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So, while I totally rock at Counted Cross-Stitch, and have crocheted some amazing items, I totally suck when it comes to blogging.

Why do I suck, you might ask?  Because it has been a long, long time since I last posted.  Life keeps you busy, ya know?

So, what has been keeping me busy since my last post last year…

Family, for one.  My mom had surgery for her cancer in October 2011, and I was there at the hospital visiting her every day.  When she got home, she was going to be bed-ridden for a short time, so I was helping her out at home as well.  One of the really good things about working for family is that we were able to adjust my work schedule around so I could help out my mom.  After mom healed enough from surgery, she started a 12 course chemotherapy treatment.  My dad went with for the first one, but after that, I’ve been taking her.  With blood test, doctor consult, and treatment, chemo days are 6 hour days at the doctors’ office, and I tend to get a lot of crocheting done on those days.  While there are many people who go alone to get chemo treatments, I go with mom to not only keep her company, but to also get her back home safely in case the chemo makes her feel really sick.  She has had nine treatments so far – just three more to go.  This is her third time dealing with cancer, and it has been the most difficult. My wish is that this will be the last time she deals with cancer. and that she will be cancer free for a long time to come.

There is fun family news as well.  My nephew T turned 3 in November, and he is one of the best things in my life right now.  He has an AMAZING imagination – fighting dragons, putting out fires, shooting pirates, and making up stories about Prince T.  Yesterday, he woke up from his nap and became Action Man!  He had Action Boots to keep his Action Feet warm.  He had an Action Punch.  He even had an Action Theme Song that he warbled to me over the phone.  I just love it all!

His twin sisters (whom he will tell you are ruining his life) just turned 11 months old this month.  E is walking ALL OVER THE PLACE!  She also wants anything that T has, and if it is food, she really wants it!  J isn’t walking yet, although she is pulling herself up on objects in order to stand.  The problem is that she hasn’t quite figured out how to get back down to the floor, so she will stand there and cry until you help her.  I’m looking forward to celebrating their birthdays next month.

Crochet has kept me busy as well. I won’t go into too much detail here because I do have another blog to write, but I can hit the highlights.

  • Went to CGOA in North Carolina, was “adopted” by the Fabulous Ladies of the NY Crochet guild, and was able to meet some incredible designers.
  • Started teaching beginning and intermediate crochet at a local yarn store in November of 2011, and as of this post, I’ve had 12 students in beginning crochet and 5 in intermediate.
  • I’ve developed some amazing relationships with a couple crochet designers which have helped broadened my fiber horizons.
  • I added to my yarn stash – a lot!
  • I will be celebrating my one year yarniversary (thanks to Liz and Zontee of the Lion Brand YarnCraft podcast for creating that word) at my LYS at the end of the month.  I love the amazing group of friends I have met there – they have been an blessing of support and love both when I knew I needed it and when I didn’t know.  Plus they introduced me to the yummy food at Peggy’s along with the glorious taste of Sparkling Peach Wine!


Okay, I think that is enough of an update for now.  While I won’t make the empty promise of trying to blog weekly, or even monthly, I will try to do it more often than once every six months.

As an added bonus, here are a couple pictures…

Sticker face T


E the Bunny


J learning to climb the stair



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Missing words…

It has been almost a month since my last post.  It’s not that there wasn’t anything to write about; just the opposite.


My mom is currently undergoing treatment for a cancer.  I’m trying to stay positive about it all, because I don’t think the doctors would be fighting it this aggressively if they didn’t think there was a good chance of getting rid of it.  But it is hard.  This is her third time fighting cancer, and this time she has to do chemo and radiation therapy before surgery, then chemo for six months after surgery.


I’ve driven her to three of her doctor appointments this week, and I’m happy that I can be there for her.  I would move planets for my mom.  She has really shown me what it means to be strong in regards to everything she is dealing with right now.  People tell me that I look a lot like my mom and that makes me happy and proud.


I’ll try to be a little more faithful in posting.  But life comes first, and living it is more important than spending it staring at a screen.

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Good News

My dad got a phone call on Thursday afternoon from my BIL.  My sister, who was pregnant with twins, went to the doctor for her visit and they decided to deliver the babies that day.  So K went to the hospital, had a C-section, and delivered two healthy baby girls.  E is 5lbs 7 oz, is 17 3/4″, and doesn’t have a lot of hair.  J is 5 lbs 7 oz, is 18″, and does have hair.  Both momma and the girls are doing fine, although K was in a LOT of pain both after surgery and the days that followed.

My sister C had our nephew T for the past few days, and I got to see him last night.  C had taken him to the zoo.  T had told C that “he was going to eat the lions.”  He’s actually really smart for 2-1/2.  When they were by the giraffes, T told C “the giraffes are too far away.  I need a boat so I can cross the river and then I can go pet them.”  Like I said, he’s pretty smart.

We are trying to get him used to the idea of being a big brother and that it is a good thing.  Last night at dinner he told us he was a big brother, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.  He doesn’t want to talk about his sisters yet, although C was telling me that T did get to see them, and he touched them, and “held” one briefly.  They were quiet while he was there, so he probably wasn’t too impressed.  That will probably change once they are home with him and start crying!

T has a special kiss – he licks your cheek like a dog and then he giggles.  I taught him a new one last night – an Eskimo kiss where we rub noses.  We did it once and he giggled, said “that’s funny” and then we did it two more times.  I love watching him delight in new things, and then he repeats the things he likes.  I really love watching him explore the world around him – it opens my eyes to new things as well.

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