Friday, December 30, 2011

Looking Ahead

Christmas has come and gone for another year, much to Frankie’s chagrin.  No sooner had he gotten used to all the ‘new’ Christmas-y things that invaded ‘his’ space when it was time to pack them away.  *wink*

Although it wasn’t in the forecast, we had a beautiful white Christmas.  It snowed almost all day on Friday, the 23rd and the entire day on Christmas Eve.  Here is what it looked like out our back door just after daybreak on Christmas morning.

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How many times have you said to yourself that you wish it would snow on Christmas Eve and be gone a few days later?  I guess we have to be careful what we wish for, huh?

And here is the same view this morning…only five days later… at around the same time of day.

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We’ve had amazingly mild temperatures for the past three or four days with lots of rain and high winds and in the blink of an eye, the snow vanished. 

The grass has remained green because we haven’t had many nights to speak of where the temperature has dipped to below freezing.

Even Mac prefers the outdoors without snow because there are more places for him to sniff and explore.

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This morning while Mr. Painted Quilt was at the gym, I decided to put Christmas to bed for 2011.

The antique poinsettia quilt on our bed has been replaced with this Lemoyne Star , pieced by me and quilted by my friend Nancy who is in China for the next two years because of her husband’s job.  Miss you, Nancy!

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Nancy did all the free motion quilting in my favorite motif…feathers!  The photos really do not do justice to the quilting.

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And it’s ‘Frankie-approved!”

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In our other house, I always referred to our guest bedroom as ‘Emily’s room”. 

Do we have a daughter named Emily?

No.

Then why Emily?

It’s a name that I’ve always loved and over the years, it just kind of evolved into a girl-child’s room.  After a few changes and additions, our Nova Scotia home is also ready for Emily…or anyone else for that matter…to pay us a visit.

When I unpacked more boxes a few weeks ago, familiar treasures from Emily’s room in Ontario began to reappear.

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With a few nails here and a little folding there, the transformation started to take place.

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Of course I had to put my Raggedy & Friends quilt on the bed, along with Miss Ann herself.

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And here she is just settling down in her new digs to read a few chapters of her favorite book…

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while surrounded by familiar things that were packed away for what seemed like a lifetime.

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Home at last!

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For those of you who might be new to my blog or are visiting for the first time, the Raggedy & Friends quilt was a free BOM that I designed and released about a year and a half ago.  The PDF files are still available to download on the right sidebar of my blog just by clicking on the individual links.

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And I really have to show you these neat labels that I ordered and received only a few days ago.  They are made from 100% natural cotton twill and the quality is wonderful.

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They come in a roll as shown below and are very reasonably priced.

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I started to compose this post around 10 a.m. and am just finishing it now. 

In the interim, our mail was delivered to our roadside box and I decided to run out to check if any of my orders had arrived.  No orders but a card was left indicating that there was a parcel waiting for me to be picked up at the post office.

I whined  asked Mr. PQ if he would drive me to the post office in town and I was thrilled to bits when I found out that the parcel was the one that Mary had posted on December 7th that we both thought had been lost in the mail.  The timing couldn’t have been better.

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I am writing these next words with tears rolling down my cheeks…not because of what I am about to say…but because the wording on the plaque that Mary sent says it all.

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The source to my cancer has been determined and treatments will commence on the 23 of this month.

Kaarenheartname

119 comments:

Paula Martin said...

Hola Kaaren, gracias por compartir con todas nosotras durante todo el año tus trabajos y tus diseños, espero que pases unas Felices Fiestas y un Prospero Año nuevo 2012 y que llegue cargado de Amor,Paz y Salud, para ti y los tuyos.un abrazo paula

Eileen said...

Good luck with the treatment Kaaren. Now that they have found the source, direct positive healing can start. Keep thing positive thoughts!

mariebeers said...

Kaaren, the sign is wonderful, may your treatments be few and successful. Wishing you wonderful results. Your tags are just too cute, could you share the sourse as I'd like to have some made.

Marie

PS~~Oregon is also have very mild weather, snow on the mountains is way down from last year.

Amy R said...

Kaaren - Now you can begin the road to solving the issue and moving on with life. We will walk the road with you. . . reach out to us when you need a helping hand. Prayers to you and your hubby. . . .

Janet O. said...

Perfect little plaque for you. I will be praying for healing.
And if I change my name to Emily can I come stay in that room? : ) So fun!
That LeMoyne star quilt is gorgeous--what a treasure. The quilting is amazing. If I ever grow up I want to machine quilt like that!!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Good luck with your treatments. I hope they are not to difficult and most important effective! You rooms look beautiful!!!

Lesley said...

Love your post and the great pictures. You've made your house into such a welcoming home! And your "Emily" room is wonderful with such gorgeous quilts. I love the name tags...a great idea! Mary seems like such a special frIend; the words on the plaque are so powerful, shared by all. Take care, one day at a time.

wilma said...

Kaaren Tu hermoso Blog nos hace soñar, El paisaje y la RedHouse y las mascotas y sobre todo el Edredón de Estrellas todo Lindo.
Tienes que ser muy fuerte, con Ánimo y Segura que vas a salir con bien de esta Fuerte Tarea, Con Fe, Optimismo y no bajes la guardia, que Dios y nuestras Oraciones te Ayudarán. Esperanza y se Fuerte.
***Feliz y Venturoso Año 2012 con Mucha Salud y Fortaleza****
Desde Venezuela con Mucho Cariño.

Tiffaney said...

Prayers for your treatments. I love you Raggedy quilt. I have all my blocked pieced and half of them stitched. I hope to have a completed top to share this year.

Darlene said...

That plaque from Mary is sheer perfection. Living for TODAY is all that matters. You continue to be on my mind every day - sending lots of positive thoughts, hugs and prayers.

Little package coming next week - wanted to wait for the Christmas rush to be done. :-)

Darlene said...

Wait, wait, I forgot to talk about Emily's Room - it's delightful and ready for friends to visit.

Phyllis said...

God bless you Kaaren. I know this is scary but we all love you and will keep you in our prayers. Blessings for the New Year.

Sheila said...

Very very good luck with your treatments - - sending prayers that you will soon be fully well again.
Love your "Emily" room :)

Carol said...

Hi Karen, I'm so happy they found the cancer source and can begin treating it. I lve the picture of your white Christmas. Seems like snow is scarce all over the nation this year.

Hey, can you please tell me where you purchased your labels? I've been wanting some labels just like that and don't know where to get them.

Teresa Felgueiras said...

Hi Karen,
I hope your treatments will be very successful and cause minor upset.
Love to see your house decoration. I love your house. I wish I can have one someday, for now I have to be happy with my little apartment and my great family.
I sincerely hope 2012 will be a great year for you. you deserve it.
Happy New Year!!!
Teresa

anneke said...

Love your post and it's great to see the quilts in their new rooms.

You should put a list on this card to keep it close. It's a strong line to keep nearby.
Good luck with all that's waiting.
All the best for 2012.

Monica said...

*hugs*

I'm so glad they finally found the source of your cancer so you can begin treating it. I will continue to be thinking about you and sending positive vibes your way.

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

Wishing you everything positive in the new year!
Happy New Year Kaaren!

Corrine said...

I am so hopeful for you in 2012. Your postings are always so bright, cheerful and hopeful. I look forward to each one. May this new year find your health issues solved and your spirit stronger than ever!

tink's mom said...

This sounds like a very positive step. I will keep you in my prayers as you move forward with your treatments.

Emily's room is lovely and so inviting. Love the quilt. Selina

Jeanne said...

I love the Ann and Andy quilt and room. What a perfect place to sleep and dream. I'm glad to hear that the source of your cancer has been found. I pray the treatments will be successful.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Oh Kaaren, kick that big old ugly C right out of there! Hugs and prayers and hugs and prayers.

Bonnie said...

Thoughts and prayers will be with you. I love Emily's room, very welcoming for any guest. Your "Raggedy" quilt is wonderful. I have printed the directions and hopefully will get to it one day.Those labels are very nice. Is it a Canadian source?

sunny said...

What a beautiful snowy picture!Karen, you'll be in my prayers as you begin your treatments. Wrap yourself in all our hugs, and reach out any time there's anything we can do.

Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

Your bedrooms looks so welcome and inviting with their gorgeous quilts! I can see why you love the freehand feather design! It is gorgeous!!

I know the next few months won't be easy but I will be cheering you on and praying for you and thinking good thoughts for you as you kick that cancer to the curb!!

Sending big hugs up the coast to you!! Linda

Wendy said...

You home is so warm and welcoming, love Emily's room and the quilt on the bed.
Do you mind sharing the place you ordered the labels?

Heartsdesire said...

So lovely for you to have had snow on Christmas Day. Just heavy rain, wind and a bit of sunshine here on the west coast. Oh well, we don't usually plan for a white Christmas anyway. Hoping your treatments go well, I'll be sending very positive thoughts and prayers your way.

Marie said...

Karen you have the most inviting home. I am so glad they have found the source and you can begin the treatment. the plaque is so right for you. Please know we will be with you all the way on this journey, we will pray with you and hold your hand. Also if you have time would you share where you ordered those great labels? Thanks so much.Marie

Sandi said...

Kaaren,

I'm so glad they have finally identified the origin that has been long hidden from you. My New Year's wish is that is is curbed and put out with the trash!

Emily's room looks lovely and inviting, a perfect get away in your home.

Enjoy the New Year and the bright lights on the horizon.

Stephanie said...

The photo of the snow at daybreak is Mother Nature at her finest. Your Emily room is sweet as can be and that gorgeous quilt from your friend keeps her near and dear. Best wishes to you and I'll keep you in my daily thoughts.

Marge said...

Now you can treat it...you have found the source. Thoughts and prayers for complete healing.

We, too, have had a strangely warm start to winter here in Minnesota. We had a few flakes last night and this morning, maybe an inch or so.

God's richest blessings in 2012!

Ulla said...

Beautiful snow pictures, and I love Emily's room! We are still waiting for snow, had it just for a few days early in December. Good luck with the treatment, whatever form it will be. Happy, healthy New Year!

Merilyn said...

So glad your treating doctor has found the source of the that dreadful scourge - wishing you succesful treatments in the coming months, prayers continue that you come through this with a good result! Love the new quilt on the bed, such wonderful quilting!!!, it is very special indeed! It's nice to freshen up the look of the room at different times during the year!!! Love the tags too, I see many of us want to know where you got them LOL!!! Not having much experience with snow at this end of the world, I'm amazed a good blanketing of it can be there one day and gone the next!!! Wishing you a positive and healthy New Year Kaaren! God Bless!!!!

Pieced Pastimes said...

You continue to be in my prayers for healing and strength during your treatments. Blessings.

JCnNC said...

Kaaren - that is my favorite of all quotes - it came to me right after my first husband died (in the line of duty while a VA state trooper.) Today is all we have - life can change very suddenly and there are no promises. I am so glad you received it as a gift.

I cry with you and know your battle and journey will be the toughest yet - and fought with much faith, courage and strength. You have the prayers of all who know you coming your way. Judy C

barcord said...

What beautiful quilts Kaaren. Your rooms are looking well. I do love Emily's room. The raggety ann quilt is fabulous. I will continue to hold you in my prayers as you undergo treatment for cancer. God Bless You, and Mr PQ with peace and strength for the months ahead. much love Barbara x x

Sunnybec said...

At last they have found the source of the cancer, now the treatment can begin, we are with you all the way. xx

Kate said...

Now you're on the road to recovery ... at last! Your Raggedy Quilt is absolutely gorgeous! Keep your chin up and remember what that plaque says.

Chookyblue...... said...

goodluck with your treatment..........

Lilian Pilar said...

Hola Kaaren!!!
un gran abrazo para ti y tu familia... que este nuevo año que comienza venga repleto de Amor y Salud.... que tu tratamiento sea una bendición....
Besitos
Lily

marina said...

At last, you can look forward and battle this knowing at least the nature of the beast.
Mary's plaque has such beautiful words on it that it moved me too.
Love your Lemoyne star quilt and Emily's room looks gorgeous!

Susie said...

Best wishes to you.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I have lifted you up in prayer today asking for God to give you healing and strength and peace. blessings, marlene

Gmama Jane said...

Kaaren,
Please allow all of us to walk with you during your treatments by praying for you and encouraging you! Prayer really does change things, I don't understand how or why, all I know is that God chose this way of communicating with us. He does listen and Divine healing is not a myth!! Blessings to you as you begin your treatments.
Gmama Jane

Janet said...

I can't get over the snow being there and the grass just days later, what a lovely white Christmas scene. Emily's room looks fabulous and so do the quilts on the bed. I found another photo of the poinsettia quilt somewhere else, it was a quilt kit or pattern I guess, I love it.
Bless Mary's heart, what a lovely gift. Lots of love and prayers for the begining of your treatment. xx

Sharon said...

What a great tour of your home. I love all your decorating touches. And a white Christmas, how lovely. That plaque is perfect and so true. I'm sending positive thoughts for your upcoming treatments.

Anonymous said...

Happy new year to you, good luck with your cancer treatment. I love the work you have done in the bedroom, and Frankie! I can't get over the difference in the photos, snow and no snow - amazing, summer here and we are heading for 32 celcius today, 36 tomorrow! Live my your new plaque and all will be fine xxBrenda

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Kaaren I LOVE Emily's room. What a wonderfully splendid retreat. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful pictures. I love the tags, and I'd like to know where you ordered them from ;-) Wishing you a very Happy and blessed New Year, my friend.

Jackie said...

I love that colorful pink sky. I really don't think that anything like that can be found here. Maybe I need to get up early one morning and go to the beach and find out!

You truly have the gift of the perfect touch. I can't seem to put three things together and have them look nice. You have wonderfully pulled who rooms together!

Such a thoughtful and special gift from Mary. She sounds like a special friend. Sending you thoughts of successful treatment and good health.

Shakerwood said...

How perfect is that sign?! Prayers going up to you from (never a white Christmas) South Carolina . .. .

Kris said...

Kaaren - What a fabulous post!! Emily's room is wonderful, your Lemoyne Star quilt is gorgeous and I am going to take you up on that darling, darling Raggedy & Friends quilt!!! I am thrilled you are not afraid of tomorrow and that teatments will start soon!! You know you are loved so much by so many and our prayers are with you and your honey!!! Give Frankie a pet for me, will ya?? xoxoxKris

Muddling Through said...

You are more than a conqueror through Him who loves you. Praying for your speedy and complete recovery

Anonymous said...

Kaaren,

I am wishing you an Happy New Year, with good health.

I am sending healing thoughts your way.

Carole Y. from Hudson Guild

Shelley said...

Oh Karen, Praise the Lord! Now the healing can begin and heal you will! Have faith! I know exactly how you feel -scared to death that it will be more than you can handle-and that's exactly what you're supposed to feel and it's okay :) The thought of treatments is completely mind blowing but please know you can trust your Dr's and healthcare providers to look right after you thru the whole thing. It really is a minute by minute journey but we all KNOW YOU CAN DO IT!!!! (((HUGS)))

Lori said...

Love Emily's room! You've done a lovely job with it.

Now that the drs know the source, let's get on to getting it stopped in its tracks!! I pray treatments will not be too difficult for you.

So glad the parcel made it's way to you today.

Red Heads said...

Kaaren my dear, What a beautiful post. All your Christmas treasures. We sure did have SNOW for Christmas eh? I am praying for you Kaaren, with hopes that things will make you better starting on the 23rd. Blessings to you both.

Deb said...

Kaaren, I suppose it must be some relief to know what you are dealing with and can now face it head on. Think positive thought and know that you can beat this.
Your home is beautiful and the LeMoyne Star is gorgeous. Have a Happy and Healthy New Year.

taylorsoutback said...

Your Lemoyne Star is just fabulous - it is what a quilt is all about.

Wishing you all the best in 2012 -praying your treatments are gentle on you and the New Year brings renewed health and energy.

Love all the special touches in your Emily's room...

Sue said...

The Lemoyne Star quilt is amazing, love everything about it! I've been praying that they'd find the source of your cancer & will continue to pray that the treatments will eradicate it.

Judy C said...

Sending out many prayers & hugs to you Karen. Be strong, and love today!
Judy

Peg said...

Kaaren, Positive thoughts bring positive actions. Praying for you and your strength to carry you through the next days and weeks and months. Praying also for your dear husband who I'm sure is wishing it was happening to him instead of you.
Love all of your pictures and I love Raggedys. You are a terrific person!

Terry said...

Your snowy Christmas looks so pretty! We haven't had any snow yet. And I'm sure you're relieved to finally be able to begin treatment for your cancer. Sending lots of hugs and prayers your way!! :0)

Mimi said...
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Mimi said...

Kaaren, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Also, can you tell us where you purchased the twill labels?

Colleen said...

Kaaren, the little plaque is wonderful and I will be thinking of you and praying for the best. The photos are great once again! And the snow scene could be a card ~ just lovely.

Sandi said...

I keep you and Mr. PQ in my prayers and hope for a swift recovery. I would love to stay in Emily's room and I'll answer to anything. LOL The snow was lovely.

KaHolly said...

Kaaren, I thoroughly enjoyed scrolling through this post. Emily's Room is lovely. It's one of my favorite names and I almost used it when my daughter came along, but with a long last name, it just didn't flow. I'm glad you can start your treatments now and will keep you in my thoughts. Hugs, karen

Sandy said...

So very hopeful that your cancer can be conquered now that they know the source. Prayers and hugs to you for a speedy recovery. What a precious sign...so apropos!

Kathleen said...

I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers as you start your treatments....May the New Year bring you postive results...God Bless....I love your little Mac...I have one of them....Molly....don't you just love those Westies....

Bunny said...

I am praying that your treatment does the trick for you. You are in my thoughts. Love your little plaque. It sure says it all.hugs.

Rita said...

Kaaren, Please know you will be in my thoughts and prayers as your go through your treatments. I pray that God will give you the strength to get through this challenging time. I wish you a very healthy 2012. Happy New Year!

Sheila said...

Sending all positive thoughts your way. Your guest room is beautiful, thanks so much for sharing. Isn't it funny how Frankie really knows how to relax and enjoy himself in every room in the house. I hope you and your husband have a wonderful New Years Eve!

roccagal said...

What a lovely post!
The sign brought tears to my eyes as did your news! The new year will bring new hope and healing.

nancy huggins said...

Love the quilts and the guest room. I would like snow on Christmas eve and Day and then be gone. Winter hasn't started yet and I am already looking forward to spring :)

Shari said...

Lovely post, and perfect timing on Mary's gift. A sentiment we should all carry with us. I will be thinking of you and praying for you and your husband. More difficult days ahead, but we are with you in spirit.

Rhonda said...

Enjoyed seeing "Emily's Room" with the Raggedy Ann doll! Sweet. I pray your treatments will do what they need to to help you.

Hanne said...

I just love your quilts. I still working on my Raggedy quilt:-) I hope it will be finish in 2012.
Wish you a happy new year.

Sue-Anne said...

How wonderful to have that beautiful snow fall "on cue" for Christmas. I love Emily's room and good luck with your treatment, I'll be sending cyber hugs and positive thoughts your way.

Happy New Year!!!

Allie said...

You got snow for Christmas, how wonderful!!! And then it went away! I'm moving there.

Your Lemoyne Star is just gorgeous. Love the feather quilting too. Oh, and I'm changing my name to Emily - thanks for getting my room ready! *G* I really love it! Your labels are awesome, I'd love to know where you got them.

That sign is just perfect, isn't it? I'll be praying for you for your treatments, hon, my prayer is that 2012 will be a happy and very healthy New Year!

Wendy B said...

What a postive end to 2011 Kaaren....fantastic news ....a great start to 2012! Many many tears of joy are flowing here...and yes, Mary has hit it right on the head!
You go girl....right into 2012 with a vengeance!
Happy happy new year filled with love and blessings
XXX Wendy :O)

Bertie said...

Now the cancer has been located Kaaren you can start the road for recovery with treatment, my thoughts will be with you all the way!!

Your quilts are breathtaking, over the past year you have shown us such beauty and splendid advice! Thank you!!
The plaque says it all, so true.
Wishing you and mr P a Happy New Year!
Hugs :)

Betweens said...

Your posts are always so lovely Kaaren, you were lucky for your Christmas to be white and then have it go away for puppy to play..LOL
Your changing of the seasons are always so gorgeous inside and outside the house.
Emily`s place is coming along lovingly. I have a doll Emily cause if I had a choice I would call everything Ruby (which mostly everything is...LOL)
As for your health I am glad they found the source and treatment will begin in ernest. Like everyone else has said positive healing thoughts are coming your way.
Your music is always fun to listen to as I read. I should order some of those tags. Cause I detest doing labels on my quilts...hugs to ya, New Years will bring lots of support

Beverley said...

God Bless you , and good luck with your treatments. I am going to make your raggedy Annie for my youngest daughter, but will do the red work in her favourite colour, purple!

Kathy H said...

Those tags are cute and I have seen them more and more on different projects. The picture of CHristmas morning was beautiful. I will be saying more prayers for you for good results with your treatments.

Needled Mom said...

The quilt changes look wonderful. I love Emily's room with the Raggedy quilt and toys. The Lemoyne Star is amazing. That quilting is stunning.

Mary is such a doll. She certainly selected the perfect gift and it says it all.

I am sure that you are not looking forward to the treatments, but it must feel good to have found the source so that the best action can be taken. I will continue to keep you in my prayers, Kaaren.

Carole said...

Love, love, love the way you decorate. I just cannot say enough. Your home is beautiful! Thank you for taking the time to share. Oh, and what wonderful news! Happy New Year my friend! Wishing you all the best 2012 has to offer! Hugs!

Dianne in the country said...

Hi Kaaren,

Happy New Year's to you all. So glad to hear that they have found the cancer source and you can now continue with treatment.

Love your new labels, would love to know where you ordered them from.

Your "Emily" guest room looks so inviting.

Enjoy your weekend.

Dianne

pinsandneedles said...

The words of the sign says it all! My thoughts and prayers are with you during your treatment, Kaaren.

Love your new labels...can you share your source?

I just love a white Christmas but we haven't seen much white fluff yet. Even our winter get-away was lacking in snow.

GerryART said...

Wonderful post today.
Love Emily's Room, very inviting.
We've not had a measurable yet this season. Not in a hurry for that at all.
Love and hugs to all, Kaaren
♥ ♥ ♥ Gerry

Carrie P. said...

I will definitely be praying for you during the treatments.
Always enjoy seeing your home with all your creations. You have the "decorators" touch.
Happy New Year!

JessicaSews said...

Hello Kaaren! Have missed stopping in, it's been so busy here. Sending lots of love and prayers. I will be back to catch up on your beautiful blog as I now have a little traveling computer!

You are such a positive person, I know that it is helping you so much for your health and recovery. Kisses!

SueB said...

That is awesome Kaaren. Wishing you wonderful and fast results. Love Frankie. I can come be Emily. LOL

Susan said...

I'm a 1st. timer to your blog & what I've read/seen I love....you are so positive with your 2012 treatments; I love that & the best for you is to come!

Elyte said...

Wishing you eace, love, health and happiness for the New Year Kaaren.

Grandma M said...

Just want to add my prayers and well wishes to those already posted. May the support you receive give you the courage to fight your way to health. There are lots of people cheering you on so feel free to lean on your blogging friends.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

I just wanted to wish you all the best for 2012. May it be a year of healing and creativity!

((hugs)) to you as always ;o)

Nola said...

Good luck with the treatments Kaaren, I have had 2 types of treatments and some surgerys and
still kicking high...I am turning
65 on Feb 5....Keep your sprits high and know that we are all out here pulling, praying and can't wait until you are cancer free..PS got a letter from an old friend of mine and her first line was I am cancer free...it happens every day...

Maryjo said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you...think positive...you have lots of people that love you standing beside you. 2012 will be a great one for you I am sure. Hugs!

Carol Merritt said...

Happy New Year, Kaaren and Mr. PQ (and Mac and the "girls too") I pray that this year will be filled with happiness and health. The Raggedy Ann quilt looks great on the bed. Still waiting for mine to get quilted. Take care, stay strong and know that you have a world of friends that love and respect you.

Karen said...

That is a nice LeMoyne Star quilt. Like the colors, and of course the quilting is wonderful.
Emily's room is quite cute. I could cuddle on that bed with Franike and feel quite comfortable.
Happy to hear you now know what direction the treatment is headed. Lets get this thing done so its over, and we can get back to fun stuff like stitching and quilting.
Wishing you well...Karencg

carol said...

Peace, comfort, and strength on your journey this 2012. Special healing prayers...

Karen said...

Kaaren -- you are such a special lady -- thank you for blessing my life with your wonderful humor, skills and tenderness...

Sending healing and positive energy your way this last day of 2011.

Karen

Kathryn said...

Maybe an angel Emily will take up residence in her room and watch over you this year. May your treatments make a difference and bring you back to health. Best wishes in 2012, Kathie L in Allentown

Linda said...

Happy New Year, Kaaren!!! That plaque... Wow, says it all with a big lump in my throat. :-) Sending you big hugs from Homer Michigan cuz those are the best hugs one can send!!!

Sylvie BG said...

What a lovely home you have, Kaaren ! Thanks for opening it to us !
I wish your treatment will be successful.
Happy New Year, Kaaren !
Best Wishes from France,
Sylvie

Ter'e said...

Oh my little darling.....
I was reading thru your blog post and when I saw that Raggedy Quilt, my hands went to my face with a huge OMG. My eyes opened and I was in total lust. If that isn't the most precious quilt I have ever seen! Gorgeous. It's everything one would want in a happy quilt. I love it.
As for your treatments...........we are all with you 300%. You'll have so many little fluttering angels watching over you. This is just a little bump in the road. You stay positive.......we're here for you.
Again I say it - I sure wish I wasn't so far away.
Loving you to bits.......as you know.......
(Your new sign is so perfect)

Anonymous said...

I have been reading your blog since just before your move last year. I enjoy your pictures and how you share about your life. I have been praying for you and am continuing to do so as you begin your treatment. I agree with the other comments about few treatments and positive results and such.

paulette said...

WOW!! 107 comments of good wishes!! That speaks VOLUMES! The biggest GET WELL WISH is 108 and it's coming from ME!! Take one day at a time and lean on that man of yours and you will get through this!! SENDING nothing but good wishes your way and wishing you all the BEST is 2012!!
Hugs and a big mwah!!
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Melanie said...

Press forward and get it fixed!!! I just know blessings are to follow.... Happy 2012.

Deb said...

Kaaren,

You're in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that the treatment goes quickly so you can return to your passions with no further thought of your illness.

Anonymous said...

Kaaren, that plaque says it all. Tears are gathering in my eyes as I write. Thinking of you and praying for the best outcome from your treatments. Beth in Alberta.

Mimi said...

Your Emily room is delightful. I am sure finding the boxes and putting things "just so" has been very satisfying. Will be with you in spirit and prayer as treatment begins.

MARYNAN said...

Kaaren, I have been following your blog for quite a while now. I hope that you will still manage to get some sewing done during your treatment. At the moment, there are 112 comments before mine!!! Wow, you are much loved. My thoughts and prayers go out to you in COLD Canada, whilst we have just started to swelter here on the East Coast of Australia!!!

Maryanne

Elzaan said...

Good luck with the treatment. At last you have a point to work from.
Love the gift you received, and I enjoyed seeing the Raggedy Anne quilt again! I still need to fisnish quilting mine :-O

Dennis and Barb said...

Blessings to you, Kaaren my blogging friend! You will be in my prayers this new year as you travel through your cancer treatments. You are not alone!!

jimena said...

With God's help I am sure you will overcome this trial. Prayers and love your way so that you feel not only surrounded by friends but also protected by His power.
Jimena in Beirut

Patty said...

Kaaren, now you can begin you journey of healing, it looks like your home is in order, so surrounded with your things and your love ones, you will have a place of peace and comfort to come home to. Keep positive thought and I'll keep you in my prayers.
Peace,
Patty

DebbieM said...

Kaaren, I haven't been blogging during the holidays, a busy time, but you have been in my thoughts and prayers. Let the healing process begin, keep positive and all will be well. Blessings to you in this new year.

Aggiequilter said...

Thank you Kaaren for sharing your wonderful talent and eye for beauty with all of us ...
My thoughts are with you as you begin your treatment. My 81 yr old father-in-law is fighting his battle with colon cancer, his determination and progress over the last 1 1/2 yrs is amazing. I know yours will be too!