Well, I have to start out today's post with an apology. When I took the pictures off my camera just now, I was waiting for the appearance of a cute picture of Mike and Smitty watching TikTok videos together. Only then I realized I'd formatted my memory card after I'd taken the picture. Duh. I usually format the card every time I take pictures off the camera. I've had problems with the card becoming corrupted if the pictures are simply "deleted," and so I'm in the habit of formatting. So I did my slow stitching, took the picture, then forgot all about the picture and formatted the card. I will regret losing that picture for the rest of my life. Maybe I can get the two of them to pose again, but I doubt it. Because you know...cats. And you know...men.
Instead, I have only this picture of Smitty...shocked! I tell you, shocked!...that I should forget about any pictures I'd taken of him.
Like I said...cats.
But oh well. The day goes on. I drowned my sorrows in this batch of Red Root Relish. My yield was 9 half-pints.
In the meantime, I have a couple of projects to start. One will be the next challenge quilt for The Endeavourers. Our next prompt is "The Sea." I have some ideas about it, but nothing set in stone yet. Also, I need to make a mug rug for the Teal Mini Challenge, a fundraiser for ovarian cancer research. I've tried unsuccessfully to contact my partner, and she hasn't attempted to contact me either. So...kind of disappointing...it makes the swap a lot less fun.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, Mike and I are participating in the Pathfinder study today at Oregon Health & Sciences University. We're having some blood drawn. As I understand it, the blood will be used to check for "cancer signals," which can indicate the presence of cancer in different parts of the body. Of course, we're both hoping for a negative result. If the result is positive, then we'll submit to other forms of testing, which could include things like colonoscopy or mammography. Continued testing would be at the expense of the study, but any treatment would be under our own health insurance coverage. So anyway...I have to say it's a little scary to embark on this, but of course, early detection improves chances of survival from cancer. And...it's just a study. If it works, it could be a boon to future early cancer detection and treatment. You can read more about it at the link I provided earlier. After that, we'll probably get some lunch somewhere with outdoor dining.
With that going on, I'm not sure how much sewing will get done today. On the other hand, it's an excellent way to avoid housework. For now, I'll get back to my slow-stitching. There's still some time before we need to head out.