Friday, November 17, 2017

Oh my, it has been a long time...

Hello, dear friends, it's been a while.  We've been so very busy these past weeks.  

After DD's surprise visit in September, she wasn't able to come home in October like she had planned.  Instead, I was able to take a long weekend to visit her in Texas.  We won't get to have her here for Thanksgiving, but she is planning on coming home for Christmas.  Since she will be deployed the beginning of May, I'm going to try to visit her several times between January and May.  

My oldest DD is feeling better and has actually gained a few pounds, but still weighs less than 100 pounds.  She went back to the doctor a few weeks ago and has been instructed to wean off the medication to see how she does.  So far, she's been doing well with less medication.

It's been pretty rough for my mom as she has been having many medical issues resulting in emergency room visits, doctor appointments, tests, procedures and even a couple of surgeries.  

In early November, we got to celebrate some birthdays.


Mom turned 77 and her brother, Uncle D, turned 75.  We gathered at a local Italian restaurant for a wonderful dinner.

My niece and her husband announced that they are expecting again.  After several failed IVF attempts and 2 miscarriages, they were blessed with a successful pregnancy and had Baby Daniel a year ago.  They decided to try IVF one more time and found out they are having TRIPLETS!  Last week's ultrasound shows they are having 3 identical boys.  We are so excited and, yet, anxious at the same time.  We already know she will be going on bedrest around Christmas time for the remainder of her pregnancy hoping to make it as close to her May due date as possible.

Somehow with everything going on, I did find some time to stitch 6 ornaments for gifts.  I will share those pics when I have them completely finished.

My friend asked me to paint the wooden butterflies he's been making and I was glad to help. 


These are just a few of the 20+ butterflies I've painted this fall.  
 

Hazel is 11 months old!  

Dottie Dog, Hazel and Hollie think it's treat time, lol.




WISHING YOU & YOURS
A VERY 
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!





Wednesday, September 27, 2017

September...

How is that September is almost over with?  Wasn't it just Labor Day?


I love it when fall weather is summer-like and ours has been quite hot recently.  We haven't had any rain since August 27 though.


Found this little tree frog while cleaning up after the tree trimmers topped the maple trees in front of our house.  I enjoy hearing the tree frogs and we have many around here.

 
Hazel(nut) turned 9 months old on September 17.  She is such a sweet girl and so playful.  I took this photo after she had been playing in the outside water bowl.  She plays in water whenever and wherever she can.

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Had a surprise weekend visit from DD!  It was so good to see my girl and hug her.  Hollie was one super excited dog when she saw her momma!


Dottie Dog was also happy to see DD and DD got to meet Hazel for the first time.




DD took selfies with my mom and had fun showing her how Snapchat filters work.  I haven't heard my mom laugh that much in a long time.

We decided to leave for the airport early so we could go shopping at a new fashion outlet mall near the airport.  My daughters enjoyed some sister time while purchasing their new fall wardrobes.  I kept asking "do people really wear this?" and the girls would laugh at me.  It was so much fun and reminded me of when they were younger.
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Thank you all for your comments and prayers for my oldest DD.  She had more tests done and saw the doctor again last week.  All the tests and labs came back normal.  The medication has helped a little and DD has been feeling some better.  The doctor thinks that an antibiotic DD took way back in March may have caused some of the stomach problems.  The doctor instructed DD to continue the medication and return in a few weeks for follow up.

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Nothing crafty to show since I haven't been crafting, stitching or crocheting much.  I did manage to crochet a couple pairs of slippers for my sister, but forgot to take pics.

Until next time,


STAY SAFE!




Wednesday, August 16, 2017

August

My Dearest Readers, you are so special to me!  It is heartwarming to have so many caring friends.  Thank you for your comments, prayers and private emails regarding DD.  It means so much to us!

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I just finished my first ever crochet shawl and haven't even blocked it yet.  This was also my first time using this gorgeous yarn.  I love the color gradients from the light green to the dark gray-green all on one large skein.  This will be a birthday gift for DD.  I hope she likes it.


Pattern:  Nerida Shawl
Designer:   Anna Nikipirowicz
Yarn:  Scheepjes Whirl
Colorway:  Pistachi Oh So Nice




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A Delivery came for Hollie last week.


Hollie's mom (our youngest DD that is the Army Officer) sent a box of 60 tennis balls with instructions that the box had to be dumped from the upstairs deck and a video taken of the dogs in the raining tennis balls. I was also instructed to call our oldest DD and have her bring Skye over too.  




Even though Skye didn't run after the balls, all the dogs loved it!

It was fun and now I've got tennis balls everywhere, lol.

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DD Update:

The liver ultrasound was normal and DD was referred to a specialist for further treatment.  The specialist ordered more labs and a test to see how the stomach moves foods.  The labs all came back normal, including the liver enzymes, which were previously elevated.  The test to see how the stomach moves foods showed that her stomach movement is extremely delayed (gastroparesis).  The specialist ordered an endoscopy, which was done last week.  The endoscopy showed no blockage or abnormalities.  So, while we have some answers, we still don't know what is causing the gastroparesis.  DD goes back for a follow up next week and will referred to a different specialist for further treatment.  Meanwhile, she is still not feeling well and losing even more weight.

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Resurrections Lilies made their early August appearance.  I always marvel at how they show up almost overnight.

Trying to get pics of Hollie smiling for Hollie's mom...

Bribery with treats didn't work...


Different treats didn't work either (but Hazel is smiling)

At least Hazel is happy

Finally!


Wishing you a day filled with smiles!