Wednesday, November 28, 2007

circle journal

Here are some LO's for a circle journal.
I stamped the paper w/ chalk inks. I used sticker, my craftrobo to cut the title & banana.


Hubby still has not been cleared to drive. As a result we get a lot of family time in the car. Yesterday C told us Mr B (his teacher) said he was a genius.
I sd was he smiling when he said it he said no. G turned to look at Colin when he announced he was a genius then looked at me. We just smiled at each other. Not wanted C to know we wanted to laugh. G told me that C had this matter of fact look on his face like what Mr B said was gospel.
Later last night C figured out something that I thought was impressive. I sd Wow Colin that's really pretty smart. He looked at me & said I'm a genius.
I didn't correct him, I'll gently let the air out of his balloon another day.
I don't see any real harm of him thinking he's a genious for a day or 2.

Monday, November 26, 2007


OK I admit it, I'm squeamish! Hubby's bandage needed to be changed after the port surgery.
I took one look at that wound & thought oh no. It was a clear bandage & sterile strips so I could see everything. I called the Dr. Wednesday he said it didn't need to be changed until Thursday afternoon. I breathed a sign of relief.

Thursday after a fabulous meal by mom & my sisters, I just contributed financially;
I tried to sweet talk mom into changing DH bandage. My sis & BIL kept interrupting, giving advice about sterile strips & where I could buy them on Thanksgiving day. I politely ignored them & asked mom to look at the wound. I told her there was no way I could remove the bandage & the sterile strips not come off too. I asked her would she change it.
She worked in a hospital for over 10 yrs. She assisted with hearth caths. She's not squeamish at all. She came over Friday & changed the dressing. She kept trying to show me the old dressing & what to look for to make sure it was not infected. I kept trying to look away. I couldn't believe she couldn't see to look at that was making me ill.
Hubby teased me about the marriage vows & not caring for his wound.
I said I'm making sure your wound is taking care of; me passed out on the floor would not do you, me or your wound any good. Thank goodness for my mother. She runs to my resuce often. I wonder who's going to run to Colin's resue if it squeamishness involved??
Thank goodness I have other strengths & talents.


I came across this quote today & I love it.

'It must be remembered that the purpose of education is not to fill the minds of students with facts... it is to teach them to think, if that is possible, and always to think for themselves.' --- Robert Hutchins

I know at times I like to brag on my son. It's not as often as I like because he is not always the model student.
I can't stand when parents say things like little Johnny was reading when he was 3 yrs old or He could count to 100 when he was 2 yrs old.
The important thing is for little Johnny to be a positive contributor to this world, when he's all grown up.

A co-worker & I were discussing schools & what children learn. He may move soon because he doesn't want his daughter to go to the assigned public school. This is such a shame all schools should be good.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy day before Thanksgiving

I cancelled hosting Thanksgiving. We were supposed to host.
When we got the blow that the cancer was in the lymph nodes,
I sent my family an email that I would not host Thanksgiving.
Mom is hosting & most of us are taking a dish. It will be a small
crowd this year.
I'm very thankful that the cancer was not worst.

I wished I would have got the Christmas decorations out of the attic yesterday.
It was 80º, today the high will be 47º. Brrrr

Hubby is watching our son. They seemed to be ok when I called to check.
I'm working a few more hours & I'm heading home.

Side note of just gibberish
What is up with the new fashion of false eyelashes as everyday wear?!
Does a woman not have enough to do??? Guess who will not
be wearing false eyelashes just because they are in fashion???!!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

stage 3

I got this information from
it explains the different stages. G is stage 3

Stage 0 or carcinoma in situ is very early cancer - found only in the innermost lining of the colon.Stage I - The cancer has spread beyond the innermost lining of the colon to the second and third layers and involves the inside wall of the colon, but has not spread to the outer wall of the colon or outside the colon. Sometimes called Dukes A colon cancer.Stage II: Cancer has spread outside the colon to nearby tissue, but it has not gone into the lymph nodes. Sometimes called Dukes B colon cancer.Stage III: Cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes, but it has not spread to other parts of the body. Sometimes called Dukes C colon cancer.Stage IV: Cancer has spread to other parts of the body, such as the liver, bones, or lungs. Sometimes called Dukes D colon cancer.

Port surgery

Yesterday we spent most of the day at the hospital. G had a port installed for chemo.
He's doing OK. He needed an extra pillow. I have to work today & tomorrow.
He will call my parents if he needs anything.

The whether here has been gorgeous. I need to get the Christmas decorations down tonight.
It's going to be 77º today then it will turn cold.
I love to decorate for Christmas but decided to do just one 6' tree this year instead of 2.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Good day

Hubby is having a good day. This morning he actually cooked himself breakfast.
I forget he can cook. He doesn't like to cook.

Yesterday he told me he was glad we found the cancer in time it was stage 3. He also told me he can touch parts of his stomach & it doesn't hurt. I'm glad he's healing well.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

First sentence/pancake love

Hubby helped Colin with his homework last night. Colin wrote his first sentence as homework. It was about what he likes to eat for breakfast. I guess we will have to scrapbook (sb) that homework assignments.

Colin just tasted pancakes for the first time this year. It was when C & I went with mom to the Dr for her follow up (neck tumor) visit. We went to breakfast while mom had some test run.
I begged him to taste my pancakes, he did & liked them.

I made some pancakes this weekend with oat flour, rice flour, golden ground flax seed & other ingredients. He loved them. He has asked me to make them everyday. Of course I haven't.
I did make them Monday. I made up some extra mix so all I have to do is add the wet ingredients. He wants them all the time, breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

staple free/more surgery

I had a meeting at work this morning, it was training I really couldn't miss.
Mom took DH to the DR to remove the staples. Dad stayed w/ my sick nephew.
He has surgery to insert the port for chemo Nov 19.

Thank you all in advance for your positive thoughts, well wishes & prayers.
It means so much to us.

Monday, November 12, 2007


I expected my son to read in kindergarten but I didn't think he would learn to add, subtract & now fractions.
The first day of school he had spelling words & I raised my eyebrows.
The fact is he can do the work. It amazes me how fast he can do it with the
right motivation. He wants to get on the computer so he just whizzed through
4 pages of homework. I remember the first month of school thinking I was going to pull my hair out. We would spend over an hour on homework.

staples out tomorrow

DH forgot to call the Doctor Friday to get his staples out. "How did you forget? What are you doing all day?" I know I shouldn't have asked but it boggled my mind.
He called this morning, the Dr is not in. He has an appt tomorrow morning to get the staples out after being in him for 2 weeks. OUCH! He has no idea.
I think I'll recommend he takes one of his pain pills.
He was in pain on & off during the weekend.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

baby teeth

Early last week when I picked C up from school; he greeted me with the news of his loose tooth. He walked up & sd look mommy as he wiggling it.
It came out last night. We put it under the pillow & this morning he had a dollar from tooth fairy. I hope he didn't notice that the tooth fairy forgot & had to send him to get something; then like magic the money was under the pillow.

Well a few minutes ago he brings me the adjacent baby tooth. I didn't know it was loose. I asked him was it loose too & he sd no. Of course he was trying to pry something lose with his teeth when it came out. I told him I sure hopes he doesn't loose anymore teeth soon.

I know I shouldn't be majorly alarmed because he was very slow teething as a baby. He got his first teeth & walked at 9 months old. His teeth came in 2 at a time & didn't stop until he had them all. I guess it makes sense that he lose them 2 at a time.

Friday, November 9, 2007

It's Friday

Whoo hoo. I have meetings 1/2 the day. I sure hope they are productive. Nothing worst than sitting around wasting time.
Hubby is healing slowly. He had a little pain yesterday. I think he tried to do too much. He walks laps around the home & walks to the mailbox 3 times a day. The is a slight incline from the mailbox.
He was in bed when I got home. Hmmm a pretty good sign he was tired. Normally he's in the recliner.
Monday he gets his staples removed. Colin calls them staplers. He asked "Mommy why does daddy have staplers?" He's so cute. :)

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Come on weekend

We had another angel bring dinner last night. Yeah thank you JM!
G enjoyed dinner. I cooked last night so he would have a good lunch today.
I think he's a little tired of soup.
He's on his own today. I'm working all day.

Come on weekend. I'm stressed my eczema is giving me fits. I love fall but my allergies don't love fall. C is having a hard time too. Poor baby the one thing I didn't want him to inherit from me.

Hubby is getting stir crazy. I took him to the store last night so he could play his lotto. :) I think it's a total waste of time & money until he hits big then I'll be a fan of the lotto. Hmmm wonder how many children we have put through school w/ hubby's donations. :) He could have a worst hobby like scrapbooking. LOL

I wonder who's hobby is more expensive. Well, I really don't wonder. I know how expensive scrapbooking is, that is why I shop the sales.

Hey our future generations will enjoy the books that are passed along! That's my story & I'm sticking to it. I would love to know more about my grandparents lives when they were younger.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


G hadn't taken his pain pills in a day or 2. Yesterday he had a little pain. It's hard once he let the medication get totally out of his system. He is much better this morning.

We have had some angels help us. Mom made a special dinner for DH Monday. My sister K gave us many cans of organic soup. We had some ladies D&V bring us dinner last night. It is so touching & very helpful. Thank you all so much.

I made his favorite breakfast this morning. This is my last day this week working 1/2 day.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Easy to care

My DH is making it so easy to care for him. He doesn't ask for much. He insist he's fine.
I'm grateful he's such a good patient.

Monday, November 5, 2007


I wanted to say Thank you for the great comments, words of encouragement & prayers.
We really appreciate you all.
This journey has not been easy but encouragement helps.
Thank you!!

He's home

We brought DH home yesterday. We got almost home when he remembered something
at the hospital. I took him home & headed back out to the hospital.
I went & bought new pillows so he would have plenty. I returned home to find he needed a
prescription filled. Well, it was Sunday & our normal pharmacy closes early.
I went to a 24 hr pharmacy & they told me it would be 45 min. I come back & have a nightmare
experience. Long story short it took 2 hours to get the prescription.
It was 8 p.m. I was tired & hungry. I could feel a headache coming on because my blood sugar
was too low. I had lunch at 11 a.m.
Thank goodness the night went a little smoother. Not much but a little.
I'm working 1/2 days for the next few days.
I just checked on him; he's fine.

Friday, November 2, 2007

May I take your order

I've called G a few times today. The last 2 times I've called he's answered the phone funny.
One time he sd Captain D's, May I take your order. The next time I called he sd McDonald's, May I take your order. I'm glad he still has his sense of humor.


Many friends have asked how our DS is handling all of this situation.
I took him to the hospital Tuesday. He was kind of standoffish.
He would look over at G then he would look away. He did this a few
times. He did go over & give him a hug & kiss.
He had a bad dream that night. He normally laughs in his sleep so I
think he was disturbed seeing his daddy w/ all of the tubes.

My sister K took him trick or treating w/ them & then brought him to
the hospital Wednesday evening. He was less standoffish.

Last night he asked was daddy still sick & when will he come home.
He didn't want to go to the hospital.

Good spirits

Hubby ate solid food yesterday. Yeah!! Of course he sent back every tray & they had to bring
him something different. He is one of the pickiest eaters I know; the other picky eater
is his son!
I have put both of them on notice that our food at home will change. We will eat less empty calorie/empty nutritional value crap.
He did great with his walking around the nurses station yesterday. He was moving so much faster. Nothing like encouragement from the Dr the more he walks the sooner he will get out of the hospital.
We got a little more information from the oncologist. They want G to heal for a month then they will begin chemo. The chemo will be once or twice a week for 6 months.
Our spirits good.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Not so good news

Well G will have to do 6 months of chemotherapy. His lymph node tested positive for cancer.
It's a little discouraging. He improves every day.