Thursday, September 21, 2017

We All Fall Down

So, those you are praying for my Hubby...
Please keep the prayers going...
The cancer they removed was the aggressive variety...which starts a whole new "gig"....
It requires him to have another surgery in the hospital, hopefully simpler...it means they go back in and remove any small tumors that may occur in the next month..and take biopsies....
Then after he has recovered from that...which we pray it is not like this last time....then they will begin immunotherapy.
6 weeks of immunotherapy...
Then years of quarterly checks. Yup the Dr said years!
So please pray for my dear Hubby....
The good news is we did get it early!
So, they have rated it at stage 1....that's good.
And the type of cancer is a concern because it can go outside the bladder....so they will be checking him all the time...poor guy...not a pleasant check....
So, prayers that November 2nd surgery is "simple" and without incident....last time's was more than we could bear....
Prayers that nothing new grows in the next month....
Prayers for continued strength....
Thanks
Nancy

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Fall Has Fallen

I don't know about you, but I wasn't quite ready...
It is amazing. We went from summer to Fall in the blink of an eye. We are expecting some light rain for the next three days!
Meanwhile, we are in health care mode.
Hubby had surgery day before yesterday and came home that night.
Remember when they used to keep you overnight?? Yeah, it would have been helpful.
Remember when nurses were sent to check on you and make sure everything was good?? yeah...those days are gone.
I am not trained to be a nurse!
I was great yesterday...patient and good.
Today, I am tired, though I slept a solid 7 hours straight through, I am just bone tired.
I know. I know....he's the one with the catheter...and the bag...but I am the one he depends on.
But I am managing puppy...and elderly dog...running the errands to the pharmacy...doing twice the laundry and normal and making meals to nourish a recuperating patient....

At least, it isn't HOT and Humid...its just humid and overcast.

I hope and pray everyone is well...and safe...
Nancy

Thursday, September 7, 2017

All Is Just a Little Too Quiet

You know when you have children that when it's too quiet, there is something going on...
It's true also with puppies....
Our morning routine, rather my morning routine, is to get up with Molly (our almost 12 week old Labrador pup)at 6 am....she is the alarm clock to a fault.
First Tucker is let out of his house then Molly and the day has begun.
Breakfast then potty and then the play....
Tucker takes off after breakfast to snooze with Dad for a bit....(yes up on the bed)....
Play and play and play with such gusto one gets quite exhausted!
Tucker and Dad join us after most of the growls and yips have stopped only to reignite them....
Poor Tucker.
He has learned though to set boundaries for her and interacts and when he has had enough he gets up on the couch....that will be a safe zone for only a short time more.
After about two hours, it's time for her nap and that is when we get things done.
Slowly, a routine is developing. Molly has learned lots of things, most notably "NO!"
I try not to say it too much, but she is a puppy and they find things you don't even realize
is there.
Just this morning, I let her out to go potty and then she went and lay down. I thought, ok, cool I'll get my cup of coffee. But, like I said, it was too quiet...and I found her up on the shelf under the BBQ, trying to get the grease tray that goes under the BBQ. No other pup in our history has done that!
She is unique and wonderful and exasperating....
Potty training continues and just when you think all is well, she blows it with "mount Molly" or "Molly Lake"....
We've gone through two rugs....one really large rubberized one in the laundry room and another smaller throw by the slider....both died by multiple accidents...and though I tried to clean them it was a no go....so....I bought two small latex backed rugs that go through the wash. I'm sure they won't last forever....but we needed rugs by doors...
As for September, it is our birthday month.
We celebrated my Hubby's birthday with everyone last night at the Winery restaurant in Tustin at the District. Very yummy food and great service.







In addition to birthdays...our Grandson Royce started preschool this week on Tuesday! Where did the time go??
Time flies....
And when it's too quiet....just add a puppy.....
I hope you have a great weekend....
Nancy

Monday, September 4, 2017

Fall Has Arrived

While the last four days were stifling hot and humid, I hadn't taken the time to notice the arrival of Fall. It was letting me know in stable ways, but I was preoccupied with other things.....
The Jacuranda tree has started its drop...the little tiny leafets that come off the sticks that make the "leaves" and branches are falling....
The fig tree just up and dropped all its figs at one time....but still not enough to make a jam...just enough for a snack.
The tomatoes...oh my tomatoes...they are so unsightly! They look like some plague has hit them, but its just Fall.
I guess I didn't realize it until I looked out the window and saw the neighbor's orchid tree...where just a week ago there were leaves and a few flowers, today I see bare branches and few odd yellow leaves about to let go....
And tomorrow, my Grandson goes to preschool! wow...where did the time go??
Today is cooler with a chance of rain, so it seems...
What are you doing with your Labor Day??
We plan to have everyone over...and eat...seems that is what we do...eat!



No, that isn't us but it's images on the internet...what people do usually on Labor Day or other times...
Here's wishing you a great week!!
Nancy

Thursday, August 31, 2017

September Blessings

As Summer and August slip away today...
And the plane taking my sister and new brother-in-law slips from view.....


I am drinking a cup of coffee....and contemplating how life can just zip by and we don't even realize it until its really gone...
Molly the puppy does better each day...becoming more and more a part of the family...
She follows directions better and better, and is almost all house broken....we still have to be vigilant.
She gets the fact that Tucker would rather not play puppy games...though she brings him toys to see if maybe he might change his mind....


The grumpy old dog is fine if she just wants to lie near by, but play, well that is not going to happen...
But, she is finding other things to get into...
We had to "fence" in my raised beds...she was getting into the peppers and eating them....
She likes to go where she isn't supposed to go...classic puppy...
But, she will be our comic relief as we journey through a new mine field....
Hubby has a mass in his bladder. It was confirmed as a carcinoma. He is having surgery on Sept 11.
According to the Oncologist, it should be "simple" removal and then "wash" his bladder with chemotherapy to avoid new growths....
All the same....it is scary. The unknown is what the pathology will say about follow up care etc...
So, if you are a praying sort...we could use a bit. No cancer is simple....
In the grand scheme...he was having a MRI for his prostate to rule out cancer there.
The MRI found the small mass in the process.
The Dr. said this doesn't usually happen...they usually find it when it is much farther along...so all in all...early is best.
So, blessings to all of you.
Prayers for the Houston and surrounding area people who have been so badly impacted from Hurricane Harvey.....
May tomorrow, September 1, be the start of a great month and year for everyone....
Nancy

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Embroidering Diapers

Now that sounds funny I know, but, our daughter is expecting a new bundle of her own soon. And babies need burp cloths.
The best burp cloths are diapers!
When our grandson was on his way I did burp cloths with appliqu├ęs and such, but this time I just didn't feel "in the mood" to do that.
So, I hooked up the embroidery unit and let the machine do the work!
Then, I remembered that the other machine had some fun designs too....so...I had both of them going!
Yup, that's right, two machines....
The older Brother machine still does delightful embroidery...it just sucks at doing quilting anymore....(I am totally spoiled by the new one)
But, I got 5 diapers done in no time...


Cute huh?? I am still thinking of doing some other embellishment, but we will see...
It's nice to do something other than quilting for a change.
I have a quilt I am working on, a baby quilt, and I monogrammed it, well, almost...something happened and the machine just shut down! An entire square just wiped out...so I have to remove the square and redo it...
I took it out and got a new square which I monogrammed first...now it has to be completely redone....
So, doing embroidery was definitely a nice change....
Hope you have a great day!
Nancy

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Day by Day

Well, it was really crazy to take on a puppy. Tucker our older dog wants nothing much to do with her...and play is out of the question with him. Sad. We thought it would go better....
If he is asleep she can go lie down next to him...if she doesn't bite...
It's really harder than we thought...as it is more than potty training...it's not so smooth....
But on the bright side, we have had her about 10 days now and she has learned so much.
She knows some basics and has asked to go out probably 50% or more, so that's really good. Mostly, we are vigilant.
I am also tired...and old lady needs her "beauty" sleep...so I am not much to look at right now...LOL.
Our neighbors all love her...and we have been holding "court"....so we have support in the neighborhood as we do training...so we can actually leave her at some point....
It is hard...but will I hope be worth it.
Definitely, the last puppy we are having....
I love how she cuddles up at our feet when she wants to take a nap. Or just comes between your legs like a cat for reassurance.
She is super energetic at 6 am....so I am up...
Trying to get a good routine.....



She is really sweet most of the time...there are those times where all that pent up puppy energy gets the best of her. I can't wait to take her for walks. Unfortunately the vet said not until all her shots have  been given at 16 weeks...that another 6 weeks....yikes.....
Nancy