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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A New Gadget!

Have you heard about Instant Pot??  A few blogs I follow had talked about using it....and the successes they were having!  I hummed and hawed and then weakened and purchased mine from Amazon....that was several months ago and I had never used it!  It's a pressure cooker (and slow cooker) and it kind of freaked me out!  LOL  On my birthday, when Sue and Deb were here visiting, we chatted about it and I decided that was it....I was going to use it the next day (it was not inexpensive!)!  Well, first I made a whole chicken....I took this pic while the chicken was cooking....for 25 minutes! A whole chicken was done in 25 minutes...and it was good!  I needed some work on seasoning though.  Next up was a beef roast.  30 minutes......(I think or 35) and done!  And tender!  So last night I made "spaghetti"  I read on the FB group about it and a lot of people said they replaced spaghetti noodles for other noodles.  I happened to have shell noodles.....so frozen meatballs, uncooked pasta, spaghetti sauce, water, spices and 6 minutes of cooking (after it pressured up) and bam!  Supper.....we also had garlic bread.  Daughter2 and I had some leftovers for supper....baked with cheese on top....yummo!  A very handy gadget for sure!

(love Bread and Butter pickles!  haha)

I've even spent some time in my sewing room.  This super simple wallhanging was stitched...it just needed quilting so I completed that yesterday.  Now to hand stitch the binding which I hope to start tonight.


The surgeons office called and I have an appointment for a consultation on October 4th.  I am hoping surgery is shortly thereafter.  This uninvited "breast guest" has over stayed it's welcome!  Time for it to vacate the premises!!  :o)

Our little granddaughter started crawling today so we will have to watch out!!!!!!!!  I will have to do some baby proofing and safety gates will have to go up on the stairs.  Fun times!!!  :oP  

Soon it will be Thanksgiving weekend.  All the kids, grandkids and even my dad will be here.  I can't wait!  I love this time of year.....I wish it would last longer.........

Yep I'm a lover of all things pumpkin......Daughter2 grabbed these for me today....even pumpkin agave!  I admit to being a lover of Starbucks' pumpkin spice lattes too!  

Another bad pic of my fall mantle.  I really do love fall.  <3  Not a fan of the white stuff so it can hold off indefinitely!


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

It's My Birthday!

Happy Birthday to me!  In years past I found this day to be a bit depressing....no one made a big deal out of it!  LOL  Selfish thinking, I know.  But not this year.....my attitude has changed and for a good reason.  I have breast cancer.  Thankfully, the Dr's believe it has been caught early...the 'spot' is tiny and for that I am grateful.  Now I wait for a call from the surgeon's office to get this baby out!  I believe I have a guardian angel who is looking out for me.  Here's why:

We moved here in 2012.  I had never found a family Dr and had never had a mammogram (I turned 53 today!).  They scared me...the thought of these puppies being squeezed in a vice grip...YIKES!  Well, this June, if you remember, I had a nasty cold with an even nastier cough.  That cough was so bad I believe I dislocated or bruised some ribs.  It didn't want to go away and I was tired....tired of coughing and tired of not sleeping!  So, on the urging of friends and my Hubby, I called a Doctor.  Down here, IF you can find a Dr that takes new patients you first have to book a meet and greet.  Well, I was "dying" on July 5th and couldn't get to see my new Dr for a meet and greet until August 3rd!  I'd be long gone by then (tee hee) so I hauled myself into emergency...the cold eventually went away, the ribs slowly but eventually healed and on August 3rd I went to meet my new Dr.  She is a young gal, newly practicing and she put me through the ringer...and for that I am thankful.  Besides the usually "old lady" tests for colon cancer, cholesterol, diabetes and pap test I was sent for a mammogram.  You know what?  The squeeze wasn't that bad (as I wrote in a previous post).  I was called back for an ultrasound and then a biopsy.  On Friday, September 16th, I got my results.  So my guardian angel made sure I was sick enough to seek out a Dr (because honestly, I likely wouldn't have) and kept me on track by going to my appointments.

Apparently this little spot, which was found by the radiologist with the highest breast cancer detection rate in all of Alberta (thanks guardian angel!!) appears not to have spread anywhere.....but it will if left alone.  So I am anxious to get it out.  The surgeon will likely perform a lumpectomy and will confirm whether or not it has spread and I am unsure of what else I will have to do but I WILL do it all!  Whatever is asked of me!

The moral of my story is that I hope other women are not scared to have a mammogram as early detection is so important and we all have a life to live.....for me I have children and grandchildren to be here for and quite possibly a dream to fulfil (although if we sold here and found an acreage I might be content to just be in the quiet country air with Hubby, our dogs and my own stitching....I just read two of Susan Branch's books and I loved her story of being in a little cottage....you likely have no idea what I am talking about!  LOL!).  As my BFF Kim said, this will be a blip in my life.  For me it was a wake up call to learn about how important it is to take care of myself as I have never been a run-to-the-dr kind of person.

So I will not sit and sulk this year.  I have to go to work with little munchkins this afternoon who are happy to see me, want me to play with them and they make me smile!  Daughter 2 said she will cook me supper and I will likely have a visit from my pal Sue.  Maybe I'll get some sewing or stitching in today.  Life is great...it truly is!


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

It's Listed...Now What?

Again I apologize for being MIA. A LOT has been going on in our lives.  First this happened:


In order to even think about "the dream" we have to downsize.  :o)  We have only had one showing and that was this past Sunday.....our realtor is on vacation and another company showed it and we have had no feedback....but no offer either so they must not have been interested.  We are in no rush and have it listed until the end of November and then we will pull it off the market.  I thought it was going to be easy with mainly me and the dogs home.  We officially listed on a Monday and on Tuesday Daughter2 and our granddaughter moved back home....oh and her shedding-like-crazy-dog Gordon!  So its been a bit stressful but I am trying not to drive myself insane!  :oP

We had visitors again the long weekend and these two are so completely different in looks!  Lyla now has 4 teeth!  Jude is getting some too.  Fair and dark....LOVE them both so much!!!!!!

   

The seasons are really changing here.  Leaves are turning, it's getting so much cooler.  In fact we had quite the frost this morning on the grass.  I don't work on Mondays so decided it was time to pull out some fall decor yesterday...but not too much because of the house being listed...I mainly just did the mantle.


Here's the bench at our front door:


One of the mums I bought at Home Depot:


There is snow on the mountains now and I doubt it will be going away.  Soon it will be the busy weekend of hot air balloon races, historic house tours and the car show.  I can't wait!  LOVE LOVE LOVE watching the balloons fly over the house in the morning.  This all happens in a couple of weeks from now!!

Hopefully in the next post I can show you something creative I've made!  Not that I have been working on anything!  The new Quilt Sampler magazine had an adorable table runner pattern in it that would be great for our big dining room table.....lots of little log cabin blocks though so who knows if it will happen for this year.  

Off to work this afternoon......sun is shining, sky is blue......perfect!