Friday, September 19, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles

Today, just because, I baked Pumpkin Pie Spice Snickerdoodle cookies.  Man are they delicious.  CR loves them and even our guy doing maintenance on our heat pump likes them and the house smells so good.  I found the recipe HERE.


First batch fresh out of the oven (minus one for quality assurance)!

Thought I'd show some of the things I'm taking back to the Aunties.

You might recognize this - I made one for myself a few weeks ago.  Thought my Aunt Shirl would like it.  She's not to into fall decorations, but this might catch her eye.

Aunt Jean however LOVES fall decorations and so I made her one with all the oranges and fall colors and this cute embroidery pattern.  I wasn't sure if the all orange embroidery would look good, but I like how it turned out.  I think she will too.

An Angel pillow for Aunt Jean - it has the same fabrics I used in the quilt I made for her.  Hoping that will get back from the quilters sooner, rather than later.  I have the binding all prepared and waiting to be put on as well as a label.

An Angel pillow for Aunt Shirl.  Her living room is mostly beige, so I thought this would go well and give her a pop of color.  Beige is boring after a while if you ask me.

A table runner for Aunt Shirl.  Again it will go nicely with her beige living room or kitchen table and give her a bit of color.

Another view of the table runner.  Only one Auntie is getting a quilt this year, perhaps next year I'll do one for Aunt Shirl, the only problem is that she won't use it because she won't want her cats to get on it or have to wash it - I don't get it, she's 70+ years old, time for saving stuff for good is well past it's expiration date.  I say use what you have and love - you can't take it with you.

I wasn't going to post all of this till I'd left, but then I remembered, they don't read my blog, I have to send an email with the posting cut and pasted into the email for them to read it.  So no problem, I won't send this one.  I still have to make cookies to take back.  Grandmas Buccaroons are their favorite and they absolutely require a big mixer to mix the very stiff dough, well the one Aunt has a hand mixer and I don't think the other even has that, so these cookies must be made and taken back.

After a rough week I am finally feeling better and ready to get out and about more.  It took a while to get over the last treatment this time around.  I guess I'm starting to think more about my trip, it's coming up quickly.  I leave the night of October 7th on the redeye and arrive at 9:30 the morning of the 8th and will return home on the 22nd.  Since I'll be back there for my birthday I've already told them where they must take me for my b-day dinner.  We were supposed to go there 2 years ago when I was back but the place closes for the first week of October, so I was bummed.  October 7th is also our Grandson's 12th birthday, good grief time flies.  And he's starting to get that teenage attitude too, lord who knew it started so soon, but I guess it does.  I'm not a fan of the attitude so I hope it passes quickly!!

I had wanted to go to the Walla Walla Quilt show this weekend but decided against it and opted to take it easy since most of the week was rough on me.  I want to feel really good when I get on that plane.  The thought of getting through security for the plane is not fun, between my metal hip and now my knee, boy will I get frisked and probed.  Oh well better safe than sorry - but it sure is embarrassing.

So what are you up to this weekend?  Any fun plans - I'd love to hear about them.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam



Sunday, September 14, 2014

Celebrating Remission

Yep, I did the happy dance on Friday at 10:30 am.  That's when I got my very LAST treatment and officially entered into remission!!  Oh what a good feeling it is.  Well except that Betty(bladder) has been in a major cranky mood.  Yeah she's making me pay, but it's the last time, so she can do what she needs to do and in a week it will just be a memory.

On Thursday we stopped at the North Town Mall in Spokane and I went to the Yankee Candle store.  My purpose was to by wax melts, however I ended up buying a new wax melter thingy for our new kitchen.


I got us wax melts in Pumpkin Pie, Hazelnut latte, Chai and Home Sweet Home.  Those should be some good smells.  Well good when I'm not baking, which I did today.  Yep I tried out a new recipe and man are they delish.  Amish Sugar Cookies that I saw on Facebook, a Taste of Home Recipe you can find HERE.


They are tested and approved by Cliff.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Never Forget

Today is 9/11, thirteen years ago our world changed here in the United States.  I was in Albuquerque, New Mexico about to teach a computer class on Kirtland Air Force Base to DOE and DOE contractors.  Suddenly the base was closed to all non-military personal and we were rushed out with barely enough time to gather our things.  A couple days later it was a long drive home as the planes were still grounded and at that point I truly didn't have much of a desire to get on a plane.

I saw this on Facebook this morning.  I love Jim Shore and I love the simple message this gives:

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My hubby liked it too, so I went looking for it and found it on Amazon for 29.00 and if you have prime, the shipping is free.  So guess what we will be adding to our home soon.

The events of this day truly changed our world and the lives lost are something we can never forget.

God Bless America!!

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Cover for my Kitchen Aid Mixer

A few months ago I went looking online for a tutorial on making a cover for my Kitchen Aid Mixer.  I love my mixer so much and felt it needed to be classed up with the new kitchen and all.  So today I sat down and made it with fabric I bought when I did my celebratory fabric shopping in Spokane in August.



This is the place it resides when not in use.
 
I like it so much I think I'll throw together a couple of hot pads in matching fabric tomorrow if I have time.

Thursday we are off to Spokane to meet with CR's Oncologist and then Friday, at 10:30 PST, please join me in doing the happy dance, because no matter how painful the last treatment is or isn't -- it's the LAST!!

I don't know if I've ever mentioned that I have Restless Legs Syndrome.  Years ago I had a sleep study done and they've not seen many patients who have as many involuntary movements as I do in an hour.  So the doc put me on Requip and all has been fine for years.  Well the past few months I've had issues where I'll wake up around 3am and it's like the Requip has worn off and my legs are going to town making it impossible for me to get back to sleep.  Well one cause of that is iron deficiency, which after some blood work up, I seem to have.  I have to do another test for the doc, then take iron for a few weeks and see if my iron improves and if the problem improves.  I swear it's one thing after another, isn't it.

And if that's not enough, I have a tooth that is bothering me and so it's off to the dentist tomorrow to make sure there isn't a problem.  With a trip to North Carolina fast approaching I just don't want to take a chance and then have an issue away from home.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Getting Ready for Autumn

Do any of you get the American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine?  I do and it had a great little embroidered hanging by Bird Brain Designs (one of my fave embroidery places).  So I did the embroidery and then put the hanging together and put it on my door for fall:


They actually sell an adorable small quilt stand for this little hanging at Bird Brain Designs so you can put it on a side table or coffee table, but I thought it was perfect for my door.

And to add to the Autumn feel (my favorite season), I'm baking some Pumpkin Choc. Chip Blondie's.  If they taste as good as they smell, I might eat the whole pan:



I got the recipe HERE.

It's been a rough and exhausting weekend, but only one more treatment left to go, so I can do it!!  There is a nationwide shortage of one medicine they use on me, so rather than wait till October when it's supposed to be back in stock, I've opted for a different medicine, which is really the same, but a different name.  By this time next week I don't care how bad I feel, I'll be celebrating an end to all of this.  Betty Bladder is really sick and tired of it all, as am I.

For all this Autumn talk, it's freaking 90 degrees out today and won't cool back into the 80's till Tuesday or so.  Normal for us to have warmer days and cool nights so I'm not complaining and I do smell fall in the air.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Remodel is Complete

Today our electrician came in and put lights above the counter to the right of the sink and above the sink area.  He also finished off the outlets on the tiled wall.  Thank god the remodel is complete, cuz I really just had reached my wits end with it all.  That said I'm so grateful that we could afford to do this and I love the way it turned out.






 
The other day I was sewing away and Rascal was sound asleep in the window of my sewing room.  He is such a little stinker, yet he looks so angelic when he sleeps.  He is always up to something and always playing with toys or pouncing on his brothers or swatting at Maddison's fuffy tail (oh man that makes her mad).  He really lives up to his name!!


 
Then there is Chanceman, he may be 10 years old, but that cat has never met a high up place that is out of his reach.  Lately his high wire antics are at the top of the fridge as he surveys his minions:



I have all my sewing done in anticipation of my trip back east in October.  Tomorrow is my 2nd treatment (next Friday is my very last one!!) and I'm not looking forward to it, but I do just want to get it all done!!

Cliff saw his radiation oncologist today, as suspected he is maxed out on radiation so that is not an option, but she'd like him to have a PET Scan, which may detect what the CAT Scan and Bone Scan could not.  She's sending her recommendations to the Oncologist and we'll see her next Thursday.  We really need to figure out where that cancer is growing and start treating it.

Meanwhile the swelling around Cliff's eyes and forehead is gone so he doesn't look quite as bad, but he's turning a pretty shade of yellow and purple.  The scrap on his forehead is almost healed and gone.  He's been using honey on it because honey is a natural antibacterial - works like a charm and quickly.

It's cooled off quite a bit here and you can feel the slight chill of fall in the air.  It was sure a hot summer so the coolness feels so good.  It's still shorts weather, but pleasantly warm, rather than painfully hot.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Monday, September 1, 2014

Black Eyes

So if you face plant on an asphalt driveway, and you're wearing your sunglasses.................this is what you look like 2 days later.  Note - Cliff is giving his best prize fighter/tough guy look for this photo.


My poor honey.  I told him he better tell the real story, I don't want people thinking I did this to him.  The peach cobbler was wonderful, however it hasn't helped at all with his healing, darn it!!

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Saturday, August 30, 2014

What Happens When You Fall on Asphalt

Cliff was outside today washing the 5th wheel and getting it all cleaned up so we could park it back in the garage.  While he was busy with that I ran a few errands and grocery shopped.  I finally felt good enough today to get out and do things.  When I got home, Cliff was inside, he came around the corner and this is what I saw:


 
Poor guy tripped over a cord for the 5th wheel and landed on the driveway head first.  He said that he didn't black out and his bad shoulder hurts worse than his head does.  He's been icing it like a good boy every since.  I was so shocked when I saw him - I wasn't gone that long and he didn't even call me to come help him out.  Last August he took a tumble out of a flower bed and cracked some ribs and landed on his behind on the asphalt driveway.  I think next August we won't be able to leave him to his own devices - there seems to be a mishap pattern going on here. 
 
Or I could get him a life alert that senses when he's not on his own two feet and calls my cell phone, hmmm, maybe I can invent that.
 
Okay enough picking on my poor hubby.  Last night I got the cutest picture of Rascal.  When he lays like this it's hard for me to not rub his adorable tummy and I usually do rub it.  The problem is there are a couple of spots that when rubbed just right tickle the heck out of him and he doesn't like it.  But oh that little tummy is so soft and sweet:
 


He can be such a little stinker, but so darn adorable and sweet when he sleeps.

We had a big wind kick up for a while and it looked like it was going to rain, but so far, not a drop.  A friend dropped off a bunch of huge peaches for me today, so my cobbler recipe says you can mix up the peach part of the recipe and freeze it.  Well now we have 3 peach cobbler fillings in the freezer and ready for the winter, yummy.  I also got beautiful, crisp, fresh off the tree apples at Farmers Market today.  They looked so good that I got to the car, and got an apple out and ate one on the way home.  It was so delicious. 

Well I have a few things I still need to get done and a peach cobbler in the oven for Cliff - it will help his boo-boo I'm sure.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Interviews with the Children


Most of you who have cats, dogs or both know that any type of disruption in the house is a complete and total travesty and really ruins their day, or in our case, many weeks of their little lives.  I mean really parents should not screw with napping, eating, more napping schedules.  But in the case of the Edwards Children, their lives have been turned upside down of late - they have horrible parents and as soon as they figure out how to use a phone they will be calling child protective services.

We'll start our interviews with Rascal, the baby of the family:

At first the usually talkative Rascal wasn't in the mood to be interviewed. 
It seems a fly had gotten into the house and he was on the hunt
The first day they stuck me in a room with my brothers, how boring, all those guys do is sleep.  Today I thought I had it made, the guy was here to do the grout and we were free to roam.  My brothers were off napping somewhere and I was right in the middle of the action.  The guy had this bucket of water and that really caught my attention.  Then my darn Dad was worried I'd go for a swim in the bucket or dump it, so he put me in Mom's sewing room to behave myself.  I mean really, I wouldn't have done that - nope, not me, look at my sweet and innocent face!!  I just wanted to help him!!

 
Interview with Scotchie:
 
I really am not interested in discussing the events of the past few weeks, especially the last 2 days.  I do not like strangers and the only way I will entertain coping with this is to hide and pretend the mess and the strange people do not exist. 
Please leave, I'm trying to catch up on my sleep.  But you may come back later and give me a tummy rub - I like that!!
 

Interview with Chanceman:


Well, I should have been asked to help, after all I'm totally into construction of any kind, but no, they didn't want me to help, so I just slept through as much of it as possible.  Sure my feelings were hurt, but what more can a guy do.  Me and my big guy (Dad) will probably do small construction jobs around the house and I'll get to help with that, so I'm cool.  I mean Dad couldn't do a job without me - really, you can ask him!!  I even have to help him when he's on the computer.

Interview with Maddie:

Dad - do I have to tell her anything.  Can't I plead the 5th?  I don't want to do this unless treats for me are involved!!

Okay so here it is in a nutshell - I DO NOT like the alarm clock.  When it goes off I am highly disturbed and Dad makes me go outside before I'm ready to wake up, let alone move.  If I had my way we would not be allowed to ever wake up before 7am, preferably 8am and we'd always go to bed by 9pm.  But you two never let me have my way and it's cruel.  I mean I may look like a pampered princess, but trust me people, they treat me awful, especially when they make me wake up to an alarm clock.  Animal Cruelty!!  I feel so misunderstood!
One last thing.  Maddie and I went out to the garage to paint the  S E W letters in my sewing room.  They were originally white and after looking at them for a year I knew I wanted to paint them a sunset orange color to go on my morning sunshine yellow wall.  We think it turned out pretty!

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Don't tell Maddie, but the alarm is going to go off next week too, we still need the electrician to come in and finish his work and next Friday we have to be in Spokane by 11 for my second treatment.  She is not going to be amused.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Friday, August 29, 2014

Grout

This morning the guys showed up to grout the tile.  People who know me, know I LOVE my coffee, and so it should be fitting that the color of the grout I chose is called Latte.  Seems fitting, right.

 

 
Now we just need to let it cure and get our electrician here to finish his job.  It's almost done and since this all started in June, I think it's about time!!

Speaking of my love of coffee.  There is a coffee roaster in Spokane called Thomas Hammer and we love their coffee.  They have a signature roast that they use for their espresso drinks and that is what we first tasted.  So we recently purchased some to bring home while we were in Spokane.  We liked it so much I went online to get more and also bought a couple drip brews - their 20th Anniversary blend and their Blue Eyes blend, both are delicious.


I love their orange bags and orange cups.  Wonder if they know orange is the color for bladder cancer?

Cliff's Radiation Oncologist (RO) called him this morning as he had an appointment with her for this afternoon to discuss any possibilities for more radiation.  His Medical Oncologist (MO) wanted him to meet with the RO to see.  We had met with The RO in January about it and at that time he was maxed out, but to satisfy the MO we made an appointment.  Well the RO wants to talk directly to the MO to understand what she wants to know before we go in, we may end up not seeing the RO at all for that matter.  So we've rescheduled for next Thursday, unless we find out there is no reason to go in. 

I'm moving slow today, rather tired but overall things are straightening out and I'm feeling better.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam