Holiday and other stuff

We had a nice Thanksgiving holiday, we went to the same local restaurant as last year – Carolina Roadhouse here in Myrtle Beach. For $21.95 they serve a plated traditional Thanksgiving dinner (not a buffet) and just like last year it was awesome! However, as we were waiting to be served we decided we’d probably cook at home next year. We’ve eaten out a few years now and we kind of miss the whole cooking at home thing and all the leftovers that come with it!

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No sewing going on here the past week, as you might imagine I’ve been in a bit of a funk with Sammie’s diagnosis and treatment plan. The chemo pills will be here Monday and I’m horribly apprehensive about giving them to her…I feel like I’ll be feeding her poison! Ugh!! but I know I’ve got to get over that, give the treatment a shot and hope her little body will be able to handle it.

I’ve got a commission t-shirt quilt waiting to be started and thankfully it’s for a friend who understands what’s going on right now so she’s not pressuring me. I’ve also got several tops waiting to be basted, quilted and bound…and each day I think about working on them but then I don’t 😦

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I went to WW on Saturday and I’m down the same 1.8 I’ve been gaining & losing for about 3 months now…SMH! I switched to Green last weekend and I’m doing a pretty good job tracking everything so let’s hope this loss gives me some momentum to keep losing!

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Last but not least, we officially closed on our Lake Wylie home this past Monday. I think I was holding my breath all day until they finally wired the money around 3:30pm. What a tremendous weight off my shoulders…I was so worried things were going to fall through at the last minute (we had that happen with our home in MD 14 years ago!) – but it’s all done now!!

That’s all for now…have a great rest of your weekend!

Update on Sammie

Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of information…we drove down to Charleston last week and met with the oncologist. She seemed to think Sammie’s lymphoma was not too far progressed and would respond well to treatment however she couldn’t tell us exactly what kind of treatment to recommend without another cytology test – a “flow cytology” to be exact. So they took another sample from her lymph nodes and also took a blood & urine sample to make sure all her other vital organs were ok.

They shipped the cytology off to Colorado for the special test and we should know the results before Thanksgiving. At that point they’ll recommend treatment options. She said it could be administered either by IV or oral but we won’t know which one would be most effective until we get the results. More waiting…

This first visit and the tests they’re conducting cost us $758… wow, I can’t even imagine what the treatments will cost 😮 Of course it doesn’t matter how much it costs because we’re going to do everything we can to help her get better – as long as it doesn’t affect her quality of life.

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I haven’t been in much of a mood for sewing, I think it’s a combination of things: Sammie’s diagnosis, change of seasons, closing on our other house, holidays…etc. That’s a lot for me to process right now and sewing has taken a back seat.

We’re supposed to close on our other house Monday…like tomorrow! I should feel some relief after that’s done!!

I did actually get my Granny Cabin top all pieced together last week…it was a struggle but once I got half way done I just had to finish. This will live in my ‘to be quilted’ pile for a while until I figure out what I want to do for backing and quilting.

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I went to WW yesterday and I was up .2 – that’s really not that bad considering my nervous eating was running wild last week but I decided to switch from Purple to Green anyway. I have a real issue with portion control and with all the zero points items on Purple I was over doing it. I also saw a post on FB with this great summary of ‘How to Choose’ a plan and Green sounds more like me:

That’s all for now, have a great rest of your weekend and…

A new chapter begins…

Last week we found out our little baby girl, Sammie, has Lymphoma. I know, that’s an awful way to start the blog post but I figured I’d just get it over with. Sammie had her teeth cleaned at the end of August and a few weeks afterward I noticed two small bumps on her neck under her jaw. I kept an eye on them and a few days after she got groomed in October I noticed her ears were all crusty inside. I wasn’t sure if something happened at the groomers but I took her to the vet to find out what was going on.

They swabbed her ears and ran a culture, it came back as a yeast infection. They looked at the bumps on her neck and said her lymph nodes appeared to be swollen which could be a result of the ear infection. We got some drops and ear wash and ran that cycle for 10 days. When we went back for her follow up her ears were great, the infection was all cleared up but the bumps were still there so they took a sample…and the result is Lymphoma. They referred us to the nearest oncologist which is about 2 hours away in Charleston. We have an appt for a consultation this Thurs 11/21 – hopefully we caught it early and they can treat it.

Needless to say I’ve been an emotional wreck for the past week. The good news is Sammie doesn’t act any different. She still runs and plays & eats and sleeps like normal…but DH & I know and we’ve been giving her extra treats and laying lots of love on her. We need to be careful not to let her gain a bunch of weight because that’s not good for her either.

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WW released their new myWW plans last week and I chose Purple. My eating has gotten way out of control especially with snacking at night. The Purple plan has the lowest number of daily points but has 300+ zero points foods so I’m hoping with the restriction of points I’ll start using the zero points foods for snacks. At my weigh in yesterday I was the same as when I weighed in two weeks ago…which is a pleasant surprise because like I said I had been snacking way too much!

I went to the grocery store and bought a few things from the zero point list like FF plain greek yogurt, SF/FF vanilla pudding mix, fruits & veggies. I’ve also been using the Connect feature on the app to search for recipes. Hopefully this change in the plan will be the kick-start (or kick in the butt) I need!!

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The sale of our Lake Wylie house should be final next Monday 11/25…all inspections are done and the agreed upon repairs have been completed. The appraisal was done last Monday and we’ve not heard a word so my realtor says ‘no news is good news’ in that regard. It will be nice to have this chapter closed before starting a new one with Sammie’s treatment.

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I know I asked for good vibes for the sale of our house and now I’d like to ask for more good vibes & prayers for our Sammie girl. She’s 11 years old and I’m worried she may not handle the treatments very well – even though I have no idea what the treatments may be. I refuse to search the internet about this until we we meet with the oncologist.

That’s all for now…have a great rest of your weekend.

Progress…

Not much sewing took place this past week but there was a lot of activity as we get closer to closing on our other house.

The inspection report called out a few electrical things, some minor repairs to a few roof shingles and a few windows where the seals had broken. DH drove up on Thursday to take the windows to get an estimate so we can offer a credit at closing. We lined up a roofer and he took care of the issues the next day. We’ve lined up an electrician who will have the work done by this Friday.

The house is on well & septic and the Buyers had those tested last week too. The well came back with minor traces of bacteria – which we’ve been told is normal because no one has lived in the house for 4 months. We’ll need to line up someone to ‘shock’ the well next week and that should take care of it.

The appraisal is scheduled for tomorrow – that’s the last hurdle to get us to closing. Please send out all the good vibes you can spare that it goes in our favor!!! 🙂

Last but not least, this is the first time in my life I’ve put my Christmas tree up before Thanksgiving!! We bought a new tree during ‘Christmas in July’ so we’ve been anxious to see what it looks like. It’s a slim-line tree, it has LED lights that can change colors and motion all with a remote control. It needs a bit fluffing up but I’ve got plenty of time to do that and decorate it!

Placemats are done

After a few false starts I finally got the commissioned placemats completed. I had a bit of a panic moment when I realized I didn’t have enough fabric left to make the binding because I used too much cutting the outside tree pieces. It’s a weird angle and I had to cut it twice!! Ugh!!

Luckily I had cut the backing pieces big enough to fold over the edges for binding…but it was really close on a few!!!

I quilted all-over meander except for the two trees and their trunks

And here they are on my dining room table

I’ll be mailing these off tomorrow to their new home 🙂 I’m also mailing a donation package of most of my orphan blocks and a few finished tops that have just been growing old in my sewing room. I saw a post on IG asking for help so I thought – why not? I private messaged sands_handcrafted_llc to get her address and I’ll be sending her a box tomorrow.

Outside of that, not much has been going on around here. We’re still on track to close on our other house in 3 weeks and we just got the results of their inspection…there are a few things we’ll address and others we’ll offer as credits at closing.

I appreciate all the good vibes…keep ’em coming 😀

That’s all for now…it’s a chilly 42 this morning in Myrtle Beach 😮 so I’ll be spending plenty of time indoors!

Good news!

Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much sewing going on this past week. I was hoping to get my Granny Cabin top finished and I had planned to finish the commissioned place mats as well…errrrgh! I did get the place mats to the sandwich stage and they’re ready for quilting

Fingers crossed I can knock these out early next week!!

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In other news…ahem, the good news I was referring to in the title… after putting our other house on the market a week ago Friday, we have TWO offers!!! Woot Woot!!! Both are very competitive but one edges the other out with a 30 day closing instead of a 60 day contingency upon sale of their house.

Oh my gosh, I can’t explain how happy and relieved I am!! Thank you for all the good vibes…and keep them coming so we get through closing with no issues 😉

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I went to my WW weigh in yesterday and I’m down 1.4 but that just puts me back to where I was three weeks ago 😮 I really need to stop this roller coaster ride 😦

That’s all for now, I’ll keep it short n sweet…have a great rest of your weekend!!

Catching up

I was traveling the last two weekends and missed putting up a post. Not much sewing happened during that time but let’s catch up.

I’ve completed all my blocks for the #grannycabinsewalong with Then Came June. I worked a little ahead because I knew I’d be traveling. Here are all the blocks up on my design wall…ooo I love it!!

I also started on a commissioned project for Christmas Placemats. This is a free paper-pieced pattern but I could not get the pieces to print out at the proper size so I had to draw them myself – eeek!!! Because of that I needed to sew a few ‘tests’ to make sure I got it right so I used scraps from the Christmas fabric bin. The top placemat is a mirror image of the pattern – ‘doh! Didn’t even think about that. In the second placemat I got the angle wrong on the thinner tree and on the outer trees (sheesh!) I’ve made adjustments for that so now it’s time to cut into the fabric the customer sent me…wish me luck!!!

Linking up with Oh Scrap!

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I skipped my WW meeting for the last two weeks and honestly I’ve been a bit lax on watching what I’ve been eating so it was no surprise I was up 1.4 when I weighed in yesterday. It’s ok…really, it could’ve been much worse! I’m back on the eating plan today and I’m confident I’ll lose that and more.

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Update on our other house: it’s officially on the market as of Friday!! If you know anyone moving to the greater Charlotte, NC area please share this with them. It’s a beautiful home and we were very happy there for 13 years.

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And just for some ‘awwww’ factor, here are a few pics of my adorable great niece Campbell at her 2nd birthday party. She shared it with her cousin who turned two in Sept.

That’s all for now…enjoy the rest of your weekend 🙂