Notes From a New Year

Lazies, Happy belated New Year. I’ve missed you! Listen, I’ve had a ton going on and haven’t had anything project-y to share. I still don’t. Today is just some notes.

Atta Boy Dad
Friday the 21st was the one year anniversary of Dad’s cancer surgery. It’s a huge milestone: cancer-free for one year! And, it’s been quite a year at that. Thank you for your concern, prayers, inquiries and support. It means the world to me and my family.

Dad is what we in our family call a Weingartner. Otherwise known as both my maiden name and the stubborn side of the family. The other side is plenty well-rooted, too, but I think it pales in comparison.

Dad’s stubbornness is combined with a healthy dose of smarts and resolve. As it pertains to this situation, Dad has studied and done absolutely everything all of his docs have recommended all year. I know I can’t say that for myself. Dad is even continuing the special diet my sis Jean and I put together for him which keeps him radiant and fabulous. Dad, you make me proud every day. Special shout-out to Mom for being the work-a-day support for all things Dad. Atta girl Mom!

Here’s my post from last year about Dad and the hospital gowns I made for him.

Notes From My Desk
I’ve been working on some special projects since October and I can’t tell you anything about any of them…yet. I know, terrible of me. I’m sorry. But, I’ll announce the first one in the next few weeks. The others are a bit longer term, and I’ll keep you posted when I can.

I have several new patterns in the works for introduction before or at Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City in May. I cannot wait to get these new Girls into production.

I’ll be out of the office next week, so look for my next post mid-February.


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13 Responses to “Notes From a New Year”

  1. Penny — January 24, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

    So glad to hear your Dad is doing well and continues on the same path!

    Penny in oh so cold Chesapeake, VA!

  2. Shelly — January 24, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

    Nice to hear from you Joan. I’m delighted to hear that your Dad is doing well. I know it has been a very long year for your family.

    I hope to see you in Salt Lake City!

  3. Susan — January 24, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

    Your father looks wonderful! As my precious almost 8 year-old grandson battles cancer, I will keep your father in mind.
    Thomas is due for surgery soon, and we hope that he will be able to start down a road to recovery.
    All the best to your father.


  4. Kelly Jackson — January 24, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

    Your Dad looks great!! I”m so happy for him and for your whole family.

    I’m looking forward to seeing what you are working on.


  5. Judy Callea — January 24, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

    Just wanted to thank you for the use of your wonderful pattern: The Noriko Bag. I am a quilting teacher and have been doing charitable work. This the third year that I am coordinating a little project of having my students and quilting friends make the noriko bags and fill them with basic hygiene items such as a wash cloth, tooth brush, comb, lotion, soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc. Then I team up with another teacher and friend of mine who does the same thing. We collaborate and give the hygiene bags to the Los Angeles Rescue Mission for women and girls on Mother’s Day. The bags are very much appreciated and they look forward to receiving them each year, especially the Noriko Bag. The quilters do a beautiful job on creative and fun. I have pictures as I usually do a sewing day to finish and fill all the bags since I receive donations of products and we like to get together and fill them. Thought you might like to know about our little contribution to our community.

  6. Sherri — January 24, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

    So glad to hear your Dad is doing well Joan!! He looks wonderful. Give him a great big hug for me! Good Looks run in the family that is for sure! Very handsome man!!

  7. Paige Rambow-VanLaningham — January 24, 2011 @ 1:59 pm

    Congratulations to your Dad for doing so well. It is a battle every day with this disease. I, too, underwent two surgeries for cancer and all the treatment. I have just started the “every 3 months for two years” check ups. Prayer and positive thoughts are the most helpful and rewarding way to lift people up. Again, congratulations to your Dad and the entire family for being so involved and loving.

  8. Peggy Gonzales — January 24, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

    I hope your dad continues to do well and has many more happy years to share with you.

  9. Cathy Cameron — January 24, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

    Congrats to your Dad for his 1st of hopefully many survivor years!

  10. Shari Hall — January 24, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

    So glad your Dad is doing so good. Congrats to him. I know how hard it is, it’l be 2 yrs. in April for me for Breast cancer, but so far It’s going good. Thank goodness. My prayers go to you & your Dad. He looks fantastic!!!

  11. Janie — January 24, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

    Joan, treasure each day you have with your Dad. So glad to hear that he is doing so well, and hope this is only the start of a very long happy and healthy life for him and your family.

    Janie, in just as cold Ahoskie, NC

  12. Christina @ the dome in the Redwoods — January 25, 2011 @ 4:26 am

    AWESOME MiLESTONE for your Dad & the whole Family!!! Very Inspiring! Congrats!

  13. Jan in Oz — January 27, 2011 @ 7:21 pm

    Congratulations to your Dad on reaching the 1 year milestone and also to him and your Mother for being so actively involved in his on-going wellness. Wonderful photo – he looks ‘as fit as a fiddle’! Best wishes to you and all your family for health and happiness.

    Jan in sunny Sylvania, Australia