28 October 2011

I want to make myself some clothes - a pencil skirt with an elastic waist band, really wide legged pants (which I call a riding skirt) with an elastic waist band, but I can't find free patterns online or at store. Does anyone have patterns or know where I can go? I wear a size 14 though I am losing weight now.

27 October 2011

Things to live by

1 * Accept the fact that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue!

2 * Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them . . .

3 * Drive carefully... It's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker . . .

4 * If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague!

5 * If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

6 * Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

7 * Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

8 * Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

9 * You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.

10 * A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour. 
11 * Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.
12 * It was I, your friend.

* Save the earth..... It's the only planet with chocolate !
By Anonymous

The Autumn Angel is complete!

The Autumn Angel is now out and about the countryside enjoying the beautiful palate of Autumn colors that God painted Nature with! Don't forget to enjoy the magic yourself! Take a walk, sit by a window at work, go for a bike ride, do something to join in the Celebration of Life!


25 October 2011

22 October 2011

Here I started working on the distant and near background. I'm starting to get the feel of Autumn now!
 

19 October 2011

Adding some color to the Autumn Angel Sketch





I started adding color for the Angel's body, gown, harvest foods, and started on the grass. Going through the whole creation process is fun and interesting because I never know what will show up.

Creating a new language!


I have come to realize that we as Cancer Fighters and Survivors are creating a new language, a language that is slowly creeping into every day vocabulary. New Normal is one example.

Today I created a new phrase after I took my run and I was sopping wet, I wiped the sweat off my face, looked at my hand and said:

“Here drips MIRACLE SWEAT, the sweat from going through the battle with cancer.”

Anybody else have vocabulary words they have created? Add below!

18 October 2011

Tonight I am having Vegetarian nachos for dinner.

I love tacos and nachos so this evening I decided to conjure up some nachos. I used Sweet Potato chips, baby spinach lettuce, plump cherry tomatoes, avocado, mushrooms, and sprinkling of cheese. 'Twas good! I should have taken a picture of it to tantalize you with it but I was hungry and forgot to take a picture! Maybe next time!

Additions to the Sketch

Here I have added a basket of apples, a pumpkin with a kitten playing with the pumpkin leaf, two trees in the forefront with leaves creating an overhang, and a background to the picture.
 
 

Autumn Angel

I just started working on a picture and being as it is Autumn I am feeling Autumn colors flowing in my fingers. So, here is the first sketch of my Autumn Angel. My scanner is down right now so I have to take pictures. Hopefully I will get a new scanner soon!

17 October 2011

I think I am

OC! I swannee, if I get a thought in my head to do something I have to do it even if it is in the middle if the night! I've done stuff like think about a ring I have and I have to immediately go get the ring and put it on! I remember one night I was having some weird dreams and they centered around certain stones and rings and I got up after each dream and put the ring on! Sometimes I have several rings on my fingers when I get up and just shake my head at myself! I am a nut case! LOL

When I sit down to write a letter or a story I have to have just the right pen, can't stand a pen that blops! If it blops then it hits the trash can and I get another pen (yes I am a pen fanatic! Someday I'll show you my collection.) and keep on going until I have the right one that makes me feel good.

I went through a time when I got back into quilting and while working on the quilt I finally finished and have on my bed now, I collected a ton of material and filled the entire underside of my bed! I finally decided I had had enough of quilting and I donated my material to CHKD.

Now I am into crocheting afghans, been doing it for about 2 years. It use to be I would only buy enough yarn for one project, then I would pick up some that caught my eye, then I discovered coupons for 40-50% off at my favorite stores and plowie! I have a closet full of yarn! That is okay, crocheting is a portable craft and I never tire of crocheting. Yes, I am OC about crocheting!






                                                So is D.C. He loves crocheting and yarn!

16 October 2011

Do you like to help people? Chemo Angels!

A few years back I heard about this program in which you write letters and send cards to people who are going through Chemo due to cancer and I checked it out.

I then joined the group and have enjoyed participating in it. I write a letter at least twice a week and talk about stuff that is uplifting and funny, something that will help the person feel better while they are going through a hard time. And having been through chemo, I know what it is like and a person going through it needs all the help they can get. Try it.... You'll like it!

http://chemoangels.net/


15 October 2011

A new Pizza Recipe!

My husband and I have decided to start eating vegetarian with some veggan thrown in for good taste (?). I found a great recipe, ever so easy!

You start off by making your own sauce: (I got this recipe from this website)

Vegetarian Times - Great Food, Good Health, Smart Living

Quick Pizza Sauce

Vegetarian Times Issue: October 1, 2009   p.60   —   Member Rating: -
To avoid possible exposure to gluten from prepared tomato sauces, whip up this easy version that can be made with ingredients you probably have in your pantry.

Ingredient List

Makes 1 cup (enough for 1 12-inch pizza)
  • 1 6-oz. can no-salt-added tomato paste
  • 2 Tbs. finely minced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. red wine or red wine vinegar

Directions

Combine tomato paste, onion, garlic, oregano, oil, and wine in small bowl. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Per serving (1/8 cup): Calories: 31, Protein: 1g, Total fat: 2g, Saturated fat: <1g, Carbs: 5g, Cholesterol: mg, Sodium: 21mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugars: 3g

Then we took a whole wheat ready to cook pizza dough, let it sit for 20 minutes. 

Spray pizza pan with extra virgin oil spray, sprinkle brown rice flour over the pan, knead the dough and spread it out.


Put pizza sauce on it the start adding whatever you want on it (non meat products:
baby spinach salad leaves
cherry tomatoes
mushrooms
garlic
sweet corn
soy cheese
onions
pine nuts
white beans
black eyed peas
black olives
and more


Cook for 15 - 20 minutes.


Wow, was it great!!!!!!!




10 October 2011

Faeriecon 2011

I went to Faeriecon last year right after I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer... talk about being out in space! My mind was in a swirl of fog which made the event even more interesting!

This year I am going again and am now trying to create some new costumes. I may use some of the ones I had from last year and change them. I was hoping to be skinnier this year but, well, didn't quite make it, I keep twisting ankles and eating non skinny foods! LOL

I am thinking of getting some angel wings this year, do you think they would know I am not completely angelic?

(Side note: I really miss my long hair!)

08 October 2011

Kiwi


 This scoundral  decided to take off last night just before bed (10pm). About 12:30 AM  the cat decided to perfume the air so I cleaned the litter box and take the bag out to the trash. Guess who I met emerging from the bushes... you got it, Kiwi! Told her she was off my Christmas card list this year but I don't think she was impressed.

07 October 2011

Happy Birthday, Josh!

My son, Josh, is the oldest of the two sons mentioned in the last post and today he is... never mind I'm not in the mood to date myself at this second! LOL



Here is his FB site:
http://www.facebook.com/thecontroversialmanual

06 October 2011

A True Faerie Tale

Once upon a time, back in the early 1980's, I gave birth to two sons (not at the same time but sometimes it felt that way!). We were living in the Foothills of the Adirondack Mountains at a Bible School that use to be called Pinecrest BTC. Our family lived in an old trailer at the end of the trailer court that was there for families attending the school and one of the living room windows faced the entrance to the woods.

I've always loved nature so this made me very happy! At bedtime I would take a baby in my arms, rock and sing him to sleep. I had the loveliest view of a path the entered into the woods and every night I would watch the woods grow dark as the sun was getting ready to set (inside the woods it would get dark before the sun set and welcomed in the night.

Last night when I went to pick up a friends mail at the end of the semi long driveway I just happened to notice two  driveways that went into a band of trees and curved out of sight. this reminded me of those peaceful nights long ago. I instantly ran to the house, grabbed my camera, and ran back to the mailbox. Quickly I took pictures before it got too dark.

I am so happy that I have pictures that remind me of that time and I will share them with you:




And sometimes I would wake up in the middle of the night feeling as if my cheek was being caressed and I would find that it was the Moon traveling along the treetops smiling down upon me. I always felt as if God was showing His affection for me. Here is a picture that brought that to memory though it wasn't quite the same.





05 October 2011

Autumn is arriving!

My favorite season is beginning to arrive! I say beginning because here in Virginia you just never know what to expect! I have always loved the cool, sharp, colors and snuggle up clothes I have to wear. It makes me feel like I am being hugged and loved on!

Here are a few pictures from last year since we haven't any color change yet:





04 October 2011

Snail Mail - The Postal Service.

As I was laying in bed last night waiting for the sleep angel to come by, I began contemplating restarting my art business. You see I am an artist, pencil and some ink are my medium of choice and I make greeting cards and sometimes tee shirts from my pictures. Suddenly a conversation I had with my mail carrier the other day came to the top of the  pool of thoughts and I was concerned. The Postmaster General is closing a lot of Post Offices due to lack of usage which means people aren't writing letters to one another like they use to and people are losing their jobs as a result. I am concerned not only for the workers who will be unemployed but I realized Greeting cards aren't bought as much like they use to and being that I create greeting cards it is unsettling and now I realize that this is prolly the reason my sales totally dropped off the face of the earth! So now I am going to have to come up with a new business plan, figure out what direction to go in.

I share this info about the Postal Services with you to implore you to begin writing letters and sending cards to friends and loved ones so we can build the Service back up so our Postal workers don't lose their jobs or be forced to early retirement!


03 October 2011

Letter sent to Komen for the Cure about their perfume by BCA and Letter from Komen for the Cure

Dear Ambassador Brinker, Ms. Lucero, and Ms. McGhee,

I am joining with Breast Cancer Action (BCAction) to urge you to take the following actions to prioritize women’s health over pinkwashing profits:

(1) Immediately recall Promise Me perfume from distribution and sale in order to take every precaution to protect women’s health.

I am outraged to learn that Susan G. Komen for the Cure commissioned a perfume called Promise Me to sell in the name of breast cancer. According to independent lab testing, Promise Me contains chemicals not listed on the label that: (a) are regulated as toxic and hazardous, (b) have not been evaluated for safety with humans, and (c) which have demonstrated negative health effects. One of the ingredients in Promise Me is even banned by the International Fragrance Association!

While I am pleased to hear that Komen is working with the manufacturer to reformulate Promise Me perfume, I remain deeply concerned that Komen has not taken immediate steps to ensure that women are not exposed to the chemicals of concern in Promise Me by informing women of the potential health risks. I call on Komen to adopt the highest standards and take every precaution to protect women from suspected health threats by immediately and voluntarily recalling Promise Me.

(2) Sign BCAction’s Pledge to Prevent Pinkwashing.

As a giant in the breast cancer field, I call on Komen to take every precaution when it comes to the pink ribbon products they promote. The term pinkwasher was coined by BCAction in 2002, as part of its Think Before You Pink® campaign, to describe a company or organization that claims to care about breast cancer by promoting a pink ribbon product, but at the same time produces, manufactures and/or sells products that are known or suspected to be linked to the disease.

Despite the progress in the breast cancer field over the last thirty years, today too many women are diagnosed with breast cancer and too many women die. We still do not know enough about the causes of breast cancer. Any organization which strives to “end breast cancer forever” must take every precaution to ensure that women are not exposed to anything which is suspected to increase the risk of breast cancer, even if direct cause-and-effect data is not yet available. In the absence of scientific consensus we need to adopt the highest standards: when in doubt, leave it out!

Please reassure me that Komen will never engage in pinkwashing. I urge Komen to sign BCAction’s Pledge to Prevent Pinkwashing, which you have already received from Breast Cancer Action.

Promise us that Komen is committed to putting patients before profits by taking every precaution when it comes to all partnerships and the pink ribbon products they promote.

Thank you for joining me in putting women’s health first.

Sincerely,
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Letter received from Komen for the Cure.

Thank you for your email to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® about the Promise Me fragrance. The fragrance was designed especially for Susan G. Komen for the Cure by TPR Holdings, which is donating $1 million to Komen annually for breast cancer research, education, screening, and treatment programs. The funds raised through the sale of the perfume will be put to good use in the pursuit of that goal.
Our first concern is always the safety and well-being of women and men facing this disease. To that end, our partners’ products are subject to review by our Medical and Scientific Affairs team, which evaluated the perfume’s ingredients, the latest research, and guidelines from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
According to our research, the ingredients found in Promise Me are within fragrance and cosmetic industry standards, and at these levels have not been shown to elevate breast cancer risk in people. At Susan G. Komen for the Cure, we support evidence-based medicine, that is, decisions based on current facts and knowledge. In addition, we make this information available to our constituents, respecting that they are intelligent consumers who make informed decisions about the use of products based on evidence. As new research and new findings are published, we will certainly take them into account.
Nevertheless, at Komen’s request and to be sensitive to these concerns, the manufacturer agreed to reformulate the perfume. The last batch of the perfume was manufactured in May of this year; we expect manufacturing and sale of the reformulated product to begin in early 2012. We do not intend to ask the manufacturer to recall or remove unsold products.
Komen has always believed that ending cancer requires research about how it begins and how it might be prevented, which is why Komen has invested more than $65 million to prevention research and an additional $7 million supporting 18 projects investigating environmental estrogens, pesticides, steroid hormones, and nitrites/nitrates and their relation to breast cancer.
We’re also taking action for clarity and consensus around the direction that environmental research should take in the future, which is why we requested – and are funding – a $1 million study by the Institute of Medicine to answer that question. We expect IOM’s recommendations in December, along with IOM’s assessment of evidence-based strategies for individuals to reduce their risk of breast cancer.
Komen is strongly committed to addressing breast cancer through science, advocacy and community and global outreach to achieve our mission to end breast cancer, forever.
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02 October 2011

Race walking video

Best part of this video is the first race, the rest could be eliminated.

01 October 2011

Small Vent.

I still have not received the results of the one year Mammogram I took this week and it is causing me some anxiety since a white spot was found in the other breast. They were sure that it was nothing, that they are just forming a base line to go by since I had surgery on that breast last year. Okay, fine, but doesn’t anyone stop to think that as a Breast Cancer Survivor that something like this could cause great anxiety in the Survivor? I am now back to sleeping with my Bible for comfort.

I didn’t think I would react to it but after the first day I began to feel anxiety building up in me. I blamed it on caffeine but I knew it wasn’t that. I am feeling saddish and anxiety ridden, yesterday I was teary eyed, and irritated.




I’m trying to hold hands with the old saying “No news is Good news” but my Doc (who had a rare form of eye cancer last year or so) could be out of town for a check up or treatment and they want the Doc to be the one to give me the results.

I wish they would hurry up, I want to go to Faeriecon again this year but I have to put that on hold until I get the results.

Okay, vent over.
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