Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Putting a Face to a Name...

Milha and I met working in the operating room in 1981.  Our love of surgery, particularly orthopedic surgery, forged a fast friendship that has only grown deeper through the decades.  She is among a small hand full of people I call fr-amily (friends who became family).  I came to love Johhny because I loved Milha.  Now, I love him just because he's Johnny.

You never imagine in all the years working in surgery... doing orthopedics... that someone you care for will become the one bearing the diagnosis of bone cancer... or any cancer for that matter.  Somehow, it seems you should get a pass when you spend your working-years trying to put people back together again.  There is no pass.  

Johnny's cancer has proven relentless.  Not responding to aggressive therapies, he is waiting to be placed in a trial study at M. D. Anderson.  It doesn't start until mid-September.   Once again, I ask for your prayers.  I have personally felt the "holding up" of your prayers.  My friends need your "holding up". 

Thank you.  From the bottom of my heart.

"But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal Life."    Jude 20-21

With gratitude and blessings ~ tanna

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Ranunculus; Lone, Late Blossom; and First Sign

This is the little top I finished last week post blocking.  Love. Love. Love this pattern!!  It is Ranuculus by Midori Hirose.  Worked from the top down, there are 276 projects (at this time) of it on Ravelry and I've loved it in every weight yarn I've seen.

Details on Ravelry here. 

Once in a Blue Moon, there will be a pattern I will love doing more than once.  I'm already on the second one and planning a third!  At this point, I'm in a holding pattern on #2.

I'm STUCK here until I receive a rescue package from a fellow Raveler!  Thought I might be able to eek it out with the skeins of this Noro Shirakaba (discontinued) from my stash, but NOPE (you can see I even considered a contrasting band... not working for me)!!  Thank heavens for ladies who list their stash on Ravelry and are willing to part with some of it!!   My hat is off to Mary of Arizona!  Yarn is on the way.  THANK YOU!!

This week a very LATE and LONE blossom appeared on my gardenia.  Feels like a sign...  I'm just not sure what it's a sign of... yet.

And, the first makings of blossoms on my sedums have appeared... their lavender beauty shines as September rolls through... my first sign that fall is not far behind... Oh, how quickly this summer has passed.

"The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference." ~ Audre Lord

blessings ~ tanna

Monday, July 31, 2017

At the speed of light... Carpe Diem!

Seems the time is passing at the speed of light... Summer is always like that for me.  Winter, well it can seem to drag on and on...   ;)

There were zoo visits...

Sweet smiles...

Golf with my Little Men and their Daddy...

More zoo visits...

Road trips with my Beloved...

Plane trips with strangers... Ha!!  Just the pilot.  Though we were acquainted after my first "co-piloting" experience!

A girls' trip to Colorado...

Man, was that cool weather NICE!!!  We played golf, hiked, and...

River rafted!  That last green cap on the left is yours truly paddling madly.  Our guide had a boat load of grannies.  LOL!  Feisty grannies.  ;)

Enjoyed my Beloved's first round of golf since his back surgery in May!!  Celebration!

And just finished this!  A little sweater top straight off the needles... not even cut loose from the skein yet!  LOL!  Love this pattern.  More details to come.

I hope each of you are in full carpe diem mode, too!!  Life's shorter than we imagine.

I'd deeply appreciate your continued prayers for our friends, Johnny and Milha.

Until things slow down, may the Lord bless and keep you ~ tanna

Friday, June 16, 2017

Junior Golf Camp - Summer Fun

We've had a busy and fun week around here.  And, apparently our little visitors are finally worn out enough that I have no early risers this morning (just enough time for a quick post)!!  Ha!  It has been Golf Camp every morning; and man, oh, man, has it been HOT for the little guys!  Summer really hit this week!

But, then, there was pool time for cool down in the afternoon!.

They've been working on their swimming skills...

 As well as their golf skills!  This will be the last morning for Golf Camp.  I think they're ready!  Ha!

I do so love me some Little Men Love.

I hope each of you are having a busy, fun start to summer, too!!

blessings ~ tanna

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Good, The Bad, and The UGHHHH...

The Good of this story is the finished product of Lost in Time.  I love its big old softness!  Like a giant colorful hug.

I finished it a couple of weeks ago, but we have been in a frenzy of activities...

A couple of birthday celebrations, a wedding, a couple of golf tournaments and TWO Old Girls to made ready and re-lease.  Plus, several other fun and not fun things.  You know how that goes.

So, here's The Bad... or sometimes I don't think it's too bad... then, again, I do.  Since our LYS closed, I find myself ordering stuff online... like this kit from Lion Brand, Shaded Eyelets.  I'm pretty sure I would never have picked these colors on my own... Sometimes, I hate them.  Sometimes, I think they will be okay.

Either way, it has gotten me to knitting again.  The Rabbit Hole of Crochet has held me hostage.  Ha!  I even resorted to getting out my Old School rosewood straight needles (long weaned off to circular lace-tips) to tempt me and change things up.  I had forgotten the nice feel of these.  Do wish I were more excited about the project.  ;)

Then, there is The UGHHHH!  Not too bad all rolled up...

But, I just DO NOT like this one.  Too much contrast, too quickly.  I had so enjoyed the two other colorways of this Shawl in a Ball yarn.  But, this one is just UGHHH!

Hope you are all having wonderful, busy summer days!  I love how long the days are but still need longer ones (IF I had the energy!  Ha!).

blessings ~ tanna


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