Saturday, September 26, 2015


This has been a year of changes for us.  Some of the changes have been difficult, but we have powered through them and accepted them and kept on fighting.

One big change is my dear Cliff's health.  The meds are working well, but have really slowed him down.  It's been a hard transition for him to face the fact that he just can't go and do like he used to.  Don't get me wrong, he is still doing well, but just not as much.  We have decided recently to find a local Oncologist so that we no longer have to make the 2&1/2 hour drive to Spokane monthly for his appointments and soon we will also move our primary doctor to a local doc as well.  I've found a good Oncologist for him and we should start seeing him in October.

October will bring another change for me - freedom from the walking boot.  Yep, I'll be able to wear a shoe again and do some PT to strengthen my ankle.  It's doing really well and I'm so glad this whole process is winding down.

Another big change - our 15 year old washer and dryer, which still worked, needed work and so we decided it was a good time to get new ones to be on the safe side.  So yesterday we had these delivered and hooked up:

I have to say these are fancy.  They have a steam feature and I actually had to read the instruction manual to learn how to operate them.  Things have changed in 15 years.

Early in September I was busy making 3 of these wall hangings.  I saw the pattern in a quilting magazine and thought my Aunties would like one and I knew I wanted one:

I went to Hobby Lobby a couple of weeks ago and found this adorable owl - fall decoration.

I just have a thing for owls lately.

Then I thought I'd show you a few pictures I took the other day with Cliff and Chanceman.  Poor Cliff, he'll be on his computer reading things and Chanceman comes along for some attention and then it turns into Chanceman laying down and wanting to nap on the laptop keyboard.  All sorts of wild things happen and Cliff usually has to shut it down to get it back to normal again.  And through it all he is so patient with our animals.

I know I've been missing in action a lot, but honestly there just hasn't been a lot going on.  Life has slowed down and the day to day stuff probably wouldn't be that interesting to share.  I'm just grateful that I have my husband and we can be together and I am here to help him with whatever comes along.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,


Jennifer said...

Chanceman and Cliff are great buddies......that's lovely to see! Your new washer and dryer are very flash, aren't they?

Best wishes to you both in your journeys ahead.

Jackie said...

You can tell than Chanceman and Cliff have a special relationship!

I'm glad to hear you found good local doctors. Five hours round trip is a lot - even when you're used to that type of same day round trip.

I know you'll be glad when that boot is off and PT is over. There isn't much that can slow you down but this ankle surgery sounds like it has been a challenge. Glad it's almost over.

Your wallhanging is cute and so is the owl. I love the way it looks against your curtains in the bottom photo. Looks like he's floating!

Sweet Tea said...

I always enjoy seeing your projects. Sorry Cliff is having so much to deal with but glad he has you as his sidekick!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Those are some very swank machines, Tammy!!! I've been praying for my washer and dryer to kick the bucket for about two years now but they just keep going and going and going... Hmm, maybe I need to help them along and buy some new ones :-)

So glad you found an Oncologist closer to home. It's a big drive, as you well know, and it will save on the wear and tear of your bodies to make the short trip.

Great news that the boot will be gone soon! What a relief!!! I think you deserve a celebration of some sort-- like dinner out!

Take good care and keep up the great job you're doing. Your attitude is always so positive and I know that is a great help to Cliff and you.

xoxo jj