Monday, October 1, 2018

September

September flew by for us.  Did it fly by for you as well?  

I made a blanket, pajama keeper and stuffed owl for a little neighbor girl celebrating her 3rd birthday.  I loved crocheting with the bright colors and it's been quite a while I since I've used all girl colors.



She loved her gifts and sleeps with the owl every night.



The triplets are 6 months old!

My niece and her husband have been able to take the boys out for some weekend activities.  This family photo was taken at the Touch and See Truck Show.  Even though it was chilly that day, it was nice to get out of the house and share the day with them since they have been so busy packing.  They close on their new house on October 10. 


DD #2 posted this on facebook a couple of weeks ago.  


She has been keeping track of how many weeks she's been deployed and how many weeks she has left, but I had to chuckle at her choice of words when she posted this.  If the next 6 months fly by like September did, it really won't be long until she's home.

DD #1 has been having many tests and follow up doctor appointments.  The new diet has helped her digestive issues and is helping in regulating insulin and other endocrine functions.  


  
Dottie Dog had her annual vet visit in early September.  The vet encouraged us to have the "senior dog blood panel" done since Dottie Dog is almost 14 years old.  The physical and test results were all perfect except for the thyroid.  Turns out that Dottie Dog has hyperthyroidism, or over-active thyroid.  Further testing was done and it confirmed our vet's suspicion of cancer.  Unfortunately, because of Dottie Dog's age and the location of the tumor, they do not recommend treatment or removal of the tumor.  Except for weight loss, Dottie Dog has been doing so well and it's hard to see that she has cancer.  

Part of me wishes we wouldn't have agreed to the senior dog blood panel so I would never know that she has cancer.  Our vet has recommended extra nutrition so Dottie Dog doesn't lose any more weight and we'll keep her as comfortable as possible.  

I'm still suffering with the migraine and some days I can only manage doing what is necessary.  

We've been able to enjoy our chilly fall evenings by relaxing by the campfire.

I'm still enjoying all the flowers around my home.  The hanging basket is filled with Supertunias and has been spectacular all season long.

Happy October!


 

Sunday, August 19, 2018

July & August

Hello Dear Friends,

I hope you all have been doing great and enjoying whichever season you're in right now. 

The garden and flowers have been looking so pretty this summer.








Hazel learned to catch the frisbee!

I told Dottie Dog, Hazel and Hollie that we needed to send a picture to DD and they actually smiled for the camera!


I can finally share the Mail Art I stitched for my partner in the Quaker Mail Art exchange.  The fabric is hand-dyed Lugana and the motifs were stitched with Victorian Motto Sampler Thread in the color Delphinium.   A matchbook needle keep and embroidery scissors were also included in the envelope.


I've been working on a C2C join as you go crochet baby blanket.  This blanket will be donated to a local children's hospital.


The triplets are 5 months old and big brother will be 2 years old next month.  They are all doing well and such sweet boys!

Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers for my girls!

DD sent this photo recently.  I think she's trying to make sure I see that she's ok.  She has been able to communicate with us about every 10 days to 2 weeks.  She won't or can't tell me what she actually does, but I know she is working long hours with not much down time.  She said they have had temps as high as 120 and some areas have been even hotter.  I miss her so much!

My oldest DD has been to so many doctor appointments these last several weeks.  While she is still having digestive issues, she has also been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).  We've learned a lot about PCOS and it was recommended that DD start a low glycemic diet.  She said she's already feeling so much better with the diet switch.   There are still many medical appointments in the coming weeks as the doctors work to get the PCOS under control and figure out what else is going on. 

I'm still struggling with the migraine.  I have been to my doctor and had more testing done.  My migraines are caused by injuries I received in a very serious car accident when I was 20 years old and I am not able to take any of the migraine medications due to medication allergies.  Most days the migraine is bad, but there are days that it's totally debilitating and I can't do anything.  For now, I'm taking it easy and only doing what must be done.

Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful week!


   

Saturday, June 30, 2018

June

I’m barely making my goal of posting at least once a month, lol.  In all honesty, I’m having a hard time.  I’m struggling with a persistent migraine that I can’t break.  I’m sure stress isn’t helping, but the migraine is contributing to my stress and it’s a vicious circle.

My youngest DD seems to be doing ok on her deployment, but she wouldn’t tell me either way.  I understand that she’s busy doing what she’s trained for, but I wish we could communicate more often.

You may remember last year my oldest DD was having some medical issues and had to have several surgeries.  I’m sad to say the issues haven’t disappeared.  She may need additional surgery later this summer.  She’d been looking forward to a relaxing summer after graduating with her Master’s in May, but has started seeing a new specialist that is ordering many more tests.

MAILART

I participate in a Mailart Facebook group. This year there is a birthday exchange and I made a mailart for one of our group members who had a birthday in May. I mailed it “naked” as it was not in a protective wrap. I`m still amazed these envelopes make it through the mail.




I included a handmade birthday card, needles in a matchbook case and 4 skeins of floss.

Her postal carrier really liked delivering the mailart too.



Our Facebook group is also having a Quaker mailart exchange.  I received my Quaker mailart from Meari.  I love the design and work Meari put into this envelope for me.  The goodies she included will be so useful too.






The triplets are 3 months old now and doing great!  My niece has made the decision to be a stay-at-home mom and is adjusting to having her hands full.



That's all for now. 

HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!