Friday, May 24, 2013

Wish me luck...

Mr. Painted Quilt, Ollie and I will be leaving shortly to make the seventy mile trip up the Valley to the hospital where I'll be undergoing a complete body CT scan around noon today.  Your thoughts and prayers would be welcomed at this time considering the findings from the bone scan that I had a few weeks ago had some questionable results.

Whenever I find myself uptight, nervous or irritated, a quick tour of my gardens always seems to settle me down.  So while dodging raindrops, I quickly managed to snap these photos just a few minutes ago.

Because we've had an unseasonably cold Spring, most of the Spring blooming perennials and bulbs have been late to awaken from their Winter sleep.











It has taken three years but the climbing hydrangea pictured above is finally going to bloom this year.  It is filling out quite nicely and we're training it to climb up the bird feeder pole.
  

Just looking at the photos leaves me calm and I'm ready to confront whatever challenges await me today.

Thank you so much for caring.


158 comments:

Quilt Hollow said...

I'm right there with you my friend...you know I am sending best wishes and mind will be on you until I hear from you again! Please let me know results...love ya girl!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Oh, prayers and hugs!

moosecraft said...

Prayers, hugs and healing vibes being sent your way this morning and always! Your gardens are beautiful... looking forward to seeing that climbing hydrangea bloom! :-)

Terry said...

Good luck! I'll be sending prayers and good thoughts your way! :0)

Darlene D said...

Praying that things go very well today! I know all about the worries and crazy tricks your mind can play! Be sure to let us know soon, how things go! <3

Scrappy/Cindy said...

You'll be in my thoughts and prayers!

Janet said...

Wishing you the best; my thoughts and prayers will be with you. Take care; my friend. There is peace and comfort in viewing your beautiful flower beds - a labor of love.

Shuttle, Hook and Needle said...


Flowers are beautiful. Because of the late and cold Spring I have Daffodils and tulips blooming along with Iris. Strange weather.
Good luck on the scan. Sending prayers and best wishes your way.
Louise

Frances said...

Prayers for healing. What a calming way to begin a stressful day by spending time in your garden.

Lib said...

Your garden is looking beautiful. Food for the eyes and soul. Good luck for today.

Stephanie said...

Every thing is crossed for you. Our lilacs are in bloom and I think aromatherapy is calming too. :o)

Vicki said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers. Vicki

julieQ said...

Many prayers, Kaaren...many prayers. and hugs too!!

ga447 said...

Your garden is beautiful and you live in such a beautiful area. Nature will help you get through this and lots of prayers. God Bless.

Monica said...

All will turn out well. I just know it. Here's wishing you a clean bill of health.

PS I can't believe you've been in the house three years already! It seems like only yesterday when you were moving into it. Time sure does fly...sigh.

Margs Primitive Quilts said...

Thoughts and prayers are being sent to you. Your gardens are lovely...hugs Marg

Sue-Anne said...

Good luck Kaaren, love and prayers for a good result xxx

Teresa F. said...

I'll keep you in my prayers. God will take care of you as He did before.
Hugs,
Teresa

onlymehere said...

Prayers are with you today. The plants are looking beautiful. Your yard puts mine to shame.
Cindy

Claddaughquilting said...

Sending all positive thoughts and prayers your way today. I understand why you love your gardens, they are beautiful. Thinking of you and yours.

June said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Missie of Hallbrook Designs said...

I will say a prayer for you that you are ok, as well as for peace for you while you are waiting for the results. God Bless You! Your garden is beautiful, by the way!

Angie said...

Sending hugs and blessings of peace and wellness, dear friend.

tpott said...

I wish you peace, calmness and comfort. Keeping you in my prayers and thoughts today. ;-> Toni Anne

Dianne in the country said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you all today.

Dianne in the country said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you all today.

Janie said...

Thoughts and prayers travel with you!

AdyQuilts said...

My thoughts are with you - good luck! Ady

Cathy said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you

Heather said...

Sending prayers and wishes for good news.

Marian said...

You're in my thoughts today, prayers coming your way!

Karen said...

Positive thoughts and prayers for you!

paulette said...

Good thoughts and a huge hug a being sent your way!! Keep smiling!
Pxo

Rosa said...

Todo va ha salir muy bien.Abrazos!!

Pen Pen said...

Praying for you this morning!

Kathleen said...

my thoughts and prayers are with you today...your garden is beautiful.....

Shelley said...

Prayers and more prayers..you will be in our thoughts..your flowers are way ahead of mine here in NB. Our yard looks so sad, not a bloom to photo.

Lori said...

Good luck today! Prayers are heading your way for a healthy test result.

Janet O. said...

Viewing God's handiwork helps us feel His peace, doesn't it?
I will keep you in my prayers!!

Pat said...

Sending good thoughts and prayers your way.

Diane said...

I will pray for you all day and be thinking of you too,
hugs
Diane

Karen said...

Thoughts and prayers Kaaren - thinking of you

Hugs - Karen

inese said...

You will be in my thoughts and prayers. A gentle hug.

Connie said...

Prayer are with you all the way there and back and prayer for good new!!

Kristy said...

Have peace and joy and trust in God to protect you. We do care about you! Lovely flowers you have. K-

OneOldGoat said...

You are definitely in my prayers! I'm praying that you find peace and calmness on your way there. God bless you!

Beth

Quilt n Queen said...

Thinking of you as you face another challenging day. Good thoughts and healing prayers are travelling with you and Mr. PQ. Wishig you good health results today and always!! Hugs from Michigan, Pauline

Darlene said...

Sending healing and very positive thoughts your way, Kaaren.

Kathie said...

sending you all good wishes and hoping for wonderful news today
Kathie

celkalee said...

Dearest Kaaren, may your inner peace support you this day. I understand the garden walk being a calming experience. I do the same. But may I add that I visit and revisit favorite blogs for the same reason. Your photos of home, pets, gardens, quilts and kitchen warm my heart and have influenced my choices as well. Best to you, Mr. Painted Quilt and Ollie on your trip.

gracie said...

Keeping you in my thoughts......

WoolenSails said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you today.
Your gardens are beautiful and a wonderful place to relax and center yourself.

Debbie

Needled Mom said...

My prayers are with you today, Kaaren. These are not easy days.

Your garden is looking just beautiful. I enjoyed the walk.

Sara said...

Sending positive prayers your way! Thanks for the quick visit to your lovely garden.

Kindred Quilts said...

Will say some prayers for you today Kaaren. I enjoyed visiting your garden... so lovely!

B J Elder said...

Like a cozy quilt, may you feel God's comforting arms wrapped around you, filling you with peace as you face this next "test". You are not alone.

sunny said...

More hugs and prayers being sent. Will be thinking of you, ....and your beautiful flowers!

Christine said...

Sending prayers you way....
christine

Heartsdesire said...

Good luck today, Kaaren. I'll be sending strong, positive thoughts to you throughout the day. So nice to have such a lovely garden to give you that calming effect that you need.

Beverley said...

Hoping that you are clear. Looking forward to hearing good news.
Bev

Ulla said...

Best wishes from me too, Kaaren!

Sandi said...

Kaaren, positive thoughts and prayers along with best wishes on a safe outcome to your visit. You will overcome this bump in the path of life.

Sending sunshine and singing birds your way.

Bev said...

I've had one of those. Just keep your eyes shut and do a mental quilt. I imagined the fabric, the blocks and cut and sewed them together in my head. I have no doubt you will do fine and have a great outcome! Saying prayers!

XOXO
Cheery wave from
Bev

Diane H said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful gardens. Thinking good thoughts for you.

Kathy MacKie said...

Many Hugs and Prayers!

Darlene said...

Beautiful gardens - walking amongst that beauty would be very calming.

Prayers and good thoughts for you.

Blessings,
Darlene

Lynn said...

Add my thoughts and prayers too!

Denise said...

"In bocca al lupo" an italian slang for say good luck...from my heart!

Carolie said...

Thinking of you and wishing you the best! Love the bleeding hearts!

Susannah said...

My heart is with you during this journey. I'm sorry but know everything will be okay.

Susannah........good luck

Marsha said...

Lots of prayers and good wishes for you!

Carole said...

Sending you lots of hugs and positive energy! xox

Janet-Olde Crow Primitives said...

Good Luck Kaaren.
I'll be thinking positive thoughts for you.
Beautiful gardens.
Janet

Barbara said...

Praying for positive results and peaceful travels for you and Mr.PQ.

Bodenseefelchen said...

Praying for you ♥
and your garden is so awesome
god bless you
kisses from lake konstance

Verna G said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Cfrosty said...

Sending prayers and hugs from Texas. Your gardens are so soothing to look at.

Cfrosty said...

Sending prayers and hugs from Texas. Your gardens are so soothing to look at.

Karen L. said...

Sending you a great big hug and lots of prayers from another Karen from North Carolina. I am so sorry that you are having to go through this even after all you have already been through. It hardly seems fair!!! Good to hear that you have found a way to calm yourself since it is all out of your control anyway. Will be thinking of you and sending only good thoughts to you tomorrow. You know that there is a bunch of us out there doing that, right?

Smultronbo said...

Ur in my thoughts tonight and i hope everything turns out well. Hugs from far away Sweden.

Kathryn said...

Take a deep breath and think only the best. I know I will be thinking positive thoughts for you. Kathie L in Allentown

Karen said...

Sending prayers and hugs to you both from CA. Do what you have to do. Get it over with.

My hubby is getting his tests this morning. I take big breaths and keep busy until we get the results back.

I wished I had a magic wand. I would be waiving like a true crazy gal with a smile on my face.

Karen said...

Sending prayers and hugs to you both from CA. Do what you have to do. Get it over with.

My hubby is getting his tests this morning. I take big breaths and keep busy until we get the results back.

I wished I had a magic wand. I would be waiving like a true crazy gal with a smile on my face.

Sheila said...

Sending all good thought your way. Take care Kaaren and Mr. PQ

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

Praying now for you! I will continue to pray daily for you! Hugs, Karen

terriquilts said...

Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way, Kaaren. Your gardens are lovely, I'm always so encouraged to see new growth each spring.

Rosemary said...

You are in my heart and prayers...participating in a Cancer Relay for Life in a couple weeks...will do a lap for you!

Lisa Lisa said...

I'm sending positive thoughts your way, Kaaren. Peace be with you.

Ginette said...

Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way. Mom and I were just talking a out you is week... Stay strong.

Candace said...

Oh Kaaren - from where your garden was 3 years ago - it's spectacular! Best of luck today - we're thinking of you!
Cheers!

MoeWest said...

Best of luck Kaaren. I hope you don't have to wait too long for the results and that the news is good. Your gardens are beautiful.
Hugs.

Mimi said...

Prayers and hugs and God's peace. Garden is indeed tranquil... wonder if the climbing hydrangea will keep the squirrels OFF the bird feeder?

The Prairie Stitcher said...

Hi Swap partner. Thinking of you and praying that all the tests turn out ok. Your gardens are beautiful. Hugs. Jan

The Prairie Stitcher said...

Hi Swap partner. Thinking of you and praying that all the tests turn out ok. Your gardens are beautiful. Hugs. Jan

Sue Bennett said...

Prayers are with you Kaaren. Your gardens are beautiful.

Lesley said...

Many prayers, many hugs, and fingers crossed!

Eva said...

My prayers are with you Kaaren, God Bless. Hugs

Merilyn said...

Prayers and thoughts with you today Kaaren, take care! Thankyou for sharing those beautiful photos of your garden!!!

Diane said...

Oh my thoughts are with you and I do hope the news will be good. Hugs.

Barb66 said...

Your garden is a treat to look Aton this cold rainy day in upstate NY. Sending good thoughts and prayers your way.

KatieQ said...

I wish you luck, but better than that, you are in my prayers.

Judy B. said...

With so many good wishes and prayers the outcome has to be good.
Will add you to my prayer list and am sending you good thoughts.
Judy

Ana Paula R. Portela said...

Our Lord will be with you. And all my prayers.
A big hug.

ANudge said...

Prayers being said, Kaaren. Hugs for you both and for safe journeys

Potpourri said...

Oh darn... I hope the CTT scan gives the definitive answer and it is negative. Good vibes heading up the 101 to you.

shawkl said...

Well I missed this until tonight...so hope that the test went well. I'll say a little prayer that you are celebrating the results!
Sending hugs your way!
Kathy

quilterfaye said...

Hugs and prayers being sent your way. Hope the scan produces negative results. You are an amazing lady and loved by so many.
Faye

Colleen said...

Sending my prayers to you.

dortha said...

I am sending good thoughts your way. I hope you get good news.

Polly said...

Prayers and good healthy wishes winging your way as I write this, dear friend!

ann said...

Your garden is lovely. Takes a lot of work to get it to look that way. You are on my prayer list sending you love and healing.

Anne said...

Praying for a good report!

Sandy said...

I'm reading this late in the day on Friday. I hope and pray that your testing went well today and you and the "gang" had a safe trip to and from the hospital. Your gardens look wonderful...we need some much needed rain here in NE Ohio. Right now it is in the 40's after being in the 80's just a couple days ago. Yep, that is Ohio! Blessings to you Kaaren!

Me and My Stitches said...

Hugs and prayers to you - hope you had nothing but great reports today. Your yard is looking beautiful - just love it all, but especially those pretty bleeding hearts - one of my favorites.

Dennis and Barb said...

prayers for you, Kaaren! And I just love the splashes of color from your flower garden!!

Wendy said...

Fingers crossed and holding my breath for the "all clear" signal. You're taking Ollie, but what's happening with sweet Frankie?

Louise said...

You will be well protected withall these prayers. I hope they ease the stress a bit for you. Please remember that He is in control and watching over you. After seeing your climbing hydrangea I have decided finally that I need to plant one in our yard. I have admired them for a while now. Thank you for sharing the photos of your lovely flowers. We are still not into the warm weather yet either. Blessings to you!

sandi s said...

You and your husband have been and still are in my prayers. I wish you all the best.

cyndeebee said...

Sending my loving thoughts and prayers to you, too.

Sue said...

Glad to see that you have so much prayer support, I'll be praying for you as well. Take care-

topsy said...

It's the end of the day and I've just come from the Relay for Life walk in Eastend where I walked the survivor lap - 3 years and 1 month. Thanks going for each day given. I am thinking of you and me too as I'm waiting on a liver biopsy to be done in the next couple of weeks. One day at a time my friend, one day at a time.

Roxane said...

Good luck and sweet thoughts from France where Spring is specially cold !

wolfiestitchin said...

Since the time diff I didn't read this yesterday, but I surely hope that everything went OK and I send you warm thoughts from across the ocean.
I love my greenhouse and if I'm in a bad mood, going out there makes me a nice gal again:-) There is a reason why gardening is used as therapy for various illnesses.

Quiltsmiles said...

Hugs and prayers are being sent yolur way. Good luck!
Jane
Your gardens are very pretty.

marygabriella said...

In bocca al lupo!!!
Un abbraccio.
Marina

Annette-California said...

Prayers and many hugs to you Karen. Oh I pray you have great results.
love Annette

Marcia said...

Just said a prayer...

Sue said...

All my best wishes and thoughts will be with you Kaaren
From Sue in New Zealand

Joy Burkhart said...

Love and prayers headed your way, Kaaren! Your garden is lovely, and peaceful. Please let us all know what the results are! {{{Hugs}}}
xoxo
Joy in So. Indiana

Joy Burkhart said...

Love and prayers headed your way, Kaaren! Your garden is lovely, and peaceful. Please let us all know what the results are! {{{Hugs}}}
xoxo
Joy in So. Indiana

Denise in PA said...

Just saw this, Kaaren. I guess your test is over by now, but please know that I am sending love, prayers and hugs. I will be thinking of you! o:)

Prairie Patch Quilts said...

You have received so many prayers and wishes and more...I would like to add mine to your list. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Take care and keep those pictures of your garden in your mind while being tested. Also, know that you are not alone. You have so many people caring about your results and your health. God Bless You.

JudyCinNC said...

All of everything good is being sent your way. It really is hard to be in the waiting room of life. Your flower beds are beautiful and so full of love and sunshine. Judy C

Sheila said...

Prayers are with you Kaaren , hope you get good results . Your gardens are beautiful. hugs Sheila

stitchesbymom said...

Thinking of you. Will be checking back to see how things are going. Your garden is beautiful. Good thoughts are going up right now. I think that our spring has started several times this year. But i think it is here to stay this time.

Charo said...

I will be praying for you, sure!

What a beautiful garden you have!

Gail said...

Karen, keeping you in my thoughts and prayers and sending you a virtual hug.

Gail said...

Karen, keeping you in my thoughts and prayers and sending you a virtual hug.

carla said...

Hi!!! I am sending prayer and hugs!!!

Jane said...

Been thinking of you and sending my prayers! Beautiful gardens...want to come and work in mine? :-)

Mairi said...

Thoughts and prayers from down here in Australia. Hope it is good news. Even if it's not what you quite hope for God will walk through you with it. x

Mary Kunna said...

Hope everything went well. Keep a positive attitude. Everything will be okay. My thoughts and prayers are sent to you.

Allie said...

Thinking of you and keeping my fingers crossed for good news!

Judymc said...

I'm praying for you, Kaaren. Let us know how the tests go. Your gardens are so pretty!

Bev said...

What did you find out? I've been thinking of you! I can't email you because I can't put Outlook on my computer (it conflicts with my "real job" software) so I have to ask this way. XOXO Cheery wave from Bev

Kathy H said...

My prayers are with you. I hope you hear good news really soon.

Teri said...

Lots of prayers and good wishes......thank you for sharing your beautiful garden.....

Seams So Right said...

I'm wishing you the very best. I can only imagine this is a trying time for you. Prayers and hugs, Linda

Seams So Right said...

I'm wishing you the very best. I can only imagine this is a very trying time for you. I'm sending prayers and hugs, Linda

quilterfaye said...

Just checking in. Have been thinking of you today, sending positive thoughts and prayers.
Hugs

Pam in IL said...

You've been in my thoughts and prayers!

Renita Sullivan said...

Just checking to see how you are doing...hope all is well

Taryn said...

Let me join those who are praying for your health. Your gardens (and property) are so beautiful and I love to see them.

Alicia said...

Thinking of you and sending prayers your way. I have gone thru this with my husband so I know how hard the waiting is.

thequiltedcat said...

Sending positive vibes your way!

Carin said...

I hope verthing has gone well with the scan !!
Beautiful pictures from your garden. We also have rain so I made today some pictures of flowers with rain on it .... they turned out beautiful :-)

Anne said...

Your gardens look like the perfect escape from your thoughts. Sending huge hugs and prayers your way for clear CT scans.

Kindred Quilts said...

Wonderful, wonderful news Kaaren!!! And in light of the wonderful news, I think Safe Harbor is a more than appropriate name for your quilt!!!