Saturday, September 26, 2015

Family, Progress, and Fun

Lookie, lookie, I finally figured out how to get pictures back on my blog.  It seems that Google/Blogger is not playing well with Microsoft Edge which comes with Windows 10 so I had to add Google Chrome so I could access my photos.  

Anyway, this is one picture of part of our family (see list of names and associations on the last post) after we had finished a great breakfast together.  I am the one sitting.  And this was taken prior to my last surgery.

And this is the other part of the family that was here the day before.  I am the head of hair in the lower right corner.  It truly was a fun filled weekend.

Last weekend our oldest son and his wife were here from Atlanta but we didn't take any pictures.  I had finally begun to feel somewhat steady on my new hip so we took off for breakfast at my favorite fast food place, Whataburger, and then to staples to buy a day planner.  I was beginning to loose track of when different people were coming and decided I needed a place to write it all down.  Between all the home health people and four doctors who want to see me I am a very busy lady.

But guess what! Last Wednesday no one was scheduled to come.  Eric and I looked at one another and decided it was time for us to visit Pensacola.  We ate at a favorite place and then went shoe shopping.  And we did very well for ourselves.

Funny, I didn't get a picture of the 3 pair Eric got for himself.  What I did learn is that 3 hours in the car and both of us were stiff in the joints.  I guess we are out of travel condition (and of course we are getting older).

And last but not least, I spent 4 hours in the studio yesterday.

I had already gotten the appliques on the background but hadn't stitched them down. Now this one is complete.  Unfortunately I am 5 months behind on the two BOMs I was working on and hadn't even started on the new one I for sure want to do.  But I did feel productive so I guess I will be in the studio again this weekend.

And when it came time for a rest I could be found on the deck with our wonderful animals.

Have a great weekend everybody, I know I will.  Gari

Sunday, September 13, 2015

The Fun Continues

This area is supposed to contain a picture of the people mentioned in the first paragraph.  I am VERY unhappy with Blogger, which has got to hell since Google took over, as I have been unable to upload any pictures.  But I am leaving the picture information just because I want the family names to be here.

This is not the whole family of visitors we had last weekend but it is a good representation.  I got to be the one sitting down and I am joined by my daughter (Lisa), husband (Eric), son (Todd and Lisa’s twin), grandson (Gus), granddaughter in law (Paige), and grandson (Jamie).  Missing was our son in law (Gary the picture taker), daughter in law (Jessica resting in the car), granddaughter (Elsa confined in the car), grandson (Chris who went home Saturday), granddaughter in law (Michelle who went home with her husband), and great grandson (Ryder who was carried off by his parents).

The party started around noon on Saturday.  I had planned to greet everyone out on the deck but the humidity went up and I went in.  So I greeted them from my hospital bed in the living room.  The nice thing about our family is that they are VERY social so the conversation never lagged and I did not have to keep things going.

Our dogs (three doxies) are not used to a lot of people.  The oldest, who is afraid of strangers and loud noises, spent the day leaning against my husband but she really did alright.  The other two quickly warmed up to the two youngest crawlers.  It was having those babies down on the floor with them.  And, boy the kissing that went on.

The one thing the dogs did not get to join in on was the food.  Our daughter planned the menu and brought all the food.  And our son in law is a great cook.  He brought his grill, set it up under one of our younger oak trees and proceeded to grill steak, shrimp and quail.  We then proceeded to eat, talk, and laugh. Quite a raucous group: it’s a good thing we live out in the country.

On Sunday the group in the picture above met for breakfast.  This is a place by the side of the road where we had never eaten but we will go back.  I haven’t had any appetite for a few months but on this Sunday morning I wanted 2 eggs over easy, hashbrowns, bacon, toast and coffee.  I could only eat half but I toted it home and had it the next day: good the second time around.  Then after breakfast the group broke up and started heading home.  I was still running on a pacemaker high so Eric and I drove 56 miles away so we could eat at my favorite hamburger place, Whataburger, get coffee and a donut at Dunkin, and then good grocery shopping at Publix.  Then it was time to go home and crash.

Health Update:  Tuesday I showed up at 7am to get ready for hip replacement surgery.  I hadn’t slept much the night before so I think I was asleep before they gave me the anesthetic.  I am told that the operation took about 4 hours.  I, again, didn’t have any pain while lying in bed.  However, standing on my poor, cut up leg was a different matter.  I resorted to pain management.  Initially I had Demerol IM but was told that no one was going to come to the house every time I wanted to get up so I better use the pills.  While in the hospital I saw a physical therapist twice a day: interestingly I took a pain pill twice a day.  He gave me leg exercises, walked with me a little and then had me sit in a chair for 30-60 minutes.  On Friday, while I was getting ready for discharge, he told me some of the exercises I could expect to be given when I start physical therapy at home.  I really do plan to try to cooperate with this as I am wanting to get back to quilting as soon as possible.

Today the home health nurse came and we reviewed my needs.  She will be coming twice a week, the aid will be coming twice a week and the physical therapist will come at least twice as week.  This is more of a social life than I am used to. But there was one really funny thing.  She asked to see my medications and I told her to pull open the drawer where I keep them.  The drawer was empty.  I got into my walker and we looked everywhere.  Eric was out so I called him but he didn’t know.  The nurse said she had pulled every drawer open and didn’t see them.  However, when we checked again we found them in the wrong drawer.  I was very glad to see those bottles and find they were not in the hands of others.

Now I hope we will settle down to a more normal schedule.  I think we may have company again next weekend, out oldest son lives in Atlanta and feels the need to come check on us.  It really has been nice to see more of them all, I hope it continues.  Gari

Saturday, September 5, 2015

And The Saga Continues

I finally started back on my lavender socks and completed the heels.  I did the FLK heels: I had to watch the videos 3 times before I could remember what I was supposed to do. Anyway I got the heels done and since I knit toe up I had to do 1” beyond the heels before I could start the leg. I was 3 rows into the leg before I noticed that I had dropped a stitch.  I looked around for my crochet hook but couldn’t find it so I am stuck until I can get back into the studio.  Sorry there is no picture.  Blogger is not letting me upload one at this time.

Health Update:  It took almost 2 weeks for the orthopedist to get back to me about a date for the hip replacement: Sept.8th.  And then I was scheduled for a pre-surgical registration and lab work appointment on this past Wednesday.  Part of the registration included an EKG and chest x-ray. Well, I had done almost everything when I was asked to return to the original office to talk with a cardiologist.  When I got there he told me my heart rate on the EKG was 27 (it looked like a flat-line on the print out).  Now I have had A-Fib for 15 years and it has been controlled with medication.  And I did know that my heart rate had slowed some in the last few months, but not this slow.  The cardiologist highly recommended a pace-maker. Would you believe I had that sucker implanted in my chest within 3 hours?  The real downside was that I had to stay in the hospital, with a heart monitor, so the doctor could see if it was going to work.  However my hip replacement surgery is still set for next Tuesday.  I was scheduled to be at the hospital at 9 but they called yesterday and told me to be there at 7.  For someone who is used to sleeping in every day this will be a real struggle for me.  ;-)

For now I’m back home and looking forward to having several members of our family here for a cookout today.  Our daughter and son-in-law have planned grilling shrimp and steaks along with frying scallops.  Additional family members expected are our youngest son and his wife with their two children and our oldest grandson and his wife with their son.  I am planning on sitting on the deck and enjoying being surrounded by family

I hope everyone in the USA enjoy a fun filled Labor Day weekend and that others in other countries enjoy their weekend.  Gari

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A LOT Happened

But first let me introduce our 4 generation picture.  Here you meet Scarlet (6 months), her mother, my granddaughter Megan, me, and my daughter, Lisa, who is Megan’s mother.  We all have the same smile so you can see we are related.

Now for the reason I have been absent for so long.  At the beginning of June I started feeling “down.”  I wasn’t depressed but I had no energy.  This was followed by an increase in my sciatic pain.  Now I do have to confess that I tend to not like to see doctors so each time my sweet husband suggested making an appointment it was swiftly rejected.  This went on all month until one morning when I threw my arm between two fighting dogs and felt a sudden pain.

After figuring out I had not thrown my arm out of the shoulder socket it was decided I needed to go to the emergency room where I was told I had broken my arm. Who knew? The problem was that I did this on Friday and the orthopedist was not available until Monday so I went home and suffered.  But on Monday I met Dr. Holland at his office and he sent me straight to the hospital where I had surgery this next morning (after x-rays, blood work, and much poking and prodding).

Now, as if all that wasn’t enough, the next day Dr. Holland came in to tell me that he didn’t like the look of my bone so he took a biopsy and it revealed that I have cancer.  To say I was thrown doesn’t even touch my feeling.  I was later to learn that I have breast cancer and it has migrated into my bones throughout my body.  I am told that because it is so widespread, and has done so much damage to my bones, it is incurable.  However I am taking medication to attempt to stop the damage and repair my bones as much as possible. I have been referred to a great oncologist, Dr. Boatright  (very direct but with a sense of humor).  I was in the hospital for 11 days and came out with a whole sack of pills (anemia, blood pressure, heart, magnesium, potassium).  And I found myself on home health because I was so weak.  

So for the last month I have been working on building my appetite and finally getting enough strength to get out of bed and do some walking.  I even went to the studio for two days for some knitting and a little sewing.  And then all my fun stuff came to a crashing halt. 

I went back to the orthopedist and after he saw the new x-rays he said he didn’t want me walking.  It seems my left hip is greatly impacted and he is afraid it will just break under my weight (I have lost 10# so you would think that would help).  He wants to do a hip replacement now rather than having to do it after a break.  I agreed and yesterday so did the oncologist so I am just waiting to hear from him as to when to go back into the hospital.  I really hate hospitals!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, that’s what’s going on with me.  I hope soon to be able to get back to being creative: I’m pretty bored with lying around.  Gari   

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Works in Process

Yippee, I am almost done with my tunic.  When I started it I hoped to have it done before Fall but now it should be done before Summer officially is started.  I have about 6 - 8 rows left to do on the collar, the bunched up part at the top and then I will be sewing up the seams. This has been so easy and fun.

These are my light purple heather socks.  I have about 1.5" more done than shows in this picture and am about to be ready to start the heel: I will be doing the FLK heel.

And here are the socks I just started this week. The color of the yarn is a dark purple heather.  Boy is it hard to see the stitches.  I plan to do a slip stitch pattern and am just hoping that I will be able to see them.

I was very happy when I finally got this embroidery done.  This is called "Owls on a Branch" by Urban Threads.  I do want to put one owl on the front of this shirt but haven't chosen one as yet.

Here in South Alabama we have been having rain.  On the day this picture was taken we got 4.5" in 2 hours:  that is the most we have had on any one day.  And we are very lucky in that it is all absorbed by the next day.  However, on the day it was raining it looked like we had waterfront property.

However, you can see that Sadie was not impressed at all by all that water.

And the puppies were also not impressed either.  This is how I start my day, with puppy play time.  What fun we have.

I will be linking with Patchwork Times.  And now, I hope everyone has a great weekend.  Gari

Friday, May 22, 2015

Fun With Needles

During the last two weeks I completed two pair of socks.  But to save time and space, I decided to only show one of each pair.  The yellow/orange pair are done with an irregular pin stripe. I really like how these irregular stripes look.  The black/white socks are knit with a Monkey pattern but it is impossible to see it due to the variegated yarn.  That's really OK since I made a lot of mistakes and they don't show either.

I am really excited about my tunic.  As you can see I have the front and back finished and am ready to start the collar.  I have everything ready to start knitting in the round but have discovered that the 40" cord is too long to bring both sides together.  I know I have size 7 needles with a 32" cord but can't find it anywhere.  In fact I can't find another set of size 7 needles at all.  So, for the time being we are at a complete stand still.

Meanwhile I am plugging along with these new socks.  I am doing a pinstripe, very easy and once again I really like the look.  I consider doing fancier patterns but then I remember that no one will see anything but a small part of the sock so why do something fancy that won't be seen.  I love knitting but I think I will hold off on fancy stitches until I want to make fancy sweater or something.

Linking with Patchwork Times.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Almost Done, Etc.

My tunic is coming along nicely.  I am at the point of starting the bind off for the arm holes.  I am knitting both the front and the back at the same time so after  the bind offs I will be knitting another 10".  At that time I am told I will be joining the shoulder stitches and beginning the collar, knit in the round.  I love the colors and it is such an easy knit.

And here we are, almost done.  I have only to do a stretchy bind off and they will be ready for me to wear ........ later this fall.  I was going to do the bind off prior to writing this but found I needed to watch the video again and didn't have time tonight, so tomorrow I will get these out of the way.

And to show that old dogs can learn new tricks, here are my second FLKs and I did it without even having to watch the videos.  These should be done soon and I will have two finishes for this month which begins to make up for no finish last month.

This week begins a two week vacation for DH.  He made a very long list of "to do" things so it will be fun to see how well he does on his list.  I have to say that since I have become somewhat disabled he has taken over almost all of my household duties so he is very busy even before he made his list.  I am so very grateful to him for pitching in and taking over the load without a whimper [at least I haven't heard one,  ;-) ].

I joined a sock of the month club and received my first kit.  It is for cuff down socks (I really like toe up) and full length (I like anklet).  And the yarn came in a skein that needs winding and I don't have a swift.  I am not sure what I am  going to do: rise to the challenge or quit the club.  Decisions, decisions. 

I hope everyone who reads this has a productive week and visits Patchwork times to see what other knitters are up to.  Gari