Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Good to be Home

Ah, it's good to be home, yet sad to leave the beach behind.  We got there and a couple days later there was a huge wind and rain storm.  The highway into Seaside was flooded, the highway east to Portland was closed due to downed trees, it was a mess and we had NO electricity, which means no way to make coffee.  Oh the travesty of it all!! 

By Thanksgiving it was dry and rather nice.  We walked the beach and really enjoyed our time there.  We only had one really rainy day after the big storm and that was on Friday.  We decided to drive south to Karla's Smokehouse in Rockaway beach - owner owned and operated, by Karla, for 48 years and the best smoked fish you will ever eat.  Then we went further south to Tillamook to the Cheese Factory.  Oh god I love cheese curds.  For those of you who've never eaten a cheese curd, here is the Wikipedia definition:  Cheese curds are little known in locations without cheese factories because they should ideally be eaten within hours of manufacture. Their flavor is mild, with about the same firmness as cheese, but with a springy or rubbery texture. Fresh curds squeak against the teeth when bitten into, a defining characteristic, due to air trapped inside the porous material.  If you ever get the chance, please give them a try.  They are so delicious!

Oh before I forget, we purchased an old fashioned perk on the stove, stainless steel coffee pot.  It seems that every year we go to the beach, there's a huge storm, we lose electricity and wham - no coffee.  The stove is propane so I can cook and we have battery power for lights, etc, but the coffee pot is a no go, so now we are covered, phew, what a relief!!

Right now I'm busy putting things away, doing laundry, dusting and getting the house in order so I can put a few Christmas decorations out and preparing for my chemo appt this Friday.  Sure hoping that the chemo doesn't affect me as much this time as it did last time, but it's working so I won't complain!! 

I'll leave you with a cute picture of the ever helpful Scotchie - he's been very helpful with the laundry as you can see.

I hope to get all the photos I took on vacation uploaded this weekend and share them with you all soon!!

Oh one more thing, my friend JJ over at The Fifty Factor is having a wonderful Give Away, please go visit her blog and enter for a chance to win a gorgeous ornament!!

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Good News to be Thankful For!!

Yesterday was my 3 month checkup for my Bladder Cancer and I was Tumor Free, HOORAY!!  I have 3 more weeks of Chemo starting 11/30.  Then I have one more 3 month check up with chemo in February and then I go to a 6 month check up/chemo schedule.  How exciting is that, I'm almost there.  And despite the side effects I am tolerating the chemo well.  So for all of that I feel very blessed and Thankful!! 

We are off to Cannon Beach tomorrow for our 30th Thanksgiving there.  As always we are excited to spend our holiday at the beach.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Monday, November 12, 2012

Gingerbread Biscotti

I did it.  I've always wanted to make biscotti, but for whatever reason was a tad afraid to try it.  So today I made Gingerbread Biscotti.  I love the gingerbread biscotti that comes out at Starbucks this time of year and I figured it was time to try and make my own - which I must say is even better!!

Biscotti is not hard to make, I don't know what was holding me back.  You can be sure I'll be making more and trying different flavors.

I might get wild and dip some of it in chocolate, but truthfully it's good just as it is.

We are getting ready for our annual trip to Cannon Beach for Thanksgiving, but before that I have my 3 month cancer checkup this coming Wednesday and then 3 more weeks of chemo when the doctor says I'm tumor free!!

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veterans Day

Here in the states we celebrate Veterans Day and we can't thank them enough for their service to our country and our freedom.  My Hubby CR and his brother Doug both served in the United States Air Force and my Aunt Jean, Uncle Carl and Uncle Jim all served proudly in the United States Marine Corp. 

So today:  Freedom Isn't Free ~ Honor Our Heroes gratefully acknowledges the service, dedication and patriotism of all of our veterans. We THANK YOU for the freedom we enjoy and the sacrifices you and your families have endured to defend that liberty.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Don't forget to Vote!!

I voted and I'm proud of it.  I vote every election that I can and feel it's my duty as an American.  I don't care who anyone votes for, I just care that you exercise your right to do it - it's important!!

Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Monday, November 5, 2012

Hitting the Window

This weekend we had the prettiest little bird hit our living room window.  Something about our birdbath and something startling the birds makes some of them fly into the big window.  And this poor little bird did just that after her bath.  She rested on the deck for a bit and then was able to fly up to a tree branch where she stayed for quite a while.

Some friends helped me to identify this little bird as a Cedar Waxwing Hen.  Evidently the males have a spot of red on their wings.  Doesn't she have an interesting face.  And I love the tip of yellow on her tail.

Been having fun in the sewing room, but no pictures taken to share at the moment.

I'm loving my new work schedule of Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 to 2pm.  I would however like to find something that I could perhaps work from home and do, after the first of the year I have a couple of things to look into, for now my schedule suits me and I have another tumor check up coming up, trip to Cannon Beach for Thanksgiving and then 3 weeks of chemo, if I'm tumor free,  to get through before any major changes can be made.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,