Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

This is what happens when you don't buy quality, handcrafted weaponry. ;-) Happy Halloween to all!

Friday, October 28, 2011

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. - SouleMama

I had to include this snippet of conversation between Steve's brother and myself from when I posted this picture earlier this week. It had my Mom in stitches with laughter.

Mike:  I'll be more impressed when he spins yarn into gold.
Me: Give him a chance! ;)
Me: Nobody has said anything about the fact Chase is holding a nerf gun in his hand while he's working the spinning wheel.
Mike: He is ready to defend himself from Rumpelstiltskin and other villains that interrupt his spinning.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wednesday Yarn Along

Good morning and happy Wednesday! Today we join Ginny and all of the other great fiber artists in her weekly knitting and reading post. Stop by and join in the fun!

Look! I'm reading something not related to school! ;-)

I had big plans when I went to Indianapolis for Mom's surgery last week. I had imagined getting so much knitting done on my Dad's sweater. *ahem* Little did I know that my brother would be quite interested in playing the game of Life on my Nook. We ended up playing multiple games (with different personalities and strategies to winning). So all in all I added about 6 1/2 rows post ribbing. Ah well! Spending time with my brother was well worth the delay in progress.

You see that little pink sheep on my books? Tanna had posted on her blog about Susan's "Pinky" ewe kit for Breast Cancer. I couldn't resist little Pinky. The kit was delivered over the weekend and I set forth Tuesday to make a Pinky for my Mom. What a fun little project and it's nice to have something completed to show off!

The reading material I had on hold at the library and picked up on Monday. I had dreamed a week earlier of dyeing socks with sweet potatoes and decided to look into dyeing. I'm actually not really impressed with this book. I am interested in food dyeing and this is chemical dyeing at most. The spinning book I glanced at very briefly (because I couldn't figure out how to put the cords back on -- Chase figured it out, however!) so I will need to look at it more closely.

Since my wonderful Mom has blessed us with a few more days of visiting time, she is quite tickled to be able to join in once again. She finished the back to her sweater last week and has started the sleeves. She also decided while here to finish the match to the other sock. She had a rough spot at the heel again, but I walked her through it and had her do a few "drills" afterward to practice. She feels confident she'll be able to do this with no problem now.

My Mom is actually poaching knitting projects from other people! Okay, she'd like me to correct that and say she's taking on projects that have been farmed out to her. My friend Dale has passed on two wristlet orders to Mom, and Mom then took the sock yarn I have for Dale's socks (a Christmas present) to work on. Mom is looking for things to keep her busy since her surgeon refuses to let her go back to work until at least 4 weeks post-op (Mom was hoping to go back after 2 -- silly Mom!). So she's looking for things to keep her busy.

I should have pictures of the two sweaters she finished when she first got here (Steve and Chase's Christmas presents) posted next week.

Now on to the give-away! First let me say thank you to everyone who showed an interest. Chase has been quite excited about this (and disappointed that we're not doing a give-away weekly). I will respond to all posts from last Wednesday late tonight (I've just been busy this week, sorry!).

Everyone's name was written on a heart and put in a lovely pink ribbon hair cover.

Chase shook them, and pulled...

(he had gotten something in his eye while fixing a lock and was Pop-eyeish for this shot)

Congratulations to Julia on the stitch marker drawing! I'll be in contact with you in the next 24 hours so we can get this mailed!

Thanks again, everyone, and happy Wednesday!

Monday, October 24, 2011


If you'd like to share your weekend either with words, photographs, or both, leave a link to a weekend post in the commentsJoining with Amanda for her weekending posts.


Healing snuggles.

A gift from my Mom.

Caribbean Breeze - yarn Mom picked out for socks I will make her.

It was love at first sight.

Alpaca roving.

 This weekend included:

* A wonderful visit, despite the reason, with my brother.
* Driving back to MI in the sun and seeing all of the turning leaves with my Mom.
* Snuggles between Mom and a certain feline who has been in her lap constantly.
* Attending a local fiber festival with the whole family.
* Baby steps and rest breaks for Mom and myself.
* Studying, and keeping off my broken toe (ugh).
* Eyeballing that spinning wheel and wondering how will I get it in working condition (help!)
* Coffee.
* Knitting.
* Love.

Hope everyone had a beautiful weekend!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Mom Update

Ever so stylish!

I left Michigan shortly after 3am yesterday morning and made it down to Indianapolis to visit with Mom before her procedures. The first procedure was a needle (wire) localization where she had four wires inserted into her breast to help locate the growths. They typically perform this procedure when the growths are small enough to not be detected by touch. This took about 90 minutes. Mom was less than pleased with this due to discomfort, but the person who did the biopsies also performed this procedure and my Mom really likes him. After the wiring procedure, nuclear medicine came in and targeted her lymph nodes.

By 1pm Mom was taken back to be hooked up to her nerve blocker (a delightful little device called an On-Q C-bloc that she carries around in a fanny pack until it is done) then surgery. Surgery was only two hours.

The preliminary reports on the lymph nodes is that they look good. They'll know for sure in about a week when the pathology report is back. Mom's surgeon removed three tumors total, all very small.

Mom is doing wonderfully. She's in very little discomfort (hooray nerve block!) and is in rather good spirits. She has a drain in right now, and I am dutifully emptying and charting the drainage.

Right now she's just relaxing. Tomorrow I head back to Michigan and I have permission to bring her back home with me to recover! She'll come back Wednesday evening for her first follow-up appointment with the surgeon.

Thank you everyone for keeping my Mom in prayer these past few weeks. We both appreciate it so much!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wednesday Yarn Along

Good morning and happy Wednesday! Today we join Ginny and all of the other great fiber artists in her weekly knitting and reading post. Stop by and join in the fun!

This was a painful picture for Jess to take part in.  

First, I am going to say, there is absolutely nothing new on the reading front from last week. Still reading in textbook after textbook. *sigh* However(!) I do have two books on hold at the library that I am going to hopefully pick up today to take with me to Indiana tomorrow.

Now on to the knitting. I decided after Mom went home that I would get the ribbing out of the way for my Dad's sweater. I dislike ribbing. A lot. I know it's simple and easy to do, but I think that is the reason why I don't enjoy it much. I figured I would get the ribbing out of the way and then put it up. That sweater is the only project I am taking with me tomorrow. I just have 15 1/2 inches of round and round and round and round (well, you get it) so it's nice work that doesn't require focus. Not sure how much knitting I will get done, but we'll see.

 I think I am progressing nicely on Molly's shawl, too! I knitted a bit more last night and actually started the second skein. Yay! Last night when I was taking this picture, Jessica was trying ever so hard to resist going after the yarn. The seafoam yarn ball was the size she likes her toys to be and she tried twice to take it while I was trying to get a decent picture. She seized her moment an hour later when everyone was distracted for less than a minute. Thankfully, she didn't undo any of my hard work.

 Shortly before my Mom went home, she wanted to go to a local bead store and nose around. I picked up many beads, but had no idea what I wanted to do besides maybe a pair of earrings. Then I got the idea to make a simple pair of stitch markers. I see people that have very pretty ones, and I've wanted some of my own.

And now.. for a giveaway!

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, I have a pair of stitch markers made by me to give away. They're nothing fancy, but I thought someone might like to have a pair of these. (Sorry the picture isn't the greatest, it's been overcast and cold for the past 2 days and finding a decent light source at home is getting harder to do).

Chase is quite excited about the give-away and has offered his assistance to draw the winning name. So! That being said, if you're interested in being entered, leave me a comment stating so. Chase will draw a winner Tuesday evening, and I will post the announcement in next week's yarn-along.

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Road to Wellness

Wednesday morning started a lot of excitement in our neck of the woods.

When Steve arrived home from work, the local water utilities was checking the manhole in front of our house (it's a weekly routine, I think they have gators under the streets that they're feeding). The sweet lady asked Steve if he could smell the gas and Steve cheerfully replied "Yep. We had Michcon out over the summer and they were able to do a patch job. The city is not responding to our calls to come out again.". With that, the lady called it in. Within five minutes the ladder truck from the fire department came around the corner (have I mentioned before that they are a street over and their parking lot adjoins the back yard across the street?). They confirmed an extremely high gas reading and put in a call to Michcon. The poor guy who came out was really not aware of the past history we have had. He insisted on coming in to make sure it wasn't in the house (it's not), then was shocked when Steve explained the problem to him.

Within two hours Chase's buddies from the summer were out again and ripping up the road. Chase was so disappointed that he missed a good portion of the opening excitement!

The digging began and continued overnight. That's right. There were six men in my front yard overnight digging up the road. Our bed is right up against the front window. I slept, but I woke a lot. And when I woke up, I was wide awake and watching out the window to see the progress. I considered sleeping in the guest room which is in the back of the house upstairs, but I put Chase in there since his room is also in the front of the house (plus he wasn't feeling 100% so I wanted him to sleep as well as he could.

Good morning!

The work stopped shortly after 9am and didn't start again until Friday morning. Going into this we knew the gas lines on our street are original to our neighborhood (over 90 years old!) and hadn't been updated. We knew when they did the patch work over the summer that it was just that, patch work. I guess we all had hoped it would last a bit longer. So work stopped until the new pipes arrived which was late Friday evening. Thankfully, they were delivered but work didn't start again until around 7am on Saturday.

At one end of the street they started digging up the yards/sidewalks/driveways to replace the lines coming from the house to the street. I knew we lost the use of the gas in our house at some point, but I had decided to take advantage of the chilly day and have a fire in the fireplace (of which a sick child happily enjoyed). At the other end of the street they started pulling and replacing the pipes. With all of this work going on, I was happy to say they did close the street so it was relatively quiet *ahem* traffic wise for two days.

Work finished Sunday evening with the filling in, covering, and removing the steel plates from the driveways. The rest were picked up this morning. This was quite exciting to witness (my gosh I love watching an excavator at work!) and if Chase was feeling up to his normal self, I am sure he would have been out there supervising.

And now for Chase. Like I mentioned before, Chase woke up Wednesday not feeling great. He said he felt weak, but okay otherwise. I thought it may have been because the night before he was doing physical activity testing for Scouts and ran a mile and a half plus push-ups, sit-ups and he was just feeling it the day after. He wasn't feverish, so off he went to school. He felt okay in the evening, a little off the next morning, etc. Friday night, whatever was dwelling within his body finally went nuts and he went feverish.

No matter what I gave him, or we did, I could never get his fever down to normal. It hovered happily between 100 and 102.4 all weekend. Chase either spent his day wrapped up in a pile of blankets, or begging me to let him stand outside in his shirt and a pair of shorts. He slept, he drank cider, juice, water. He ate maybe two pieces of toast from Friday night and to today. This is just so shocking for me for a kid who eats and goes and burns it off within a few hours. He also had a dry, painful sounding cough. It was there, wasn't settling in his chest, just being annoying.

Chase missed out fossil hunting with the Scouts. He missed going to the science center today with his troop. This morning when there was no change to his temperature, I called our doctor. An hour before his appointment, and at his appointment, his temperature was normal. I took this as a sign that the fever may have finally broke. Before we left the house he was reading and I could see the sweat puddling on his face. His hair was soaked when we got into the car (all a good sign, I thought).

The good news is that his ears, throat, and chest were all clear. She still put him on an antibiotic because his cough was becoming moist and he had been fighting something for almost a week. He was also given a breathing treatment that really helped his cough. She also wants us to come back in a week to go over an asthma action plan for him. He hasn't been officially diagnosed with asthma until now, but she says he needs to make sure he has an inhaler at school and at home.

Chase was NOT happy that I made him wear a mask at the doctor's.

So where are we now? Well, the fever is back again and Chase is less than pleased. He's attempting to eat dinner tonight, but really doesn't care that much about food. I am hoping a good soak in the tub tonight will help him break his fever for good. And if not, he's going to sleep on the porch (I'm kidding!).

This week is certainly off to a rocky start.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Weekly Rewind

I had made a post last night about my Mom's visit, but it was scattered (and I forgot a few things). I blame the pounding migraine I was fighting with since the end of my class yesterday afternoon and the lack of sleep. So I am going to try again today! Here is a re-cap.

* Snuggles, from both animals and child.

* Discovering a new yarn shop.

* Teddy bears.

* Lattes and yarn (lots of both).

* Apple orchards and turning apples into over a dozen quarts of applesauce, pies, and just for snacking.

* Talking. Lots of talking.

* A laser tag birthday party for a certain 10 year old boy. 

* Seeing the movie The Help with my Mom.

* Listening to my husband and his barbershop group sing for their supper. 

* Just being.

I also want to take this moment to thank Courtney over at A Life Sustained and Omnatura for the giveaway of the lovely bracelet! It arrived right before Mom got here and she wore it a couple of times while we were out. Unfortunately I didn't seem to get a picture of her modeling it! Thank you once again, I absolutely love it. 

Friday, October 14, 2011

What's going on with Mom

Mom had her MRI yesterday and met with her surgeon today (she absolutely loves her surgeon).

The cancer is at stage 1. She will have a lumpectomy next Thursday and also a lymph node biopsied. Then she will have daily radiation for six weeks afterward. Her surgeon does not feel she'll need chemotherapy, but said they will decide after the results of the lymph node biopsy are in (that is like a two week waiting period apparently).

So as cancer diagnosis can go, I think this is pretty positive news.

I will be heading down to Indianapolis super early Thursday morning (her biopsy is at 8:30, surgery is at 1pm) and staying through Saturday. Unfortunately her surgeon does not want her coming up here in case of post-surgical complications (which I understand, but I wanted to be taking care of her during her recovery). I may talk to her more about that and explain the situation.

So.. that is that! Mom did all of her pre-op stuff today and is ready to get this show on the road.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wednesday Yarn Along

Good morning and happy Wednesday! Today we join Ginny and all of the other great fiber artists in her weekly knitting and reading post. Stop by and join in the fun!

Mom is pleased to be joining in one more time before heading back to Indiana.

The purple toddler sweater she was working on last week? Done. (We realized after it had been gifted that we didn't get a picture of the finished project!) The little sweater for her teddy bear? Done.

Seamus the teddy modeling his new sweater for Sage.

Have I mentioned my Mom really, really likes the Optimistic yarn? So much so that she bought a skirt to wear with a potential sweater she is making herself? Well, she does and she has. We have been hounding both Jo-Ann's in the area to get enough skeins of the yarn (she's two short from what she needs) and she has started a sweater for herself. From Creative Knitting, she is using their Woven Ribs Pullover pattern. Mom is also making socks (something she hasn't done for thirty years she claims) for her stepmother. She found a pattern at the yarn store last week and picked out a pretty Deborah Norville yarn called Serenity.

Mom remembered why she doesn't like knitting socks. She hates turning the heel. This just so happens to be my favorite part of knitting socks so after she made a couple of failed attempts, I cast on a sample run and walked her through it. The heel is turned and she is well on her way again!

Me? Well, that poor Surya shawl has had quite a week. There was the day I foolishly left it out when I went to class and Jessica-4 decided to redecorate the upstairs with the yarn and unraveled about half of what I had. Then there was the day I managed to drop a stitch in the pattern and instead of going and picking it up, I frogged it. This is not a difficult pattern by any means, it's just having a rough start out of the gate.

Sage was willing to help with the re-knitting!

Where I am today.

I just started the third round of the pattern. I think I won't be knitting today (way too much on my plate), but I am looking forward to progressing further!

As for reading, Mom has finished reading The Gap and The Help. I have finished reading two chapters in my Communications class and Sociology class ;-) I haven't had a chance to get back into the book I was reading, but am hoping to do so in the next week. I have a stack of homework to do this week so I am sure. 

Hope everyone has an enjoyable Wednesday!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Self-Portrait Tuesday | Mom and Me

From Courtney: Self-Portrait Tuesday is a way to regularly remind ourselves to get in front of the camera every once in awhile. Sharing them helps our little blog community to grow and deepen. Read my original post about self-portraits here.

This past weekend, Steve and his barbershop group hosted a wine tasting as a fundraiser. Mom and I were happy to be a part of the audience! This was the first time Mom has heard Steve perform live and she says she really enjoyed it. 

Mom goes back to Indiana tomorrow. I will be playing catch up on reading how everyone has been doing over the past week and responding to comments then. Happy Tuesday to everyone! 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Happy Birthday

Dear Chase,

Over the last couple of days, I have been thinking about the past ten years. It doesn't feel like you're ten. You seem so much older, so much wiser. But then I think to myself that you can't be older than ten. You were just a baby not so long ago.

You amaze me every day. You are so generous, loving, and understanding. You are a brilliant young man, and you never cease to amaze me or your dad. We are so blessed to have you in our lives.

You and I have been through so much together. I think that as much as I have taught you, you have also taught me many things. You are still my favorite cooking partner and road trip buddy.

Today you are ten. Double digits. You are growing into such a wonderful person.

As you celebrate your day, and your life, please remember that you are deeply loved and cared for. We will always be in your corner, cheering you on, joking with you, and supporting you.

Happiest of birthdays, Chase.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wednesday Yarn Along

Good morning and happy Wednesday! Today we join Ginny and all of the other great fiber artists in her weekly knitting and reading post. Stop by and join in the fun!

With Mom visiting, she of course is excited for the opportunity to join in on a yarn along!

The purple is a baby sweater for the daughter of a friend of hers. The yarn is amethyst and the pattern also comes from Pattern Works. She actually has the sleeves done, too, and plans on putting it all together this afternoon.

The turquoise is also from Pattern Works and was a "test drive" yarn she chose. She liked it so much that she decided to make a scarf for herself out of it. This is a pattern she pieced together herself.

That little tiny mulit-colored sweater is going to be for a recently purchased teddy bear. The sweater pattern is a newborn pattern by Kaleidoscope Yarns and the yarn is Plymouth Yarn Kudo in color 53. She's currently finishing up the sleeves for it as I write this. :)

This is such a neat yarn!

 Mom is currently reading Summer of Fire by Linda Jacobs. This was a recent free download for the Nook. She says it is excellent.

Sadly, I don't have much to report on the knitting front myself. I finished my personal project, a cover for my Nook cover that has gotten dirty. This is what I was using the Quince & Co. Winesap yarn for. I also felted a little flower from some scrap pink to put on the front. It's all done (actually, I might felt it again). As for the Surya shawl for my stepsister, I was moving along nicely and somewhere made a mistake while I was watching 12 Angry Men (with Henry Fonda) the other day and messed up. I didn't realize until last night, so I pulled it all out to start again. I've got the first 16 rows underway once again.

Added to my school reading this week, is the Interweave Knits holiday issue I picked up yesterday. Imagine my excitement when I fell in love with a cable pattern they have in there and it uses Quince & Co. yarn Lark! This is the purple yarn that is to be a scarf for a friend and has been sitting in time out for over a week in the back of my car. I practically shot latte out my mouth at Mom when I found it. ;) So once I get the Surya under control again, I'll start working on the cabling. Mm I love cables!

I should mention that yesterday Mom and I went on a little adventure to Jackson, Michigan in search of a new yarn shop for us to dabble in. The Dropped Stitch is a wonderful little yarn shop with such an incredibly helpful shop owner. Mom was able to find all the patterns she was looking for, picked up the baby sweater pattern and the yarn, and I fell in love with a Cascade yarn and picked up two skeins for an unknown project (I'll get pics of it for next week). This is going to be a new semi-local yarn shop for us, I can tell! Oh did I mention that the shop owner showed me how to do the SSP stitch as a leftie? She was right, you practically have to stand on your head to do it. No thanks, I will just skip that little stitch in the future.

Last night we joined up with my mom-in-law at the local library for a weekly knitting group she had just joined. I don't think I will return, unfortunately. I want to knit with other people, but one particular woman was extremely critical of both my projects. She insisted the seafoam yarn I am using was not bamboo, despite me telling her it was bamboo and silk (she said it didn't feel like hers, and felt like a cheap cotton -- WHAT!?). Then when I finished my Nook cover she said I wasn't doing the stockinette stitch because my stitches were twisted. My Mom came to my defense (whew) and needless to say when Chase asked if we could go home because he was tired, we jumped at the chance to leave. It was not a helpful knitting group like I thought it would be, sadly.

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else is working on when I get home from welding tonight. Happy Wednesday!

Monday, October 3, 2011


weekending, my favorite part of the week. a time to relax, live, love, just to be. if you'd like to share your weekend either with words, photographs, or both, leave a link to a weekend post in the commentsJoining with Amanda for her weekending post.
This weekend..
(sorry it's so blurry..)
+ weekend visits with grandparents who fly in just to start off 10 days of birthday celebrations.
+ the best southern-style bbq ribs (or pulled pork) in this area.
+ hope

+ seeing my dad and how he is recovering well since his heart surgery in July.

+ a trip to the local joke/gag shop 

+ Spanish lattes

+ brain freezes (repeated)

+ snuggles from a certain feline who doesn't always like to snuggle with me.

+ happily awaiting my Mom's arrival for twelve days!

+ rainbows, both Friday afternoon and Sunday evening. 

+ Family and friends, support, love..

"I'll sit with you, and you may pet me, but only a little. Don't get used to this."

Sunday -- 10/02/11

Saturday, October 1, 2011

An update on Mom

First of all I want to thank everyone who has offered prayers and support for my mom, and also for my family. We are all so thankful for everything.

I apologize for not giving more information at the time of the post, I was just still in too much shock from the news.

In conversation with my Mom yesterday, I pretty much knew earlier this week that this was not going to have a positive outcome. I didn't want to think it, I didn't want to feel it, but it turns out that Mom was pretty much on the same page of thought.

Mom had her biopsies on Tuesday and was told 3-5 days for the results. She took Wednesday off from work to recover from the biopsy procedure (which, she said, was not too bad in the long run) and went back to work on Thursday. The hospital called her Thursday afternoon to have her come in, but by the time she got the message, the doctor's office was closed. So she started calling at 8am yesterday morning.

I touched base with her right before my 9am class, no appointment yet. I called her at 9:50 after I took my exam, no appointment yet. I was in a class lecture when I saw my brother calling my cell phone. I knew it wasn't going to be good.

Once I played the message, I gathered my things and went to Dale (she works on campus -- always good to have a friend nearby) and broke down. Dale was able to calm me down, offered me a shoulder, and got me to a point where I felt composed enough to drive.

I went home, I called Mom.

They discovered during the biopsy that there was a third mass behind one of the other two masses so they biopsied that one, too. All are positive for cancer. The cancer started in a milk duct and spread outward. They won't know until a follow-up MRI (scheduled for 10/13) how far along the cancer is, or the exact size of the masses. She meets with a surgeon on 10/14. They typically like to schedule surgical procedures within a week of the surgical appointment.

What they discussed with Mom is definite lumpectomy, possible lymph node removal, possible mastectomy (whether partial, or whole, it is no yet determined), and chemo/radiation of some sort.

Mom's biggest concerns are 1) She is still planning on coming up to Michigan for Christmas and wants them to do whatever they need to do now (As she put it to me, "If I have to crawl, I'll be crawling!") and 2) she doesn't want to miss too much work. They discussed at least preparing the FLMA paperwork, but she wants to only use her stored up sick time.

This morning when Mom and I were talking she said she feels she has let everyone down. That she is weak. I reassured her that none of us think that, that she is an amazingly strong woman and she is going to get through this.

She asked how my dad is doing/looking since his heart surgery in July. I told her he's looking great (no longer death warmed over). She started to cry. She said that two days ago as far as she was concerned she didn't have cancer. And she said she still feels and looks like she did then, but this morning she looked in the mirror and said "You have cancer." I cannot imagine what she is feeling or going through. I told her that yes, she does, but it is not going to define who she is as a person. She is still so amazing, so beautiful, talented and loving (along with so many other things).

I asked her what I can do right now for her. She told me to help her learn to like pink more. I picked up a sock monkey hat for her while I ran last minute errands (she adores sock monkeys). I told her she was going to have quite the collection of hats. I also reminded her that Dale and I are willing to make dreads in any color for her, and of course there is that tattoo to be planned ;) We're moving on to humor, optimism.

When the surgery is scheduled, I'll be going down to Indiana for a few days. I wish I could be there with her through it all, but I know she does have a great support system in place.

Right now Chase is handling it all pretty well. He's had time to prepare for this possible outcome. It will be probably be different when Mom is here on Monday, but we shall see. Thankfully my Dad and stepmom arrived last night, so they are a pleasant distraction. Steve knows (he's been working up in Mesick, the Mushroom Capital of the US!) this week and is due home tonight.

This weekend will be focused on my parents and kicking off the birthday festivities with Chase (Hey.. 10 is a big deal -- it deserves ten days of celebration).

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.