Arboretum walk about

Went on a brief walk about at the U of M Landscape Arboretum in Chaska with Jaz 6-16-11

baby pine cone

blood root

cacti in the conservatory

fox glove

emerald hummingbird

same bird on another columbine

interesting green flowers

massive purple iris

blue orchids

big white orchids

white orchids with pelican vine in the background

shaped garden

white mushroom




Jazmin’s Pincushion


New pincushion made by Jaz. 

All cotton pieced and finished by hand. 

Really old grandmothers flower garden pieces. 

Weighted with pennies. 

Looks great on my Jello mold table!

Finished some time in the wee hours of the morning March 11th 2009


Jazmin’s Charm Quilt


Jazmin my youngest daughter (18) has taken up quilting! I am so excited that she has decided to delve into the sewing arts! She already started a 9-patch with skull fabric and black and red solids, but that has been put away for the moment (ran out of solid red and need a center medalion chunk of fabric for her idea) we went to the Quiltshop on Friday since I have that day off now. She picked out a pre-cut charm set, no idea whitch fabric since as soon as we got home she set to work. There weren’t enough of the colors she wanted so into the stash to cut a plethora of other colors to make the rainbow. I hoping today while I’m at work she’ll dig through the basket of ‘big chunks’ and decide what she wants for borders. Then I think I’ll teach her how to do prairie points since I have a bunch of rainbowie 3 inch square already cut. 🙂 I am ever so proud!

Jazmin’s upcoming Surgery

Me & Jaz at the Delano park summer 2008squinty-yane-n-jazTomorrow Mom will be picking me and Jazmin up and taking us out to Waconia Ridgeview for Jazmins exploratory surgery to see what’s up with all the ovarian cysts and pain…Jaz just turned 18 last week…I tried to find out what time we need to be there but according to Hippa laws they can’t tell me…WTF…Jaz lives with me…I need to get her there… P whatever… I’ll call Jaz in a bit and have her call the Hospital and get the blinkin’ information… MAUDE IN HIMMEL I just faxed all of Jazmin’s pre-operative paperwork to the hospital…I was probably breaking the law there too…Cripes sake even!

OK Jazmin’s surgery is planned for 10:30 am…we need to be there at 9am, so dad will pick up Tab and Oliver at 6:30 and get them to work and daycare.  Mom will be at my house around 8:30am.  Supposedly check out for Jaz will be 1pm…we shall see.  Then Dad will pick up Tab and Oliver at 2pm and bring them home and drop off the car seat.  I plan to bring a bucket for Jaz in case her stomach ia unhappy.

More on Jazmin’s surgery:

Often called ‘belly button surgery’, laparoscopic surgery involves small (1/4 inch) incisions in the abdomen (usually three) through which major surgical procedures can be performed. The first of these incisions is made in the umbilicus (“belly button”). A laparoscope (something akin to a telescope) is placed through this incision and attached to a small videocamera. The video image is viewed on a television monitor in the operating room. By moving the laparoscope closer to the pelvic organs, magnification up to 6 X can be achieved.

After the laparoscope is placed through the umbilicus, two or three other small (1/4 inch) incisions are made in the abdomen, usually in or near the pubic hairline. Electrodes, lasers, instruments and sutures are passed through these incisions to complete the operation. These instruments are very small (from 1.5 to 4.5 millimeters in diameter).

The combination of small instruments and magnification enable surgical precision that is almost impossible to achieve at laparotomy. By comparison, there is no magnification of the operative field during laparotomy, and the surgeon’s hands and large surgical instruments obscure the operative field. The precision attained during laparoscopic surgery becomes extremely important when the gynecologist is treating endometriosis, adhesions, ovarian masses, and gynecologic cancer.

What is laparoscopic surgery

Laparoscopic surgery also referred to as minimally invasive surgery describes the performance of surgical procedures with the assistance of a video camera and several thin instruments. During the surgical procedure, small incisions of up to half an inch are made and plastic tubes called ports are placed through these incisions. The camera and the instruments are then introduced through the ports, which allow access to the inside of the patient.

The camera transmits an image of the organs inside the abdomen onto a television monitor. The surgeon is not able to see directly into the patient without the traditional large incision. The video camera becomes a surgeon’s eyes in laparoscopy surgery, since the surgeon uses the image from the video camera positioned inside the patient’s body to perform the procedure.

Benefits of minimally invasive or Laparoscopic procedures are

  • less post operative discomfort since the incisions are much smaller
  • quicker recovery times
  • shorter hospital stays
  • earlier return to full activities
  • much smaller scars
  • there may be less internal scarring when the procedures are performed in a minimally invasive fashion compared to standard open surgery.

Why there is pain after laparoscopic surgery?

Although laparoscopic surgery has very less post-operative pain compare to open procedure but it is wrong to think that laparoscopic surgery is a painless surgery. After Laparoscopic surgery patient sometimes may experience pain at the site of wound or in one or both of your shoulders. This is caused by irritating of diaphragm by carbon dioxide gas. This is very mild irritation. If you will tell your doctor about this problem than he will give you tramadol hydrochloride injection and pain will subside. There will also be some pain in the small incisions, which will also disappear after medication. Patient should avoid alcohol while taking pain medication. Within a few days, the pain should subside completely.