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Monday, March 23, 2015

A New Year

Once again I am going to try to get back to blogging.  2014 ended bad/good. My oldest Daughter was diagnosed with three different types of cancer. I flew down to be with her when she went in for her surgery and to try to be of some help when she went home. The surgery went ...well, she went in first for a dye test to see the tumor and which way to go with the surgery, when she was brought back to the room, she told us that she must have been confused when the Doctor talked to her prior to going in for the test because she thought they were to put the dye in her hip but instead they put it in her breast. What?? When the Doctor came in and she told him, he left abruptly, came back, apologised for the error,and re-scheduled the dye test . Second try, she went in for the dye test three days later, and guess what...they had no dye. Went home and later in the day they called and she went back in and the Doctor drew a circle, marked the site with an X and signed his name on her hip. The test was finally done, apologise were forthcoming from the nurse who was sure we were all idiots and that they knew better (the first time), and was more than rude to all of us. The surgery was a success on the tumor, they were able to clean all around the area and the biopsy came back good, she also had a small mass removed from her stomach and a questionable site on her chest. She still has to go in for "scrape and burn" on the skin cancers and they recently did a check on her thyroid. It was a stessful time for the whole family, especially the debaucle at the hospital since my Daughters husband is a CNA there and so is my middle Daughter.
My Grandson came home with me, and he has been a wonderful housemate. He got a job within three weeks of being here. He is working at the Fish Factory....smelly and tireing but he says he likes hard work and has made some friends, he plans on getting on with another "fish" plant this summer, since both are "on call" jobs. At this point his Mother and siblings are planning on moving up at some point this year or next, not sure just when.
I have been beading again, did some simple stringing to boost my display at the Gallery until I could do more Cabachon work which I enjoy the most, along with bead embroidery, which I have some plans in the works for some handbags.  I will post pictures of what I have been doing. I belong to a group on line started by Robin Atkins called the Bead Journal Project. This year I finally decided to do a new Cabachon necklace for each month. So here are the first three for this year:
 I used a vintage cab for the centerpiece, firepolish and crystal beads for the fringe and neckpiece.
 I really like this one, I used a round adventureine cab and amazonite beads for the embellishment around the cabs, and for the strap and fringe.
I "captured" a coral cab with netting and used faceted onyx and coral in the fringe and strap.