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Ain’t these purty? The fire department sent these to me as thanks for supporting Bill through his years of service. Of course, Bill says the flowers are mine, but he gets to keep the little fire truck! Thursday will be his last day and it’s been a little emotional at times. Since he’s on days and won’t spend another night at the fire station, he cleaned out his locker last week. Twenty years worth of stuff was spread out over our living room floor as he went through it.

While he was doing that, I was spending most of my week at the chiropractor. I’ve been having some fairly significant neck and shoulder pain. It’s been bothering my work for a while, but when it started interfering with my knitting – well, something had to be done. Seems like my neck is severely out of alignment due to years of poor posture (no surprise there!). The problem is that when I practice good posture, (shoulders down and back, chin tucked down) I lose my chin altogether. Now how fair is that? Of course, I came to terms a long time ago with the fact that most of the time you can look good or feel good. That’s why my high heels only come out on special occasion. The good news is that not only have the treatments made me feel better, but this doctor believes in curing the underlying problem rather than just treating symptoms. So I am on a regimen of exercises, and friends and family have been given permission to nag me about my posture. So . . . if you see me slouching, tell me to STAND UP STRAIGHT!

And the other good news is that I’m knitting relatively pain free and have made quite a bit of progress on the baby afghan:
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The colors look a little washed out in the picture. They are a little more vibrant, but still pastel. I’ve been feeling so much better that I even started quilting on a quilt top that I had made years ago and put away for my first grandchild. But tomorrow I go back to work after a five day break, so knitting and quilting time will diminish considerably. I think I need to retire too!

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