I have been missing from Blogger for three very stressful and busy years. During this time I have served as a State Coordinator for Quilts of Valor Foundation, suffered with my two sons during their illnesses and life changes, sent my granddaughter into the adult world, supported my mother through her heart and macular degeneration problems, learned to cook for my diabetic husband, learned to accept my own limitations due to Lupus, .... and sold the farm.
So, now we have downsized from 112 acres and 2600 sq ft, 90 year old house, to 4 acres and 1800 sq ft house. We traded the seclusion of woodlands for the tranquility of watching the lake from the back porch. We are still struggling with the downsizing part...where to put STUFF, what to get rid of, missing the animals, (husband bemoaning the loss of his big-boy tractor), but loving all the new found freedom.
I have reduced my commitment to Quilts of Valor to being a coordinator for only 1/4 of the state, until I find a younger volunteer to step up. All the family health issues have stabilized. And, I love my new 4 year old house...no repairs! We are looking for a fishing boat, joining a gym, hiking, and traveling. My Itty-Bitty Studio is almost finished. My old blog, Parsley Creek Farm, has been retired and Lakeshore Stitches has been born.
Exciting days ahead!