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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Reviewing, etc.

I'm still trying to finish all the reviews left undone in July and August.  Like everyone else, I get distracted from the reviews by life and current reading.

If only I would write the review as soon as I finish the book, all would be well.  Of course, I don't.  And from reading your blogs, you all have the same problem and frequently find yourself way behind in the reviewing.

Then, of course, you can't quite catch up because you have continued reading, working, and living!  Blahhhh.
Two of the activities that are important to my version of living are doll-making and quilting.  I've made several small art quilts for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.
We all hope that research will help find a preventative, a cure.  In fact, this morning, I heard that insulin in a nasal spray showed promising results in slowing the slow deterioration of the brain.
We carry the hearts of our loved ones with us whether they remember us or not.

When Laddie was in assisted living and then a nursing home, patients would frequently approach me to ask if I would take them home.  I wanted "home" to be cheerful, even if I couldn't take them.

These will be sold at an AAQI auction and the proceeds donated to Alzheimer's Research.  My quilts have been sent, but are not yet assigned.

The organization is all volunteer, all quilts are donated, and all proceeds are donated.
Some of my most recent doll finishes are Izannah Walker inspired.  Harriet and Matilda are cloth and clay with weighted bottoms.
Very old-fashioned ladies.  I have two more in the works.


  1. This is great! My mother-in-law looks to have Alzheimer's, so watching that for the last few months reiterates to me that we really need a cure as soon as possible.

  2. Those are beautiful and for such a good cause. Don't feel bad about falling behind in reviews; I'm sure you're not alone on that front!

  3. Such gifts you have! And a lovely heart which shares them.

  4. Kailana - Almost everyone knows someone with AD. Such a terrible disease. I found this link to the new insulin spray therapy...maybe it will be useful for your mother-in-law at some point.

    Anna - :) Thanks! The art quilts are for such a cause!

    Nan - Thanks, Nan. The AAQI has earned a lot of money for AD research, and I'm happy to be able to contribute.

  5. I frequently fall behind on reviewing. Right now, I'm just doing weekly updates with mini reviews of whatever I've managed to read. That suits me fine, for now.

  6. Love your creations, as always!

  7. Love your creations!

    I review what I review and the rest, know! I don't need the pressure of trying to "keep up" anymore!

  8. Bookfool - Yes, the mini reviews work well. Especially, when there really isn't much that needs to be said!

    Marg - Thanks, Marg! I sometimes skip reviews, but I like having a bit of a reference about the book or author. It is still a bit of pressure for me.

  9. Your Alzheimer quilts are just incredible. I love the quotes you chose to portray. They are really gut-wrenching - my dad has Alzheimer's.

  10. Thanks, Jan. My father had AD as well, so I know how hard it can be to lose a loved one this way...heart- breakingly slow as you watch him drift farther and farther away. My thoughts are with you.