Things in the attic

If you have lived in your house for quite a few years chances are you have lots of things in your attic you do not need or have forgotten about having.

For us it has been over 40 yrs worth of stuff. Our weather is cooling down so its a good time to go into the attic.

We had 4 kids and I liked saving their stuff for some reason. I have not idea why I saved it because they left it all here lol.

As a child we moved a lot I remember at least 8 times and this was hard for my sister and me.

I wanted our kids to feel grounded and grow up in one home we are still living in the same home today. I always thought it was special my husband and his family grew up in one home and today his mom is still in that home.
My sister and her husband also raised their two boys in the same house and they still live in that same house.

From the beauty pageants, there were trophies, crowns and capes at least 3 years worth of these wins from our older two kids. Favorite stuff animals, dolls, toys, clothes and shoes.From baseball and softball, there would be jerseys, pants, belts, and trophies.

From 4H there would be livestock combs, boxes, halters and ropes.

Fast Forward to Jr High there would be stuff from football, track, volleyball, basketball, and tennis.

During high school, there would be stuff from softball and tennis. As well as stuff the boys made in wood shop.

School papers, poems reports, and drawings. I will keep the artwork.

Then there is special stuff to me like my great aunts dining room chairs antique ladder back wooden ones. An oak table with glass inlay my grandfather made with a beautiful pedestal. A tall oak end table my grandfather made. A few other odds and ends my grandfather and my dad made for me through the years.I will keep all this stuff.

I have some gords really big ones hanging in the attic my grandfather gave me 30 years ago. I was going to paint on them then I was going to make birdhouses out of them. I have never done anything with them but I think I will make some birdhouses.

My grandfather was able to get me some saw blades from a paper mill they are very large. I also have some vintage Avon bottles my grandmother gave me one time.Milk cans I have collected along with other things over the years. Vintage tins lots of Coca Cola stuff. Some vintage signs and some remake ones.

We will say goodbye to old trophies, capes, stuffed animals, dolls and anything else that was from our kids younger years.
Goodbye to clothes, shoes, uniforms, etc. They do not want it and we do not need it.

The stuff that I have collected I will go through and keep only what I feel the need to keep. Anything my husband, dad, grandfather or either grandmother made I will keep.

This clutter I never see but it bothers me a lot even though its in the attic.

They say when you declutter a space like your attic you feel freedom from what has been weighing you down.

 

 

 

Concrete Mushrooms

Working with concrete and hypertufa is by far my two of my favorite medias.

I wanted to make a few concrete mushrooms but I wanted them to be different. I knew I wanted to use the Hypertufa so they would have the rough appearance with holes, dips and scraggly looking edges. I even chipped off more edges to add to the appearance.

The tops were made with plastic bowls and the bottoms were made with large cardboard oatmeal containers. My favorite one is the yellow one because the top is tapered and to me it looks more like a real mushroom.

Painting them was fun the blending of colors, adding some metallics, adding stones and finally working on the stems and adding large fleck glitter to marine spar to get the look I wanted.

I ended up painting marine spar on the entire mushroom to weatherproof it and lessen the chance of the colors fading.

At first they would not sit up straight so I found some rocks I could glue to the base underneath and that helped.

These mushrooms took quite a few stones to get the look I wanted. I found the stones at my local Hobby Lobby and the At Home Store & I used E6000 to glue the stones on. I would say roughly I spent about $12.00 on all the stones and $5.00 on the glue.

Do I like everything I create that is a big NO but every project I create makes someone happy because I give away a lot of the stuff I create.

Creativity allows me to express myself, think of new challenges, find inspiration in everyday life and it allows me to use my imagintation for something artistic.

Creativity engages the mind and allows us to make a connection with ourself. Creative expression gives us a voice without words. It gives us confidence to know we can do anything we want to do.

It keeps our mind active which is very important as we get older noone wants a mushy mind.

Creative people are very happy people because they can breathe deeply and take in life one project at a time.

The sounds of the ocean

This is a repost from my old blog August 2015.

The sounds of the ocean cleanse the body, mind and soul and let it seek balance.

The waves that come crashing into the shore represents my life, love, joy, tears, grief, stress, pain, and anger.

Life is all about the love, joy and happiness you have in your life that is what makes it special. It is also about the many tears you have shed over those who have let you down.

Many people in your life will come and go, but those who matter the most will always be there by your side. 

When the waves go back out that represents letting everything negative go so I can find inner peace, relax and most of all just breathe. Life can be quite suffocating at times letting go of all the negative people and clutter in my life gives me space for more happiness and joy.

Never let others bring you down be strong enough to withstand the wind from their storms.

The sand that is behind me represents my life and the footprints I have left behind on this long journey called life. I have been a daughter, sister, wife, mother, and a grandmother. Those things define me, but they are not who I am. Somewhere while on this journey of life I lost me.

The sand in front of me represents the future and it is only about the two of us again.  Our life together has done a complete circle.. We will do the things we want to do when we want to do them without planning around anyone else. While on this journey, I will find me again, discover who I truly am and figure out why I lost me in the first place.

The sea shells behind me represent the people’s lives I have touched and those who have touched mine. There have been so many people who have touched my life over the years family members, friends, and acquaintances.

It is great to be there for everyone else but sometimes you need someone to be there for you.

The sea shells in front of me represent the people who’s lives I will touch or who will touch mine. This gives me the inspiration for the future, where we’re going and what we’re doing with the rest of our lives. The future is bright, beautiful and full of new experiences.

I sit silently, listening to the ocean, watching her waves come crashing into the shore, feeling the sea breeze as it surrounds me, tasting the salt water as it sprays me in the face, and I breathe and then I can relax and find the inner peace I deserve.

The greens have it

I started following this young green Anole lizard with my macro lens on Friday morning.

This was a tiny lizard maybe 4″ total in length.

When I was editing that was when I noticed this picture consisted of mostly greens.

Try taking a picture outdoors that includes mostly one color. Make sure there is a foreground and background.

Sometimes thinking outside the box can be a way to show off your creativity.

 

Retirement and our future

My husband is going to retire early next year & we are both pretty excited about this new phase in our life.

We are trying to figure out where we want to live & what we want to do with all our time.

The Texas hill country has always been a place we have dreamed about moving someday but now we have other options.

Georgia is a beautiful state and has some nice temperatures and the winters are not bad. The weather there is similiar to Texas but its not as hot as it here.The housing market is quite a bit cheaper than Texas. I think it is one of the top 10 retirement states. I think Georgia might win out over Texas lol.

There are lots of other states we like but the winters are to cold and we are quite spoiled to not having much of a winter.

We have loved working in our yard planting all the trees, grass and doing all the landscaping, and most years we had a garden. We raised our family here but now everyone has their own family and is spread out across Texas except our youngest son who lives in North Carolina.

Our yard is beautifully landscaped we have 38+-year-old oak trees and we love it here but it is time for a change it is time to move on.

We would have moved 10 – 12 years ago but family obligations kept us here. Now that those obligations are no longer in the picture we get to put ourselves first. I can honestly say we have never done that before and its starting to feel pretty good.

Lucky for us the housing market in our area is great so there should be no problem selling our house & getting a premium price for it.

We love the idea of a small-town atmosphere that is about 15 – 20 minutes from a bigger town for doctors, groceries, and supplies.

It would be nice to have a good view of something whether it be mountains, forest, hills or water. I think it would be nice to live on a lake or a river but in a non flooding area. It must have lots of mature trees with plenty of shade. Several porches would be nice a place to have coffee and listen to the birds sing.

We are looking for country living with a view on about 5 – 10 acres that is quiet and peaceful but surrounded by nature & wildlife.

 

Piggly Wiggly

This is a 1950’s Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store ad. WOW look at those prices compared to today.

My grandparents had a Piggly Wiggly in North Louisiana we would go to sometimes. I remember the giant pig sign.

It sure would be nice if we could have these prices back for a while.

My how times have changed in 65 + years.

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Life with two boxers

Daisy and Zoee play like this from the time they get up in the morning until they go to bed at night.

Being outdoors works out the best because they can run and run and do not have interference.

Inside they drag two baskets of toys from the den to the office.

This was the best thing for Daisy she was very lonely for dog companionship and now she has Zoee. She is not the least bit jealous she is the mother/sister and takes her job quite seriously.

I know Zoee has gained some weight in the last 9 days. Yesterday I added some pumpkin in her diet because that is supposed to help with weight gain.

I hope to get some really good action shots of them running soon.

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Memorial Herman Cancer Journal

I was asked if I would do an interview for an article in the Memorial Herman Cancer Journal. It is published a few times a year.

At first, I was a bit hesitant about sharing so much of my story but then I decided maybe if I told my story it might help someone else.

I hope this gives every woman with breast cancer some insight on genetic testing and how important it is, after all, it saved me from having to do chemo and that is a really big deal. Most insurance will pay for this testing because if you do not need chemo it saves them a lot of money.

This article just went online Wednesday I have copy/pasted it below as well as put the link to the actual article on this page.

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Thanks to Advanced Genomic Testing, Breast Cancer Survivor Skips Chemotherapy

Sonya Lira has a strong family history of multiple cancers, but when she was tested for genetic mutations that might be linked to her breast cancer, there were none.

“We did comprehensive genetic testing involving a complete gene sequencing of her DNA, testing for all known mutations,” says Anish Meerasahib, MD, a medical oncologist with Texas Oncology, who is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital. “None came back positive.”

Lira’s cancer experience began when she got a call back after a 3-D tomosynthesis mammogram at the Memorial Hermann Outpatient Imaging Center in Pearland. Her biopsy showed early-stage invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast.

At the Memorial Hermann Cancer Center-Southeast, she met with Oncology Nurse Navigator Krystie Fenton, BSN, RN, OCN.

“I wouldn’t have made it through without Krystie,” Lira says. “She provided enormous support and also connected me with my amazing treatment team – Dr. Meerasahib, Dr. Garner and Dr. Yang.”

Glen Garner, MD, a general surgeon affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, scheduled her for surgery in December 2017. “Given the small size of the tumor, we thought it would be an uncomplicated lumpectomy,” he says. “We removed six sentinel lymph nodes, and when our pathology team examined them, one of the nodes was positive. The tumor biopsy came back with three margins positive for microscopic ductal carcinoma in situ. This was unusual and unexpected in Mrs. Lira’s case, because none of the evidence we had pointed to it.”

“Dr. Garner said we could go back to surgery and try to get clear margins, but if we didn’t get them, I would have to go back to the OR again for a mastectomy,” Lira says. “I said, ‘What if we just go ahead and do a mastectomy?’”

Dr. Garner removed her right breast in January 2018. “I was dreading it because I don’t like to take pain pills,” she says. “But to my surprise, I had no pain after surgery, which was wonderful.”

Her multidisciplinary treatment team recommended radiation to that area of the breast, and as soon as her scars had healed, Lira was scheduled for 33 radiation treatments with Ted Yang, MD, an affiliated radiation oncologist at the Memorial Hermann Cancer Center-Southeast.

“A few years ago we automatically gave patients like Mrs. Lira chemotherapy, hoping that the cancer wouldn’t return, but new data has given us a different perspective on treatment, which has evolved remarkably in the last few years,” Dr. Meerasahib says. “We did the Oncotype DX® test on the tumor sample, which calculates a breast recurrence score that quantifies the risk of recurrence and shows the potential benefit of chemotherapy.

Her score was low, which means she would not derive any significant benefit from chemotherapy. She was fortunate. If we had not ordered that test, reflexively we would have given her chemotherapy.”

Testing showed that her tumor was positive for estrogen and progesterone but negative for HER2/Neu. “When there are microscopic cells, they could evolve into cancer in the future. We started her on Letrozole®, an aromatase inhibitor and anti-estrogen medicine used in the treatment of hormonally responsive breast cancer.

Her chance of cure is in the range of the high 90th percentile. My plan is to keep her on Letrozole for at least five years, and we may extend it longer depending on her how well she does.

“Mrs. Lira’s case was unusual in that she presented with a small breast tumor that involved the lymph glands,” he adds.

“Generally when there is involvement of the lymph glands, the tumor is aggressive, but in her case it wasn’t, as confirmed by further testing that told us more about her very favorable tumor biology. These newer tests help us choose personally tailored treatments that are more effective.”

Lira says she knew she had cancer even before the biopsy. “I knew it from the time I got the call back from the Outpatient Imaging Center. But I was always positive about the outcome,“ she says.

“I’m really pleased with all my doctors. I couldn’t have gotten through my breast cancer diagnosis and treatment without them and without surrounding myself with supportive, positive family and friends – and most of all my husband, Jack, of almost 40 years.”

During the course of her treatment, Dr. Meerasahib ordered a bone density scan that revealed mild osteopenia. He prescribed a new medication delivered by injection every six months to prevent the disorder from progressing to osteoporosis.

Lira, who is 58 and a former smoker, also had a low-dose CT scan for lung cancer. She met the criteria: ages 55 to 77 years, asymptomatic of lung cancer, tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack-years and a current smoker or one who has quit within the last 15 years.

The scan revealed a few spots that are too small for a PET scan or biopsy.

“It’s extremely unlikely that the spots are related to breast cancer, and most of the time lung nodules are benign,” Dr. Meerasahib says. Lira is seeing pulmonologist Mohammad F. Siddiqui, MD, also affiliated with the Memorial Hermann Cancer Center- Southeast, who will have the nodules rescanned at three months.

“Mrs. Lira has a comprehensive idea of her disease process and is always willing to take the extra step to improve her health,” Dr. Meerasahib adds. “She’s a joy to work with.”

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