I hit the big Five O on Tuesday. I'm really thankful for my renewed health and could not help but reflect what life was like for me just a year ago.
Wow, time really flies. I can't believe that 2012 is almost half gone.
I have some thoughtful friends that made my birthday extra special and I wanted to share some pictures of their gifts to me.
First, I received a lovely package from my friend Arcadia in France. Among the things she sent was this lovely cross stitch that she created into a very cute purse.
This past Saturday, I opened my mailbox to find this lovely cross-stitched card and biscornu kit from my friend Nicola in England.
On Monday I received this lovely stitched piece and a French cross-stitch pattern from my friend BeckySC.
Thanks to all three of you for your friendship and kindness.
This blog has been sorely neglected. I did do quite a bit of ornament stitching before Christmas and sent them off to family and friends. In fact, I still have a couple to finish before I visit my family in Michigan later this month.
My treatment for my cancer is now completely finished. I finished radiation two days before Christmas. It has been an excellent way start the new year. I'm feeling so much better and can walk without becoming winded. I'm even back to fighting with my appetite!
I'm just going to post the pictures and leave it at that. If you desire specific pattern information, you can leave your question in comments and make sure your e mail is attached.
It was a good day weather wise to work on some Halloween designs that I have been wanting to get finished. The grey skies have been punctuated by a misty rain.
I don't know if I ever mentioned that I am a painfully slow stitcher. I marvel at how fast most people seem to stitch. Perhaps I'm a wee bit jealous.
I don't keep track of the hours it takes me to accomplish just a small design (like those below) but suffice it to say that if I did, I might just throw in the towel on stitching.
This is the owl design from the Prairie Schooler's Boo To You leaflet. This witch is a design from The Prairie Schooler's leaflet "Boo to You" I changed some of the colors on this to suit me. I like witches with green skin. I recently received this fantastic little pillow from Becky K. We had been in touch through e-mail and decided it would be fun to do a Halloween exchange. She stitched on both sides! I can really appreciate the time she spent on this little gift. I ordered some scissors to grace this little pillow. I tied a green ribbon to it in order to attach it to my scissors. It matches the cat's eyes.
I received this cute little doll with the Halloween ornament attached so creatively from Marie P. this past Friday. What a thoughtful surprise. The little haunted house is a design from Prairie Schooler and Marie personalized the back of it. Thanks again, Marie.
Halloween will be a very special day for me this year because my last chemotherapy session happens to fall on it. To say I'm excited that it's coming to an end may be an understatement. I probably will have to have some radiation treatments but I'm just looking forward to living without nausea.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you are enjoying the autumn cool and colors.
I found out a few days before my 49th birthday (May) that I have Hodgkin's Lymphoma. After trying to figure out what was causing my symptoms, the doctor finally ordered a CT scan and it revealed that I have a mediastinal tumor in my chest. One of the lymph nodes in that area had become cancerous.
I have been undergoing chemotherapy every two weeks since the end of May. I have five more infusions left and then I will have radiation.
This week I finally got a wig. Up until now, I was able to hide my thinning hair with a headband but it has progressed past that point. I will leave you with some pictures that my daughter took of me out in our backyard, yesterday.
Thank you to those of you who have contacted me during my absence. Your kindness means a great deal to me. It is always nice when people think of you, but at this difficult time it has been even more special to me.
Above is the most my most recent finish for this long term project. I'm sort of running out of steam. I just haven't been in a stitching mood lately.
My younger daughter is home from college this week on spring break. I'm spending most of my free time in the kitchen making some tasty meals. She is getting pretty tired of dorm food.
I replaced my food processor that I've had since my kids were little. I got a new Kitchen Aid 12 cup food processor and so far I'm really liking it. Today, I'm going to give pie crust a try. Cherry pie is on the menu. YUM!
Enjoy your Sunday and thanks for paying me a visit.
I just put the last stitch in my 8th (and final) ornament from The Prairie Schooler's leaflet Barnyard Christmas. I started working on this project ages ago. I really enjoyed stitching these ornaments. I just love the colors. Which one is your favorite? Mine has to be the cat. I just love the bird in the design.
I stitched my first design from the new Prairie Schooler leaflets. This one is from Sunny Days and I knew it had to be a birthday gift for my good friend Becky. The backstitched bees were so much fun to stitch.
I am thinking that I should just go ahead and change my blog name to The Prairie Stitcher. All I seem to stitch is Prairie Schooler designs. I do love them!
I finally finished this little santa from their Good St. Nicholas leaflet. This is for a special friend who loves dolls and collects them. I still need to do the finishing on this and that is on my to do list for the coming weekend.
Speaking of The Prairie Schooler, have you seen their new designs? You can see some great pictures as well as place an order with Mary Kathryn at e-handcrafts. Her blog is on my sidebar. Pay her a visit. She is great to work with.
Thanks so much for paying me a visit here. I really appreciate my loyal friends who leave me comments. You are all very special to me - my fellow cross-stitch enthusiasts.
I've finally finished my second square of this series. I had to do quite a bit of re-stitching on this due to counting errors. I guess that is what happens when you try to stitch when you are under a lot of stress.
Thank you to all of you who left me comments about Owen's ordeal. I'm happy to tell you that he is doing very well.
On Monday, I was walking my dogs when the neighbor's two little dogs came bounding off their property. They had gotten out without any leash on them and came barking into my dogs faces. Owen grabbed one of the little dogs in his mouth.
The teenage boy who lives there came running across the street and proceeded to punch Owen in the head, in an attempt to get him to release the little dog.
Owen suffered a fractured skull from the forceful blows. Fortunately, his brain and eye are going to be ok.
This has truly been a nightmare and unfortunately the neighbor has refused to take financial responsibility. It looks like there are court dates in my future :(