Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Long time, no words!

    I have not written here since March of 2013. Recently a friend of mine and her husband left on a great vacation to the west. She decided to blog about their trip and I have been following them with the beautiful pictures she has posted. This prompted me to review what I had shared in the past. I wrote about some topics that really interested me and things that are dear to my heart. With that I decided that I really enjoy writing at times. So, I have decided to begin again. I am planning to retire at the end of this school year. Perhaps sharing thoughts from this career will help the melancholy feeling that is slowly taking over me. More to come. 

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Good evening

     This will be short. Family is coming tomorrow for  Easter. Two brothers, three sister in laws, one brother in law, two sons, one daughter inn law, one granddaughter, one niece and two great  nephews. Ham, scalloped potatoes, deviled eggs, green bean casserole, salad, rolls, Trish's mint brownies and lemon meringue cupcakes. Happy Easter everyone.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday evening

     Friday nights are usually now spent running errands and then going to get something to eat. Not tonight. We are both trying to get things ready for family on Sunday. So I turn on the TV and there was an older movie Overboard and NCAA basketball games and now the news. Not much else peaks my interest tonight. I can remember when it was all about Dukes of Hazard, Dallas and Falcon Crest. We would allow the boys to sleep on the living room floor in their sleeping bags. This made it easier to see the cartoons on Saturday mornings. Gary and I would have our spots on the couch watching the evening soap operas. My how times have changes. Good night all.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Relay For Life

     I am the youngest of four children and the only girl. Not spoiled at all! My two middle brothers are twins and 4 years older than me. I can't remember the year exactly but I think it was about 1993 when I received a call from my mother telling me that Dan, the oldest twin, was sick. He was going for tests and they determined that he had brain cancer. Now in 1993 that diagnosis was pretty much a death sentence. He had his first surgery and I remember talking to him the next morning and he told me that he could feel his brain taking over the space in his head. And later he told me that he would not give up. Some day there will be a cure for it all. Dan was a gentleman in many ways. He was a potter and made beautiful things with his large hands. He would talk to whoever walked up to his kick wheel and seemed to really love the children. He had an easy smile and loved to make others laugh. He finally lost his never ending battle in 1999. I remember my mother telling me how difficult it is to lose a child. I hope I never have to experience it and pray for those who have.
     Along with that I am a survivor in a much different way. In 2008 I found out that I had renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer). But in a very surreal situation I did not have any treatments. It seems that when my doctor removed my kidney he also took out the tumor. My survival looks so much different than many others.
     Dan is my reminder to never give up on the fight to end cancer. This year I am the county chairman for our event. We form teams, raise money, provide 18 hours of fun and walk to celebrate those lives who have had cancer, remember those who have not survived and fight back for those of the future. It has been a challenge for me. A lot of time and management of a wonderful dedicated committee. And very rewarding. At this time we are only about seven weeks away from our event and so much left to do. Still trying to meet our goal of 30 teams, still making final plans for our survivor dinner with some great numbers of survivors and praying for good weather.
     If you have been touched in some way by this disease I urge you to find your local event and go walk the track. Raise a little money, join a team or help with the event in some way. It is a wonderful experience. My name is Deb and I am a Relayer.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Easter baskets

     The Easter basket in my family has been a great tradition. Plastic eggs and a chocolate bunny in your favorite basket was always waiting to be filled with some real Easter eggs from the yard. Gary and I always made sure this tradition was in place for our boys. Well, I just packed a 'box' basket filled with goodies to send to two of my grandchildren. What fun. Whatever is in your basket, Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Passion

     Have I let you know that I love to sew? It is something I have done since I was a little girl. I always asked my mom to teach me. She made all of my clothes when I was little. In fact my first store bought dress was when I was in second grade by my grandfather. As I got older I loved the fact that I was not wearing what the other girls had on. So to sew my own clothes was wonderful. My mother was a full time secretary and with three older brothers time was limited for her to teach me so I learned the basics in 4-H. From there Mom was able to help me with some great projects including all of my bridesmaid's dresses.
     Now I sew quilts along with other fun items. I have not made any of my clothes for years. It is funny how my interests have changed. Or maybe it is because my body just doesn't fit right anymore. Or the fact that I can find clothes a lot cheaper than I can make them. I have designs for some special things but those have not fit into all of the other projects on my list at this time. I also do dome repairs for some friends and family. Blue jeans are always wearing out so I use my mother-in-law's machine to do these repairs.
     This brings me to my machines. It seems to be something that is turning into a collection. Now I don't have nearly as many as some people but I must say I do love the antique ones that are black and gold. I think my count is eight right now. One is a treadle machine that I bought years ago at an auction. (That is another hobby of mine which I try to avoid because I usually bring home something I don't need by would like to have.) I have tried to sew with it but just can't get the peddle to work right. Four of them have cabinets or tables with them and the others are stored in carrying cases. The great thing is that now I have my husband looking for them when we go into antique stores.
     My other thing about this sewing thing is that I get to shop for fabric. What fun. My favorite is Batik fabric. Bali is a country that is know for their production of Batik fabric. It is made with wax and dyes. The colors are beautiful. I also like the reproduction fabric of the Civil War Era. They are the colors of warmth. When I go shopping for fabric to the quilt shops with my friend we always tease each other about petting the fabric. Just love to look and feel it.
     I remember one day saying something to my son about going to a quilt retreat. He told me that Grandmas are quilters. I wasn't sure if he meant I was old like a grandma or that he didn't want me to old. I just smiled.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Words....

     I had another day at home because of snow today. Wow. I don't ever remember having a snow day this late in March but I will take them at any time. I spent the day sewing and need to return to my haven to finish a few things. I love this kind of day. Just spend it doing something you like to do. Along with that I have nothing else to talk about this evening. Maybe there will be more words tomorrow.