Family This and That….

What a whirl it’s been…I had doctor appointment last week and this week.  Karl came home Saturday.  Kelli was home over the weekend.  Kalissa, Craig and Carver were home over the weekend too.

Getting back to cooking for more was a bit of a challenge but I’ve been doing okay.  Kalissa helped with the cooking which was awesome.

We’ve been busy doing some of our favorite family things….  Playing cards.  Karl and Craig both love playing cards…Hubby and I do too.  When Kelli was here she took my spot.

Our game of choice is 500.


Kalissa is not a card player.  I’m trying to teach Carver early on.
But first he needs to know his numbers.  So far he can recognize 2’s and 3’s and hearts.  We’ll keep working on him.
On Sunday night I was on a roll with great cards…See? Continue reading

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My Friday….

Last week was a whirlwind for me.
Monday-work
Tuesday-Doctor
Wednesday-Doctor
Thursday-Work
Friday-Off for Funeral

My sister-in-law’s father passed away.  He had a stroke back when my dad had a stroke.  My dad passed away after his…her dad has lived 10 years with the aftermath of his stroke.  He lost his voice as well as ability to move freely…what a trooper to have fought through that for 10 years!!

It was both a happy and sad day for the the family and we wanted to be there with them…so off we went to Minnesota.

I took some paper piecing with to do along the way.  The road was bumpy and it was hard to attach these to the large block.  I gave up on attaching them and decided to just make more and more and more of these three piece units.


It was good to hang out with family.  I got all of the “how are you doooing?” questions.  It’s the question all people with cancer dread.  (I probably shouldn’t say that…I know I dread it-others might like it)  Coming from my family, it’s all okay.  I know they truly care about me.

This has happened several times to me since I told everyone that I have a cancer return …I am asked the dreaded “how are you doooing?” question.  I say “great”…the person says, “well I read the blog and know about ‘the’ cancer”.  So “how are you doooing?”.   I said I feel great….and I do.  I said I am so blessed, I have no symptoms at all…and that’s the truth.  I do feel great.

My goal through ALL of this cancer stuff is NOT to be defined by ‘the’ cancer.  I am still Jo.  I am Jo first and foremost.  Cancer is just a secondary thing.  I am so much more than cancer.

I do know when people ask that, they are trying to show their concern…I know that everyone means well…it’s still hard sometimes.

I was explaining this all to Kalissa and she said she totally understands because people ask her, “how is your mom doooing?”  She said that she knows they ask in regards to cancer when they say that.

We tried to think of another way people could ask and we decided it’s better to be upfront and say, “I’ve heard you’ve been doctoring.  I’m sorry to hear that.”  Then the person with cancer can chose to talk about it or not.  This way the person is not forced to talk about it…and the person knows that you care rather than just trying to catch the latest gossip.

Enough about that….Back to my Friday story.

I was the driver on the way home.  Hubby was up at 3:30am so he could do chores before leaving for the funeral.  He’s a good car sleeper so I drove to let him take a nap.

His nap was cut short as we stopped at Menards.  We needed some more shelving.  We need something in the basement to hold some of the things waiting to go to the antique booth.  We also checked out a few other things…


After that, we stopped at Staples and look what happened!!  I got a coil binder put on the String Frenzy book.  YAHOO!!  I love a coil binding.  It was $6ish.  I don’t remember exactly.


After that we stopped to eat at the bar in Ionia.  The food there is really good.  They make the best Reuben sandwich.  See the hodge-podge basket?  Continue reading

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Stash Report

I hit up the thrift store….There wasn’t a lot of fabric there but what was there I was pretty sure I could use.  Kalissa was with me.  We were both looking for things for the antique booth.  Neither of us had much luck so I ventured over where the crafts are.

I picked out these things.
I was thrilled….the fireman fabric on the left is flannel.  There’s 1/3 of a yard.  I was thinking about making some burp cloths for Kalissa’s new baby with that.

The purple looked perfect for a charity quilt backing.  I wasn’t sure how much was there.  It felt like at least three yards and that would do a baby quilt for sure.  I got it home and there were FOUR yards for $1.50!!  The piece on the left was 3 yards for $2.  Both great deals.

From there I drifted off to the toy section.  Kalissa came and found me.  She had this in her hand…  Continue reading

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