Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Coming Home

I'm so excited that my Aunt is finally coming home this Thursday.  It's been over a month since she had a tiny stroke that has left no ill effects and she is doing great.  She's still a tad weak from it all, but that happens.  She's working hard to gain her strength back and luckily she was not paralyzed.  Being in Washington state and my Aunts living in North Carolina is tough when these things happen.  There truly wasn't a thing I could do if I flew back there and so I wondered what I could do and came up with the idea to make her a quilt for her homecoming.  I mailed it off today and she should receive it on Friday.  I hope it wraps her in the love I have for her and lets her know that I was there in spirit.


I've had these gorgeous fabrics in my stash and I think they are so happy and cheery that I felt they would be a perfect lap quilt for my Auntie.  I used the Eleanor Burns Tossed Nine Patch pattern.

Tomorrow I'm headed out to the Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA area to visit my good friend Robyn.  I need some girlfriend time and just to get away for a couple of days.  If CR needs me it's a quick 4 hour drive home.  I'll be driving Suzi the Subaru and it should be a fun trip.  That said all the animals are very concerned about a packed bag in the living room - especially Maddie.  I'll be home on Saturday so I'm sure they'll survive.  Boy though can't they make you feel guilty with just one look.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Back to the Beach

Just felt like looking at our beach pictures today and sharing a few more from our March trip.


Ah the Lazy Susan CafĂ©.  Our favorite place to eat in Cannon Beach and the owners always remember us.
Sleepy Monk Coffee - Organic Coffee roasters - best latte in town!!
Cute magnet I found for my Aunt Shirley - looks just like her cat too


Cute magnet that I found for my coffee lovin Aunt Jean


Haystack Rock - such a beautiful site, no matter what the weather is like


There in the distance to the right is Tillamook Head Lighthouse - my favorite light house ever


Fun in the cold surf


Wild mushrooms


the haze/mist always fascinates me


oh Maddie, look this way


Maddie, look at your Mom


Okay lets look at Mom, she wants a picture
 
Lets stop and focus on Mom, but she wasn't having any of that, there were birds on the beach!!
It's a beautiful day here and I have lots to do, but just wanted to sit back and think about the beach for a few minutes before I got busy.

Hope you're having a fabulous Saturday!

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Ahhhh, Sunshine

No doubt about it, the boys love their sunshine and will follow it around the house.  I call it their tanning sessions.  Thank goodness I don't have to follow them around and put sunscreen on them!!


Meanwhile I have been really sick for the past week.  I thought it was allergies and then last Thursday I could feel whatever it was going into my lungs.  Thanks to several bouts of pneumonia I have adult onset asthma and every time I get a cold it is much worse than a just a cold.  So I've been on antibiotics and prednisone.  Ugh I hate prednisone, it makes me bloated and grumpy and I crave carbs - it's like PMS in a pill.  I finished the antibiotic today and the prednisone has a few more days.  Each day gets a bit better but lord it's wearing thin on my patience, I want to be well and breath deeply.

If I haven't answered an email or a blog response, please forgive me, I just haven't felt up to it and I may have missed an email or two.

Hope all is well where you are!!

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Finally Some Good News

CR and I visited his Oncologist yesterday and the new meds seem to be doing their job and doing it well.  CR's PSA has dropped by almost half and we couldn't be happier about that.  Also, my Aunt Shirl is coming back nicely from her stroke.  She is in a nursing home that is closer to home for Aunt Jean to get to and check on her daily.  Right now she mostly needs help regaining her strength and resting because it was quite a trauma.  Things are turning around and we all are so grateful.

Today's picture - Maddie's paw prints in the sand and my handsome honey at the beach:



Happy Stitches and Hugs,

Tam

Friday, April 3, 2015

Beach Pictures

Today is Good Friday and Sunday is Easter.  I have plans for a nice dinner for CR and I on Easter.  It will be a quiet weekend here and Monday we will see his Oncologist.  Here are some gorgeous beach pictures I'd like to share with you.









Happy Easter, Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Cannon Beach

Back from Vacay and all caught up.  We were so stressed when we left here, but we knew we needed some time away.  I was able to get the speciality pharmacy to overnight the new cancer meds for CR to our location in Cannon Beach so he started them the day after we arrived.  However it was not to be an uneventful trip.  We'd been there about 4 days when I learned my Aunt Shirley had a stroke, and was taken 90 minutes north from her home to a Norfolk, Virginia hospital.  I also learned that a good friend had lymphoma cancer.  Yeah, bad things do come in three's it seems.

So here is where all that is at.  CR is tolerating the new meds well and feeling well with no side effects.  My Aunt has been in the hospital for almost 2 weeks and finally we have a diagnosis.  They did several cat scans and said she didn't have a stroke, then they thought maybe a series of seizures, but she wasn't acting right, her speech abilities and reasoning abilities were severely hindered and they made 2 attempts to do an MRI but she would crawl out of the tube.  So finally my Aunt Jean demanded they knock her out like for a surgery and do the MRI and get us answers.  The doctors were wanting to send her to a nursing home and we had no answers and that wasn't going to work for any of us.  Yesterday they did the MRI and guess what - she did indeed have a stroke, the bleed in her brain was to small for a cat scan to pick up and it is centered in the part of her brain that affects speech and reasoning, etc.  Thankfully we have an answer and now for a long rehab.  My friend who has lymphoma cancer has been through chemo and has a clean pet scan, so keeping our fingers crossed and our prayers said, she will remain in remission.

I thought over the next few days I'd bore you with pictures of the beach.  We had some really rainy days and some beautiful sunny days and warm days as well.

Maddie running her shorty short legs off:





Sniffing everything there is to sniff:




Running from the ocean.  Since she was a pup I would tell her the ocean is gonna get her so she'd run from it when it started getting near, and she still does it today at 6 years old.

 

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam