Good morning all;
I hope that you all have had a wonderful New Year and a good start to the 2016 year. I wish you many blessings and joys albeit a little late now that spring is here.
I have had quite a roller coaster year so far, and as a result have been absent from my postings.
Sadly, my little sheltie, Koka got very sick in February with ear infections (vetted) and her issues mushroomed throughout the rest of the winter. She was diagnosed with many issues, including a biliary mucocele in her gall bladder, similar to what humans would have. However, because of other health issues, we couldn't have surgery. With all of her antibiotic medications as well as 'fix its' for her digestive issues, she failed to gain any ground and passed away March 24 on the way to the veterinary hospital. I have been so consumed with sadness that washes over me, I simply can't tell you how much it hurts to lose a pet. Especially since I took her to every vet hospital in Central PA including U of Penn. Miracles were in short supply and I lost her after 5 months. She was 7.5 years old.
Then concurrently, my two sisters became ill. They are much older than me by 14 and 10 years. One with breast cancer and the other with gallbladder and ulcer issues. Both were on the cusp of leaving this earth and surely, I was also convinced that both siblings would face their maker about the same time. Devastated once again, my emotions were set back even further.
Family issues continued and, as in all families, dysfunctional family members often take the center stage. Again (without getting into details) I was unexpectedly tapped to 'help out' financially a family member in a bind. I hope it was all to the good.
I also accepted the position of State Coordinator for Pennsylvania for Quilts of Valor Foundation. It had been vacant for a year, and when I had questions regarding the program, there was no one there to answer. So frustrating. So I applied and I've been on board since March. I had to clean up the backlog of QOV recipients and with the help of the Red Rose Quilters Guild was able to do this. Twenty 5 quilts were sent out throughout the state of PA. There are many happy veterans and their families are enjoying the quilts that were sent out.
I also have corralled many quilters in Columbia County to make the JUST ONE STAR block and to come together to make the FLAG OF VALOR quilts to be distributed to veterans in Columbia/Montour County. To date, I've awarded 6 quilts and have another two ceremonies for this week and next week. Nine veterans will be awarded during these ceremonies. My little group of ladies come together once a month and we put the kits together quickly and we will be ready for the next opportunity to award QOV to our local veterans in the coming months.
This is what has kept me sane!