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Monday, May 20, 2013

Rambling and A Warning Today 5/20/2013


Several days ago I mentioned a giveaway to be held in the near future and that I'd remind you again before I had the giveaway. Well, it's getting closer and for those of you who've never seen my giveaways, you really don't want to miss it. I make something special for each one, but there's more than one item to be given away. The only, and I mean ONLY, requirement is that you be a follower. That's it! I treat my followers well, and since, they've been loyal in following me they get to win. So if you're not a follower now, better hurry and become one before the giveaway begins. I'll give you one more warning before but that's it. If you don't want to enter, that's just fine. I truly appreciate everyone who comes here to read and/or leave a comment; I just appreciate followers a lot more. ;-) Thank you!

Reminding you again of my Pinterest page, where I post at least a couple of times a week. You'll see images that aren't yet on my blog so go there for a visual treat of nothing but beautiful images.

Also, I'll keep reminding you until 7/1/2013 that Google Reader will no longer be available. So if you want to keep track of your favorite blogs or, if you are a blogger, you'll need another site to do that. Of course, you could just see them if you have bookmarked them, but you wouldn't see if they're updated so you'd have to check every single one. I'm using Bloglovin' as many others are and while it's not as good as Google Reader, it's still better than having to click on every single blog to see if it's updated. If you want to follow me on Bloglovin', just click on the logo on my side bar.

Since I schedule these posts weeks in advance this is an actual update of my prepared blog because of something I found out on 5/15/2013. I have cancer. It's skin cancer and I've taken steps but I truly need to caution you women out there who are sun worshipers. Don't do it! If you do it now, stop it immediately.

I spent my teenage years at pools sunbathing and my 40s going to Mexico and sitting in the sun for hours and hours. I've had a few horrific sunburns. I'm very fair skinned. Well, I used to be; I'm spotted now because of the sun damage. My eyes are green and we're the most sensitive to sun—photophobia. I am never, ever in the sun without long sleeves on and sunglasses on. I can't even go to the mailbox without sunglasses. The desert sun can be unrelenting also.

When I noticed a sore on my cheek just in front of my right ear appear seemingly overnight, literally, 4 or 5 weeks ago and it didn't go away plus got a sort of scab over it, I told hubby it wasn't getting any better. I tried squeezing it a bit to see if it was a pimple but nothing came out. It also hurt badly at one point. He kept saying it doesn't look bad. But I know my body...well! It wasn't normal and it wouldn't go away. So I called my dermatologist, scheduled a quick appointment with his PA and she didn't even hesitate when she saw it. She said, "It's cancer" and wanted to look at my arms also. At that point I started stripping off all my clothes as fast as I could so she had visual access to my whole body. Nothing anywhere else. Sigh of relief! Three to 4 spots on each arm were cancer. I thought it was just scaly skin as I have dry skin. But she said, "Nope, just a different type of cancer." She froze them on my arms and also the face because she wanted to take a scraping of it, send it to the pathologist immediately to decide our method of treatment. I'll know next week what we need to do. When she said it's cancer, I didn't even flinch; I simply said, "What do we need to do?" I'm very pro-active, very. I wasn't stunned, just glad I followed my feelings and made the appointment. I'm not down a bit. I have faith I'll be okay. Cutting it out is one option if the results come back as the worse type of cancer. 

Here is a photo of it. No makeup and no photoshopping so it doesn't show me in a good light because I really am cute. ;-) But this is the look of cancer, chicks. Oh, discount the wrinkles you see...wait, I think that's my hair, not wrinkles...and no photo taken this close ever put anyone in a good light. So please don't say it can't happen to you. Stay out of the sun and cover up and warn your kids. Slather sunscreen on also. Better to be cautious than sorry.

These are two of them on my left arm, very innocuous looking. I never would have guessed, just thought it was dry patches of skin. These are a bit red from the freezing. I'm brave enough to show these ugly arms because I want to warn you that they didn't look particularly harmful. And skin cancer is one of the worst you can get. You've been warned.


Have you noticed kids today are far advanced? The teenage years are now starting at 10 years old. Sigh.

The other day driving though our neighborhood we spotted a storage shed that was much taller and bigger than ours. I told hubs we needed a bigger shed when we moved in. We had it installed before they put in our sprinkler system and grass. I thought it would be big enough then, but I should have realized they're never big enough. We always stuff things in there and even though we don't use them anymore, never get rid of them...stuff. And you know what I'm talking about. Wood. He: Yeah, but I'll use it some day. Pipes/connectors. He: It'll come in handy some day. Things I've thrown in the trash that he says he could use. He: You never know when it'll come in handy. I cannot tell you how much crap he has in there. If we had a bigger shed, sure, it would be nice, but he'd just put more stuff out there he may use someday. I've told him if he dies before me, I'm trashing everything out there except the lawn mower. I think I saw a tear in his eye.

The other day my wind chimes on the front porch actually played several bars from an old song. I don't remember the song, but it truly did. It sort of threw me for a loop. I thought someone was out there playing with them, but since I can see my front porch with video cams that wasn't so.

A few weeks ago, someone posted a lovely comment but it had nothing
at all to do with the blog post. It stymied me. It wasn't anonymous or spam because I checked, but it sure was weird.

Just a very sweet, sweet living room area but it almost looks like a shop.

How would you like this little attic bedroom? Charming, right?

I saw this in a magazine years ago and I believe it's a work area for a bunch of women who like to craft. It is, however, caaauuute!

A cute little vignette of colorful books, trays, flowers, a pitcher and an eiffel tower.

Another clever use of a step ladder.

And a cute way to display photos and glasses of flowers.

Pretty all-white room. I don't see one display of color in there.

Pretty branches displayed with a white embroidered umbrella.

Cottages built along a small road with a little stream. Perfect!

Pretty pink tulips.

Luxurious outdoor patio on a beach.

I love displays like this. So simple and yet so very pretty.

A darling living room with cushy sofa and pillows with a beautiful staircase in the background.

Lovely wallpaper, kind of subdued, but those tiny hanging lamps are astounding.

Pink kitchen, just my style.


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  1. Hi, I'm so sorry to hear about the skin cancer and will keep you in prayers that they are the type that will need no further treatment. I have been thinking about going to get checked myself as I was one of those fools that hung out by the pool and beach all the time and got bad burns often. Heck, we used to use baby oil rather then sunscreen. Let us know how things go.

  2. Glad that you found your cancer early and praying for a full recovery.

  3. G'morn Connie ~
    I, too, post every skin cancer that I get with a warning to our friends. I've had some serious removals, one last week again. I hope yours are totally gone, & you heal well. Best wishes ...
    TTFN ~

  4. Precious Connie,
    This is something I never want to hear about someone I care about. I'm fervently praying this will stop right now in the precious name of Jesus....Plese keep us informed..I'm not gonna worry, simply going to pray...

  5. Hi there....praying eveything turns out just fine for you! I have not been around lately...but trying to get back to visiting. Come visit me to. :)

  6. I know exactly what you are talking about on skin cancers. I go regularly and have them checked or removed. I did not get mine from the sun, they are inherited. My grandparents on my mother's side had them so very, very bad. Back then, they did not have the help we do today. Most of mine are in my face area so far. I may not win a prize, but you know I am a follower and have had you on my sidebar a good while.Does that give me two chances?

  7. Connie- are the pictures you posted before going to the doctor, or after they were frozen? praying- Paula

  8. Connie, i'm so glad you caught your cancer early. You will be in my prayers that no further treatment will be necessary.
    My best friend is originally from southern CA and loves to be tan. She goes to the tanning places in the winter no matter how much I beg her not to. It concerns me greatly. I'm very fair skinned myself. Hubby calls me his vampire because when we go to Hawaii I ionly go outside when the sun is low. We do inside or shaded activities during the day.

  9. Dear Connie,

    Many prayers offered for your recovery.

    Agape always,

  10. Hi Connie, I am so sorry to hear about your skin cancer. I have had it too because of living on the beach every weekend when I was a teen. I lived in Miami then. I try to stay out of the sun at all costs. I hope it isn't more serious than it seems.

    I love the English cottages by the stream and the ladder for display. The white bedroom is not for me. I love color. Green in particular.

    Wishing you well.
    xo, Jeanne

  11. Thankfully you caught that cancer when it started. I hope everything turns out well. I have green eyes too and burn so easily I stay out of the sun and inside during the day in Summer.

    I use the sunscreen with the highest percentage of zinc oxide I can find. If you go to the drugstore, you can sometimes find pure zinc oxide ointment. It's better for your skin than the other crap they put in sunscreen.

  12. I like rambling posts like this. That's kind of the way my brain works too. :)

    So glad you went to the doctor! We probably all have places that we should have checked out at some point in time.

    All of your inspiration pictures are so pretty.

  13. I read recently that eating onions is preventative for skin cancer., I put them in everything now, they are so yummy. My mother suffers quit a bit from it but she is alive and well.

    Take Care

  14. I wish you a full recovery and no further problems with the skin cancer. I had a mole removed from the back of my neck a few years ago, a slow-growing kind of skin cancer. It was very scary when my doctor looked at it one day and said "that has to come off." She took a little bit of it for testing and it came back confirmed. I would not want anyone to deal with any kind of cancer, slow-growing or otherwise. Hopefully yours can be fully removed and you will not have any more episodes. Hard to stay out of the sun when you live in the desert, apply sunblock every day and as another poster here advised, learn to love zinc oxide. It may look ugly but it's the best protection you can have if you need to be out in the sun. Goddess blessings to you.

  15. Sorry to hear this Connie. Good thing you got them checked out. Hopefully they can be removed safely, and all will be well. Take care.


  16. Hi Connie!!!

    i am also very fair skinned like you! I am sending many hugs and prayers your way as this gets taken care of.


  17. Glad that it got sorted out and you went with your instinct! It is a very good reminder at the beginning of summer to be careful. Best regards


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