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Seems like the lemonade just gets a little tarter these days. DH's bone marrow test was canceled a few hours before we were due to arrive at the doctor's. Luckily, we were home when the office called to tell us that the doc had an emergency and the test will be rescheduled at our local hospital. Not sure when that will be. In the meantime, we were phoned by the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Orlando and he is now scheduled to see a doc there on the 31st of this month. Not sure if this is like a second opinion or if they are positive that he HAS cancer and are trying to narrow the field. Will be glad when we finally know something definitive.

Work on the house in Michigan is progressing. We have to pay the deductible (which we have sent to the carpenter) and the plumber. The burst pipe isn't covered; however, the damages done by the cascading water is. When all is said and done, the bathroom that exploded will become a half bath (no shower or tub),  will have new floor, new fixtures, paint, etc., new flooring/walls in laundry room/entry way, hallway, pantry, kitchen and breakfast/kitchen area, new bottom cabinets installed and all will be made to match the upper with new coat of paint on all so everything looks new. Hopefully, this will be a blessing in disguise and will allow the house to sell fast.

Have been told my 95 year old MIL is now in the hospital with pneumonia. She didn't want to go but, thankfully, SIL insisted that she go to doc who had her admitted.

To keep my sanity, or what is left of it, I have been working like a mad woman on a Bali Batik Star Double Wedding Ring quilt by Judy Neidermeyer (sorry if I spelled it wrong) and, so far, have completed all the Unit A arch's (880 pieces of fabric) 110 of them and starting on the Unit B which will have almost the same amount of fabric except for two additional pieces (one on each end) that will make up the 4-patch block that the stars emerge from. Doing this doesn't really require any creativity/thinking on my part so made it the perfect project to do. Have withdrawn from swaps and sewing meetings as just not up to being away from DH for any length of time. We have been going to the gym 3 times a week to work out as another way to deal with the anxiety/unknowns of this whole screwy situation. The thought of what the actual prognosis scares the stuffing right out of me and am trying hard not to think about that.

Well, best see if there's any "sugar" with which to sweeten this latest batch of lemonade.

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Comment by Terri D. on January 22, 2014 at 1:44pm

Thanks to all for the prayers and wishes regarding my "Lemonade" stand. ~2~ They are greatly appreciated. There are so many wonderful people I've met thanks to the internet and the support offered does help to make things bearable. Don't know what I would have done without that support when my second husband passed away in 2002 or when we lost my step-son right before Ray and I got married in 2007.

On the Bali Batik Star DWR quilt, thankfully, I'm not cutting a lot of individual pieces as, so far, it is strip pieced paper piecing. Really is going together fast, of course I haven't gotten to the "complicated" part yet, so good possibility I could lose what sanity I have. LOL.

All the best to everyone.

Comment by Pam/NY on January 22, 2014 at 4:33am

Good news about the MI house being covered by insurance. Keep that appt. at MD Anderson...that's where you want to be no matter how this goes. They will get things going to give you answers. Waiting is always the hardest part. Keep us posted and prayers sent.

Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on January 21, 2014 at 7:48pm

Add me to those praying for a good outcome for your husband.  So difficult to wait; it's hard not to worry.  Know that we are all supporting you both.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on January 21, 2014 at 6:33pm

Terri - when I read which quilt you were working on to save your sanity, I thought, "Wow!  She is a better woman than what I am!"  Those DWRs are not for the faint of heart.  I just finished one about a year ago now.  I don't know what  star DWR is like, but it sounds like more piecing to me.  Hope it is therapeutic and I'll look forward to pictures.  

Like BJ, I'm sorry to hear you've been left hanging on the tests, but hopefully you'll have some answers soon.  Glad the house is getting done.  Hard to think those disasters are sometimes blessings in disguise, but who knows?  

Hang in there.  I know it sounds trite, but it is heartfelt.  We care and will try to share this burden with you so as to lighten the load if possible.  

Comment by B J Elder/WA on January 21, 2014 at 4:02pm

There was some good news with the MI house, in that some of the things will be covered. Every little bit helps, right?  As for DH, so sorry the test was cancelled and you are out there "hanging", not being sure of where things are at. As sorry as I was that you had to back out of swaps, etc., I know it was necessary. You are doing good things for your mind and body and time with DH is top priority.  I have you on our church prayer list. Know many are praying for you both.

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