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Accepting my diagnosis of breast cancer

Everything happened so fast, not even a week after I saw Dr Carla to when I had my biopsy. Looking back at my notes, I see that there was a period of about five days after the biopsy that I didn’t do anything. That is because I was waiting for the results from the pathologist. I fully expected him to tell me that it wasn’t DCIS and only calcifications. My brain shut off as the Dr Sanchez explained that the cells were definitely DCIS and I had cancerous cells in the margins too.  He assured me that DCIS is 100% curable with surgery. I decided at that moment that I would have a tram flap reconstruction immediately after my surgery. The first of my expectations that had to go.  Doctor Sanchez said that he didn’t recommend it being done that way. I asked for a second opinion from another pathologist. Two days later, I dropped off my slides and paraffin ...

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Hugs and Kisses afghan pattern

I want to share the crocheted  Hugs and Kisses afghan  pattern  for the afghan that we’re raffling off for the Kids with Cancer Project.  Unfortunately, it occured to me after the fact that people may want to make one of their own so I didn’t take notes on the variations that we did. This is more a template than an actual pattern, however, if you are an intermediate crocheter you should have no problem adapting it. All the patterns that we used specified a heavier weight yarn  than the baby weight that we decided on. I used a size 4mm and BK who crochets looser used a size 3.75. Consequently, our squares measured more like 9 1/2 inches, once again I didn’t take notes. Therefore if you live in a colder climate, you may want to use sport weight yarn and your afghan will come out bigger. Having had the afghan on my lap while I joined the squares I can ...

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Sifting out the secret to growing big ferns.

Ferns and palm trees spell the tropics to everyone, I dream of a garden with huge lush ferns everywhere. I found the secret to growing big ferns on pinterest. Reading the article I learned; ferns like moisture, check, that is’t a surprise; ferns need excellent drainage, most plants do, nothing new; ferns will grow to fill their pots, I never gave that much thought.   I have several many an overwhelming amount of  ferns, 2 types of asparagus ferns, artillery ferns, sword ferns, and Boston ferns I even have fern whose name I don’t know.  I like to grow Bostons in shallow pots, so I looked for larger pots in the shed. All the hanging pots in my stash are too small unless I wanted to divide the ferns. My goal being growing big ferns, not having a bunch of small ferns, I looked for an alternative. Looking around, I ruled out recycling anything I already had.  Sometimes, even I just ...

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DIY self watering planter

DIY self watering planter  tutorials are all over the internet. Ever since I learned about the EarthBox® Green Container Gardening System I’ve wanted some for our roof garden. Amazon sells a 12-Inch Self-Watering pot for a very reasonable price. However, in tune with goal of using what I have and DIYing my life. I decided to make my own. Wild Bill has several on his roof that gave me a severe case of garden envy. His containers were made using 5 gallon buckets. Since he’s an engineer, he also made some refill automatically when the water level drops. I went out and priced 5 gallon buckets, I already had a few in my possession. I got excited in Home Depot when I saw a $29.99 mxn (about$2.50 usd) sign plastered on a stack of buckets, until I realized that was the price just for the lids! I can’t remember the price on the buckets themselves but it was enough that I decided ...

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Somebody please explain it to me

As a procrastinator on a professional level,I do a lot of web surfing. I like to blame it on Pinterest, but pinning just makes it seem more like I am accomplishing something. I have ways to justify my habits, I am doing research, I am refining my tastes, and I am learning new things. Mostly, I just lose track of time, my sense of time is not good. I can be on time, I can stick to a schedule but I have no way of judging how long something will take or did take unless I use a watch. Back to my theme. I keep seeing blog posts and pins that I don’t understand. The bleach pen phenomena for instance. There seems to be a trend to stencil or draw on clothing with a bleach pen. Admittedly, it is a cool looking effect. But, here is my problem, it’s BLEACH. You know the stuff that rots fabric even burns holes if ...

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The sad decline of Mr. Dog

I’m distracted by Mr. Dog and his rapid decline, but I can’t do anything about it. He was up all night, rearranging our service porch. He managed to knock a sheet of plywood down and then tracked poop all through the house. I can’t get mad, it just makes me incredibly sad. There is nothing that can be done. He is at least 16 years old and has lived a wonderful and interesting life. I can only guess what his life was like before we adopted him, but I can’t imagine him having been mistreated, his personality is too sweet. Thirteen years ago, I wanted a dog, Husband grudgingly agreed. My rounds of shelters and city pounds began, as I searched for a dog that fit my criteria. After the first couple of rounds, Husband took to waiting in the car, he couldn’t face all those  sad dogs, cats and puppies without wanting to take them home. Several candidate canines ...

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Not an everyday walk in the park

My friend, Cherie Pettillo, sent me this video link. It made me smile, especially the eyes glowing in the dark. I hope it makes you smile too! The music is cheery too. Also if you aren’t already reading her weekly column in the Yucatan Times, you really should check it out! This week’s column can be read here. In addition to Cherie,I am very fortunate to be able to count among my friends some absolutely awesome and inspiring women. Two of which just had books published recently! Dr. B, Lorraine Baillie Bowie,Ph.D., just released a new book, the first in a series,The Science of Finding Love That Lasts! It is so insightful that I wish I could buy everyone I know a copy. Maryetta Ackenbom, who has had many short stories published, just came out with her first full length novel, Georgia’s Hope. Writing like Maryetta’s doesn’t happen by accident, she is a master of her craft and this novel is fabulous!  After ...

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Random tutorial generator

In case you get really bored, I thought I would share a new link, The Random Tutorial Generator. Husband and I were having a great time inventing random tutorials. Here is a partial list. How to bath a camel Learn COBOL programing Make your own dried spices Esperanto for you You and your elephant Weaving a dog hair blanket How to fake narcolepsy and get out of boring meetings Orthographic projection for dummies Klingon  for travelers Just some random nerdyness to brighten your morning…

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Somebody please explain it to me.

As a procrastinator on a professional level,I do a lot of web surfing. I like to blame it on Pinterest, but pinning just makes it seem more like I am accomplishing something. I have ways to justify my habits, I am doing research, I am refining my tastes, and I am learning new things. Mostly, I just lose track of time, my sense of time is not good. I can be on time, I can stick to a schedule but I have no way of judging how long something will take or did take unless I use a watch. Back to my theme. I keep seeing blog posts and pins that I don’t understand. The bleach pen phenomena for instance. There seems to be a trend to stencil or draw on clothing with a bleach pen. Admittedly, it is a cool looking effect. But, here is my problem, it’s BLEACH. You know the stuff that rots fabric even burns holes ...

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Let there be light

Spinning out of control the globe flung itself downwards, shattering like Humpty Dumpty never to be put back together again. Hearing it’s explosive finish, we hurried into the dining room to find it scattered over the table.I have the world’s best bad luck, no one had been eating at the time. Our bedroom ceiling fan came crashing onto down onto the foot of our bed during the day, once again no one was in the room. Since this is about ceiling fans not cars, I will save the story about my clutch cable for another day. I have what I call mitigated bad luck, if it had happened to someone less fortunate it would have been worse. Just call me Lucky. When we were remodeling our house, I insisted that I wanted a pretty ceiling fan with a light. After pricing my dream fan, we bought a Hampton Bay fan at Home Depot. It had the requisite light. Two important ...

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