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It Happened: I went overboard!

Oh my word…it happened.  I went overboard!

I’ve been pretty good with my cross stitch stuff.  Of course, I buy more than I’ll ever stitch but in the scheme of things and from what I see on Floss Tube, I have always thought I was pretty good.  Yes, I had extra linen…yes, I had extra patterns…but I always thought I was in pretty good control.

Then not too long ago I was watching Rachel from Needle and Flax.  She is a linen dyer and also has a Floss Tube channel.  She had said in the past that there were shortages of linen.  I mostly heard her talk about 32 count linen.  I don’t use that so thought nothing of it.

Then she started talking about shortages of 40 count linen.  Well, that’s what I stitch on so that got my attention.  Still, I didn’t think a lot about it…but then I decided that maybe I should try to buy a couple of extra cuts of my favorite linen just in case the shortage got worse.

My favorite linen is Vintage Country Mocha (I had two pieces of that so felt okay) or linen from Picture this Plus.  I started looking online and oh my.  There was no Picture this Plus linen to be found.  I ended up looking over the course of a month or so.  I finally found some at Spun Sugar Quilts on Etsy.  I ordered a couple of pieces.  I found the colors Fog and Vellum.  I love Vellum and used it on my Floral Motif Sampler.  I had not tried Fog but I heard a couple of Floss Tubers mention it as one they liked.

The linen came and I thought Fog was a great color.  I went to order another and then saw that they had Legacy which is a color often used by Blackbird Designs.  I had a piece but you guessed it…I ordered another.

About then I heard from yet another dyer on Floss Tube that 40 count linen was hard to find.  AHH!!  I was nowhere near that but the thought of not having linen was one I didn’t like at all.

Well, then I watched Olivia at Pumpkin Hollow Quilts on Floss Tube and she had just finished The Winter is Past by Blackbird Designs.  I just loved hers and she used the called for Picture this Plus Oaken linen.  Darn.  I had lots of other colors but not Oaken.  I ended up calling around trying to find the linen.  No luck.  I decided to call The Attic.  They didn’t have it and then told me that if they order linen from the company Picture this Plus, the wait for linen is about 10 months.  She said they were at about month 5 of their waitlist.  UGH.  In the meantime, I ordered the chart and floss from them.  They told me it would be a bit before they got my order out.


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The Puppy Decision

You all might remember that I’ve been on a bit of a roller coaster trying to decide on adopting a dog…Brieda was the first option and what started my whole quest for a dog friend for my beagle, Rosie.


It turns out that another family had an approved adoption before I did and Brieda went to them.  I was totally okay with that.  I wanted Breida to be where ever it was best for her and I trusted that the family she went to would be good to her.

Then I got a lead on a little puppy that was also at a rescue.  She doesn’t have a name…just known as Maggie’s puppy.

I did apply for the little puppy.  It was quite a while before I heard back from the rescue.  In the meantime, I scoured the rescue’s  Facebook page for anything about Maggie the little puppy’s momma.  I found this picture… Continue reading

Kramer Family Update

On Friday I had my regular annual physical with my doctor.  I absolutely love my doctor and am so thankful that she’s on my team.  She makes going to my appointments so easy.

So here’s what I found out…
Although my blood sugar is a little high, we are going to watch it for another six months.

I don’t remember if I told you that after my cancer treatment early this year, my blood sugar went way out of whack.  I was getting terrible headaches and it turns out that it was blood sugar issues that was causing it.  My blood sugar was too high.  I would test it and it was often well over 200.  I ended up at the doctor’s office because between the headaches, the high blood sugar, and the terrible mouth sores, I couldn’t take in any more.

It turns out the oral chemo and the steroids I was on were doing terrible things to my blood sugar numbers.

My doc ended up putting me on an insulin pill and that went HORRIBLY.  I was having big fluctuations in my blood sugar and it was dropping dangerously too low.  What a mess.

I finally asked my doctor if I could just go off the meds and let time work and my body work and hopefully, the blood sugar problems would regulate themselves.

They came down over 1 point so my doctor was really happy with that and decided to give my body a little more time…and me to watch what I was eating a little more closely and to see in six months or so if I can get it back where it was…It’s totally do-able so we’ll see.

Other than that, my report was good.

This appointment didn’t do any testing or look at my cancer.  This was only a regular yearly exam.  For those of you wondering, I just scheduled my follow up to my cancer treatment.  That will happen at the end of July.  If you’ve been following along you know I was treated in January but I don’t learn the results of the treatment until this upcoming appointment.  Yes, it’s frustrating but I’ve really learned to leave all of that at the end of my driveway and focus on my life here in the house.  When I am dealing with a chronic disease, I think I’ve learned to live that way, reminding myself daily that I am more than the disease.  There are so many good and happy days between here and my appointments, I want to do my best to live them up!!

Speaking of good things between now and my appointments, Kalissa, our daughter, and her husband, Craig, went to the doctor on Friday for an ultrasound to find out if they are having a boy or a girl.

Kalissa has zero patience when it comes to that and it’s exciting news whenever we find it out so…do you want to know what she’s having??
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Here is what that girl did to me.

After my appointment was done I called her thinking she’d tell me.  She said she did something at my house to let me know and I’d have to wait to find out when I got home.  DRAT!!

I still had to do my errands and I had to get my COVID booster.  AHH!!  I thought about skipping it all and just going home but I didn’t.

I wanted to get my booster.  I think cases are picking up again and I want to be safe so, for me, booster it is.  I did errands and errands…I started thinking about what Kalissa might do to surprise me…
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What I’m Working On…

Before I get into today’s post, I have two things I’d like to share with you. First, a blog reader, Adele, said there was a place called “Hello Cottons”.  You can find their website HERE.  They are collecting quilts for Ukraine and plan to do it all year long.  So, if you didn’t get time to get a quilt sent to Quilted Twins, you might want to send one to Hello Cottons.  You can read all about what they are looking for and where to send quilts on their site.  Again, THIS is the link.  I really appreciate anyone letting me know about efforts like this.  I want to be helpful if I can and sometimes one of the biggest helps is to get getting information out.  I can for sure do that!!  Thanks, Adele for sharing that with us all.

Next up from Ellen of The Quilt Keeper…Ellen wrote to inform me that sadly she is going to have to raise the prices on her Quilt Keepers.  Between higher manufacturer costs and increases in postage, she has no choice.  You might remember I told you about the wonderful Quilt Keepers in THIS BLOG POST.  If you remember I was flitting around the house trying to figure out on what door I wanted to put my Quilt Keeper.  It ended up landing here on the sewing room door.  I keep all of my quilt tops that need to be quilted on it.  Oh my, it’s perfect for that..AND it forces me to see the quilt tops and not let them pile up.

Can you see my double wedding ring quilt on it?  My hope is to get that loaded on longarm this week.

But…back to the Quilt Keeper.  Ellen talked to me and asked if I wanted to pass along the news of the upcoming price hike to you and let you know she is going to offer a sale before the price hike hits.  She is offering a code for the $5 off a single Quilt Keeper and that code is the word:   WELCOME.   You would need to put that in at checkout.  She is also offering a deal for anyone who buys three of them.  You don’t need a code for that.  The deal is 3 for $99.  That would automatically be calculated for you.  So if you were thinking of buying one before and didn’t or if you loved the one you bought and want another…or if you are gift buying for a friend, the time to get one is now before the price hike goes into effect.  Here is the link to The Quilt Keeper website. That is where you need to go to order.

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