Me an Evangelist?
Mon, Feb 27 2012 7:04 AM

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations...     Matthew 28:19

I had the most wonderful and awesome worship experience on Amtrak between San Antonio and Chicago on my way home from Arizona this past weekend. There were a group of Korean missionaries traveling the United States blessing the cities and the Christians of this country. One of the women of the group had been in Israel and felt called to perform this mission. So here they were traveling on the same Amtrak train as I. After performing a blessing at a stop, they were standing outside my door praying. I asked if I might say a prayer of blessing for their mission. Their blessing ceremony had been very moving to me. Afterall, how many missionaries come to the US or see the US as a mission field? They explained that they felt the US christians are being persecuted and needed to be blessed. Again, I requested to pray a blessing for their mission. After praying, one gentleman named Sing took my hand and placed it over his heart and began praying and weeping. He explained that he felt I was a woman truly from God. Wow! But the experience doesn't stop here...oh no!

The next day we stopped in St. Louis where they again performed their blessing ceremony. After leaving, St. Louis they were in their room (which was 2 doors down from my room) singing beautiful songs in Korean. The car attendant stood there with me listening to them. The singing was absolutely beautiful. I couldn't help myself...I just had to knock on their door and ask if I could give them another blessing for their mission. We by this time were not too far out from Chicago. Sing took my hand and invited me to sit with them. He began interpretting everything of their worship for me. How awesome is that? Out of the blue one of the other fellows says he had a vision for me....for me? Oh, oh. His vision was that there would be a christian man will come into my life that will love me and take care of me....hmmmm. Nice thought. Then everyone laid hands on me and began praying. Sing began weeping again. I patted his hand and told him not to cry. He told me that God had let me survive great tragedy so that I might be an evangelist and witness as I was to them. Me an evangelist?????

...endure hardships, do the work of an evangelist,...      2 Timothy 4:5

Now today I have all the cartons to unpack containing my birthday stash, LQS purchases, quilt tops, completed UFO, Indy's placemats and pillowcases, all my online orders from Connecting Threads, Nancy's Notions, equilters, Quilt ina Day, and PetMeds, plus excess clothes I shipped home, I think there might even be some purchases from the Antique Market in Chandler in one of those cartons too. No worries...I'm getting help with all the unpacking today from a new quilty friend from the Ohio Quilters who doesn't live far from me. A huge thank you to Brenda and a big bear hug too.

Another big thank to Mother Nature for the relatively warm and very sunny homecoming and for the bright blue skies too! And two days in a row yet!! Yea!!!

Well, the sooner the unpacking starts, the sooner I can get sewing. It's good to be home again!

I Chronicles 17:26
Tue, Feb 21 2012 1:24 AM

You, Lord, are God! You have promised these good things to your servant. (1 Chronicles 17:26)

He has given me some good things during these last few days in Arizona. It all started on Friday, Feb. 17 at noon with the Quilters Club of America/Reap What You Sew Luncheon held at my church Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Scottsdale. We had a great turnout and I was able to introduce the QCA members that live in Phoenix to each other and to Reap What You Sew. RWYS is a large quilt group started 16 years ago that distributes approximately 2500 quilts to various charities (mostly children's) throughout the Phoenix metro area. About four years ago I started a small chapter at my church to help finish quilt tops that people made but didn't complete the quilt process. We had a lovely luncheon with twice baked potatoes, salads, fettucine, and desserts preceded by a devotion and singing "Bringing in the Quilts" to the tune of "Bringing in the Sheaves". We ended the program with a show and tell.

We were just finishing with cleaning the Fellowship Hall after all our guests had left. Another good thing came my way.

My brother Bill and his wife Gerry arrived from California. This was the first time I have met my brother. Bill is Daddy's middle son from his second marriage. My parents were divorced when I was 13 and I never saw Daddy again. I had a call from a California attorney back in 1980 telling me my father had passed away and that there were 3 boys ages 18 thru 13. I wanted to take them in and raise them. However, I was in an abusive marriage and my husband wouldn't hear of it. So all those years were lost and I always wondered what had happened to them. Finally last summer I gathered up the courage to start searching and found them! Turned out Robert (the oldest) lives near me and we have gotten together several times.

I have been able to spend a wonderful weekend with Bill and Gerry. He reminds me so much of Daddy. I now feel like I have a part of him returned to me. Bill is equally happy that we have met and has promised that we will stay in touch. He even has a nickname for me...Sunshine. No one has ever had a nickname for me. I'm so touched. I just remembered something...on the luggage tags I made, I put "You are my Sunshine".  Think God had a hand in this?? I am so happy Bill and I had this weekend together and I was so sad when we parted this morning. We have friended each other on Facebook. I will be praying we will have many more get togethers. Here's Bill....

The third brother, Gary has not been receptive to meeting. Perhaps in time he will change his mind. I will continue to pray that he will have a change of heart.

Now I start preparing to return home to Ohio on Wednesday evening. I shipped out the last of the cartons of sewing supplies, gifts, finished projects, extra clothes, my birthday stash, LQS purchases, etc. this morning. Think of all the fabric I could have bought with the shipping costs!! It would almost be cheaper to rent an apartment here year round and just keep things here....well, not really. Traveling would be a lot easier tho.

Tomorrow I see the chiropractor and massage therapist for the last time. Wednesday Pastor is coming over to give me communion and I'll see my caregiver for the last time till next winter. My caregiver will be keeping in touch as she will be managing my care long distance with the help of an agency that we'll be talking to via phone on Monday. Well, I'll be at home with the agency rep and we'll be on the phone with my caregiver. We have managed to get some support systems in place to help me back home which is making me feel much more secure. It's been difficult managing my own health care when I'm not able to focus or feel overwhelmed most of the time. Should start to feel less stressed. Praise God!

Sing to him a new song...and shout for joy! (Psalm 33:3)

For when I am weak, then I am strong
Mon, Feb 13 2012 12:16 PM

2 Corinthians 12:10 ...For when I am weak, then I am strong.

I remembered those words last night. Why? I think I was actually listening to God for a change. I can be pretty "bullheaded" as Grandma Koller used to tell me. When I graduated from lay leadership training and became parish ministry assistant at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Scottsdale, I had to chose a verse from the Bible. The verse I chose was 2 Corinthians 12:9..."My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." There's that word "weak" again. But my favorite word "grace" is there too. Lately, I've been very weak...physically, mentally, spiritually. But last night and this morning I've realized that I have God's amazing grace and it is sufficient. So if I have God's sufficient grace, then I must be strong!! I've been told by more than one pastor that sometimes when we feel weakest in our faith, it's when we are the strongest in our faith. Thank you Lord Jesus for opening my eyes today. Thank you most of all for Your sufficient grace to make me strong when I am weak. Amen.

All my projects are just about complete that I have with me. I'm back to working on the wall hanging for our Precious Project. Maybe I can get if finished before I go home next week. Oh my, it's hard to believe I've been out here in Arizona for almost 3 months! I am so excited to be going home. I have shipped at least 6 cartons home containing f-a-b-r-i-c-s or things related to my favorite hobby. Bet you can't guess what that would be.  I have 3 more cartons almost packed but are waiting till after the QCA/Reap What You Sew luncheon on Friday. I have some Show n Tell for the luncheon. After the luncheon I will have to pack it all up and ship it home.

 Not to mention all the birthday stash from 2 birthday clubs. It was like Christmas!!! Thank you to all who sent the wonderful gifts. The fabrics are so beautiful. Tomorrow I will be buying for 2 people on the birthday lists. I'm going to 35th Ave. Shop with Maggie, Marlene and Sheri and then to lunch. It's my first outing other than doctors in almost 10 days. Yipee!! I'm free...well for a couple hours anyway. Then I have to stay in again until Friday. Still fighting the sore throat and still on antibiotics for a few more days. The doctor and my caregiver are trying to build up my energy so I can get on that train next Wednesday.

Also, I need energy because my brother Bill and his wife Jeri are coming from California to visit me this weekend. I'm thrilled because I've never met my brother. You see Bill is from Daddy's second marriage and they grew up in California. I didn't know of their existence until after Daddy passed away 20 years ago. It wasn't until last year that I was able to look up my brothers from that marriage. I now have 5 brothers total! Fortunately, I only grew up with 2 of them. Could you image growing up with 5 younger brothers? Two was bad enough!!! I really do love my brothers...really I do!

Happy Quilting this week! Hugs,

Linda

Psalm 116
Sun, Feb 5 2012 7:05 AM

Good morning, Heavenly Father! Actually I've been up all night again coughing and here it is 5:00 am, no sleep for a second night, and I'm saying "good morning". Well, at least it's positive. God, I haven't been too positive for many months now. I'm overwhelmed with health issues again and it's been so long since I've had a "good" day. The Bible says "ask and ye shall receive". God I'm asking for good days so I can have a positive outlook again. I need that positive outlook. I need to have my strong faith again....I don't know where it went. Help me, Lord Jesus. I'm out in left field somewhere. Where am I?? What happened? Why am I always turning left instead of right?

Psalm 116

 1 I love the LORD, for he heard my voice;
   he heard my cry for mercy.
2 Because he turned his ear to me,
   I will call on him as long as I live. 

  "I love you Lord. And I lift my voice to worship you O my soul Rejoice....."     Amen.

I feel I must apologize to everyone because I've have had a very negative outlook in recent months about my health. Sometimes I become overwhelmed and I can't deal with the pain any more. What I need to do is turn to my God and my faith in my God and try to remain positive. Afterall, I'm still on this side of the grass, aren't I? I have survived 4 years.  So why give up now? We Kollers are fighters and survivors. As Grandma Koller used to say "Linda, you are bullheaded!" Ok, so why be different now? I'm not after people's pity, prayers yes. So.....Onward Christian soldier!

Nothing and I do mean nothing has kept me from the sewing machine! I've made 2 pillowcases and 2 placemats for my little Indy. I'm looking forward to getting home. Indy will come home on March 3. I'll have a week to get everything ready for him.  I just picked up some more fabric so I can make him a traveling mat to lay on. He will be a spoiled service dog. I also have fabric to make a quilt for the living room sofa for him to lay on.

I just finished another block that our alzheimer's qulter had started. I made it into a pillow that will go to her daugher who is in 4th stage breast cancer. Please keep the daughter in your prayers as she is not doing well I'm told. Our alzheimer's quilter was in church last Sunday and had a beautiful smile on her face. She was so precious.  I'm taking the 2 quilt tops home to quilt. The only project left is the wall hanging. I hope to finish before I leave, but I have a pretty full schedule these last 3 weeks.

The Renaissance Festival is rapidly approaching. Jim has started working on a new reversible coat. Not as flashy as last year's coat, but classier. This week I made the pants...just have to make buttonholes yet. Today we are having some friends over for a sew-in...probably more visiting than sewing. I believe we are suppose to start on Sheila's costume. Actually we are just embellishing last year's costume.  But what an embellishment!! A corset and overskirt in one. Oooolala!  My costume gets no changes. I'm the fair maiden who has been captured by pirates. In a half hearted soft voice says "Help, help! I've been captured by pirates!" We have a lot of fun for the day. Wish I could find the photo of the gang to post. We're quite a motley looking group.

Several women at church have given me fabrics and asked me to please make quilts to be auctioned. The proceeds to be used to purchase items needed for the church. One lady gave me some red, white, blue fabrics and I told her they would make a nice valor quilt. She mentioned that she had a grandson in Afghanistan. So I'm now making a quilt for his family.  I'm so priviledged that these women trust me to take on these tasks. I truly have my work cut out for me this year. Not to mention a few of my own quilts to finish up and my UFO pile.

Many thank yous for the birthday wishes yesterday. I belong to 2 birthday clubs and I  am going home with a handsome stash of 30/40's, blues, greens, and purple fabrics. I believe I now have enough 30/40's with what I've managed to collect to make the Eleanor Burns sampler quilt from the "Egg Money" book. With the greens and purples I can now make both the pansy table topper and table runner for my bedroom. 

I have enough to keep me busy. Plus, I'll be busy training Indy. I hope to meet some of you quilty friends in Ohio this year. Happy quilting!

PS. Don't forget the QCA/RWYS Luncheon on Feb. 17! Bring Show n Tell.

Going Home
Sat, Jan 28 2012 11:28 PM

You read that correct...I'm going home! I leave February 22 right after the QCA Get Together. I just need to go home and be in my own surroundings. I talked to my oldest grandson, Christopher today. He was so excited because I'm coming home earlier than planned. He ran to get his step-dad, Nate who was taking a nap. Because my voice still isn't strong, I couldn't stop him. Poor Nate! I explained I was coming home and I would email my itinerary and would he mind picking me up again from Amtrak at 1:00 AM? Yes, that was AM...just one hour after midnight. The only time the train goes thru Cleveland. While I was on the phone with Amtrak, I also stressed that my wheelchair is for ME and not my luggage!! And yes, you read that correctly too. Everytime I go thru Chicago, the Red Cap service gets worse. Coming out to Arizona, they actually put all my luggage onto my wheelchair and left me standing! They came back and asked why I didn't follow them to the lounge. Hellooooooo! Did I really have to explain to them that the wheel chair was for me? I get so tired of having to file complaints every time I go thru Chicago.

I regressed there. Chicago gets me off on a tangent. I'm going home! I've just had too many health issues crop up and some are serious. This next week I will be undergoing tests to find out why my feet are turning blue. Obviously it's a circulation problem, but it can be one of 2 diagnosis. Neither are good and both are hereditary. Serious heart disease runs in the family. I want to go home and see a vascular doctor there and if a procedure needs to be done, I want to recover in my own home. I'm still on voice rest from the respiratory infection from 2 weeks ago. One of my doctors back home feels there is damage to my esophagus due to acid reflux and this could be why I still have a sore throat and why I can't adjust to the cpap. Also the lymphodema and nerve damage in my feet and legs is getting worse so I need to see my neurologist. Also the doctor here upon seeing my latest blood tests that I had done just before coming out for the winter, discovered that I'm pre-diabetic. This was something I did not know and I'm sure my doctor in Ohio was going to tell me upon my return. One thing is certain.....I'm feeling like Humpty Dumpty and they can't put me back together again. I'm going home!!

For all the things going on, I'm seeing more reasons for the need of a service dog. There are so many things Indy will be able to do once he has been trained. We will need to spend several months together before we can start the training. I must go thru the training to so I know how to say the commands. The vet checked him out the other day and gave him the go ahead. Said he's a smart little guy. He's 18 months old and will be almost 2 yrs old when we start training. That is the perfect age to start him. Even in training, he will be able to go anywhere with me. I can't wait to get home and have Indy brought home. I got some new photos the other day. I think I put them on the previous blog. Christopher and Noel will be surprised when they see him! I've been keeping it a secret.

My brother Bill called from California today. He hasn't had a chance to come over yet. You see he's my brother from Daddy's second marriage. We've never met! So he's going to see if he can take his vacation before I leave Arizona so he can come to visit while I'm here in Arizona. I'm so excited about meeting him. I've met the older brother, Robert. Turns out Robert lives in NE Ohio about a one hour drive from me. He's come over to visit several times. We have shared many baby pictures and he has given me photos of Daddy. It turns out we have many of the same interests, so we have enjoyed each others company. He brings his wife Jen and 2 of his grandchildren over. They will sure enjoy Indy! So now I'm really looking forward to meeting Bill and his wife Jeri. I didn't think to bring any photos with me, but hopefully there will be a time that perhaps they will come to Ohio and we can all get together. There is still another brother, Gary. I hope someday to meet him too.

In spite of the depression I'm feeling today, I managed to make my February BOMs and posted them this evening. I even managed to clean up the area that I'm sewing in. This morning I finished one of the quilted blocks into a pillow that the alzheimer quilter had started. I just have a wall hanging to finish and I'm taking the quilt tops home to quilt. Then that whole project will be complete.

This morning's devotion was talking about "Begin with God...He give Joy". I've been struggling with that one today because I wasn't feeling joy this morning. But as the day progressed I found joy in the future meeting with my brother Bill, talking to 2 of my other brothers yesterday, talked to Christopher today, made arrangements to go home, and I'm going to have my little Indy soon.  James 1:2-3 says "Consider it pure joy, ...whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perserverance." Thank you God for the Joy. Amen

Homesick
Fri, Jan 27 2012 7:28 AM

Good morning, Jesus. I'm homesick. I miss my house, my neighbors, and just being able to relax in my own surroundings. Thank you for the blessings of yesterday, dear Jesus. You are so awesome! AmenI

I want to go home! But I have some obligations here in Arizona that I must see complete first. First and formost the QCA/RWYS Luncheon next month. I am so looking forward to that. And Sheri is coming to town and I'm looking forward to getting together with her. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to go to the Expo with Maggie due to this respiratory infection I've had for the past week. I'm slowly recovering...still have a sore throat. Saw the vascular doctor the other day. I have neuropathy in my toes which is due to the nerve damage from the accident. The swelling in my feet and legs is from the lymphodema...also from the damage caused by the accident. My feet turning blue is another ball game altogether and most likely hereditary. I have to go for testing on Monday and Wednesday and will get the results on Wednesday after that test. The doctor has given two possibilities and either way I will not be happy. Depending which diagnosis she gives may determine whether I have to go home immediately or not. One of the diagnosis is serious. Please keep me in your prayers.

My caregiver and the doctor has said that I need an adjustable bed when I go home. So I've been looking online at adjustable beds....YIKES!!! Do you know how much they cost? Between $1,000 and $3,000!!!!!! Medicare will pay for a simple crank style with foam mattress. I am unable to do a crank style and foam mattresses release gases after a while. So that is not an option for me. I was not going to get any Medicare benefits on this. Yesterday morning I was talking with my neighbor and she said to look no farther. They had a practically new adjustable bed in their upstairs bedroom that I could have. It has all the bells and whistles likes remote control, wave action, vibrate, adjustable head/legs, and it's twin size like I wanted. I just have to find 3 strong guys to move it. It just so happens my other neighbors are guys who for a home cooked meal will probably help out. What a blessing I have received! Our God is an awesome God!

Another blessing I received yesterday....more photos of my little Indy. I can't wait to get home so I can bring him home. I haven't even held him yet and I love him so much!! My vet says he's adorable and a sweet little guy. I had her go over and check him out. She said he will make a great little service dog. Here's the newest photos of Indy...Isn't he a cutie??

I've started my block for the Round Robin. I almost forgot about it and it has to be done by Feb. 1. I will make the deadline. Last night I made the main part of the block. Now I want to add a border on it and embroider a Bible verse on it. The finished quilt top will go to my daughter-in-law, who has been a light of faith and helped me thru a bad summer last year. We have cried on each other's shoulders...long distance. She's in California and I'm in Ohio, but we're there for each other. We haven't been able to Skype since I've been in Arizona. I'm sure Joshua and Mila have grown since I last saw them.

Thank you for all the birthday fabrics. I joined 2 birthday clubs and I don't remember who is from which club. So after my birthday I will post a photo of all the fabrics together. So far most of them have been 30/40s...Yipee!! Perhaps I'll finally be able to make the Eleanor Burns sampler quilit from the "Egg Money" book. I like all the blocks and all the quilts in the book. So the easiest thing to do is make the sampler quilt. I've been collecting some 30/40's fabrics too, so I should be close to having enough.

Need to eat breakfast at least that's what my tummy is telling me. By then the alarm on my cell phone will go off the remind me to take my meds. Finally came up with a way to keep me on my toes about taking my meds. Believe me that alarm gets my attention!

Have a great day everyone! Hugs.

Finding a Caregiver
Mon, Jan 23 2012 11:31 AM

Wow...two blogs in one day! I was just settling down earlier to chat on line with Irene when my cell phone rang. It was one of the agencies I had been trying to reach. I just sent a message to Irene apologizing for cutting her off. I told her that to get an agency to return your call is major!

I've been trying to find a caregiver for myself in Ohio. I have a caregiver while I'm here in Arizona. For the past 2 years I've been handling my own medical care and not doing a very good job. By the time I get home from a doctor appointment, I've forgotten the diagnosis, his instructions, and if I hadn't gotten an appointment card, when the next appointment is scheduled. I call Barb, my caregiver in AZ, but I am unable to give her much information. So obviously she is unable to help me much.

I have called from one agency to agency to agency on aging to find a caregiver. Why is this so hard? The focus is on respite care for the caregiver. Of course, I know that. I took caregiving courses...I even co-taught caregiving course as a parish ministry assistant. I volunteered at the Beatitudes D.O.A.R. ViCap where they also have a program for respite care for the caregiver.

I was told to call the hospital patient advocate office. They only help the patients in the hospital.

OK so if I don't have a family member or friend who is not willing to be my caregiver, what am I to do? Well, I have a friend who is my caregiver...so called. She is unwilling to go to my doctor appointments and help manage my care. We won't go there. I don't want to ruin our friendship over this. How does one find a caregiver? Why has this question never been addressed? If it has been addressed, why is it so bloody hard to find the answer???

Oh my, my head is starting to hurt. I need to go quilt!

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Loosing Friends as We Get Older
Mon, Jan 23 2012 6:49 AM

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.

Now that I've been up since 1:00 am., I think it's finally time for bed. Good morning.....zzzzzzz

Hugs. Have a wonderful quilty week everyone.

Another Day, Another 50 Cents!
Thu, Jan 19 2012 7:17 AM

Good morning, God. I am trusting in You that this will be a good day. I have to go to the dentist, my feet are already swollen (again), and my body hurts as always. But thank you Lord Jesus...my massage therapist comes this afternoon! Praises for all the blessings You give me! My caregiver Barb, spent the afternoon with me yesterday to start working out a diet plan. Barb has been a great friend to me. What a treasure and blessing! Yesterday we also lost a good friend, Linda S. Please wrap Your comforting arms around her family during this difficult time. Now Linda is no longer in distress and is glorifying in Your Kingdom. I thank You for the wonderful visit I had with her last winter and that I will have that final happy memory of her.  Lord God, thank you for the many undeserved blessings and grace that you give me. Amen.

Good morning to all my quilty friends! The other day I finished the quilt for my granddaughter Hanna's 6th birthday. Even got it to the longarm quilter the same evening. I'm really ahead of the game as her birthday isn't till March 25. Normally I would quilt it myself, but my machine is in Ohio and I'm not. Besides this way I can work on other things. While Marlene and I were on our little (did I really say little?) shopping spree, I picked up some fabrics to make my little Indy some placemats for his doggie dishes and some pillowcases. His foster mom says he sleeps on a bed pillow. I also recently found some more doggie fabric and I'm going to make a little quilt for my sofa for him to lay on. Like my brother said the other day, Indy will be spoiled before I even get him home!! I can't spoil him too much, because once we've spent some time together and he is comfortable with me, we will be going into training for Indy to become my service dog.  Yes, I said we will be going into training. I have to learn all the commands, etc.  Once Indy is in training, he will be able to go everywhere with me.

I'm also, after taking a little break, back to work on my Reap What You Sew project. I'm almost finished with another pillow. We are giving this to the daughter of the alzheimer quilter, who has 4th stage breast cancer.  I've posted the 2nd quilt top if you haven't seen it. I will be taking it back home to quilt along with the first one. Once the pillow is done, all I have left is the wall hanging. I really need a lot of prayer about this one. It is so beautiful and I want to do it justice.

Looking forward to the Sewing/Quilt Expo coming up here in Phoenix and meeting Maggie, who is taking me. Maybe, we can meet up with Marlene and her friend. Oh what damage we could do!! Eh, Marlene?  I'm on the lookout for wide backing for the quilt I'll be making this summer for my guest room.  Always have to look at patterns.  Why? Who knows....I have more patterns than I know what to do with. I'll never have enough time to make them all. I could probably start a pattern store along with a fabric store. Hey maybe if I buy enough notions, I could have a business. I could call it....JoAnn Fabrics!!!  Oh yeah, someone already thought of that one! 

My friend just left for work saying, "Another day, another 50 cents."  Cracked me up!  Have a wonderful day!

God First, Quilting Second
Mon, Jan 16 2012 8:20 AM

Lord Heavenly Father, I haven't been starting my days with You again. Here I am singing Your praises in spite of my monster headache. Yet You bless me so richly with all my quilty friends. I had a wonderful time meeting Marlene on Friday and going to 35th Ave. and Mulqueens. You surround me with so many friends at church. There are so many talented people You have placed in my life....like David with the new song he wrote and sang Saturday evening at church...so beautiful. Thank you for my AZ caregiver and friend Barb, who spends a lot of time helping me understand what is going on with the latest medical problem I'm having and researches ways for me to find a new caregiver in Ohio. And thank you for the friends in Ohio who call me to make sure I am ok here in Arizona. My prayer request for today is for Cousin Deb's son-in-law Jared who was in an industrial accident last week. Please wrap your healing arms around Jared so that we will walk again. And give Kylie patience as she deals with all the physical therapy that Jared will be going thru and the care of their newborn baby. Father, help me as I continue my care from all my injuries and recent incident with PTSD this past Saturday. Singing Your praises and thank yous, in Your Holy Name. Amen

Thanks to Marlene on Friday, I went to 35th Ave. and saw their new store. Were we ever blown away! The store is HUGE! It's a shame I had just spend an hour with my financial advisor before Marlene picked me up. Otherwise, I would have spend a very large bundle in that shop! Instead I contained myself...you have no idea how hard that was...and only bought what I needed. My total only came to $42. Then we went down the road to Mulqueens on 59th Ave....a smaller shop. I could have easily spent another large bundle. They had some wonderful Christmas fabrics on sale for 50% off. Again I put the brakes on and only bought 2 fat quarters to make Indy a Christmas stocking (I have fabric at home to go with it), fabric for 2 gals in the bday club, a panel for a secret, and a fabric for Indy's pillowcase. Found out he sleeps on a bed pillow. My bill at Mulqueens only came to $35. So I didn't do bad considering when I go to Amish country to the quilt stores I spend over $200. Perhaps I should meet with my financial adviser every time before I go fabric shopping! Saturday afternoon Jim wanted to go to JoAnn Fabrics. I found fabric for 2 placemats for Indy and spent just under $20.

Due to the PF Chang marathon, I was unable to get to church yesterday so I sewed all day. I almost have the quilt top done for my granddaughter Hanna's 6th birthday. She loved Cora's quilt that I made at Christmas time with all the butterflies and flowers. I've used some of the same fabrics and some new fabrics, made snowball blocks, sashing, 3 borders, added butterflies and flowers. Today I will machine applique the butterflies and flowers and hopefully get the backing and batting pinned to the front.  Maybe I'll take it to the longarm quilter instead. She did a good job. Then I can start on Indy projects and finish up the RWYS Precious Projects this week. Sounds like a plan! I'm also under doctor's orders to start elevating my feet every 30 minutes. That puts a damper on productivity. Wish I had brought one of my Crabapple Hill UFOs with me.

Blessings to my quilty friends for a wonderfuly week and hugs to you too.

PRAISES!
Fri, Jan 13 2012 6:13 PM

I'm a bit lax and I think we all do once we receive what we've asked God to give us. But I want to sing praises and thank yous to God for giving me Indy! I can't wait to get back to Ohio so I can meet him and bring him home! Has everyone seen his photo? Been showing it to everyone...at church, at my quilt group here in AZ, when I'm shopping, the neighbors. Emailed it to everyone back home. Posted it on Facebook. It's posted on QCA and Quilt with Us.  Have I missed anyone? Don't think I mailed it to my brothers and mom...they don't do internet. Guess I better print copies and mail it to them. Don't want them to find out I've added to my family from the family grapevine gets to them before snail mail... That is if it hasn't beat me! I just ordered Indy's id tags, collar, and leash. I'm going shop hopping this afternoon, so I'm looking for doggie fabric to make him a couple placemats for his doggie dishes. I also want to get some fleece to make him a sleeping mat for the bed and sofa. Praise God! I finally have my puppy! Well, I will have him when I get home. So I'm cutting my winter short and leaving AZ the end of February. Mommy's coming home Indy!!!

Meanwhile, I finished my first UFO for 2012. It's my 2006 retreat quilt made from Civil War reproduction fabrics. My friends took it to the longarm quilter as my Christmas present. Two days ago I finished putting the binding on. Perhaps today I'll get photos taken and get it posted. If not today, sometime tomorrow. It turned out great and will look wonderful on the foot of my bed. I'm sure Indy will make good use of it!

Well I need to get going before my friend Marlene shows up so we can go shop hopping. I've never done this before so I'm really excited! Happy quilting! And praise God today for whatever blessings He has given you!

Hugs, Linda

PS. I talked to Indy's foster mom before going shop hopping and found out he sleeps on a pillow. Marlene and I just got back about 45 minutes ago. I found fabrics for 2 pillowcases for Indy. Now I have to find placemat fabric. Thank you, Marlene, for a wonderful afternoon! Hope we can do it again before I return to Ohio. Hi Nana!

Let Go, Let God and I have my puppy!
Mon, Jan 9 2012 1:08 PM

This adoption process has had me stressed out. I had an email Saturday saying I'd have an answer today and had a new picture of the puppy. So I thought if she was bringing him to Arizona I'd better make sure I could get him back home to Ohio on the train since that was the only way I can travel. Oh horrors! Amtrak does not take pets, only service animals. What to do? I simply cannot fly due to risk of blood clots and my legs swelling. When I talked to the foster mom, she said she'd already had him since September and was not willing to keep him till spring. Did that mean I'd have to give up this opportunity? But we're made for each other! I was on the phone this morning with my friend and caregiver in tears. Finally, I said I just have to let go and let God. We finally hung up and I was sobbing. It was 9:00 am and I still hadn't had my shower or taken my meds. No sooner did I get to my room and my cell phone rings.....

MEET THE NEWEST MEMBER OF MY FAMILY!!!!!!!

Indy is an 18 month old Havanese rescued puppy. His foster mom decided that we are such a perfect fit that she will keep him till I come home in March. Turns out she only lives 10 minutes from me. Even tho shes getting so attached to him, she can come visit him frequently. And after talking to my friends and me, we think we are going to become good friends too.  I just had to let go and let God handle the situation. Again, it was a situation I had no control over. Not only do I have a new member to my family, but a new friend too.  Our God is an awsome God.

Well, I'm not getting much sewing done again today. I have my retreat quilt to finish and the RWYS precious projects to work on. I best get started. This is a blessed day indeed! Praise God for all blessings!

May you have a blessed day too!

"We make plans. God laughs."
Sat, Jan 7 2012 10:56 PM

The computer was down for a few days. It's one thing when it's my own computer and I have control over it's demise. (Or at least I think I do.) However, I'm staying with friends for the winter and I don't have control when the computer goes down. Ok, it's about my not having control over something. I'm learning in the last 4 years that I can't have control over every little detail in my life. I've had to let go and let God handle it. I picked up a sign last weekend at the antique mart. It says... "We make plans. God laughs."  Oh, how true that sign is!!  I'm sure God was laughing over my QCA withdrawal and email withdrawal!!

You see, even tho I'm in Arizona with my family of friends, I still need my QCA connection. I have to keep up to date so I'm not out of the loop when I return home in the spring. I'm making several friends on QCA and I can't loose touch and don't want anyone to think I've dropped off the face of the earth. So I had my plans...God laughed. The computer went down for a few days. Ugh! I woke up this morning and was in complete withdrawal! Thank goodness it was a warm, sunny day. I went for a long walk and visited my former landlords since I'm staying in my former neighborhood. Hmmm....do you think that was God's plan???

Mailed in my application to adopt a rescued Havanese 18-month old puppy named Indy. My pain management doctor has for 2 years now told me that I need a companion dog that can be trained as a therapy dog. Due to allergies, a Havanese is the only breed that I'm not allergic to. I have a friend who is hearing impaired that has a Havanese service dog also named Indie. I've spent a lot of time with her and have never had an allergy problem. Two years ago I had put my name on the Havanese rescue site. Last week they contacted me regarding 18-month old Indy. The adoption process was started yesterday so I was most anxious to look at my emails for any news. But of course the computer was down. I had my plans. God laughed. Today tho He didn't laugh long and the computer was fixed this afternoon. The first thing I did was check my email and yes there was a message. They just have to call my vet and I will have an answer sometime on Monday whether I'm approved to have Indy. Oh please Lord Jesus, let the answer be yes! Amen.  I may be going home with a puppy!!

We humans always think that we have to be in control. God laughs! We need to remember it is HE that is in control, not us. And Amen to that!

Be Thankful for Friends
Tue, Jan 3 2012 7:00 AM

 Since my car accident 4 years ago, I have survived because of my friends here in Arizona. Moving back home to Ohio and becoming a shut-in, I discovered that my old friends were no longer...I don't know how to put it into words. They were happy to hear from me, come on over, oh you can't drive, gee that's too bad. I've never heard from them again. That has been hurtful and I've had to try to move on to make new friends. Not easy when you are a shut-in. They were really good friends in the past...that's it...in the past. As one of my best friends told me, when I moved away she had to make new friends too. God works in mysterious ways tho. One day I was on the internet and came across QCA. What a lifesafer you wonderful folks have been! And I'm making quilty friends too!

For Christmas I received a devotional from my Secret Sister called Whispers of Friendship. I would like to share today's with you called "Be Thankful for Friends":    Dear God, thank You for my friends. Help me not to take them for granted...Remind me often how poor my life would be without the friends You've given me. Help me to enrich their lives as they have mine. Amen.

Thank you friends for all the encouragement, thoughts, prayers, and even criticism (I may not always take it well, but probably deserve it. I get over it.). Without you I would be depressed and lonely. With you I feel alive, more creative, more energetic, and ready to move ahead with this new year. So let's get those machines going! Get ready, get set, GO!!!!

             

 

Blessed Happy New Year to all!
Sat, Dec 31 2011 8:57 AM

As we close 2011 and enter 2012, I have to admit I've been a little down this week and I don't even know why exactly. Well, partly because dummy me wasn't thinking last weekend and ate too much ham and other salty foods. The result being that my ankles and legs became swollen again. Then to make matters worse I've been breaking out in hives and can't determine the cause. What a way to end the year! Of course, my caregiver orders me away from the sewing machine and puts me on complete rest with my feet elevated. I guess that wasn't so bad...I've actually picked up a novel and started reading for the first time in months. However, after 24 hours I started going into withdrawal! Aw, yes, we quilters do need our machines, don't we?

On a happier note, I received my Christmas present from my Secret Sister in Ohio. What a lovely surprise that was! She sent me a devotion book on friendship, a Christmas novel, 2 bookmarks, a 2 CD WOW set, a gift card to Bob Evans restaurant (one of my favorites), a Psalms calendar, and the most beautiful musical egg Christmas ornament that I've ever seen!  Since we don't reveal who our Secret Sister is until May, I had to sit down and write a thank you to our LWML president so she can relay to whoever has my name this year. My goodness, she went overboard and I think I'm covered until May! The gifts were wonderful! Before I left for Arizona she gave me a gorgeous sunflower trivet tile for Thanksgiving. God has truly blessed me with such a generous Secret Sister this year. I gave my Secret Sister a set of scrappy coasters and a 10 minute table runner. I'd like to get her something unique to Arizona but then she would know who I am. But I think I'll get her something from here but save it for reveal day. Meanwhile I'll think of something else to get her in the meantime. She's kind of hard to buy for since she's 80 something, but the sweetest lady...maybe a devotional. First I have to get out shopping.

Been working on my RWYS Precious Project and last evening I finished one of the quilt tops. As soon as I can I will get a photo so I can post it. I was surprised at how big six 18" blocks can become when put together with sashing and borders. The top is 50" x 72".  The next top will have nine 18" blocks, but I haven't decided on a layout just yet. I have started the wallhanging, but have had to put it aside until my thimble can be sent down from Ohio. Having such tiny fingers, I can't just go into a store and buy one. My neighbor is sending mine in the next package of mail. We are trying to give the 2 completed pillows back to the original quilter, but her husband hasn't been in church during the holidays. I imagine out of town family has been in or health issues has kept him at home.  We will get the pillows to him as soon as we can.

Wishing all of you and your families a very safe and blessed Happy New Year!

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