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Friday, April 1, 2011

Life Got in the Way

Sorry I have not posted for so long. My husband became suddenly very sick on March 12, and spent two days in the intensive care unit at our local hospital with what doctors determined was sepsis, an overwhelming infection of the blood. His liver had shut down and his kidneys, too. When his liver began to rebound, but his kidneys not, he was helicoptered to a hospital in Seattle on March 14th. He spent another day in Virginia Mason's Critical Care unit there, and was then transferred to a regular room where he spent six more days. He is recovering well and has been home for ten days now. It was a completely terrifying episode for all of us, and we feel lucky to have had a good outcome.
   Needless to say, we were both exhausted from trying to sleep in beds that were not ours, in a city that was not ours, and to be engaged in routines that DEFINITLEY were not ours either. It took several days of virtual hibernation before either of us could function anywhere near normally, but we are getting there.
   Naturally, during this time period, making dolls was not something on my mind, but I did get to see how integral creating is to my sanity, and it has been nice to get back to doing just a little in that vein in the last week (once sleeping ceased to be the most important activity in our lives!)
    Last Sunday, my friend Karla and I had a sock bunny class at the local Popcorn Shoppe to both draw people to our friend Celia's shop and to earn a little money for our struggling gallery, which had a fire in January (Can you say "five hundred dollar deductible"? Ouch! December 2010 was our best month, followed by January 2011, our worst month!)
   The class was very successful, with about 20 people attending.
Here are some of the bunnies made there:

Here was one of my favorite pictures; as you can see, one bunny turned out to be a dog!
I have made some bunnies myself  this week, and tonight finished a penguin I started quite awhile ago (remember you voted: penguin or owl?)> I am also almost  finished with  a gourd-head doll also began a long time ago. I will post pictures of those projects soon. It's good to be back!!