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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

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Eagles and up-date on my mom.

This eagle was hoping for a easy lunch. The golden eyed ducks would dive for fish and the eagles and sea gulls would just wait for their chance to take the fish away.

Immature eagle. There were a few different ages of eagles there.

I have been waiting to get a good shot of one in flight.

Not sure if he was going after the duck or the fish that the duck had caught.

There were a lot of sea gulls also flying around.

The golden eyed ducks. They were the busy workers there. The eagles and gulls were just waiting for a free meal. This is the first time I have ever been there. It was fun to watch the antics of the Eagles. Winneconnie is only about an hour away. The skies were so blue today that I just had to get out there with my camera. So Jeff and I jumped in the car and took a day trip. It was VERY cold though. There was 9 eagles in flight, on the ice and a couple in the trees. My battery was low and my back-up was dead. I am usually very aware of my batteries as I hate to get somewhere and not be able to take pictures. But the battery had enough juice to take enough pictures for me to get some I liked. Whew! It was a beautiful day!
Up-date on my mom.
She is scheduled to have surgery on tues. She is having a port put in, plus a feeding tube. They will check the stomach over more to see if there is any cancer that they are unaware of. But the Drs feels that she is a good canidate, even at 84 as her lungs, heart, liver and kidneys are in good shape. If she didn't do anything she would have about 6 months and starve to death. Being treated with chemo and radiation will, hopefully, at her age and good health (except for the cancer) about 18 months. Of course no one can promise that. But she says that she has too much to live for. So she is ready to fight. We didn't press her on it as it is her choice and whatever she would have decided we were ready to support her. This past month has been so hard. Every time we thought it was a go another test was ordered. But now a plan is in place. Not saying that it will be easier of course (actually it may be even harder), but at least there is a plan now. I don't think that I have ever been in tears so much. I held it together when around her. But other places not so much. Even at work. Luckily most of my job isn't around people!!! But my co-workers have seen me in tears. I never know when that will happen. But they said that this is normal. Some have gone through it themselves. I was starting to wonder if it was or if I was just being a wuss. What I cry about the most is knowing that my mom has to go through this. Seeing her in so much pain, mentally and physically. I can't even imagine what she is going through. Any way. If you want to pray for her I would apprieciate it. Her name is Beata. Don't worry everyone slaughters her name!! Thank you. Hugs, Teresa

Monday, February 17, 2014

Snow, moon and prayer request

The moon was HUGE tonight! Here it is trying to hide behind the branches.
This one was two nights ago. I love the different shades of grey and black with the white moon.

This was last night at midnight. We had a 4 inch snow fall and everything was so bright. The trees were gorgeous in the moon light.

After shoveling today. We have had 53 inches of snow so far this winter. We expect to get another 4-6 inches tomorrow. I don't know where we will go with more!

Even the hive was sporting a new coating of snow today. But at least we had very blue skies!!!

The kids love all the new snow. We shovel paths for them. But Summer the english cocker (in back) likes to blaze her own also. They love to chase eachother and take turns chasing and being chased.

This is what I woke up to this morning. Gorgeous colors.

Somehow Blogger always seems to put one picture out of order. This is another one of the yard after shoveling today.

Sorry I haven't been blogging much or at all, the last month. My mom found out that she has cancer. She has one more test this wed and then will find out what her options are. I have been a wreak. Good around her, but when I am at home or sometimes at work I break down. I can't even imagine what she is going through! We are trying to keep her spirits up. But it seems like every time we think we know something she is sent for another test. I know that all these tests are important though. Wed. she has another test, then sees the radiologist oncologist. Friday she sees the oncologist. So hopefully we will know more then. My prayer request is that you keep our family and ESPECIALLY HER in your prayers.  Thank you so much. Hugs, Teresa

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Some of my favorite things.

Here is our sweet boy Tanner (corgi).  He has the most expressive face. We can always tell what his moods are. He is now 7 1/2 yrs old. Still very active and loves playing with his sister. Well, to a point anyway. When he has had enough he lets her know. Pin down and a small growl. But then again a lot of the time he starts it.

Little sister. Her name is Summer. She is just 7 months old. (English Cocker Spanial).  I don't know how our gardens will fare this year! I think she will be a little devil until we train her to leave them alone. She has dicovered squirrels and I thought she was going to climb the tree the other day to get one. When she chased them across  the yard she is right on their butts. But then again they like to egg the dogs on. Sassy things! Now how can that innocent looking puppy be such a handful?? lol. Luckily we love her!!

Flying leap into the snow! Or is she trying to take off? She is so addicted to playing in the snow it is hard to get her to come in at times. But with the tempatures we had for awhile and are about to have this week, she can only be out so long. It is fun watching her tear around the yard. Paths? What paths? She comes in loaded with snowballs. Her coat just seems to attract them.

Chasing Tanner. He loves it! Look at his face. All of a sudden it will be Tanner chadsing Summer. This game can turn around on a dime.

We will move onto something else. I wouldn't want you to overdose on puppy pictures. These tiny cones show up so nicely against the snow. These are cones on the weeping hemlock. They are just so cute!!

From tiny cones to big cones. These look so pretty against the green and the white of the snow. These are the cones of Acrocona Norway Spruce. They put on a show in the spring. As they are growing they are a florencent pink. And I do mean floresent! They glow in the sun. They only are only colorful about a month or so in spring. But it is so nice to see such a vivid color after the grey and white of winter!

Today a lot of my cousin's got together. I haven't seen most of them in years. Some where at my dad's funeral 7 1/2 years ago and my cousin's funeral a few months ago. But we really didn't talk then. Funerals aren't the best places to catch up. Too many things happening. So it was very nice seeing them today. When did we all get so old? But only abut 5 of them are around my age. The rest are about 15 years or so my senior. My parents married in their late 20's and so started their family later then most of their siblings on my dad's side. But it was nice and we were at the restraunt for over 2 hours. A lot of laughter going on.
Then I took a side trip to the lake. Lake Michigan. I just took this one picture as dusk was starting to fall and didn't have time before dark to walk out for better shots. The snow was about knee deep and the shore line is farther away then it looks in this picture. But it is such a pretty place. There are places all up and down this highway where you can see the Lake. I love being by the water. It is so peaceful to me.
 I hope everyone has a great week.
 Hugs, Teresa