MAIL OUT DATE: June 1, 2017
YIKES! I accidentally opened the dungeon door just to check on them and they escaped! I had them under lock and key to keep them from breeding and they took over my good fabric and now they are threatening to take over my sewing room! It’s not a pretty sight! Now, it’s time for them to leave! Um, I mean, go to another home. You see, some are just not as pretty as others and some have a reputation for just not playing well with others, and it is, I guess, why I had them hidden away.
My challenge, should you dare to accept, is that I send you two (2) 10 inch pieces, sight unseen, for you to play with. But this time there is a twist to this year’s challenge, they are polka dots of different colors. Let’s see what you can make with these “beauties” using just 2 other pieces of fabric.
I will take sign-ups until May 31 and then mail out on June 1. Remember, once you get them, they are YOURS! No givebacks! You will have until September 15 to finish. Once you finish, post pictures to my email only and we will vote on them for a prize. You do not have to send it to anyone, you get to keep your creation!
PICTURE AND VOTING RULES: To enter, take a before and after picture of the pieces and email me with your name and address and LU CHALLENGE  2017 in the subject line. This will ensure that all entries will be private.
DO NOT POST THE PICTURES TO THE GROUP! We want to shock, oops, I mean surprise everyone with your entries. I will have a list of entries just to keep it in order. When the voting is finished, the entries will be posted online with the fabrics and their creation. The group as a whole will decide the winners and that will be announced on September 30. Each category will have a first, second and third place and the prizes will be announced and awarded after the voting. I will be sending out the prizes after the voting is complete.
1. Most original
2. Best camouflaged
3. Craziest idea
From the two 10 inch pieces let’s see what you can create. All items must be finished, quilted and binding added. No limit on size, design, or project that you make, but it must be quilted. You have 2 options. You can use both pieces together and create something or just use one piece, but 60% must be in the project and you can only use 2 other fabrics.
This is not a swap, it is a challenge. They are yours to keep and to do with as you please.
Have fun creating!
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Almost Normal

Hello and Happy Easter!

Now that hubby and I are getting back to normal, I can finally get back to my sewing. Hubby is getting better day by day, but still gets tired very easily in the afternoon, but that is normal just a few weeks out from a stroke. Still have several appts for PT/OT over the next few weeks, taxi service, and grand kids to watch, but at least I will have some time for playing catch up. Thank you for your prayers, good thoughts and wishes. We truly appreciate it.

I am doing okay and my Sjogren’s is quiet for now. Thank God for that, otherwise we would both have problems. Hubby and I try to get out each day in the morning just to move around a little and we will be starting some simple balance exercises soon. I have a counselor who is helping me deal with my emotions and that is a big help for me. Doug is being very good with his diet and we are still learning the ropes of diet, carb counting, meals, blood sugar and blood pressure monitoring. He still wants to go eat fast food but knows that it is off the menu for now; after all he is going through withdrawals…  We are eating a lot healthier and that is an adjustment for us, but the menu plans are fairly flexible and tasty.

Tomorrow is Easter and we will be having breakfast at Kathy’s house as they will be going to his parents’ house in the afternoon. I have some goodies for the kids and they will be coming over later this afternoon to color eggs. Jenny and her family are doing well and we miss them during the holidays. We sent the Easter Bunny some money to buy some goodies for Easter. 

On another note, our kitties just celebrated their 13th birthday on April 13th. Yes, they are all from the same litter. They celebrated by sleeping.

Here is a picture of our living room minus the couch, and Racer with her new favorite sleeping place.  Will post more pictures tomorrow after the Easter Egg Hunt.

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What a week!!!!! Don’t you just love it when you get the run around with medical people? Went to Kaiser trying to get info for power of attorney and other papers, no, we can’t print that. No, we don’t do that here, and no helpful advice on where to find it! No suggestions, just I don’t know. ARRRRGGGGHHHHH!! Now that I have had my little rant, here is an update on Doug.

Doug is doing a little better each day, but still has weakness in his left hand. He has to think and concentrate to make it work. He can walk okay for a short distance but still wobbles a little and is in a wheelchair. He is still considered a fall risk at the moment but they are sure that he can use a walker soon. He tires easily too. Not sure, but they are thinking of discharging him next week. I will be talking with his doctor this morning. Honestly, I think he needs at least one more week just to get used to therapy and his new diet. He is very stubborn and determined to get home and believes that once he is home that he can do all the stuff that he did before. He gets confused easily still but that is improving also. He is a strong man and he will make it, but he needs to give his body a chance to heal first.
If he comes home too early I worry about him trying to get up, falling and hurting himself or me in the process and nobody wants that to happen. Or worse yet, a relapse. His blood sugar is still high and he has been vomiting. Need to ask doctor about meds as maybe he has an allergy or something. I also worry about my own stress as I have epilepsy. Need I say more? I have my own health issues and I will be his primary caregiver when he gets home. I have a lot of work to do before he comes home including moving furniture around so it’s not in the way, figuring out our new diets, therapy and nutrition counseling, etc. Prayers are needed that I can get this done.
Thank you for all of your prayers and good thoughts. Will update again soon.

Hello Everyone. Just an update on Doug. We transferred him to acute rehab this morning and got him checked in. He starts physical therapy tomorrow. He will be there for 2 weeks possibly 3 depending on his progress. He is a little disoriented, upset, frustrated, tired and wants to come home but knows that he is not able to right now. He is very stubborn, which is a good thing, but is trying to get out of there already and it’s only been half a day!!

He is not allowed to get up out of bed on his own yet and needs a wheelchair for now, and will be progressing to a walker soon. His left side is still weak but he is better than he was on Saturday. He would love to have visitors but between the hours of 2-8 p.m. He has therapy in the mornings. No children under the age of 12 are allowed in the room but there is a large grassy area where the kids can play outside and he can go out for a bit. Please no outside food for him, but you can visit and have lunch or dinner with him in the dining room. No pictures allowed in the facility due to HIPAA protocol.

If you want to send a card the address is
San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital
7173 North Sharon Avenue, Room 221B
Fresno, CA 93720

I am doing a lot better now that I have gotten some sleep and him settled in. Thank you for your prayers and good thoughts.

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Oh, Dougie!

Hi Everyone

Yesterday morning, my hubby Doug, came in from bringing the trash cans in and started wobbling to the left. He had an aspirin and then we went to Kaiser and after several hours in the ER at Kaiser here in Fresno, they did an MRI and found that he had a small stroke in the cortex of his brain that has left his left side weak. He had blood pressures over 202 when he came in and they went down to 177 at the lowest, which is very dangerous. This is due to his diabetes and high blood pressure. He has been admitted and will be there for 48 hours. He will need physical therapy for a while. I stayed with him until about 730 and came home and had a restless night. After all, we have been together for 36 years and hardly slept apart from each other. I called at 3 am this morning and talked to the nurse and they told me that he was stable and wanted to know why I was awake.

I called the nurses’ station again this morning at 7 and they had him sitting at the side of the bed and moving around a little. He said that he was feeling a little stronger and better. That is a big relief for me as it is hard to see a strong vital man like him look so weak. I am going up there this morning and will be with him most of the day.

If you need to reach me, my cell phone number is 559-224-248-6524, but please call my daughter Kathy at 559-230-7602 as I will keep her updated during the day. I am too tired to talk at the moment.

We would love to have visitors and he is at Kaiser Permanente Hospital on Fresno Street, 4th Floor, Room 440. Please no plants or flowers, we both have allergies, and no baked goodies or sweets as he has diabetes. A card, hugs and prayers are all we need.

Thank you all! Love Donna

UPDATE: Doug will be going to acute physical therapy for 2-3 weeks either tomorrow or Monday. He is getting a little stronger and really wants to come home for therapy, but our house is too small and my health is not that good and I don’t think I can take care of him properly. This way we can learn new habits, eating and physical therapy before he comes home. Kathy and An will be helping out also. He can push but is not as strong as he used to be but with physical therapy that will improve. Thankfully it was a small stroke and his muscles can relearn. It’s like the neurons have been stunned and they need time to bounce back so it is reversible. It is a big wake up call for both of us. Thank you everyone for your prayers and good thoughts.

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Quilters’ Paradise Parking Lot Sale

Date: Sunday, April 9, 2017 

Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Stroll our parking lot for a great selection of quilting items, jewelry, crafts and handmade gifts.

Gerry and I will be there and have a lot of handmade items to sell. I have several boxes full of fabric, patterns and other goodies that need a new home at low prices. Hope you will stop by and look around.

Quilters’ Paradise
339 Pollasky Avenue
Clovis, CA 93612

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Just in time for Easter! We have 2 blocks for March. The first one is a very pretty applique flower wreath pattern and the other one is Peter Rabbit block that would make a cute Easter table runner. You can find both of them at and are free. Here are the links:…/free-odessa-quilt-guild-bl…/296656…/pat…/patchwork-peter-rabbit/295458
I will post a picture of mine later this week.

Remember, you need to sign in to to download the pattern and it is free.

Please remember to post pictures of your creations, we love it when you share!

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