I finished another book, this week, Still Alice by Lisa Genova. This is a very mixed review for me. It is a novel, written by a Harvard professor. A neuroscientist told in the voice of a newly diagnosed, early onset Alzheimer’s patient. This book feels like something a doctor would prescribe to a family trying to cope with a, newly diagnosed, family member. It was a very unsettling look into how a patient and her family proceeds and tries to cope with this horrific disease. Fiction written by an author highly educated, in the field of biophychology, isn’t a fluffy novel. This book has a very clinical feel to it. Full of statistics and the answers to every question a newly diagnosed family might ask. I had a hard time believing this family liked each other even before the diagnosis, much less after.
I had a grandfather who died as an Alzheimer’s patient, though not the early onset form. It makes me curious how this compares to he and his wife’s experience. I hate that I wasn’t close to them, but because I wasn’t, I don’t know what it was like going through that.
During the reading of this book, every time I experienced the typical word on the tip of my tongue, couldn’t find my phone, wondered why I went into a room, it made me question whether this could be in my future…. Not a happy book. But not a happy diagnosis to be facing either.
I’m still reading Barefoot Sisters Southbound by Lucy and Susan Letcher.
It’s interesting. A little strange, hiking the mountains barefoot and all. Not in barefoot feeling shoes, but really and truly barefoot. They put shoes on to wear in camp, right. In some ways it makes me want to hike the Appalachian Trail. Parts of it anyway. I didn’t realize people actually do hike parts. Apparently there are hostels that haul hikers back and forth to the trail, into the laundromats, pizza parlors, grocery stores… I had no idea. Actually I’ve never given much thought to how you haul and cook food for over 2000 miles much less do laundry. I do know it is a dream of my brothers and after reading, I can see why. Letting go of technology and immersing yourself in nature, all the hikers you hook up with along the way, even in weeks of rain and injury there is just something about it. It’s interesting, I have to say.
And in my studio…
This is why I have been working so hard of making room for new fabric! Making lots of room for my arrangement, of a selection, of these luscious fabrics.
Aren’t they beautiful?!
I’ll be petting these for a while. It could be quite some time before you see a finished project using this fabric… Coming from being a Kona cotton user, these are a lot more fragile that I would have thought, more like a voile. Maybe that is what a shot cotton is? Yum!
I’m also working on finishing a quilt. I’m down to the binding, using leftover blocks and piecing together leftover binding strips to bind it in.
This is another hand quilted quilt for a donation.
and Freshly Pieced.
Come join the fun!