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Thursday, December 27, 2007

After Christmas

Howdy everyone. It is a couple of days after Christmas and I am still in the Spirit of the season. Although this will be a short post as I am doing it at the office. My computer at home has a busted processor and we had to order one and it will be 2 weeks before we get it. I really miss my computer too!

I did manage to get all the items done before Christmas that I wanted completed. All the hats and scarves were finished and sent to Chicago with time to spare. I finished my sweater for ME, all the chapel veils have been sewn and handed out to those that I had promised them to. So now I am in between projects and I am looking over my yarn stash deciding what I want to tackle next. I have so many things I want to make but I want to make sure I do something that is "warm" on my lap because in about 4 months I will not do anything that has to lay on my lap.

If any of you have a suggestion as to what to make next let me know. I am thinking of working on the afghan that is on my loom that I started 2 years ago. I still love the colors but it seems to take a lot of time to get anywhere on it. So What do you like to make during the winter months? Let me know and maybe I will take up one of the suggestions and run with it.

I hope all of you had a wonderful and blessed Christmas and hopefully my computer will be fixed the first of next year so I can put up some pictures and a really good posting!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Update

This is just a mini update for you all.

My Father in Law went to his Dr yesterday to get some of his results. The lung biopsy showed the irregular shaped tumor on his lung was not malignant. He does however have a "regular" shaped one in the other lobe of the same lung that was not biopsied yet. He is still scheduled for a PET scan the 21st of this month and they still want him to keep that appointment. He is also scheduled for the removal of the squamous cell on the side of his face the 19th of this month. The squamous cell is quite large so we are thinking they are going to have to do a Mohs procedure on it to get it all.

We are giving thanks though for the "good" report on the biopsy and we continue to pray that all the other reports will return in like manner.

One thing about this type of stress................It makes me bury my hands in yarn. I have completed my Daughter in Law's hat and scarf and hats for my two grandsons. I should complete the scarves today and off in the mail they will go on Wednesday. Then I can complete the sweater that I started for ME back in August. YEAH. Gosh after that the possiblities are endless as to what I will do next.

I must tell you about our weather though. I know this will sound trite to those of you living in the north or the east but here goes anyways. Life here in the desert is interesting. Our average rainfall per year is 7 inches. We have fallen short of that for the past 5 years so we are in a terrible drought. Our summer temperatures stayed above 100 degrees for over 100 days this year. For the past two weekend we have had rain and lots of it. I think where I live I have measureds 4 inches in the past two weekends. I know this does not sound like a big deal but it is to us. You have to understand that our ground is "baked" in the summer so any rain we get runs off pretty much. So when we get this much rain in that short of a time we get some wonderful flooding and streets that wash away. Also our temperatures have really dropped quickly here. I hate to say this because some of you will think we are wimpy but our highs are only in the 50's this week. But compared to 115 degrees that is quite a drop. Our blood thins out here so anything belowe 70 is pretty cold to us. I know when we lived in PA, KS, TX I thought that 50 sounded wonderful when we were having windchills of minus 20 degrees in those places. Then when I moved here I understood why 50 is bone chilling.

Here is the funny part. We are a BIG area for retired people to spend their winters in. We can tell the winter visitors apart from the "regulars" easily. The WV are the ones running around in bermuda shorts and sandals when it is 50 outside while the rest of us are in wool coats, gloves, hats and scarves. But you really would have to see the WV's to appreciate it. The men wear the bermuda shorts, long dark dress socks and birkenstock sandals with some crazy saying on their tee shirts. The ladies wear their "walking shorts" with tennis shoes and usually a nice shirt. All of their legs are stark white since they come from places that usually the summers are short and the UV index is around 3 all year round. Maybe someday I will get a picture of this "happening" that we see all winter an post it on here. Then you could chuckle along with all of us "zonies".

I will keep you updated on my father in law as we learn more. Please continue to pray for his health. And have yourself a wonderful day crafting and enjoying the life God has given you!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

I'm Here!

Hello there. Bet you wondered if I was ever going to update my blog. Well, here I am and I am updating now.

It has been a strange couple of months since the last time I blogged. Lets see if I can get all of this down in the right order. (Don't bet on that one!)

My DH and I celebrated 32 years of marriage on the 18th of October. The time has really flown by and as we get older it goes oh so much quicker. In October my DH went to Las Vegas to visit his parents and to meet up with a few of his 6 siblings. While there they convinced Dad to go to a Dr as he has a growth on his face that does not look too good. The Dr did some x-rays and biopsied the growth. Now it looks like we might be dealing with lung cancer. (we are still waiting on more test results to find out for sure)

In NOvember DH went back to Las Vegas to accompany his dad to his specialist appointment and try and help get the pending tests set up ASAP. Then while he was gone our son who has lived in WA for the past 15 years decided to move here and look for a job. Of course during this we had a retreat at our church we were involved in coordinating, had a football party to co host, not to mention Thanksgiving meal to help prepare. Then we also had our Grand Daughter for the whole Thankgiving weekend into that Monday as her parents went to Las Vegas for their 5th wedding anniversary. So during her stay my mom and I and DGD baked cookies, went shopping and just had a great time. DH and DS put up the Christmas lights for us too.

So December has started and I have not even started my Christmas shopping. I have the gift cards purchased for our out of state family and that is it! I wonder when I will find the time to get on that? This weekend we have a Party at Church so that kind of shoots Saturday but I am hoping to sneak out on Sunday and do a little shopping with my Mom. I think I also have a couple of days next week that have nothing scheduled.

That is my story and I am sticking to it too. As soon as we get any reports back on my Father in Law I will let you all know what is happening. He has 3-4 appointments this month and hopefully by the beginning of the year we will have some answers.

Now, on the crafting front. I don't know why I never take pictures of my finished projects. I have completed a lovely hat and scarf for my DIL (crochet) and am working on a hat for the oldest GS and then just have to loom the youngest GS hat and then use my knitting machine to make their scarves. Then I can get back to my sweater that I put on hold to complete this project.

Hope you all are doing well and have had a great couple of months.