Tuesday, September 5, 2017

10 Years

Ten years ago today I was diagnosed with Stage III Colon Cancer. 

I've moved past cancer. I'm no longer defined by cancer. I have a future. I am no longer afraid to dream, to plan, to hope. To Live. To Love. More Fully.

Thank you, God, for performing miracles. 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Nothing Much to Report

I haven't been interested in keeping my blog updated or even sure I want to continue with it.  I've been busy with life and life is good right now.  :)

My next oncology appointment is in December.  Cancer is no longer on my radar.  September marked nine years and the December appointment will be a yearly one.  Unless something comes up with my blood work, and I don't anticipate that it will, this will be my last visit to the oncologist.

I made a few dresses for the girls over the summer and now I'm back to knitting.  Lately, I've been busy babysitting three of the grand kids two days a week.  Their babysitter quit.  I had forgotten how much work toddlers were.  I hope we are a positive influence in their lives.  They ask about Pappy when he's not home.  The other day Logan climbed up on Pappy's lap and wanted to be cuddled.  He was tired and cranky from not napping when I had him down to nap.  Even though he had tears on his face it still made me smile to see him comforted by my husband.  Michael is doing pretty good with his potty training when he's here but I have to figure a way to keep his hands from going into the potty when he's on it.  :(  Suggestions welcome!

Today the weather outside is warm and sunny.  Probably the last of the nice days before we get snow.   Thanksgiving will be here soon and my parents will be here.  I really enjoy my time with them now.  My oldest son and his family will be visiting friends out of state but glad we will have our younger son and his family with us.  I'm hoping my mother in law will join us if she isn't with my husband's brother and his family.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Spring has arrived!

Spring has finally arrived here in Pennsylvania.  It wasn't a bad winter at all but I look forward to spring and can't wait for summer!

I've been busy sewing and teaching myself how to use my new Brother embroidery machine.  I love it.  It has a 5x7 inch hoop which means I can do larger embroidery designs.  I bought onesies to embroider for my grandsons but the smallest onesie for Logan was too small for the new embroidery machine and I ended up having to use the machine with the 4x4 inch hoop.

I couldn't figure out which stabilizer to use so the inside of the onesie wouldn't scratch his skin.  So, they will probably not get worn.  Bummer.  I did make myself a medium weight linen top which I embroidered.  I'm happy with it.  The embroidery turned out very nice, however, the pattern I selected does not work well with my body.  I am short and overweight.  The bodice area has too much fabric gathered that it looks more like a maternity top.  If I had used a light weight fabric and lessened the amount of fabric gathers it would have worked better.  You learn as you go, right?

I also made two pair each of linen pants for the boys for the summer months.  This photo is the green linen called willow before I put the elastic in the waist band.  Gorgeous color in person.

And other photos from the last month.

Mikey loves the cats.

 Logan has red hair!

The grandma is so proud of all her grandbabies!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

More Knitting Projects

I have been working on a few more knitting projects since the first of the year.  

I started an old fashioned undershirt for grandson Logan in 0-9 months size and it looks huge.  I think it might fit his brother Michael.  I'm using Mountain Maid Yarns Leaflet No. 202.  The yarn is by Sapphires-n-Pearls and is called Springy Sock, in a blue/green colorway that I was really drawn to, and size two needles. 

I made a sweater for my cousin's son Haden (size 12 months) in the Oatmeal pattern on Ravelry.  I used Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK and size six needles.  Turned out beautifully!  I'm plan to make one for Logan.

I'm working on a sweater for our granddaughter Beverly in size 4-5 years, 100% merino wool and size 6 needles.  Pattern is called Daisy Chain by Amanda Lilley. 

I'll post photos soon.

Here is Miss BAM in her sweater I made for her.  She loved it!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Little Miss Sunshine

It took me three months to knit this sweater for my granddaughter Lilly.  I get bored easily while knitting.  The sleeves just about killed me.  Fourteen inches of knitting in the round.  But, I finished and am happy with it.  Lilly is, too!

The pattern is called Little Miss Sunshine by Nichole Reese.  The yarn is Pure Alpaca by Cascade Yarns.  The color is a light green like a blade of grass.  It's called Dune #3013.  I made the sweater in a size 8/10 which fits my five year old granddaughter and she still has room to move around and be a kid in it.  The yarn is soooooooo soft.  100% alpaca.  The only negative I would say is that you have to be careful because the yarn does split a bit.  Not a lot but I did find a few times over the project where it happened.  I purchased the yarn through WEBS store online.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Amazing, Fun Weekend!

I picked up Miss Jassie and Miss Dixie on Friday.  We went to McDonald's for lunch.  The girls played on the gym equipment while I watched and laughed.  Afterward we went to Walmart to get them some clothes and bike helmets.  Bike helmets?  Yes!  The girls were invited to go horseback riding with their cousin, Miss Lilly, on Sunday so we wanted to be prepared.  The girls were SO excited!  All they could talk about Friday and Saturday was horses.  Dixie said, "I dream of horsies, Grandma."  hahaha

I made baked chicken in cream of chicken soup with corn, lima beans and cut up a fresh pumpkin from my garden as another side veggie.  Phil and I enjoyed the pumpkin.  The girls not so much.  First I cut it into sections, scooping the pulp and seeds out.  Then I cut the rind off and steamed the pumpkin.  After it was finished steaming I added salt, pepper and butter.

Saturday I washed clothes all morning and then fed animals before we left to spend the night with Miss Lilly.  We arrived around 4 p.m. and ordered pizza for dinner.  We put the inflatable mattress in the front room for the girls to sleep on.  They played and then we watched The Wizard of Oz (original version) while eating popcorn.  By 9 p.m. everyone was in bed asleep including me.

We had a late breakfast at Eat'n Park.  Their breakfast buffet is good.  Three adults paying for the breakfast buffet got us three free kids meals.  Good deal.

We had to be at the stables by 11:30 to begin learning to brush the horses and clean their hooves.  Then tack lessons followed.  They were in the arena by noon.  You could feel the excitement!

They had such an awesome time.  Aunt Jess invited them back again to ride with Miss Lilly.  Made this Grandma very proud of her girls!

Friday, August 28, 2015

The End of Summer

I can't believe how fast the summer has gone!  It rained here almost the entire month of June.  July and August were beautiful and hot.  Just like I enjoy.  This week has been a bit chilly and I noticed yesterday leaves were dropping from trees.  Usually I don't see much leaf dropping until the middle of September.  Must be the lack of rain here.

That said, I've been canning fruit like crazy.  I picked crabapples from a farm up the road a couple weeks ago.  Last week we picked both apples and pears.  Hubs bought peaches from a farmer's market for me to can.  I think we ate as many as I canned.  Ripe, juicy Chambersburg peaches are delicious!  I ran out of jelly cars and all that was available at the local Tractor Supply were larger jars.  Hubs bought me a 12 pack plus eight half-pint jars.

We've been training dogs every evening at the lake.  It's been great because they love to swim and it's great exercise for them during the heat of summer.  Trixie will be testing for her NAVHDA natural ability test this weekend.  We've had a heck of a time with her because she didn't immediately take to swimming like the other dogs.  She will go in after a duck but throw a retrieving dummy out and she'll just look at it.  Elsa is due to have pups late September.  This will be her third litter.  She'll be five in November.  She's a wonderful girl.  A fantastic mother and great hunter but I'm not sure we will breed her again after this.  We have five younger girls in the kennel that we want to breed in the future.  Always looking to produce a better dog to enhance the breed.

I saw my PCP in July, had my colonoscopy in August (all clear!) and went for blood work this past Monday.  Tuesday the doctor's office called to say my TSH level was high so they called in a scrip for a Thyroid medication.  He said it should help with my feeling fatigued, thinning hair and possibly help me to lose weight.  Really?  Wow!  Good news is I haven't felt myself needing to take an afternoon nap this week!  Yay to that!  HA HA

Not a lot going on other than canning, sewing and dogging.  My parents were in the last weekend in July.  I'll see them again at the family reunion over labor day and then they will be back in October.

As they say around here ... "that's it, Fort Pitt!"