Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Down on the Lakadaisies Farm Blog #19

Down on the Lakadaisies Farm Blog # 19

My last blog was a little sad and I will try not to go there again. Now, I am going to focus on the positive. The swelling on Maggie’s leg has gone down. She is getting around pretty good-feeling no pain. We finally got the "special" medicine. We have radically changed her diet. Hopefully, her immune system will win. But, if it doesn’t, we got to share her life for a while. She is so full of love for us and we relish every minute of it.

I have been so busy, getting ready for the quilt show at Jefferson, Texas, this weekend (January 27, 28, and 29). We met so many truly nice people there last year. Plus the food was so good!!! I have a lot of new designs that I can’t wait to show off....I think that Brainiac has put most of them on the website.

And, I have been having a lot of fun getting all the kits ready for the workshops I am going to teach at The Rabbit’s Lair in Rogers, Arkansas (March 9, 10). So exciting...

Check out their website www.therabbitslair.com or call 479-636-3385 for more information.

I guess that there is always a tradeout. It seems that John scheduled us to vend at the American Quilters Society (AQS) Quilt Show in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and I will not be able to join my friend Susan Meyers (Silver Star Mercantile in Carrolton, Texas) in her booth at the Dallas Quilt Show this year. To make it up, John has promised her a life-size cardboard cutout of me.....that ought to be interesting. Seriously, Susan has most of my new designs in her shop and will have even more at the show. So, I will have to say "catch you later Dallas".

Well, looks like John has the bus all revved up and ready to go, and as he always says, "you are either on the bus or you are off"....he does have his moments-just not very many.

...got to go ......enjoy life......ds

PS We are planning on doing a lot more traveling this year and I really do enjoy speaking at guilds and teaching workshops/classes. I just might be in or at least close to your part of the world...Stay tuned to my blog or call/email for more information.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Down on the Lakadaisies Farm Blog 18

Down on the Lakadaisies Blog # 18
It has been over a month since my last blog, and for that I apologize.  The holidays took it out of me. First Christmas, then New Years, then putting every thing back in place......Whew.  Glad that is over.  Still I find it hard to believe that it is the 17th of January  2012. 

Maggie our Saint has been sick.  She has been sick quite a bit since October  with several trips to the vet.  Her last trip gave us news that every parent of child (or dog) never wants to hear....  CANCER ..... our sweet Maggie has bone cancer in her hind leg and has been in a great deal of pain.  We had noticed her limping a little, but put it down to playing with Quinn and arthritis.  We wish that were the case.  The vet says that probably the best option to prolong her life is to cut the leg off.  Notice I say prolong her life and not save it. Maggie is quite heavy and he is not sure about her being able to get around after.....

All the kids rallied round our Maggie this last weekend and we discussed our options. John poured through internet sites,  reading blogs and testimonials from people who had similar heart breaking news.  We have decided not to take off Maggie’s leg.  It seems selfish to me to prolong the pain and suffering just to keep her with us.  Right now we have her on pretty potent pain pills and she is as comfortable as possible and surrounded by love.

We are looking into several ways to boost her immune system so that she can fight the cancer.  We have tried ordering some medicine that was recommended, but the companies say they cannot ship to Texas.  We seem to be the only state in the union that will not allow this.  Looks like our best option is to ship it to an individual out of state that will ship it to us.  I guess we are just in the wrong place, we just didn’t know it until now.....

This is so frustating, but when your child is sick you will try anything.  We have decided to change their diets, so we have decided to cook their food from now on so that we can be assurred they get healthy cancer fighting vegetables(carrots etc.) and Omega 3's.  We know it will probably be too late to save our Maggie, but it might give us Quinn for many more years.

I am almost empty of tears and my heart is aching, but rest assured we will keep Maggie as pain free as possible as she struggles with this horrible disease.  I guess that we should continue to be happy to be a part of her life as long as we can, and cherish each moment. I guess that every once in a while we just need a little reminder. Maggie has always enjoyed her life and family.  Sometimes it is tough but I am trying and I encourage you to do this too. 

Dolores Storm

PS  Please feel free to email with any help/advice/support/etc. Our email address is lakadaisies@hotmail.com