Sunday, June 24, 2012

And a Lap Quilt for Me

What a fun weekend we have had.  First off a friend who tans at the salon bought me my favorite - Rainier Cherries and when she said she'd bring some from their farm I thought a baggie of them, nope, she brought me 20 pounds.  So I was lucky enough to share some with several good friends because we could never eat them all and I would get sick of pitting them all to freeze.  They are currently selling for 6 bucks a pound at the local farmers markets, so you can imagine with a gift they were.

Saturday I spent the day with my wonderful friend Kelly.  We had ourselves a sew day that also involved lunch out and some fabric shopping.  She is so kind and generous - she allowed me to use her Gammil and quilt my lap quilt on Saturday.  Gammil and I weren't one with each other though, I kept breaking the thread.  Thankfully I didn't break the gammil, right!!  So I just sewed the binding on my quilt and before I finish with the hand sewing I thought I'd take it outside and capture some pics of it in the lawn.




And I must include a cute picture of Scotchie.  He loves to sit on CR's lap when he's on the laptop, so here he is getting cozy and loving the attention:



He is so funny and he's gotten quite a bit of confidence as he's grown up so he likes to pick a smack down with his big brother Chanceman.  When they start wrestling I refer to them as Bubba and Buford.  It can be quite funny to watch them in action.

Off to do some more sewing, lots of projects in the works.
Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Saturday, June 23, 2012

A Drive Through the Countryside

Yesterday CR and I decided to venture to Dayton, WA for lunch.  That meant a drive (about 50 miles) to the east of us, close to the Blue Mountains.  It's all farm land along the way.  Lots of wheat, grain elevators, old barns and beautiful scenery.

Here are a few of the pictures I took from the moving car, some turned out pretty good going 60mph.





















I'm off to my friend Kelly's house to have a fun sew day.

Hope you have a wonderful Saturday.
Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Monday, June 18, 2012

Busy Weekend

It's so nice to say we are having  busy weekends and fun.  This past weekend we joined some friends for lunch.  They've been living and working in Alaska for several years so it was nice to see them and catch up.  Saturday we went to breakfast and then farmers market.  Then I got busy and made sugar cookies and a potato salad in preparation for Fathers day.  On Fathers day, Cliff got a pretty cool surprise - a wine tour for September.  His brother and sister-in-law will join us and we are hoping that his daughter and her hubby will also be able to join us as well as some friends from the Portland area.  He was taken back, never having expected it and was thrilled.  It was from myself and his daughter and her family - oh and our dog and 2 cats too.

I ironed and starched a buttload of fabric this weekend in preparation to begin the twin size quilt I'm making as a gift.  And just to have some fun, I made a tote bag for my friend Robyn's quilt, she can store her quilt in it or she can use the two separately.  I just wanted to have a bit of fun.


Well not much else to report, off to Yoga, not sure my body wants to do it, but off I go.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Monday, June 11, 2012

Sunday's Accomplishments

I'm happy to report that I actually did get a couple of things accomplished on Sunday.  I washed all the fabric for the quilt I'm making for Victoria (now onto ironing so I can get to cutting).  I also washed my friend Robyn's quilt so it's ready to give to her.  I usually wash a quilt to get all the threads, etc off when a quilt is finished  - what do you do??

I made a snazzy bag for my Yoga Mat:


And I also made a nice little tote bag for a lady who tans at the salon I work at.  She's a doll and I've known her for years.  She'll be 77 this week and I thought a nice bag for her tanning lotions, etc would be useful.


Ah, finally some accomplishments.  Lets hope I can keep the momentum going.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Time to Relax and Breathe

What a wonderful weekend we are having.  The weather isn't so great - windy, rain, grey, but it's a weekend of no chemo and a time to celebrate.  Friday we slept in and then went to lunch at a fave restaurant.  While there we ran into a group of ladies we both worked with long ago.  We also planned a vacation and time to fly fish in early August before my chemo begins again.  It's something to look forward to and something that I can focus on when and if things are as bad as they were this last time.  Saturday we slept in again and then went to breakfast and Farmers Market.  Not much at the market with the bad weather we've had all week.  Both days I planned to do some sewing and yet didn't manage to do much at all except rest, which I suppose is good for me.  The cats have been affected by the lack of sunshine and yesterday spent most of the time in bed (getting my sheets extremely hairy - good thing I'm changing them today).

I walked into the bedroom and realized that there was a lump in the bed - it was Scotchie, under the covers, unwilling to face such a grey day.  So much for making the bed.
Had to get a close up - arms out, nose sticking out and he stayed that way most of the day.
ChanceMan is not one to go under the covers, but he snuggled to the lump in the covers and curled up and slept his day away as well.
Isn't it funny how cats will just take over your bed at times.  The hairy sheets aren't so funny, but they love to be snugly and warm and they're my babies, so I let them.

I got the top of my lap quilt done, but haven't done the quilting.  I think it's gorgeous if I do say so myself.


Here is the intended backing and binding Material.  The binding will be the same as the outer border.


And finally I am going to get a bag made for my yoga mat today even if it kills me, haha.  My mat is orange and I found this gorgeous fabric to make a bag for it:


Orange is the color for Bladder Cancer and a color I wasn't so fond of for a long time, but I've grown to like and accept it.  I think this is a beautiful piece of fabric.

Well I sure hope I accomplish something today.  I'm tired of resting and being tired.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Rough end to this round of Chemo

Boy oh boy was this last chemo treatment a bad one.  Last weeks wasn't so easy either, but this one has really done me in.  Usually I can make it home just fine after they insert the chemo and we make the 2.5 hour drive home, but this time we were only half way home and I was in terrible pain.  You have to hold the chemo for at least 2 hours (it's directly inserted into the bladder), so I couldn't stop to tinkle because it wasn't time and the pain was really bad.  Once home it was just ugly for a while.  Thankfully I had left over pain meds from my last surgery so I had to use them just to relax and calm down from it all.  Yesterday I slept most of the day and then I went to bed and slept through the night with no problem.  I can't believe I slept so much.  Today I am tired but my bladder has calmed down now and I think I'm okay, just left over fatigue which hopefully will only last a week or so.  Thankfully it's the last one and I don't have another scope/tumor check till August 15th, at which time if I'm tumor free there will be 3 more chemo treatments.  It's a small price to pay for being tumor free, but in the moment when it hurts so bad, you sometimes forget that.  I'm just going to do my best between now and August to rebuild my strength and stamina and keep my spirits high and hopeful, sprinkled with some humor as well!!

Hopefully I will have some fun things to show you soon, until then.........................
Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam