Friday, January 22, 2016

An Update

I'm still taking a blogging hiatus, but I thought I'd give you all an update.


After a whole battery of tests and procedures, on December 14 I was diagnosed with advanced stage ovarian cancer. I'm being treated by a gynecological oncologist at the Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis ... his treatment plan is for 9 weeks of chemo (I will have session #6 next Tuesday) followed by surgery to remove as much of the cancer as possible followed by more chemo. Thankfully I'm tolerating the chemo quite well. I tire somewhat easily, although not nearly as much as I did early on. I've even been getting to the Y a couple of times a week lately to do some walking ... I don't walk too fast nor too long, but I'm able to stay somewhat active, for which I'm thankful. And my hair started falling out within the first week, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and had my DD shave my head. Other than that, I'm doing fairly well, all things considered. And the chemo is working ... my ovarian cancer marker counts were down almost 50% from December 4 to January 11. A huge praise!


I've been feeling good enough, too, to be able to attend all my grands' swim meets ... you all know how much I love to watch them swim. Their team even designed a special cap to encourage me in my journey.


My daughter and son-in-law graciously opened up their home to us. It is such a blessing to me to spend time with my DD and my grands. You all may remember that not only did DD travel this road last year with her step mom, she's also a nursing student and is able to understand all my medical reports and knows what questions need to be asked. She's taking such good care of us ... I'm still unable to gain back any of the weight I've lost, but at least I'm not losing any more. ;-)


I don't know what my future holds, but truth be told even though I thought I was in control of my future prior to my diagnosis, I wasn't ... none of us know how many more days we'll have here on this earth. I'm determined to enjoy every day the Lord gives me, and when He calls me home, I will be ready. My prayer is that you all can claim that same hope.


Take care, my friends. Kathy


Monday, November 23, 2015

A Blogging Hiatus

I need to let you all know that I'm going to be taking an extended blogging hiatus.  I'm going to be busy with a major health issue, and as a result, all my time and energy will be devoted to getting through this battle.  I covet your thoughts and prayers.

Thanks for understanding, my friends!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Back in Focus



The last several days, I’ve felt “out of focus”.  I tried to sit and read or to sit and quilt, but I just couldn’t seem to focus.  Thankfully today I’m feeling back in focus and got in several hours of quilting on my Labor Day Stars.  I finished up block #17 and even got a good start on #18 (the final pieced block).  IMG_0334Ahhhh, it felt so good to get back to my needle and thread. 


The weekend was another busy one … another swim meet.  This was a fun meet because in addition to the standard events, they incorporated some fun events as well.  Here is T#2 participating in the Pumpkin Push Relay, where each swimmer had to push a pumpkin down the lane.  IMG_0322

T#1 and his best friend participated in the Push-Pull event, where the swimmers swam as one … the rear swimmer (who serves as the legs) holds on to the ankles of the front swimmer (who serves as the arms).  At the end of the first lap, the swimmers switch positions.  You can barely see T#1 behind his friend here.  IMG_0309

T#3 participated in the Pumpkin Push, but I didn’t get a picture of him … but here he is getting ready to step up onto the block for an event.  IMG_0291

There’s another meet this weekend, and I’m really looking forward to seeing them swim. 


There’s a fun little meme going around Facebook where our most-used words are collected.  My words

I had to laugh at some of those words, like fbi?  Of course, I see plenty of references to the beach and to quilting.  I love that my most-used word is <3 (the Facebook shortcut for Red heart). 


I hope that whatever you have planned for today includes a little something that brings you joy ... have a great day!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Getting Caught Up

It’s been a little while since I’ve checked in.  I wish I could say that I’ve been busy doing something fun and exciting, but alas … I’ve still been dealing with the “puniness” I mentioned a couple of weeks ago.  I’ve had some bloodwork and a procedure that have ruled out any lower digestive problems, we still haven't achieved a resolution to my "puniness" ... so we’re working on the next step toward resolution.  I’m bound and determined to get back to feeling better.  Winking smile 

Unfortunately I haven’t done as much quilting as I’d like in the last few days because I was too busy “prepping” for my procedure.  Hopefully now that it’s behind me, I’ll feel like spending some more time with my needle and thread.  And if I’m not up for hand quilting, I’ve got a quilt top or four that I can be working on.  Winking smile

Here’s where I left off on my Labor Day Stars … I’m on block #16.  IMG_4230

My hubby picked up some OTC meds for me this afternoon, and this is what I saw when I opened the package.  IMG_4231There’s enough room in here for TWO bottles.  Surprised smile

I hope that whatever you have planned for today includes a little something that brings you joy ... have a great day!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Slow Stitching Weekend

It’s been a slow stitching week here at Chez Nana, and it looks like it’s going to be a slow stitching weekend, as well.  Since I do love to hand quilt, I’m not complaining.   

I finished up block #12 yesterday and am almost done with block #13.  There are 18 blocks in my Labor Day Stars quilt, so it won’t be too long before I’ll be able to start quilting on the setting triangles.  Here’s a photo I took early yesterday morning as I was quilting sashings on block #13.  IMG_0270While I’ve been quilting, I have been listening to audiobooks.  I “read” John Grisham’s latest book … not a fan of that one (nor of his previous new release either).  I’m trying to get through Camel Club by David Baldacci … it’s ok, but it really isn’t grabbing me.  I’m waiting on some new releases by some other authors who I’ve enjoyed … their works are what a former co-worker would call “potato chips for the mind” which make them perfect for “reading” while quilting.  Because I’m in a bit of a reading lull, I decided to get caught up on NICS.  I watched, live, a small handful of last season’s episodes but let the subsequent episodes “pile up” on our DVR.  I’m down to the last 2 episodes from last season and then all of this season’s episodes.  I wonder if I’ll get caught up this weekend?  

Earlier this week, I ordered some fabrics from Homestead Hearth … online rather than making the trip to their brick and mortar store.  For my next EPP project, I’d like to make a Patchwork of the Crosses.  I’ve collected the papers and am now collecting some fabrics that would be suitable for fussy cutting.  I don’t trust my fussy cutting skills (who am I kidding … I have no fussy cutting skills! ha!), so I’m going to start with stripes.  I picked up some striped fabrics (also half price) when we stopped at Hancock’s of Paducah on our way to Hilton Head in September, and when I saw that Homestead Hearth had some half price, I had to add to my collection.  The fabrics came yesterday … it’s amazing how a squishy package in the mail can brighten one’s day.  Winking smile  IMG_0272Since I want to finish my already-in-progress EPP projects (my Martha Washington’s Flower Garden and my bow tie quilt), it’s liable to be a while before I start cutting into these fabrics … but at least I’ll be prepared (I had no striped or border fabrics in my stash) … and by buying when on sale, I won’t have wreaked havoc on my fabric acquisition budget.  Winking smile

I saw these on Facebook this morning and couldn’t resist sharing them … hope they make you giggle a little like they did me.

I hope that whatever you have planned for today includes a little something that brings you joy ... have a great day!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge

For the second week in a row, I’m able to participate in the Hodgepodge.  It’s such a fun little meme, and it allows us to learn a little more about each other.  You’re certainly welcome to join in the fun, if you’d like … just click on the button above.

1. Besides Thanksgiving, something you're looking forward to on your November calendar?
DH and I are talking about possibly heading to Hilton Head after Thanksgiving … we’ll be celebrating with DD and her extended family in Chattanooga at her sister-in-law’s.  Chattanooga is just 6 hours from Hilton Head, so we’d be a little more than halfway there.

2.  If I gave you a thank you card right now who would you send it to and why?
If I could, I'd like to send a thank-you card to each one of my readers.  I appreciate your taking the time to stop by  ...  I appreciate your comments, your motivation, your insights, your encouragement, your friendship. 

3. Of the breads listed, which one's your favorite...bagel, cinnamon, sourdough, garlic, banana, biscuit, pita, Naan, or plain old fashioned white bread?
My favorite bread, especially for sandwiches, is focaccia, but since it’s not listed, I’ll say cinnamon.  But ONLY if the breadmaker included more cinnamon … most seem to have gotten awfully chintzy on their cinnamon.  Sad smile

4. What's something you have in abundance? Is that a good thing?
Fabric is the first thing that comes to my mind.  And since I’m a quilter and use my fabric to make quilts, I’d say that’s a good thing.

5. November 5th is National Love Your Red Hair Day. Are there any redheads in your family? Who's your favorite redhead?
There are redheads in my extended family … a cousin has red hair and my maternal grandfather had red hair.  I can see a hint of red in DD’s hair, and T#2 is a strawberry blond.  Either one of those two would certainly be my favorite redhead.

6.  The travel website Busbud recently calculated the most Instagrammed spot in every state. Go here to see what made the list where you live. Are you happy with your state's #1? If not what do you think should be the most photographed spot in your state? Have you snapped a photo there? If you live outside the USA answer as it relates to your state, city or province.
I guess I can’t quarrel with Wrigley Field as the #1 Instagrammed spot in my state.  Still … there’s so much more to Illinois than Chicago, people!  (Aside from crooked politicians and financial ruin – ha!) 

7. I'm going to try to have something related to gratitude in this spot each week during the month of November. Here's this week's question-
What's something you've learned about yourself this year that you're grateful for?

I’ve thought a lot about this lately, and I just don’t have an answer for this.  Not that I’m not grateful … but I cannot think of something that I’ve learned about myself this past year.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

It’s been foggy here every morning for the last 4-5 days … not so heavy that it would keep one from getting out and about if necessary.  But since it’s been warming up to around 70, I’m not complaining. 

I’ve been making progress on my Labor Day Stars.  I’m about halfway done with the SITD (stitch in the ditch) around the stars on block #11.  IMG_0268I hope that whatever you have planned for today includes a little something that brings you joy ... have a great day!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Hello, Halloween … Goodbye, Daylight Savings Time

Happy HalloweenI don’t get into Halloween the way some do, so there’s no Halloween d├ęcor here at Chez Nana.  In fact, other than Christmas, I don’t do much decorating for the seasons or holidays.  I’d rather enjoy the things I already have out, many of which have sentimental value to me.

We didn’t have any trick or treaters last night.  Sad smile  But it was just as well because I have to confess that I was in bed not long after 7:00.  Surprised smile  I know … I normally go to bed early, but 7:00?  I’ll confess that I’ve not been feeling well for the last couple of weeks, and yesterday was the worst.  Thankfully between a really good night’s sleep and the start of a treatment plan prescribed by my doctor, I’m feeling better today.  Not at all close to 100%, but certainly better than I did yesterday.  DH even remarked this morning that he could see that I was feeling better.  Hopefully I’ve turned the corner and will be improving each day.  Right now, I’m cautiously optimistic that I’ll be able to attend retreat next week.  I mean, all meals are provided, so all I have to do is sit, sew and sleep.  Which is probably about all I would do here at home.  ha!  DH, bless his heart, has offered to drive the hour up to Pere Marquette to help me haul all my stuff out of my van to the sewing room.  Red heart  

I erred yesterday when I reported that I was ready to start working on block #6.  The photo I took was before I quilted block #6, but I had since moved the hoop to get ready to start on block #7.  Obviously my “puniness” affected my brain.  Open-mouthed smile  I did get most of the 7th block quilted yesterday.  Like I said, yesterday was a very bad day, so I didn’t make as much progress as I would have liked, but some progress is better than no progress, right?  Winking smile IMG_0254Had I been feeling better, I should have quilted the entire block and even perhaps a little of block #8.  Oh well … like I said, some progress is better than no progress.  Maybe today will be a more productive day.

Turn clocks backI’m already discouraged at how early it’s getting dark … and it’s only going to be worse tomorrow!  I know we’ll get an extra hour’s sleep tonight, but ugh – I’m not looking forward to it getting dark before dinner.  Sad smile  But I guess that will be inevitable even if we weren’t changing from DST what with the shorter days.  <sigh>
I hope that whatever you have planned for today includes a little something that brings you joy ... have a great day!