Thursday, April 19, 2012

Life Is Good!

Scott's MRI was GOOD!!! Praise God! We are so very thankful. My dad took us out to dinner at Cracker Barrel to celebrate last night and, knowing I like salt water taffy, he bought this box of candy for me when I wasn't looking. I love the vintage picture. When the yummy stuff is all eaten up I think I'll save the box to keep bits of ribbon or something stored in. And every time I look at it I will remember the Goodness of God.

Thank You All for your Prayers and Well Wishes! Now ~ it's on with the last minute wedding preparations for us.....   See you all next week sometime.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Life Is Full

I haven't been blogging much lately. Sorry! Life has been a bit hectic on the homefront recently. Thought I'd share a few tidbits with all of you. One bright spot is there are lovely little flowers popping up in my garden. I do love Spring! It smells so wonderful..

As I've mentioned before my husband, Scott, has had a recent bout with pancreatic cancer. He's been having some peculiar health issues for about the last 6 weeks so we saw our family doctor a couple of weeks ago and she did more bloodwork and another CT scan. The type of tumor he had can be persistent.  He will have to have a scan every 4 ~ 6 months for 2 years to make sure it isn't growing back. But all was clear there. Thank God!

Last week we saw the oncologist who ordered an MRI of his brain. That was done on Monday and we go back to the office at 3:30 this afternoon for results from that. It turns out that some of Scott's symptoms could be neurological. This type of cancer is prone to heading for the brain. We did not know that before. So we were a bit shook up with that news. However, the doctor's say the problems could also be a combination of side effects from radiation, which he finished in mid January, and the fact he only has 40% of a pancreas now. He did find out 4 weeks ago he is now diabetic. So, anyway, I have been a bit preoccupied, you might say. We are praying and believing for the best. I appreciate any of your prayers as well.

Another down side for me is that anything that taxes me emotionally flares my rheumatoid arthritis and I have to limit how much time I sit at the computer because it causes me too much all over pain. Plus I have no new knitting or crocheting to show :( because my hands, elbows and shoulders are bothering me so much I have had to take the last couple of weeks off. But hopefully I will pick up the needles and hooks again next week and get back at it. I have still been having my Monday night Knit Night here and love laughing with all the Girls while they create beautiful things! Plus I still  work with my homeschool student most weeks. So I don't ever cut myself off from the world of yarn play totally.

And to end things on a happy note ~ the other thing that has been keeping our household in a flutter around here is that we have another Bride in our midst. So we have had plans to make, apartments to hunt and showers to attend. {The picture below is of my granddaughter, myself and my daughters at Chelsea's house during the shower she hosted for Hilary}.  Oh! And we've had wonderful Mother/Daughter chit chats filling in the gaps here and there. What a whirwind with both of our girls leaving the nest 6 months apart! Though it is time and we are happy for them, it is bittersweet for Mom and Dad!

Gabby, Me, Hilary, Chelsea

Our youngest daughter, Chelsea got married in October. And now our firstborn daughter, Hilary, is getting married this Saturday. We will be taking a little trip for this one. She is having a small, private outdoor ceremony about an hour and a half from home. We will all spend the night away. Then they will be off for a honeymoon and on May 5th we will have a big reception with all our family and friends.

So! Life is full, as it is with all of you. I hope you are all healthy and happy. I will let you all know how things go with my husband and I will post some pictures of my lovely Bride.
Be Blessed!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

White Coca ~ Cola Easter Cake

My sister, Bridget, is here from Milwaukee and knowing that Coca ~ Cola cake was my childhood favorite but that I am allergic to chocolate and have not been able to have any for many years now, she made me this wonderful White Coca ~ Cola Cake for Easter. It's so darn cute I just had to show it off before we cut into it. I haven't tasted it yet, but I can hardly wait! I'll share the recipe soon if anyone is interested.


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Lacy Shells Baby Shawl

Yes! A Dinosaur Egg really can become a Baby Blanket! Remember that MONDO ball of yarn I was so excited to find? Well it did finally hatch itself into a lovely blankie  {a few weeks ago actually ~ I just realized I forgot to show you all!}. So here's the BEFORE picture again:
I love the fact that it was a continuous feed of yarn that didn't require adding new skeins and working new ends in. Just like knitting from those wonderful cones of yarn. Makes the working time faster and the finished product smoother. And then of course, the real frosting on the cake is  when it's over it's over. So... without further ado.....the finished product.... 
Hope you like it as much as I do! I'm crazy about the vintage feel the lovely shade of beige lends it. I put it up for sale on my new {and still tiny!} Etsy Shop ~ Front Porch Knits.
Happy Fiber Frolicking {and whatever else you get your fingers in to} To All Of You Today!