Sunday, October 14, 2018

Dogs Prove...You Can Pick Your Family!

Here's the latest two to join Youngest Daughter's family... 

Lucy, a "portly" dachshund came first. She was abandoned by her previous family when they asked the vet to put her to sleep rather than pay for an operation she needed. 

Zoe, half Lucy's size now, was just a little bitty thing when Youngest Daughter and family fostered her for what was to be a short time! 

Right away the whole family fell in love with Zoe and soon a "Foster-Fail" turned into a happy adoption.

These two dogs have quickly become part of the family and it's hard to remember when they weren't here. They have found their place as it should be...

They will never take the place of the two terriers that were a part of Youngest Daughter's life for so long, just as new members of all families create their own place when they join too.

We will always remember Bailey Girl...who left just before her 16th year.

And...we will always remember Mr. Wrigs who followed Bailey out soon after Lucy was adopted.

Car Ride Mid-2000's
Bailey was always the boss until it came to car rides

Wrigley was abused and fearful when he was adopted, and it took a few years before he overcame his fear. He finally found his calling in life when little Lily was born. 

He seemed to believe he was put on this earth to keep his little sister safe...

And, safe he kept her through the years...

Then at the end, sister Lily was there to snuggle him and say goodbye the day he peacefully left this earth...

Sometimes all it takes is a glance to know you're family. 

As the song goes...just one look, that's all it took.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Friday Finds...At Target's Dollar Spot

Target pulls me in to their "Dollar Spot" section every time because I always have to look, don't you?

They know what they're doing by putting the Dollar Spot right by the front door!

In the Dollar Spot, everything is usually priced at $1 or $3, and I often find answers to my problems right in this little section of Target. 

For instance, this little $3 faux wood charger solved the problem of the messy bird. 

Can't you can see the guilt written all over her little messy face? 

Her nest sits on top of the bottle-dryer-turned-glass-holder. She was always dropping little pieces of her nest unto the white Lazy Susan that holds the glasses near the refrigerator water dispenser.

Until I saw the faux wood charger at the Dollar Spot, I was thinking of painting the Lazy Susan white - yet again - but this time with a glossy paint that could be washed. 

Now...I'm not a "glossy paint" person so that shows you how desperate I was getting!

But, as you can see, the dark wood charger hides any little pieces of nest that might drop off accidentally...

To tell you the truth, until I did this post and read that sales tag, I didn't realize the faux wood circle was meant to be a charger to use under place settings at the table! 

I'm thinking that would really be cute too. Happy Weekend to you!

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Grateful For Prayers And Blessings

Sometimes you get a second chance. Sometimes prayers are answered. Sometimes even a miracle unfolds.

On Thursday, Sept 27th, I would have told you that miracles only happen for other people...not for us. 

But my mind changed the next day when, on Friday the 28th, Wild Bill and I were at the oncologist's office anxiously awaiting the results of his latest PET scan. The results were nothing less than miraculous for us!

The first baseline scan (done last May) showed Bill had 4th stage terminal cancer with a devastating prognosis of 8 to 12 months. 

On June 6th, after reviewing that PET scan report, the Oncology Clinic doctors stated radiation and surgery (to shrink and eradicate Bill's cancer) were no longer an option! They immediately cancelled the "radiation and chemo, then surgery" treatment plan.

The Oncology Clinic offered only an every-other-week, intensive 3-day chemotherapy treatment that would, at best, retard the inevitable spread of cancer and possibly give Bill the full 12 months, instead of just the 8 months.

Our daughters discussed the situation and Youngest Daughter flew in early the very next morning after that horrible diagnosis. 

Youngest Daughter came right to the hospital to be with us as we said our last goodbyes to Bill's mother who subsequently died that afternoon. 

Before Bill's mother Jessie died, from right there in the hospital room, Youngest Daughter arranged a 2nd opinion appointment for Bill the following week at MD Anderson Cancer Center of Houston. 

I truly believe that hopeful conversation penetrated Jessie's coma and helped ease her passing. 

Jessie, even though she had slipped into a coma right after she chose to have all life-support removed, had held on for 4 more days! It was as if she was waiting to hear better news for her beloved only child.

Youngest Daughter Helping Drive To MD Anderson

Unfortunately, the 2nd opinion doctor at MD Anderson concurred with the original diagnosis and prognosis. He was kind, but sent us home with advice to make the most of the time Bill had left.

That takes us back to Friday the 28th and the results of the latest PET scan. The hope was, at best, the cancer hadn't spread too much more. 

The doctor, just returned from a trip to bury his own father, had pulled the report up and sat there silently staring at his computer. 

Finally he broke the silence with "WOW!" and read us the report findings...stopping right in the middle of the reading to say it's very rare a doctor gets to tell a patient such good news...

The intensive chemo, which was only expected to retard the growth of cancer, has basically had a phenomenal effect on it. There is no activity in the tumors in the three organs and Bill's lymph nodes show minimal activity. One lymph node that had registered 9.4 in the first scan now registers 2.1, while most of the others show no activity at all!

OK...We know that Wild Bill isn't out of the woods yet...but it's been exactly 4 months today, and for the first time we feel like we have hope. 

We want to thank you, all our blog friends, who kept us in your prayers. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts! 

Thank you to our three daughters and their husbands who've spent countless hours sharing our burden, listening to our fears, helping us make plans and contingencies.

And again...thank you to Youngest! We could not have made it through the funeral, or to Houston, without your helpful hand to steady us.

And most of all, a sweet thank you to my "cross-wearing" mother-in-law Jessie, who no doubt gave them hell to pay and probably stomped across those "pearly gates" after hearing her son was expected to join her very soon!

I now know she is our angel who crossed over on a mission to change the course of her son's dreaded disease. At that point, I'm sure not even Jesus could tell dear Jessie no.

Thank you all for your prayers...
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Wonderful Wednesday

Post Note: 

My wish is that our story might bring hope to someone else who may be struggling today. Nana Diana's recent post is a prayer request for a friend. If you can, please drop by Nana Diana Takes A Break today.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

"How To" Scarecrow From Let's Add Sprinkles

Since I was speaking of making scarecrows in my last post, I thought you might like the instructions for this adorable scarecrow makeover by Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles

Katie started with an old, store-bought scarecrow that had seen better days and made it into this truly special little creature. In her post, Katie kindly takes you through her step-by-step process. 

I know Henny (over at Henny Penny Lane) has been thinking about making a scarecrow, so when I saw Katie's latest creation I thought of Henny...and all of you too of course!

Katie has also announced the next Texas Bloggers' blog tour, which is starting this Monday. I had to pass this time, but I'm always glad to help spread the word for my fellow Texans!

You can see how Katie made that cute little scarecrow and get all the details on the Fall In Love With Texas blog tour HERE.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Loving Fall

The bins of fall decor are coming out. Some decorations are finding there way around the house while some are going right out the door! It truly is time to downsize around here.

The Pig always gets more than his fair share of the decorations no matter what the season...

My mother-in-law loved her large, multi-pumpkin wreath and hung it every year. 

I found it in the top of her closet when I was cleaning out their old apartment the other day.

This week we moved my father-in-law to an apartment with a higher level of care in an assisted living community closer to us. It's been almost 4 months since he lost his wife of 71 years. 

He is doing better than we expected, but it seems there is a stage you hit around 90 days after an event, which seems to be a harder part of the grieving process.

The change of community has revived his spirits somewhat. Maybe sometimes you just need a change of scenery to give you a lift!

To me it wouldn't be fall unless the scarecrow makes an appearance somewhere in the house! This little patched-up guy is my favorite part of fall decor.

The scarecrow seems to have a life of his own too. He often changes positions and places to sit! He moves around like one of those Christmas "Elf on a Shelf" dolls do.

Every year when I dig him out, I think maybe this year I will find the time to make a few copies of him just for fun. 

Of course I never do make any, but it is fun to figure out what I'd need to make more of him.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Getting My Fall On...

Every year I plan to start fall decorating early and it seems I always get side-tracked. 

Some of you probably think this is early, but for people like me who hate summer, anytime after the 4th of July is open to fall decorating around here!

Do you think it's the colors of fall that make the season so warm and welcoming?

I like to add drama to the browns and golds by adding my DIY chalkboard for the background. 

I'll add my fall banner to the chalkboard as soon as it's uncovered in all the fall decor bins.

This year, half my stash of fall decor is going out the door as a donation...that's a promise!

I was moving the spring-like trough (above) out of the room when I noticed if I turned it around backwards so the words didn't show, the plain old-wood side and patched ends fit right in with the rustic fall themed colors...

So that's the entryway cabinet all dressed up for fall. I'll keep adding and taking away things until I get it the way I want. How about you? Has the fall decorating bug hit you yet?

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Friday Finds For Fall

I love a good project and this one is perfect for fall and Halloween. 

Talented Tracey over at Porch Day Dreamer created this Witch Leg Candy Bucket, and if you want one too she generously gives step-by-step instructions on her blog. I pinned it for next year and look forward to having time to make it then.

There's lots of cute fall projects in this Farmhouse Style magazine that's in stores now.

My favorite uses a knob added to a frame to hang a wreath, thereby adding layers of decoration for your wall! 

Here's a close up of the knob the wreath is hanging on. Notice they used a length of twine to allow it to hang in the center of the frame...

I'm a more-is-more type gal so this inspired me to start pulling out some frames I had stashed away and hunting for some old knobs I'm sure are around here someplace. 

If you don't have an extra knob or two around, Hobby Lobby and Lowe's are both good places for hunting knobs...And don't forget to save the knobs off old furniture if the piece gets taken apart or is no longer usable. 

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Whatever Happened With The Bead Board Wall?

This is a story that starts with "Long, long ago there was a girl who wanted a cabinet/bead board wall to block the view from the front door..."

The cabinet/bead board wall got built a long while ago, but we planned to paint it when we finished framing all our windows too. 

The idea was we would frame the rest of the windows, then have all the window frames, bead board wall, and all of our trim professionally painted in the same color.

While waiting for that to all come together, I started trying out different chalk paint colors trying to pick the "perfect" color...yeah, like that will ever happen!

Finally, the bead board wall-side of the built-in cabinet got painted this summer when Middle Daughter visited. If I haven't mentioned it before, she's a GSD (Get Sh*t Done) type girl!

So much has been going on around here medically that I never got around to showing that pretty painted wall. 

Even today, we spent almost the whole day at an Emergency Room with my 95 year old father-in-law going through a whole litany of scans, X-rays and tests. 

Someday the bead board wall will be the same color as the front door, but for now I'm just happy that it has paint on it!

Here is a picture taken from the front door. As you can see, the view from the front door no longer allows you to see all the way through the house, which means we have a lot more privacy.

I would still like to add a high shelf and a row of hooks to the bead board wall, but for now it passes as finished if we sell the house before we add anything more to it.

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