Sunday, August 12, 2012

Vacation pics & health update

Finally took a picture of the Santa ornament I finished for my grandgirl.  Hope she likes it, even if it is nearly a year late.


Now for some pics from my wonderful vacation to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico a couple weeks ago.  Wish I was still there.  ;-)  First pic is my first day there enjoying a virgin strawberry daiquiri - YUM!  Second pic is the view of the Pacific Ocean from my hotel room.  Would love to have this view every day.



Theses next pics are at the Dolphin Encounter with my daughter-in-law, Lisa and my son, Mark.  The dolphin's name is Renoir (Rennie for short).  This was an awesome experience to hug him & give him a kiss on his nose.  Didn't swim with him because I can't swim.  ;-(





These pics are me enjoying the view from the hotel balcony and me posing before going to dinner.


This pic is me standing on the bridge over the main swimming pool with the moon overhead.

This is a family of seals (mama & 2 pups) on the rocks. Went on a sunset cruise and this was one of the sights we saw.



This pic is The Land's End Arch we saw on the sunset cruise (where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean).  What a beautiful sight!


Finally, here are a couple pics of the beautiful hotel facility we stayed at.


This vacation was wonderful for me and really rose my spirits.  Gave me a little break from dealing with my cancer.  I came home on Saturday and saw the oncologist on Monday.  I was prepared for the bad news I received.  All chemo treatments are being stopped because they weren't helping me.  My neuropathy is not getting any better.  My hands and feet are numb and hurt, so it also affects my balance making me have to use a cane all the time.  I have many malignant lymph nodes throughout my body.  There is no other chemo I can take and no clinical trials I can take.  So now it's just time for me to live out my life the best I can.  The doctor said I have 2 - 6 months.  Who knows, I may have more time, but only God knows.

I'm keeping myself busy and have a positive attitude.  I am going through my belongings and taking things to the thrift shop and books to the library.  Still haven't gone through all my cross stitch stash, but will be doing that also.  Not quite sure how I want to disburse all of it yet, but want it to go to people who will appreciate it.  I truly do miss stitching, but my numb hands just don't work well enough to stitch.  ;-(

I plan to post here and keep everyone updated on my health.  Also want to post some pics of the upcoming visit by my daughter and grandgirl.  We're planning to spend a couple days at Corpus Christie while she's here (I've never been there).

Thanks for reading and it really warms my heart to have so many followers and all the wonderful comments you've all made throughout the 7 years I've had this blog.  It's now in God's Hands for how much longer I'll have this blog.

Much love and many hugs,
Barb




Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Been a long time coming

It sure has been a long time coming - six months in fact.  So it's about time I finally got around to posting something.  Wow, so many things have happened during my blog "sabbatical" time that it's difficult to know just where to begin. 

Perhaps a stitch update would be in order.  I have managed to finish these charity squares for Q4OC.  First is the Evil Queen from Snow White square I finished in March for a Disney Villain Quilt requested.  Second is a heart square using DMC variegated thread that I finished in April.

Next is the Brittercup Spring Motif square I finished in June.  This piece had to be stitched in all darker colors since the quilt recipient has problems with bright colors.  Finally, the last charity square I stitched was this Sue Hillis 2009 freebie heart design I finished in June.  I used a JP Coats color 513 thread I had in my stash.  Have no idea if this color is even still sold, but I loved the variations of lavenders, blues, greens & cream in it.

I also managed to finish a couple of stitching projects for my grandgirl in June.  This piece is a small project she asked me to stitch for her.  Yes, she loves flip flops.  lol  I also finished a Santa ornament that I didn't get a photo taken of yet.



I attended a weekend camp retreat for women cancer patients sponsored by MD Anderson in April and it was beyond wonderful.  I am 4th from the left in the back row in this group photo. 


I met some awesome ladies and participated in some great activities.  It was a weekend I'll always treasure and I had loads of fun.

One of the activities was a rope challenge. Even though I'm afraid of heights, I decided this was a challenge I was going to complete and I'm proud to say - I DID IT!!!  These photos show my progress.  First - my climb up and next after I completed walking across the first section and getting ready to do a short zipline crossing.



 
 
 
Here's me on the short zipline.  Next, I'm crossing the board section.  

Now I'm crossing the section of wood slats.  And now for an easy section.

 
The last section was really easy - going across a piece of canvas.  And then the fun part - going down the zipline.  What an awesome experience! 
 
 
 
The weekend after the camp retreat was the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life.  I was fortunate enough to help carry the banner on the first lap.  Words cannot express the emotional impact it had on me carrying that banner and hearing all the cheering and applause from the spectators along the route. 
 
 
This has been a very photo heavy post, so I'll close for now.  I'll be posting again in the next couple of days to fill you in on the rest on my blog "sabbatical" time.  lol
 
Thanks for reading and I do enjoy all comments.
 
Many Hugs,
Barb