Lexapro, Menopause and Me

IT’S BEEN almost five years since I took the plunge into menopause. I was 48 years old. One month I was fine. The next month I was on a roller coaster of emotions. Hot flashes, memory loss, anger and sadness. It was crazy, and I was crazy.

The lab work showed positively menopausal. My doctor prescribed Effexor for the mood swings and the hot flashes. Hormone Replacement was not an option because of my family history of breast cancer. The drug helped all of my symptoms, but I was now an insomniac. Lack of sleep made me lose focus and I was less efficient and productive. And perhaps less sane. The doctor switched me to Lexapro. It worked too but without the insomnia. The most upsetting side effect was weight gain. I also felt like I was treading water. I was moving but not going anywhere.37994E18-5629-4976-B0EE-D55B7E597BB5

Now that I’ve weathered the depths of menopause, my doctor has advised me to taper off the Lexapro. She is worried about the effect of the weight gain on my health. Hot flashes won’t kill me but diabetes will.

It must be done slowly since I’ve taken it so long. I’ll begin this process in February. I’m hoping for post-menopausal calmness and a bikini body!

Rhoda’s Fruit Cake 1993

I received the nicest letter yesterday with a typewritten version of my mother’s Fruit Cake recipe. My mother’s sister’s friend, June, makes this recipe each year. My mother gave her the recipe in 1993. June was making it this year and shared it with my aunt’s children. She had the handwritten version and it didn’t copy well so she typed it and sent it to them via email. She sent a copy of the email to me.

My mother died in 1996 and her sister died in 1999.

It’s nice to know someone remembers my mother at Christmas with his amazing recipe.

I’m sharing it with you.

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Merry Christmas,

Wanda

How to Play Hopscotch

I’m happy to announce that my quilt, How to Play Hopscotch, will be on exhibit at QuiltCon East 2017 as part of the APQ Nine-Patch Challenge.

I like challenges. It focuses my mind, and it’s fun to see what I can create within the parameters of the challenge.

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I sketched a lot of designs which were very complicated. I even cut a large stack of squares and played around with them on my design wall, but they all seemed contrived.

About that time I was at a party where two little girls were playing hopscotch. The adults had a lengthy discussion on the rules of hopscotch and of course we researched that on Google.  There are many ways to draw a hopscotch board but it’s a simple game — tossing and jumping.

I thought a simple nine-patch would be best and each block could have white lines representing the chalk lines. I also used a variety of fabrics — lightweight denim, shot cotton and regular cotton.

Once the quilt sandwich was assembled, I hand quilted each number in each block. Then, multiplies of each number.

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The finished quilt is 51″ by 51″.

 

HOW TO PLAY HOPSCOTCH

1) DRAW blocks on the ground with the ninth block being HOME.
2) THROW a stone on One.
3) HOP on ONE FOOT where the stone isn’t.
4) Hop through all squares and pick up the stone on your way back.
5) Start again and throw the stone on Two.
6) Hop on the squares where the stone isn’t as above.
7) Hop through all squares and pick up the stone on your way back.
8) If successful, start again and throw the stone on Square Three.
9) The winner is the person who tossed successfully and hopped successfully.