First round



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I feel like the worse part of her first round of chemo is behind us as I write this.  Tho there is still lingering effects.. “sore intestinal track”.

I was woke up 2 mornings in a row with some really bad pain and her needing  “help”..   First it was Constipation,  Then the bone pain set in.     Both problems were taken care of by me… as I was an oncology nurse for many years.     Yes, I can handle emergencies and know what to do for others in pain.   If it were me suffering, I loose all sense and can’t think.. there fore depend on others around me.    My DD#1   is just like me..   all we know when we are hurting is to “get Help!”

Today DD went into work for a half day.. The extreme fatigue is part of her days now.. and we fix her lots of Healthy foods.. No PILLs since many contain drugs and things that will counter act the chemo.   Smoothies are a MUST.. and then there are the “raw egg”  smoothies for when the innards get really sore and painful.

No mouth sores at this point.. And she still has her hair.. altho she decided to cut it short…   It made her cry but being the rational person she is.. “It will be easier to get used to the hair loss”.    And we reassure her that “it will grow back”..   These are her natural curls, too!!     after cutTaking it one day at a time and settling in for the long haul…

We hug more often and are thankful for each day.   Loving more and complaining less.      Grateful for what we have and trusting all will be given as needed.


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liz2014Here is my youngest.. the battle is just beginning and I hope you all can say a prayer that she wins this one.

Pet scan showed the Cancer has spread.  Ovary, liver, both breast, and lymph nodes are involved.   Giving her a stage 4  GS3 diagnosis.    We begin to recover from the shock of it all around here.   But It is sooo hard.

First round of Chemo starts 12th of this month.  That is this Tues.   And will continue every 3 weeks there after til she has her 5th round.. then another pet scan to see if there is any improvement.

Thanks to all who sent up healing thoughts and prayers.. and to those who are helping us get thru all the trips and tests.    Hugs are welcomed.

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Life changing events

40530fa9c2681d36d4dc416959ded297I may not be here very much for awhile.. and that doesn’t mean for a week or two.   I’m talking about months or longer.     My youngest is newly diagnosed  with stage 3(active)  breast cancer and we are still reeling from the news.

Still doing tests and getting results back for the final stage and method of treatment.   We know it will be chemo and radiation… surgery is still in the picture for now..    The type is very treatable, as long as it hasn’t traveled to other areas.

And finding out is a stressful part as she goes for the full body scan on Tues (28th)  There  is a few days wait for the results.. Hoping the results are there at the May 1st doctor’s visit with her chemo therapist.    Pray if you will,  and believe in miracles for her.    She is my bestest friend and youngest child.


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late night sewing

I found a tut on making rope baskets.. just raw clothes line rope sewn into these nice size baskets…  rope bowl 1

Thus when I couldn’t get to sleep Tues night, I decided to give my machine a work out .    It also was a bit of a challenge and  I just had to see if it was as easy others have stated.    It was!!    rope bowl 2Now I have great little baskets for catching some of my clutter..

Just search the net for “rope baskets”   and you’ll find lots of instructions and tutorials.   Pick your favorite and give this idea a try for some unique little gifts that are fast and inexpensive.


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DSCN7649These are the blocks from Great Gram Sadie & Her Sister, Lillie.  All are hand sewn and pieced from their old clothing.   Makes me wonder which were blouses and which were skirts/ dresses?

I will be putting blocks of white between each as laid out here on my design board.     Nothing new, right?

Well how about doing it with this baby.??  Treadle


She’s a beautiful treadle: just like the one I learn to sew with back in the day… early 1950’s.    And I needed to “relearn”  all it’s ins and outs… bobbin winding, working my feet, and tools for quilting.   Making sure she is well oiled is #1

The videos I need to watch to get started…. Treaddling.

It is time to challenge myself and review stuff I think I’ve forgotten.. hope some of it comes back to me quickly.   I just feel it’s time to touch those long ago days and remember what it felt like NOT to have any electricity.    Imagine, NO ELECTRICITY!! 

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The endoscopy went without a hitch.   I have a tender throat, but cold fluids seem to help that.   Ulcer is gone… so I will continue with the same diet and meds.   Check up in 1 year to be sure everything is still good.

So I got to work on a little knitting project.   I knit from the top down.. and this is knitted on #13 usa needles.   When finished it will be a sweater for me.   I get chilled easily so I make my Sweaters and Shawls..  Vests are another quick cover up when you get a chill, esp in the Winter!


And I am listening to book 4 of the Empire’s Corp Series.   Yes, I am a Si-Fi fan.   I think there are about 2 or 3 more books in this series.   Love my ebook and books.   I get a Free book every month.





And I have a bunch of these blocks put together for that quilt My youngest GS wanted.. last year!   His favorites colors are the greens.    The lightest color is a mint green and graduates to the darker blue/green.     I still have 12 more blocks to make for a really big quilt, since My GS is still growing and will top out at almost 7 feet.   (he is already 6′ 1″ at age 14 )cntrBindingTool


Off to bed – can’t have any more excuses to be a lazy bum around here.   I’ve not had to do much for the past few days.. just puttering around the house and making messes in my sewing area..

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I’m sorry for not getting back here in a timely manner.   I hate it when I go to a blog I follow and find nothing new for over a week or two…  even tho I know life gets in the way, it still erks me.    Now I’ve done the thing that I dislike…  Sorry.

These are reasons and not excuses for not being here.   I hope you will understand.. First I am human and often get more involved with myself than thinking of others.   Selfishness.    birdsOh, look!   there’s a bird.

I do get really tired and that happens very often… age and trying to heal an ulcer.   Often I will just do too much and sit down to rest a bit then fall asleep for over a hour or 2…often 3 or 4 hours.   And I can still go to bed and sleep at night.


Inspiration often fails me and I don’t want to get boring??   Well, it is boring when nothing new is happening around me.   I am still working on the quilt I’ve told you about all this month…. not making progress at all.   Waiting on fabric I ordered for the top / header.quilting HS front

Then, too, I get really scattered brained… jumping from one project to another.  Nothing falling into place and I can’t make sense of any one thing I am doing, except It feels good to jump into a new thing.    Unable to decide where to take this train of thought or project,  I walk away and can’t get back to the point where I left.     I think that makes me human, a woman, and a poor blogger.

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There you have it… and is there any cure?    Nope, I am what I am and will probably do it again and again… 28 stacks

Esp. since I have another endoscopic exam due this Monday (13th).    Tho they are generally a simple procedure, It takes me a couple  days to recover from the general anesthesia… talk about a fuzzy head.. I have one afterwards!!

But Spring is here!!  and I plan on sitting outside and soak up some RAYS… Good ol vitamin D!   This is why you won’t see me here for days and days.. daffieslilliesGotta get some gardening done.. and new plants in the ground……..

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