Monday, November 22, 2010

Tea Time Tuesday

The daintiness and yet elegance of a china teacup focuses one to be gentle, to think warmly and to feel close. ~Carol and Malcolm Cohen

Time for another Tea Time Tuesday with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage!

I'm a little late posting...blogger was having hiccups and didn't want to let me post pictures.  Maybe it's the snow, we're having our first big storm of the season.

My friend Lynnette and I decided to make up for our shortened day together last week, and went to a flea market this weekend.  One of my finds was this demitasse cup. 

It has a pattern of pink roses and little blue flowers.

It's marked Dimity, Spode Copeland China, England.

Thanks for visiting, and check out the other tea parties on Sandi's blog!

Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving

Monday, November 15, 2010

Tea Time Tuesday

Though I cannot flee from the world...I can prepare tea with water from a mountain stream and put my heart to rest. ~ Ueda Akinari

It's time for another Tea Time Tuesday with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage.

Today I am sharing this demitasse cup.

 This cup was from my mom.  I'm not sure, but it may have belonged to my grandmother.

It has no markings, so I don't know the maker or the pattern.  I think it's very unusual and beautiful.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Best Laid Plans...

Thursday was supposed to be our "Sharpie day".

My friend Lynnette and I came up with that term for our "girls day out".  It started as a response to our trying to schedule time to hang out together.  We decided we weren't going to "pencil" each other in on our calendars...we were going to use a Sharpie permanent pen! The name stuck.

We went to Wight's Home and Garden in Lynnwood to see their "Wonderland of Christmas".  Every year, they set up 30-something themed Christmas trees, and carry everything you need to decorate for the holidays. Lots of ideas. We laughed about the black (fake) poinsettias, which we thought looked like they belonged in "The Nightmare Before Christmas".  I understand decorating in black and white, but black flowers just don't do it for me.

We headed to Olive Garden and had the soup, salad and bread sticks.  We talked about the various things going on in our lives.  She has been an incredible support to me, as well as being a great friend and a lot of fun! 

Next we headed to Value Village for one of our favorite activities, thrift shopping!  Like usual, she found more good stuff than I did... she even found a "Nightmare Before Christmas" t-shirt for one of her daughters. We thought finding that was a great coincidence.

Then I got the text message.

We'd had trouble with one of my daughter's medications lately- her blood tests had shown she didn't have enough in her system.  This last week, we'd been very vigilant about making sure she took it on time.  She had blood draw on Tuesday to check the levels.

Her GI doctor had called- the test showed the medication was at a toxic level, and she was concerned about possible kidney damage.  My daughter drove herself to the local hospital for blood and urine tests.  (Of course, this all happened in the evening when the clinics were closed.)  We decided we'd better head home, in case I needed to take my daughter to Children's.  When my daughter got back, we waited for Children's to call.  Long story short, we ended up going to the ER at Children's.  We got there about 11pm.  She  was given a magnesium IV as her electrolytes were all out of whack.  That made her blood pressure a little low, so she was given extra fluids to bring it back up.  It was 5am before they moved her to a hospital room.  Now, they may have couches and recliners for parents who stay with their kids, but  if you've spent much time in a hospital, you know that you don't get much sleep.

Thankfully, there was no problem with her kidneys.  Because we were at the hospital, we started meeting with some of the transplant team- doctors, nutritionists, social workers.  She was able to come home Friday night.

So, my day didn't turn out as planned...  

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

I"ve been a bad blogger.

I apologize.  I haven't felt much like blogging lately.

We will start the liver transplant evaluation process on November 29.  It means two full days at Seattle Childrens, with testing, scans, meeting with doctors and surgeons, counseling, and who knows what else.  It's been pretty emotional at our house lately.

My 17 year old daughter was diagnosed three years ago with autoimmune hepatitis (AIH).  I've had people ask me how she "caught" it- she didn't.  It's not transmittable or contagious from person to person.  Basically, her immune system is attacking her liver.

When she was diagnosed, we were told that she would need a transplant in the future, probably in about 10 years.  This is progressing much faster than anticipated.  Somehow, even back then, I knew it would.  Call it what you will- a mother's intuition, a gut feeling, a word of knowledge.  Some might say I was just pessimistic, but it wasn't that.

This whole experience is a scary thing.  After all, this is my baby we're talking about.

I am so thankful for my church that keeps praying, for my friends and family who support me, let me vent occasionally, and take me on "girlfriend days" once in awhile.

Most of all, I'm thankful for a loving God who promised to never leave me or forsake me.

Tea Time Tuesday

Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea. ~Author Unknown
I'm linking with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday.

Today I am sharing this footed tea cup.

I think this is a cup that my mom gave me.  I've had it for quite a while so I don't remember for sure.  I know it's one she would have liked, since she loved violets!

It also makes me think of my paternal grandmother.  Today would have been her birthday.  She loved any thing lavender, purple or lilac.  She would have been a great Red Hat lady!

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Tea Time Tuesday

"Four o'clock is time for tea. The world can wait until five." ~ Cicely Rude

It's time for Tea Time Tuesday.  I'm linking up with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage.

This cup was a thrift store find.  I don't remember what I paid for it, but it was probably less than $5.

It's made by Gladstone in England.

The majority of my teacups were either given to me or purchased at garage sales and thrift stores.

Thanks for visiting, and check out the other tea parties on Sandi's blog!