Where did the time go? Only a month ago we were nearing the end of Art Quilt Campus and we were in the process of discussions to rename the annual event “Art Quilt Residency”. Many of the returning participants voiced their experiences that this annual gathering is one of the most important experiences during the year. It helps them refocus and push forward in their creative endeavours. I will be updating the links on this blog/website shortly to reflect the rebranding to Art Quilt Residency.
With Art Quilt Residency over and time to reorganize life at home, we followed through with our plan to visit our daughter and family in BC. In June we saw Eliana graduate from pre-school, September 3rd was her first day at school. And there was Colin’s 70th to celebrate, go blueberry picking and witness Sebastian’s first haircut. A day spent in Slocan and New Denver, witnessing the annual salmon run near Nelson and an afternoon with Eliana at the pool followed with ice cream were a few of our highlights. I won’t bore you with the details. Instead, I am uploading a little slide show below:
These were great times. Camping was enjoyable without too much rain after we left Banff, AB behind. We really did extend our summer.
But, there were some sad times that took place during the past four weeks. As many of you know, we have had a Shitzu-Bichon dog for many years. In fact, Lucky came to live with us at 8 weeks and she has been a steadfast companion for well over 16 years. The day I came home from Art Quilt Residency I noticed a change in her. By Sunday she was extremely ill and by Monday morning we had to make the difficult decision to let her go. She went peacefully but that does not mean it was easy to let my favourite studio assistant go. The trip to BC helped to distract from the sad thoughts.
We arrived home about 10 days ago and noticed a definite change in Oscar, the dachshund cross we had adopted nearly six years ago. We chalked it off to him finally missing Lucky, his steadfast companion since he came to live with us. We went to the pet store to pick up a couple new toys and some chewsticks which momentarily changed his disposition. However, this did not last. We were woken yesterday around 6 am to find Oscar experiencing a massive seizure. He continued to seize all morning. We made the difficult decision to let him go. The vet diagnosed a brain tumour…
We miss them dearly and hold them in our hearts. It is pretty quiet around here. Yes, there is another dog in our future… if you know of any small breed puppies… we are interested.
Thanks for letting me share the events from last month!
There is great news as well, I have finished the hexagon quilt for my grand-niece. I decided to hand-quilt it. I calculated how much time I spent on this project for the past six months. It all added up to 1,000+ hours… an heirloom indeed! I will be delivering it to Germany for her third birthday soon. At that time I will also be congratulating my youngest niece and god-daughter on her recent engagement. Life is great!