Down and Out

I’ve had to take a little break, kiddos.   

I’m down and out with pneumonia, of all things.  Spent Sunday in the hospital.  On tons of pills.   Seeing my MD again this morning.     Other than that, all is well!  🙂   xoxom

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55 Comments on “Down and Out”

  1. April 15, 2008 at 1:10 PM #

    Hope you feel better soon!

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  2. Julie
    April 15, 2008 at 1:30 PM #

    Hope your back on your feet soon!

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  3. April 15, 2008 at 1:49 PM #

    Get better soon! Take care…

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  4. sharon
    April 15, 2008 at 2:39 PM #

    Hope you get well soon……..we miss you!

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  5. April 15, 2008 at 3:47 PM #

    We will be fine, for a little bit without you. You just take care of yourself and get better.

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  6. mary lou
    April 15, 2008 at 5:00 PM #

    Catch up on some well deserved rest!

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  7. April 15, 2008 at 5:04 PM #

    Oh MARK! You need to take better care of yourself and not have soo much fun visiting new places and shopping 🙂 hugs hun, hope you are feeling well soon!

    Toni in Maryland

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  8. Colleen
    April 15, 2008 at 5:35 PM #

    Hope you feel better soon Mark. We miss your smiling face.

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  9. Jackie
    April 15, 2008 at 10:28 PM #

    Well pneumonia is bad . . . but a great excuse to do nothing but lay around in bed and watch TV. Let’s look on the bright side – – you waited to get sick until the writers went back to work so there is something to watch on TV. It would have been so much worse a month ago! Get better soon.

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  10. Sally
    April 15, 2008 at 10:31 PM #

    Sometimes there’s just no choice. It’s a tough way to take a break though and we wish you a speedy recovery. Take care…

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  11. mary from utah
    April 15, 2008 at 11:11 PM #

    Oh Mark, I am so sorry to hear that you are WAY under the weather. Pneumonia is nothing to mess around with (I know that)!! Take care of yourself and stop trying to do 50,000 things in one week. We’ll be lonely without your awsome and insightful posts, but your job now is to get rest and get better.
    mary

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  12. Barb
    April 15, 2008 at 11:25 PM #

    Ditto what everyone else said. Take it easy, slowwwwwww down. Catch up on some light reading maybe, and nap a lot.

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  13. Karen from NY
    April 15, 2008 at 11:46 PM #

    Get well soon. Or all the pickles are going to come over there and feed you chicken soup and fuss around until you recover! There that should do it.
    Karen

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  14. Carleen
    April 16, 2008 at 1:15 AM #

    Mark, Take care of yourself. Pneumonia is nothing to fool around with and can take forever to get over if you try to get back to work too soon. Wish I could get you some of our chicken-noodle soup!!!!! Carleen

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  15. April 16, 2008 at 12:19 PM #

    Behave yourself and rest. Love you too much to lose you so please do look after yourself… Big hugs, C xoxo

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  16. Vicki
    April 16, 2008 at 12:35 PM #

    Take all your medicine, rest, and drink plenty of fluids. Resting will be the tough one for you, but so necessary. Lots of healing thoughts coming your way…..xoxoapickle

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  17. Denise Johnston
    April 16, 2008 at 2:03 PM #

    Feel better Mark. Hope you are least able to read some good books and get some well-deserved sleep. Denise in Ct

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  18. carlafibers
    April 16, 2008 at 2:09 PM #

    Head Pickle, get better soon!!! Hugs, Carla (Feathered Fibers)

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  19. carlafibers
    April 16, 2008 at 2:15 PM #

    PS: Now you can rest up to dish the dirt on American Idol, and other similar shows. I am still devastated that Michael Johns got voted off the Island! That man is just plain yummy, isn’t he?

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  20. Penny Schmitt
    April 16, 2008 at 7:26 PM #

    Oh, do we ever have to learn how to pace ourselves in a world with so many possibilities and so little time! Take it easy. We will be eagerly waiting to hear from you, and patiently waiting too–until you get really well! A stitch in time saves nine!!!!!!!!!!

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  21. Jodi Struble
    April 16, 2008 at 8:40 PM #

    Jewish Chicken Soup:
    1 large chicken, place in pot & cover with water
    Add large onion quartered, 2-3 stalks celery and 3-4 carrot sliced thick
    Fresh dill – whole package or about 1 C (chopped)
    Simmer for about an hour or until chicken is tender – remove from stock
    Add salt & pepper to taste
    Boil broad noodles in stock (about 10 minutes) & return boned chicken to soup
    THE CHICKEN FAT IS THE SECRET TO JEWISH PENICILLIN!!!
    Feel better soon, Mark. We miss you.

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  22. Traci
    April 16, 2008 at 11:21 PM #

    Get well soon!!!

    Hugs,
    Traci

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  23. bethny
    April 17, 2008 at 12:17 AM #

    Take care of yourself…..be gentle with yourself….and feel better.

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  24. Bridget
    April 17, 2008 at 3:55 AM #

    Get better, Mark. Being a tad ADHD meself, I know how hard it is to rest, but if you are sick enough, it will be easy.

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  25. Deb
    April 17, 2008 at 4:47 AM #

    Hi honey – We’re thinking of you and sending our best hopes for you to get well, and also really hoping you’ll be able to stay strong and disciplined and just REST. We know how hard it is for you, but I’m one more person saying “Don’t mess with pneumonia!” ’cause if you do, it will just last longer and cause you more problems down the road. Maybe the Pickles could write this issue of the mag for you. 🙂
    Deb

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  26. Sandie
    April 17, 2008 at 8:26 PM #

    Hey Mark-
    Hope you are following the advice of all of the other Pickles who beat me to the punch. Personal experience tells me that although you may not be able to enjoy the down time, you have to take it in order to recover and come back to fight another day! Just think of all the quilts you can plan in between those naps!

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  27. Dee Johnson
    April 18, 2008 at 12:44 AM #

    Thinking of you and wishing you to feel better. (Always feels good when the hurting quits)-so that sounded like a bad country western song…oh yea, you do have a dog, and a cat – got a pick up truck? Seriously, feel better-hugs from MN, Dee

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  28. April 19, 2008 at 2:31 AM #

    If you wanted to get away from it all for awhile I can think of better places than a hospital to be at.
    Hope all is getting better with you and do what the doctor tells you to do!

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  29. April 20, 2008 at 12:18 PM #

    Hey Mark, Feel better soon!

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  30. JoAnne Fabry, CT Piecemakers Quilt Guild
    April 21, 2008 at 1:32 PM #

    Hi Mark,

    You should have seen the long faces at our Guild meeting last Monday when I announced that Mark was not coming….but, not to feel guilty, friend….everyone was very understanding of your situation and we ALL just want you to be well!!!! And, most importantly…we really are looking forward, even more than ever, to have you make up the missed lecture/workshop at CT Piecemakers. We’re hoping you can commit to Monday, Oct. 20 for the lecture/meeting and Tuesday, Oct. 21 for the workshop. I need to apply for the library lecture hall for all of the 2008/09 season next week, or we’ll lose our options for our meeting dates. Could you just let me know if you can re-schedule for our Guild for those two days? Our members who paid for the workshop have their fabric cut (*according to your specs) and are looking forward to the class.

    Hope you’re doing better this week with your pneumonia, and that you’re able to concentrate on getting well. I apologize for bringing business into the conversation when you should just be thinking about yourself, but that’s life!!

    Regards,

    JoAnne Fabry, Guild Pres.

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  31. April 21, 2008 at 3:09 PM #

    My STARS! You all take care! I am here if you need me.

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  32. Judy L.
    April 22, 2008 at 3:52 AM #

    Hope you’re feeling better!

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  33. Robin
    April 22, 2008 at 1:57 PM #

    Mark, We miss you! Hope you are doing well!

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  34. Sally
    April 23, 2008 at 1:07 AM #

    Hope you are feeling some better, but you may be feeling discouraged that you’re not getting better faster. At least you can use the time to catch up on all the bad TV you miss the rest of the time! There’s nothing like being sick to remind you of how good “normal” feels. Hope your dinner with us in PA was not to blame and that your parents are well.

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  35. Barbara D
    April 24, 2008 at 8:56 PM #

    Mark – hope you’re feeling better every day and taking it easy till you’re completely over the ‘bug’. All the best to you. Barbara

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  36. April 25, 2008 at 2:30 AM #

    Good Golly Mark: What have you done to yourself? Please make sure that you have others do for you and that we will hear all the ways that you are going to make changes to your lifestyle so this won’t happen again….I know whereof I speak! We are all thinking about you and your smiley chops so hope that you are on the mend and will be telling tales of Pickle Road soon…Be good to yourself. as your family needs you healthy. Lorie( from Nanaimo, BC and Rancho Mirage, CA)

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  37. becky
    April 26, 2008 at 4:54 AM #

    awwww, man ..so unfair…hope u r back to your perky self asap!!!!!!

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  38. Jane Early
    April 27, 2008 at 5:03 PM #

    Hi Mark,

    I love your blogs and this am was wondering why I did not hear from your blog site….needed loads of laughs and went to you at Pickle Road……so very sorry to hear you are ill…..and I imagine laying around is driving you crazy.

    If anyone needs a rest it is you but not this way……take good care and will look forward to you return…..God Bless…….Jane

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  39. Tina
    April 28, 2008 at 2:32 AM #

    I hope you are feeling better, I miss your words of wisdom!

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  40. Doug Conrad
    April 28, 2008 at 9:11 PM #

    hey there,
    well, its going on two weeks since you posted so i do hope that you feel better. take care of yourself and i look forward to your future blogs.

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  41. Gail
    April 29, 2008 at 2:37 PM #

    Mark:
    PLEASE take care of yourself. You need to slow down just a bit my friend. We need you.
    Smooches,
    Gail from Rhode Island

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  42. Diane
    April 29, 2008 at 10:55 PM #

    I am worried!!! Hope you are feeling much better and we hear from you soon!!!

    Diane from Patchogue, LI, NY

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  43. Daryl
    April 30, 2008 at 1:02 PM #

    I hope you get to feeling better, rest and drink lots of liquids.

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  44. Edie McGinnis
    May 1, 2008 at 2:23 AM #

    Hey Guy,

    Hope you’re soon feeling on top of the world.

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  45. Trafficdonna
    May 1, 2008 at 4:49 PM #

    Mark,

    Sorry to hear you are under the weather. Take ALL of the antibiotics as prescribed, drink TONS of fluids, and REST. No sitting at the computer, no quilting, no stressing out over the tasks unfinished–if you don’t recover they won’t get done anyway. Just REST and know we are all praying for you and love you.

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  46. Sally
    May 2, 2008 at 7:00 PM #

    I sure miss your witty blog. Hope you are feeling better.
    Maybe hanging upside down wasn’t good for you-Ha. I guess you can tell I am looking at my May/June magazine.

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  47. Penny Schmitt
    May 8, 2008 at 12:29 PM #

    Hi Mark–Hope that your rest and recovery is going ok, and that your pneumonia has not proven to have extensive complications . . . as it has been known to do! Just know that your friends in fabric land are still thinking about you and hoping that nothing dire is happening in your world. Those fabric journals in the last issue of QuiltersHome are proving extremely popular among my circle of friends. Your creative offerings are bearing fruit even as you must stay on the sidelines! Hoping all the best for you! Penny

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  48. May 12, 2008 at 12:14 AM #

    Wow!!! Was really hoping you’d be back up and at it! Sorry that pneumonia has you down 😦 Most importantly take care for you and don’t be afraid to ask for help! You’ll get through it. I know how hard it is to be down. I’m a pet groomer of twenty two years and carpal tunnel has reared it’s ugly head. So they have done surgery on both of my hands a week apart and my business has come to an unpaid screeching halt as I am the only employee 😦 The thing we need to remember is to take care of us, get better and get back at it. If they are worth it they’ll still be there :0) GET WELL!

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  49. Scott
    May 16, 2008 at 12:36 PM #

    Hope you are feeling better. Just stay home comforted by your loving family. Feel well. Rest!

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  50. May 18, 2008 at 4:22 AM #

    Take care of yourself, Mark. I really hope you are on the mend and that your long hiatus is from good busyness and not continuing illness.

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  51. Penny Schmitt
    May 19, 2008 at 4:54 PM #

    INFLUENCE! INFLUENCE! I just bought a copy of a Better Homes & Gardens quilt shop round up magazine. By golly, Quilters Home is making a dent in the all-quilting-all-the-time thing. This issue actually featured some ‘fun finds’ from the states where the shops were located (including . . . BEER!) and suggested other enjoyable restaurants, shops and attractions one might visit while in the area. Your idea that we are actually well rounded individuals seems to be catching on. Keep recuperating! P.

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  52. Sally in TX
    May 20, 2008 at 7:35 PM #

    Mark,
    I hope this finds you on the mend!!! We miss your blogging…and I know once you get caught up after being sick, we’ll get to see all your pics, notes, etc again. It is really missed!!!
    Just to let you know…I got an email newsletter from http://www.wishuponaquilt.com I’ve bought lots from there, and they are great. Anyway…in the letter, they say…
    “In addition to your favorite designers that we currently stock,
    we will be adding two new designers (Erin McMorris and Mark Lipinski)
    with collections that debut later this Summer. Stay tuned…you will not
    want to miss them!”
    Woo hoo!!!
    Just wanted to let you know that your new collection is being advertised by this shop!!
    Take care, and hope to see you back with us soon!!!
    Sally in hot, steamy, humid TX

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  53. Yvonne
    May 21, 2008 at 12:36 PM #

    Hope you are feeling your ol’ energetic self SOOON! Get better. You are missed. 🙂

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  54. May 23, 2008 at 5:06 PM #

    Hey Mark,
    Missing your fun posts on the blog, but glad to see that you’re taking time for some real recovery. xoxo

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  55. Lois Griffin
    May 24, 2008 at 1:08 PM #

    Hey Mark!!!

    I am missing your blog posts. Hope this finds you Jeff and Evan all doing well. Can’t wait til you are blogging again.

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