October 6th and 7th Gently Used Children’s Clothes and Equipment Sale for Charity

Most clothing items are 25 to 50 cents.  Swings, Strollers, bassinets, bouncers, crib and crib mattresses and other big ticket items are $5-20.  Tables organized by clothing size and gender for you to shop!

Come support Casa de la Esperanza and get steal deals for your children’s needs.

Arvada Christian Church, 8010 W.62nd Ave.  Arvada, CO (East of Carr and west of Olde Wadsworth on south side of 62nd Ave. – stair access only.  No play room available.)

Delivery to Oncology Coordinator

There are some pretty serious cancer treatments out there.  Sometimes the patients require a hospital stay. This can be pretty devastating being stuck in a room for days on end and most times these patients are not even allowed flowers due to the seriousness of their condition and treatments.

Here is a delivery of blankets and shawls to cheer up the rooms.   The patient knows that somebody cared enough to take the time to knit or crochet them something special and they get to take their gift home with them at the end of their stay!

First Emergency Vet Visit

Henry here with a guest post about my first emergency vet visit.

I am a rescue. They don’t know much about me but my dog Mom was rescued too and she definitely had a lot of Boxer in her.

Human Mom learned that Boxers had a lot of eye issues and when she got home tonite and saw my eye like this she freaked out, threw me in the car and took me to the Emergency Vet!  I mean really threw me in the car!!!

Turns out no scratch on my eye, looks like a bug bite, likely a stupid wasp which Monty has taught me to chase and try to eat.

I was sweet until I got suspicious and then was a real stinker and would not let them fit me for something called the cone of shame…

They gave up and gave me a large cone of shame and wished my human Mom good luck with getting it on me 😈.

Roscoe and Monty are excited because the emergency vet prescribed Benadryl for the swelling and they think it’ll make me sleep and pester them less.

The real reason I went to the emergency vet was because I heard human Mom say it was time for me to get something called neutered which sounds horrible.  Roscoe and Monty actually have been extra tolerant of me because of neutering in my future.  Now Mom says I used my neutering money for an emergency and neutering will be postponed until next month which is my birthday month….   Happy birthday to me?

Henry, Roscoe and Monty

Texas and Florida need your blood!

Yay!  My oncologist released me to donate blood a few days ago and I wasted no time getting in.

The blood bank is happy for all donations. They’ve been sending hundreds of units to Texas and Florida and even to Puerto Rico.

I wanted to make sure my new prescription wouldn’t interfere with the blood donation so I took a picture of my bottle. Here is Henry practicing his photobombing!

 

Lifetime Habit Resumed

I was hooked on blood donation decades ago by my dad, we used to donate together until he knew I was truly a blood donation addict.

When I got my cancer diagnosis last year I became ineligible to donate.

I had an oncology appointment yesterday and was released to donate blood again!  My oncologist said there were no signs of cancer in my body and it was safe to resume my blood donations.

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The donation center has been regularly checking in with me to see if I am eligible to donate again.  They love my blood.  I am missing an antigen in my blood so my bag gets bright orange sticker tagging it as a special unit.  For someone in serious condition missing the same antigen my blood could be a lifesaver for them.  Their antibodies could react with incompatible donor blood cells triggering a reaction from the immune system. These transfusion reactions can be lethal.

Resuming blood donation this Friday!

 

Today’s Muse, Molly and the Cough Drop Diet

Muse:  A source of inspiration and a guiding spirit.

Today’s Muse is my friend Molly.

 

You can find us sketching together if we are doing something with her brother Dante and her parents.

She sometimes borrows my sketchbook so I can have some of her artwork with mine.

With my lymphedema and having to  wear a compression glove on my drawing hand I’ve had to learn a new way of sketching and Molly has encouraged me to work on it again.

Today she gave me another inspiration for trying to lose a little weight! She told me she had only a cough drop for breakfast. I asked her if that’s how come she was so skinny and she said yes! Yay the cough drop for breakfast diet.

I’ll keep you posted on our sketching and if the cough drop diet really works.  The only problem is is we both like hamburgers, onion rings and french fries too.   I don’t know if we can stick with the cough drop diet…

Knitting and Crocheting for Charity Delivery

A delivery to the oncology department.  We send hats, scarves, lap blankets or shawls.  These are given to the patients, care givers and nurses in the chemotherapy room.  They also are given to inpatient cancer patients to make their room a little more personal with a gift of a hand made little something.  They can look forward to taking their gift home at the end of their stay.

Note the blue and orange hat, GO BRONCOS!

And the cerveza box has magazines and books.

What did I manage to personally include?

A hand knitted lap blanket.

 

 

Today’s Haiku for Terry, Gary and Roxy

Our church has an area where you light a candle for your concern or celebration. The rest of the congregation doesn’t know what your candle is for, but they pray with you to honor your request.

This is a simple haiku for a fellow blogger, his partner and their companion that came to me at candle lighting today.

  • live in the moment
  • a gallantly fought journey
  • destination near

A daily reminder from my companions that living in the moment is truly important.

Henry 3 months

This Week’s Extreme Dog Treats!

Hi!  Roscoe, Monty and Henry here with a guest blog post, this week’s extreme dog treats.

Pork skin rolls, freshly ground grass fed beef bone and marrow, Begging Brews  gourmet spent beer grain dog treats.

The beef bone and marrow is from Western Daughters Butcher Shop.   This shop provides local beef, pork, and poultry. All suppliers raise their animals in humane and healthy conditions.  All parts of the animals are available and used in products with little or no waste.  (Mom said she get us some chicken feet soon.)

The Begging Brews dog treats?  They are from

Some Place Else Brewery

A dog friendly brew pub.

A portion of all proceeds from the sale of these treats go to the Pink Boot Society, supporting women in the brew craft industry!

 

Henry, Roscoe and Monty

Dog friendly brewery with dog treats?  See you soon!

Scrap Blanket Confession

I recently purchased a knitting book that had a beautiful blanket knitted from your scrap yarn.

The idea was to knit each row with a different string of yarn to use up your scraps.   Because each row was different you could use any weight of yarn, just alternate the weights to keep a flat blanket.

If you had enough scrap yard you could do a theme like cool colors only or warm colors. Or you could group the cool colors together and gradually work towards the warm colors.  Whatever your scraps allowed you to do.

Well being a new knitter and only having completed a few projects, I have a no scraps.

So I created my own version of scraps…  I’m buying different skeins of yarn that are on sale.   I’ll probably have enough “scraps” to knit many lap blankets for my chemo ministry.   And I am leaning towards cool colors for calming blankets.