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Good friend NJ is visiting from Missouri this week. We are doing all of the New Orleans/Mardi Gras things and having some really good food, too. I'm about ready to drop. Later this morning we're heading out to visit a couple of plantations along the River Road, Laura and Oak Alley, with lunch at Oak Alley. Have seen three parades, one at night. We took our folding chairs and cameras and were not calling out to have beads tossed to us, but we ended up with so many that we called Lloyd to come down with a bag to pick up us -- the beads were so heavy on our necks that it was difficult to walk! I guess that puts a pin in the rumors that one has to lift one's shirt to attract the bead throwers ... heehee heee :lol:

In our ramble though the French Quarter a few days ago, we found a second shop that carries miniatures. NJ found a New Orleans newspaper to add to her collection.

Edit: forgot to mention that I found a linen handkerchief with blue stripes that will make into nice kitchen window curtains and a lace-edged antimacassar that will make into a lovely bedcover in an antique shop in Ponchatoula a few days ago. :) Also, saw some old dollhouses but was not moved to rescue any of them.

Too much else going on in my head to take on another project. After making the small wall hanging out of punched out sheets from the Beacon Hill, I'm thinking to make a larger one from other sheets and sandwich them with plexiglass, upon which I can paint stuff that will appear through the openings in the sheets. I know, sounds, kooky, but I can see it so clearly in my head and it's fighting to get out. The inspiration for this variation came from a visit to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, where there is a nice collection of folk and outsider art.

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DH & I figured our timing was bad for visiting NO! But one of the best parts was SO good that when we went to buy groceries this week ASA I found the file powder I hit the fresh seafood HARD and we are now eating GUMBO! Kathie, that was the thing DH talked about on the way home! Now I'm waiting for baguettes to go on sale so I can whomp up some good ol' bread pudding!

I do have enough from the most recent loaf to make pain perdu fot breakfast this week...

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Just saw Joannie's post :kicking: I'm so sorry you lost your husband, hon. Yep, we better all give our our Other Half an extra squeeze. They're still with us.

I hope things get easier for you. What a sad cross to bear.

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Today was project day at school, so I brought pieces in to prime while the children worked on their projects. They really enjoyed seeing me working on mine and wanted to know more about building doll houses. I will have to make a point of bringing it in to school a few more times while I work on it so they can see the process.

So now I have the roof front and back, and the dormer pieces primed and a base coat of white on top of that. I need to get the interior side of these pieces painted before putting on the roof. I should be able to assemble the roof this weekend... exciting!

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Today the mailman delivered a book i ordered: making miniature furniture by john davenport.

have been reading since and just finished reading the book.

i like it!

now the tv is on, in the background i hear dogwhisperer Cesar Milan, meanwhile i am checking the dh forums :kicking:)

a day could be worse :p

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We brought my 17 year old son home from the hospital today.

Last Thanksgiving weekend he told me he had a lump on his throat. The doctor confirmed it was a cyst. He's an ear nose & throat specialist, and he did the surgery in early January, everything went perfectly, there were no complications.

The cyst saved my son's life. The routine biopsy showed there were a few cancerous thyroid cells deep inside the watery cyst.

Jake underwent 6 hours of surgery on Wednesday to remove his thyroid and some of his lymph glands. Everything went very well. Jake's always been quite strong and according to his doctor and the nurses he's doing just fine.

My son has been coping with everything remarkably well, though this past week has been especially hard for him. I've been trying to keep him watching movies on Netflix as much as possible. He says when he's watching something good on TV he forgets about everything and feels much better.

He's been been under a lot of stress even without medical complications. he's a senior in high school, was worried about his college application, etc. Luckily, since he had no idea what he wanted to major in, he had already decided that commuting to U of Southern Maine would be a good idea, at least for the first year anyway. I don't think I could have coped with him going hundreds of miles away under these circumstances, I'm glad he had no desire to go away right now.

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I am glad the surgery went well and that Jake is doing well. What luck they found the cancer when they did! Will he have to have any follow-up radiation or is he done now that he has had the surgery?

Sending him prayers and lots of healing energy. It's tough enough to go through all of this, but there is plenty stress enough in the senior year.

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On a better note, although Jake's throat still really hurts from the tube that was down his throat during surgery, his appetite is starting to come back and he managed to eat a big bowl of Lipton chicken noodle soup for dinner. It did take him about 45 minutes to do it though.

Next he will tackle a small piece of his favorite triple chocolate layer cake.

His stitches are coming out on Tuesday.

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My son is 20. Reading your post just brought a quick burst of tears to my eyes while I was sitting here at work ('course, maybe that's what I get for reading GL instead of working). I will hug mine a little tighter the next time I see him.

I'll pray for Jake but will also pray for your peace of mind. If you're anything like me, you'd rather the Lord punish you with a thousand years of suffering rather than your baby go through 1 minute of pain or fear (and they are our "babies" until the end of time).

I'm so glad he's home and doing better. There's no better medicine than Mom.

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I hope he continues to get better Grazhina. I will keep him in my thoughts.

On a more mundane level, we have had another snow dump up here on Boxer Hill late yesterday and last night. With the wind the drifts up against the house were two to three feet and the pups are having a bit of cabin fever. This past week we had several days of warm weather and much of the last snow had melted and they were enjoying some time exploring the woods out back of the house. I was in mud removal mode both for the dogs and the house, but it never got to the point where they were tracking it into the house. We spent most of the weekend doing some major prep in terms of grocery shopping and replenished the pantry that got depleted over the past couple of months. I also found a couple of TV wheeled tables at Wally world to use as display/work tables for current projects, one that is finished and one that will need to be moved so that I can complete the Rik Pierce piece I am scheduled to do in Chicago next month. I am at a waiting stage on the MTC since DH must cut a larger base for the basement and landscape buildup before I can add the cottage and tower. He needs to open the garage door so that he can get his power saw out and do the cutting. Needless to say that will be a couple of days.

The newest member of our family, Brady Boxer, has continued to delight and warm our hearts. DH has absolutely fallen in love with this long legged handsome guy. Under the terms of our adoption contract we (Brady and I) must attend an obedience training class to "bond and insure he has manners, sadly a step too many owners fail to do with their dogs. Fortunately this is not a problem with this boy who has impeccable manners, he is the star of his class. We still cannot fathom why whoever lost him made no effort to find him and bring him home. On a sadder note, his leg injury is going to be an expensive fix for a torn crusciet (sp?) ligament in his rear leg "elbow". We have seen the specialist and scheduled his surgery for next month after I get back and can take care of him properly.

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I am in a BAD mood today. B) I hate being in a bad mood. But, for some reason, being in a real bad mood puts me in the mood to clean. So I've dusted most of the dining room, the living room, MY side of the bedroom, and Brennen's room. Cleaned the kitchen. I pulled some weeds and picked up some sweet gum balls in the yard. And moved my old PC into Brennen's room. Still debating if I want to now move the Mac onto the cleared off computer desk. I also pulled all the furniture out of the Beacon Hill and dusted, then packed all the furniture away.

Hope I get happier soon. :wave:

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Kathie, you took the words right out of my mouth!lol

We got an invitation a couple of days ago to go play in our kayaks, so this AM we met up with a bunch of our paddling buddies and spent most of the day paddling 10 miles of the Chipola River and then all went out to dinner at Sonny's. DH & I have sore pushing muscles (it's the way you correctly paddle a kayak) but we had gorgeous weather and beautiful spring greenery! I wish the same for all y'all suffering with Winter storms.

Thursday we're off for a week at the beach hiking in the sand; the Panhandle Trace Hike is next month and the first three days are spent hiking from Ft Pickens through Navarre to East Bay, so lots of hiking on sand.

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Heya Graz

Ack, I don't often come down to this forum, so I just found your post about your son. I'm so sorry he's had to go through all this, and as a senior in high school, too..a time that should be fun and exciting..what a bummer.

He's in good hands though, I can tell. As someone else said, Mom's the best medicine other than the surgery stuff docs have to do.

Here's hoping that you don't have any more nasty stuff to deal with, and that his senior year ends on a really high note! You take care of yourself too..make sure you get enough rest, ok?

Hugs

J

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Thanks Jeremy, Jeanne, and Jenny, Jake is getting back to his old self.

He's always been the kid who had a ready smile for me every day, and for a while there he was deeply depressed. He's doing so much better.

On a happy note, his big sister was in the audience for a taping of the Martha Stewart Spring Wedding show, boy was she tickled to death to be going. She wrote about it on her blog. I don't know what she liked best, the show, or shopping for quilt fabrics in Soho. She'll be calling me tonight after work.

I wonder if the link to Ashley's blog works....I've been having trouble with my links here lately.... If it doesn't, someone let me know, ok? I checked it, seemed ok to me.

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Link works great! Lovely quilts :wave:

6 more days of work, 3 this week, 3 next. Whoohoo!!!

This morning I dusted and straightened up the Willow. It still needs plenty done on it, mainly the outside (still not sure about that) and accessories inside. But looks like a house inside again rather than a jumble. Next I'll have to do the same for the Mornington Mews house which has been moved around a lot in the last month and therefore is a definite jumble!

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Tomorrow is pi day. So I'm working on making pi shirts for both boys to wear to school tomorrow. On pi day they are allowed to wear homemade shirts and jeans instead of their uniforms. Fun! I love looking through math shirts on the internet, there are so many good ones! I wish I could wear a pi shirt to work. Hmmm... Maybe I'll ask.

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B) Tracy! We celebrate Pi day, too! DS has a Pi shirt from ThinkGeek.com and I'm sure he will be wearing it tomorrow. Are you making pie? I have to work, so not sure if it will happen unless the kids do it. Maybe we'll order pizza for dinner. :wave:

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