Friday, February 3, 2017

Wow, time flies

Yes, it's been a long time since I posted.  So much has been happening.  My mom passed away from a stroke shortly after I did my last post in July.   The good thing is she didn't suffer very long, the sad thing is that I didn't make it back to Belgium in time to say goodbye.  She passed away a couple hours before my plane landed.   On the other hand I'm okay with the fact she didn't hang on and I got to see her and say goodbye to her earlier in the year after she had her first stroke.  I kinda had a feeling back then I wasn't going to see her again.  My brother, who lives in Belgium with his family was amazing in regards to taking care of all the stuff that needed to get done.   I can't believe we were able to put mom's house up for sale and basically sold it in a matter of a couple weeks!  Anyways, my mom was 80.   She had a good life I think and she really wanted to be with dad who passed away 6 years ago. It's not easy having to say goodbye to your parents that's for sure.

As far as my husband is concerned, he's one strong man!  I've lost track of the amount of radiations he's now had done for the spread of the RCC (renal cell carcinoma).  We also discovered (while I was in Belgium and he stayed here in Virginia) he has a big tumor in his humerus (also a met from the RCC).   He had surgery where they inserted a rod through the humerus and through the darn tumor so his upper arm will stop falling apart since the tumor has eaten away a lot of the bone.  I hate cancer!  Did I tell you yet how much I hate cancer!  Anyways, besides that he's had more radiation for two mets in his brain and also on the arm before they did the arm surgery.  Another radiation for a met on his T11 and we just found out he has more mets on his T8 and his femur!  But the good news today was that all the tumors he's had radiation for are either stable or getting smaller.   We know it's not going to go away but his life is being extended which we are thankful for.   Can you believe he's still going to work!  The cancer meds he's taking causing issues with a bad cough which is also enhanced by having pneumonitis which is an inflammation inside his lung around the tumor due to the radiation. He's been on prednisone for that for weeks now and we're hoping him coming off the prednisone might make a few other side effects go away.  I took him to the hospital a couple weekends ago when he was having severe stomach pains and a blood pressure of 237/135!!!  I don't know how his body and heart can withstand all of this but he's a trooper and presses on that's for sure.  Watching a loved one having to go through this sucks but together we try to make the best of what we got and we'll fight till we have nothing left to fight for.

Enough about sad stuff!  I finished a couple of sock dolls these past couple of weeks.   These are so much fun to make.   Both of them are listed in my BitsOfFiber shop on Etsy so if you like what you see don't wait to get them since I usually make things without a pattern they are all unique and OOAK.

Here are the links and some pictures of them.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Live goes on!

Yep, life goes on if we like it or not.  Lately it's been a bit crazy to say the least.  My dear husband who's been battling kidney cancer that has spread to different parts of his body has now been going through radiation this past week.   At first it was only for a treatment of one of his vertebra's but while that was getting set up he started coughing up blood coming from the bigger tumor in one of his lungs which really really sucks.   So he's been getting radiation to stop the tumor from bleeding and also radiation to the vertebrae to hopefully stop growing.   He's a very busy person and is always on the go even with having the metastasis from the kidney cancer he's kept on working and doing all the things he's always done but this darn radiation really got him down and on the couch this past week.   He has two more days of treatment and hopefully he will get some of his energy back soon so he can focus on some other things again.  We're trying to stay positive which hasn't been an easy task this past year that's for sure.  

Anyways, I keep myself busy with making stuff for my Bits Of Fiber shop as well as our MauveMoose shop on Etsy.   I've decided to try a different site for my Bits Of Fiber shop called   If you haven't checked it out yet do so now!  Here is the link to my shop on  I don't have lots of things listed yet but will be adding more of them as time moves on I'll be moving things from my Etsy shop into this one.   I'll be keeping my shop on Etsy as well but will be focusing on adding different kind of stuff in that shop.

These are the two items I just listed this past week:

Alright, time to do some laundry.   Thanks for stopping by and I'll try to post more often again.


Monday, May 16, 2016

I know it's been a long long time!

but, but, but I do have excuses for not writing.   I had hand surgery back in December and then my mom had a stroke which meant I had to fly to Belgium to take care of her.   In the meantime, hand is doing much better and so is mom.  I'm back to making and listing things in my Etsy shop.   While I was in Belgium visiting mom in the hospital then visiting her at the rest home she's now in I knitted and crocheted to keep myself from going crazy.  I've just listed a couple of things so far here they are! 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Pastel mohair baby hat with bow

This little hat is sooooooo soft and soooooooo warm!  I knitted it with a mohair and acrylic yarn mixed together so it's extra thick.  The bow as a darling snowman button on it.   It's a perfect hat for that special little girl keeping her warm and cozy during the cold winter months!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

And how about a chocolate vanilla cupcake beanie!

This one has a crocheted cherry on top.   Such a sweet present for that special baby!

Vanilla cupcake anyone???

This one is knitted with a beautiful boucle cotton/acrylic mix yarn.   The strawberry I made out of felt and the sprinkles are little pearl beads I sewed on top of the hat.   Makes for an adorable OOAK baby gift, perfect for a baby shower you need to go too!