Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bits and Pieces

I don't have a central theme for today so here are a few random thoughts.

-The University of Arizona Wildcats made it into the Elete Eight during the National Championship March Madness (basketball).  In that my husband played basketball for the UofA back in the dark ages (I think they used candles to light the gym), we are fans and were proud of the behavior of the kids and the new coach.

-My old man Sheltie dog is going to be 15 on April 4.  He's starting to fail and my younger male is starting to get pushy.  I realize this is normal dog behavior but it is not allowed.  My husband warns him that Stetson (old man) has powerful friends!

-A friend had a birthday party for her old man Corgi dog.  Unfortunately he is very unreliable around other dogs so he opened his presents, had his frozen treat and then went into the house.  The party was held down the street with the other dogs.  Kind of sad but a trip to the vet to be sewn up wouldn't have been a good option.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

All Over the Place Workspace=Chaos

I carry my trays all over the place.  Usually the dining room table is my main workstation but I will work on my lap in the family room, living room or computer room.  First select materials.
And keep selecting and selecting and more and more and...well you get the picture.

Then, let the fun begin and let chaos reign! Good bye neat and tidy and hello clutter which seems to increase as the days go on.

It Finally, it's time for a nap. This is exhausting!

Beading at the Cancer Center

Beading at the Cancer Center

I was asked to be a volunteer at the University Cancer Center. A small group of volunteer beaders set up supplies and beading stations in the lobby every Monday from 9 A.M. until 2 P.M. Anyone is welcome to come in, select from the vast trays of beads and stones and make a bracelet, necklace, earrings or anything and all at no cost.

The participants gather their beads, design their projects and and do the stringing and the volunteers help them with whatever they need...usually the finishing work of adding clasps or tying knots.

Most of our beaders are cancer survivors who are back for rechecks, people who have just had a treatment or family members who have brought patients to the clinic for Doctor visits or treatment.

Some of the people have trouble with their hands...lots of shaking...and need a lot of help.

You cannot imagine the pleasure these small treats give them. I get more hugs than I can count.  It livens up the day of the patients and the caregivers and the volunteers. I feel I am receiving far more than I'm giving every time I go.

No pictures, I'm afraid. There are privacy issues with the patients. I can tell you, though, that they all have big smiles.