Thursday, May 9, 2019

Life after a Flood: It's Not All bad!

   Between 5 and 7 PM on February 27th, a small cold water valve under our master bathroom sink gave way. I was gone but had been in there prior to leaving at 5 PM, so I know it was confined to a 2 hour period. Believe me, 2 hours is ENOUGH! My studio is directly below our master suite, so you can imagine where all the water went, the studio and Randy's mancave next to it. I won't bore you with all the details, but it was a $30,000 loss. We have good replacement cost insurance, so after 2 full months, we are recovered.

   Two days into trying to wash and save my affected fabrics, my washing machine died, It was only a year old and under warranty, but it took 2 weeks to get the necessary electronic part. Hello laundromat, my old enemy.

   Two weeks into the cleanup/rebuild, I got the flu (and, yes, I had the shot.) This flu evidently wasn't the one expected to hit this year. I was very sick for 1 week and left with a bad cough for 3 more.  I found out that the cleanup company we hired had that flu running through all their employees while they worked here! The second week I was sick, my mother-in-law passed away. I couldn't attend the family get togethers till the day of the funeral.

  No pity party here. Like I said, good insurance, we survived and our house is better than ever.

  Good news now! My book, "Quilts of Love and Valor" is available now. It will be shown at Spring Market in Kansas City next week. Yea! I can't be there as my son, Isaah, is scheduled for cornea transplant surgery. My place is with him during that time.

  I'll share some pages from my book...

This is Marching with Sherman. It is also the cover quilt on the book.

Emeline's Garden Baskets.

Cakes for Soldiers.

Love Letters.

Baby Kitty's Quilt.


Union Encampment.

Bear Tracks.

Jacob's Cot Quilt.

25th Iowa.
Hardtack and Coffee.


Ritner Family Album.


   In the book, you'll learn about the Ritner family and the struggles they endured during the Civil War. You will see excerpts from the letters written during the war between Captain Jacob and his wife, Emeline Ritner, that inspired me to create each quilt.

   If you love history or even just reading old letters and diaries, you will enjoy reading Quilts of Love and Valor. The Ritners were a well known and respected family here in Mt. pleasant, Iowa. This is believed to be the only complete set of letters from both parties still in existence today. Look for my book at your local quilt shop. If they don't have it, ask them to order it. I hope you enjoy reading it and hopefully make one or more of these quilts for yourself.

Keep Stitchin',
Becky

28 comments:

  1. So sorry about your loss. Glad that insurance replaced many of your items. Sorry about your mother-in-law. Praying for your son and his upcoming surgery.

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    1. Thank you, Danice. We covet prayers for his eyes.

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  2. Glad to hear you have come through all your losses. Your book excerpts are beautiful.

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  3. So sorry for your loss! And for your MIL passing. I hope life has gotten back together for you.

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  4. We are all better now in every way. Thanks!

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  5. Guess, stress wise, we are in the same family. I used to think that once I had one trauma...life would even out...not so...just youthful dreaming. Your book pix are lovely...sorry for that flood.

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  6. So sorry for your loss, both mother in law and all the house problems..
    Congratulations, your book look wonderful...may you sell many copies..
    Prayers for your son and everything else...

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    1. Thanks, Julee! Can't say it was fun, but we survived it all. As long as Isaah comes out of surgery and has improved vision, we can rejoice in all our blessings.

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  7. I'm so sorry for your difficult times. You should bill that company you hired to help you, but ended up hurting you. A months worth of time & suffering. People who are ill need to stay home. Employer's need to learn they are responsible for having healthy employees. Sorry for the soapbox, but it makes me crazy that people don't know how dangerous the flu can be & that home is where they belong.
    Also condolences for you mil passing. All this will pass in time.

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    1. Thanks, Holly. It's in the past now and all but forgotten. The cleanup/restoration company did an amazing job.

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  8. Wowsers.... another reminder that things could be worse. So very sorry for all the c*%p you’ve endured these past several months. Flooding always is the back of my mind as our basement has flooded several times already.... A friend of ours, however, lost his entire condo when the owner above him had a defective dishwasher. Crazy stuff. Your book looks phenomenal....even though I am really only a “wanna be” quilter....but I am a huge Civil War buff....I am definitely seeing if our local needle/quilt shop will order it for me. Yay you!!! Praying for comfort and healing in the passing of your MIL, and prayers for a safe and successful surgery and speedy recovery for Isaah. Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

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    1. Thank you, Robin. It could have been much worse. We are back to normal except for the surgery on Tuesday. His left eye cornea transplant 18 months ago went well, but was a "full depth" cornea transplant and he was pretty miserable for 4 days. His right eye will only be a first or second level according to his surgeon. It should be much less painful and with both eyes done, he should have 20/25 vision, which is better than he had before with contacs.

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  9. Your book looks wonderful ! Good luck to your son.

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    1. Thanks, Barb! I hope quilters enjoy my book and I appreciate the positive thoughts for my son.

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  12. Oh my goodness!! I just love how you stay positive!! And power through!!! Can't wait to see your book!!!

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    1. Thanks, Alycia. I just can't see wasting my time being depressed or worry about what happened. There is always a silver lining if you look for it.

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  13. Becky,
    We do make it through things don't we and you did it with grace and a positive outlook! Just tickled that Jacob's Cot & Hardtack and Coffee made it! My 2 favorites of yours. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy. Congrats!

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  14. Deb, I'm glad you see some quilts you like. I hope you can find my book. If you make a quilt from it, please send me a photo!

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