Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Sweet 16

Hi friends! Miss Madeleine turned 16 on the 31st. :) Oh my! We gave her a record player. We went to a huge antique mall in downtown Milwaukee yesterday. She got some albums. The Eagles, David Bowie, Buddy Holly, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. We had family over for birthday cake on Saturday. This is the cake I made. Madeleine made the marzipan bees.
I have never had help with any of the 51 unique birthday cakes I have made over the years. It was real neat to have Madeleine help. :)

I forgot to post the winner of the Uncle Sam chart by Bent Creek on the 3rd. I have however already told the winner. Annette! It will be in the mail, on it's way to you shortly. :)

I had the full body exam by the dermatologist yesterday morning. I have no other melanomas. I do have 4 atypical nevi. Basically they are odd moles and need to be watched. Because I have many moles and have these odd 4, I am at high risk for another melanoma. In three days I go for the consult with the surgeon. In 6 days I get the tissue surrounding where the melanoma was cut out.

All three of the kids need exams now from the dermatologist. Madeleine had hers yesterday and is all clear. The boys will get in there soon. They will have to get exams every two years for the rest of their lives now.

We are going to the State Fair today. :) All five of us together. We are going with sunblock and hats. New way of thinking. New way of life.
I have not been doing any gardening, other than dead heading. Brian has been watering for me. I have thinking to do. It hurts my heart to cut back, but I have to. I will be making my chocolate garden much smaller. I am not sure I can just get rid of it all together. That is the garden that is too big for me to handle because of weeds. It causes me pain in my hip and I would be outside a lot in the sun. These are specialty plants I have toted from two prior homes to this home. They are all chocolate in color, name and some actually smell of chocolate too.

Oh yes! My hip pain has gone done. The cortisone took about a week to truly help me. It does seem to be helping me though. :) I go to get another two shots in my hips next Tuesday. The day after I get the surgery on my leg!

I have been stitching. I need to do finishing work on a few projects. I have been kinda preoccupied! No pictures of stitching for you today friends.

Thank you for stopping by. Thank you for your friendship. I cherish it. ♥

Stitching and praying,


butterfly said...

Lovely cake Vickie and happy birthday to your daughter.
Beautiful flowers , sorry that you can't garden too much now your flowers are so beautiful hugs.

Jacquie Morris said...

Oh my what a lovely cake ... Happy Birthday to your daughter :) Oooh a record player... wonderful! Han wants one too :)
loving your flowers... very pretty :)
Wishing you a smiley day :) xx

Annie said...

What a fabulous cake!

The good news is that your hip pain has subsided! So at least you don't have to think about that so much as you deal with all of these other challenges. They make beautiful sun hats.. bet you could cross stitch a poodle on one of them!

Lynda Ruth Bowers said...

Love the cake and the little bees on top. Glad you are feeling better. Hope you enjoy the State Fair. I am sending you a big hug to help you feel better. Love your flowers. Lynda ruth

Dirty Martini Queen said...

That cake is just too cute and the bees are so sweet looking. I Good news about the hip pain and hope the next set of injections extends the much needed relief.
Have fun at the fair and eat some cotton candy for me.

Hazel said...

Happy belated birthday to Madeleine! What a lovely looking cake. So glad to hear the good news. xx

Catherine said...

Happy birthday to your daughter ~ what a fantastic cake!
Good news that there are no more melanomas and that your pain is better!

Carol said...

Sweet Sixteen--what a special day for Madeleine! And you made such a great cake to help her celebrate, Vickie--love the tiny bees she added, too :)

I'm glad to hear there are no other melanomas and that the kids will be checked, too. It sounds like you have a concerned and very thorough dermatologist... I hope the tissue removal next week isn't too painful for you--you've had more than your share of pain through the years, Vickie. Take care now--you are in my thoughts and prayers...

gracie said...

Birthday wishes for your young lady. I hope you continue to feel better. Keeping you in my thoughts.

Michelle said...

Oh the cake is lovely - I wish your daughter a Happy Birthday xx

Melissa said...

What a lovely cake! Belated Happy 16 to the sweet Miss! Those records bring back memories!

The flowers are lovely. I'm sorry to hear you have to give up on the chocolate garden. I wonder if your precious plants can be potted up into big pots and put on your deck or something? That way you won't have to bend down. Just an idea.

Since catching up on your blog I am glad to hear you and your family have the all clear on the skin cancer. Henry in french knots is just spectacular! Well done!

marly said...

Glad some relief has come your way and you got the all clear body report. Sorry about your chocolate garden. I saw one on Pinterest that was planted in the long oval galvanized feeders. I may try that next year. You can actually sit while you weed!!

Beth said...

Beautiful daylilies and a wonderful birthday cake! Love it!

Krista said...

Great rockin' music choices! That cake is so pretty and the flowers too! Glad to hear your hip is doing better. Have a wonderful week!

cucki said...

Aww yummy cake..
Happy birthday to your daughter..
Sweet hugs xx

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Oh Vickie, I've just been reading your last post and I'm sorry you've had to deal with this but happy that you thought to mention it to the doctor. Now that you know about this issue then you can be vigilant at all times. I hope all goes well with the surgical excision - not a nice thought but worth the peace of mind. Take care.

Margaret said...

Happy birthday to Madeleine! It's good that you are making sure your kids are good with the dermatologist. I hope the date with the surgeon goes well. Glad the hip pain is better. Hope it stays that way.

Annette-California said...

Happy sweet 16th Birthday Madeleine! What a beautiful cake you and her made to celebrate with family. WooHooo Thank you so much. I'm so excited that I won the darling Uncle Sam little chart. Looking forward to stitching it. Prayers all goes well with the surgen appt. love Annette

Lesley said...

We had no internet yesterday so I am a bit late with this post!
That is a delicious looking cake and I love the little bees.
Happy birthday to your daughter, Vickie.
Really glad your examination was positive and all goes well at hospital. Great news that cortisone is helping:-)

Angela P said...

I'm so glad to hear that they didn't find any other Melanomas. I hope the surgery won't be too painful. I will be thinking of you :)

Love the Beehive cake! A record player sounds like an awesome gift!

Mii Stitch said...

Happy sweet sixteen to Madeleine :)

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter! The cake is very lovely, and the bees are awesome! What a great job you both did!

So glad your pain is going down. Prayers sent your way sweet friend. ((hugs)).

Lillie said...

Happy Belated Sweet Sixteen to Madeleine.

Oh my! What a wonderful beehive cake and cute the bees!

Glad the medical results came out good. Take care there!

Julie said...

Belated birthday wishes to your young lady, a super cake.

Hope you had fun at the fair. x

love and {hugs} x

stitchersanon said...

The cake is amazing..good news that there arent any more melanomas. They will keep a careful eye on you but better that then not xxxx I'll keep praying for you xx

Mdm Samm said...

you have me buzzzzzing...what a delightful find you are..

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

I am praying for you Vicki! God will see you through! I love that cake!!

Annie said...

Hello Vickie
Fantastic cake and happy birthday to Madeleine!
I'm keeping my fingers crosses for you and your boys. Glad Madeleine is clear.
Beautiful flower photos.
Happy weekend.

Andrea said...

A fabulous cake, I bet it tasted as good as it looked. Mmmmmm. Better to go for an appointment every 2 years for the next 70 years or more than suffer the consequences. Glad the medical results came out OK for you and Madeleine. Fingers crossed for the boys.

Brigitte said...

Such a lovely beehive cake you made for Madeleine. It looks delicious but I bet there wasn't a single piece left after a short while, lol.

I hope you were having a lot of fun at the State Fair. At least you could go there without hip pain and those sun hats usually look really good :)

Maggee said...

Just checking in after a trip to visit family... You've been in my prayers and on my mind. The cake looks yummy! Belated Birthday wishes to Madeleine! Glad to hear the pain has subsided. Hugs!

KimM said...

What a yummy looking cake - and what good news from the dermatologist - so glad your pain is a bay.