Friday, August 30, 2013

Meanwhile, Betty Bladder is in a Bad Mood

Yep, I've named my bladder.  My friends and I joke about Betty and her bad moods and attitude.  Boy is she in a foul mood today.  Usually I have chemo in the morning, but yesterday I couldn't get an appointment till 2pm, which was sort of nice in that we met the daughter and grandson for lunch and had a great time before Betty got moody.

Ben our Grandson is going to be 11 in October and he is about to enter the 5th grade.  He's growing up so quickly.  This is the first year he's not excited about school, oy vey, before you know it he'll be a teenager and not being excited about school will be the least of our worries, haha.  Actually he's a good kid, has good manners and he really is a joy to be around.  I give a lot of credit to his parents, he's an only child but does not act like one, thank goodness!!

So anyhow, back to Betty, she's giving me a lot of grief this time, so I'm knitting - I told CR I was knitting angry because I was hurting and frustrated, haha.  So that my time isn't a total loss, knitting dishcloths doesn't take much attention or concentration, so I've been going to town on them!!

Here is my latest:

As I mentioned the last time I posted I've been working on making a cat hammock for the shelter that my Aunties volunteer at.  I made it 16 inches square, well it's a tad smaller because of seam allowance, but close enough.



I found the Sherpa fleece and fabric at JoAnn's.  Luckily I had a 60% off coupon that I used on the fleece as it's 11.00 a yard, and as luck would have it the cute fabric was 40% off.  So I got 4 yards of each - can't pass up a good sale you know.  I'm going to send her this one so she can try it out at the shelter and see if it's big enough, to big, etc.   I found a great website with ideas and pictures on cat hammocks if you're interested.  And it shows the hammocks hanging in shelter cages so you get an idea of how they work.

Our friend Ken called after he got home from his fishing trip.  He went with some friends of his to fish for King Salmon.  He came home with 2 - 20 pound salmons and has invited us over Saturday evening for a yummy salmon dinner.  He also asked if I needed any veggies from the garden, I told him I'd love some tomatoes - look what he brought me:



Lord I love fresh tomatoes, the flavor the freshness.  It may look like a lot of tomatoes, but trust me they won't go to waste!! 

I was in the mood to do something in the kitchen so I made CR some butter dip biscuits.  Lord these are sinful. 


My stomach is thankfully feeling good at this point.  But I have a bad headache and I'm so tired I just don't have the energy to do much.  I have done some laundry.  I went outside to see what CR was up to, but the heat and the sun really got to me so I came back inside.  Tomorrow should be a better day, until then I'll just chill out and be lazy and perhaps do some more knitting.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Things to do While Going Through Chemo

Last Thursday was my first chemo in the series of 3 I'll get this go around.  It's always hard to find stuff to do because there is such a fatigue that accompanies the chemo and it's hard to focus.  The first couple of days are the worst as I feel sick and I just don't have the energy or feel good enough to do anything or go anywhere.  Sometimes it's longer, but this go around was 2 bad days followed by tired days but days I could accomplish something.  So what did I do, well I knitted some dishcloths and watched programs I'd DVR'd while on vacation.


Saturday afternoon I decided to get out and go to a local quilt/fabric shop that also sells high end sewing machines.  They've been bought by new people who are slowly getting rid of the current fabric inventory and bringing in newer stuff.  So I went to the sale, some of the fabric was 3 dollars a yard and much of it was 40% off of fabric priced at 8.99 a yard.  It's older fabric, but good stuff - mostly Moda, some other good brands as well.  I intended to just look, but look what I came home with...............


So much for behaving myself, right.  Then I ventured up to JoAnns to see what kind of fall decorations they had and found these cute little scarecrow people for my flower buckets as you come onto our deck to the door.


My Auntie does a lot of work for a local shelter where she lives and she sent me a box earlier in the week.  One of the things in the box was a cat hammock for a cage.  She wanted me to see if I could make them for the kitties (I guess the kitties absolutely love these hammocks).  So I went to JoAnn's yesterday and found some Sherpa fleece, luckily I had a 60% off coupon as it's 11 dollars a yard and then I founds some adorable cat material for 40% off.


I'm still tweaking the pattern I drew - working out the kinks.  I'm hoping to have something to show you later on in the week, Chemo is on Thursday so if I don't get far enough along then perhaps by the weekend.  It's a fun project and if it brings a shelter animal comfort I am all for helping out.  And hey, Aunt Jean doesn't ever ask much of me so I'm delighted to help!!

A couple of nights ago we had a heck of a storm roll through, thunder and lightening, followed by buckets of rain and huge winds (60mph at the airport).  Scared my cats to death as it seemed to be right over the house.  We don't often get storms like that so it was kind of fun to watch the lightening - from the safety of the house that is.  I'm a big chicken about going outside when there is lightening.

So what have you been up to this week, anything exciting??

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Monday, August 26, 2013

Honor Flights

While in Spokane we attended an Honor Flight picnic.  The kids are really involved in the Honor Flights and both have accompanied WWII Veterans back to Wash DC on a flight.  Our Grandson has participated in fund raisers as well and hopes to accompany a Vet when he is old enough. 

The Mission of Honor Flights is as follows:

Inland Northwest Honor Flight's mission is to transport Inland Northwest war veterans to Washington D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.

Support for these trips is provided by volunteers and is at no cost to the veterans. Top priority is given to our most senior heroes - survivors of WWII and any veteran with a terminal illness who wishes to visit their memorial. The program will naturally transition to the Korean War, Vietnam War and all other veterans who served, on a chronological basis.

Trips are simply not possible without public support. Prior to Honor Flight Network, many veterans had given up all hope of ever seeing the World War II Memorial. Now they have hope, but time is not on our side. The time to act is now! We truly believe that the service of our WWII vets and their sacrifices saved the world from oppression and tyranny and this is our very small way of saying, “Thank you.”

To learn more about Honor Flights in the Inland Northwest, you can go to their website - HERE.

The picnic was a lot of fun and they had great music from that era playing.  The event was catered by the Longhorn BBQ company in Spokane and lets just say the food was fantastic.  The best part was seeing and listening to the veterans.  Many of these men are in their late 80's and early 90's and truly you can learn a lot from their generation.

One of the vets has a fully restored military jeep from that era that he trailers to events and drives in parades, so I got some pictures of that to share:









Inside the jeep were some helmets that were used during the war.  I couldn't believe how heavy they were.  One of the ladies standing there with me told me her father recently passed away at 92.  He told her that he used his helmet to clean his false teeth and to soak his feet each night.  She said till the day he died he had the softest and nicest feet.  It was sweet to hear her talk about her dad and his stories.

CR's father was in WWII, but he would never talk about his experience in the war, many of the men of that era didn't talk about it.

Recently in the news an 88 year old WWII vet was beaten to death in Spokane by 2 teenagers.  It is appalling to me that anyone would do this to another human being.  I've wondered if he had an opportunity to go on an honor flight.  It's such a sad story.  I just don't understand how humans can treat others so cruelly.

Vets deserve respect for all they have done to keep us free and the sacrifices they make.  Please do something for the Vets in your area, they've done so much for us.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Our Boys

When we are on vacation I often will get cute pictures of the kids - aka the animals.  For whatever reason I didn't take one picture of Maddie this trip which is really unusual.  But I did get quite a few pictures of the boys - Chanceman and Scotchie, so I thought I'd share their cuteness with y'all.

Chanceman getting some sunshine
 
We don't know why, but Scotchie has to lay down by the water bowl to get a drink
He often times will end up falling asleep and getting his chin and chest wet as his head drops into the bowl.

Nothing better than playing with or chewing on shoe strings

Cat Grass - the boys love it, go crazy for it so CR keeps 3 pots of it growing at all times.

Scotchie keeping a look out - no one better sneak up on them eating salad

Chanceman's turn to keep the look out
 
This was taken this morning.  Chanceman was on the table next to CR's computer and all of a
sudden a squirrel caught his attention.  I love how you can see his whiskers and such!!
 
I got fresh off the tree apples - early apples - Gala's at farmers market yesterday as well as cantaloupe, peppers, berries, and green beans.  I love when apples hit the market, but it also makes me sad as the market is only open till October and a lot of the delicious fruits and vegies will be phasing out as fall takes over.  For a few more weeks we will enjoy all the delicious bounty we can get.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Off to Spokane

After our time in Twisp we headed for Spokane and a few doctor appointments.  We arrived on a Tuesday and Wednesday morning we were up bright and early for lab work and my Mammogram.  My friend Jennifer at Bronze Wombat was telling about her experience and not even having a changing room, etc before her Mammo and I was appalled.  I have to say the place I go is so nice.  The mammo area is tucked in a corner, so if you aren't having a mammo, you can't even see down that hallway.  You're taken to a room, given a nice thick cotton robe to put on after you take the top half off.  Then here is a nice waiting room and they come get you, take you across the hall to do what needs to be done (which is never pleasant) and off you go.

After my Mammo, we went to pick up our Grandson Ben and headed out the to the Green Bluff Growers - an association of small family farms and farm stands formed in 1902.  This association  includes picking your own fruit and veggies, a winery, a Christmas tree farm, festivals, etc.  It's located 15 miles north of Spokane and nestled in the foothills of Mt. Spokane - let me tell you the views are breathtaking. 

We headed up to the Greenbluffs area with a late breakfast in mind and we went to Walters Farm to enjoy huckleberry pancakes that were soooooooooooo delish!!  CR had a homemade biscuit breakfast sandwich.  After stuffing ourselves it was time to pick peaches.  So we headed out on a seated trailer pulled by an old tractor:

Walters Fruit Ranch

Our Tractor awaits



We stopped here in the middle of the orchard for directions and picking

Look at how loaded the trees were


That's Ben and Grandpa going in for some picking
 Yep we had big picking plans only to find out that the trees that they were allowing us to pick from that day had been picked clean.  There was a peach festival on the coming weekend so all those peaches in the previous pictures were for the festival.  I was a tad ticked off.  It was hot as heck and we wanted to pick peaches.  So, we ended up buying peaches that they'd picked and lord, talk about the most delicious, juicy peaches.  But it was really disappointing not to be able to pick - especially for Ben.

From there we went on to a few other farms and picked green beans and tomatoes.  Then we stopped at another farm and had ice cream.  After that we were just so hot and sick of the heat, we decided to run some errands.  And at the end of the day we ended up at  Barnes and Noble where Ben found a couple of books and we met his parents and all went out for a delicious dinner at the Mustard Seed Restaurant.

I have to admit the heat wasn't the only thing that got to me that day, I was nervous as heck because the next morning was my cancer check.  I was so uptight wanting to be tumor free I don't think I was a very fun Grandma to be around, although I tried.  And as we all know - I was tumor free and right now I'm recovering from my first chemo treatment.  Not feeling the best, but that's just the nature of the  beast.

So have you been out fruit picking this summer and if so what did you pick??

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Friday, August 23, 2013

Light at the End of a Long Tunnel

While having my first chemo treatment administered yesterday I found out some of the best news I have ever gotten.  It is recommended that a person only receive my type of chemo for 2 years and then go to yearly check ups to make sure there are no re-occurrences of cancer.  So what does that mean.  I have 2 more treatments in the next 2 weeks, then I see my doctor in Feb of 2014 and have 3 more treatments and then I am done with chemo and in remission, unless, god forbid, there is a re-occurrence.  How awesome is that!!  In total, I have 5 more rounds of this chemo and then I am free, yippee!!  It's been a long few years and the relief I felt when I found this out - well I almost cried.

Now back to vacation news.  One of my favorite things to do when we are in Twisp, besides fly fishing that is, is to visit the Quilting Hive.  It's a fantastic little quilt shop in the Methow valley and I always find things I must have when I visit.  So here is what I came home with:

Loved this fabric and thought it would make fun pillow cases.

A couple of new patterns

A quilt kit - I loved this pattern and I LOVED the fabric choices and
since she only had the fabric in kits left, I had to have the kit.

The fabrics in the kit

The panel that is the center of the quilt pattern/kit
The current owner of this wonderful Quilt Shop is trying to sell it.  Her husband got a job in North Dakota.  I hope who ever buys it will do as good of a job as she has done.

When we got home and unpacked and I got things settled out and most of the laundry done I went out shopping to find some 3mm peach colored foam for our fishing guide.  He makes a lot of his own flies and he makes this peach colored hopper pattern dry fly that the trout love.  While looking for it I found this book that I had to have and since I had a 50% off coupon at Joann's, well I came home with it.


I love patriotic quilts.  I guess I'm pretty patriotic, so it stands to reason I would love these types of quilts.  Oh and I did find the foam for Rod, so we'll be sending that up to him soon.

Today is warm, but grey and the wind is blowing.  I still faintly smell fall in the air.  Speaking of fall I found a cute yard decoration for fall at Joann's and I'm thinking I better get back there and pick it up before they don't have anymore.  Fall makes me think of fresh apples - oh I can't wait to bite into a fresh picked apple.

So tell me do you do a bit of fall decorating??

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Where to Begin.....

We are back from vacation - in fact we arrived home on the 19th.  We left the 3rd of August for the Twisp/Winthrop, WA area to do some fly fishing and from there headed to Spokane for my cancer check up and then home.  I love to go on vacation, but for some reason this trip just seemed so long and I was so happy to get home.  I think the heat played a part in it.  Seems like the days were hot and the nights were too and the heat just got to be a drag.  We went out fishing several times while we were gone and we had good luck despite the river not fishing well before we got there.  Both of us caught some really nice rainbow and cutthroat trout.  None of which I have a pictures of.  Never fear though - I did take some pictures.  Just some pictures of the area on the river, hope you enjoy.

Scotchie LOVES shoestrings and our fishing boots have long strings!!

Come on Dad, I wanta play - keep em moving!!
A family of deer cross the river in front of us

Just passing through!!

From the back of the boat looking forward - I love this picture!!
 
The bridge at Carlton

The waters of the Methow River are so clear

Done for the day - that's CR and our friend and Guide - Rod
 
CR

CR untangling something

CR Fishing

I thought these two trees and their exposed roots on the river bank were cool

River Views

River Views

and more River Views.
 It was so hot we just did half day floats and we were glad to keep it short and get out of the heat.  I did a lot of reading at the 5th wheel while we were there.  It's so nice to have a kindle with tons of books on it for reading.  I think I read 9 books on vacation.  I also took along a hexie project, but didn't get very far on it, I was on a reading kick.

This morning when I woke up I could feel a bit of fall and a smell of fall in the air, I love fall, I think it's my favorite season.  Warm days and cool evenings, leaves turning, mums, apples.  I'm ready for the heat to be done - remind me of that this winter when I'm complaining of being cold, haha!!

As you know by my last post I am tumor free so tomorrow I start the 1st of my 3 weekly chemo treatments.  I'll post more on the trip when I feel better in a few days.

So what have you been up to while I've been away??  Go anywhere, read any good books, do any quilting??

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam