Saturday, April 28, 2012

Wild Night

Wow, my blog post title sure sounds like we are having fun, huh.  Ah but titles can be deceiving and wait till you hear what constitutes a wild night at our house.

It starts out with thunder, then add in some lightening and then winds pick up and before you know it you have a 68mph gusts and all it's gusting friends and just as you're drifting off to sleep you hear a huge thump and in the morning, as you survey the damage, this is what you see:

a limb thrown out by the lilacs

a good sized limb on our deck

the top part of the huge limb that broke off and hit the neighbors roof and landed in his back yard

the huge limb that went bang in the night

a better view of the huge limb - it fell on part of our heat pump, luckily it only did minimal damage - the tree off to the right of the heat pump is where all these limbs came from and will be taken down in the next week.

a look at where the biggest limb broke from.

yet another look at the limb - in order to get it off the heat pump, CR had to use the truck and a tow line to move it, he and the neighbor couldn't make it budge without horse power.


front of the house, more limbs


This past Wednesday we went to Spokane and I had my right hip fixed.  I know - another surgery, but it's been hurting so badly and for so long I figured I'd just bite the bullet and do it.  It was a quick outpatient surgery and while it hurts, the outcome will be wonderful.

Hope you're not having any wild nights like ours!!
Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Saturday, April 21, 2012

75 Degrees and Sunny

It's a beautiful day in our neck of the woods and so nice to see the sun shining after a very long and exhausting week.  Normally I work about 20 hours a week at the tanning salon, Monday through Thursday, and that's about all I care to work.  But this past week the owners went on Vacation, and at the salon I work at, one of that towns high schools was having prom and that meant a whole lot of crazy with tanners and kids wanting airbrush tans.  So I worked about 35 hours this week, a couple of evenings I was there to help the kids out with the crazy busy crowd times (11 tanning beds, and 24 tanners in one hours time, means quick bed turn around and a ton of laundry and the phone ringing non-stop) - you get the idea, INSANITY.  And if that wasn't enough, I also had a function to attend with my good friend Mary one evening.  This is a lot for a gal who comes home and stays home.  On top of all that my bursitis was killing me, I was having major leg and foot cramps and wasn't sleeping well.  As luck would have it my right hip will be getting fixed up this Wednesday.  Ugh, another surgery, but it's hurting non-stop and nothing else works to get relief, so it's just time to get it done after messing with it for over a year.  And time to do it before more chemo in May.

So this weekend even though the weather is gorgeous and I should be outside, I'm inside cleaning house, finishing dusting, doing laundry and getting everything in order for my hip surgery.  I have to behave myself for at least a week after surgery, so I figure if I get it done now I can more easily relax next week.

Not much happening in the sewing room at the moment, perhaps when I'm behaving myself I can get in there and have some fun.  Until then, here are a few pictures from around out house today.

CR mowing the lawn with his big bad riding lawn mower.  We have a lot of lawn and almost an acre of land, so it would take him all day without his rider!!

Our beautiful Japanese Maple coming to beautiful life.

Look at our lilacs this year, are they gorgeous or what.  And lord they smell so good.  I'd love to cut some and bring them in the house, but Chance eats any flowers that come in and I can't take a chance that he'll get sick.

Maddie watching out the window, like hey - I should be outside with you taking pictures of Dad on the mower.

I've got a lot of the windows open - here is Butrscotch sniffing the fresh air.

Oops, fresh air is exhausting, perhaps a nap is in order.

Couldn't find Chanceman anywhere and then I spotted him in the back bedroom on the Treadmill - you put a blanket on it and he'll take a nap on it and be as snug as a bug in a rug.

Butrscotch comes in the see what his brother is doing and to tell him he needs to watch Dad mow.

Looks like the man is gonna get up and check it out......................

But NO, it's to much to have to get up and stay awake, I'll stay here and Butrscotch can report back if there is anything really needing my attention, yawn...............

Hope you all are enjoying a beautiful day.
Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Beautiful Weekend

Wowzer we are having beautiful sunshine and temps reaching close to the 70's and I feel fantastic now that chemo is done and CR got good news.  We celebrated Friday evening with grilled steaks and asparagus and strawberries on angel food cake and a nice bottle of wine.

Yesterday we were up early and off to breakfast to meet our friend Ken - so nice to go out to breakfast again, I missed it for several weeks and it's nice to be back to the usual.  Then we went grocery shopping, I also went to Kohl's and Craft Warehouse (I had a 40% off coupon, can't let that expire, right).  When I got home I took Madison for a walk.  I really need to video the start of the walk where she is all gung ho and then half way through the walk where her little tail is dragging and she's looking at me like - carry me please.  It's pitiful, meanwhile dogs smaller than her are dragging their owners past us at high rates of speed.  Oh well, someday she'll enjoy the whole walk I'm sure.  And then I went into my sewing room and started to make a spring purse with a new pattern I bought a couple months ago.  It was exciting to get back in my sewing room with energy to sew again.

This morning I woke up and decided to make CR a spinach tart.  I found the recipe in People Magazine and it sounded so good.  We both love spinach.  I should have taken it out sooner as the top got a little to brown, but it was delicious so I won't complain:


I used a pie pan since I didn't have a proper tart pan.  And I used a pillsbury pie crust rather than make one.  Here's the recipe if you're interested:

9 inch tart pan, lined with pie dough
9oz baby spinach
4 Tbsp. butter
1 onion, finely chopped
2 heaping cups of grated cheddar cheese (I used an aged white cheddar)
2 whole eggs, plus 2 egg yolks
2/3 cup half & half
1 tsp. dijon mustard
Salt and Pepper to taste

1.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and bake the pie crust for 10 to 15 minutes
2.  Gently cook spinach with half the butter, until wilted.  Drain and chop finely
3.  Heat rest of butter and cook onions until soft
4.  Spread spinach and onion over bottom of pie crust
5.  In a processor pulse cheese, eggs, yolks, cream, mustard and seasoning.  Pour over spinach and onion and return to the oven for 20 to 25 minutes.  Let cool and serve.

Note - I didn't pulse everything in a food processor, I put the cheese on top of the spinach and onions, then I mixed the eggs, yolks, half&half, mustard and seasonings together and poured that over everything else.

It was absolutely delicious!!

And lastly - the boys enjoying sunshine and fresh air the other day:


Hope to post my new purse soon.
Until then, Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Good News at Last!!

CR had his Cat & Bone scans today and then we saw the doctor this afternoon.  Nothing showed up on the scans so his cancer hasn't spread and we have a path forward to treat the prostate cancer ramping back up.  I want to thank all of you for your wonderful and thoughtful comments, your prayers, the good vibes you've sent our way.

We Believe in Miracles and we Believe we got a Miracle today!!
Hugs,
Tam

Sunday, April 8, 2012

What a FUN Weekend

What a fun and normal weekend I've had, and it's so wonderful to feel good and be done with the Chemo till May.

It all started on Thursday at work when a wonderful client who knows about my chemo came in with these:
She told me that she is amazed how every morning she comes into tan and there I am cheery with a big smile on my face and that you'd never know what I was dealing with.  I'm so glad too, because a positive and happy attitude will help me to get better of this I am sure.

Then a long time client whom I've known for years and is a dear friend came in with this for me:
I'm going to use it to store bobbins and things my cats think are toys.  She picked up one for herself and her daughter and then decided I needed one too.  Isn't that so sweet of her.  She calls me every Monday if she's not coming in to tan just so see how I was doing and how the treatment went.

So then Friday, we slept in, no rushing to get out the door and drive to Spokane (2.5 hour drive north) for treatment and that alone was the best part of starting the day.  CR and I took it slow and then went to brunch at the Kennewick City Grill - they just started serving breakfast and lord it was a very good breakfast.

Friday afternoon my friend Julie and I had plans to drive about 30 miles NW of here to Prosser to visit a favorite quilt shop.  The Sewing Basket - it's in a small house and overloaded with bolts of fabric, but it's fun to dig through to find what you want.  Julie and I both spent enough on our finds to get a free tote bag to put our purchases in:
And then we went to a local boutique type of place called Sister to Sister where you can find all sorts of fun things and Julie treated me to a marscapone and pistachio gellato (oh it was yummy) and bought me this (I got one for CR to match):
I do believe in Miracles and I'm praying for one for myself and for CR.  Julie and I drove further west to a small town called Toppenish and went to an Amish Connection store - I could have loaded up a truck with a lot of that beautiful furniture if I was rich.  The owner travels to Indiana to select the beautiful furniture and other goodies she fills her store with.  And then it was time to get home.

Yesterday CR and I went out to breakfast with our friend Ken - our usual Saturday morning that I've missed for the last 6 weeks.  After that we did our grocery shopping - lord it was a zoo out there with everyone shopping for Easter - oh Happy Easter by the way!!

After that we came home and it was a beautiful day so I took Madison for a walk in the neighborhood.  And then got busy in the kitchen.  I made a Moroccan Carrot Salad that I read about on Chronicles of a Country Girl - Blog.  We had the carrot salad with grilled chicken and it was so delish!!  I also made a potato salad for tonight's dinner - I'll serve it with bbq'd spare ribs.  And then I had some ripe bananas that I decided to use to make Paula Deen's Orange Bananna Bread,  Oh lord it is good bread!!  And all the while I was also doing laundry. 

Today I plan to get into my sewing room and have some fun.  What a great weekend it's warm out, the sun is out and I have energy and feel good.  What more could you ask for.

This week we go back to Spokane to get a bone and cat scan for CR to see if his cancer has spread, can't lie to you - I'm worried sick about it.  We will see the doctor that day and will know the results, so it's going to be a stressful week.  Please pray for my wonderful hubby!!

Happy Easter
Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Monday, April 2, 2012

Stroll around the block

Today was a beautiful, mid-sixties, sunny, spring day in our neck of the woods.  In an effort to bring some normalcy back to our lives and to try to keep our minds off CR's tests on the 11th, we took a lovely stroll with Madison in the neighborhood.  It was nice to see the beautiful flowering trees in full glory and all the other neighbors enjoying the weather as well.  It's little things like this that keep you feeling connected to a normal life, even when things aren't normal.

Madison got her summer shave today as well.  Oh how she loves the groomers - okay that might be an exaggeration.  I like to call them her "day of beauty" appointments.  She's a good girl and tolerates it well and oh she looks so cute with her heavy winter coat off.



Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam