Monday, January 19, 2015

New Beginnings

This past month of December was a myriad of emotions. I was trying to get all my projects done before Christmas. I had knit bags to sew and I still needed to shop for presents.I wanted to act normal no matter what. I went to rug hooking Christmas get togethers. I blogged like I always do but I had a secret hanging over my thoughts. I had gone in for a routine colonoscopy and they found something.It's kind of scary when you go in on a Friday for a routine test and on Monday the surgeon office is calling. Three days later they were scheduling surgery.First thing I had to do was the awful noisy Mri whirling in my head experience then more doctor visits was the trips to different doctors which was unsettling. I felt like the whole month it was getting more and more serious but maybe I was in denial I didn't feel sick or anything. I watched endless Christmas movies listened to Christmas music and yet It hung over my head all December like a giant question mark is it cancer or not? I can't believe how much that one small word Cancer shocks a persons soul.

 I told just a couple close friends because I just needed to act normal and I felt like if anyone asked me I would be in tears.I have the best of friends.I had plenty of homemade soup and a prayer quilt I was ready for surgery whether I liked it or not.I had plenty of prayers going out my way!The surgeon didn't know how long a surgery it would be. There were no Christmas cookies for me! I didn't want visitors I just wanted to get it over with and get back home.

So the day after Christmas I was in the hospital that ended up being a nine
hour surgery.The nurses at the Sharp Memorial were clearly all Angels in disguise. Everyone from the nurses aides to housekeeping  were so very kind  All I can say in that surgeons hands was expertise. I could not express how  extremely vulnerable you feel when you can barely take care of yourself.

 Never under estimate the power of a stranger holding your hand for a second in the middle of the long night with  those simple words God bless. Jack stayed every day and night and I was comforted so much by his help and his strength.and the plain kindness.  I have never seen so many iv's in my life! It was a scary and the last thing I wanted to hear was that awful word Cancer. Yes it was that word but early stages they caught it and it's out.

 Now I am back at home with Maulie and Morris by my side and so extremely happy to be home The surgeon said  it will take a couple months for my body to recover. I will have to be monitored for five years with trips every six months to the doctor. Right now it's one day at a time and maybe the end of the week I will try to work on
one of my unfinished hooked rug it just depends how I feel.Nothing interests me right now. I feel so blah and nauseous all the time.  I am not sure about my blog for now since I am not doing anything but recovering.I have holes all over my belly.It looks like I was machined gunned lol! I will check in on your blogs when I can.
Hugs to you all,cheri

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas is almost here!

                                                                 Donna's chicken table runner

I would like to say to all my blogger friends how much I have enjoyed blogging about my simple life in Crest. I have really enjoyed all the nice comments and good thoughts that all my blogger friends have shared with me over this past year. This is going to be my final blog of the year so I can get all my projects done before Christmas! I am trying to sew some small knit bags. I know this sounds crazy I like to quilt but I don't like sewing.There is something about sewing patterns I tend to over think what I am making.
This Christmas season I am behind as usual, I'll be back in January sharing what my friends have been up to.I hope you have a blessed Christmas and really appreciate what the Christmas season is really about. I just want to say I  am so blessed by the many friends I know who are truly wonderful people.Every day they show me examples of how to be truly good people and face adversity with a calm spirit.
 Hugs cheri



Punch needle by a friend of Stephanie

Excellent work

Stephanie of course 

The Country loft trees

I love this quilt pattern

Knitted by Janice

What a beautiful display at the Country loft so cozy

                                                                         Another quilt class


Morris and Maulie playing and
 wishing you a Merry Christmas 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Wet Disneyland and Mekenna my hooking partner

Mekenna helping me hook my Santa Claws rug

                                                  Ferris Wheel at California Adventure

This is the long line to the popular cars ride 

 Sunday hubby and I got up bright and early at six and drove up to Disneyland.

Beautiful car  

We met up with my daughters family and spent the day with little Jack . Then because
they were staying another day I was the designated dog sitter at their house.Lucky me!
I was dropped off at her home and hubby drove home to our house.


                                                This is Cadillac range at the cars ride
                                      It's made to look like the back fins of Cadillacs

                                                               This lady had a great voice

New Orleans square

                                                    Since I was going to be at Megan's for the day
                                       I brought my rug hooking.No interruptions except for

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thanksgiving behind us and the Christmas season beginning Oh Joy!

 I am so thankful that Thanksgiving is over and now I can officially enjoy the Christmas spirit without feeling too guilty.

 When you decorate in November you start to feel like a race horse that took off before the race began. I am not a crazy shopper or anything crazy like that. I just love having Christmas lights on all over my home it feels so nice and serene. Morris laying next to my little Christmas trees all lit up with my primitive decorations is such a sweet picture. I think Maulie needs a new dog bed for Christmas this year!
 Most of my decorations are handmade by friends, so such happy memories flood back as I decorate my little old yellow house for the holidays.

 I found an old door last weekend and had hubby make a stand and I painted it milk paint barn red. It's missing some windows but I think it adds some character.
I love Pinterest, I saw what they were doing with old doors so I thought I would paint my old useless door a nice old barn red and be able to re purpose it somehow as a screen blind for my front room.
I will  share a picture when I have it all set up.
I accidentally started decorating early this year before Thanksgiving. I started bringing out one plastic bin and then another then next thing I know I had decorated the house for Christmas. I am now trying feverishly to get my hooking projects that are Christmas related done. Last year was a snowman and this year my hooking project is a Christmas cat .

I have been working away on a Lori pattern of a Christmas kitty. It is such a cute pattern and better yet it was free. I shared it with some other hookers and I am curious if any one else in Donna's Rugger's group will have their Christmas kitty done.

                                                                   My Morris
                                                           I changed the pattern a little bit.
                                                           Still working away on it.

Tomorrow I am going with my family to Disneyland for my daughters birthday. It should be a wonderful day.  Disneyland will be decorated for the holidays which will be nice to see. My daughter Megan loves Disneyland and that is her favorite place to go for her birthday. I have my comfy shoes all ready! Talk about a marathon of walking on Sunday!
Sweater knit by Jan

The weather forecaster says its going to rain so hopefully it won't be too rainy.Poor Maulie is going to be babysat by Morris all day.

                                                Ready to see what the gals have been doing. Enjoy!
 Another sheep this time made by Jan

So cute

Mary is working on this cute pattern

These two chickens are part of a long table runner

I love her colors

Michele is working away

I liked these candle holders at the Country Loft

Cute snowman

The Country Loft is decorated for Christmas

I love this Santa
hugs Cheri