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Life got a bit hectic shortly after my last post.  But things are getting a little better now.   My husband was declared legally blind on June 7th of this year due to a rare genetic eye disease called Retinitis pigmentosa.  He can no longer drive and has applied for disability.

I'm training to be a dispatcher at the Stroud Police Dept.   It's great because it's across the intersection from my house.  I will be taking my OLETS certification test on Oct 12.

As for quilting,  I go on Tuesday's when I can to quilt with some wonderful ladies at the Methodist Church.  I have a stack of old hand pieced grandmother flower garden blocks I'm piecing together that were donated to the church.  They have the name of the lady who pieced it embroidered in the center.  I have a double Irish chain made with 1" squares on my quilting frame here at home for a wedding gift.  If I don't get busy working on it, it may wind up being an anniversary gift instead, lol.

As for crocheting,  I've been making 24-28" squares for dog snuggles.   They will go to the local shelter and the parole a pet program.

As for knitting,  I've been using yarn leftover from preemie blankets to knit newborn socks.  I'm practicing some new techniques on them.  I finally learned how to do the Kitchener stitch.   Guess the time was right.  I've tried a few times before and the instructions made no sense whatsoever.

Hopefully things will stay calmed down and I can visit more often and catch up on all the awesome things you all are doing.

Have a great week ahead!

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Comment by Joanna liguz on September 30, 2016 at 7:11pm

O Laurie,,,so good to hear from you, Miss seeing you on here.....but sad to think about what has happened to DH..My prayers are with you be sure of that.!

Your job of working almost right across the way is great,,,Keep your self busy with yarn, quilting or anything else you can get your hands on.... it's a great distraction. I found when you do things for someone else you get a lot back....Prayers my friend...are always..going your way,,,and as they say,,,this too shall pass...! Keep smiling.!

Comment by Pam/NY on September 26, 2016 at 4:44pm
It's never easy to hear your eyesight is in jeopardy. A new career for you! Good for you. That could be an interesting place to work. You might want to keep a diary and write a book later!! Lol
1 inch pieces??? Yikes! Please post a picture. It was good to see you on here.
Comment by Sharon Reeves on September 26, 2016 at 9:06am

Wow, Laurie, it seems to come when we least expect it. So sorry to hear about your DH and his adjustments. Glad to hear that your new job is so close to home, which is a plus. I have sewn 1" squares, but it takes so long to get anything to a good size. My congratulations to you for sticking with it. Seems like you ae just as busy now as before, but that is what keeps us going. We are traveling more in our MH and quilting when we are home. I had 2 quilts in a Quilt show, and it wasnt' for the deciding the best one. I also had 4 Project Linus quilts there. Hope to see you on again to let us know how your new job works out. Hugs to you.

Comment by Barb/WI on September 25, 2016 at 9:38am

Wow, what a lot on your plate.  So sorry about your husband, what an adjustment.  Hope you enjoy your new job.  It will be fun to see you Double Irish Chain.

Comment by Janet/MO on September 25, 2016 at 5:41am

I'm sorry about your husband's diagnosis.  I remember hearing of that disease on the show Dallas many years ago when one of the Ewing wives was diagnosed with it.  Good luck with the new job.  Be sure to post a pic of your Double Irish Chain quilt when it is finished.  That has been on my bucket list for many years, but I just never seem to get around to making one.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on September 25, 2016 at 5:08am

SO good to hear from you Laurie!  I'm sorry to hear of your  husband's diagnosis.  Hopefully, he is adjusting to this phase in his life and finding new avenues of interest and skills.  

I'll bet that Double Irish Chain quilt is beautiful.  1" squares!  

Best wishes on the new job and all your crafting endeavors.  Sounds like you are keeping busy.   We look forward to hearing from you  more often. 

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