Bee's Hive

Monday, July 6, 2015


My friends from HGTV made me a lap quilt...Monkey's!  They heard me say I like monkey's and they make me laugh...and boy I really need to keep laughing....also when you have Monkey's you need banana's!

One gal in Calif. who does Long arm Quilting offered to quilt the monkey's...beautiful!
Thank You Sue and Leona...and all the ladies who signed the quilt!

Sue lives in an area where there are lots of Artists...the card she sent is hand made and the pressed flowers are real....I love it!

Other then this wonderful surprise, it's been raining for days...the RA does not like the rain!!  Today I go for a Cat Scan and on Wednesday after the report is written, I go back to the Oncologist to decide if it is worth trying a new mix of Chemo or just not doing anything.  It became to dangerous to get anymore treatments because it dropped my blood count into a dangerous level.  I have to say I feel pretty good. They also changed my heart medicine since it had dropped my BP to 80 over 46....and I was feeling pretty dizzy.

I'm working on the wool cabin quilt. I have about 1/3 tied. Can't work on it too long because the thread makes my fingers sore. Then I'll be moving onto the flower garden quilt. I found it and opened it and was surprised that I had added the border and prairie points. I don't even remember doing it!  

So in between being sick, making it to the many doctor appt. and trying to over come the RA pain....I've been busy with quilts I've never finished. I'm hoping when I get them finished I can work on the 18 inch doll clothing. I have 2 sweet dolls that need wardrobes so they can be given to girls who have no dolls.   

Monday, June 15, 2015

Some beauty and a little news

The house is surrounded with very large plants that I thought were Agave until they grew stalks. Today in the cloudy, rainy dark day the stalks all bloomed! What beauty with some of these being well over my head. I love surprises!

The latest in medical news is that after twice having Chemo it's pretty clear that I can't do it. It drops my blood count into the danger zone.  The option is trying another mix which will most likely do the same or just do nothing. For now we are just doing nothing. I wish I had known this before I lost all my hair...but it is what it is. 

Then we have the heart rate being off and my legs and tummy filling with water...dangerous of course...they gave me too much water pills and that threw my blood count off and sent my blood pressure to 82 over 46. Now I do have low BP, but this is just too low for even me. Standing up was an issue, turning my head was an issue....I found out what a dizzy blonde is!  

With these two being off it put the blood thinner in a spin. The number was so high they were thinking about keeping me in the hospital...oh no, not again.  So right now we are playing with pill amounts. Every morning I get on the scale and call in to report this to the nurse. I've lost 40 pounds. Some of this is actually fat but a lot of it was water. They said I lost the water too fast. I can say they are right since I had elephant legs one day and 2 days later my own legs came back!  

So that's about it. My clothes are hanging on me like they belong to someone else. I still can't get my shoes on and feel good in them but just being able to get them on at all is a great improvement. My hair is still falling out and I'm still buying cute hats but I'm hoping this stops soon with no Chemo. 

This week I'm beading some of the caps I bought but next week I want to layer the wool quilt and get it tied and put away for my son Dave. Then, maybe I can work on the flower quilt. I also have a flower quilt that needs layering that was from our Russian friend, Roolen. It's been 3 years that I've planned on finishing this...sad that I put it off so long...but now is the time to just do it! 
 This is Roolens beautiful quilt

 and this is mine somewhere near the finish line

Thursday, June 4, 2015


Today I started off making Chocolate Chip cookies....until I dropped the full container of Eggs! Every egg broke open and every egg slid out of it's shell.  Finally after trying to get the egg junk up I went on the computer. A friend told me to use worked!

It took a couple of hours for me to clean it up and mop the floor. Everything is sifted and measured into bowls so tomorrow will be easy to put them together...and I will hold onto the eggs!

I did get the doll quilts finished and mailed today for "Get your Mrs. Claus on".

Time to start working on layering the wool quilt and getting it finished for Son. 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Starting over....again

I haven't written about the treatment because it wasn't going so good. After the second Chemo once again it dropped my blood count to a dangerous level. So I won't be getting this treatment again. I've been pretty sick for a week. Twice they wanted to put me in the hospital but couldn't tell me what they were going to do to me so I just worked out the side effects at home.

To top it off, finally someone at the heart group decided all the water in my "elephant" legs was from the A fib and most likely I had heart failure twice or maybe even 3 times. I never had cellulitis. The new heart group decided to remove the water with water pills. After a week I had lost over 30 pounds and my skinny legs looked and felt like mine again. The awful pain I had just standing up on them is gone!

That all sounds good but it wasn't. They removed the water too fast which caused my blood count to drop even lower and my blood pressure to drop to 66 over 40. All treatment has stopped and all pills stopped too. I'll be starting the pills again on Monday at half the dose.

I'm thinking they get one more chance to get it right and if they don't, I'll just live out what time I have and try to enjoy it.

I have planted a small garden and an herb garden. I had started lavender early in the house and it's doing really well outside now. So I do get in a few of the things I enjoy and my son's make my life rich. They just know when I need a laugh or a hug.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Gift's lift my spirit

I'm not even going to feel bad about getting gifts in the mail because they have pulled me through some pretty awful days. I got a package on Saturday but it had been a bad night and I wasn't feeling good at all so I put the box aside.

Today I felt much better so early this morning I opened it. From the address on the box I new it was from Debby. ( ) If you follow her you will remember the outfits she put together for her sister...classy, each having just the right accessory. The cute bright gift bag held a very soft straw hat. Not the kind you would do garden work in but the kind you wear to pull an outfit together. I just love it...Thank You Debby.

Of course she didn't stop there. She included a bracelet of pretty blue beads. I just bought new jeans and a yellow top and seersucker jacket in blue and yellow. My outfit for next weeks infusion has been pulled together!

I've noticed most of the women at the cancer center dress poorly, hang a rag on their head and their body language says they are sick. I have no idea why they want to look like this. I go once a week. Each time I go I dress for the appointment. I think it makes everyone a little more cheerful.

You can see how nice the bracelet goes with with jeans.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Hair...all gone

Well the new do didn't last long before hand fulls of hair began to fall out. Here is one of my caps...spider is Thanks to my friend Kathy!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

New hair do

It's time. Hair is starting to fall out and there is nothing I hate more then working around cooking with bad hair. I've been cutting it a few inches once a week to help me deal with looking at the new short or no hair look.  Today I went from this to this.........