I've been a fan of OttLite for a long time now. I've owned a few different types and you can see that I have two of the big floor models in my studio.
The photo is from this post and, trust me, it doesn't look … [Continue reading...]
I'm finally through radiation treatment, my skin is healed and I'm beginning to get my energy back a little at a time. I had a check-up with my oncologist last Friday that didn't go like I thought it would. In my head I thought I had the next steps figured out and I thought I knew what would come next. I should know by now that I know nothing.
You see, I had it in my mind that after all of that grief I went through with two … [Continue reading...]
Even though I have been super creative since I was a toddler and I've made and sold things since I was a young mom with young children it never occurred to me to become an "industry professional". Not until my pal Jenny pointed out that I was ALREADY an industry professional due to the work I was doing at the time and I may as well become a bona fide member of CHA.
She was right - as she so often is - so I became a Craft and Hobby … [Continue reading...]
Hi there! I'm home from CHA (as you can see I had quite a good time!) and feeling more like myself these days. I'm finally over the worst of the fatigue caused by the radiation treatments (not to mention surgeries and infection) and ready to get 2015 started. Thank goodness!
I would like to ask you for a little help. I've created a short, 10 question survey to help me figure out what it is that you want to see and read more of so … [Continue reading...]
Winter squashes, like butternut are great foods to grow or keep on hand. They are easy to care for and last weeks or even months after harvesting. In fact, butternut squash tends to get sweeter the longer it's stored.
Butternut squash can be roasted, toasted, puréed for soups, or mashed and used in casseroles, breads, and muffins. It's also high in fiber and lots of vitamins.
This soup is great fresh off the stove or reheated for … [Continue reading...]
Last year my Word of the Year was Healthy. Some really unexpected things came from that. In the first half of the year I got into a really great walking habit. I worked my way up to walking 3-4 miles every week day. It felt really good!
The second half of the year I found myself fighting breast cancer. What?!?! That one came as a total surprise. I never expected to spend six months and counting FIGHTING for my health. But even … [Continue reading...]
I learned a long, long time ago that I'm not a New Years Resolution kind of gal. When I impose strict limits on myself I rebel almost immediately. There is some part of my brain that refuses to be caged.
"Oh, you think you are going to put ME on a diet?"
"See me eat this chocolate bar? Yeah, I thought so!"
I don't know why it is, it just is. So in stead of fighting with myself for the first 3 … [Continue reading...]
This time of year is full of ups and downs. We think of the things we didn't accomplish, people we didn't get to see, work left undone, dreams not made into reality and it can be kind of a let down.
Unless you take the time to look back at the highlights. There are always highlights.
Even though my husband and I both kicked cancer in the behind this year - which meant lots of doctors appointments, tests, surgeries, treatments and … [Continue reading...]
I did it! I made it through radiation treatments. My last treatment was on Friday the 19th. Whew!
It wasn't easy, let me tell you. Not only did I have to have 33 treatments (that's 5 days a week for 6.5 weeks) but I had to have all of my treatments in the prone position. That's face down kids.
The photo above shows the first machine that gave me the first 26 treatments. The gray portion is where I "rested" my … [Continue reading...]
My Dear Creative Friends,
Merry Christmas to each and every one!
I'm so happy to be finished with treatments and to be home recuperating.
This Christmas is extra special to our family as both my husband and I kicked cancer's behind this year. We are so very fortunate that things happened the way they did and that we have people in our lives who are so loving and caring. It's been an amazing year and our hearts are full of … [Continue reading...]
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Dollar Tree's Value Seekers Club. All original ideas and opinions are 100% honest and my own.
I know that my kids are all leaving the nest and some would think that little party favors wouldn't be appreciated by young adults but I have to tell you that they still love those little touches I create to make the holidays special … [Continue reading...]
I had some energy yesterday. Not so much today.
That's the way it goes these days. I'm down into the single digits when it comes to radiation treatments and my energy comes and goes.
Mostly though, it goes.
I've had a hard time dealing with my lack of energy. I'm not used to being down for so long. I expected to keep going strong right through treatment. When people told me how tired I would get I imagined they were talking … [Continue reading...]