Sunday, May 17, 2015

Slow and Steady

This has been a slow week, seems like all I do is get massages and go to the chiropractor and this week I added get x-rays to the mix.  Now don't get me wrong I would never complain about a massage and I have the best massage therapist, but when you hurt and need to go, it's just not as much fun.  I'm having a lot of trouble with the left side of my neck, my collarbone, shoulder and weakness in my left arm.  Can't wait for it all to be over with.

So anyhow last Sunday I saw this Strawberry Yogurt Cake on Facebook and on Monday I made it for Cliff.  Oh he loved it and I must say it was delicious.


Maddie had her day of beauty this week.  Although she didn't appreciate it, she, as always is a good girl for the groomer and she looks so pretty after a bath and haircut.  Well I think she's always pretty and she is such a sweet girl. 


I finished the quilting and binding on my Aunties wall hangings this past week.  I posted pictures of them in my last post.  I need to bake cookies and then get it all off in the mail to them this week.

I cleaned house, except for dusting which I need to do this week.  I was going to start it today, but I think my shoulder needs another day, so tomorrow, ugh, not my favorite job.

Sundays are my day to make us brunch and today before I got brunch started I started on a cheesecake.  It's a cheesecake that has buttermilk in it.  It sounds so different and good and then a rhubarb puree on top.  Can't wait to try a piece after dinner:


I've also started something new and fun in the sewing room.  It's a jelly roll pattern and I bought all the fabric for it a few years ago.  Time to work on all the projects I have waiting for me rather than buying a lot of fabric, unless it's for something specific.

Here is a peek:

I didn't get much done today - why - well this character just wouldn't leave me alone, he wanted major attention:


When Razzy wants attention, he will not be ignored.  He goes to the vet this week for his wellness check and shots.  I can't believe he's been our boy for a whole year now.  He is a love bug and sometimes a pest.  He is just adorable and he's my boy!!

So what have you been up to?

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Wall Hangings for the Aunties

I've had the embroidered squares done for quite some time, but so much has happened that I just didn't have the time/energy/patience to sit down and fussy cut the corner stones and put these wall hangings together.  Well between yesterday and today, I got it done and they turned out so cute.  Hopefully I'll have them all assembled by the first of next week so I can get them in the mail to North Carolina.

Kitties are for Aunt Shirl

Doggies are for Aunt Jean
I can't wait to finish them and get them sent out.  I know my Aunties have been waiting so patiently for them. 

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Monday, May 11, 2015

Springtime Around Our Yard

Thought after the last sad blog post you might need to see that it's not all doom and gloom.  Our yard and flowers are looking so beautiful this year.  My hubby has such a green thumb and he loves the yard and flowers, they do keep him busy and give him something to putter around with.  My hubby likes to putter and he's always busy with some project or another.

Our Peonies are so beautiful this year and they smell so good:






Our deck is ready for enjoying the outdoors before it gets too hot.  Frogs are out as well as the table:


The swing and CR's 2 bbq's are ready for action - in fact he did a beer can chicken last night:


We planted the buckets on the deck last week.  I like to plant the million belles and this year I also planted a spike plant in each basket.  Both require very little to keep blooming all summer long - which is good because I am not a green thumb:



Our leaf bird bath has seen a lot of action already, and my metal quail family:


A gorgeous yellow rose we planted in honor of my Grandma:

A beautiful purple plant that I never remember the name of but I love it:


Close up of the yellow rose:


Lots of bird activity and squirrels climbing the tree outside of the window keep the boys entertained:

Rascal and Chanceman (they are big boys weighing in at 15 pounds)
Poor CR had to have a tooth pulled this morning.  The root was cracked and starting to bother him.  He's got a mouth full of gauze and decided to just lay down for a bit.  Rest is good!!  We saw his Oncologist last week and his PSA is down again.  We are thrilled because the PSA is an indicator that the meds he is on are working.  Working meds hopefully means that the cancer isn't continuing to grow in other places.  It won't take away what he has, but if it stops the spread that is good for us!We'll see the Oncologist in late June for all his scans.

I'm feeling better than I was when I last posted.  It's hard to hear from someone you care about that their time on this earth is limited.  And yet all of us have a limited amount of time on earth, it's just that we may not know the when and where and why of it all.  So what I plan to do is be a good friend, write, text, call and be there to listen when needed.  This is all I can offer at this point because my Husband and Aunties are my priorities in life right now.  I can only do so much and it's hard to make decisions like this, but in my heart this is the right decision for me.

I'm busy working on a cat and dog wall hanging for the Aunties, a baby quilt for a friend and I've now gathered all the fabrics for the top of a 108x108 bed quilt for us.  Lots of sewing to do.

What are you up to?

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Friday, May 8, 2015

Life Goes On

Oh what a week or so it's been.  A couple of ups and plenty of downs it seems. 

First, about my car.  Ugh, what a saga.  At the end of last week we thought the gal who hit me didn't have insurance.  Then a letter came from her Insurance over the weekend.  Wow, so that gave me hope, but then when I talked to her insurance I found out she carries the minimum insurance required for the state.  Which means 10,000.00 in property damage.  Well she damaged 2 vehicles, one was an older (1992) truck and then my brand new car.  The truck is reporting 3000.00 in damages, turns out my damages are 11,000.00, so yeah that won't cover much of anything.  My insurance will have to cover a lot of the repairs.  Thank goodness I have good insurance.  My bruises are fading away and while I still hurt, it's not as bad and I am getting sleep rather than waking up all the time because I hurt so bad.  So I'm getting better, although slowly and my car should be back in 3 to 4 weeks, as they ordered the parts yesterday.

We went to Spokane this week for Cliff's Oncologist appointment and his PSA is down another 100 points and is now under 200.  Still high, but when he started his medication it was almost 600.  So the meds are working and we are so pleased with that.  The hardest part for Cliff is the fatigue.  It's a side effect of the meds, but the Oncologist said that it might level out and not be as noticeable as his body adjusts to it.  He'll have bone and cat scans in late June.

I have a good friend in the Chicago area who was in remission from lymph node cancer.  Well this week she had a pet scan and the cancer is back.  She has to go on chemo every 12 days until her body can't handle it any longer.  The doctors tell her she probably has a couple of years at best.  If she doesn't do the chemo, only a few months.  I am so sad.  I feel as if I should go visit her one last time, and yet I have my husband that I need to be here for.  I also have my Aunts and my one Aunt is still having a hard time.  So for me if I go anywhere it needs to be to my Aunts.  Choosing is so difficult, but my priorities are so clear to me.  I'm just having a rough time with it all, if only I could clone myself to be in 3 places for a period of time.

Sorry to be such a Debbie downer, it's a rough time of ups and downs and life moving forward no matter what.

Happy Stitches and Hugs!
Tammy

Friday, May 1, 2015

So This Happened

On Monday I was minding my own business, I'd just had an awesome and relaxing pedicure and stopped at Safeway to get some things.  My light turned green and as always I look both ways because I have this fear of being t-boned.  Welllllll, I got t-boned.  A young gal with a child in her car, obviously not paying attention came out of nowhere doing at least 40mph ran smack into my new Subaru and shoved me so hard that she pushed me into a truck in the left hand turn lane.

No one was hurt bad enough to go to the hospital, but the seat belt clamped down on me so hard that I thought I was having a heart attack.  My left side hurts bad.  My knee is swollen, my chest is bruised and still painful, my hip (and it's a fake hip) hurts and I am having sciatic issues.  I can't sleep at night because it hurts, so I feel tired and cranky.

Here are some pictures:


Her car, once she hit me, she backed up and some bystanders said it looked like she was trying to leave the scene

My Car

As you can see I am slammed up to the truck and the bumper of the truck got pushed so hard that it was on his tire.  They had to use a crow bar to get the bumper off the tire to back the truck up for the tow trucks.

My right front tire is at an angle which you can't really see in the picture.




You know I'm not into violence but right now I'd like to slug this girl.  She gave the police her proof of insurance, well it was bogus and right now my insurance is working hard to figure out if she has anything or if she is an uninsured motorist.  She really has created a mess for all of us.  She had a child in the car and amazingly she and the child were fine, but sadly she plunked him down on the grass and was on her cell phone the whole time after the accident.  I don't get that, wouldn't you want to comfort you child?  Still no estimate on repairing the damage, but on a 2015 car it will be all new parts as there isn't anything out there but new parts for this new of a car.
 
Well I'm off to the chiropractor and I'm also getting 2 massages a week.  Chest x-ray showed nothing broken so that was good and my doctor did an ekg just to be sure the heart was okay given where the pain was.
 
Not exactly what I had planned for the coming weeks, ugh.
 
Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

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