July 1st was the 40th anniversary of my first day of work as a physician! I graduated from medical school in June 1975 and started my internship on 7/1/75. I can hardly believe it’s been 40 years. After 3 years of internship and residency, training to become a primary care internist, I worked at the first HMO in Pittsburgh, PA for 5 years before taking a job at the University of New Hampshire Health Services. After 11 years as a staff physician, I became the Medical Director and have been doing a combination of management and practicing medicine for almost 21 years. It’s been a wonderful career. Our major work is taking care of the UNH students and I have LOVED working with this population of mostly adolescents and young adults. This group has their share of health problems, including lots of mental health issues, injuries, infections, acute pain, some chronic illnesses, and much more. Managing a clinical staff of 22 including MD’s, NP’s, RN’s, and LPN’s has sometimes been even more challenging than practicing medicine! But it all has been tremendously satisfying.
After much careful thought, I recently handed in my letter announcing that I would retire at the end of December. My boss made a counter offer – they will pay for my malpractice insurance ( a huge expense) if I will continue working as a staff physician (no more Medical Director duties – yay! I’m definitely ready to give those up!) per diem for 2-3 days a week. What to do??? Am I ready to be completely done with the practice of medicine or would this be a nice transition to full retirement within the next couple years? I have until the end of next month to make the decision. There are plenty of pluses and minuses on each side, which I won’t get into, but any advice is welcome. I’ll keep you posted! By the way, if I haven’t said this before, quilting has helped keep me sane over these past 20 years by functioning as a fabulous stress reliever!
I finished appliqueing the leaves on the second border of the crib quilt and continue to be happy with how it looks:
This week’s star features the color “quercitron.” This is kind of a mustardy yellowish brown, often paired with drab or olive green and brown. I actually already made 2 stars previously that featured quercitron, but hadn’t been aware at the time. Here they are:
I decided to make another block with the “bird” fabric on the upper rt. picture, but chose a different area of the print to show:
Then I went through my stash and found some mustard and olive colored fabrics to use to make a couple more blocks:
The background fabric ( a Jo Morton) in the above rt. block matches the color of the mustard background in the bird block almost perfectly.
I have hand quilted over half the border of the star doll quilt and am hoping by next post I might even have the binding on and can show it completed!
Last post I showed 3 of the 6 books that I bought from Quiltmania at Vermont. Here are the other 3:
The New York Beauty book is full of wonderful pictures of the quilts in Bill Volkening’s collection – lots of inspiration! NYB is near the top of my list of quilts I want to make. The Michelle Yeo book also is full of wonderful quilts and patterns that I would someday love to make. Here’s a sample:
I’m going to finish this post by showing several more antique quilts from the exhibit of antique quilts at the Vermont Quilt Festival. Again, what a great exhibit this was! Lots of inspiration!! (Click for enlargements):
That’s all for today! We have the grandkids coming to stay with us next week so am not sure how much, if any, quilting I will get done. I recently bought a pattern for a sundress that will fit my granddaughter and am looking forward to us possibly making this together while she is here!
Cherish each day and be grateful! Gladi