Here’s a little functional springtime craft from Grow A Dream. For the most part, I give away or donate the clothes my daughter grows out of, but sometimes there are those special items that you just can’t part with. She jumped in so many puddles in these boots, and then there was interpretive dance in the giant mud pile during a renovation a couple summers ago. Too many memories to part with so I made her rain boots into a door stop.
We filled the bottom of the boots with cement. Once dry (it may take a couple days) I added some flowers from the dollar store and some decorative stones (also from the dollar store) to hold the flowers in place and to give the boot a bit more weight. Here is the result. I plan to change the flowers up by season just for fun.
Joan has been busy building birdhouses to sell at the fundraiser during the Concession Street Festival on June 7th. They are pretty fancy pants and decorated with local materials (more or less). She glazes them so they hold up to the elements outside. Want one? Come see us at the festival!
You can learn more about the Grow a Dream fundraiser here.
Bob Marley can really warm the heart and soul even in the never ending winter.
As I stood at the bus stop in minus twenty-two degrees Celsius this morning, I couldn’t help thinking that yes, winter did come roaring in and it sure is taking its time leaving. It doesn’t seem to matter where you are in the world, it seems like everyone has been dealing with some sort of weather extreme. It’s a popular topic, especially on the gardening blogs. While I practice patience, I’m going to finally place my seed order. There just doesn’t seem to be much rush this year.
A drug that can help wipe out reservoirs of cancer cells in bone marrow.
News on this study was exciting for our family. Imagine a drug (cyclophosphamide ) that is already created and used, sitting right under our noses, and it can trick the immune system and find hidden tumor cells in bone marrow. Almost seems like a dream come true for patients who don’t qualify for a bone marrow transplant, doesn’t it? I’ll be following the folks at MIT closely on this one.
Although the funds raised by the Grow A Dream fundraiser do not go to research, it is research like this that gives us hope, not just for our family, but for every family that spends any amount of time in a cancer unit. That is why we have chosen to help fund the Juravinski Cancer Centre in patient care. We want to make patients and families more comfortable during treatment. If you feel the same, hop on over and give a donation. All amounts can help us Grow A Dream.
More about the Grow A Dream fundraiser can be found here.
“I don’t have ultrasound eyes.”
This is a true story. While I didn’t expect that she did, I thought perhaps radiology could shed some light (no pun intended, ahem) into the pain that was radiating throughout my insides. Alas, radiology was closed for the day and I was sent home to follow-up with my family doctor and take some Tylenol. I’m still here telling this story, so it all worked out (thanks to my NP). So what is my point? The future is bright for my doctor who does not have ultrasound eyes. Heck if google can outfit glasses with tiny screens, then it makes sense that scientists can do this?
Yes, these are cancer cell seeing glasses. The greatest benefit… a reduced need for a second surgery, which according to the article occurs in 20 to 25% of breast cancer patients. I imagine these come with a hefty price tag, but we could GROW A DREAM… just sayin’.