I’ve been corresponding with my friend, Rebecca Walton, from Rubber Stamp Tapestry, the peg stamp company.  It’s a small, family-owned company, with mainly she and her husband doing everything.  They took a family vacation to Buffalo, NY, and the day they got there, their son, who is 16, contracted a disease I’ve never heard of, called Guillain-Barre Syndrome.  It basically shuts down the muscles in the body, starting at the feet, and working its way up.  He lost lung function and had to be put on a ventilator….Hopefully, he’s been taken off it by now, but has to relearn to do everything all over again.  Rebecca said it’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to her and her family, but is so grateful that it happened in Buffalo, as they have the doctors and staff to accommodate it.,   Since they live in Star, N.C., it’s an undertaking to continue to run their business and stay with Logan.  She’s been trying to make trips back and forth, and luckily, there’s a Ronald McDonald house there that they can use, instead of hotel, but still….they have two other children and a lot on their plates.  She’s very grateful for the doctors and facilities available to her, but I just can’t imagine what they are going through and wish there was something I can do for them.  The most I’ve done so far, is post their story and their  Gofundme page on facebook.  Here’s the link if you have interest in helping.  (I think you’ll need to copy and paste this to get the link to work.)


Your thoughts and prayers would be greatly appreciated as well..

As for us, we spent the 4th of July with our close friends at their beach house on Lake Erie.  It was so relaxing, and time with friends is always a nice break.  I’ve been working on a card, using Arteza’s professional grade watercolor pencils, and have really enjoyed using them.  They are soft and easy to use….they don’t give me muscle strain and so far, I think they are a very good watercolor pencil.  I’ve been coloring a huge chameleon stamp, and the colors are vibrant and (I think) look great.  I hate saying that, as it sounds like I’m patting myself on the back..  And really, I’m patting the back of the pencils instead. haha….

Rich’s working on getting my baby bird video uploaded, and it should be the next one to go live.  I think we did a pretty good job of showing the birds, from right after hatching, to the point where they are ready to leave the nest.  The only thing we think we missed, was the actually leaving, but we haven’t watched all of the footage yet, to know if we caught one flying away…It would be amazing if we did catch it…..and I’m crossing my fingers that we did…..

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