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When Cancer takes over….

What’s New… January 5, 2018

Filed under: Cancer,Life — mintlatte @ 2:08 pm

So- what’s new right?

I am sorely lacking in craft content, I could go back over all the stuff I have done, started and not finished or maybe even the things I have though of doing, but things have been turned upside down in the world here.

My husband has been diagnosed with Stage IV Prostate cancer.  Which is about as out of the blue as it can be in your worst nightmares.  Honestly if you looked at him you wouldn’t know he was sick – other than some water retention in his lower extremities – he is fine – he feels fine, he looks fine.  But medical tests tell otherwise.  They show he has a prostate cancer that has spread to the lymph system.

This is all we know right now, it is a tiny, scary crumb that has me thrown for a loop.  I am writing not because anyone follows this – but because I am at a loss – and maybe someone else has been here in this very spot.

We will hopefully know more next week – the Docs want to discuss among themselves – a fact that is both comforting and terrifying.

Until later, keep Mr. Mintlatte in your thoughts – as I go through this I may decide to post more – but I am new at the whole caregiver thing – my husband is my person, but this will be a whole new level – and I am only now beginning to work through it all in my head.


New Years, dirty hands and bloglines…. January 7, 2009

Filed under: Life — mintlatte @ 8:42 pm

I actually don’t remember the last post I wrote.  If I were not such a completely incompetent blogger I would go check it out.  As it is I finally caught up with my feeds today,  over 250 blog posts to catch up on. FWIW I read ALL of them (except for all the details of the recalled stuff…the fact that I feel the need to subscribe to all sorts of feeds about recalls from the FDA is one of those things I normally don’t fess up to.  Having been absent for a significant period of time I figure I owe at least one confession…and NO there aren’t any meatier ones….)

As it is I will probably not improve on my posting habits in the new year.  But I do promise to check in if anything interesting happens.

Oddly enough I keep finding myself stepping out of my comfort zone.  At work, at home, even socially (<psst…I have been going to a knit group!!!!!!) I have never been one to take the safe path, so it is not particularly unusual to find myself a bit beyond my comfort zone, but ventures beyond the border used to result in “holy crap what the hell have I gotten myself into this time??? ” Often followed by “holy crap that worked??” These days something different is happening.  I find myself trusting my intuition, kind of thinking that maybe just maybe I haven’t really just been finding myself beyond my comfort zone all this time…maybe I have been untruthful about where my comfort zone is….That said, I think maybe some resolutions are in order.

I am likely to come home from work more often with dirty hands (in my life this is a good thing…perhaps someday that will merit an explanation).

I will make some new friends this year.  <also a good thing, after being a working mom for 6 years, someone new to talk to is just what the life ordered.

I will remember that for much of my life I have exceeded peoples expectations when I push the limits.  Often times making the biggest mistakes have led to some of the best things in my life.  Why the hell should I be afraid of screwing things up?

I will also not look for trouble.   There is a fine line you know 🙂

And Melissa:

what about…. this

If you like it, let me know and we will go yarn shopping 🙂


There is something wrong with my family…… November 20, 2008

Filed under: Life — mintlatte @ 11:40 am

Very. Very. Very wrong.

people soup the second

(also very funny…until the therapy bills start rolling in)


My son Chucky….. November 19, 2008

Filed under: Life — mintlatte @ 8:13 pm

So DS likes to draw.  Today as I am putzing in the kitchen making dinner, DS calls to me…

“look mom….people soup!”

people soup

The worst part is, since he is mine I am less sure of my stance on Nature vs. Nurture than I ever have been.


Perma-slump….. September 30, 2008

Filed under: Life — mintlatte @ 9:48 am

OK, you know how things get and you are kind of in a slump.  When you find yourself checking your work email from home, making work lists inbetween kiddie homework problems, and everything you do seems centered on being somewhere else that you don’t really want to be all the time?  Yeah.  That’s me.

I work in a service based industry, and for a while, things were slow. Not slow for me, but slow in general.  Actually, even when things are slow around here, the company does well, so there is usually plenty to be accomplished, just more people to offer their opinions on exactly how it should be accomplished.

Recently, some changes in personnel were made that have left me in the totally busy all I think about is work place.  The biggest repurcussion is that for another two or three weeks I have an endless succession of projects that require my full on attention until they are done.  Once done, the changes might have little to no impact, but for now…well, suffice it to say I really prefer it when work is not so big a chunk of my life.

On the “fun” front, my hubby did manage to procure a WII fit for me.   At first I worried that it might be a bit silly, but that thing is kicking my butt!! It is also offering a nice physical respite from the the whole work thing.  We are not overly competitive in my house, but I must say that it is nice to have high scores 🙂 Thankfully DH and I are not kill ourselves cutthroat competitive, and keep it friendly, but it is a push to perform as well as you can.

There are slight amounts of knitting and crocheting happening, but they are slight and are mostly characterized by casting on, knitting and inch or two and ripping.   At this pace I won’t ever have to buy yarn again,  even though odds are I will.  I am attempting a stash diet at the moment, but if I never finish anything it may turn into a stash lifestyle.  There is the possibility I will eventually wear out the yarn, or cast on enough small things that by the time I think about ripping it out I am done with it- I don’t think I have the fortitude to rip an FO.

Wish I could promise more regular posts, but chances are it would be an empty promise.  I am trying to rev up for the holiday gift season, and if that gets going it might be good here.  If not…I will at least do my best to not come here to whine 🙂


Bookz…. August 19, 2008

Filed under: Life — mintlatte @ 3:08 pm

So I read a lot, I like virtually everything I read, even if I dislike it I read it anyway….

Normally I don’t crow too much about it, but I just finished The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry and people, this book rocked.  I loved everything about this book, everything. I really want to hear from you if you read it, mostly I want to run it over with someone…this will be one I buy just to have – I loved it that much.

Lyda: you especially, I know from your posting we have pretty similar taste in the bookz, if you read this I totally want to know what you think… is pretty emotional and deeper than the book jacket makes it sound, I read the whole thing in one day, I just simply couldn’t put it down……


Quiltin’….. July 14, 2008

Filed under: Knitting,Life,Sewing — mintlatte @ 2:39 pm

OK, so I can sew. I don’t sew as often as I would like.  That said it seems I have NO problems picking up misc. fabric bits for no particular purpose.  While in Kansas I visited a couple of quilt shops, but the one that stole my heart was Around the Block Quilts.  I could really gush about that shop, only it is closing, the owner is relocating to another state.  Parson’s has truly lost a little treasure.  Check out the on-line shop though as she will still be there at least 🙂

Anyhoo, the knitmare on elm street fabric I purchased earlier on-line needed a complimentary solid to act as a nice bright lining for my future knit bag….so I managed to find a few yards of aqua there…

Also purchased on a whim, an oriental/retro inspired pink print, and goldfish!  The goldfish are especially wonderful as they have little names by them each…like bubbles or fred 🙂

As usual I have no idea what these will grow up to be, but the smart bet is on some kind of bag.

I have spent a good portion of my evenings watering lately, seeing as how mother nature is totally behind the curve on rain lately.  It only pretends it is going to rain, and it only does that when I make outdoor plans.  Despite all her laziness though, the garden is growing…..
100_2279   100_2270

Tomatoes are set on, and working on being ripe, I will have at least one zucchini for dinner Wednesday night, we had beans from the garden on Saturday, and it is finally the season when all of the garden work pays off a little 🙂

I have been knitting but don’t have any pictures yet, but don’t get too excited, I think I just moved from cloths to towels.  Really I have got to knit something not square someday soon….