I've been soooo out of touch, haven't even been on the computer too much. I get on and read when I can, but rarely take the time to comment. Thirty lashes for me! Sewing time is also short, and I don't feel like I accomplish much. I am working 5-6 hours a day, I don't know how you full timers find time to sew/quilt! Kudos to you!
I do have an embroidery machine now, and enjoy that very much when I get the chance. I never thought I would have an embroidery machine. I always enjoyed doing hand work. But my eyes are getting steadily worse, and I just can't do it anymore. Even "regular" sewing is a strain now. Not trying to be a downer here, just stating facts. I am under a doctor's care. I've had type A (juvenile) diabetes for 47 years, and that may have a lot to do with it.
Our DGD Piper is five now and in kindergarten. Unfortunately we aren't seeing her much as our DD Amber is quite unstable and Piper is, as far as I know, living with her father. Amber had another baby girl last March and gave her up for adoption. There is some contact with the adoptive family and this is definitely for the best. I feel very much at peace about this, even tho I would have loved another DGD.
Our DD Brooke and SIL Nick also had a baby, a boy, Jordan, last March. ( I'm pretty sure that I did post about that.) He's a blessing and a joy!
Last summer we lost our sweet yellow lab Rosie to old age and arthritis, leaving us with 10 year old Zoe and 8 year old ChaChing. It was very hard and we miss her so much. I found out about a puppy who needed a home and couldn't resist, welcome home Britta! I had heard my DH say "I miss having three dogs" and took that as a sign, LOL! In August ChaChing developed "twisted gut" and we had to release her from her pain. Twisted gut is a horrible thing. It comes on very quickly, and even tho we rushed her to the vet, her spleen had also twisted, and the prognoses was poor. 'Ching too is sorely missed. So now we had senior citizen Zoe, and puppy Britta, and Britta had nobody to play with. So, I went online and fell in love with a puppy at a local shelter. Already had an approved application with them, met Lola and brought her home that day! Kind of an "impulse buy", but I don't regret it at all. So now we have 10 year old Zoe, 8 month old Britta, and 4 month old Lola. Fun fun fun!!! (And let us not forget the 3 cats, 1 foster cat, and a very old house rabbit.) Now why can't I find time to sew???
Time to shut the laptop and try to sleep. I hope to post some pics this weekend, just can't do it right now.