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I haven't written in such a long time. Words just quit coming. They still aren't really coming. I finally accepted what happened to me 5 years ago and all the pain and misery that has come with it. So now the words aren't coming and I'm just learning to deal with all the health issues the accident has created. The Lord God is here helping so I have nothing to fear.

Meanwhile life goes on. In August, I hosted an Amish Country Retreat at the Berlin Grande Hotel. The hotel did a marveleous job providing everything we needed. The 9 of us had a wonderful time. Our 10th person couldn't come at the last minute because she took a nose dive down a flight of stairs. Happy to report she is fine except for some shoulder repair.

I am again hosting another Amish Country Retreat. Only this time we are using the Rural Thimble that is located behind Miller Dry Goods in Charm, Ohio. Without advertising, there are already 6 ladies signed up, which means we have room for 4 more, possibly 6. (The sofa opens up into a queen size bed.) And the retreat isn't until June 19-22, 2013! If you get a chance check it out at www.theruralthimble.com. It is a beautiful facility. We "Buggy Babes" are very eager for June to arrive.

This summer Indy and I worked very hard and he finally passed and got his therapy dog badge. His vest and badge are on order. He is so funny when I get his backpack or one of his new coats out. Indy shakes with excitement. He does so well when out on the "job". Most times I don't even have to give him a command. He knows exactly what to do. I am so very proud of him because he's come so far since March. The other evening I put on some chicken tenders to cook and forgot all about them. Indy came in and got my immediate attention and I followed him and discovered smoky kitchen. Fortunately, the food was still edible.

A new day is starting and I'm working on about 3 quilts at one time and personalizing bath towels for grandkids. Of course, Indy is right there in my chair supervising...so he thinks!

Everyone have a happy quilty week. Hugs.


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Comment by Irene Gallway on October 17, 2012 at 11:17am

Linda it's so nice to hear you and Indy are taking care of each other.  I'm glad your retreat was a success and that you plan to have another one in the Spring.  I have been seeing you on chat but you must be away from your computer when I send you a chat. 

Comment by Linda Koller on October 17, 2012 at 9:19am

Those interested in attending the retreat in Charm in June 2013, hurry and get your deposits and regisrations in now. At the moment there are only 4 openings left and there are 2 people who may take those up before the end of the week. I'm amazed how fast we are filling up. Praise God!!

Comment by Amy | Columbus, OH on October 17, 2012 at 4:21am

Hello Linda- Thanks for sharing your heart.  I too have climbed mountains that seemed insurmountable during the time.  It's so good to know the Lord is with us!

I might have the ability to join your group in Charm... I'll keep your link handy.  Thanks for the invitation.  -Amy

Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on October 16, 2012 at 1:19pm

Good to hear from you, Linda.  Sounds like Indy is turning into the perfect little friend!  So glad he did what he is trained to do.  Take care!

Comment by Barbara Graham on October 16, 2012 at 12:55pm

Good to hear from you and see that you and Indy are doing some fun things.

Comment by Barb/WI on October 16, 2012 at 12:03pm

Indy sounds like a perfect companion for you!  Those retreats sound so wonderful.  It's been way too long since I've treated myself to one. 

Comment by Linda Koller on October 16, 2012 at 11:32am

Linda, my friend has to have surgery on her shoulder...not major thank goodness. I will tell her that you are thinkng of her.

Hugs, Linda

Comment by Linda "Sue" Robertson, TN on October 16, 2012 at 10:25am

Linda, so glad Indy was there to alert you when your chicken tenders started smoking.  It is just amazing how smart these little dogs are.  I am glad your friend is ok that took the tumble down the stairs.  I did the same almost two years ago now.  I pray that her shoulder heals with no problems.  It is very frightening, please tell her a girl from Tennessee is thinking about her!!!

Sounds like you are quilting away with Indy's help.  Enjoy your time together!!!

Comment by Carol Wadkins on October 16, 2012 at 10:24am

Linda, it's so good to hear good things are happening for you! I was reading along and realized that you mentioned Charm, OH. I was just there a week ago with my close friend from PA. I am not sure if I was in the same quilt shop you are speaking of, but I was in one. It was so nice, lots to look at and not much to spend!! There was a covered bridge in the back that leads to a B & B, was it the one?? I would so love to be a part of your retreat, but don't expect I can get to it next spring.............

I will be thinking of you all and all the wonderful fun you will have together!!




Comment by Pam/NY on October 16, 2012 at 7:55am

Sounds like you and Indy are a good team!

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