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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…..it 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…
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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 🙂
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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…..
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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….

 

Tag…you’re it. July 9, 2008

Filed under: Life — mintlatte @ 8:29 am

I have been tagged.  By the Needles of Doom, I think….Unless it was Pollyanna Rainbow Sunshine…..

Anyhoo the rules are that you answer each question with a one word answer, then tag four others.  I really don’t follow rules much, as a kid I was known to be “it” and just rund off and do my own thing leaving others to self appoint a new “it” amongst themselves.  I really feel the need to stick with tradition here 🙂

1. Where is your cell phone? Charging
2. Your significant other? Home
3. Your hair? Flat
4. Your mother? Home
5. Your father? Work
6. Your favorite thing? bags
7. Your dream last night? mountains
8 Your favorite drink? coffee
9. Your dream/goal? travel
10. The room you’re in? Cubicle
11. Your hobby? Knitting
12. Your fear? moths
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Colorado
14. What you’re not? neat
15. Muffins? banana
16. One of your wish list items? spa
17. Where you grew up? Kansas
18. The last thing you did? search
19. What are you wearing? pants
20. Favorite gadget? tivo
21. Your pets? dogs
22. Your computer? happy
23. Your mood? pleasant
24. Missing someone? sometimes
25. Your car? blue
26. Something you’re not wearing? socks
27. Favorite store? Sams
28. Like someone? husband…
29. Your favorite color? green
30. When is the last time you laughed? today
31. Last time you cried? months

 

Lyda:  I hope that you do end up in Colorado.  I am pretty sure you would like it here 🙂

 

 

 

The Quilts…(Picture heavy!) June 27, 2008

Filed under: Life,Sewing — mintlatte @ 7:58 pm

Ok, so I mentioned while at the family reunion I might have ended up with a couple of quilts…..

The first was loving hand quilted by my Grandmother. 

 Quilt

I looked at grandma’s quilts last weekend, and it struck me how much she was able to do with so little.  Having visited a couple quilt stores myself over the weekend, and fussing over each and every bolt of beauty I encountered, it is really odd to think that Grandma’s works of art were created with her scraps and with worn out clothing.  No shop hops to find the right hue, the right shade, the right print.  just using what she had.  I really love everything about this quilt, but couldn’t help picking a favorite square or two…

Oranges and Greens oranges and blues

Now clearly I am already giddy, but this put me over the moon…this is GREAT- Grandma’s quilt.  I am one of the lucky few in my generation to have clear memories of my Great Grandma.  I love this quilt for so many reasons.  I love the vintage fabric, I love the pale but bright color prints…

Great Grandma Quilt  What I love most though is that this quilt was USED…. there were a few squares that at my first look over made me do a double take…

Pathces patches 2

The bright squares?  They are patches!! Where the quilt was worn or torn it was patched with other quilt squares….

blue and white patch

This quilt is entirely done by hand, pieced, quilted and bound…. some of it is a little shaggy, so I am planning on doing some of my own repairs.  When I first got it I was unsure about that, it seemed like I would be messing with an heirloom, but now I can see that it is fully in the spirit of the quilt to have a few repairs.  I don’t have a room where I can just spread this out and feel safe about it, so it will soon be on a quilt rack on the wall.  Until then I get to ponder how I can show all of it that I want to.

And finally, I also got this….

lap blanket My suspicion is that it was a bit of “stashbusting” but I do remember this being thrown over the back of Great Grandma’s chair….This I actually feel safe using… it is most likely standard old red heart 🙂 but I know it would wash ok and it is a great lap blanket size. 

After taking pictures tonight, and thinking on how lucky I am to have handmade things from so many of the women that I love (I have baby quilts, blankets and clothes from my mother as well, and DH has an afghan his mother crocheted).  I wonder if I didn’t have such examples around me if I would think of crafting the way I do…I wonder if I would craft…. and I am extra thankful to have such a history of talented women.

 

Back from Kansas… June 25, 2008

Filed under: Life — mintlatte @ 1:37 pm

Well, we made it back.  It is good to see the family, all of my cousins made it back and it was WONDERFUL to see them all.  It is so fun to see the kids of the kids you grew up with.  So many of us have little mirrors of our selves….and to see them all was just…nice 🙂

It’s odd how normal you can feel around family.  My neurosis are only half as neurotic.   It was strange to see my parents generation though. They are all grandparents now… (or will be soon)..at one point I was playing with DS on the floor and wanted to get mom’s attention, so I called out “grandma…” only to have like five heads turn…. on the other hand none of them look like grandparents to me.  I don’t know whether my own age hides things I don’t want to see or what, but I just don’t see any of them at the age they are.

I knit up a new set of dishcloths, with no picture as they were immediately gifted to an aunt who hosted me and my annoying runts for the whole time.  I also finished a branching out scarf….for what I consider my first “real” lace, I am very happy with it, but I have to get the picture out of dad’s camera… so you don’t even get to see it now 🙂

Grandma decided this year we (the grandchildren) were to have her quilts.  This I totally get.  Hubby though it was creepy when his grandma gave away a lot of her stuff, but it was just stuff.  I totally understand why you would want to see your hard work go to someone else and know they would love it and care for it. So If I get off my fanny I will have pictures of those too. 

Nothing fascinates me more than vintage quilting.  I don’t know of a quilter today who could tell you a quilt was an easy thing to make, and we have the advantage of machines.  Imagine hand peicing and quilting an entire quilt….. Imagine saving sacks from the flour you bought to do it.  In fact when you think of all the work that went into an old quilt, it’s almost enough to make you wonder where things went wrong.  In our days of hurrying and rushing and technology many wouldn’t even consider it plausible.  When I hear about sustainability and green… I think of this.  I would not in a million years toss something I had worked that hard on.  Never ever. Not even if it got old and ratty, I would just fix it.  I certainly don’t have that feeling about the things I buy.    I know for a fact that those of us who “make things” are in the minority.  I often think of “disposable society” and what it means.  I am not an environmentalist by any stretch of the imagination, but sometime I do feel the ache of consumption in my own home.  I think that making things is part of the solution.  That we as a society need to see value in what we have, and in what we are capable of. 

Anyhoo, hopefully soon I will have a picture laden post… if nothing else, I hit a yarn store in Gove Kansas that was beyond unique, and I have some acquisitions I should also come clean about 🙂