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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

News from the Hood

It's been a busy week or two and good. It surprises me that we are now well into October. A beautiful season but too short!


But there are still plenty of sunny days!


So, a quick look at life in my neck of the woods, not in chronological order! It included...


A trip to Southern Exposure with my friend Kate to make an autumn door arrangement. As you may well know, this is one of my favorite places in all the world, and it was good to be back.


I'll have a full post on this soon!


And at home, I've been trying to get my garden in order. Back earlier this summer, I painted what was left of the ladder I ran over with the car a couple of yeas ago and it's home for some of my plants. When I saw Jann's arrangement with all her pumpkins and such, I though "I need to borrow that idea!" I expect another few pumps will be on this one before the end of the season!


I got my mask fitted for my radiation which started on October 9. So far, so good. The only disappointment is that the radiation goes till Nov 3 so I won't be able to jazz it up for Halloween. I had plans, too.


Rick and I attended a Great Gatsby gala that our Friends of Theatre group co-hosted at one of Lansing's oldest homes. It was the perfect setting. We didn't have to come in costume but I made an attempt! (I'll have a little more on this soon, too!)


The evening was loads of fun with a Charleston demo and mini-lesson, scenes from the upcoming play, live period jazz and food and wine.


We celebrated Kevin and Molly's birthdays a bit belatedly but with great joy. Of course, one of our most fun parts of the weekend was spending time with the Baby Grand.


Still Smitten.


So is Rick!


I've been doing a lot of research into my family history project and my book is coming. along slow but sure. Definitely not ready for Christmas! (My favorite discovery so far: Stephen Colbert, one of my favorites, is my cousin. Distant cousin -- but we share the same seventh great grandfather!) A little baking, a little reading (do check out "Broken for You" by Stephanie Kallos. A little miracle of a book).


And a lot of decorating! More to come!


Still smiling.

37 comments:

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love the mask!! Oh that baby Grand of yours is adorable. Happy you are having a busy and fun Fall!

Stacey said...

Jeanie, you know how to fun and your smile always makes me smile.

I'll be thinking of you and that radiation treatment. Did the mask make you feel claustrophobic?

Valerie-Jael said...

Your little grand is a real sunshine, what a joy for you all. The mask looks scary, perhaps yOu can save it for Halloween next year....You Halloween decorations are fabulous and put my 3 little ceramic pumpkins and a witch to shame! Looks after yourself, good luck with the treatment. Hugs, Valerie

eileeninmd said...

Hello, your baby grand is adorable. I love all the Autumn decorations. The mask is different, I pray all goes well with the radiation treatment. The Gatsby Gala looks like a fun time. Love all the photos. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

Lynne said...

Quite the mask . . .
Caring about you during your radiation . . . any pain, discomfort.
I hope it continues to go well . . .

Baby Grand is sweetness and joy . . .
Smitten you say . . .
Bet he loves his granny . . . and grandpa . . .

Happy you enjoyed another Southern Exposure trip.
I enjoyed making a pumpkin piece for front entrance.

Loved your “look” for the Gastby event . . .

Pam Jackson said...

Great pics of the garden. Grandbaby is adorable. Hoping that all goes well with the treatment and it is not too bad on you. You have a beautiful smile!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I must have missed a post, what is the radiation for? Do you have skin cancer?

That baby is adorable and how he smiles.

Your decorations look wonderful and you really did an outstanding job.

Take care of yourself.

Hugs,
Mary

Becca said...

Looks like fun! well, except for the mask 😕 It make me claustrophobic to look at it!
That baby is adorable, no wonder you're all smiles around him!

Sandra Cox said...

All kinds of fun going on in your neck of the woods. That baby is too cute. Loved your Great Gatsby look:)

Lynda Shoup said...

Ok, so I have missed something. Sending love and hugs for the need for radiation. I have flipped back through, but missed where the original post might be. Anyway, whatever you are facing I am sure you have a good support group around you - just looking at your photos lets me know you are well loved. Regardless, I guess you won't mind having me think of you and send my best thoughts and prayers.

I also wanted to say how much I love that Gatsby event and your painting is really impressing me!

Big hugs to you.

Teri said...

You've been busy ! That baby Grand is adorable! Can't wait to hear more about the party.

Joyful said...

What a cute baby grand! So much fun at that age too. I love your Great Gatsby outfit. Did you dance too? I'm sure you had a wonderful time. I love the fall colours too and agree that October is far too short. It is already half finished! Yikes! LOL. I have been enjoying our sunshine as we've had several reprieves from rain.

My name is Erika. said...

It looks like other than the radiation, life is good. Your Halloween decorations look great. I've started but still need to finish. And The Great Gatsby Party looks a whole lot of fun. But best of all is the adorable baby Grand. He's getting so big. Keep having fun. Hugs-Erika

Red Rose Alley said...

First, I want to say how sorry I am for you having to go through all this, Jeanie. The picture broke my heart. I hope all goes well with your treatments.

Your nature pictures are always so pretty....the leaves, and that butterfly! Your grandbaby is so precious. What fun the Great Gatsby Gala must have been. You both look great! I can just see you out there dancing the Charleston. When Jess got married, they did a line dance. My best friend said, "let's get out there and dance." Not knowing it was a line dance, I got out there, and then attempted to not look too out of place. Luckily, Nel was right in front of me, and I could follow her steps. ; )

~Sheri

Joanne Huffman said...

Sorry you won’t be through until after Halloween. The Gatsby party looks fun and you look great. As always, you made a cool piece at Southern Exposure. That baby just gets cuter and cuter. My favorite piece of info is that you’re related to Stephen Colbert.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Even in the face of all the bad things going on around you this season, you are still being brave and putting on a smile, regardless what comes your way. I love that about you. No matter what, you don't let ANYTHING get you down.

I look forward to your trip to Southern Exposure. That's always a highlight for me to see. I also adore your autumn decorations and I love what you did outside.

Keep smiling and keep hugging that adorable grandchild, too.

Marilyn Miller said...

Love, love the pictures of "baby grand". Also the party sounds like a very fun one. And then to top it off with a visit to play at your favorite place. So sorry you have to travel through the radiation, but then this will soon be a distant memory and you will be all well. Take care!

Sylvia said...

Jeanie, I hope the mask for radiation is not has painful as it looks. I love the family photos. You guys look great all dressed up for a nice evening out. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

Rita C. said...

You make a great Flapper, Jeanie - soul sister! Baby grand is getting more handsome with each peek. Anytime you visit Southern Exposure is a treat for me too...looking forward to your upcoming post on it.

Victoria Zigler said...

You've been busy... Glad it's the good kind of busy, and you've been enjoying the season and your family.

shoreacres said...

Are you having to have a radiation treatment daily, minus the weekends? Given the timeline and the number of treatments, it must be pretty frequently. I hope you told them not to muss your hair when they put that thing on! I had to laugh -- there's some sort of fruit I've seen in the grocery store that comes in a white netting like that.

Other than that? Your wonderful life continues. And back at Southern Exposure? What could be better?

La Table De Nana said...

You are wonderful to share so much..one day one of us may be facing the same thing..and we will remember your post and woderful outlook on EVERYTHING.that Little is so darn cute..
Glad you went to NE..my kind of place..and look at you 2 all dolled up!:)

The French Hutch said...

Time seems to be flying this October and seems you are one busy gal. The party looks like loads of fun and the photo of you and Rick says it all, great snap. Glad you are getting on with your treatments and will have that behind you soon. What a precious baby grand, he is so cute! Love that hat. Glad you got to do the Southern Exposure event, I know it's your favorite.........Have a wonderful weekend...

Silver Willow said...

You are such an amazing woman, Jeanie, you really are! Your attitude, your joy de vivre....is inspiring.

Cecilia said...

Heart-warming photos and words. Thank you so much!

Barb said...

That Grandbaby steals the show! You could just wear your radiation hood for Halloween. (Hope everything goes smoothly, Jeanie.) I love the idea of your old ladder as part of the decorating scheme.

Carolyn Marnon said...

Hi Jeanie! First, I love the colors of the leaf photo. You took a beautiful photo there. I love close-up shots!

Second, I am sure all will go well with your radiation. I had radiation for tongue cancer back in 2001 and had one of those masks as well. Since that time, I have heard many improvements have been made in the way radiation is administered. I lost my sense of taste for about 6 months. I still have my mask all these years later. One day I imagine I will do something crafty with it. For now, it just sits in my craft room.

Praying that your radiation treatment goes smoothly and you don't suffer any awful side effects.

Sandra Cox said...

I'm glad the radiation treatments are going ok. I'll be glad when you are on the other side of it.

Arti said...

Beautiful fall photos. Life in your neck of the woods sure is colourful. Glad you're enjoying every moment. Your positive spirt is admirable, Jeanie. Inspiring post.

Blondie's Journal said...

Love and hugs, you warrior!

Lovely photos, I adore the little man in your life.

You are a Mia Farrow look alike!

Jane xxx

BeachGypsy said...

Great pictures! that little baby boy is oh so sweet and adorable! I can see just how much y'all are enjoying him! I've been on vacation and totally missed your post about the treatments you have to get, I am so sorry you have to go through this but I just know that it all will go JUST FINE AND YOU will be stronger, healthier and better than ever! I hope the treatments go by QUICKLY with little or no side effects and that they are the absolute right treatment for you at this time and that this will go smoothly. I love the Gatsby night pictures---so fun! Love the costumes

Vivian Swift said...

Aint no radiation alive can keep you down for long. I know a Warrior when I see one.

Naomi said...


Jeanie, your flower photos are so, so pretty! And the grandbaby is darling. My grandbabies are no longer babies. The youngest is two and a half so sometimes he needs to be treated like a baby, but he's more "little boy" now. Sniff, sniff! I think he may be the last grandbaby, too. Which is probably best for the mamas, but a little sad for me.

You and Rick look great at the Gatsby party! I think the other reader is right--you sure do know how to have fun!

Hope the radiation goes well. You can use that mask for lots of things after you're done being radiated! Can't wait to see what you do with it!

Katie Clooney said...

You are one busy lady, Jeanie! I always enjoy your photos. The last one is my favorite! Have a wonderful weekend.

Barbara said...

Hi Jeanie. Good grief, I must have missed the post where you mentioned radiation. Please know I am thinking about you and wishing the very best for you. Your photos, as usual, are above the norm and I love your Gatsby costume. I couldn't help but notice that the baby has the exact same colour of eyes as you. Isn't it amazing how they often favour their grandmothers? I will be looking for further posts from you as autumn progresses.

Barbara Fisher said...

Your baby grand is utterly adorable. The mask looks a little scary, but it’s good the treatment has started. Thinking of you.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

It will be so good to have these treatments behind you. The mask does look a little bit scary! It's good that they are being thorough though so you can make sure the cancer is completely gone!!

Baby Grand is so adorable. I love his blue eyes! I can see both Kevin and Molly in him! The Gatsby party looked like a blast!!!

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