Wednesday, August 31, 2011
We got an email from one of Woody's Vanderbilt research nurses today. It's always good to touch base with her. She was checking on Woody and to tell us a funny story. Sometime recently she was talking to someone about a possible treatment at Vandy for melanoma and that person started telling her about someone he had talked to about melanoma treatments. He mentioned that person had ended up going all the way to NIH for IL-2 and that that person hadn't known about his stage-4 melanoma till after a really bad bicycle accident. She told this fellow that she knew who he was talking about! Woody has talked to quite a few people about his melanoma treatments due to others recommending that a friend or family member talk with Woody...plus I hope that the blog is a way for some to read and find out about the path that Woody chose to follow...AND of course it is good for other melanoma patients to see positive outcomes of treatments such as Woody has seen to this point. Anyway, Woody's story has returned to Vanderbilt...glad that it is his story and not Woody!
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
We both went to the early service at church and then to Sunday School. In church this morning a missionary to Russia spoke...so we were exposed to Russian culture very early in our day. Woody taught his sixth-grade boys class. We came home and had a light lunch and then headed on down the highway to Lebanon, Tennessee...about 1 1/2 hours away from Tullahoma (east of Nashville). We were going to our next cultural event of the day...Melany's first art exhibit as a graduate student. She is attending Cumberland University in Lebanon working on her Masters Degree in Art. This summer she took her first two classes in the program...a painting class and a pottery class. She and her fellow students in those classes have their work on display and today was the reception for them and a showing of their art pieces. Melany's technique in her painting class was very unique...I'm not sure that I can describe it adequately and I know that the pictures don't do it justice. She painted with acrylic paints on glass...let it dry...then peeled it off...and then cut it into small pieces (some very small) and then made her paintings much like mosaics. Her painting of the dragonfly and then the two lizards were done in that manner...some of the pieces of paint are very thin and some are quite thick...the wings of the dragonfly are long pieces of paint. The background for the two lizards looks just like they are on sand...she put pumice in her paint medium to make it look grainy. The piece that is hanging above the picture of the two lizards (in the picture where Melany is standing) was made in her pottery class. The dean of the art school inspired this piece (he made a suggestion and Melany flew with it!)...you can see the details of the lizard's head just below that picture...it was made on individual tiles and all the little scales are made of little balls of clay...so another mosaic of sorts! Then the tiles were glazed and fired and later put together like a puzzle and mounted on a board to make the picture. I tried to capture the fact that the glaze Melany used makes it shiny...looks rather metallic...a coppery tone...but it was hard to capture. Let's just say that hours and hours and hours and...(you get the picture!) of work went into this lizard pottery tile picture and the dragonfly and lizard paintings. In the painting class they were supposed to paint three large paintings in the three weeks that they had the class. The professor realized that Melany was having to put in much more time doing her paintings this way so she was allowed to "just" do two. Be sure to click on the collage twice so you can see the details better. Woody saw a theme in Melany's pictures/pieces...dragonfly and lizards. The chalice that she made in her pottery class also has a lizard wrapped around its stem. Her teapot is very unique too. I have tried to include pictures of the entire pottery piece or painting and then some of the details of her pottery and paintings in tonight's collage. I would vote Melany's work as the most unique of the exhibit. The bottom picture on the right shows Woody and me with Melany, Wade, and our grandson Alex. I look like a shrimp!!! Everyone else seems to be about the same height...and looks like Alex has just about surpassed the others! Erin is missing from the picture as they took her to East Tennessee State University yesterday. Tomorrow starts classes for her. We stayed at the art show for about an hour and then headed home. Woody is now at our evening church service.
I came home with my very own signed pottery piece from a very special artist!!!!
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Woody got up early and walked five miles. Later in the morning he ran a couple of errands. Then he made an appointment to have the brakes in one of our cars worked on...that took quite a long time so he was gone most of the afternoon. We now have new brakes on our back tires. I got up this morning and set to work on making a salad for a luncheon that I am going to tomorrow. Then this afternoon I was determined to finish scanning the stack of magazine articles that I had torn out. I finished that task a few minutes ago.
This morning the phone rang and it was for Woody. I told him that I thought that it was probably Vanderbilt checking on him. Well, I was right that it was medical related...it was NIH calling. The computers in the research dept. that Woody is a part of had had "a glitch" and they were calling to see if they had his next clinic appointment for the first week in October right. They did and that was the end of the call. But guess he is still in their computer system!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Today was a "normal" school day for me. Today's lessons included Elijah, Esther, Joy, and Abigail. Abigail added a page about seams to her sewing notebook, learned how to sew an accurate seam, and sewed some examples to add to the page. Woody got up early and walked his four-mile route. He has also been watering some of our plants. They were emptying the swimming pool next door so he filled and emptied a large watering can multiple times (definitely a way to get a bit more exercise!). I'm sure the plants that were the recipients of the water appreciated it as it is very hot and very dry. After lunch Graham came over needing gas for the lawn mower. Woody assisted him and then kept half an eye on Graham while he mowed their lot that is behind ours. It's a nice big open space except for some blueberry bushes and Woody helped him mow around those. Graham did a great job. (I can't believe that he is old enough to be out there mowing, either! Grandchildren do tend to grow up!) A little while ago there was a knock on the door. It was Esther and Elijah needing a stick of butter. (We call each other's homes "a store." If we don't have something...perhaps they do and if they don't have it perhaps we do! Saves on gas to pick up just one item at the store!) Then a little bit later Joy and Elijah knocked and they had a plate of cookies to share with us...Eskimo Cookies...definitely a memory for me...they are a no-bake cookie. The recipe dates back to my Girl Scout days!
I will end by wishing Erin Elizabeth a BIG Happy Birthday!!!!! Happy 18th, Erin!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Woody is at the Fresh Encounters class at church. I stayed home to rest and relax!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Before art Elijah had his school time and then time with Woody...they look at books and talk about the pictures in the books. Esther came over after Elijah. She started back on the movable alphabet today and also did a page of addition. Yeah Esther! Right after art, Graham had his sewing lesson. He is in the preparation stage of making a blanket for his little baby brother-to-be. He is learning to applique so he is going to applique a sailboat on a blue flannel blanket. He chose the fabrics for his applique today and got them all cut out.
I have been a bit tired this afternoon...I wonder why! Woody also seemed to be a bit tired...he seemed to sleep quite soundly for a while this afternoon in his recliner. He has also read today and worked on his Fresh Encounters workbook. And, he has done a little watering of plants (our eggplant plant looked pretty bedraggled this afternoon...the eggplant continues to grow...I'm looking forward to cooking and eating our very own homegrown eggplant. It has been so hot and no rain...rather rough on the plants. He walked to the prayer room at church a while ago. Tonight for supper we had Burrito Pie. When I made this recipe the last time I made up one in a pie plate and put it in the freezer to have at a later time. It was nice to pull it out or the freezer and pop it in the oven for our supper tonight...I needed easy!
Monday, August 22, 2011
The reason that I call today an "armadillo" day is that over the weekend the neighbors (Nathan, Kathy and family) saw some armadillos on their trip to West TN. Since we were talking about them I used them as part of Esther and Joy's school today. We did an armadillo search on the computer. We found some great pictures and also found out how they roll up in a ball...pretty interesting! Graham and Abigail helped me prepare for tomorrow's art lesson. For Graham's sewing lesson we slit the backs of some old T-shirts and then put ties on them so we don't have to use clothes pins! Then this afternoon Abigail came over and she helped me get the art lesson ready for tomorrow. Tomorrow we are going to PAINT!!!!!!!!!!! I sort of experimented with the lesson on her to see if it was going to work. She was happy as she got to paint today too!
Woody got up early and walked. He has run a couple of errands today. He has also read and watched a bit of TV and relaxed. He is at the Monday night prayer meeting right now.
Last night after the children were in bed Kathy and Nathan took turns coming over to sample the blueberry cheesecake bars...they were lured over after reading the blog. I told Woody that I expected them to come over "if" they read the blog...so Kathy's knock on the door didn't surprise me! They are a big favorite of Kathy's...Nathan seems to like them pretty well too! I put seven on a plate and took them over for today's lunch dessert so the children wouldn't be left out from sampling!
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Woody got up early and walked his four-mile-route. Later in the morning he went to the Credit Union, went grocery shopping, and went to the library. As far as the yard goes, he has done some watering...back to being hot and dry...sort of typical weather for August. He has also read, watched a library DVD, watched some baseball on TV, and rested. I have spent most of the day in the sewing room...again on a project of "try, try again!" My first attempt at making some new Christmas ornaments didn't work...but the second was successful. So one Christmas ornament made for 2011! While the ornament was stitching out on the machine (it's a "look Ma, no hands" type of project except for changing thread), I started going through some magazines to find articles that I want to keep for further reference. I scan them into the computer as PDF files and file them on the computer rather than in paper files...I'm trying hard to cut down on paper stacking up around here. I had been in the midst of doing that when my printer quit...so now I can go forth with my magazine recycling task. I'm just hoping that I can remember just how I did it...it has been so long! Probably another "try, try again" project!
Friday, August 19, 2011
Friday's are "no school day" for us so I got up and just fiddled around...when I should have been accomplishing something...oh, well! Woody got up and went on a six-mile walk. Later in the day he mowed the lawn. Abigail came over to see if I had washed the burp cloth that she had made. I hadn't so she and I started a load of wash with it in it. I then put away another load of clothes so the drier would be empty when the burp cloth and the rest of the load finished washing. Abigail was very happy when she finally had the completed item in her hands. After lunch I headed off to run some errands. I spent most of the afternoon going one place and another in Tullahoma. Woody has spent the afternoon reading and watching some TV. One of the things that I picked up was a CD of machine embroidery designs for Christmas ornaments. I think that I'm going to make one as soon as I complete this. A little too hot to think about Christmas...but perhaps what we need are cool thoughts on these hot dry days. It would be good to get started on Christmas especially if I plan to make things.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
It has been a busy day. Woody got up early and went for a walk. He went to the Farmer's Market and got a couple of eggplants. They had good watermelons but he didn't get one since he was walking so he arranged later in the morning for Nathan and the girls to pick one up for him when they went to get fresh fruits and veggies. I started out the morning rather frustrated. I was trying to order a part for our newest printer (which has gathered more dust than producing copies, photos, scans, etc.). I finally after several attempts was successful in ordering the part. Then school began with Elijah coming over. Esther had her time and it was a good day for her...she started doing addition. Then Joy came over and read and worked on her writing. THEN it was time for Abigail to have her sewing lesson. She is in the process of making a burp cloth for the new baby. We worked some more on it. She still has one more step to go to finish it. She is excited to be making something for her sibling-to-be! After school I was tired. I decided to eat lunch and then rest my back and look at a magazine while lying down...well, next thing I knew the phone was waking me up! Guess I needed a power nap! A little after waking up I headed to the church to work in the library for a couple of hours. I ended up shifting 12 shelves of books. Then I came home and rested for a few minutes and then started on tonight's supper...Eggplant Parmesan. I had just gotten underway peeling eggplants when Nathan called and invited us over to try Korean Lettuce Wraps. The Korean way is to wrap up all the ingredients and then put the whole rolled up ball into your mouth...Graham was the champion of doing that! After having a Korean Lettuce Wrap Woody and I came back home. Woody went to the Wednesday night Fresh Encounter study at church and I finished up the Eggplant Parmesan. It has just come out of the over and Woody has just gotten home...so off to eat the next course and relax!
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Woody got up early, but didn't go on a walk right away as it was rather chilly...sort a taste of Fall in the air these mornings of late. Early Sunday morning Woody found a cell phone in the parking lot of the high school when he was on his walk. It was dead when he got it home so I checked and my charger cord fit so I got it charged...then I couldn't figure out how to turn it on! So I had Nathan help me out. He checked and found a listing for "mom" so he put in a call and left our contact information on a message on her phone. Early this morning we got a call from the young man who had lost it. Okay you know that it is a small town when you know the person on the other end of the phone line! A bit later his mom called to thank Woody for finding it and letting them know. Woody made arrangements to get it to the young man...Woody walked to the high school and met him outside the band room...so walk #1 for him today. When he got home, he headed off on walk #2 to take some tomatoes to friends. Now he is off on walk #3 for the day...to the prayer room at church.
Big excitement at school today. I added a new class...ART!!!!! Elijah came over for his short time, then he read with Woody and went back home. Esther came over after Elijah and had her time and THEN her brother and two sisters joined us over here and we had art class for the four oldest children. We had fun...learning what "art" is (not just painting!) and then talked about illustrators of books (Beatrix Potter this time) and then made some drawings using thick and thin lines. Today we used markers and crayons and colored pencils (mainly markers!). I think that fun was had by all and they look forward to their next Tuesday art lesson. After art, Graham stuck around and we had his sewing lesson. He actually got to sew a "fine seam" today!
Then after lunch, Goosey and I headed next door to take care of all five of them while Nathan and Kathy headed off to Nashville for an ultrasound that their OB had ordered. They went to the same Vanderbilt location that we went to last Friday. They just got home a little while ago so that is why I am late blogging...plus I had to look through a lot of birdhouse pictures to find one with the baby peeping out!
Monday, August 15, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
When I went looking through my photo files for tonight's blog picture, I came across this picture of Molly. She belongs to a gentleman Woody used to car pool to work with some years back. One day some time ago she was out amongst the roses and struck the perfect pose...it was just the perfect picture...except that I didn't manage to get the camera in focus and she moved before I could take another. When I came across it tonight I decided that I would try to "save it" by using some of the Photoshop effects. So I have been playing with it and turned it into an "oil painting" that doesn't have to be in focus! Again, be sure to click on the picture once to make it slightly bigger and then again to make it really big...interesting to see the strokes that the software adds to make it look like a painting. The effect that I used is called "dry brush."
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Woody got up early and walked. I'm not sure how far he walked and at the moment he is next door reading a bedtime story to Graham so I won't go back over to ask! I just tucked the girls in and Woody had tucked in Elijah a bit earlier...though Elijah was pretty unhappy...found out that he was upset because he didn't have his favorite blankie...Grammy and Goosey hadn't put him to bed for a while and it didn't get carried upstairs when he went up for his stories with Goosey...oops...he has it now...hope all is forgiven! Kathy and Nathan have gone out for the evening to celebrate their 11th anniversary which is tomorrow.
Our morning was pretty much a school routine...the two smallest came over for school. The three oldest had swimming lessons so have only had school at their house this week. Next week I will add in the oldest three into the morning school activity over here. The youngest have really settled well into their school routine. Woody has read, pulled a few weeds, watched a library DVD, and made sweet pickle relish today.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
We have just returned from the evening service at church...the last day for our special speaker.
Something of note...Woody's hair seems to be getting less and less curly. When his hair grew back after chemo, it came back in curly...and I just noticed in the last couple of days that it seems like it is just about back to "normal" (what it was like prior to chemo). No hair to curly hair to straight again...that cycle has taken just about a year. (I just checked last year's blogs in August and one year ago tomorrow is the day that he finally allowed the nurse to shave what was left of his hair off...so just about one year exactly!)
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
After lunch I began supper preparations...simmer steak (some might call it smothered steak)...green peppers, onion and tomatoes on top of some round steak type cuts of meat and cooked for a long time in the oven. It can also be cooked on top of the stove, but I find it to be less moist that way. I also cooked some noodles and Woody cooked the corn on the cob.
Woody left the house early to run an errand and go for his time in the prayer room prior to the church service tonight. Nathan, Elijah and I are going closer to the time for the service. Kathy has taken the rest of the gang to gymnastics this afternoon and will come to church from there. Busy day for the older children...swimming lessons, school lessons, gymnastics, and a church service...they should be tired young ones this evening when they get home!
Monday, August 8, 2011
Woody did get up early this morning and walked his four-mile route. At noon Woody and I went to church to hear a guest speaker. The neighbors were there too...we waved at each other from across the room! Woody has just left to go back to church. He is going to take care of the grandchildren while Nathan and Kathy have a meeting at church. There is a church service tonight so all (neighbors, Woody & I) will end up in church around 6:30...I will meet up with them a little closer to the church service time...staying home to have time to blog and do a couple of other things. I'm hearing rumbles...wondering if a storm is rolling in.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
This afternoon was dark and dreary with thundering rumbling and seeming to threaten that we would get storms, but we never really got much of a storm. It rained a small amount...just enough to get it pretty steamy outside. I couldn't get up any momentum to do much so decided that it was a good afternoon to read. I finished a book yesterday and am about half-way through the next one in this series...The Elm Creek Quilt series. Just two more books after this one and I will be current with this series.
The answer to last night's blog question...what kind of cows were pictured was kindly answered by one of our faithful blog readers. They are Banded Galloways...a Scottish breed.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Woody got up early this morning and walked his six-mile route. I spent a good part of the morning over at the neighbor's having sewing lessons with Abigail and Graham. Abigail machine embroidered a pretty design on a cloth diaper. Her current sewing project is making a burp cloth for her sibling-to-be. Woody has spent some time on the computer. After lunch we both went to vote. We have both taken it easy the rest of the afternoon...well, I did cook something for supper.
I guess I can say that I have officially started my Christmas shopping. I made an internet order the other day which included a couple of Christmas presents. That order arrived this afternoon so I have been opening and checking things and putting several of the items (not the Christmas gifts) to use. It's always fun to get orders in the mail...getting the box is sort of like Christmas when it comes to opening up the box and looking at everything! Now to find the place to put these gifts till it is time wrap them.
Today has been overcast most of the day. It hasn't been quite as hot today..."just" got to 95 today. It has been quite humid. We have been hearing thunder rumbling in the distance for the last little while and it just started raining.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
I'm not used to spending a lot of time outside and I was really hot when I got back in our house. I got myself a tall glass of ice water. Woody got himself some watermelon. I checked the outside temperature. It read 99.5 and in a couple more seconds it read 100 and not long after that 101!!!!! Too hot!!!!!! It took me a while to cool off. Graham came over and I told him that I was going to have to take a rest while he was there. I settled down on the couch in the living room while he worked on what he was doing and it didn't take me very long to drift off to sleep. Woody said that he thought that he napped a bit too. Anyway...a good day to have a Pizza, Present, Pool Party! Happy 4th birthday, Esther, you plan a great party!!!!!
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
Woody got up early, but didn't go for a walk, instead read. Then at the appointed time, he went next door to take care of the three oldest children. Later he mowed. And, then this evening he went to Monday night prayer meeting at church. I ran errands this morning and then later had a short sewing lesson with Abigail.