Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Sewing Club.....

I've joined Mollie Johanson's latest sewing club called "Around The House". I did one of her sewing clubs about three years ago and I really enjoyed it.

Her projects are small but you get a sweet big return. Right now I need something to do that I can break into small steps and that's portable if need be. This seemed perfect.

It has embroidery and hand sewing which I love to do.

What appeals to me is her cute embroidery patterns and this time I was interested to see that it involved English Paper Piecing which is something I've always wanted to try.

Here's more info about the club on her blog Wild Olive. The club is normally $8 but Mollie is offering an early bird pricing of only $5 :)


Take care:)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Woo Hoo!!!!!!!!

I heard my results from my doctor today with regard to my second surgery. The cancer hasn't spread to my lymph nodes....thank goodness.

I will have to have some kind of followup treatment along with the radiation but that's okay. I will be monitored on an ongoing basis regarding when to get future mammograms and so on which is fine by me.

Thank you everyone who sent words of support. You are the best.

Now to  get on with stuff. I feel like I've been holding my breath. It's been a dreadful time waiting to hear. 

Take care:)

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

News........

So my news last week wasn't as good as I expected but it wasn't as bad as it might have been. I have what is known as DCIS.

Explanation of DCIS.

My cancer is "in situ" again rather than invasive. 

I was back in the hospital today for more out patient surgery. More poking about and a look at my lymph node thingies.

They injected me with fluid containing radiation to do some tracking. I was quite disappointed to find out that I wouldn't glow in the dark. They then took pictures of my breast with a huge camera that was similiar to an MRI. They lowered it down until it almost touched my nose. I won't say I'm claustrophobic...okay maybe a wee bit... but I was definitely getting uncomfortable after about 10 minutes of that.

I will be having further radiation treatment for five weeks so the glowing bit might come true yet....LOL

I am totally zonked. I had to get up at 5:30 a.m. to get to the hospital for 7 a.m. I only live about 20 minutes away but it takes that long to jump start me in the mornings. I'm definitely not a morning person and with no coffee to help out...eeek.

I'm trying to stay awake right now so I'll sleep through the night. Otherwise it'll be me staring at the ceiling at 3:00 am. 

The saga continues I guess. No worries.

Take care :)



Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Hello I'm still here with a long story and a happy ending...hopefully:)

I don't normally post about personal stuff because it isn't really my thing but something a family member just said to me and her reaction made me think.

Last July for various and sundry reasons I had a hysterectomy and my ovaries removed....not to worry all is well. While it was first stage cancer it was insitu as they say.

Sadly my own family doctor passed away very suddenly within days of my surgery so I was left high and dry. Now I had to look for a new family doctor which is not really that fun to do.

I had no real immediate health issues but I do have medication that I need to take. I figured since I had a few months worth left finding a doctor wasn't such a pressing issue.

Then...horror of horrors. Within a few months of my hysterectomy surgery some lumps I had in my right breast seemed to be getting bigger. I've had these lumps for quite a few years and I had never done anything about them. What's that word?.....oh ya...... procrastination...or it can't happen to me syndrome. I was beginning to think that maybe I was loosing it and that I was imagining that they were getting rather large....eeek.

Now the issue to get a new doctor was pressing...I did... and he's very thorough...sent me for tons of tests..... and of course he sent me for a mammogram.

Lucky me. My imagination wasn't playing games with my head. I had two lumps. I was called back for an ultra sound. They were still there :)

I was then sent to the Breast Cancer Clinic at North York General Hospital for referral. Yet another ultra sound.  I then met with this very young...to me anyway LOL.... General Surgeon and Oncologist to give me his opinion.

He wanted to do a needle biopsy and because I was his last patient for the day he decided to do the procedure then and there rather that have me come back again. I was given a needle injection for local pain. I was told the freezing would last for ten minutes and that I might have some pain from the procedure.

The needle biopsy was probably the strangest test I have ever had done. The sound and sensation was a bit off putting. Think about someone banging down on the back of a stapler to make it work....Jeez Louise.  The doctor was impressed at my calmness but I figure why freak out when it's something that has to be done.

I might add that despite the fact that they said there would be pain it was nothing. I had an ice bag and it only hurt for about five or ten minutes. The bruise though was gigantic and very very colourful,

So my results came back and I had what is known as Atypical Papillary Lesions. Not so bad. They could stay as they weren't cancerous. But.... he wanted to take them out and of course do a second more thorough biopsy.

So yesterday I went into hospital at 7:00 a.m. and after sitting around for what seemed like endless hours I had a Lumpectomy and finally after 2 1/2 hours of recovery arrived home about 5:15 totally shattered.

The aftermath has been relativity painless. I took an extra strength Tylenol before bed and today nothing.  The only lasting annoyance is a sore throat from the breathing tube they insert during surgery.

So the bottom line of this very long recitation is the moral of the story I guess.

I will never put off until tomorrow what I should do today regarding my health or something along those lines. I'm sure I'll thing of something more pithy but whatever.

My whole attitude was rather stupid. I'm relatively healthy for may age and I figured nothing serious would happen to me regarding the big C. Well that was wrong.

Be proactive about your own health care. Go and get a Pap Smear done and, go and get a Mammogram done. 

I've had some near misses and have been very lucky. So now I wait to see what the final biopsy will find. Fingers and toes crossed.

Take care:) 

Friday, March 25, 2016

Friday, March 4, 2016

McMansions in the snow.........................................

Well March came in like a lion rather than a lamb. We had no snow and then...ah well. It's going to go up to a sweltering 14C on Tuesday so hopefully it will melt.

A few of you were asking about the new houses that are being built across the street from us.

Remember July 2015......here


Now....the new houses are almost finished.....they are still working inside.
What a difference.

They haven't started demolishing the house next door to us as yet. It's been sitting empty since last summer. Oh joy I can't wait......NOT!!!!!!

I dread the thought of another summer full of destruction construction fun.

Take care :)


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A Finish....For CQJP2015

Er...... I think this is number 4 in my blocks for CQJP2015. At this rate I should be done by 2018...LOL

Ah well:)


December and January just dragged this year. I don't know about you lot but I always feel more positive in February. Spring will be here soon. I wonder if that pesky groundhog saw his shadow? I must check.

I had a difficult time finding good light to take pictures today. It's raining here which is perfectly acceptable weather. Anything but snow. 










There Is Nothing Worse.......


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Crazy Quilting Challenge.....

I was wandering around Blogland at 5:00 a.m. I couldn't sleep which is nothing unusual...LOL

I discovered this post about a crazy quilting challenge over at Kitty & Me Designs that you might be interested in.

Here are the details.




Thursday, January 21, 2016

Working on a WIP....

I started a doll last year called Lady Anise from a class I took with Angela Jareki. I love her dolls as the costuming is always unique. This is what the doll should end up looking like.....

Source of picture.

Source of Picture
I tried several different types of fabric in various combinations but in the end I just didn't like the outcome. I really didn't like how the back of the skirt hung. It annoyed me.

I guess it's okay not to like someone's concept. But I really really like the look of this doll. I tried to recut the skirt in various ways. I finally decided to give that up as a lost cause and a waste of fabric.

I did make her another type of skirt way back in September. I wasn't sure if I liked it or not as it scrunched out in a strange way as she is designed to be a sitting doll. Work on her ground to a big stop.

She has been sitting around headless and arm less for months now. 

I want to finish her as I think she will turn out to be quite special if I get my act together.

I have started work on her blouse and here she is modeling it. It needs a bit of adjustment but I won't do that until I put her arms on.

Eeek....my sewing room looks very messy in the picture. I must tidy up a bit:)
So next the arms, a refit of the blouse and then her jacket which is cut and ready to sew:)


Is it just me or does Elsa look embarrassed about the whole thing?


Take care:)


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