Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Traveling is in my Future

I'm flying to North Carolina in a few days to visit my Aunties.  I'm very excited to travel back there and see them, deliver their quilts and catch up.  I made myself a couple of zippered cosmetic travel bags to take along:
Then tonight I made a yummy peach cobbler for CR:
And earlier today I finally got the dressing off the finger I had fused.  It's still mighty tender, but I can get it wet and what a relief that is!!  It's not pretty and somewhat swollen still.
So I'll be gone from blog land for a little while.  Lots to do in the next few days to get ready to leave on the 4th, and I won't return home till the 14th.  Then we have to go to Spokane the Monday after I get home for my next cancer check, so if I don't check in till around the 19th or so, you'll know why.  CR will be home with the kids and keeping the home front in order.

Happy Stitches and Hugs.
Tam

Sunday, September 25, 2011

He's Captured our Hearts


Butrscotch has captured our hearts.  He's part of the family.  Chanceman has gotten a bit more playful and is even touching noses now with our new little boy.  He's been good for Chanceman - who is still grieving the loss of our little Skeezie - as are CR and I and our dog Maddie.  Oh how we miss that sweet little man who loved everybody.  That said Butrscotch is giving us lots to laugh at with his wild kitten ways and helping us all with our sadness and putting many smiles throughout the day on our faces.  So yeah, he's captured our hearts!!

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Meet Butrscotch

Well after much thought and consideration we decided that Chanceman was in bad need of a companion.  Skeezie's passing has been extremely hard on him.  So today we adopted 5 month old Butrscotch.  He's quite the little snuggler and wild man around the house.  Madison likes him and Chanceman is coming around, slowly.  We think it will be a good thing for all of us and this adorable little man needed a home - so glad he picked us!!

Finger Fusion

To complete what was already an extremely hard and heart breaking week, yesterday I had my middle finger - or the "flipper finger" fused.  I've had arthritis in my hands that started in my mid-30's.  This particular finger had been extremely painful the last couple of years and then I jammed it a few weeks ago.  Jamming made it unbearable, so we took x-rays to make sure nothing was broken and it wasn't so the only alternative was to fuse the joint to stabilize it.  I had that done to both of my index fingers in the early 90's and it was a great relief and so I decided it was time to do this one as well.   I'm grateful that I only have osteo-arthritis and not the more painful types out there.  So here is my right hand all bandaged up and no where to go so to speak.  My pain meds are making me sick - they're not strong enough and I'm having to take them every 3 hours or so.  I will be calling the doc today, taking pain meds that soon is hard on the stomach and just not fun.
At least the dressing will be off before going to North Carolina.  I will have a splint to stabilize the finger but that won't be a big deal.

In other news, our Chanceman had been having a hard time with Skeezie gone so today we are going to look at a kitty at a local shelter group called POPP - Pet Overpopulation is what it basically stands for.  It's a girl kitty, spayed and has all her shots.  She's currently being fostered in a home with dogs and cats and so she doesn't fear dogs.  I think she might make a good companion for Chance and may help him through this difficult time.  If we do adopt her I will be sure to post pictures.

Happy Stitches and Hugs!!
Tam

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Heart Broken

Our little Skeezics - Doodle Bug as we liked to call him was put to sleep today.  It was a tough decision, but it was the right decision.  His left kidney was blocked and full of stones, removing it wasn't an option as his right kidney wasn't functioning.  We thought he was getting better, but today he took a bad turn and we knew that it probably wasn't going to be good news.  He was such a sweet cat, so charming, he loved everybody, he loved dogs, he loved his brother Chanceman, he was a total bed hog assuming all sorts of odd positions to sleep in.  He was only 6 years old, and I just can't believe he's gone, but I do thank the good lord that we had him in our lives for that short time because he was truly a gift!!

Rest in peace my little Skeezie Man.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11

I will never forget where I was 10 years ago.  I was on Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, NM teaching a computer class.  Someone came in and told me a plane had just flown into the first tower and I thought they were crazy.  Then we turned on the TV and the horror was all to real.  Being on an air force base meant immediate evacuation of unnecessary personal - me and the others, so we left very quickly.  Back to the hotel and I just sat watching the TV and worried sick for the families.  I was also missing my family and with planes grounded, it was 2 days before we decided to drive home.  That was the longest trip I've ever been on, but nothing compared to those who lost loved ones to such a horrible act of terror.  Today I remember and can't believe it's been 10 years, sometimes it seems like just yesterday because it's changed our world and our reality so significantly!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Odds and Ends

Our poor little love bug Skeezie (our orange cat) has been very sick.  CR got him to the vet ASAP Tuesday morning and found out that he has a lot of kidney stones and wasn't able to do a #2 because he was hurting to bad.  So he had to spend the night at the vet hospital and is home now.  He's all drugged up and sleeping in the recycling bin by the door (he's really into recycling and being green, haha).  Things seem to be coming out okay and he goes back tomorrow for more fluids to keep things flowing.  Poor little guy. 

I was busy as all get out this weekend quilting the 2 lap quilts I made for the Aunties.  I'm going to sew bindings on tonight and then hopefully I'll have a picture to share soon.

Until then here are a few pictures that I took recently - the boys and flowers in the yard.








Fall is sure in the air even with our days in the 90's lately.  Hope y'all had a fabulous Labor Day weekend.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Catching Up

No sooner did we get home and unpacked and laundry done and it's time to get going again or so it seems.  It's been a busy, yet uneventful week.  I caught up on all the laundry from being gone, then I got a cortisone shot in my right shoulder.  That shoulder has arthritis and I don't want a shoulder replacement, so I opt for a big old painful shot every 9 months or so.  It usually hurts for 3 days following, wakes me up in the wee hours and I can't get back to sleep - it's just so much fun.  But it beats surgery.  Finally today it feels much better, so after work I got my hair cut, went to Costco, and then came home and baked cookies for our friend and guide Rod - yep, we leave the 10th to go fishing again.  These ought to influence him to give me the best flies so I catch the biggest fish (although that didn't work in my favor the last trip, hmmm)
I wish I had pictures of creative sewing things to show, but I'm working on this darn purse and got to the zipper, after checking twice to make sure it would work out correctly, the zipper was wrong and twisted and I had to take the good old seam ripper to it - ugh, I hate doing that.  So I haven't touched the darn purse in a few days.  This weekend I will be working diligently on quilting my Aunties quilts.  October 4th will be here before I know it and I have to have them done and ready to leave with me.  They live in North Carolina, not far from the Outer Banks, so last weekend I was pretty worried about them and hurricane Irene, all was well so that was a relief.  Outside of a lot of quilting, I may try to tackle that bag again, I also have promised some blueberry buttermilk scones for Cliff, so I'll be baking more this weekend and of course there is always laundry.  You see how exciting my life is - right, haha.

Happy Labor Day Weekend, Happy Stitches, and Big Hugs,
Tam