Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year



Wishing Everyone a Very Happy and Wonderful New Year.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Some fun things to show and tell

Who knew an Eddie Bauer shopping bag could provide hours of entertainment!

Somebody has no problem being noisy and watching what the neighbors are up to.

Meanwhile, Chanceman decides it's all to much for him so he's taking a nap and hiding his eyes so no one bugs him.

Butrscotch loves the computer and loves to watch and slap at the mouse pointer on the screen.

Finally we got sunshine, both cats were following the sun around the house laying in the glorious sunshine.
I think we aren't the only ones who need vitamin D

A few new purchases, the saucepan is a Christmas present from CR to me.  Then I had an amazon gift certificate so I got us a 4 slice toaster and a nutmeg grinder to grind fresh nutmeg on our eggnog lattes.

Nutmeg grinder close up - it's so cool!!

I received the ornament I won from Joanna's blog giveaway.  Oh mercy it is simply gorgeous!!
I also received my new coat, scarf and gloves today from Lands End.  The coat is beautiful and oh so warm.  It's been so frosty and cold here lately and in the mornings we seem to have a reoccurring theme of freezing fog.  More of the same through the new year, no white Christmas according to the weather man.

I started getting a cold on Monday and by 3am Wednesday morning I knew I was in trouble, I couldn't lay in bed and breath too.  So I called the doctor and he put me on antibiotics and a prescription cough syrup.  I hate the taste of cough syrup, but I swear the coughing makes a person feel like their ribs are broken.  I think tonight I may be able to sleep in bed and breath so that's a good sign.  Darn asthma, every time I get a cold it goes to my lungs and I'm on drugs to get over it.  Just once I'd like to beat a cold with  over the counter remedies and chicken soup.  Oh well, it could be much worse.

The owners of the tanning salon I work at give all of us whatever tanning lotion we want and a regular lotion of our choice as well for Christmas.  On top of that they also gave me a gift certificate to a new restaurant in town, I thought that was so nice and so generous of them.  I love the restaurant so after the new year CR and I will go out to a nice dinner.  I made them my dark chocolate cake and used my Christmas tree bundt pan then sprinkled it with powdered sugar so it looked like a ring of trees with snow on them.  For the kids I gave them See's Candy pops - they are awesome pops, so I hope they liked them.

I'm all ready for Christmas.  Having some folks over for Brunch Saturday morning and then it's just me and CR in our sweats chillin, watching football (well not me - just CR) and cooking a prime rib for dinner.

Hope the holiday rush hasn't gotten to you.
Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Living with Cancer

Emphasis is on the LIVING part.  I've run into many people lately while I've been out and about and all of them have said - "you look so good".  I always thank them for that comment, because I do look good.  I am grateful that I don't look sick and weak.  I work to be and look healthy and strong.  I sleep a lot, which bugs me, but I have given in to the need my body seems to have for rest and that helps a great deal.   I am thriving despite a very invasive cancer.  My Hubby - CR, my family (especially my two Aunties) and my good friends give me strength and constant encouragement.  And lastly my attitude - I won't let this get the better of me, I am a fighter and a survivor and I will do all I can to continue the fight, do what the doctors tell me and stay as healthy as possible.  I think attitude plays a big part in something like this and I choose to be happy and positive.  It could be a whole lot worse.  I am one of the lucky ones I think.  So there it is, my thoughts on living with my cancer.  Just had to put it out there.  For each person its different and an individual thing.  For me, I'm fighting and I think I'm winning.  In January I have my next check up and tumor removal, but for now I'm focused on the season and the love I'm surrounded with.

I hope you're enjoying the holidays as much as I am.
Happy Stitches and big hugs!!
Tam

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Let Me Sew

I'm so excited to show you what I purchased with my Visa Gift Card that I won from Joanna, at The Fifty Factor's giveaway.  Lands End was having a 40% off sale and free shipping so I purchased a new squall parka and a scarf and gloves to go with it and I still have 3 dollars left on my Visa Gift Card.  Exciting, huh.

Lands' End Women's Classic Squall Parka

I ordered it in a beautiful Sapphire Blue and I can't wait for it to arrive.  The scarf and gloves I ordered in a heather grey.

And then another surprise arrived in the mail this week.  My friend Robyn sent me a thank-you gift for having her and her daughter over for brunch.

It's so adorable - it says "Let me Sew", "Let me Sew".  I got the biggest kick out of it and have used it ever since it arrived.

It's a cold and damp day here, grey and a bit foggy in some areas.  I'm just cleaning the bathrooms and kitchen and doing laundry.  Mostly I'm having a relaxing weekend and glad for it.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Butterscotch Video

Hope I can get this loaded.  I took this video of Butterscotch in our 5th Wheel during out trip to the beach for Thanksgiving.  He is so cute and playful.
video
Maddie - taken in the summer on a fishing trip.

Another summer trip/picture, she's just so adorable.

ChanceMan and Butrscotch, chillin together, a little stretch going on.

So cute, they're starting to bond, slow but sure.

ChanceMan - or Belly Boy as I like to call him, he loves a tummy rub.

CR and Maddie - at Thanksgiving time.
Finally downloaded all the pic's off my phone, now to get my camera downloaded.  Until then, enjoy the video.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Monday, December 12, 2011

Imagine my Surprise!!

This morning at 2:30 am I was wide awake with my left wrist just throbbing.  I hope whatever is wrong with it, isn't serious and a cortisone shot will fix it.  Anyhow I got up and checked emails, etc since I couldn't sleep and I got the best surprise - I won Joanna's giveaway on her Blog -  The Fifty Factor .  She had a giveaway that included the most beautiful ornaments and the winner got to choose between silver and gold - I chose Gold and a $50.00 Visa Gift Card.  Wowzer, I don't usually win anything so it was hard not to do the happy dance all over the house and wake the hubs up.  Stop by and give Joanna's blog a read, she is always entertaining and I just love following her!!

I see the doc on Wednesday for the post op on my finger so I'm hopeful that he can give my wrist a quick fix and send me on my way.  In the mean time I'll leave you with some pictures of the adorable Miss Madison, the spoiled pooch!!
I'm a princess and I know it!!

Dad - please make her stop, I don't want to pose for pictures anymore!!

Okay you can take a picture if you can rub my tummy at the same time!!

Hello, my name is Maddie and I'm spoiled and I'm okay with that.
Well that's all my news for now.
Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas around our House

Although I didn't put up a tree, I do believe we are quite festive.  I've got my Grandmas beautiful Santa Collection and my collection of Angels and Snowmen.  Enjoy:











Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Time is flying by

I can't believe how long it's been since I last posted.  That said I have been so busy I haven't had time to kick back and relax lately.  I still haven't loaded pictures from the trip and I don't know when I'll get to that, but when I do I'm sure I'll share.

In the meantime we arrived home from our trip on Tuesday the 29th of Nov. and unpacked the 5th wheel and that was about it.  Long day of driving.  Then on Wednesday and Thursday I kicked into high gear with cleaning and dusting the house, 10 loads of laundry, a haircut, fixing 26 Christmas cards and some other things that I can't even think of at the moment.  Friday I had surgery to remove those nasty pins out of my fused finger, so that day was a bust as my arm was numb the whole day and so was my brain, haha.  Saturday we were up early for breakfast, then grocery shopping, a side trip to a favorite winery for a great wine sale, then home and time for me to decorate the house for Christmas and bake my Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake for her to take home to her wonderful hubby.  I didn't put a tree up however, with a kitten in the house whose going through his WILD phase, I just couldn't bring myself to redo a tree every day, probably twice a day if not more. 

Sunday we were up early again as a very good friend of mine and her daughter were in town and I invited them over for brunch.  I was so excited.  I fixed a mushroom/smoked cheddar frittata, fruit, homemade buttermilk scones and eggnog lattes.  Everyone really enjoyed the brunch and the visit was wonderful.  Sadly I took a pic of the table before and forgot to get pics of myself with my good friend and her lovely daughter.  I'm such a putz at times.


I thought the table looked pretty good for our brunch but a better picture would have been with everyone around it.

Then Monday I worked and ran errands, by the time I got home that was it, I had no more steam left to do anything.  I'm so behind in my emails and blog reading it's just sad.

Tuesday I worked then came home and baked my dark chocolate cake.  Earlier in the day CR put together a yummy lasagna and we had our good friend Ken and his cousin who was in town visiting over for dinner, then cake and port for desert.  It was a yummy dinner and a fun evening and great conversation.


I went to work Wednesday just about to pooped to do much of anything but I managed to do what I always do - there is never a boring minute at a tanning salon, always something needs cleaning, etc.  By the time I got home, that was it, I was done, I was tired, I didn't feel the best and I just sat down for the rest of the day.  Thursday was more of the same.  I don't work on Friday's but I was up early for a fantastic and much needed massage.  Then CR and I met some friends for lunch and unfortunately CR was having a bit of a medical issue so we were home the rest of the day - all is fine, but yesterday wasn't much fun for him.  Today we went to breakfast and grocery shopped and now are home and I plan to sew and enjoy myself a bit.  If something needs cleaning it can wait a day or two as far as I'm concerned.

Here's a picture I took a couple of days ago - ChanceMan and Madison enjoying the Santa quilt I made last year.
Hope you are enjoying this busy season and getting plenty of rest.

Happy Stitches and Big Hugs,
Tam