Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sadness and Sewing

I'll be honest, I feel like poo! I have cried so much over my mule that my eyes are so swollen and my head just hurts. I was more attached to him than any other animal that I have ever had in my entire life. I know that life goes on and I guess I knew deep down that he would not make it through the Winter, but I just wasn't ready to let him go. Thank you all so much for all your kind words over his passing. I'm sorry I have not responded to your comments, but every time that I think about him, it just makes me cry. We are all just crushed. We have received so many phone calls from people in the community that has said "we just wanted to call and say that we are sorry for your loss and that he will be greatly missed" You would think he was human! :) Ole Jim was very well known in this area and people just loved him. But I do thank God that he lived to the ripe old age of 28!

Here it is 2:20am and Andrew just got home! :( I know it is very late for a 16 yr old to be out, but he went down to the Coon Club and they had a night hunt. I trust him and he is with some very responsible adults when he does this. So anyway, while I have been waiting for him, I have been sewing...

I started working on Bonnie's mystery! I have the first 2 steps finished! Now I am waiting for Step 3 to be released!
After Hunter fell asleep, I got out this yardage and sewed a simple black border around it. I hope to get it quilted before Christmas. He loves Star Wars! I think I bought this fabric at the flea market last year for nearly nothing.

Here is Donkey, he passed out early! He is all cozy in a cardboard box! Donkey and Smokey have been getting lots of extra lovings lately. We have lost so many animals here on the farm over the past few weeks! And to make it worse....Andrew lost all of his chickens in the past 3 days!!! Some kind of sickness with them, he told me what it was called but I forgot the name.

So unless I am forgetting something here is the loss count. Ida and Jasper the Yorkie, Major the beagle, Ole Jim the mule and 26 chickens!!!! :( Our little farm is dwindling away to nothing!

Oh, I almost forgot! I got Madison's big BRIGHT Peace Sign Quilt quilted! Now I just have to finish the binding!!!! You can't see the quilting in the photo but it is a simple stipple.

I'm off to bed! Here it is 2:35am and I am tired! Andrew is back and now I can go to bed!



Michelle said...

Hi Kristie,
I'm sorry you have had such a rough time over Jim. He knows that you miss him, and he misses you too.

I'm still up too, but going to bed. I was changing around my blog background and header, and adding my Christmas music list. I think I better head to bed too.
Have a great Sunday!

Amelia said...

Seems like you have been going thru a rough chapter of life the last several weeks...let us pray this is the end of that chapter and the next one will be filled with laughter and many blessings.

Love ya,


Libby said...

I'm with Amelia! I'm praying that this rough chapter is over for ya'll!I thought about you yesterday, I wondered if you were going to feel like sewing your mystery blocks! Praying for MANY good times for you and your sweet family!

marit said...

You sure have had a rough time lately! Sorry about that. I hope things brighten up for you now.
My 17yearold ia visiting my sister this weekend, and they went roe-deer-hunting yestarday. He shot a kid...and was happy as a fiddle! My sister was rather proud of him too, it was a good shot, and also his first. So maybe we've got a hunter in the family again;-)

Great quilts! I just don't understand how you manage to make so many!

Take care.

Quilter Kathy said...

So Sorry for your loss. It's amazing how much love some animals bring to our lives. I hope the new mystery project helps to pass the time and make you feel a little better. Your blocks look great.

Yvette said...

:( I just read about Ole Jim. I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much you loved him. Just remember, he had a wonderful life with people who loved him.

Casandra said...

I am so sorry for your loss. To me the loss of a pet is the same as the loss of a family member and you will need time to grieve. God Bless you.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

julieQ said...

I am so sorry you have been having a rough time, Kristie...I follow you and you are in my prayers. Now get that BP controlled! You are far too young for that, dear lady! (end of mothering)...Hey! I love your Mystery quilt! I am doing it too, isn't it fun??