My Alpine Home

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Share Your Cup #264

Hello my friends, and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC for short)
 
The party where you share what makes you happy.
 
 
It's what I call, "filling your cup".  I truly believe that by sharing we help to fill others cups as well.
 
After the hottest summer on record here in UT it finally has cooled down and feeling a bit like fall.
 
Last week I shared falls beautiful harvest and my recipe for apple crisp in An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
 
 
I also shared how It's No Picnic recovering from having a double mastectomy.
 
 
I have been keeping so many of you in my thoughts and prayers with all of the terrible hurricanes and fires!
 
Now for the features from SYC #263:
(Please remember to pin from their site and not mine)
 
Leslie from Dandelion Sprinkles shared how It's beginning to look a lot like fall at her home.
 
 
Laurel from The North End Loft shared how they are moving into their cozy cabin.  Sorry Laurel, I am unable to leave a comment on your posts.  :(
 
 
Nikki from Gwin Gal Adventures has been springing into fall and added a beautiful pop of color to her porch.
 
 
 
This was such a fun pinup photo shoot shared by Jennifer from
 


Thanks so much for sharing and please grab my button if you were featured.
 

 
 Now let's party!
 
1.  I would love for you to be a follower of Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
2.  Link up a particular post and not your entire blog. Please limit your links to no more than three.
3.  Please have a back link to this post.  That way others will know where the party is.
  Only those with a back link will be featured.
 4.  Please find time to visit at least two other participants.
It's a great way to find new friends!

After you link up, please come back and leave a comment.  They help to fill my cup! 
 

Monday, September 11, 2017

An Apple a Day Keeps the Dr. Away. . .

Hello my friends,
I'm sure many of you are familiar with the old saying, "An apple a day keeps the Doctor away".
 
Well, if that's the case, I have not been eating nearly enough apples.  (wink)
 
Still, once fall rolls around I've got to have a bowl full in my house.




 
Nothing quite like biting into a crunchy, juicy apple!!

Thinking I should have oiled them for their photo shoot.  :)

I placed them in this sweet $4 Sunflower Pyrex bowl I picked up at a thrift shop a couple years ago.  Two small plates with sunflowers in the center was propped behind.  One of my scales helps to add some elevation to the vignette.  Notice the cute little sunflower S&P shakers?  I got them at an estate sale.  I thought they were so tiny and sweet!

The orange creamer was another thrift find.  I loved the diamond design.  Thinking I need to fill it with some acorns.

 
But you know the fun couldn't stop there. 
Did your mom ever tell you, "to stop playing with your food and just eat"?  I don't remember being told that, but not only do I play with my food, I play with my dishes as well.  lol!
 
 
I have such a sweet tooth and as soon as it feels a bit like fall I get craving Apple Crisp.  It's one of my favorite fall time desserts.
 
I have the complete set of four of these green Pyrex bowls called, Verde.  Another great thrift bargain.  My friends from one of the clubs that I am a member of gifted me with the darling dishtowel after my surgery.
 
 
Well, enough with playing, I'm going to eat that Apple Crisp!!
 
 
 
Here's the recipe just in case you get a hankerin for some too.
 
Apple Crisp
 
8-10 apples  (any variety.  I often mix, using what I have)
 
Top Crust:
1 c. brown sugar            1 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt                1/8 tsp. nutmeg
                       1/2 c. oats                1/2 cup margarine or butter 
Mix together till crumbly I use a pastry blender. 
 
 Place peeled, sliced apples in a buttered 9x13 pan. 
Top with crumb mixture and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 min. at 350 degrees.
      
 
hugs,
Jann
 
 

Friday, September 8, 2017

It's No Picnic. . .

Lying in bed all day is no picnic. . .
 
SO,
 
of course, I just can't do it!!  :)  Luckily, the Dr's agree that getting up and moving is some of the best medicine.
 
Of course, finding a happy medium of not overdoing is always a challenge.  I listen to my body, and know when enough is enough!
 
I'm moving at a snail's pace, but am getting things done.
 
I have always loved picnic tins, and have collected a nice stack over the years.
 
I brought a few of them upstairs for my fall d├ęcor.
 
I placed a handmade crochet cloth on the middle of my table and scrunched it up.  I placed two of my picnic tins in the middle and filled the top one with a few maize colored plates.  I picked 8 of them up at a thrift shop last year.
 
 
While vacationing in CA in June I found the cute small thermos for $2 at a thrift store along the way.

 
This jar came from the estate I have been helping with.  I put it out for two sales and it didn't sale.  I loved it and decided that I was meant to buy it.  ;) I filled it with, not pretzels; but faux pumpkins.
 
 
 
I've kept my decorating pretty simple this year.  Remember, I don't want to overdo!  lol!
 

 
A couple of days later I ran across this little flash card of kids raking leaves and added it to one of my floral frogs.

 
Here's a couple of other picnic tins I've used.
 
This one is a reproduction that I bought while vacationing in New England fall of 2015.
 

 
I've used it in my family room mantle display.

 
This sweet pumpkin was made by a blog friend, Fran from

 
Some days I feel a bit like this mouse looks.  (wink)

 
But then I realize how blessed I am and just like this beauty, life begins to shine!


 
 Yup, some times life is no picnic, but we have to look for the silver lining!!
 
hugs,
Jann
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Share Your Cup #263

Hello my friends,
welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC for short).
 
 
 
The party where you share what makes you happy.
 
It's what I like to call, "filling your cup"
 
My cup runneth over with gratitude for all of the love, well wishes, and prayers that have been said in my behalf. 
 
My hubby, family, and friends have been amazing!! 
 
I am doing quite well.  I take it one day at a time and am pacing myself.  something that is not easy for this old gal.  lol!  I can not lay in that bed non stop so now and then I get up and do a little fall decorating.  I only undertake one task at a time.  First my kitchen table, then a mantle, and now two mantles.  Feels good to be up moving around, even if it's just a little.
 
They have not removed my drains yet.  I will be doing a big 'happy dance' the day that happens!!
 
There is so much tragedy going on right now with hurricanes and fires.  I am praying for all of you!  Been thinking a lot of my Texas and Florida friends.
 
I have not been on my laptop and have loved staying connected with many of you through fb and Instagram.  It will feel good to be back visiting!  Can't wait to see what you have all been up to!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Share Your Cup-Taking a Little Break. . .

Hello my dear friends,
I'm recovering from surgery and just wanted to pop in and let you know that I am doing well.  I appreciate so many of you keeping me in your thoughts and prayers!
 
I am going to take a small break from SYC.  It will be very short.  Who knows, I may be ready to host it next week.  Just taking it a day at a time.  I miss visiting with you and know that I will be counting the days until I feel up to being back on my laptop.
 
Meanwhile, I love peeking in on many of you on fb and Instagram!
 
Hugs,
Jann

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Share Your Cup #262

Hello and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC for short).
 
The party where you share what makes you happy.
 
 
I hope that you are having a wonderful week!  I am preparing for my upcoming surgery on Friday.  Trying to stay busy and not think about it an awful lot.
 
I am putting my trust in the Lord!
 
I would love to say thanks for  the sweetest comments that many of you left on my The Boobless Boob post.  Your thoughts and prayers have buoyed me up.  I CAN do this!!
 
I am not going to dwell on my cancer here on this blog, but if you want to follow me on my journey I have created a new fb page.
 
 
 
In September our craft group is going to make a Halloween wreath.  I shared the fun trinkets I have found so far in
 
 

Now for the features from SYC #261:
Each week I see some posts that I would like to feature, but am not seeing a link back to the party.  :(
 
 
Heidi from My Sweet Cottage shared her new series Second Tuesday Art Walk.  I adore her new found vintage children's
shoe forms!
 

 
Abby from  Abby's Way shared her cozy and welcoming summer dining room.
 
 
Janet from  Rosemary and Thyme shared a Relaxing Sunday
 by the River.
 
 
Mille Fiorti Favoriti shared the beautiful John Denver Sanctuary in Aspen, CO.
 
 
 
Thanks for sharing and please grab my button if you were featured.
 


 Now let's party!
 
1.  I would love for you to be a follower of Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
2.  Link up a particular post and not your entire blog. Please limit your links to no more than three.
3.  Please have a back link to this post.  That way others will know where the party is.
  Only those with a back link will be featured.
 4.  Please find time to visit at least two other participants.
It's a great way to find new friends!

After you link up, please come back and leave a comment.  They help to fill my cup! 
 
 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Treasures and Trinkets Tuesday #5

Hello my friends,
welcome to where I share my recent found treasures.
 
This weeks post is all about trinkets, Halloween trinkets.
 
But before I begin, OH MY!!  Can I just say how much I appreciate the comments of encouragement and love in my previous post!
The Boobless Boob  You have helped to build my faith and confidence in facing this journey ahead of me!!
 
I feel a deep love and connection with so many of you!!
 
Now for some fun!!  We are going to make a Halloween wreath in our September craft group.  I have been gathering fun little trinkets to go on mine.  Some I've had for a long time, but the majority are new found treasures.
 


Let's take a closer look, shall we?
 
The fun Black Cat card was gifted to me last year.  I bought the pumpkin cupcake picks off of Instagram last year as well.  Funny thing, I remember putting ones just like this on my kids cupcakes.  :) The salve tin, #'s 31, and the darling little pumpkin guy came from Aunt Bunnies estate.  The sale I have been helping with.  Can you believe that we just hosted our 8th sale last week?  The gears were left over after the sale.  I thought they might be a fun addition.  I picked up the ghost cookie cutter
 at a thrift shop last week.
 


I loved this little Star Watch Case Co. tag from the estate as well.  I just happened to have the perfect sparkly black star.  (wink)

 
I've had the horn and noise maker for a long time.  Years ago I bought just a couple things off of Ebay. 
 

 
I bought a bundle of these reflectors from a gal on Vintage Yard Sale Utah for $4.  I actually met her while standing in line at an estate sale and we made a connection.  She now comes to mine.
 
My friend, Dolly found the skelly earrings and the darling (my fav) little pumpkin man when we were sorting for the sale.  she squealed with delight for me!!

 
I picked the owl shakers up at an estate sale last year.  The treat bag and pumpkin box are thrift finds.


 
More thrift finds.  The batman mask, and Happy Halloween sign.  Notice the tiny little orange bird.  Love it!!  I have a bagful of the skelly heads.  They and the sparkly bat are from the Dollar Store.
 



Another single owl shaker, a cat on a honeycomb pumpkin, and a pumpkin spice tin all thrift finds.  The whistle was another score from our estate sale. The crow clip was marked way down at a store after Halloween last year because he is missing his tail.  I will add something shiny.
 

 
Lastly, a rusty spring, a plastic eyeball, and some old dice.

 
I have a form and a few ornaments that will complete the wreath, but still on the look out for more.
 
Can't wait to create!!
 
hugs,
Jann
 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Boobless Boob. . .

Hello my friends,
this post may not be for everyone; but it's just something I had to get off my chest.  (pun intended)  :)
 
I want to share with you how you can still feel blessed and find beauty in times of trial and turmoil.

My garden helps to remind me of that!
 

 
 
(my Black Eyed Susan's are so huge this year, they look more like a bush than a perennial)
 
On July 19th, two days after my birthday I had to return for a second mammogram.  From there they did an
 ultrasound and biopsy.


 
 
(Gigantic blooms on my two Hibiscus)
 
The next evening I was out mowing the front lawn when my 7 year old granddaughter brought me my phone.  On the other end was my family physician.  He said, "Jann, have you heard anything about your mammogram?"  I replied, no; they said that the earliest would be Friday.  It was Thursday evening.  He replied, "Well, I have the results.  You do have breast cancer, and I'm so sorry that I have to tell you over the phone".
 
I stopped dead in my tracks!  WHAT?  Me, the person who rarely is sick has Cancer?
 
 
(I love this little corner of my rose garden.  The garlic chives have begun to peek through the rusty metal fence and my rustic mailbox, turned tool caddy adds a bit of fun to the garden)
 
Can you believe that I did not cry?  In fact, I finished mowing the lawn.  Honestly, I think I was in a bit of shock.  Although I continued to notice the sweet smell of the freshly cut grass.

 
(Canna and Russian Sage)
 
 
 I was not happy, but at the same time I felt blessed!  Thankful that the ultrasound Dr. did not send me on my way.  He mentioned that he almost did.  But there was a small area that he found, "mildly suspicious".  Thankful that he did the biopsy and I did not go another year without being diagnosed.
 
 


(Portulaca and Morning Glory that reseeds and comes back every year)
 
 
 
 
To make a long story not so long, after seeing the Oncologist I felt pretty fortunate.  One tiny area, less than 1/3".  Should just need a lumpectomy and radiation.  THANKFUL!

 
 (White Phlox)
 
She wanted a MRI to see it better and to make sure there was nothing in the left side.  I felt very positive and hopeful.

 
 (pretty pink anemone)
 
Then while watching two granddaughters get covered with suds at our little home town celebration of a foam party my
 cell phone rang. . .
 
The physicians assistant:  "Jann, we have the results of the MRI.  It shows a few areas in your left breast and they also found cancer in the right nipple duct"  My heart sank!!  Still, I did not cry.

 
(Delphiniums blooming for a second time)
 
 
From there I had an appt. with a plastic surgeon and back in for an ultrasound and biopsy on the left side.


(kiss over the garden gate)
 
This is where I became the boobless boob!  Well, not boobless yet; but picturing it in my mind.
After the ultrasound I was lying there waiting for the Dr. to return.  He had to finish up with another patient.  Suddenly I felt tears streaming down my cheeks.  The nurse looked over and said, "oh hon, are you okay?"  I apologized and told her I really was okay and didn't know why I was crying now.  Then I casually blamed it on the sad movie I had seen the night before.  I had bawled like a baby in the theater.  Maybe my emotions were still close to the surface.  (wink)

 
 (Dahlia that came back from last year.  Even after our hard winter)
Like me it's a fighter and has a strong will to live!!
 
With this new news, things totally changed for me.  I had decided to have a mastectomy on the right side.  I felt strongly that I didn't want to take a chance of the cancer returning.  After meeting with the plastic surgeon, he agreed that it was the smart thing to do!  He said that if they missed even a tiny bit that the cancer
 would grow back.
 
The results from the left side came back benign.  After lots of thought and prayer I have decided to do a double mastectomy.  Even though they are benign now, how easily that could change.  I've heard 4 different stories of women who had one removed and within 18 months to 3 years were back in with cancer in
 the other side.

 
(Limelight Hydrangea just starting to bloom.  Another Russian Sage in front)
 
 
Here's the thing.  I've kind of grown use to these puppies.  Yes, that's what I call them now and then.  Although with the passing of time, they no longer sit up and bark at you like they use to.  :)
 
But I've had them for as long as I can remember.  Yes, they were small and insignificant at first, but those babies blossomed.  I was a late bloomer and didn't need a bra until I was in 9th grade.
 
As they increasingly grew I always supported them and lifted them up.  When they felt bound and needed to run free, I happily obliged!  At least whenever possible.  Never were they bound at night and occasionally when working in the yard.  They wanted to reach out and smell the roses just as much as I did.  lol!
 
This is certainly going to be a new journey for me and I will miss my girls, but who knows what pleasures life will bring.
 
There's joy and happiness to be found.
 
Even for a boobless boob!!
 
hugs,
Jann