Thursday, July 13, 2017

What is wrong with me??

I have been to 3 doctors since last Saturday, the 8th.

I woke up in the middle of the night with a terrible pain in my upper abdomen. It felt like I had indigestion and if I could just belch I would be better.  I went downstairs and took some Tums and sat in my chair for a while but got no relief.  Around 3 I went back to bed and tried to sleep.  I did manage to doze off for a bit but then the pain got worse.  My thrashing around woke D and when he knew what was going on he wanted to take me to the emergency room.  I said no.  I will be OK.  About an hour later when I curled up in a ball on my hands and knees he asked me again and I said maybe I had better.

We got up and got dressed and D called our daughter to see if Holzer had an urgent care here in town.  Well they did but unfortunately they didn't open until 11.  So we headed to Chillicothe to the emergency room.  I wasn't too happy about that but I needed some relief.

The car trip over didn't do me any favors but I made it.  When we got there the ER was empty so I was taken right in.  (The ER is now the ED, Emergency Department)  They asked all kinds of questions and poked and prodded my belly, stuck me to take blood and start an IV.  Finally they gave me a dose of morphine and something for nausea.  The pain eventually settled down.  Then they took me to do an ultrasound on my gallbladder. 

The only thing they could find wrong in all the tests they did was my liver enzymes were elevated.  No clue as to why they were.  So they gave me two scripts and sent me on home.  Needless to say with  the dose of morphine I slept most of the day.  Still in some discomfort, not really pain, but also feeling dizzy and discombobulated.  

Sunday I was feeling fine so we went to church and out to eat after with friends.  By the time we got home I was not feeling so good so I took some meds and sat in my chair and slept.  This is getting old fast.

Monday when I got up I was feeling pretty rough so D took me to our doctor in town.  She examined me and looked at my test results from Sat.  She gave me something for pain and got me in to a GI doctor the next morning.  Another day spent in my chair sleeping.

Tuesday we had to be in Chillicothe at 8:30 for doctor visit.  They did more blood work and an MRI on me.  Found nothing.  Another day in the chair.

Wednesday I felt pretty good so I came on out to the office and did a bit.  Had some pain but nothing I couldn't handle.  I did not take any meds that day.  Yay!! 
We went down to look at a 5th Wheel camper that friends of ours are selling.  Not sure if we are going to buy this one or not.  We both like it but it lacks a few things we want.  More on that later. :)

Thursday morning and I am doing better.  I am here at the office.  Some discomfort but nothing major.  Maybe I just had a fluke happen and I am ok now.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Giving Blood

Friday evening Dale and I went to give blood.  This is something that Dale does on a VERY regular basis and I do less regular.  I used to give everytime along with D, but I used to have a tendency to pass out afterwards so they all made me quit giving.  I am older now and things change so I try to give about every other time now.  
I have given 2 gallon and 1 quart.  Not bad, but no where near what Dale has given.  He does the double red which I can never do since you have to be at least 5' 5" if you are a woman and I am only 5' 1".  Oh, well.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Before June ends....

I always have such good intentions to post on this blog in a somewhat regular manner and then life happens and I just forget to do it.  I really do mean to, honest.

 My cutie patootie baby boy, LeRoy.  He looks so sad in this pic, but he is really my little bundle of happy
 New baby chicks, to replace the ones that some wild critter got.  I was so sad about that, and angry also.
The little sleeping princess, oops, excuse me I mean the little QUEEN.  She is 17 years old so she can sleep any time and place that she wants to. When she was just a kitten Dale would carry her upstairs to bed each night on her throne.  It was the funniest thing to see.  Erica would just sit regally on the cat scratcher pad which we called her throne and let Dale carry her upstairs.  Silly cat and hubby.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

May already?!

 My lovely wild dogwood.  It was here when we bought the property way back in 1975 so it is quite old and still quite small.  It is almost on our township road, maybe that is why it is no bigger than it it.  I am just glad it is still alive.  I love Dogwood trees.

 Grandgirls of a friend of ours.  They both love D and put up with me to see him.  lol

 D knocked over his Rtic cup and the lid came off and it spilled under my chair so he turned it up on its back to let the throw rug underneath it dry out.  Coley thought that it was a perfect place to take a nap until Mom disturbed him.

 I am knitting the Colorwash Scarf in the Mason-Dixon Kal  I thought I had chosen two yarns with enough contrast to come up with stripes.  Guess I was wrong.  The lavender cake is really a lot less vibrant than it shows here and the pinky one is more vibrant.  As you can see I am not really getting a stripe, but I still like it.   The pinky is one that was hand dyed at a yarn shop my friend had and that I ran from here for a while.  The lavender is Knit Picks Stroll Tonal Sock Yarn in Blue Violet  I think it shows better in their pic than in mine. 

The above photo is my grandson at a soccer game last Sunday evening.  It was actually a tournament.  That is him walking beside the referee..  Not a great pic but I was having trouble finding him on the field  The sun was shining in my eyes and the wind was blowing my hair in my eyes so I am just lucky to have even gotten this one.  They didn't do so well that day.  My son said it was the first game they had lost (5-2).  They didn't lose because they played badly , the other team just outplayed them.  Son said that the other team was REALLY good.  
There was a biker bar down the street from the fields and they were cooking some really good smelling food.  Among other things, it smelled as if they were frying potatoes.  Made me want to go home and fry some up myself. :)  I haven't fixed fried taters in a long time. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Hannah"s Monday

As you can see Hannah had a really hard day on Monday.  She just couldn't find the perfect place to sleep.  She was in a few more places I just didn't have the time to keep photographing her.  I had to get some work done. lol  This is what she is VERY good at doing, that and stealing the other fur babies food.  She is the littlest doggie but she seems to eat the most.  
I tried taking her for a walk today to try to start trimming her down but she was having none of it.  We went out the back door at the office and when we made it around to the front door she was ready to go back in.  I made her keep walking and when we got back around back she tried to go in then, but mean Mommy that I am I made her make the trip around the office building again.  I made her go around twice!!  Wasn't that mean of me?  Luckily for her it was a raining day Tuesday so she didn't have to walk.  Then I was out of town on Wednesday.  Yesterday I just forgot.  Guess if it quits raining today we will have a go at it again.

 This is what my Wednesday looked like.  D had to go to Mineral Wells, WV today to get some of his continuing ed in.  I opted to go on the "road trip" with him.  I sat in the dining area of a hotel most of the day.  I did go out to eat lunch (D's was provided by the continuing ed program). 
 I went down the street to a Wendy's and had a chicken sandwich.,  Now, I am not the most confident of drivers when I am out of my comfort zone so I was being really careful of what I was doing.  I got into the center turn lane and waited for traffic to clear and then promptly turned into the Wesbanco parking lot which was beside the hotel but of course did not have a pull through. 
So, I circled the building and managed to pull out on the roadway again, stayed in the turning lane and promptly pulled right back into the Wesbanco lot AGAIN!!  Good grief!  I laughed at myself, circled the building and tried again.  This time I made it out again ok and went down the street just a tad further and pulled into the hotel parking lot.  
I was beginning to think that I was in Parkersburg, WV.  I was going to meet D and had to go through Parkersburg and I circled there 3 times before I got into the correct lane. This was 20+ years ago but D still teases me about it.  
I was going to take a walk around the outside after lunch but it had started to rain so I waited in my van until it had slowed down and then went back inside and spent the afternoon playing Farmville Country Escape and working on my blue shawl.  I am not sure if I am on the 2nd or 3rd skein of yarn.  Whatever it is I still have a ways to go before it is finished.  I think it is about 18 inches and I want it to be at least 48.   So I will be knitting on this for a while yet. 

I frogged a summer top that I started several years ago.  I was never that happy with it and when I pulled it out to finish it I finished it in another way by frogging it.  I had used too large of a needle and it was all loose and floppy.  I may do it again with a smaller needle and see how I like it.  

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter in DC with Good Friends

We made another whirlwind trip to DC for Easter.  The Masonic body of Commandery does a beautiful sunrise service at George Washington National Masonic Memorial.  Since Dale is in Commandery we have gone to it several years.    It is a tiring trip but a fun one.  
We have gone on buses, in my Mini-van and this year we rented a 12 passenger van.  We always have a good time.  
I am about the worlds worst to take pictures.  I used to be behind the camera alll the time taking pictures of what we saw and did and then one day I just stopped doing it.  So I have a little over a dozen photos to show for the weekend.  Oh, well.  I had fun and that is what really matters.  (All those pictures that I took in the past are packed away in a bureau and I never get them out and look at them.)
Here are a few of the few I took:
 This is the Grand Commander of Ohio.  He and his wife are good friends of ours.  They are fun to be with.
 This is the Sir Knights (which is what the men of Commandery all called) that came to our laying of a wreath at the Ohio WW2 Memorial.
 This is Dale and I standing either side of the wreath.
 Some art deco jewelry at the Smithsonian.
 Now why would I take a picture of knitting?  lol 
 The Ruby Slippers from the Wizard of Oz.  I guess they are going to be taken off display soon to be cleaned, studies and stablizied.
 My tired feet at the end of the Smithsonian visit.  Saturday we walked about 8.5 miles.  We took the Metro but it was about 5 blocks from our hotel to get on it and then 3 or 4 from where we got off to the National Mall and then back to the hotel then back to the Metro to go to the Smithsonian and then back again.  We were all tired out.

 This was supposed to be a nice shot of the Ohio Knights marching up Shooters Hill but I was not tall enough to get my phone high enough and the sun was in my eyes and I was beat so this is as good as it got this year.

We made the trip home safe and sound, got all the people delivered back to where we picked them and came home ourselves and just crashed out for the night.  Dale just got back from taking the van back to the rental place so now we start to work.  (I am supposed to be working now but I have an understanding boss, my hubbie, so I'll get started when I get started. As long as I get my stuff done, it is ok.)

We are talking about taking the train to DC next year.  Since we have learned how to use the Metro we don't need a car or bus to get around.  I think it would be a really neat trip.  Of course I want to go on that cross country trip by train and hope to convince Dale of going one day.  I want to have a bedroom car but not sure that will happen.  Depends on the availability I guess. 

I did finish the knitting of my Cable and Lace Cardi and got it blocked and it went to DC with pieces, and came back home with pieces.  I'll get it done up this week or I will lay it aside and forget all about it.  I know me.  

Now that I have finished the cardi knitting I need to find my next big project.  I have a few in mind but just haven't settled on one.  Right now I am knitting up a pair of socks that I only bought 1  60 gram skein of yarn for. I  don't know why I only bought one but for some reason that is all I got.  I can make a short pair of socks for myself. I think they are just going to be a 2x2 rib top, nothing fancy. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Thank you, Son....

Thanks to my wonderful son I think I now can get my pictures from my phone to my PC.  He has helped me several times but I think this time it finally clicked as to what I am to do. (Forget about iTunes and go straight to photos. :) )  Well, I got them to the PC but they came over as little blocks and I can't see what they are until I try to upload them on here.  Drat.  Back to the drawing board.
The doggie above is my little mini dapple daschund.  She spends her day under my desk in her cozy little bed. She is a tad bit on the tubby side.  She scarfs down her food then goes grazing for the other 2 dogs and the 3 cats leftovers.  Poor baby, guess she and I need to start taking walks to thin her down a bit again.  She really is too heavy right now.  

 The two pictures above are some llama that I spun up.  It was fiber from pets that my kids had at one time.  When I finish I will have 2 BIG bobbins of it.  Not sure of the weight right now or the length.  When I put it on the niddy noddy I will count the strands and figure it out.  It is soooo soft. Depending on where you look at it it is between a sport and a worsted.  I am not totally consistent with my spinning just yet.
 These are a pair of fingerless mitts that I knit for a little friend of ours for Easter.  I'll be giving them to her this weekend when we see her.
 Socks made out of Sockotta in cotton, wool, and nylon.  Not crazy about them and the pic is really pretty lousy, but there you have it.  I made the toe bed too wide and I messed up a row (the stripe you see about 12 rows into the design).  I used the Decathlon Socks pattern.  An easy pattern to do but I was knitting them in dark brown in dark light and just messed it up  Decided it would be inside my shoe so not worth ripping back.  It will bug me forever now. lol

The fronts of the Cables and Lace Cardi.  It is all knit up now.  I blocked it last evening and am waiting for it to dry.  I'll probably be sewing it up on the road.  Oh, well.   
My beautiful little Coley.  Just playing with a dish scrubby that I just finished crocheting and he took off with. 
Mitts for another little friend.  They are sisters so the color is the same just different pattern and size.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Pictures...what pictures?

I made sure to take pictures this morning of what I have been knitting on and also what I just plied.  Then I tried to transfer them to my computer from my phone and they just did not go.  Guess I will use my regular camera this evening and try again in the morning.

I had planned on knitting on the sleeves of my cardi last evening but then my spinning wheel started calling my name, and it just kept getting louder until I had to go see what it wanted.  It wanted the llama plied that I had spun a few months ago.  So....that is what I did last evening.  I had hoped to have a picture to post today, but guess not. 

I also took some baby camel, tussah silk off of the niddy noddy and made a hank out of it.  I was going to take a pic of it but forgot.  I had spun it for my DIL and I took it to her to show her last evening and she kept it to enjoy until we decided what I was going to make out of it for her.  (My son said I needed to make a King sized blanket out of it.  I asked, for a Barbie doll?) There is only 2 ounces so whatever it is won't be very big.  It is probably spun at about a sport weight.   My DIL had bought the fiber about 6 or so years ago and I just kept putting off spinning it because it was so slick. 
I finally decided to just go for it and see how it went.  It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be but it also wasn't a breeze to spin.  I am fairly new to spinning.  I have had my wheel since March of 2009 but I have not spun consistently with it.  I might spin for a month or two and then not touch it for several months.  Not a good way to become really good at it.  

Hopefully back with pictures tomorrow.  :)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Random Pics

My dorky grandson.  Actually he said that MaMaw needed this hat, it is all pink and girly.  This was about 3 years ago.  He has grown so much since then.
poor baby had a run in with a honey bee.  I think the honey bee won even though it did lose it life.  Poor Sims couldn't get any sympathy for anyone.  We all laughed at him.  As you can see he laughed too. 
It is storming and all the dogs are trying to get under my desk.  THAT spot belongs to the little one that is looking at me.  Seems to be saying, "Mom, make them let me in MY spot."  They did finally move and let her get in there. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Time sure flies.....

Where did the time go?  It has been several days since I posted.  Of course that can be considered a short time for me. :)  I have not been very consistent with my blogging.  Guess I just don't have an exciting life to post.

I did finally get my phone pics over here on my pc so I could more easily post them here.  Now I have to take more and then import them. 

This is Coley.  He is my very special kitty.  He is Mama's little nursemaid.  If I am sick with a headache he is right there "taking care of Mama". whether Mama wants him or not. lol
 He just showed up one day about 13 years ago and adopted me and the Saint Bernard that I had at the time.  Love him.

Still busy working on my cable and lace cardi.  Plus a pair of socks I really want to finish up and a pair of fingerless mitts for a little girl.  Too many things to finish and not enough time to get them all done.  I should be knitting now. :)


Monday, March 13, 2017

Cables and Lace Cardi

I've been knitting away on the Cables and Lace cardi, I just haven't taken any more pictures.  It all looks the same except for the shape.  I am now working on the sleeves.  I always do them together so they match.  I have about 4 inches done so I have a ways to go yet.  It is looking really good though.  
 I had wanted to have the cardi done by Saturday to wear to a special meeting but at this point I don't really see this happening.  I have too many things to get done this week.  But miracles do happen.  :) 
This evening I need to bake some cookies.  I made my special sugar cookies last night and will ice them later this week.  Tonight I will probably make Chocolate Chip cookies and/or Scotch Short Bread.  I need a variety of cookies for Saturday and I was going to start doing this about a month ago and freeze them, but things happen and I just never did get started so now I have it all to do this week.  

We spent part of the weekend in Louisville, KY.  Dale had a Masonic meeting down there and I went along for the ride.  It was nice because we got to see friends that we don't see very often.  Always nice to see good friends that live a  ways away from you.  
Didn't have such good luck at the restaurants.  Friday night the waiter slopped food all over the place and down Dale's pant leg.  Saturday we waited over an hour for pancakes and a club sandwich.  
But all in all it was a nice weekend.  Had great weather driving down and back and made it safely.  
I got some knitting done on the way down and while sitting around waiting on Dale's meetings to finish up.
Got home around 10.

Even with the time change and the road closed so we are having to go way around  we made it to church on time.  Had a nice service and then had lunch with friends. 

All in all a very nice weekend. 


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Sweater Continues........

Boy did I mess up!!  I was merrily knitting along on the fronts, so proud of myself because I was doing them both at the same time.  After about 4 pattern repeats I realized that I was NOT doing the cable on the very last 6 stitches on the right side.  I waffled about it for a time and decided that I had to rip out the cable part and redo it.  I have too much money invested in the yarn and time in the sweater to finish it as is and let it lay in a drawer forever.  So I bravely took a deep breath and laid it aside until evening.  
After work I picked it up and placed a needle in the approximate row that I needed to frog back to and began taking out the stitches.  I was going to take a picture but I didn't want to get up out of my chair and maybe mess something up.  I had to put the first cable in about 3 times as I either ended up with too much yarn left over or didn't have enough to finish the stitches.  At one point I even started knitting on the wrong edge of the 6 stitches and had a royal mess going on.  I finally got my head on straight and got my tension just right so I was able to get them done.  Knit 11 rows in stockinette and then do a front cable cross repeat and go on.  It is all done and looks just fine!  I am happy with it and will definitely be able to wear this sweater. If you look at the left edge of the top picture (by the yellow and red thingy) you can see that I did not cross the cables. Boo Hiss  

 Now you can see that I have done the cables on the pic below and see that they look just like the others.  Yay Me!!
 Just because.. a back side view of the fixed cables. 

I have no idea why I was not doing them from the beginning but I wasn't.  I have done probably 2 more sets of pattern repeat and it is looking very nice.  I hope to finish this in time to wear it a few times this year.  
What are you knitting on?

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Lace & Cable Day 3

I forgot to take a pic last night and post so here it is today.  There is about 8 1/2 inches done so far and I have used almost 2 balls of the yarn.  I am liking it and enjoying the knit.

I read ahead in the pattern, something I rarely do so as not to intimidate myself, and realized that when I come to the sleeve openings I will have to do some decreases and keep to the pattern.  That is always a problem for me as I tend to not keep notes of what I have done and where I am.  I am going to HAVE to make a very conscious effort to keep track of what I have done or the lace will be all messed up.

My buddy cat thinks that he has to sit on my lap while I am knitting and "help" me.  Sorry to say, Coley, but you are not a help.  I knit everything on long circulars and he thinks that the loop is made for him to stick his head through or even his whole body sometimes.  More than one project has been pulled off of the needles when he decides to play through the loop.  He is a gorgeous baby and getting older now (he is 13 now) so I let him get away with things.  That is not to say I don't fuss at him, but I always cuddle and kiss him and tell him that Mommy loves him.  Here is an old picture of him.  I don't know what breed he is because he just showed up at my son's one day and followed me home and became my constant companion at the house.  He does not like to come to the office with me.  We can't figure out why as he has never been mistreated over here.  He just doesn't like it.  Actally he doesn't really like leaving the house.
Here is a picture of my youngest pet.  His name is LeRoy (named by my husband and grandson) and he also just showed up at the house one day about 2 years ago.  When he came he looked like a beared colley or an Old English Sheepdog with a tail  He was gorgeous!  I tried to find his owner because he was so clean I didn't really think someone had just tossed him out.  After about a week I had had no luck so I kept him.  He is a joy and and an aggravation and I love him to pieces. 


I had to take him to the groomers to have him "trimmed".  He was so matted since his coat is so long that she had to pretty much just shave him.  I just asked her to try to keep his tail hair long, which she did.  When I went to pick him up I didn't even recognize him!  She came out with him and I thought to myself, "That is a cute dog but why is she bringing it out instead of my LeRoy?"  Then he saw me and I knew it was my little LeRoy.  It took all summer for his coat to grow back in.  lol


 LeRoy got all matted again and so my hubby and I decided to give him a "hair cut" ourselves.  I went in to Tractor Supply and got some dog shears and we just had at him.  We had no idea what we were doing other than cutting off the mats.  To be quite honest he doesn't look half bad.  He looks like he has curly hair.  I decided to leave the hair around his face long also.  I was going to leave his "mane" long but it had matted because of his collar so most of it had to go. So here he is just a few minutes ago.  He got a bath last evening and it makes his coat seem curlier. 

I think that is about enough for today. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

King George Lace and Cable Cardi

 I started this cardi last evening  It is Lace and Cables Cardigan.. It can be found on Ravelry and is from All Free Knitting.  I am making it out of King George yarn which has been discontinued, so I hope I have enough.  
This shows about 2 sections of the pattern and 1 repeat.  It is a pretty easy knit and kind of quick.  Of course when you go from a lace weight yarn to a worsted weight it makes your knitting seem to fly off the needles. :)  
I have 20 50 gram balls of it so I think I am going to be totally ok, but I am not going to tempt the knitting gods by saying  I will.  Time will tell. 
It is a gloomy rainy day here so the pic is not the best but it is what I could do and I really wanted to post a pic before I forgot about it.  

Thursday, February 2, 2017

New Lacy Scarf

I started this scarf about a week ago and have enjoyed working on it.  The pattern is Charismatic Knit Scarf.  I am using Pattons Lacette.  This is a fine mohairy yarn that I purchased many moons ago and could not decide what to make with it.  Now I have. 

 This is about 9 1/2 inches done and I have used almost all of 1 ball which is 50 g.  Luckily I have several more balls of it.  I originally bought enough to make a sweater and have gone off the idea of a mohair sweater, so I guess a lacy scarf.


Monday, January 30, 2017


I finally finished my Dexter cardigan.  I really love it.  The yarn is a blend of merino, silk, and cashmere.  Can you say ohhh so soft?  That it is.  I used a soft blue gray yarn with the intent of it going with a particular dress that I am going to sew just as soon as I decide on the shape. 

I'll try to get a good pic of it but the weather has been dreary so I couldn't get it so far. 

Now to figure out what will be my next sweater.  I really need some dressy cardigans for this winter but I think I have waited too long to get more than maybe one more done.  Stay tuned.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Pics finally

 Finally I figured out this picture thing. 😊  These are the pillowcases that I made. 

Posting Pics

I used to be able to post pics but I have forgotten how evidently..  I think I am doing it the way I used to, but it is not working.  Guess I need to do some trial and error and see what happens.  :(

A Little Sewing...

I've been in the mood to sew here recently.  So I have been being creative with my sewing machine as well as with my knitting needles.
At Christmas I made scarves for several of my family from those fuzzy throws then embroidered their initial on them.  They were a success (for the most part). 
Now I am making some pillowcases.  I got new sheets and they only had 2 pillowcases and I really need four for my bed so when I saw this tutorial Kelby sews pillowcases  I decided to give them a try.  The tutorial is really easy to follow and the cases were super simple to make.  She has lots of other things on there that I also want to give a try to.