Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Valentine Day 2019. . . The best ever

It has been a long standing tradition that for Valentine's day I get a surprise of a heart shaped box of candy, found on the kitchen cabinet when I get up. As for my gift to him, it's a bag of maple nut goodies and burnt sugar peanuts. I can't remember the time these weren't our gifts to each other.

Until this year . . . . 

This hand forged, very detailed rose was on on top of my candy. I screamed, then I cried. He spoke no words, but hugged me for an eternity. 

The details are point on! It even shows the 5 precise sepals

Pictures do not do it justice!

Cancer sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today February 19th, I had a follow up visit with the surgeon. She was very pleased not only at my incisions but at my numbers. 

There's one more test result that won't be in until next week when we meet with the cancer doctor. That's a gene test on the cancer itself. That will be the last chemo hurdle to get over. Prayers are appreciated. 

Jeremiah 29:11  For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Successful surgery. Praise the Lord.

Surgery went well on Wednesday 2/6/2019.  We were home about 2 in the afternoon.

Every time a new nurse or technician came into the room, I’d have to verify my birth date, so by the time surgery was over, everyone knew it was my birthday .  Nurse Lorie even gave me a birthday scrub hat to wear during surgery.

This time next year I plan to have a double celebration, birthday and cancer free. That’s my plan anyway. You hear me God?

I've been laying low.. My hubby has spoiled me beyond means!  I have received so many cards, gifts, cookies, meals, comments, encouragements and prayers. Thank you all! Everyone means so much. Life is precious as is good health.

The surgeon called us Friday and was happy with the surgery. She said she got all the cancer. Luckily she only had to take one lymph node and it was cancer free.

When the incisions heal I will take four weeks of radiation.

Since this is a quilting blog, let’s get back to that.  Here’s a few things I’ve completed in the last few months.

This is another top for my friend Margaret. She loves to embroidery. These blocks are of cute little log cabins, so I just had to set it together with traditional log cabin pieced blocks.

I started these paper piece blocks years ago. My January resolution was to finish them. #score. The patterns are of sunbonnet Sue and overall Sam, rolling through the 12 months. I combined them with
a pieced blocks. Someday I will hand quilt it. It’s twin bed size.

This was a quilt I made for my great nephew, Bowman. I pieced it, another great aunt, Janie hand quilted it.

My friend Judy found most of this fabric at tag sales. She asked if I could do Elvis justice? She had traced the kneeling Elvis, he was about 6 inches tall. I took him to Staples and they enlarged him to about 36 inches. He is machine appliqued to music fabric I found at Hobby Lobby.  Hopefully the church ladies will start quilting him next week. He will be auctioned at the church picnic in August.

Until next time . .. . .


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Surgery . . . it's my birthday present

Tomorrow, February 6, 2019 will be my 67th birthday.

I will have breast surgery at 10:00 am.  

After the incision heals in 3 to 4 weeks. I will start radiation 5 days a week for about 4 weeks. 

We pray I won't have to take Chemo, but that won't be determined until during the surgery. 

Please keep me, my family, and the medical staff in your prayers.

Cancer sucks, but I am praying I will get rid of it for the best birthday present ever!

My blogger friend Valerie is fighting cancer, as well as her best friend, Vicki. Valerie has a prayer tree in her house. Follow Valerie on Our forever farm on Facebook.

Yesterday I made a prayer card for myself to send her. 

She asked that I get the word out to anyone that is needing prayers.  
Mail to:
Valerie Shoates
The Prayer Tree
170 Coulter Rd
Chatsworth, GA 30705

This is for my friends, Valerie, classmate Cathy, Terry of Terry's Treasures, and fellow quilter Charlotte, who are all under going cancer treatments. WE can do this!

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Breast Cancer . . . a sisterhood I never wanted to join . . .

But then you don't have control in some of the directions you take in life.  God is in control!! Repeat GOD IS CONTROL.

Wednesday January 16th, 12:45 pm in for a routine mammogram.

The next day, Thursday,  the hospital called, there was something they wanted to take another look at.

Friday 10:00 am, I was back in for another mammogram along with an ultra sound. Before the close of business hours they called me. I would need a biopsy. Since I was currently taking a baby aspirin a day, I'd have to be off of them for 5 days before the procedure would be performed. It was set up for Wednesday.

Wednesday, a week since the first Mammogram I went in for a biopsy. They actually took 5 biopsies. 

Thursday I was fabric shopping at 11:30 and my cell phone rang. It was a doctor at the Cancer Center calling to tell me it was cancer. She set me up with a surgeon for the following Tuesday. I asked if I just sat tight until then and she replied no I'd like to see you today. Within the hour my husband I  were in the Goldschmidt Cancer center, a place I never expected to be.

The doctor was so caring, patient, understanding, and gave very well explained details, You could tell she cared about every patient as if they were her own sister.

On Monday I had an MRI.

Today it was time to meet the surgeon, a lady doctor who we really liked. Friday we will meet with the doctor who will administer radiation. It's not decided if I can have the quick internal type, or the loooong six week type. We are hoping surgery will be next week. Should know more by the week end. (Insert prayer request for short type radiation)

So my plan is not to be in this sisterhood too long. Don't send me pink, don't send me cancer ribbons, I want this behind me. Then I'm picking a sisterhood I WANT to be in.

I ask for your prayers for me, my husband of 49 years, my children and especially my grandchildren who have lost a great uncle and a 17 year old cousin to cancer in the past couple years. They won't understand that breast cancer is beatable. 

So for now . . . . I am going for a bigger pair of panties

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Peace out

Friday, October 26, 2018

The last trip of the year in the Casita, Hamilton Missouri Quilting mecca of the world!

October 17, 2018 we left about noon for Hamilton, Missouri. Our first stop was in Macon at the Ben Franklin store. I love that store. It still has flat fold fabric and many, many bolts of reasonably priced fabric. While the blacksmith sat in the truck, I picked up 5 pieces of fabric and two new rag rugs.

We then went down the street for pie and coffee at Ashley's Apple Basket, but changed our mind and ate lunch.

We arrived at A Country Charm RV park in Hamilton a little before 3. We were like the needle in a hay stack. TINY! Before our stay was over I am pretty sure all but one camper was there to attend the week at Missouri Star Quilt Company. Two ladies, Linda and Jane, messaged me on Facebook that they were also staying there.

So for the next three days, the blacksmith was teaching a Colonial hardware class at the Missouri School of Blacksmith in Cameron, Missouri just 15 miles away.

So to feel right at home, I took along my cappuccino machine! 

I also took my Singer 99 machine, dated 1956!

Thursday I finished 4 pillowcases, one table runner and started on a homespun plaid quilt top.  I was also cooking Burger country ham with Yelloweye beans in the slow cooker outside.

I went on to piece a little more on the Elvis quilt.

Thursday afternoon I got a message from a Facebook post I had on a RV/quilting page. It was from a friend of the RV park owner. He offered me a free class at Missouri Star quilt. Too bad I didn't see the message until after it was over with. So I replied, was there anything tomorrow, as I hadn't seen the message soon enough.

Bob told me I was welcome to attend all three sessions on Friday!

I saw Linda come home to her camper Wednesday afternoon, so I went to tell her what I was given. She asked me to go along with her Friday and she'd show me the way. 

Friday the first demonstration I saw was Mary Jane Carey.  She is a fabric designer for Henry Glass fabrics.  Her holiday quilts that were embellished with jewels really caught my eye.

In the afternoon, I saw (and met) Stacy West. OMG, the wool appliques she makes were beautiful. I was getting hooked! Her business is Buttermilk Basin. You must check it out.

Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin! I should have asked her to sign my pattern. 

The last show of the day was Jenny Doak of Missouri Star Quilt Co. and her husband, Ron, what a team! She took 9 charm pack blocks (I think they are 5 1/2 inches square), sewed them up and showed all these quilts that were made from just sewing them together. It was amazing to see them. 

Bob the Facebook friend that gave me the free demonstrations package, told me I must go see the worlds largest spool of thread. I introduced myself to Bob's wife, Courtenay and gave her one of my handmade needle keepers for letting me in! Thank you to you both!!!!

The building behind me will be a quilting museum. They gladly accept donations.

My partner in crime (okay shopping) was Linda from from Springtown Texas. We stopped a quilter and she took our picture, since I wasn't very successful in taking a good selfie! I so appreciated her and her husband Dennis giving me a ride, although the RV park is just about 4 or 5 blocks, an easy walk to town.

Frying some county ham and cabbage outside the Casita!

Saturday morning my friend Tami knocked on my door. Her and her husband are blacksmith friends. He was doing the Hamilton Fall Festival. Tami and I went road tripping. First she took me on a tour of Missouri state park, Crowder Park. It was beautiful with the trees turning golden all through the hills. 

We went on to Missouri days at Trenton Missouri. There we walked through a huge craft show, so many vendors. The booth she is standing in, was our favorite! 

After lunch at Dino's cafe, where we two sisters by different mothers ordered the exact same thing. We went to her parents  little paradise of 20 acres tucked among big trees and a lake, which can be viewed out two sides of their unique dome home. 

After a quick tour, some visiting , and a few doggie pets, it was time to move on.

We drove through the town of Chillicothe and saw the amazing murals. This is the back of the library! Take a better look here: Murals of Chillicothe.

The people in these windows looked so real.

We then headed back to Hamilton. There we went to the Fall Festival at the steam engine grounds. Of course we had to go see Tami's husband Willy, where he was forging. 

She dropped me off at the Casita, just shortly before my blacksmith returned from his class.

Later that night, when I was over visiting Linda in her RV, Willy stopped by for a visit. 

Bernie demonstrating during his class.

It was a small class, but that can be a good thing. He had 3 students, including our friend Melanie!

We returned home Sunday. Sadly it will be the last trip in the Casita this year. After a low of 29 on the last night, it's time to winterize it!

We will be looking forward to next spring, when we can again take it on a road trip!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Thirty some years later . . .

No I haven't been away from blogging that long.

We took a trip to Eminence, Missouri along the Current river for a few days of R and R. The last time we were camped here together our kids were little. 

It was a fun weekend.

Here's our camp spot. We roughed it as there were no hook-ups. However with a propane water heater we had hot showers every night. Of course there were plenty of hand made quilts to warm us too!

Speaking of quilts, Saturday we started by going to a quilt show in town. There were about 35 quilts entered. From what I saw, all but one were machine quilted.

 This was the only one hand quilted and it was made in 1950.

Next we went to Circle B craft show. It might have been the largest craft show we've ever been to. It was reported there were 4000 people there. There were at least 3 of the big circus tents and hundreds of small tents. Would you believe we left without buy a thing! Including not even a funnel cake or a blooming onion.

A re-purposed Canoe!

From the craft show we went to The Haunting of the Hills festival. Here are some beautiful axes from Dr. Jim Price's collection. Some dated back to Roman times.

Look at the amazing details.

Our friend Ray Joe Hastings of Doniphan, Missouri displayed his gig collection.

My blacksmith has a collection too, but not near this many!

Here they were cooking hog heads to make head cheese. Trust me I wouldn't stay for the final product.

Some nice baskets.

The blacksmith ran into lots of friends that he hunts with.

92 year old Jake shows one of his carved walking sticks he makes. We also have a couple of his hand made turkey calls.

He pulled this tiny arrow head from his pocket to show me.

The foresters helped the ladies pour their soap.

These guys were making moonshine!

Pictures don't do this justice.

The Alley Spring Mill, gorgeous in any weather.

I received my hand made wool socks from Karen before we left. They kept my feet toasty warm. She has an Etsy page.

He does such a good job cooking breakfast for me!

Sunday we went to Old Iron Works days near Salem, Missouri. This lady was making socks on an antique sock machine. She told me it was made in the early 1900's.

Look at her colorful broom. When I suggested to my friend Margie that she should try this, she told me she just had that very same day!

The hornets nest! If only I had a video of the blacksmith trying to retrieve this after dark. That was after his flashlight went dead. Did I mention they were alive in there?  That was until he gave them a dose of Raid wasp and hornet spray. It now is drying and will be hung in our mudroom with 3 others that he has collected.

Until next time.