Eye troubles and deadlines

It  looks like it might be a while before I can tat.  I went to the eye doctor last week and we discovered that my left eye has a blind spot.  It makes it very difficult to focus.  I’m hoping it’s something temporary, but if not, it may be a while before my right eye learns to take up the slack.  I can still see well enough to do pretty much everything I’ve always done, but it’s definitely more difficult, and nothing is really in focus.  I’m going to give my eyes some rest until the doctors (both eye and regular) figure out what may be going on.

I’m sure I’ll know more in a few weeks, and maybe by then I can feel better about doing fine work again.

In the meantime, I have a few deadlines coming up.

The biggest deadline I have is finishing the quilt I’ve been making for my step-daughter.  I need to have it done before June 20.  It’s a king-size quilt, and the top is done.  I need to piece together a backing and get it on the machine.  Even though it’ll be on my longarm, it will still be a big project.  I have some complicated plans for it–well, complicated for me.  I’m still figuring out this machine.  I should be able to work on this just fine with my eye issues.  I hope!

Also high on the list is my nephew’s quilt.  My sister-in-law traded her composter with me if I would repair the quilt Mom gave to her son.  I thought it was a great deal, but it’s turning out to be a bigger project than I realized.  I really should remind myself that I need to double how much effort it appears to be when I’m looking at something like this.  That’s OK.  My nephew appreciates this, and saving $125 or more on a composter is definitely worth it to me.

Speaking of dirt, my garden is growing great right now!  I planted the onions, garlic, carrots, beets, peas, and lettuce in April, and they’re all up.  Yay!  Now that it’s a bit warmer, I’m going to plant the corn, squash, and cucumbers tomorrow.  Then I’m headed off to the Loveland Garden Club’s annual plant sale where I’ll pick up the tomatoes and peppers I want.  And maybe I’ll find something new and interesting.  It would be really awesome if I could find a Mexican Sour Gherkin cucumber.  They look like mini watermelons!

I also hope to have a truckload of wood chips delivered soon.  We have two trees and grass on the east side of the house, and we never use that space.  Mowing it has been a real pain, and I’ve pretty much had enough of it.  So, we’re going to lay down wet newspaper over the whole thing and then cover it with a few inches of wood chips.  I understand it’ll kill the grass but not harm the trees.  Then next year when that area has settled a bit, I’ll figure out something else to plant there.  I’d like to plant something that produces food, preferably berries, but it’s always in the shade.  That makes it very tricky.  Mint?  Alpine strawberries?  Blackberries?  Anybody know of a good shade berry for zone 5?

I really don’t have time for my full-time job…

At any rate, I’ll post pictures of my step-daughter’s quilt as I go along.

Best wishes,

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  • Marie Harju

    May 17, 2017 at 12:47 am Reply

    My prayers are with you Nancy as you deal with your eye issue. That must be a scary feeling, but God will handle it His way. I am anxious to see pictures of the quilt you are making. I just got into quilting (something I said I would NEVER do)…oh well, it has made a quilt monster out of me, but I love it. I helped start our quilting group at church and we have just finished our 5th quilt. We raffle them off at our annual chicken noodle dinner and the money goes to material for the next quilt and then to mission projects that our United Methodist Women are involved with. Mostly it is for fellowship and a labor of love. You take care now and rest those eyes when you can. Faithfully, Marie

  • Betty Austin

    May 13, 2017 at 6:39 pm Reply

    So sorry to hear about your eye problems. I suffered from swollen retina’s after cataract surgery in 2012 and was not able to see for about six months. Of course, no tatting or crocheting but was able to read huge print on my kindle. I used audio books from the library but oh how I missed my tatting. After six months most of my sight returned and back to tatting but now need better light to see with. I amazed my doctors and now never take my sight for granted. I was truly blessed as I am sure you will be, too. The doctors expected it to take a year to eighteen months to get clear vision back. Again, I was truly blessed.

  • Carmelina López Andrade

    May 13, 2017 at 4:19 pm Reply

    I hope you are ok soon, or your eyes adapt to the new situation. Recently I had a “fly” in my right eye. I must to ignore it, but sometimes I can’t, it’s a constant distraction. But… I have to learn to live with that. God bless us. Greetings from Mexico.

  • Georgia Seitz

    May 13, 2017 at 3:14 pm Reply

    Slow but sure, just keep at it.
    All the best

  • Amy

    May 13, 2017 at 2:19 pm Reply

    Nancy, I am so sorry to hear about youreye issues. I went through a frightening episode with my eyes called sudden-onset cataracts and it is scary contemplating any loss of vision. I will be praying for you and your doctors. I want to make you awAre of the fact that many public libraries now offer download of audio books free to members. Also, if your your local library doesn’t offer this, perhaps you can find one in your sentence state that you can join for a yearlyfee. Hoping for good outcomesfor your eyes!

  • Jeanette Kasal

    May 13, 2017 at 12:32 pm Reply

    So sorry about your eyes. My fear has always been arthritis in my hands. Didn’t think about eyes. We are planning a trip to your area in Colorado this summer but am sorry you closed your shop. Would have loved to have met you. I have tatted everything you have posted on your site. Will keep you in my prayers.

  • Helen Shrell

    May 13, 2017 at 10:43 am Reply

    Thanks for the update. We always enjoy hearing what’s happening with you. I miss the store ads and tatting patterns, but understand a day comes when you want to, or need to , retire.
    Helen Shrell

  • Becky Lax

    May 13, 2017 at 10:42 am Reply

    I am sorry to hear of your eye problems. Vision is so vital to us who do needlearts. I hope you make a full and speedy recovery. In the meantime, I’m glad you can do some quilting.

  • Doris Jones

    May 13, 2017 at 10:26 am Reply

    Nancy, sorry to hear you are having trouble with your eye. Hopefully they figure it out and that your full sight returns. I get migraine aura and migraines. The aura is scary because sometimes I can’t see properly for hours. My husband has lost 30% of his vision, so even with glasses it is hard for him to read so he had to give up books. He was reading fine before cataract surgery. I don’t get it. On a lighter note – that is such a fun trade you made. You get to restore something beautiful. Please do send pictures of both projects you are working on. Looking forward to it! Enjoy your garden and the fruit of your labour!

  • Jorma J. Saarinen

    May 13, 2017 at 9:50 am Reply

    For us who can see things, just not feel them, eyes are one of the most important senses. Take care of Your own sight. Let Your eyes “take a brake” for a while.
    I, like we all, know You´re all the time designing new in your mind. Why wouldn’t You make your husband as a secretary, who copies all ideas on paper
    Waiting for new tatting instructions

    Jorma J. Saarinen



  • Marie Urban

    May 13, 2017 at 9:18 am Reply

    Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Leslie Greeson

    May 13, 2017 at 8:13 am Reply

    I have had trouble with my eyes my whole life, so completely empathize with you and send you all of my best thoughts and wishes. I’m sure you’ll get back to normal, and it is amazing how the senses work like that – one side is weak and the other learns how to take up the slack. Maybe it will be temporary, which would be great! But if it’s not, you’ll still be fine as your body will adapt. Good luck with your lawn – not-lawn haha. Hopefully when that grass dies, it stays dead – it seems like you only kill it forever when you don’t want to!
    Be Well.

  • Florence Cook

    May 13, 2017 at 7:58 am Reply

    I am so sorry to hear about your eye problems. Please take good care of yourself and don’t try to push yourself to do fine work again until it is absolutely safe and comfortable for you. Best wishes for your speedy recovery.

  • Margaret Davies

    May 13, 2017 at 6:59 am Reply

    I fully understand your feeling about your eye problems, I hope they can sort it soon, I know how important eyes are especially after having cancer at the back of my eye, Unfortunately I am still under going treatment for the side effects, and next month start another three months of injections in my eye. I am lucky I have good sight in one eye so I have managed to keep tatting etc. I have always loved your patterns so I hope you will be able to continue tatting at least in the long term.
    Look forward to seeing the quilt

  • Heidi Scher

    May 13, 2017 at 5:53 am Reply

    Thoughts and prayers for quick healing!Would love to see the quilt pics when you’ve completed them!

  • Patti Kryklywyj

    May 13, 2017 at 5:37 am Reply

    I hope you have some good news about your eyes soon. In the meantime, take care and I am looking forward to seeing your preservation work on the quilt.

  • Brenda Kersten

    May 13, 2017 at 5:28 am Reply

    Plant hostages in your shaded areas. We too have spruce trees and shaded areas. Ferns do well in that kind of under story situation. We too live in zone 5. Where do you reside? Good luck with you eyes!

    • Nancy Tracy

      May 14, 2017 at 9:29 am Reply

      We live in northern Colorado right next to the mountains. If I can’t find some food-producing plants, I was thinking of ferns and wildflowers. I would especially want plants that attract pollinators.

  • Nagyházi Miklósné

    May 13, 2017 at 4:37 am Reply

    Hiányozna az új minták. Gyors felépülés, gyógyulást kívánok Jolimama, Magyarországból

  • Shelly

    May 13, 2017 at 3:02 am Reply

    Sounds as though you have a full slate until you can tat again. It has got to be tough though waiting this out. Hope all works out well with some rest.

  • Judy Scribner

    May 12, 2017 at 11:41 pm Reply

    Know what you mean. Been having eye problems myself for a year now. God’s blessing to you and remember he is watching over you . Sending prayers.

  • Rosemary Hoad

    May 12, 2017 at 11:17 pm Reply

    Oh dear, I hope you get a thumbs up soon Nancy. Having something wrong is very worrying and very draining on the emotions. I too have enjoyed your work in the tatting and quilting fields.
    Take care ,

    PS. I get your newsletter and enjoy the news.

  • Claire

    May 12, 2017 at 11:08 pm Reply

    Keep care of You

  • Annie Kwek

    May 12, 2017 at 10:54 pm Reply

    Sorry to hear about your eyes, hope you recover soon. Miss your tatting.
    Best regard.

  • Elaine Postlethwaite

    May 12, 2017 at 10:16 pm Reply

    Sorry about your eye issues, hope it all works out in the end. Have enjoyed all your work over the years and look forward to pix of the quilts you’re currently working on.
    Best Wishes,
    Elaine Postlethwaite

  • Theresa

    May 12, 2017 at 10:04 pm Reply

    I hope your eye trouble is temporary. Saying prayers for you.

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