Make My Day!

Meet the Monkey on Your Back!

A friend has been worrying about a ton of life’s trials in her life.  Her grandson was worried about her worrying!

He went to the dollar store and picked up this monkey and told his grandma that now she could get that monkey off her back.

He is eleven and has refreshed our spirits with his thoughtfulness.

Redefined by Cancer

I was speaking to a long time friend about our recent cancer diagnosis-es.  We have known each other for about 20 years and both recently began our journeys as cancer survivors.

We both were struck how our lives had been redefined by cancer as we gabbed, catching up and discussing the latest about our conditions.

When we met 20 years ago neither of us knew the word metastasize or five year survival rate or waiting for the day you could say you were cancer free…   Neither of us knew the side effects of surgery to remove tumors, chemotherapy or radiation.  Now people ask us questions about these things and want our opinions.

I called my friend at the dinner hour.  20 years ago I would have said “I know its dinner time and you need to feed your family but I just wanted to say hi, lets talk soon.” or she would have said “I have to get dinner on the table, can we talk later?”

But we have been redefined.  Life is short.  Dinner can wait but friendships can’t.

World Wide Knit In Public Day!

Guess what I did today?

Joined some interesting people to sit and knit in public in Olde Town Arvada square.  Sitting in the shade of huge trees and the light breeze made it very pleasant.

 

Made some great new friends who pick a different charity to knit for every few months.

and this guy?

getting ready for Beatles Night.   Several bands will be playing Beatles music in the square.  Free family fun.  He was painting the circles for a game called Twister from that era.  Green, orange and blue dots to follow.  This guy was thin and wirey, he’s going to be great at the game!

 

 

Thanks Zeb, picked up some great books!

Thank you to Zeb who is an unlikely friend of Roscoe, Monty and Henry over at Colorado Traveling Ducks blog.  

Unlikely because Zeb is a duck!

Zeb told me about a cool book sale by the Jefferson County Library this weekend.   On the last day of the sale, today, it was six dollars for a big bag of books.

Some of the money they earn is used for children’s literacy. I believe children need books for their imaginations and confidence to grow.

Here are some books I picked up today and will donate to a local community free shop.  Yay books for children!

I also love to rescue cook books and donate them to the neighborhood little free library.  I love to read the recipes before I donate the books. I never seem to cook anything out of the books but this one has recipes for pets and humans:

For sure I’m gonna make the deviled eggs that is suitable for dogs and their humans.

This  International recipe  book has a recipe for sesame crusted salmon with orange miso sauce. Yikes!  And a Mojito where I can use those mint leaves growing in my yard.   Or the soy ginger beef and noodle salad with peanut dressing? How does that sound for a yummy refreshing summer dinner?  And a simple dessert, balsamic strawberries with whipped Mascarpone cheese.  Ha I don’t know what Mascarpone cheese is, I guess I’m saved from that recipe!

OK I guess I’m gonna have to brain storm with my friend Jane, who doesn’t even wilt at the thought of cooking for over 100 people.   Once she sees the salmon recipe I’ll have her hooked.   She will instantly radically change the recipes, making them her own with only a hint of the original recipe ( and better than the original recipe ).  Plus she will include handy tips.  And I’ll be able to share Jane’s recipes without breaking any copy right rules!

Hey Zeb the duck, thank you again!

 

Mom Got A Package

Henry here to tell you about a delivery to our house.  Mom got a small package.

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Filled with small boxes.

From the gift certificate she got from Uncle Sam!

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That made her hop up and down and smile!

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Helping Mom cope with her lymphedema Uncle Sam made it possible for her to choose cute and fun compression garments, not the ugly brown ones she thought she was stuck with!

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Her favorite in the shipment?  The Puppy Glove of course.

These are from a company called LympheDIVAS.

Here is the founder’s story:  Rachel’s Story

As you may be aware I destroyed one of my Mom’s gloves in a zombie puppy trance, not my fault!

I have moved on to other a more interesting item found shopping on the tables and counters:

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Dollar Store reading glasses, yummy!