Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Lemon Cream Pie Cheesecake Dip: a quick & easy dessert recipe for spring!  serve with graham crackers or nilla wafers
  • 1 8-ounce brick cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ Cup powdered sugar
  • 1 10-ounce jar lemon curd
  • 1 8-ounce container Extra Creamy Cool Whip
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a medium bowl using an electric hand beater, beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar on medium speed for 1-2 minutes, or until combined and creamy. Add the lemon curd and mix on medium speed until just combined.
  2. Fold in the Extra Creamy Cool Whip and transfer dip to your serving bowl. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Mixed stitch

I made my first mixed stitch blanket. 
Have wanted to make one for so long! 

I started following Cherry Heart's Crochet along, the Spice of Life 

I used worsted weight, because that's what I had on hand,  some brights Jill had left over. 
Added lavender, black and white.

Then I got bored with the pattern. 
Looked on pinterest for some other stitches.
I even started a Mixed Stitch board

I added a few more rows. And finally finished.  

It needs a wash or two and some fabric softener to make it cozy.

I like how it turned out. 

Thursday, March 10, 2016


I met with the orthopedic surgeon yesterday.
I was counting on not liking him and using that as an excuse to have it closer to home.
Too bad, I really liked him. LOL
And, honestly, I want a surgeon who specializes. 
He poked my shoulder,tested my strength , and range of motion. 
Went through my MRI, slice by slice, with me.
Answered all my questions.
 (and wasn't an ass about it like so many surgeons I have met the last few years.)
I told him I wanted to wait til after my 6 month check up, the first week in May.

He told me I have excellent range of motion now.
And it would take me up to a year to be back where I am now, after surgery. 
But with no pain.  ( If only he could get rid of neck pain too!) 

He told me it would be a long painful road, but in a year it will be worth it.
I hope so! Someday I will be a grandma and I want to be able to pick up those babies without wincing. 

Saturday, March 5, 2016


I was thinking....
I spent all my Christmas money on yarn.
Most years I spend my Christmas money on yarn.
I don't just have a stash. 
I have totes literally (!) piled to the ceiling.
Cotton. Super washable acrylic. Wool. Alpaca softness that is gorgeous.
Aran, worsted, and tons of DK.

Trust me,
I have plans for all this yarn.

But I am facing rotator cuff surgery, maybe both sides.
And what if my cancer comes back?
As Pearl says in Finding Nemo: That's a pretty big but(t) 

When am I going to find time to crochet up all this yarn?

*heavy sigh*
 I totally did not think that through. 

Thursday, March 3, 2016


So, again, long time no post.

I found out in January I have a complete tear of my right rotator cuff.
I knew I did, have just been getting by with cortisone shots a couple times a year.
My doctor said enough and ordered an MRI.
I have two distinct tears, bone spurs, and my tendons are beginning to fray.
I knew it was bad. If I stand with my arm hanging down, it feels like someone is pulling it.

A month later, after another chat with him, he ordered one for the left too.
oh man, he was so cute that day, telling me how he met his wife and fell head over heels. He had the biggest grin on his face. I hope she knows how smitten he is with her after 20 years :) 
Of course, tear on that side too. 
I give up.

I see an orthopedic surgeon on Wednesday. 

Sunday, November 22, 2015


 Black and white and Bears, sorry, the fringe looks overpowering in all these pictures, not so obnoxious in real life!
 Would one of these work for tropical colors?  The one right, colors are pretty true. The one on the right is prettier in person.
 One in purple, lavender, and white. The other is blue, lime green and purple..
 Men's Brown, Gray and Black
 These are some I had done earlier (from the clothesline, not sure if you are still interested. Please don't feel obligated, to take these if they arent what you are looking for!
 The black and blue on has a little sparkle.

And the rest are just some skeins of yarn I have on hand, not sure if any of the colors interest you for other scarves.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015