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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Table Top Vingette:


For the past week, I have been on a cleaning and organizing frenzy.  Yesterday, I made this sensory table for grown-ups out of our end table that is missing its glass.  

I like the different materials and the different textures in this little set-up.  Many of these items were gifts from family and friends.  The last picture didn't turn out very well, but I got tired of fooling around with it (it is from my cell phone).  I've got to get back to cleaning!  Have a super day, you guys.

Hugs,

Kathy M.













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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Cancer Assassin: Ken Wins!!!!


This picture is of me, my brother-in-law, Ken Richter and my sister Julie Anderson.  It was taken the last weekend in July, at my Aunt Loveta's house where we gathered for a nice Sunday dinner with my Dad's side of the family.

Ken had finished up his chemo/radiation and was getting stronger as he prepared for his surgery.  We are all wearing our "Cancer Assassin" bracelets.  Ken had these made up to give to all the folks who have been supporting him through prayers and kind deeds.



In April, Ken was diagnosed with esophagus cancer along with a large ulcer close to his heart.  Ken was in excellent shape when he found out about his cancer, and this helped him a lot during his pre-surgery treatment.  He got really sick and couldn't eat much, so he lost a lot of weight during that time. 

Almost two weeks ago, Ken had his surgery.  




There were NO SIGNS of cancer left in his body!  Yay!  They removed the tumor, the ulcer, some other stuff (including the bottom portion of his esophagus and top part of his stomach) and his is currently recovering in the hospital.  Ken and Julie are looking forward to being back at home soon. 
  


Ken and Julie have been very open on social media about Ken's journey through this ordeal. This was Ken's FB post of this morning; this is just the kind of guy that he is:

"Cancer is a big reminder to wake up and live with intention.
With your help, I beat cancer. This post is my attempt to thank you.
 

I have so many thanks to you that I don’t know where to start.

I have a best friend who’s selflessly dedicated every day to me since April 10th,
 

I have hundreds of private messages from senders offering daily support,
 

I have thousands of likes and comments to make me laugh to tears and cry to laughter,

I have prayer support from all over the globe taking many forms.

There are surgeons, radiologists and oncologists who skipped enough college parties, and set their personal expectations so high, they’ve impacted entire organizations,


There are strangers who’ve reached out, old school teachers and classmates who’ve come forward,

There’s a man I’d never met who chanted “ken richter will survive” at least a 100 times every day from when he heard the news in April until they removed the last of the cancer in August.

There are tweeters, viners and members from the pheed online communities who’ve sent all kinds of great support and have shown me grace.

There are cancer survivors and fighters who bonded with me, stood next to me, and fought their fights with me.

Let me share these short excerpts from my original post about cancer on 4/11:


“What I need from you all is your support. I need you to have faith that I can take this on and that I will be OK.”


“I will do my best to not get taken down by cancer.
I have you, a great family and Julie Anderson at my side. That's a great start.  Love to you all -“

“You all” came through in spades for me. Thank you.

I will go home soon to face several more weeks of recovery and healing. The impacts of my surgery and transformation will be with me always.
 

You will be with me always.

I’ll never forget how we rallied around this cause, and held each other through it. I’ll never forget any of your kind and giving spirits. I will live a good life, as the highest thanks I can return.  I still have you, a great family and Julie Anderson at my side. 


That’s a great start.

Love to you all-"


This message made me cry.  This couple is incredible, Ken and Julie;  they really are.   I am so impressed with my beautiful baby sister, with all of her love, empathy and strength as she has gone through the hardest thing in her life.

Ken won!  He started out strong, he fought hard, never lost his faith or the conviction that he would win, and used his body, his mind and his spirit to battle the dreaded disease of cancer.  He educated himself and took charge of his healing.  He reached out to others for help and support.  He followed the doctors orders.  He was open about his fight and his fears, which encouraged others with their own struggles.   

I wanted to share this with you guys so that you would be reminded that sometimes it all really does work the way that we want it to.  Thank you, Lord, for answering our prayers big time on this one.

For more info on the bracelets, here is Ken's website, Kwrkey.com  I think that these bracelets are going to be a hit for those battling with cancer, and for those who are supporting their loved ones.  When I look down and see mine, I automatically say a quick prayer for Ken, Julie, and for their whole family. 

So, that is the news for today.  Great BIG news! Wow.

Hugs,

~ Kathy M.


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Intimate Views of a Caboose:


  
Here are some more pictures that I took at Train Mountain Railroad  in Chiloquin, Oregon on the 4th of July weekend.  The good folks there had painted this one up on the outside, and made it really pretty.


 

The inside was a different story.



I don't think that I would have enjoyed living inside a caboose, even for short periods of time.  Even for a shift at work.  It seems to have everything that one might need (though I didn't notice a bathroom unless that door by the bed is where it is), but dang there are not enough windows and everything is hard and cold.




Plus, the color is the one that they use to induce calm within the walls of mental hospitals.  According to studies.






What about you?  What was the smallest and or most unique home that you have ever lived in? 


Bye-bye for now!

Hugs,

~ Kathy M.



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Monday, August 18, 2014

Fairy Landscapes at Train Mountain Railroad in Chiloquin, Oregon



Over the 4th of July weekend, Cary and I stayed in Chiloquin, not far from Klamath Falls.  We visited a most wonderful place called  Train Mountain Railroad  I took a lot of pictures and will post some more soon, but I really enjoyed these and hope that you will too.
 














My friend Little Nell  just passed this link on to me about making Fairy Gardens out of broken pots. Pretty neat stuff!


Oh my.  This morning, the deer in our yard knocked over my favorite planter,  a gift from my sister-in-law Maria a few years back.  The link above shows me how I can re-purpose it now.





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Saturday, August 16, 2014

New Beginnings:


Yesterday was my last day of work.  I have been teaching preschool at a child care center for the past 18 months.  There were some rewarding times, and I enjoyed the children and families that I worked with, but I am so glad to be done with that job.  I almost quit last year at this time, but held on for better or for worse.

I worked hard for low wages, and I never received a raise.  It was a very stressful and often frustrating situation.  For the first nine months or so, I was exhausted when I came home from work, and I was always getting sick (that is normal for the first year back teaching).  I got my feet back on the ground, and my teaching skills improved, but other parts of my life went to the wayside.

I set up at Facebook page for the center, and took over posting for their website on the weekends.  I put my blog on hold. and concentrated on my Facebook friends and family because, lets face it, Facebook is a lot easier.  I had to make a trade, because I couldn't do it all.   
  



For the record, here are a few pictures of my room.  I did enjoy decorating that joint:











I enjoyed the pats on the back and the appreciation of the parents, but it stung when the "boss" left early yesterday without saying goodbye, giving me a card or saying thank you.  

Oh, well.  That is life sometimes.  I am just happy to be gone.

The good news is that I will have more time to spend doing fun things with Cary now, and I plan on returning to the blogging world.  You can do that from a 5th wheel!  I anticipate my stress level decreasing, and look forward to writing and working on our family histories.

So, that is a bit of an update of where things are for now.

Oh, I have noticed that some of my blogging friends have slowed down on their blogs, but I will still be making the rounds to say hello.  Maybe I will even be able to meet some of you guys in person this year.  That would be fun, wouldn't it?

Hugs,

Kathy M.



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Check this stuff out below:

The 2012 Army All-American Day Event

2012 Army All American Game Video


Photo Source: Nike "The Opening Brochure" Pages 2 and 3
During the week of July 5-9, 2011, Cary and I were privileged to attend "The Opening", watching quarterback grandson Tyler Matthews (#43 the first day, and #15 on game days) play with 150 of the best high school football players in the United States. The event was held at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. I hope that you enjoy the pictures ... some are better photos than others, but I tried to capture as many kids as I could.

There are approximately 500 photos in these slide shows. They are of the players, the fans, our family and everybody/everything that caught my eye. They are in chronological order. No names are on the pictures, even if I do know who people were.

As time permits, I will also be writing blog posts about my experience as a spectator. Since I still have a lot to learn about football and this is not a sports blog, I'll write some human interest stories as seen through my eyes. That said, Tyler Matthews, YOU ROCK!!!!

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK: http://oregongiftsofcomfortandjoy.blogspot.com/2011/07/photos-of-nikes-opening-july-5-9-2011.html


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