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As we get older, we start to loose our friends. Last summer Hal passed away. I was shocked when Pastor called me with the news. Then in November before coming to Arizona my friend Carol passed away from lung cancer. And now this past Wednesday my friend Linda passed away. Linda suffered from diabetes and had gotten an infection in her foot a couple years ago. That infection never healed and little by little her leg was amputated. Last winter when I was here in Arizona I was in charge of the church photo directory and I am now so very happy that I decided to include all the shut-ins. I had a wonderful visit with Linda. She was in rehab, was happy, and seemed very hopeful. They had fitted her with an artificial limb and she had just taken her first steps. Linda was so excited and was telling me that when I came back next winter she would be walking. Linda is now walking with our Lord and Saviour in the Kingdom of God with two legs. Lord God, it is so hard loosing our friends as we get older. We know that they had suffered from illnesses and much pain while on this earth. But, now they are in your Kingdom again whole and no longer suffering. For that we thank you and praise Your Name. Amen

Since I'm confined to the house for 10 days due to a respiratory infection, I've been working on my little Indy's accessories. I ordered his doggie ID tags, collar and leash. His foster mom told me that he sleeps on a bed pillow. I made 2 pillowcases for him. And, of course, I had to make Indy a couple placemats for his doggie dishes. I also made his foster mom a set of coasters from some of the scraps. I'm going to make a little quilt for him to lay on for the sofa when I get home. I bought some fabric, but I have a coordinating fabric at home.

Was hoping to go to the Sewing/Quilt Expo this week with Maggie. However, as my caregiver Barb says "my wings have been clipped". Had my list all made out too. So I'm shop hopping online and not having much luck finding the backing for my guest room quilt. May have to wait till I can get to Amish country this summer.  So today I'm going to switch gears and help my friend to make another pirate costume for the Renaissance Festival. Last year I supervised him to make a reversible coat from a pattern that didn't even have a lining. Oh, that was fun! But considering I've done historical costume in the past with virtually no pattern, this wasn't too hard. He just keeps throwing little surprises into the mix. This year's surprise...he wants pockets added. Not patch pockets, inset pockets, not in the seam., welted pockets...no pattern. Ok the thinking cap is on. Thank you internet!!!! It took a long time, but I finally found it on the internet. Is there nothing you can find on the internet?? He's making the coat. I'm making the pants. Believe me, I have the easy part.

Hugs. Have a wonderful quilty week everyone.

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Comment by Gayle/La. on January 23, 2012 at 11:40am

So sorry to hear about your friend's passing.  I also know how lonely we can feel as our friends leave us behind.  I am just so happy that they can have happiness once again without all the pain and suffering.

Comment by Bonnie on January 23, 2012 at 6:57am

I'm sorry for the loss of your friends.  It sounds like you are a good friend to all of them.

Comment by Pam/NY on January 23, 2012 at 6:29am

Sorry for the loss of your friends...it's never easy. Sounds like you are keeping busy under house arrest!

Comment by Billie Blakeney on January 23, 2012 at 5:42am

I'm sorry for your losses but there is always a shining light at the end of the tunnel. You must believe in that. Good luck with your sewing projects. It'll keep your mind busy and will give you the energy to keep moving forward with a positive heart.

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