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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Colors of Fall.

The orange in these leaves just glowed yesterday! The skies were so blue. I could really see them from a distance.
All the different colors. These hills were on fire!
Another shot of this hill from a different direction.
I love the twisty trunks on these trees.

Zoomed up on this one. These colors in fall always amaze me.
It looks like the red one is saying BOO. the orange one is reacting!
Pop of orange. It really plays off the blue of the sky!
Yellow takes on a orangy tint when in the shadows.
On the first part of the drive I didn't think that I was even going to see much color. We are getting to the end around here. Then I got lost (for miles) and ended up near here and decided to go to the nature center. The woods around the nature center were pretty much done with color. Except for the mountain. Most of the pictures I took were from the highway going past the nature center. Getting lost can be a good thing at times.
Hugs, Teresa

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fall trips this weekend ---color, color, color

I am putting these in collage form as I am having trouble putting pictures on here.
As you can see we took a couple of fall trips this weekend. Jeff actually had a couple of weekend days off. This was our Saturday trip. This collage is from High Cliff State Park about 45 minutes from here. We drove through the park and thought that maybe we had gone there too early. But then we went to the camping area and WOW! Beauty everywhere. Trees turn at different times and this area had early turners. Well there were a few that had turned and lost their leaves already, but we will let them rest. In the rest of the park the trees were either still green or light yellow. But that will extend the season. Maybe another trip is in order??? I love the bottom middle picture as you are able to ssee the many different layers of trees/colors. It was such a beautiful day with sunny skies and the temperature  were nice for hiking.

These pictures were taken today. Sunday.  We went to Penninsula State Park. I took these before we started our hike. I love the harbor against the colors of the trees. We didn't go on the lighthouse tour as the place was packed. We stepped inside and we couldn't move. Another time. Maybe during the week. If Jeff and I take a day off together from our jobs. Or vacation next year. I love beeing by the water.

These shots were takaen during our hike. And what a hike it was!!! The sign said that it was difficult and they weren't kidding!! As you can tell from the top, far right picture we had to deal with roots, rocks and climb over fallen trees. Oh and I forgot to mention the muck! Being that there is hardly any top soil the roots were on top of the ground. How trees even survive like that is amazing! But the rocks/cliff  at the bottom of the trail were worth it. It was hard to get a good shot though as you couldn't back up very far or you would be in the water! We did the whole loop and it was only about 2 1/2 miles. But with the steepness and condition of the trail it seemed much longer. The last 1/4 of the trail was much easier. Not as many rocks or roots. We did get turned around once for a short time as we couldn't see the trail clearly. But we back tracked and found the marker. Whoops.
The picture on the top left is one I shot of the road. I love this one. It almost looks like the road is water.  I was surprised not to see more mushrooms or fungus as wet as it was in there. But then I was watching where I put my feet. But we did pause on the trail and didn't see any more then the ones on that log. I was hoping to see some unusual ones.  I am really surprised that I am not more sore tonight as I am not in the best shape and that was two days of hiking. Long trails yesterday and tough one today.
These are just a few pictures of some plants still blooming in our yard. We have had frost which took a few annuals out. But some of the plants look good yet. Mainly perennials. We have cut back the plants that are done for the year. That is always sad for me.
Well anyway. I hope everyone had a great weekend. Hugs, Teresa 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Do you ever get an idea and....

Just can't decide on where to go with it.
I have an idea in my head about making a quilted panel for the top of the window in my room. I am thinking of using a pattern for a table runner. Just can't decide on a pattern. Plus I don't want to pay big $$$ for a pattern that I will use 1 time. I have done a little quilting, but not an expert by any means. The window is a double so it is wide. 63 inches. Any ideas anyone?
 It is very warm here today. Almost 80 degrees. Very warm for the end of Sept. But after the winter, spring and summer we had this year it shouldn't surprise me. The flowers and bushes all did well. Some even exceptionally well. But lets not talk about the veggies. Except to say that the harvest was a lot less then usual! But some years are just better/worse then others. Just the way it goes. I told Jeff not to judge this years seeds, etc as the weather was just so weird. We never seemed to get the right temps, conditions at the right time. It was a truely mixed up summer. It is that time of year again. Time to start cutting back plants. Looking a little ragged out there. I never look forward to that as it seems like it makes winter seem so close. But that is the way of life. Everything has it's season and luckily every season has some beauty. Might have to look harder in winter....but it is there.
My mom is doing well yet. No bad pain from the cancer yet. Tires easier, but that can also be part of her age. I tease her that she is 85 and not 80 anymore. (she was very active at 80). She is terminal. So we never know when things will change. Day by day is how we have to think of this. But it sure doesn't make it any easier. Yes, we have had her here for a lot of years and we are very lucky. ( alot of people I know have lost parents at younger ages. My husband lost his mom when she was 55.)
Not much else going on. I have been reading everyones posts. Just haven't done a lot of commenting. So I am sorry about that. But some days I just have the energy to read. Hugs, Teresa
Sorry no pictures today. They just don't seem to want to load. :(

Monday, July 21, 2014

Having trouble uploading pictures!

I really wanted to show you some of the pictures I took at the Pow Wow a couple of weekends ago. But am not having any luck at all. I tried uploading right from Picassa but got an error message. Also tried one at a time on here but not much more luck. Guess I will try again another time.

I was able to get this one in. It is one of my favorites! I love the look of pride on her face. Plus the happiness of the girls.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Been gone so long

It has been so long since I had posted anything. The last 7 months have been so busy. Mom is done with radiation now. They can't do anything else. The tumor has shrunk way down, but she wasn't able to handle chemo so it is not completely gone. But we are hoping that it will be slow to grow back. The PET scan looked good. No cancer anywhere else. She is gaining strength every day and is able to get out more now. But of course the best laid plans....she had an bladder infection so that has wiped her out the last few days. Not sure if it was the infection, anti-b's or not eating good. Being sick from the anti-b's. She was just taken off her daytime tube feedings, but has put herself back on once a day just to make sure she gets enough to eat. She is still on 12 hours over night. Hopefully now that she is off the anti-b's she will be able to start eating by mouth again without getting sick. Not that she can eat much by mouth. The scar tissue/tumor is still blocking part of the esphogus tube. But she does get some food past it. Hopefully she will get back to where she was a week ago. She was able to finally go places. Anyway it has been a long 7 months, but I would not trade my time with her for anything. We don't know how long she will be around so we all are making the most of it. I always thought that Hospice was for when you were dying.  But she is on it now. They will help monitor her and get anything she needs. When we saw the Dr the last time she told mom to get her affairs in order. Contact Hospice. etc. The Dr hopes that the cancer grows back slowly. But better to get everything taken care of now so that we aren't scrambling around at the last minute. This was so hard to hear. I went to work that night and had to go home after an hour and a half as I started crying and couldn't stop. Stress built up and it had to come out somehow. Funny how you think you are handling things so well, and then... Mom just turned 85 on thursday. Only one person has said something about her age. I know she is old, but... Anyway I hope this all makes sense.
The collage is pictures I took of the moon in the last week. Hugs, Teresa

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sandhill cranes and an update

My sister is a seemstress and the first thing she saw when I posted this picture is that this crane has a sewing needle for a beak!! lol

Their walk just cracks me up

This is Lucky. Some how he survived the bitter cold and deep snows that we had this winter.

 This is the lap quilt I made for my mom. Not perfect. You can see that by the top row. But she was so happy with it. I took these pictures at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Never imagining that she would be diagnosed with cancer just a few weeks later. They are pictures of my siblings and their families. Of course mom is in a few of them. The sayings in each corner were found on the web. I wish I would have taken the picture before I washed it. It wasn't as wrinkled! It turned out pretty good for someone who doesn't sew much. Nothing like sewing something for a seemstress! But she said that it looked perfect to her. It does look much better in person.
Some how I lost half of my post. so I will have to type it up again.
Update on mom
She is happy with the news she got yesterday The tumor is statrting to shrink. Not a lot, but anything is great. So that is good news.But when she got home she got a call from her sister. Mom's brother in law passed away. Big blessing for him. But not easy for us of course. But he is in peace now.
Mom did pretty good so far this week. They stopped the chenmo for now. They felt that combined with the radiation that it was too hard on her. She will probably get a couple of treatments after radiation is done. She was having a big problem with fluids as she had very bad diarrhea for awhile. But now we have a medication to put in her feeding tube when she has problems. So right now she is scheduled to have fluids only 2 days a week. Hopefully she won't have any trouble this weekend and have to go in. The last three weekends she has either been having to go in to the clinic for fluids or like last friday ending up in ER. Hopefully she will have a good weekend now. I mean Sat. and Sundays are her only days off from going in. Would be nice if she didn't have to see the hospital for a couple of days. :)
She fell Sunday night while I was there. She slipped off her tub seat. I had to pulll her out of the tub. I thought i was going to have to call my husband. But I was able to get her out. I don't know if that is why she is afraid to be alone now. We were staying most of the day and all night. But now she is afraid to be alone at all. So we are scheduling everyone so that she is never alone. Luckily I have 7 siblings!!! I don't know how anyone does this alone!! It sure has been a roller coaster ride for emotions. Tears come easily, but I am better then I was. I think knowing her treatment scheduled helped. The forst 2 months were full of tests and not knowing what was going to happen next. Kind of like 2 steps forward and 3 steps back.
We are really amazed at the the strength that mom has shown. She is much stronger then me. How can I be so strong when I am around her and be weepy (at times) when I am at work or home? Never know when that is going to happen.
She still has a couple of weeks of radiation. But yesterdays news has really helped. Knowing that it is working.
Please continue to pray for our family. Thank you. Hugs, Teresa