Monday, May 28, 2012

Baking Fool

Decided to spend my Sunday baking a couple double batches of my Grandma's Buccaroon (choc chip) Cookies.  They're for the Physical Therapy crew since this Wednesday is my last appt. and my right hip is stronger and better than ever now.  And also for the crew at my Urologist office.  The whole staff is so fantastic to me and my hubby.  They know us by name, of course we are there a lot, and they always treat us so wonderfully.  I'm a firm believer that these folks need a thank you that they don't often get, so I love to bake and usually a doc's office loves to eat - it's a perfect match.  Here's a picture of my baking, I wasn't done - but I was about two thirds of the way through all that cookie dough.


This is the last day of our long weekend, I'm hoping to get into my sewing room and get something done in there as well.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend



It's Memorial Day weekend here and sadly the weather isn't the best.  Windy and cool and all those folks out camping for the first time this year.  We are at home just hanging out.  I had my 2nd chemo treatment on Friday and it's really been a rough one, so I'm thankful that we can just relax at home.  CR's daughter and her family are doing a civil war reenactment in Spokane this weekend.  Our grandson really enjoys these adventures and it's always fun to see pictures from the events.  I'm hoping to bake a bunch of cookies today and do some sewing.

Hope you're having a fabulous weekend!!
Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Lap Quilt for a Dear Friend

Finally pictures of the lap quilt I made for my dear friend Robyn Mae.  We have known each other since we were around 20.  We met at work and became fast friends.  We lost touch for a while but through the miracle of Facebook we found each other and we only live about 4 hours from each other.  It was exciting to be back in touch and it was like we never lost touch.  She is just such a fabulous woman, wife, mother and friend!!  I got to quilt this on my friend Kelly's gamill and wowzer was that fun.  I know Kelly reads my blog so a big thank you for your generosity in allowing me to use your gamill Kelly and for spending the day sewing, going out to lunch, etc.  It was a wonderful day.  And now for the big reveal:


While I was at Kelly's house she showed me the latest and greatest in seam ripping (a chore I really dislike), she got hers at the big Sewing Expo in Puyallup, WA.  I was so excited at what a breeze it made of seam ripping I got home, got on Amazon and had mine ordered that night.  Here is a LINK to it if y'all are interested in one.  And here is a picture of mine!!


Wahl Battery Operated Compact Travel Trimmer

Well I'm fighting fatigue from my chemo treatment, but it's expected.  I only have 2 more treatments and then that is it, so I can do it and I get things done during the week so if I'm feeling lousy on the weekends I can just sit around and read or sew or nap.  That way I don't feel guilty that I have chores that need to be done.

Hope y'all are well and enjoying the spring weather.
Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Blooms at my House

What a week, it's been hot around our neck of the woods and we've got our rhodie and peonie in full bloom, so before the rain hits on Monday I figured I had better take some pictures to share with y'all.  When I first met my hubby - 30 years ago the rhodie was a very small plant and today it is just huge and so beautiful.








In other news, I had my first of 3 chemo treatments this past Friday.  Have had a rough couple of days feeling like I have the flu - which is a typical symptom, and lots of fatigue, but today I feel much better and whatever it takes to stay tumor free I will do it whether I feel bad or not.

I finished my friend Robyn's quilt and just need to finish a bit of hand sewing of the binding and will take pictures and show y'all.  I'm also working on a lap quilt for myself that I'm excited about, once it's finished I will start to work on Robyn's daughters graduation present - the quilt I talked about a couple of posts ago.

I have a yoga class tonight that focuses on dealing with fatigue, etc.  It's all about learning to relax and breath and I'm excited about it.  Then tomorrow I will have my 3rd in the 8 week series of the beginning yoga class that I am taking.  I must say I really like yoga, it's really helping my back and it really is a work out even if it doesn't appear to be.  I will continue on with it as I find it very good for my body and my arthritis.

Until next time, Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012

And Now it's time to CELEBRATE!!!

I am tumor FREE.  It has been a long haul for the last few months with chemo, etc, but it all paid off today with my Urologist telling me - you don't have any tumors.  I wasn't sure if I wanted to cry or dance or both.  So I just hugged CR as tightly as I could.  Three more week of chemo starting next Friday, but knowing I'm tumor free and likely to stay that way makes it a lot easier to do.

Thank you for all the good vibes and prayers!!
Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

3 Months Went By Really Fast!

I can't believe it's been 3 months since my last tumor check and exactly 6 weeks since my Chemo ended.  Today we are off to Spokane for my exam and praying that I am tumor free.  If so then 3 more weeks of chemo.  I am so nervous, like going in for a test you didn't study for, haha.  I'll be posting my results later.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Sunday, May 6, 2012

On To PT

Saw the doc this past Friday and now I get to do PT for my hip.  He never said anything past the fact that I had to behave for a week, and then he says I need to do some PT and slow down for a little while longer.  Well, that really throws a kink in my plans.  Or it would throw a kink in my plans if I had any, haha.

I signed up for beginners Yoga at the local Yoga Community and I start this Monday.  I'm excited to try this and hoping it helps my constantly aching back.  This coming Friday I have my 3 month cancer check up and I'm praying hard that the BCG did it's job and I'll be tumor free.  If I am then 3 more weeks of BCG - well worth it for a good result.

This past weekend I was able to drive so I got myself into some fabric buying trouble - oh what fun.  I'm making a quilt for my good friend Robyn's lovely daughter Victoria who is graduating from high school and is off to college in the fall.  She wanted a black and white and Tiffany blue theme to her dorm room so here are the fabrics I found and she has approved of for her quilt:



Here is a link to the pattern I'm using to make her quilt.  I will expand the row from 4 blocks to 5 blocks and from 5 rows to 7 rows so it is twin size.

This past Friday we had our tree taken down that lost so much in the last wind storm.  Oh how I hate losing a tree and the shade, but for the safety of our home and our neighbors, it was time to take it down.  CR took a lot of pictures of the main portion of the tree coming down, here are a few.  It's estimated to be about 70 years old.











Guys around the neighborhood had to come look/watch - and admittedly it is a fascinating process to watch the tree guys in action.  We had a wonderful crew from Artistic Tree Works in Richland come do the work.  They've taken a couple other trees down for us as well and helped trim out the trees to keep them nice.  Great company to work with.  Monday they will finish hauling the wood out and also grind the stump.

Time to make CR another rhubarb pie.
Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Behaving

I have been behaving since my hip surgery a week ago and it certainly has been a challenge.  I'm not good at being patient or behaving, but I also wanted to heal and get on with life as quickly as possible, so I have been doing all that the doctor ordered. 

That said I have done a couple things that were fun.  Yesterday we got the first cutting off of our gorgeous rhubarb plant and so I made CR a pie:



Today I made some Rhubarb sauce and also a double batch of my Grandma's Buccaroon Choc Chip Cookies for the kids at the tanning salon where I work.  I haven't been there since last Wednesday and I do appreciate their efforts to keep the place looking good and doing their chores.  Look at all those cookies and this was taken before I was done baking:


The cookies had my on my feet a bit to much so I've had to take a darn pain pill to relieve the hip aching.  I don't like pain pills, but they are necessary and do help in the whole healing process. 

It's been quite a week around here with Butrscotch - or Scotchie as we call him.  He's a year old now and is going through a naughty phase.  He's broken the container I had my Grandmas spools of old thread in, then he found a container of distilled water and got the darn cap off of it, proceeded to dump the container of water onto the carpet and then woke me up at 5am playing with that silly plastic lid that was obviously the object of his attention and naughty efforts.  As if this wasn't enough he found another jug of spring water in my sewing room that hadn't even been opened, but was able to bite at the lid enough to poke holes, knock it over and now we are drying out more carpet.  He's just been a wild and naughty man and capped off his shenanigans by chewing CR's laptop headphones cord in half.

Look at this face, can you believe how naughty it is:

oh no, don't believe my Mom, she's got it all wrong, I think it was the dog or perhaps a ghost, it couldn't have been me, no way, i'm a good boy...................
I've had a talk with him but between you and me, I don't think he listened or really cared.  He's just a wild and playful man and for the moment, trouble is his middle name - and I've hidden all water jugs just in case.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam