Greetings! Last week was a whirlwind! Tuesday I was given a lovely reception at Health Services so that various people I’ve worked with at the university over the years could come by and chat and wish me well. It was a lovely and well attended event. Here’s just one picture of me (second from left) with 2 of the nurses I work with and my friend Craig (who worked for the university for many years);
Then on Thursday evening the Health Services staff hosted a retirement party for me at the lovely home of our head nurse. Everyone brought wonderful food, I received some tributes and amazing gifts from my amazing colleagues, and there was some entertainment in the form of songs and a video about me! I have been working for an excellently run organization and they sent me off in style. My camera chose the night of the party to start acting up so I have no pictures from it, but hope to get some from colleagues to share in the future.
Then last night we had our annual Christmas dinner here with good friends. Al and I shared the cooking duties, but, nevertheless, it took both us most of Friday evening and Saturday to get ready. No pictures of that party either, but this afternoon I managed to fix the camera. Here’s our tree:
In the above picture you can see my accordion to the left of the tree. My group, Quatro Formaggio, has been getting together and playing quite a bit recently. Here’s a picture of us without my husband Al, the 4th cheese, who took the picture:
All of the above activity has meant that the only sewing I’ve had time for is gifts. My own projects have stalled completely. By next week I should be able to get back to them. Here is a table runner I gave the nurse I work most closely with:
This matches a set of place mats I gave her last year.
I’m making another table runner for another colleague and this one (binding not on yet) also uses the same fabrics I used in place mats I gave her last year:
I also made 2 sets of 4 place mats for 2 other colleagues. One is in shades of warm browns and black. This is for someone who makes pottery and I think would look good with her creations:
The last picture above is the backs. These are reversible, 12 1/2 inches by 18 1/2 inches.
The second set for another colleague had 4 of the same fabric on one side, but 4 different fabrics on the other side:
I go into work tomorrow to finish up some administrative projects – probably my last work as the Medical Director though technically I don’t relinquish that title until January 1. I’m really looking forward to the month long vacation coming up before my new job working just part time begins on January 25th. The next chapter of my life begins and I’m looking forward to the extra time to pursue non medical interests. I think the time off is going to feel like a real luxury.
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday! Be grateful, be kind, and cherish each day! Gladi