I've also finally finished the quilt! I am happy, very happy. I love the quilt and I feel pretty sure M&G will too - the fact I feel so sad about letting it go is a good sign! I am really excited to be able to give them something in the here and now and I also feel very happy to have it done and off the to do list. There's a lot to do in the next little while but I haven't been able to move forward with the planning but because I just kept thinking quilt! quilt! quilt! And then swap list! swap list! and then quilt!....
So now they are both out of the way I can start to think about the 59 other things that urgently require attention aside from the actual packing, which I am not even going to think about until I finish work next Tuesday. I have some buttons I need to sew on, some pincushions to make, a shirt to finish refashioning, a couple of mending jobs, a pattern to write, a masseuse to find (anyone know anyone who does mobile and would like to come to Lancefield in Feb?), some thank you and goodbye presents to make, a new kettle to buy (our one at home is no more I hear and I am contemplating going back to the stove top since gas is better environmentally than electricity I believe...recommendations?), a pantry of food to use up, some outgrown clothes to sort and pass on, a shawl to finish knitting, some teaching materials to overhaul, a project proposal to make, some friends to catch up with and goddam it some swims to have. And that's just the stuff I can think of off the top of my head.
I've also greatly enjoyed the comments from this post and want to respond with some follow up posts, and some posts about the transition we are undergoing and what I see coming over the horizon for our return.
Lots of stuff really.
And breathing, I need to put that on the to do list too.