Accommodating Life

As I have said before,  I really like my lists and use them to keep me focused and on track of fulfilling goals.  Well, for some reason Life has intervened and my List has become blurred.  I have been busy surviving a very uncomfortable case of sumac rash.  I can pull poison ivy and oak all day long and it not affect me.  But recently someone decided to dump a litter a tiny kittens on the property by our mail boxes.  I live on a country gravel road that has wild brush, cow pastures, creeks and hay fields.  People can be so insensitive.  Dumped like trash were these kittens, and terribly scared.  They appeared to be around 4 weeks old.  My sister discovered them when she went to pick up the mail from the mail boxes.  They retreated deep into the brush when she tried to get to them which caused her to recruit my help with the kitten wrangling.  We are not very good wranglers I guess since we were unsuccessful at capturing the terrified kittens.   However the good news was sometime during the night they ventured up our .10 mile driveway and found refuge in our garage/shop building.  I discovered them the next morning.  They won the kitty lottery by my sister finding them.  They are now inside kitties and are enjoying a very luxurious life.

I had no idea I would get a reaction to the sumac we were tromping in while trying to retrieve the kittens.  But boy were we hit hard with the terrible rash and itchiness.  My poor sister has had 2 shots and a series of medications.  I am trying to get by with that pink stuff.  I did see the doctor yesterday and was offered medications but I am hopeful I am on the upside now.  I do not like to take pills. However, my arms and legs look horrible and I hope no one mistakes me for a meth addict.  I know I’m not supposed to scratch, but I am human and it does itch.  So there you go.  I itched it.  It’s been 2 weeks and per the internet the rash lasts 1-3 weeks.  Hoping I am on the last week. Did I say it was miserable.  Well, it’s miserable.   Not getting good sleep.  Keep waking at odd hours and unable to go back to sleep.  This morning it was 3:30 a.m.  Sounds like I will be taking a nap today at some point.

While not sewing I did manage to get my kitchen center island installed.  What an accomplishment for me.


I am hoping to get some sewing done this weekend.  No outside interference allowed!  I would like to prepare my label for the A Boy and A Girl quilt, I would like to prep month 6 of Bed of Roses, and make my Saturday Sampler Block for next week end.  The temperatures are estimated to have a heat index of triple digits today and tomorrow.  This safely assures that I will find quality time in my sewing room.  Yippee!!!!

My nephew sent copies of photos taken while he and his wife and 2 adorable kiddos visited in April.  He brought along the quilts I had made and we took pictures with each.  I had such a wonderful time going to the Natures of Wildlife Aquarium and spending time with them.  A very special day for me.  Here are the photos:

Stay cool everyone!

Sissy Malone





About Sissy Malone

I've been actively sewing since Jr. High School. But specifically drawn to quilting since I was 17/18 years old. My grandmother was a quilter and I became fascinated with the process. I fell in love (awestruck) is a better word viewing applique quilts by Gladys Rashka at the Minnesota State Fair in the 70's. A love affair was born of applique quilts. I still machine piece, but am always drawn to applique. I took classes learning different techniques and also traveled to California and studied a whole week at Asilomar with Elly Sienkiewicz. Quilting is my passion. I am always open to learning a new technique but still rely on handwork. View all posts by Sissy Malone

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