I am never far away and always looking at and reading the digest each
time they arrive here. It just seems that I never take the opportunity
to just sit down and scribble a note to everyone.
I suppose that the biggest problem is that I would have to get up and
leave my sewing machine to come over to the computer, then take the
I have been sewing and quilting up a storm here lately. I finished a
baby quilt just the day before yesterday and sent it off to its new
home yesterday afternoon. I have another quilt just about finished.
This one is for my Aunt Mary. When I finish this break I figure I
should have it done in about a week. I have 2 more backed and pinned
and ready for hand quilting. I also finished a King Size Sunbonnet
Sue/Sam earlier in the summer and I machine quilted and stippled it.
Other than the quilting I also found a very dammaged Lane cedar
chest at a garage sale for $5.00. So I bought it home and re-did the
whole thing. Now it shines and looks brand new. I am waiting for the
hardware to arrive from Lane any day now. Fortunately their products
have a lifetime guarentee and this poor chest had all the hardware,
including the lock and latches destroyed.
Health wise I am doing better than I have for more years than I can
count! I make myself walk everyday which has helped a great deal. Of
course I will alway have serious health issues to work through and I
will just keep on pluggin' on those.
Jerry (DH) is holding his own. His Altzheimer's disease seem to be
at a stand still to me right now. I don't see currently much of any
change for the last few months. I of course know this stand still
won't last forever.
Oh yeah, I also have been making a bit of progress in getting my
sewing studio straightened up. I suppose the fire we had in July
pushed me in that direction. I know I haven't said anything yet about
the fire. The important thing there is that the damage was mimumial
and we all got out safely. DH had a few 3rd degree burns but is
mending well. Of course it was a major clean up. Good new all my
fabrics were safe and away from the fire area and behind closed
cupboard doors that protected them. I am finially past the point
where I freak out just thinking about it.
I am so learning to put things in order in my brain and just take
things a day at a time. My quilting continues to be a prayerful
experience for me, every stitch continues to be a prayer.
This summer has also bought a horrible tragedy to my sister. Those
of you who have been here for a longer time may remember that my
sister's fiance died only a few weeks before her wedding 3 years ago.
Well she is finally to a point where she is moving forward and was
planning a move to NC with a friend who lives near Boston. Those
plans have now changed. Two weeks ago last Saturday, her friend's ex-
boyfriend broke into her home and killed their 6 years old daughter.
My sister and her friend have both had their worlds turned upside down
to say the least. My sister asked me if it would be possible to make
a quilt for the little girls casket but there just wasn't enough time
to do it. For all of us it will take a long time to heal. Even in
this indirect way, this has had a devastating effect on all of our
family and it will take a very long time before my sister and her
friend (Deb) and her other children can move forward.
Enough of the sad stuff. My grandchildren are growing like weeds
and I love it when they come out to visit. Emily loves to bring me
toys and quilts to 'do surgery' on. I always laugh with how serious
she is about these projects. Her biggest concern is keeping her
little brother away from her treasured quilts.
Well hopefully I will be able to stay unlurked for more than just a
little bit. I just wanted to let you all know I am still very much
alive and doing better all the time. When I think how far I have come
since my last stroke and when every thing was just falling apart, I
know, that the support of all of you here helped me to get through the
hardest of times.