It’s retreat week at the farm – our friends from the Kansas City area, the Philadelphia area and Sea Bright, NJ traveled to North Iowa to spend the week sewing in the classroom. From left to right: Renee, Beckey, Marion, Christy and Amy
They met at a Country Threads camp years ago and now meet here annually as friends from across the country who love to sew together. A conservative estimate would be 20 assorted quilt tops completed by the group this week. We have enjoyed several dinners with them making it a really fun week for us, too.
I am working on Tessie – lots of fabrics to arrange and cut out and then lots of hand applique to do. Connie and I are making this quilt together so that neither of us has to take on all of the applique.
If you’ve been following the blog over the past week you know how busy I’ve been keeping dogs. This morning as 7 dogs crowded around me, I asked Amy to take a picture. As it turns out, it is the last picture I have of Benjie pictured on the left. I’ve noticed a change in him in the past week or so and today he simply didn’t feel good so I made an appointment at the vet. His glucose levels were off the chart and he was seriously ill with diabetes. They urged me to start him on insulin twice daily or put him down at that time because he was so sick. Letting him die a natural death at home would not have been the kind thing to do for my buddy Benjie so I held him in my arms as he drifted off to the Rainbow Bridge to meet Millie. What a sad turn of events but as you all know, I value quality of life over quantity of life and I know Millie has been waiting for her Benjie for 3 years.
Until next week,