Monday, April 28, 2008


SO MUCH has changed since I last posted!

Briefly, in March 2007, our son DJ was in a terrible motorcycle accident and I became his full-time care giver for several months. In July, he was mobile enough to achieve his goal of moving to Southern California, and Denny and I moved to Billings, Montana. I am working as a sign language interpreter for a fourth grade boy in a nearby public school.

In February, I made a Comfort Quilt for a teacher recovering from breast cancer surgery. The staff signed it and we presented it to her at a staff meeting just after she came back to school.

Last month, I had emergency surgery to remove a (benign) tumor the size of a grapefruit that was causing tremendous pain; this also required a complete hysterectomy. I've been at home for 5 weeks, but will probably go back to work next week. It's been a slow and sometimes agonizing recovery, truly the worst pain of my life. I have an 8-inch vertical scar to show off (ha!), but life is finally getting back to normal. Friends from all over have been so good to me and I am very grateful for their love and prayers on my behalf.

We moved to a small apartment the day before I got really sick, so my studio is not organized yet. But a friend is going to put up shelves for me; then I can unpack all my tools and start using them! I know just how it's going to look, but here's how it looks for the moment...

Two weeks after my surgery, Denny got an infection in his big toe (he's diabetic), and had to go to the hostpital. He ended up having surgery, too, and had to stay in the hostpital for 9 days.

Now I know why they say "Life is short; eat dessert first!"