Fabric, Kona Cottons

May 1 – Roasted Pecan

Photo by Pixaby

Today’s Kona Cotton color of the day is Roasted Pecan.

Yummy! If you haven’t ever had pecan pie before you do NOT know what you are missing! It is so-freaking-fantastic! And it is surprisingly VERY easy to make. HOWEVER, it is not for the faint of heart because the pie is very SWEET… like brush and floss your teeth after eating it sweet! And my apologies to all those allergic to tree nuts, because you (obviously) shouldn’t have any. But, it’s better that way.

A sad, but true story in my life is about my cousin, Diane. I have a very soft spot in my heart for my good friend, quilting buddy and all around Gal-Pal, Diane Martin. Not just because she is a really terrific person inside and out, but also because of her name. It reminds me of my cousin, who I miss a lot.

My cousin Diane was just a couple of years younger than me and our families often got together during the summertime because my Aunt and Uncle had a house on the lake. We spent a lot of summers together and she and I were always constant companions then. And as we got older, she never made me feel bad that I couldn’t get the hang of water skiing. But that’s another story for another day. I will always remember Diane with her inhaler in her hand and her ever constant wheeze when she spoke or breathed. I only remember as a young girl that my mom had said that Diane was born with severe allergies (including tree nuts) and asthma and at first, as a baby, they didn’t expect her to survive. But, survive she did. According to my mother, she was allergic to practically everything. As we all grew up into our teenage years, everyone grew apart and went on their own merry way. In the summer of 1986, when my second child was not even a year old, my cousin died. We were close. My mother didn’t even have the heart to tell me herself. She told my husband who then told me. I cried. And even though many many years have since passed, it just seemed like the people in your life that should live to be one hundred, don’t get past their thirties. She was only 22. She died because she ate something that she was allergic to and didn’t know that her allergen was in the food. She died two days before her wedding.

So… no quilt design today. Just a public service announcement. There are millions of people in the world today that have allergies of all kinds. And sometimes the physical problems are on the inside and can’t always be seen on the outside. So if someone tells you they are allergic to a particular food, medication or any crazy such thing… believe them and help them if they need it. Some allergies are just a nuisance, a minor annoyance and uncomfortable. But some are dangerous and even deadly so take it seriously.

So take care of yourselves and be good to each other. Time is far too short to waste.

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