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Monday, July 13, 2015

Finally a new freebie

I know, it has been a long time coming - something new and free. By the time this message posts it will be Monday July 13th and I'll be over at the hospital, waiting to see how June is doing after surgery. There has been a lot of running around this past week what with errands, doctor appointments, and so on and it's been so hot and humid that once I get back inside I'm having trouble breathing and exhausted. I come in, drink something cool, wash up and lie down. Had a list of things to accomplish while hubby was home on vacation but we only managed the most important ones. Writing this as I let my hair dry before going to bed Sunday night. Still have a few dishes to do and some laundry to fold. You know, housework is never ending. We have to be at hospital before light so tomorrow will be long day. They said the Breast Cancer Center at the hospital has a nurse for every two patients so I wouldn't have to stay overnight with June, but we will see. But on the digi-scrap stuff.
Yes, that's a hint of what is coming. I decided to make a beach themed journal page kit for all those who art journal and may be at the beach for summer vacation. The papers are 8.5" x 11" I like that size because I keep my art journal pages in a loose leaf binder and find that handiest. There are 8 papers and 15 elements which include some word art. Hope someone will find it useful. Have to admit that the element sizes are all over the place. The larger ones can, of course, be reduced and at least those might be useful to people who only scrapbook. Kit is called Shore Thing.
Link: Planning to follow up with a mermaid themed journal page kit.

Friday, July 3, 2015

The last of Manly freebie

This is going to be it, the last of Manly. I tried to include a lot of male oriented elements in the kit and didn't worry so much about the usual stuff. Do you really need bows and flowers for guys? I'm feeling restless so don't know what I'm doing next. Thinking of maybe some beachy papers or perhaps a color themed element and/or paper packs. Have a great Independence holiday weekend.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

zip 9 of Manly freebie

If you read the previous post and wondered what I was talking about, don't worry I haven't totally lost it, just so much going on here that I got confused. Thought I'd already posted zip 9, maybe because I already had zip 10 ready to post? Anyway, here is zip 9 of Manly: Still very hot and humid here, with severe thunderstorms in the evenings. Yesterday just went to grocery store and when I came in I could hardly breathe. After something cold, I needed a nap. Pretty much the same today. Went out for doctor appointment today and intended to come home and do lots of work. Don't know yet if company is coming for sure but so much needs doing anyway. I did stop at Ollie's on way home from doctor and picked up some of those Suduko and word search books for Dad and June. After a light lunch of cheese, crackers, fruit and juice, I gave up and took another nap. I can't help but wonder how people survive in those countries where it is hot and humid all the time. Wherever you are (whoever might be reading this), I hope your weather is nicer and that you are safe and doing well.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sorry about delay with zip 8

Somehow I failed to "publish" so even though I'd scheduled it for yesterday, it didn't appear. It's there now. Will schedule Wednesday post later tonight and remember to schedule and then publish.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Updates & freebie

It feels a little hectic just now. Went with June to see surgeon for pathology results. Not good. Cancer was found in the biopsied lymph node and she's been moved to stage 2. Now in addition to the mastectomy, there will be an axillary (underarm) node dissection. The possibility of radiation and chemo is greater now. Also, there is a "spot" on the same arm where she had skin cancer surgery previously. That surgery got complicated; a quarter size place in her forearm did not heal properly, went into staph infection and ultimately required another, deeper surgery during which additional cancer cells were found. Took about 6 months to get that cleared up and now the diagnosis of breast cancer. Skin cancer typically doesn't metastisize so I'm thinking now that maybe she had unknown breast cancer at that time and now it is spreading throughout the lymph system. Maybe I'm just catastrophizing, but she has been seeming so frail for the last year or so and I just have a bad feeling about this. I sure hope I am wrong. My Red Hat group let me re-schedule the meeting that was planned for the day we visited surgeon. I was able to convince June to come to the luncheon at Red Lobster on the new date and the ladies were so nice to her. As we prepared to leave, our co_queen, Doris, invited June to join our group and told her even if she doesn't want to join, she is welcome to come with me any time. Then Doris hugged June and told her she'd be praying for her. We took some photos of our Pink Hoot that day and I'll post as soon as I get a chance to download to the computer. I'd made a little fascinator with pink flowers and bow for June to wear and it looks so cute on her white hair. Tomorrow she will see our pulmonologist to get his okay for surgery. Like me, she has COPD so being put to sleep for surgery must be approved. As it is set now, she will finish up pre-op and get approval from her internist on 7/7 and surgery is to be 7/13 or 14 at Norfolk General's Breast Cancer Center. I volunteered to stay there overnight with her but the surgeon said it wouldn't be necessary since they have a special post-op section where there is a nurse for every two patients. Much better than in other areas. Will see how it goes.
Why the baby face? Just something cheerful. Husband is preparing to go on vacation or should I say staycation? He usually takes a week that includes our anniversary. We both have doctor appointments scheduled that week and hadn't planned on doing anything much. But today we were talking to his favorite cousin who lives in NJ. She's a little older than us and has health issues too. She was saying she'd like to see her aunt (my MIL) soon because the woman is in her late 80s and might not be with us much longer. Next thing I know, my husband offers to go get his cousin and bring her down for a few days around 7/4 and take her to visit with MIL et al. Got to set myself up a schedule to scramble and do some things before she arrives. It's looking like July is going to be a busy month & I'll be unpredictable in posts. But all that said, here is some more of Manly.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

freebie & news

Expecting company shortly. We have prepared pulled pork barbeque, potato salad, cole slaw, deviled eggs, and chocolate cream pie to celebrate Father's Day with my Dad and June. Things have been hectic her this past week. Went with June for her biopsy. Traveled to Vienna (a little over 3hrs away) to see Sleepy Man Banjo Boys. The last link shows them when just recently discovered. Hubby was a little disappointed because they didn't play more traditional bluegrass music and have now added an electric bass guitarist and a drummer. "No drums or electric bass in real bluegrass," he says. But I liked the drummer as much of what he did reminded me of the Celtic use of the bodran. We got back home in wee hours next morning and napped until Jeremy & Berkeley arrived. They were headed to OBX for a couple days then back to Yorktown VA for a cousin's wedding and from there back home to PA. Great to see them, just not long enough. Friday took hubby to a Chinese buffet that had Alaskan crab legs and lots of other seafood. That was his Father's Day gift from me. Yesterday my car went to Suffolk for new shocks & I worked on re-arranging the National Pink Day Hoot for Red Lilies. Tuesday will be National Pink Day and we were going to lunch at Red Lobster wearing something pink. However, June had called me with results of the pathology. Definitely cancer and her next appointment with surgeon was moved up from 6/30 to 6/23. She'd like me to go with her so I let my chapter members know what was going on and we have rescheduled for Thursday. I missed getting post in for more Manly freebie and I'm sorry.
Link: Think I have a few other pieces. I will check later after company leaves and post remainder tomorrow. Have a great day with your fathers and your children's father.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday freebie - Manly zip 6

First, thanks Stacy, for offering up prayers for June. Poor woman has been throguh much last few years. This cancer might be something easily removed - don't know yet - but radiation and chemo do so much to quality of life. I just don't think in her position I'd want to do much more than be kept from pain. But that is for her to decide. I've temporarily rigged up the wide brimmed red straw hat I found at thrift store for Saturday's Hoot. In time I'd like to cover it in fabric and doll it up like an Edwardian tea hat. For now, with all that old nasty trim off, I made a band and bow of a sparkling red tulle and added a couple large deep red flowers. It will do. Don't really have anything dressy in purple (or anything dressy any more in fact) so will wear my new purple maxi dress. It's a simple knit fabric for summer wear, sleeveless, gathered at bit underbust. I do have a garnet pendant on silver chain and a vintage look sterling ring with garnet for some bling. I can see where keeping up in Red Hats could get expensive and that word isn't in my vocabulary any more. And now, here is zip 6 of Manly, think mornings.