Thursday, October 4, 2012

BSE and TSE why do them???

To the gents in cyberspace who may be reading this it is info for you too so you can keep that lucky lady (or significant other) in your life with you longer and healthier. You also should read down to the very bottom as there is important information for you too. I bet you all already knew that October is breast health awareness month but did you do your BSE(Breast Self-Exam) this month? If not, do it now. Also 99% of 'funny lumps' are NORMAL so don't freak if you have a few of them in your normal breast. 

Here is some startling information:

If a woman does a yearly or occasional breast self-exam or their significant other feels the mass it is typically the size of a lemon and stage IV. The long term prognosis is not at all favorable.

If a doctor on an every 3-5 years basis breast exam discovers the lump it is about the size of a ping pong ball and stage III. The long term outlook is not good.

If a woman does a yearly or bi-yearly (every 1-2 years) mammogram the cancer is about the size of a grape and typically stage II. The long term prognosis it typical pretty good.

Now the big zinger...If a woman does a monthly breast self-exam the lump is typically the size of a grain of rice and early stage I...this is curable with a small incision to remove 3/4 to 1 ounce of tissue. No Chemo no radiation...just continue to do breast self-exams every month and yearly checkup with her doctor.

The advantage to knowing what your breast is normally is huge. I recommend every woman over 13 do a BSE (Breast Self-Exam monthly) For women who are postmenopausal pick one day a month (The first, the last, your birth day number...just pick) and do your BSE that day every month. You will learn what is normal for your breast so when you discover something "different" you can get it checked sooner. If you are between 13 and menopause choose the day after your period ends. Your breasts are the least sensitive then and you can feel for different things without any discomfort.

Now I said there is information for the gents in the group but ladies keep reading too as you want to keep the gents in your life longer and healthier too...Remember 99% of 'funny lumps' in the testicles are just 'funny lumps' not cancers.

Gents after your shower do a TSE (Testicular Self-Exam) and a BSE (yes a Breast Self-Exam). Yes you need to do that monthly too...a good time to pick is the day your lady does her BSE.

If a doctor finds a lump on the testicle because you got 'hit below the belt' and you discover something the mass will be about the size of 2 grains of long grain rice side by side and be a stage III cancer.
And the prognosis is not good at all.

If your doctor discovers a mass at a regular or occasional checkup the mass will about half size of a grain of rice and be stage II cancer and the prognosis is fairly good with the removal of the testicle.

If a man or his significant other discover the mass it typically is half the size of a grain of rice and will be stage I cancer and may not require the removal of the testicle.

Now also do a BSE as breast cancer occurs in men too and is 99% fatal as it is not diagnosed until late stage IV-V. If caught at stage 1 it is 99.99999999999999999999999999999999999% curable with a simple lump removal. Think about do the BSE! 

I hope you have read this far. If you need to know how to do a BSE or a TSE please email me and I will send 2 brochures (BSE and TSE) or contact your local cancer society or your primary care doctor. 

Now for the ladies and gents do a BSE, for the gents do a TSE also and for everyone make sure your significant other does the appropriate BSE and or TSE for themselves. 

Peace, Cynthia

Friday, July 20, 2012

Another shooting...what is this world coming to.....

First this is not a religious post.  I don't want the title getting messed with and misinterpreted.  I do not understand what makes people do this kind of thing.

Second, I am not in favor of how the NRA thinks every person should have easy access to guns to murder whoever they get in their sights.

Third, and most importantly, our thoughts and prayers (or the equivalent in your belief system) go out to the families of all involved.  Yes the family of the perpetrator needs our prayers too...I suspect the family is in need of help as well.  I think many of us could know someone who might have been in a theater to see a premier of the movie The Dark Knight Rises and we, undoubtedly, do not understand how the vicious attack could have any meaning.

I do not know how to respond to this horrible event.  Yes it recalls the mess in Littleton, Colorado's Columbine High School in April 1999...yes it has been 13 years since that event occurred.  No, it is not quite the same but by the same token it is a mass murder by someone who needed help to deal with life.

Lets all hug those we care about a little more often.  Peace, Cyn

Saturday, June 30, 2012

National Arsonists Day

I can hear you going "WHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTT is National Arsonists Day???????????"

Think of how dry the western part of the USA is right now.  Now think about Independence Day aka July 4....many people think this is a good excuse to buy and explode fireworks.  Fireworks....think about the first part of the word FIRE  yes fire and explode comes right before the word as in explode fireworks.  Explode means to spread the fire...with all the dry countryside in the western part of the USA right now exploding fireworks sounds more like arson to me.  Arson as defined by Encarta Dictionary: English (North America) arson means "crime of burning property" .  Unfortunately that will happen over this week when people become arsonists to "celebrate" July 4....Think about the irony there...burning the countryside to celebrate Independence...'nuff said.

I do hope everyone has a safe, fun, fire free week to celebrate the USA's Independence Day.

My heart goes out to all the people who lost homes (and possibly pets) to the fires in Colorado and all over the western part of the USA.

Peace, Cyn

not a pic of the earrings yet....

Sorry but I didn't get the earrings done in time for the wedding..(See previous post) But so goes life.  I also discovered that they missed getting all the security tags off my new dress (frown...sob ...cry) but that is life.  They got 2 of the 3...sheesh and the store security didn't go off either!!  so much for security....

I ended up buying a taupe/sand bolero type sweater to wear with the K-mart dress and it did ok...At least I had something to wear...

So goes life.  I will get the security tag removed on July 13 when I have to go back to OKC (Oklahoma City) for an allergy appointment.  I can't see spending a full tank of gas to get the tag removed since I won't need  the dress for awhile.

I have re designed the earrings twice...and this time added beads and it helps them a lot.  I will be posting a non-beginner pattern...It has only easy to do techniques but I don't want to spend the time writing it all out as a formal pattern at this point.  Look for the pattern later when I get the earrings done!

Peace, Cyn

Friday, June 15, 2012

new earring ideas....

My DH got 2 (awesome fitting) new suits.  No this is not an ad for them...On the way home he said he didn't like the dress I have to wear when we go out together (him in his new suit).  He said it looked like a K-Mart mark down (lol it was when I got it at K-Mart only $6 marked down from the marked down $12) he said lets see what we can find. The dress isn't bad just looks a bit less than it should when he is decked out in a new suit.   Right off you need to know some things...1 I am 62 and I do not fit in a size 14--haven't since middle school/Jr-hi school, I do not wear mini dresses...I prefer dresses that hit mid calf or lower and I do not do necks low enough to look into.  Now you know I struggle to find clothes.  I stopped into a (no it isn't an ad--ask privately if you need to know where) store and found 5 dresses that would fit my criteria--and me.  3 just did not look right on me.  Nothing wrong with them just not for me.  I found a beautiful blue quiet/background floral dress with a blue bolero type sweater. (original price out of my budget, markdown price at the top of my budget but additional markdown that I didn't know about until paying for the dress made it doable!!) Now the problem...LOL yes I still have a problem....I need to make more earrings! and maybe a anklet?? that will be if I have time.  I'm thinking of modifying the sunshine ones below to a more floral look and maybe a bit of a dangle type earring.  Look for the pattern eventually....Wedding of a dear friend (bagpipe player marrying a gal who doesn't want a tartan theme wedding--lol and she is marrying into his least she likes bagpipe music!) is Saturday at 6....I have time to get the earrings done...but must get busy.  Hope to post about them first of the week.

how to leave a I found it!!!

Dear friends, I have discovered how to add a comment to my blog...I mean how YOU can add a comment to just the bottom of each post there is a tiny message (0 comments)   just click on the word comments....It was not enabled as I obviously missed that when I started the blog--my apologies for those trying to post.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

help with adding comments bar

If anyone knows how...the nuts and bolts of adding a comments ability to my blog please let me know.  I thought I had it up but I don't see it...

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

For those of you who don't know about this....I know...lots of people already do ...but this petition needs enough signatures to make a million plus to get the attention of is the link:
There are many students looking at school loans that will be the full amount of their take home pay monthly for the first 10 working years--no money left for rent/food/transportation.....  Congress can do something about it but they are dragging their feet with the election coming in November.  Please help.  Thank you

Monday, June 11, 2012

Sunshine Earrings 20120611

 I know....I know... I am a terrible blogger.  If I don't have something done then I don't have anything to write about....I am still working on hat 2...I  put rosettes all around the top edge and it looks more like a cartoon fairy hat than something to wear every day.    Off came the rosettes and back to doing just the leaves.   I digress... back to the awesome pattern above!  

In the meantime an Big thank you to Melanie Cervi a tatting friend who shared the pattern with the online tatting class (see the original pattern here: Yes I made some changes...first the thread I was using tended to snap at very inopportune times...I think I could have made 6 pair in the time it took me to do two.   I quit trying to do the join between the just wasn't happening--I even tried hiding it under a bead...still no go.  Then the last ring/chain combination I made as mirror images (not silly mirrors but not quite exact either).  I am calling these earrings Sunshine Earrings as in real life the yellow that looks a bit tan is a sunshiny bright yellow.  The beads are a sparkly brass tone.  I will be wearing them to a wedding and reception this Saturday.  

Back for a moment to hat 2....the rosettes around the top of the crown made it look a lot like a dancing fairy hat from a cartoon....not bad...just not what I had in mind.  Off came the rosettes and now I am adding more leaves so it will be wide enough to fit my head.  Then down the sides....never fear the rosettes will migrate to the sides more of a hat band kind of thing just above the brim...yes the brim will be shade!

Peace and Happy tatting to all, Cyn

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cappry Corn

Hi everyone it is 20120211 and I got both the TIAS goats done from this year's fun and games...
Now you can read the name and groan or roll your eyes...CappryCorn pronounced like Capricorn...
It was fun to do.  They are going on my denim shirt from Palmettos.  I am thinking about making all the TIAS so far (Hippo, light house, rooster, airplane ) and putting them in alternating years up the sleeves leaving down the sleeves for additional years...

I forgot to click on "publish"  Peace, Cyn

Goodbye to a tattinggoddess

 It is with a sad heart I share the following information with you.Gina Brummet  passed away yesterday. She will be terribly missed. Most of us know her as Tattinggoddess,
The tatting world has lost a tattinggoddess and she will be missed.  

Rest in Peace Gina aka Tattinggoddess.

With a sad heart, peace, Cyn

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Cappry aka my Capricorn goat (Yes I am a capricorn--1/10, too) is waiting for the second one and they will both be added to the shirt I got at Palmettos Tat Days... The stringy thread at the bottom will be used to sew it on so I didn't bother hiding it.  The 2 goats Cappry and Corn (okay quit groaning....) will be on the sleeves just above the elbows.  I plan to do at least 1 full motif from each "event" I've attended--FLTS (Finger Lakes Tatting Seminar) aka Hector both plus this year, and the single time I made it to Palmettos so far and the TIAS in 2011 (rooster--my first TIAS)....So the fuller the shirt gets the more events I will have gotten to attend. The thread is Lizbeth 20 in Springtime.


Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Doug in his kilt

Doug was playing a wedding.  It was Hawaiian theme.  so I wore a denim skirt and was holding his stuff.  Ignore me...The good looking guy in the kilt is my hubby

Saturday, January 14, 2012

a scan of what I have done so far....

This is my practice piece for the month of January 2012--the stitches included are: Straight Stitch Family  that includes straight, fan, Holbien, back stitch and shapes made with straight stitches.  The red leaf laying on its side was supposed to look like it had a higher spot but it just looks silly to me.  the empty blocks on the right of the square targets are supposed to have pink parts.  Yes I didn't get any further before I had to post it for the embroidery class I am taking.  I have 2 more weeks to go on this part so we will see how much room I actually use up on this piece of aida 14 count.  The empty white space can be filled in and below the line could become the February part.  I will post as I get things done...(supposed to do it weekly for
the class) so everyone can see how it is going.

This is the first "block quilt" block that I have gotten done.  At least it shows the colors even tho it can't show all the block.  My scanner is only so wide.  I will eventually embroider over all the seams much like a crazy quilt and add tatting, ribbon, etc to the blocks.  So far the colors are lilac, light blue, red, orange, navy blue, azure (aka turquoise), leaf green, pink, and yellow.  If I run out I will add more gingham colors..I need 43 blocks like these (12X12) , 44 more blocks that will be solids or prints in the same colors (or 44 gingham and 43 solid/print). Plus the 12 monthly design blocks...(We get to do something with the stitches that were practiced each month) for a total of 99 blocks for an 9X11 (99 blocks) quilt that will cover our bed and hang down far enough to cover the mattress and springs.  I am thinking about doing the "practice" pieces somehow to make 2 pillow shams.   I am conflicted as they are just "practices" and not meant to be "used" but I don't want to waste the time, thread, aida cloth (Okay Grama Dean don't get huffy I won't waste them...[see previous post]) so I think they may become part of pillow shams as I will have 12 blocks in 12 colors it will look okay from that stand point.  Any ideas would be appreciated for how to do the pillow shams--they won't be done for at least 12 more months before I can even think of doing them....the quilt has to come first.

Peace, C

Friday, January 13, 2012

I have been encouraged to write about my great grandmothers quilt.  First off it was made in the late 1800's--probably 1875-1890) from flour sacks...yes cloth flour sacks that she acquired over time. A short--very short--version of the story of her life.  Skip down to the next paragraph if you don't want to read it and just read about the quilt...

My great-grandmother was born in Ireland in 1864...She came to the US on a sailing ship in 1868 and learned to write from a woman who asked that she write something every day...She first it was things like "I saw 3 birds today." and as she grew up the journal entries "grew up" too with messages about her life---the good and the bad.  She had more than a hundred journals at her death in 1968 just a few days before her 104th birthday.  I have had the privilege of reading most of her journals which are now archived and available only to family members or those with a reason to use them for research (I took notes as she was an incredible lady).  She lost everything in that house to a fire--the quilt was the one loss she grieved for the longest.  I do have her notes about the quilt pictures.

Now back to the quilt....she, my great-grandmother-Gertrude Dean,  was able to occasionally keep 1 flour sack for her quilt.  The rest were made into clothing for her husband, children and herself.  (Times were hard, money was tight, but as she said in the mid 1960's no one knew times were hard they just lived and enjoyed life as it came so don't pity her or anyone else of that time.)  She decided to learn to embroider...she wanted to make something "fancy" and not the plain, utilitarian things that she always had as something for her first "real house" (think walls with windows and a door, roof, kitchen/living room combination and 2 bedrooms--1 for she and hubby and 1 for the kids--all 5 of them) not the dugout shanty against a hill that they had lived in for years.  She would make a quilt for their bed. Yes it was still utilitarian but this one would be beautiful and have embroidery on it--she could dream of a fine house.  She found someone about 3 miles away and would walk over once every 2 weeks to learn a new stitch.  She could not go more often as work had to be done first and weather had to be taken int account.  She saved up for "real embroidery thread" by  using only half as much coffee (and only throwing out the grounds every other day) in each pot every day so she could save up for for a fine needle, thread and the highly desirable "real" hoop not stretchers made from tree branches.  Her quilt was coffee dyed cloth with white thread embroidery. Sewing thread was pulled from the sacks...but real thread or embroidery thread came in a skein and was 2 skeins for a penny.  The embroidery would be white on the ecru sacks--double thickness (both thread and sacks) for strength..  She would dye the sacks then boil them in the wash water to set the dye.  Each of her blocks (the quilt was 5 feet by 6 feet and her bed barely 4 ft across--mine will dwarf hers) would be a different stitch in a different design with any variations she could think up. Additional blocks would be from what was left after making clothing--pieced together and little designs stitched on each one.  We now have names for most of the stitches she used--she just called it "fine embroidery stitches".  She would not be pleased with my hand sewn seams..stitches were 10 or 12 to the inch--tiny and almost machine like when she did them even when she was in her 90's!  Mine are bigger and not even...lets not go there...

My quilt will have 12 blocks...12 colors...12 months...and also gingham blocks (see previous post for one) and maybe some additional blocks of a soft print in the same colors as the gingham (all the blocks will be 12X12 inches square when finished)...I do need 99 blocks for my queen size bed after all (9ft. X11ft. so it hangs over the edges and hides the box springs too--both sides and at the foot) .  I am using unbleached muslin for the embroidered blocks.  Embroidery thread ($0.40 each skein) in 12 different colors all store bought just for the about frivolous.  I am thinking about using my "practice pieces" as a basis for pillow shams--with tiny blocks of the additional fabric as edgings as needed.  I just can't shake the feeling that I should not waste any of the material!! Gertrude Dean would not tolerate waste...use it, re-use it, make do with using it some more--the original recycling concept!


Thursday, January 12, 2012

playing catch up still.....

Friends, as you know from my earlier post I had a rough week of driving to start 2012 off...That put me a week behind on my beginner Take A Stitch Tuesday...I am frantically trying to catch up and think by tomorrow I may be getting close...not fully caught up but close enough to not embarrass myself with a picture....well actually a scan of what I am doing...but for the time being...I want to show one of the quilt blocks... It needs to be ironed and is actually 12" by 12" so each of the gingham blocks is actually 4" square when sewn in...and the scanner didn't get all of it but you see the colors...

Yes I will be embroidering the block edges and adding some tatting as well.  Now for a bit more info on these blocks...There will be either 87 or 44 or 43 of the gingham blocks.  I am doing 12 additional "sampler" blocks of the stitches I am learning in the beginner TAST aka Take A Stitch Tuesday that are plain muslin with the embroidery on it...different color each month and new stitches as well that will be arranged on the top of the quilt.  I am considering making 43 or 44 of the blocks the same basic color but with a polka dot or a small the same colors as the gingham blocks.  I have looked at the store and can find only 2 colors in the polka dots--red and navy blue but all except orange and navy blue with the a tiny floral pattern that will be a nice change of pace.  But  I will be working on this project for a full year plus so don't expect fast decisions or postings.  I am expected to post progress weekly so I ~will~ do that...LOL.  I like the gingham but think a queen size quilt 9 blocks across the bed by 11 blocks long might need some other blocks to set it off a bit more.  It is not a crazy quilt but a block quilt.  As I said it is a work in progress....we'll see how it goes.  I would call the quilt a "Sampling of embroidery quilt" if I had to give it a name. 

A quick summary of the blocks as that can make it easier to visualize:  12 Sampler embroidered  blocks with 12 different colors (red, red-orange, orange,  yellow orange, yellow, yellow green, green, blue green, blue, blue violet, violet and red violet--1 color per block basically  with 3 a dark, medium and light of each color to highlight different effects). Next on the hit parade is the gingham blocks.  If I don't have enough material of these colors or can't get one (or more) of the colors I will add an additional color as needed to make  all the blocks.  That is why I am also considering adding a quiet floral or polka dots as 12 inch blocks too.  I need a total of 99 blocks (12 sampler and 87 other blocks).  Thoughts of others are nice but realize this is "MY" quilt.  ( Sorry a bit of ego sneaked in...)
Peace and hugs

Friday, January 6, 2012

2012 Welcome to the New Year

Welcome to 2012  a new year and a new attempt at doing this blog...hopefully better or at least more often than in the past.

In December as I was making bad lazy daisies around all the birthdays and anniversaries in my family (sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews as well as immediate family) on cloth calenders...I made a crazy 2012 I would learn to do embroidery better and correctly.  I joined a group and I must post to them weekly...this blog may benefit if nothing more than duplicate posts...

Each month (yes all 12!!) we will be learning a new stitch and some variations on it.  January is Red and the stitch is the seed stitch aka straight stitch aka running stitch.  The trick is to make them even and have them look good.  I should post again on Saturday...if I get it done on time...I may have to play catch up next week with 2 posts...hmmmm (already behind....sheesh and it is only 6 days into January).  The rest of the month is devoted to variations or so I think...

On December 23 we headed to my MIL's for a Christmas gathering with all Doug's siblings and families.  It was a good Christmas...a bit non traditional as we did presents on Thursday the 29th and had chili for dinner.  Beth was able to join us from Bismarck ND--a long solo drive for her.  On Dec 30 Beth headed toward our house in Stillwater OK (She wanted to spend new Years eve with a friend in north Oklahoma.) and we headed out on the 31st.  We had awesome weather for driving except for about 2 hours of misty rain right at the start.  We arrived home on Jan 1 about 3 AM  slept awhile and started helping pack all Beth's stuff from her rental storage into her truck, a UHaul trailer, our truck and brought everything to the house including her 16 ft fishing boat.  On January 2 we headed out for Bismarck ND as a parade....LOL  Alright make it a caravan...truck with boat (trailer) then truck with UHaul trailer....we made it to Bismarck in time to get the boat to a new storage place, unload the trailer and get it returned to a UHaul rental place, get the paperwork all straight for her apartment and have dinner on the 3rd.  We were exhausted....totally EXHAUSTED!  We got Beth's bed set up and we (Doug and I) went to sleep.  Beth on the other hand...emptied her truck and set up a cot.  Energy of a young adult as compared to us older parents--we remember when we could have done that too...On the morning of the 4th we headed back to Stillwater...made it to Concordia KS before getting too tired to continue.  Arrived in Stillwater about 2:30 in the afternoon on the 5th.  I learned 2 things...First,  I am too old to drive that far (5 1/2 days with no days off) and Second, driving past 10 PM is insane no matter when you got up.  According to Map Quest it is 3136.79 miles We did it in 5.5 days!!!

The above paragraph is why I am behind with my embroidery class.  Life happens...  

On a side note the UHaul place had a B-AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-D day on the 3rd.  At about 4 in the afternoon one of their big commercial trailers came loose from the Semi/Tractor on the interstate and they were busy until well after dark cleaning it up.  The only good one was killed....stuff can be replaced.  I actually felt sorry for them.  They happened to stop by the office as we were trying to drop off the little rental trailer...5X8 not the huge thing they were dealing with.  They said they would do the paperwork in the morning.  I hope the rest of 2012 goes a lot better for them! (And for everyone!!!)

Peace, Cyn