The post Christmas/pre New Year days always seem a good time to take stock of things, and the usual Christmas relocating of the contents of the sewing room to turn it into a guest room prompted consideration of the pitiful amount of sewing that I did last year.
I made a pair of curtains for the sitting room, a collection of baby hats for a friend, made a black cord jeans skirt for myself and did some repairs. Not an impressive list for someone with a cupboard full of fabric, a room dedicated to housing both sewing and overlocker machines and enough sewing patterns to stock a small shop.
I need to have a look through my wardrobe and work out what I need to keep, replace or add to. I already know that I need to make some new jeans and some blouses and a winter coat. I have both fabric and pattern for the coat so that will be the first item on the list, my January project. My aim will be to make one item each month so that I make a minimum of twelve garments in the year. I will use fabric from the cupboard and not buy any new fabric until the stash is considerably reduced.
Now light one thousand Christmas lights
On dark earth here tonight
One thousand, thousand also shine
To make the dark sky bright
A couple of weeks ago I had an appointment at the Cardiac clinic which because of an error on my part I missed – I wrote 2pm on the calendar instead of 11 am because I had another appointment card for another clinic appointment at 2pm a few days later and mixed the times up. I realised my mistake just too late to go to the clinic but immediately phoned and apologised and was reassured by a very sympathetic nurse and told I would be sent a new appointment soon. It was an important appointment as I am waiting to hear whether or not this consultant will authorise an angiogram to decide if my heart is healthy enough for transplant surgery (I’m waiting for a kidney transplant) something he assured me he was going to decide on in October after I had had a problem with my heart. So imagine my surprise and distress this morning to receive a copy of a letter that the cardiac consultant has sent to my doctor which says that due to my non-attendance at the appointment he will not see me again. I fully understand that it is frustrating for doctors when patients are late or do not turn up for appointments but in my defense I attend hospital appointments almost every month and this is the first appointment I have EVER missed and I have never been late for an appointment in my life. As soon as I knew I had missed the appointment I telephoned and apologised so the consultant’s reaction seems just a bit unfair. Sending the letter the weekend before the Christmas break makes it even more aggravating as I will not be able to contact either the consultant or my doctor until after New Year. I’m tired, life with end stage renal failure isn’t much fun, even my usually tactful son commented that I looked awful today after I’d done was a bit of vacuuming. The transplant centre could call any day but without a clean bill of health for my heart they could refuse to perform the transplant …so frustrating..so please pardon my less than festive grumbling.