since it is simple quilting in the ditch. Haven't decided yet what I am going to do with my Giant dahlia mainly because the colorway doesn't 'sing' to me and inspire me to continue. Even though I thought the fabrics I chose would work together, they didn't. Well almost did. I might take my seam ripper out and take the last petals off and see how that makes it look. A work in progress..
I've celebrated my 40th birthday as well this autumn. I don't think I feel any different then I did before. Bit more thoughtful about life and how I want to be treated at work but that has been simmering in the background for quite a while now. We went out for dinner on the actual day with my mum and sister and her fiancée. It was lovely to just sit and talk and eat lovely food and then go back to mum's place for coffee and birthday cake. I am a bit overwhelmed by my presents though and slightly embarrassed I got so many. Is that odd? In among all the lovely gifts there is a greenhouse that will be delivered next week when we are in Ireland. My fool of a husband is going to run another marathon but cleverly he has chosen to do it in Dublin so we get to meet up with the fabulous Mary again! So looking forward of seeing her again and maybe this time there won't be any trips to the er in the middle of the night... ;)