I know it's odd to be following up a post tiled Holiday Cheer with this but there's a good reason, I promise. The Influenza Virus has been playing musical chairs with my family members the past few days and has finally landed on me. The girls were surprisingly good sports and mustered through first, second and third Christmas, only one of which was in our own home. See? That's what happens when your extended family is spread all over the place. And yes, I know I could've asked them all to come to us, but then I would've had to clean. And do laundry. And dishes. Jon was a pretty good sport too and drove us here & there without much complaint. But then he pretty much didn't move from his spot on his brother's couch in Chicago for 2 whole days. Me? I thought I was safe (I may or may not have mocked the situation) but now I feel like my body's slowly dying from the inside out and I will soon wake up as a flesh-eating zombie. Ok, so maybe I've been watching a little too much TV.

There surely is never a good time to be sick, but this week between Christmas and New Year's is like no-man's land, so I guess if I'd have to choose I'd choose this week to convalesce and do absolutely nothing for days. And yes, there is a reason why I'm writing to you from my sick bed: to tell you that I'll extend the QUILT Magazine contest until the end of the week because, 1. the last thing I want to do right now is pick winners and wrap pretty packages, and 2. I wouldn't want to send any unwelcome visitors to my lucky winner. So, you have until Friday to enter. We'll randomly pick a winner this coming weekend and in the New Year, I'll send a flu-free package to a lucky winner. And hey, I am notorious for adding extra goodies to my prize packages so you never know what else you'll get...

Now I'll leave you with these cute pix of Sophie, Sydney and their cousin Asja at the St. Louis Zoo last week. Oh, what fun they all had!!



In case I don't pop back in here... HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone!!!


  1. The "other" Patty here (Mary's friend). Feel better. The flu is the worst! Hope to see you at the next fall market. I'm doing my best to make sure I can go. Love the new line, patterns, all that jazz. Happy New Year!

  2. LOVE the scarves!! are they a sneak peek from your book?!?!?!?!?

  3. I'm a little late in reading this, so I'm sure you are feeling better already, but just in case, GET WELL SOON! Oh, and Happy New Year to you too!!


  4. Thanks for the well wishes. I *am* feeling much better already... it's all upper-respiratory at this point but I'll make it through.

    Kristen... good eye! ;)


  5. Anonymous12:37 AM

    wow.. what a scarf. i havent been to your blog in a while, and please pretty please can i have a tute for that scarf? (your fabric one, if thats not obvious..)

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