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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.

    

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Comment by Irene Gallway on November 22, 2014 at 6:08am

So nice to hear from you Terry.  We all have dry spells on here and also in the sewing room, it seems.  My sewing dry spell usually occurs after all the Christmas sewing. But one project will get me back in the saddle again.   I understand the dog situation.  Our old dog was 13 and we had made up our minds not to get another dog due to our age and the cost of Vet care.  However we rescued a 6 month old dog from a neighbor who had her tied on their back lawn behind a shed.  We investigated and found her malnourished and thirsty.  We brought her home and still have her. She will be 5 on Christmas Eve.  She is the love of our life. We lost our old dog 4 months after we got her to cancer. 

Comment by Barb/WI on November 21, 2014 at 11:05am

Looking forward to pictures when you have the time.  In the meantime, enjoy all those wonderful pets, and squeeze in some sewing when you can.

Comment by B J Elder/WA on November 21, 2014 at 7:50am

So good to hear from you. I don't post very often these days, either.  Sounds like you are plenty busy. Enjoy the puppies -- I don't think I'll be ready for a new one when Freckles is no longer with us, but who knows when the time comes.

Comment by June Johnson/Wi on November 21, 2014 at 7:40am

Wow!  You have been very busy.  Animals fill a void in a home when it becomes the empty nest.  Our dog, Harley, filled the void after our adult son died.  Harley is 12 so we know another void will be occurring in a short few years; we don't plan to replace him as he ties us to home. 

Comment by Pam/NY on November 21, 2014 at 4:34am

Terry, you have every quilter's dream machines and now another toy!!!! Good for you lady. You are too busy with all those new babies to get much done! They demand as much as a newborn sometimes!!! Good to hear from you...keep posting. Hope your eyesight improves.

Comment by Ally Bryant on November 20, 2014 at 7:59pm
I left a message on my page here, didn't see your blog until after I posted, so see you have a Emb. Machine. They are fun aren't they.

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