Thursday, October 1, 2015

A Few New Things

A few weeks ago, while I still had the cast on, my Aunt Jean sent me a picture of these beautiful lamps she found at Hobby Lobby.  I fell in love with them.  At that same time I was searching the internet to see if I could find a new coffee table that was smaller and didn't feel like it took up all the floor space in the living room.  Once I found what I wanted I told Cliff that although my birthday wasn't till October, I wanted the coffee table I'd found online and the lamp at Hobby Lobby, he said that was fine.  So I ordered the table, as soon as the cast came off we went to Hobby Lobby and here is what I got for my birthday a month or so early.

My new coffee table with the new table runner I made
and showed a picture of in my last post.

The old coffee table was a bit shorter and 30 inches square, so almost double the width of this one.
I just love this lamp and now all of us have one because my other
Aunt loved it so much that she has one now as well.  It really is pretty.
I've started some embroidery projects that will turn into wall hangings with a Christmas theme for the Aunties.  And I have some projects in the sewing room that are barely begun that I need to pay attention to and do something about.  It's always good to have some projects hanging out waiting for the mood to strike you.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

18 Pounds

Eighteen pounds of an orange cat on your back, a tad heavy, but he's so sweet that you can't get mad, you just pet him and tell him he's a pretty boy.

My Cliff is such a patient man and for some reason Scotchie has taken to getting on his shoulders.  Which is not small amount of weight, but he's so darn sweet and such a shy boy most of the time.  It's nice to see him have this little routine with Cliff.

In other news I've been working on a new table runner for my new coffee table.  I need to get the binding on and then it will be ready.

I love the pattern, so easy to put together - the pattern is called Tankini, odd name, but great pattern and like I said easy to put together.

Tomorrow the boot comes off, you'll hear me celebrating around 11am pacific standard time.  I am excited to wear a "pair" of shoes again and not have to wear this one flip flop that is about the same height as the boot so my back doesn't hurt.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Saturday, September 26, 2015


This has been a year of changes for us.  Some of the changes have been difficult, but we have powered through them and accepted them and kept on fighting.

One big change is my dear Cliff's health.  The meds are working well, but have really slowed him down.  It's been a hard transition for him to face the fact that he just can't go and do like he used to.  Don't get me wrong, he is still doing well, but just not as much.  We have decided recently to find a local Oncologist so that we no longer have to make the 2&1/2 hour drive to Spokane monthly for his appointments and soon we will also move our primary doctor to a local doc as well.  I've found a good Oncologist for him and we should start seeing him in October.

October will bring another change for me - freedom from the walking boot.  Yep, I'll be able to wear a shoe again and do some PT to strengthen my ankle.  It's doing really well and I'm so glad this whole process is winding down.

Another big change - our 15 year old washer and dryer, which still worked, needed work and so we decided it was a good time to get new ones to be on the safe side.  So yesterday we had these delivered and hooked up:

I have to say these are fancy.  They have a steam feature and I actually had to read the instruction manual to learn how to operate them.  Things have changed in 15 years.

Early in September I was busy making 3 of these wall hangings.  I saw the pattern in a quilting magazine and thought my Aunties would like one and I knew I wanted one:

I went to Hobby Lobby a couple of weeks ago and found this adorable owl - fall decoration.

I just have a thing for owls lately.

Then I thought I'd show you a few pictures I took the other day with Cliff and Chanceman.  Poor Cliff, he'll be on his computer reading things and Chanceman comes along for some attention and then it turns into Chanceman laying down and wanting to nap on the laptop keyboard.  All sorts of wild things happen and Cliff usually has to shut it down to get it back to normal again.  And through it all he is so patient with our animals.

I know I've been missing in action a lot, but honestly there just hasn't been a lot going on.  Life has slowed down and the day to day stuff probably wouldn't be that interesting to share.  I'm just grateful that I have my husband and we can be together and I am here to help him with whatever comes along.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Friday, September 4, 2015

Goodbye Cast

Yesterday was cast removal day.  Boy was I excited, it's been the longest 6 weeks of my life.

This is my happy face on the way to the appointment:

Then there was the freeing of my leg, which led to scratching and a whole lot of flaky skin, ugh!

I couldn't believe hot my foot was still orange from the iodine that they use before surgery.

First order of business was to put my lovely new boot on:

Then make an appointment for 4 weeks.  Right now I have stretching exercises to do and I can remove the boot to shower and sleep and exercises, but for any walking, the boot must be on.  In 4 weeks, no more boot and then some PT.

Next order of business was to return that scooter that I like to call the death trap scooter, because I ran over my toe with it and hit my good ankle on it so many times I thought I was going to kill myself.

Then home we came so I could shave 6 weeks of hair on that leg - I swear it was so long I could have braided it.

Then we went to Costco, okay that part was a bit ambitious and I was sore when we got home and had to ice it the rest of the night.  Today it looks great and I slept like a baby.

The only real issue is the calf, it needs some serious stretching because it was in that cast for so long and it's on the verge of a charlie horse at any given moment of the day or night.

It feels so good to have that cast off.  I can't describe it, but I was starting to feel so closed in by it all and now I can get out on my own and do things on my own and do them much easier too.

Life is GOOD.
Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Friday, August 28, 2015

Good News

It's been a year since my last cancer check and treatments.  Can't believe that a year has passed.  Anyhow the good news of it all is this - I am CANCER FREE!!  Betty Bladder is in good health and I don't see the Urologist till next August.

Cliff's PSA is remaining in the 40's which is awesome and he is doing well.  His only complaint is that the meds do slow him down and he's having a hard time getting started in the mornings.  But he feels well and looks great and isn't in any pain.

The only other news is that I only have 6 days left of this annoying cast and it can't pass by quick enough for me at this point.  

We are supposed to get rain this weekend and I'm praying for lots of it in the fire areas.  It seems like most of this beautiful state is burning at the moment and something has to give.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Saturday, August 22, 2015


I'm counting down the torturous days left in this cast.  12 Days.  That means I have completed 4&1/2 weeks of being in a cast and not putting weight on my left leg.  It is getting really old and really frustrating to say the least.  A little over a week ago they removed my orange cast, took the stitches out and then put on my purple cast:

It's pretty, but it's driving me nuts at this point. See that dark spot on my leg, that cast puts pressure on it and my knee when I use the scooter to get around, man it hurts like a deep bruise at this point. And the scooter, while it makes getting around easier, I have had several unpleasant encounters with it.

It's not easy to maneuver, so sometimes you have to move the back wheels and I've often used my casted leg to push it over.  The other day I did that and ended up banging it into the inside of my good ankle which was already bruised from scooter run ins and wow, I could have cried it hurt so bad.  I had to take 2 days and keep it up and ice the heck out of it.  It's still tender to even touch it, but I can hobble around on it again without pain.  I have to say that while it's handy, if you tend to be a klutz like me, it can give you problems.  Pretty much the whole inside of my good leg, from my knee down is full of bruises.  However, it's easier to use than crutches.

This is a big week for me.  I see the Urologist on Thursday to have Betty Bladder checked for any cancerous tumors.  It's been a year since my last check up and treatments and I know we are going to get the all clear.  That said I am a bit nervous, the exam itself is rather uncomfortable and I keep wondering what the heck I'm gonna do with this leg in a cast - I don't think the stirrup will hold it.  Yikes.  I'm sure it will all work out fine and I'm anxious to get the exam behind me.

Sadly, this cast and trying to kill myself with the scooter are the extent of all the exciting things I've been up to.  I plan to get into my sewing room today and work on some Halloween wall hangings for the Aunties and myself.  It's so smokey outside right now it's a good thing the cast keeps me in the house mostly.  

I saw this map on Facebook this morning of all the fires in our state and it's no wonder we are so smokey.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A Package

CR took me to an early morning massage today and when we returned home there was a package waiting by the door.  Our mail lady was early today.  Anyhow it was from my Aunties and it was full of fun stuff:

This sticker made me laugh, not sure where I'll put it - probably on the bulletin board in my sewing room .

2 adorable owl towels - I love owls

Isn't this little piggy cute - oh my  goodness I love it.  It's sort of bowl shaped.

Measuring spoons with a wine theme

And last, but not least an adorable owl trivet.
What a fun way to start the morning.  

Tomorrow I go to my ortho's office to get the orange cast taken off and the stitches removed.  Then sadly, a new cast put back on for another 3 weeks.  I have to be in a cast for 6 weeks and not put weight on it the whole time.  It's been frustrating because doing stuff around the house, cooking, heck even a shower is a major production.  I appreciate the scooter thing I have because on crutches I'd get less done.  But the scooter has it's limits too and darn if it isn't making my knee and shin sore.  I just keep telling myself - only 3 more weeks and I can do this, I'm half way there.

I haven't really been doing much for the past 3 weeks.  Some cooking and baking, embroidery, and sometimes it feels like a big deal just to shower so I count it as an accomplishment as well.  Sad as it sounds.  I'm hoping that removing the stitches will lessen the late afternoon ache that I feel.  I have had to resort to taking a pain pill to calm it down and I hate pain pills.  Good thing is I don't have to worry about becoming addicted to them.

Sorry I haven't blogged much or instagrammed much, just not much to say, show or see around here. Once out of this cast I hope to make up for lost time and have some fun.  I truly need a fabric shopping fix, but don't have the heart to drag CR to the fabric shop - he does so much as it is right now.

So tell me what you've been up to - it has to be more fun than my summer so far.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Monday, July 27, 2015


I couldn't believe all the colors there were to choose from.  In the end I choose Orange.  It's the color for Bladder Cancer and this next month I have my one year check up, so I felt it was fitting.  Also, it really stands out in a crowd - Cliff won't lose me while I have this thing on.

I'm wiped out tired today.  We were up and out of the house by 9 for my appointment, then to the veggie stand for corn and peaches and melons.  Apparently that little outing took the wind out of my sails for the day.

Here's hoping that I have more energy tomorrow and thankfully I have no where to be - only need to make a peach cobbler for CR.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Saturday, July 25, 2015

My New Ride

I was surprised it's been so long since my last post.  Guess I've been busy preparing for my new ride -behold, my scooter:

Oh, did I forget to mention it's an old lady scooter because this old gal had her ankle operated on this past Wednesday and can't put any weight on it for 6 weeks:

I wasn't sure about using the scooter in the house so I've tried crutches, my walker from my knee replacement and finally I decided to see how the scooter would work - well it's a miracle.  The leg that has the surgical cast on is so heavy that being able to rest it on the cushion really helps when you are trying to do the simplest of chores.  And the cats hated the walker, they're not sure about the scooter, but it's a lot quieter so it's more acceptable I think.

Monday I get a cast put on for 2&1/2 weeks, then I have to have it removed so they can take out the sutures and another cast will go back on for another fun filled 3 weeks.  I plan to pick some wild color for the cast - like hot pink or purple or just something fun, I mean why not, right.

So I'm taking it easy, taking my pain meds and just hanging out at home.  It's a production to get a shower and all so that has to happen at night before bed or I'd never make it to an appointment.  

I've got a couple of projects cut out and ready for me to sit and sew when I'm in the mood, I also have an embroidery project that I can do so I shouldn't get bored.

So tell me what exciting things are you up to?

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Sunday, July 5, 2015

4th of July

I was busy in my sewing room on the 4th.  It was just to hot to do anything outside and we have to be home when the fireworks start because Maddie gets so upset by them.

So I made some burp clothes and a small wall hanging that I got a couple of years ago in a kit.  It was a fun day, quiet and relaxed - just the way we like it.

It was a photo of Haystack Rock in Cannon beach and some batiks to border it.
Very quick and simple and I love how it looks.

Burp Clothes for the baby girl our niece is having.

Burp Clothes for the baby boy a friend is having.
It's still hot as heck around here and I sure wish it would cool off a tad.  It's only July and I find myself anxious for fall already.  But since it's July, those triple digits are the likely scenario for the rest of the month.  I don't know how early settlers did it without air conditioning, or heat in the winter.  I'm grateful that I wasn't around for that!!

Happy Stitches and Hugs!