But first, a cute baby picture...
On April 1, I was diagnosed with colon cancer. I had surgery the next day and had 1/3 of my colon removed. In May I began chemotherapy...not the most pleasant thing in the world, and it seemed like every time I'd go for a treatment, something different would pop up...low blood counts, low potassium, etc., then I'd have to build myself up (funny...) and have the treatment the next week. It's always something. Anyway, I'm down to 4 remaining treatments, and my doctor took me off of the "killer" chemical...the one that was knocking my stats down. So, I had a treatment on Thursday and I was able to work a full day on Friday and Saturday. No 3-day weekend for me!
On the plus side, I've lost 40 pounds...no appetite most days. On the minus side, my hair has thinned out so much...and the gray hairs are outstanding! I went to the local wig shop with my friend Carol (who has stuck with me through the long chemo sessions), and we found a wig that looked like my hair did before cancer, only better! Hopefully the insurance company will reimburse me--it's called a cranial prosthesis...not a wig.
In the meantime, I haven't planted anything and my house is a mess. No energy, but I'm feeling so much better!
- Enjoying spending time with Vivian. She loves those rabbit ears!
- Knitting...still working on that first sock. I've signed up for another knitting class at another library, and it begins on April 4. We're working on a shawlette or scarf. Linus is the pattern name and it is a free download on Ravelry.
Stamped Metal Jewelry by Adrianne Surian
DIY Hand Lettering by Melissa Averinos and Asharae Kroll
She Sheds by Erika Kotite
I have flipped through this book dozens of times in the last week. So many wonderful little hideaways and studios. This is my favorite...
This is actually what I could have in my little backyard...
I think I'll make it my late Spring project...definitely doable, even with my
lack of skills. Anyone have any old doors to spare?
Another fun place to shop...grocery items from around the world, and fun household items. I usually shop this place online, but Louisville had a location in the same shopping center as TJ's. They also had another of my favorites...
This had been a pretty spectacular winter...plenty of blue skies and sunshine, and more importantly, plenty of warmish weather. When the temperatures are in the 60's and 70's for most of February and the beginning of March, it's such a good thing!
Today (worst Monday of the year...the Monday morning after DST becomes a "thing"), it was super-gloomy. By the time I got to work, snow started flying. Granted, it isn't sticking to the roadways, but it is piling up on the grass and trees.
A few weeks ago, a friend donated a gigantic batch of books. Most of these were crafting books, knitting, stencils, embroidery, and several clip art books/cd's. I've been going through them and putting together library programs. This is a super interesting one from 1922:
|Lotus Flower directions|