Tuesday, July 31, 2012

It's always the odd stuff......

Since the IO got back from NY he's felt bad.  He had a headache that went from the top of his head to the base of his neck making it feel a bit stiff (me-meningitis?  him -  no, or else I'd be dead by now),  pain on the left side of his body including tingling in his arm (me-um, heart attack?!!?   him - no, I dont feel the pressure on my chest) and a weird rash on his back.  Since he has lyme disease already and we just got back from NY, he assumed it was another bout with lyme.  I had my doubts since these symptons were different.  He finally went to the ER this past Saturday morning and after a CAT scan the dr decided that he was on the verge of pancreatitis.  His pancreas was inflamed but he didnt think it was *quite* to the -itis stage.  He's sent home with the instructions of drink plenty of fluids and cut out the alcohol.  Still under the effects of percoset, he's feeling better and hungry so he eats a ham sandwich.  Now he's doubled over in pain again. 

A call to the ER informs me that not only is he NOT to have ANYTHING but clear fluids (not even apple sauce) but nobody gave him the prescriptions for pain meds and anti-nausea. 

He's just happy he didn't eat the Doritos.

Meanwhile the rash is still there and a bit bigger.  After a trip to his dr on Monday, she added shingles to the medical chart.  Once I heard that and saw the symptoms (rash, headache that wont go away, pain on one side of body, etc) I knew this was the right diagnosis.  It explains why he's feeling SO bad.  Poor guy. He tried going to work today, but only lasted 1/2 day.  This is really bad timing since he's only been at this job for a couple of months and he's already taken time for a week of vacation and now he's sick. 

That's the one thing with the IO, he never gets anything normal, it's always the weird stuff!

So with trying to unpack (still not finished) and running around getting meds and making phone calls and trying to get organized for school (that starts in less that 3 weeks AND I have my school calendar all set to go!), not much knitting has been happening.  I did finish one odd ball sock for #1 Son.

I still can't decide how I feel abt it but he loves it and has already worn it!  That's a good sign.  Here is the next bag of sock yarn to start his next one with.

I did start my nephew's sock

I'm abt 4 rows in, got it started so that it's an easy knit when I get the chance.  I've also knit a few rows on the kitty blanket and actually pulled out the squares for my ppl blanket and added a couple of rows to that as well.  I've been really brain dead by the time I sit down to knit.  Plus I usually knit when I'm watching TV, but it's hard to watch the Olympics and knit at the same time.

Speaking of the Olympics, anybody else watching?  The men's gymnastics team is disappointing me.  Not sure how I feel abt the women's yet.  Still love Michal Phelps but he is done.  He is still rockin' the pool but you can tell he doesnt have the same edge  he did 4 years ago. 

And sychronized diving is just awesome to watch!

What abt you?  If you watch, which is your favorite sport to follow?

Monday, July 23, 2012

Gotta Add Some Fiber

When we went to visit my new nephew, my knits were very well received.  However Elliot is such a peanut

that the size 6 months sweater will be floating on him this winter and the hat will probably fit him NEXT winter.  But better too big than too small.

While there, my other nephew held up a mitten and asked if they were the crazy socks I made for his cousin.  I said no, and showed him the pair I did make (Delaney brought them down to show me).  I asked him if he would like a pair and the look on his face was priceless!  PS I now have drawings of feet to make him a pair of socks, his sister a pair of socks and Delaney has requested a THIRD pair of socks!!  I told her that since she already had two pairs she would have to wait a bit.  I told him he'd get them by Thanksgiving when his new sister is born

(yep I'll be knitting for that little one as well) and like a true negotiator he says "or maybe sooner".  Guess I'll be casting on for those soon.

Meanwhile I started #1 Son's crazy socks.

I'm not really sure what to think of them.  The heel and foot blends nicely but the cuff just doesn't look right with the rest of it.  He says he still likes them, but the ultimate test will be this winter. 


Part of the trip took us out to the Eastern End of Long Island.  AKA The Hamptons.  This is where the rich ppl summer and the poor ppl live.  I'm visiting family that still live there so count me among the poor ppl.  How do I know this??  As I'm driving thru Main Street Southampton, 99% of the cars are 2yrs old or newer and they are Mercedes Benz, Ferraris, BMWs, Porsches, etc.  Meanwhile I'm driving around with my 10+yr old Honda van with a dent on the side!!   As Dee said, I'm just keeping it real!  My favorite of the cars we saw?  A vintage pale yellow Rolls Royce.

Oh and this one.

It's parked on my in-laws property.  A friend of theirs is trying to sell it, but so far no bites.  It needs a LOT of work, but I loved it.  Nothing like the classics.


Before we left the island, the IO told me abt a quilt show in the Old Water Mill.  There were no vendors, just beautiful quilts hanging up.  Some were very old
1900 Drunkard's Path for sale $1000

1880 Postage Stamp for sale $495

while others were *dated*
Remember these???  Made in 2001 and selling for $385

but they were all fun to look at. 


There aren't many yarn and quilting shops in the area.  Hildreth's has a section of yarn and fabric (which I've bought from in the past) but nothing called out my name.  Other shops you need to make an appt for (preferably with your nose in the air).   However there is one shop in the area that has been there for years.  It's Rainbow Yarns.  They used to be a cross stitch store back in the day, but eventually added yarns as they grew popular.  They dont have much of a selection, but they did have sock yarn and since I like to help the independant shop owner when I can, this came home with me.

It's a nice yarn and a color, Earth,  I dont already have.  Cherry Tree Hill seems to be a staple for shops with a side of yarn. 

Now that I have new yarn AND new ppl to knit for, what did I decide to work on??

A kitty blanket.  I need a break from the tiny needles.  This is on size 10 needles and I'm using a black Simply Soft yarn paired with some old discontinued Sassy Stripes.  The black isnt as hard to knit with as I expected.  Then again I may be blind by the time it's finished.......

Saturday, July 21, 2012


You know you've racked up a lot of miles when you get an oil change before you go away and need another one when you come back!

We are back baby!!!  And I'm so happy abt it!  We had a great time with family and friends, but there is nothing like sleeping in your own bed.  I posted on facebook when we got home:

Be it ever so humble, messy and in need of repair, there is NO place like home!

We got home late Thursday night and I've been trying to formulate a post ever since.  I've had a few good ones, but can't seem to get them down on *paper*.  I have yet to download my pictures from my camera and my phone so I've got nothing to post.  I'm hoping to do that all tomorrow.

I will share one funny story with you so that this post is not for nothing.

After I dropped the IO off at LaGuardia, the kids and I planned on going into the City.  While we couldnt afford to stay overnight, it would have been wrong to drive around NYC and not stop by.  So I get out my directions and we hit the road.  We get on the Brooklyn/Queens Expressway (aka the BQE) and head toward the city.  Now if you look at the BQE on a map, it looks like stippling.  It goes around and around and slowly snakes its way out of the city toward New Jersey.  However it does have an exit off of it to get toward the Midtown Tunnel to get to NYC.  This is my goal. 

Somehow I end up going in the opposite direction, but there is a sign to cross a bridge into NYC so we're still good.  As I pay the toll ($6.50 to cross the bridge.  this is cheap.  when I crossed the Verrazano Bridge to get into Brooklyn I had to pay $13.  A good example of how cheap the City is NOT!)  I ask the guy how to get to Times Square. 

Well, you're in Harlem right now, so you want to take the FDR south to 31st street. 

Leave it to me to end up in Harlem.  Since it's a Sunday morning and all of the street thugs are still asleep from last night's bender, I figured we were good.    I gave the kids a nice tour of the city, showed them my mad city driving skills and we lived to tell abt it !!! 

We really did have fun.  Before I parked (got a good rate, the early bird special was only $28 instead of the normal $42)  I drove them up Avenue of the Americas (6th Ave) and showed them Radio City Music Hall, the southern part of Central Park, and drove down Broadway.  SO many things to do in such a short period of time, but the one thing they both wanted to do was walk on Times Square.   We were pure tourists and loved it.  Where else can you see a 3 story building devoted entirely to M&M merchandise?  Or visit a 4 story Toys R Us that included a 2 story Barbie Dreamhouse, a T-Rex AND a full sized ferris wheel??

There was a slight altercation with a Times Square Minnie Mouse, but she looked a bit hung over from the night before so no harm/no foul.

This was all in less than 6 hours.  You can't buy experiences like this!!!!  And so is the thrill of a road trip.  More pics to follow, including dime store Minnie.

Thursday, July 05, 2012


It's done!!!

What a great little sweater this turned out to be! I'll post details later, dont have the time now but I wanted to share the picture. I made a matching hat.

 It seems a bit big, especially for this little peanut, but the brim can be folded up and it still looks cute.

I see Elliot Saturday so this was done in the nick of time. 

More pics to come as we meet this little guy!!!