Thank you to Wendy from Ivory Spring for reminding me it was “National Quilting Day”. As many of you know, four years ago I was forced into an early retirement from registered nursing, after thirty-four years.
I had seven years to go to retirement and with my childlren not needing me financially anymore, I was ready to work hard and pay my mortgage off. With early retirement came less personal income.
After a couple of years, it was time for me to choose what I could do to really bring me happiness. I enjoyed scrapbookingmsit, crocheting, knitting, sewing, and. I knew I couldn’t do them all, so chose to narrow my list to quilting and scrapbooking – http://www.mycmsite.com/joschindler –
Where nursing blessed my life by being able to give paid service to my clients; quilting enabled me to give unpaid service to those I love. AND my quilting community has given me the courage to keep going and keep learning. Thank you to all and “Happy National Quilting Day”.
Wendy Sheppard (from Ivory Press) told me I would never be alone, because I belong to a "quilting community". You don't know how thrilled I was when I received a post from Mrs. Webmaster asking me "if I ever made doll quilts for my granddaughters"! What a wonderful idea, and what a wonderful feeling it was to feel the support from someone I have never met. I just felt a warm, fuzzy feeling when I read it. I felt a commonality between us because of our blogs. I now see why my daughter and her good friends love their blogs.
You are so right Wendy! I am so glad I found you on Annies website. Your online class in machine quilting is the first one I have purchased (well my husband gave it to me for Christmas--at my suggestion, lol) and I am sure it won't be the last.
And thanks again Mrs. Webmaster for asking me that question again. I won't have to worry about what I can get these two little granddaughters for Christmas now; and it will work into my budget beautifully. Don't you agree my two little "Munchkins" willlove a blanket for their dolly?
After I realized, I could have all kinds of usernames, passwords, etc. associated with my email and groups I might join online, I would very often include identifying names or words relating to my nursing profession.
When I was forced to retire due to my health in 2009 I was crushed. As a toddler of three years old when I saw nurses with their caps and black stripe, I knew I wanted to be a registered nurse. That picture drove me through eighteen years of education with setbacks; but I finally graduated from nursing in 1975. I then worked 30+ years casually, part time, and fulltime never changing my career.
But now I find my self doing much the same with my quilting. I am so grateful, I have found something that gives me as much satisfaction as my nursing did for so many years. I have realized that the satisfaction has come from doing something for someone, else as is nursing. I have loved making my quilts for my special grandchilldren. So yes — “I Have Moved On”.