Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Putting a Face to a Name...

Milha and I met working in the operating room in 1981.  Our love of surgery, particularly orthopedic surgery, forged a fast friendship that has only grown deeper through the decades.  She is among a small hand full of people I call fr-amily (friends who became family).  I came to love Johhny because I loved Milha.  Now, I love him just because he's Johnny.

You never imagine in all the years working in surgery... doing orthopedics... that someone you care for will become the one bearing the diagnosis of bone cancer... or any cancer for that matter.  Somehow, it seems you should get a pass when you spend your working-years trying to put people back together again.  There is no pass.  

Johnny's cancer has proven relentless.  Not responding to aggressive therapies, he is waiting to be placed in a trial study at M. D. Anderson.  It doesn't start until mid-September.   Once again, I ask for your prayers.  I have personally felt the "holding up" of your prayers.  My friends need your "holding up". 

Thank you.  From the bottom of my heart.

"But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal Life."    Jude 20-21

With gratitude and blessings ~ tanna

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Ranunculus; Lone, Late Blossom; and First Sign

This is the little top I finished last week post blocking.  Love. Love. Love this pattern!!  It is Ranuculus by Midori Hirose.  Worked from the top down, there are 276 projects (at this time) of it on Ravelry and I've loved it in every weight yarn I've seen.

Details on Ravelry here. 

Once in a Blue Moon, there will be a pattern I will love doing more than once.  I'm already on the second one and planning a third!  At this point, I'm in a holding pattern on #2.

I'm STUCK here until I receive a rescue package from a fellow Raveler!  Thought I might be able to eek it out with the skeins of this Noro Shirakaba (discontinued) from my stash, but NOPE (you can see I even considered a contrasting band... not working for me)!!  Thank heavens for ladies who list their stash on Ravelry and are willing to part with some of it!!   My hat is off to Mary of Arizona!  Yarn is on the way.  THANK YOU!!

This week a very LATE and LONE blossom appeared on my gardenia.  Feels like a sign...  I'm just not sure what it's a sign of... yet.

And, the first makings of blossoms on my sedums have appeared... their lavender beauty shines as September rolls through... my first sign that fall is not far behind... Oh, how quickly this summer has passed.

"The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference." ~ Audre Lord

blessings ~ tanna


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