Saturday, January 30, 2010

It's Always Something . . .

Thanks to everyone who enjoyed my previous post :-) Thanks very much for your kind words.

Well, it's always something, isn't it? I had my annual physical earlier this week and all the test results came back. I'm abnormally low in Vitamin D. The doc thinks this could well be why I have been so tired and not focusing too well for the past month or two.

Other friends have dealt with this - and I think it's becoming more and more common, particularly in women. And it is the middle of winter, after all - not much sunlight for the past month. Today, however, is bright and sunny, and I'm looking forward to heading up to one of my favorite places, The Fold! I signed up for a 3-class series in natural dyes. Today is Yellow, February is Red and March is Indigo. I have a little stash of yarns that I have been wanting to dye all ready to go!

But I digress ;-)

I'm to take large doses of something called Vitamin D3, which I'm sure is available at Walgreens, and if not, across the street at the health food store - and I'm to go back and be checked again in three months. I'm quite hopeful that this will help, because I'm pretty tired of not sleeping enough. It's bothersome.

I don't spend a lot of time in the sun - I'm exceptionally fair and get sunburned very easily - I've always been a huge advocate of sunscreen and a hat. And really - truth be told, I'm just not interested in looking like an old shoe any time soon, so adding this vitamin to my system seems like a good tradeoff to me. Let's hope it works!

I've worn my Two Hearts pullover twice, and I like it very much - perhaps I can get a photo on this first sunny day in forever :-) Oh! And wait until you see the "shawlette" I'm making - I'm making it as a scarf - out of sock yarn! Knitterary, you'll be interested to know that this is a way to bust the stash for real!!! These are going to make awesome gifts :-)

Speaking of Knitterary - she has given me a dispensation to find some coordinating ArtYarns Beaded Silk yarn. Linda the Chicken Lady gifted me a skein of a yarn that I have wanted for years. We were up at The Fold at least three years ago and she picked up what apparently was the last skein in the entire world of the aforementioned yarn in a colorway that we think might have been called Frog Pond. It was #158 S. I looked everywhere to see about finding a skein for myself - never had any luck at all :-( And this year, I opened my present from Linda, and there it was, nestled in pink tissue paper. Woo Hoo!!!! And I want to make one of these shawlette/scarves with it - which will entail more skeins of coordinating yarns. So I'll be looking for some today.

Oh! One MORE thing!! I just destashed a skein of Georgia Peach, which was a Sock Summit colorway from Three Irish Girls. I pre-ordered it in August (before the stash busting challenge) and it arrived in December - and I was not happy with it. Just NOT the colors that it appeared to be in the initial photo. Oh well. I put it on my Ravelry Trade/Sell page, and it went to a new home yesterday! Yay!!! I'm making progress!!

Sorry for no photos - I'm still fighting most of the time with the camera . . .

So, you see, it's always something, was going to leave you with Gilda Radner, but for some reason, Blogger is not cooperating . . . Oh, here we go - it's worth the 7 minutes to watch the late, great Gilda Radner in action.

go to and remember, It's Always Something . . .

Good night my little Rosanne Rosannadanna :-D

Friday, January 22, 2010

Important Stuff . . .

I was thinking about important stuff yesterday. Things I've learned in my life thus far. I've learned a lot, actually, and a lot of it I learned from my mom. Most moms are like that, aren't they? But I think that there are some things that no one can teach you. You likely get some help along the way, but there is stuff you have to learn the hard way.

1. Don't wear stripes and plaids together. I was in the 4th grade, I think, and I had these plaid skirts that I really, really liked. And my favorite blouse was a striped one with a sort of a bow tie thingy. My mom worked, and by then I was old enough to get myself ready for school. Somehow she managed to not see me that day, and so I picked my two favorite pieces of wardrobe and wore them proudly to school. I remember how horrified she was (how things looked was always very important to her - and she always looked perfect) when she picked me up after work . . . I didn't do that again.

2. Kids are cruel. Youngsters are pack animals and they will pick on/ostracize/make fun of any kid who is different. I know this because I was "the new kid" in a variety of schools. We moved 13 times (I'm not kidding) before I was out of college, and I attended at least three different grade schools. We moved right before high school, so I knew no one. The pack was already formed by the time I got there each time. I think it is a great testament to the human spirit that kids make it out of high school at all, really. I wouldn't go back to those years for all the tea in China. And yet, we are the sum of all our experiences, so after all, I'm grateful. I am who I am now because of the struggles and triumphs I have made it through.

3. Drunk dialing is never a good idea. You will, without fail, regret it in the morning.

4. You need a reason to get up in the morning. And if you don't have one, you'd better find one. We make our own choices, and I have learned that we create our own realities. It's never anyone else's fault. If you're not happy, choose a different path - choose being the operative word. Believe it or not, we choose how we react and respond. We can choose to be miserable victims (and who doesn't from time to time?), but when the rubber hits the road, that's when you gotta get up, shake it off, and choose to move forward. I think this is probably the most important lesson I have learned thus far - we can choose to embrace every day that we get, and therein lies my favorite tenet: Dance Like No One is Watching.

5. Never iron naked. Need I say more?

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Kewl Deal . . .

Well, my arm is its normal size, and I went to work yesterday with no problems. In fact, it hurts a little more today than yesterday! Clearly, the stuff they use now is nothing like the stuff they used to use.

Kinda sore - red - sort of a bump. All normal reactions. I have had a kind of a splitter headache since yesterday afternoon, however, so I've been taking it easy today . . . My Two Hearts is nearly done!

Many thanks for all the kind thoughts about my tetanus shot :-)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Ouch . . .

So. Today I had a tetanus shot. Probably not even a blip on the radar for most people, but I haven't had one for a very long time. . .

When I was kid, I sliced the ball of my foot off. I caught it in the spokes on the front wheel of my bike (riding barefoot to the beach . . . hey, I was a KID . . . ), which entailed a tetanus shot. Back in the day, tetanus shots had other animal proteins in them. Way back, it was called horse serum - my mom had a shot back then, and was paralyzed for three days.

Mine, not quite that bad. My arm swelled up to about twice it's normal size, and of course they gave it to me in my left arm (I'm left-handed) and being a kid, I didn't think to say, hey - right arm, please. For three days, my arm was in agonizing pain. Moving it even a little was excruciating. I think it was worse than the pain in what was left of the ball of my left foot . . .

So, as I was saying, I haven't had a tetanus shot for a very long time. There have been a number of times when I should have had a booster - like the time I opened my thumb up in the yard in Denver - with a saw . . . but every time I have explained the reaction I had from the last shot, peoples' eyes usually just glazed over and they would say, "um, think we'll skip the shot and just watch you."

I never worked with raw fleece for just this reason - you're supposed to be up to date on your tetanus to be working with farm animal stuff. I don't have that excuse any longer (I'm not too interested in spinning raw fleece anyway ;-)).

But I'm going to Morocco, and they say you have to be up on all your vaccinations to go to a place like that. So, I had it all set up for tomorrow. My asthma doc is also an immunologist, and I was supposed to be having the shot in three doses (that's THREE SHOTS (oh, I don't think so) :-S), where they would wait and watch me, with 15 to 20 minutes in between each shot. I've been gearing myself up for this for at least a month. I set it up for tomorrow to give me three days to recover.

And then the doc's office rang me on Monday and said they were going to be closed after all on Friday, and I would have to reschedule. I knew I would continue to postpone if I didn't follow through now, so I bit the bullet and scheduled for TODAY.

After a long conversation with the doc, and some research I did on my own (apparently the Td shot is nothing like it used to be . . . ), we decided to go with one shot, in my RIGHT arm thankyouverymuch. I had to lie down for 20 minutes (that was more because I am a wussy where needles are concerned), and then sit in the waiting room for another 45.

My arm hurts a little now. But I'm hopeful that it won't swell up overnight and I'll be able to go to work tomorrow. And if it does swell up, apparently it's prednisone for a few days. As much as I hate that stuff, I can do it - I've had to do it for bad asthma attacks. I can stand the short course. More than anything, though, I'm completely exhausted. I must have been really, really keyed up and anxious about this, and now that it's over, my body just wants to sleep. I nodded off on the train multiple times (never a good thing). I'm home early, so I'm about to grab something for dinner and curl up on the couch in the sunroom.

I really want to go to Morocco.

Can you tell?


Saturday, January 9, 2010

This and That . . .

OK - it's cold here. And it snowed so much that I had to use the snow blower twice in a 12-hour period. And unfortunately, on the second go-round, I hurt my back. :-S This is bothersome because I have two disks in my lower spine that are ruptured. And I know what not to do . . . and I was in a hurry . . . So - the long story short is: Do NOT use the pull cord to start the snow blower. Use the ELECTRIC STARTER. That's why you got it . . .

Moving on.

So - Knitterary and I shook hands again on continuing our Stash Busting exercise. And not two days later, what do I catch? A Wollmeise update at The Loopy Ewe. Geez. I mean I really caught it - within the first couple of minutes - I could have gotten one in EVERY color there . . . But no . . . and probably a good thing, too :-)

Today was really a pretty fun day. I had a ton of errands to do, but I must be living right, because every single destination was a breeze - I walked in, got what I needed, paid, and loaded up the car - no lines, no crowds ANYWHERE! Yay!

So now, I'm sitting here in my little office, surrounded by boxes and packing material and the detritus of my new toys, which include speakers for my new computer (Finally!!). I got some inexpensive Logitech speakers with a subwoofer. They rock. Hard. I looked for a new camera to replace the hated Kodak Z1015S, but no luck. I'll keep looking.

And I finally got a new cordless phone. I have needed one forever - I had my mom's old cordless, which resembles an old "brick" phone (:-D) but I haven't used it for years. I just keep it around to occasionally plug it in . . . because it was also her answering machine and it has her old answering machine message still on it. And sometimes it's really good to just hear her voice again . . .

Anyway - I got Panasonic phones - well, phone, and two additional handsets. WAY smaller than the old phone on the desk, and really, quite sleek looking! I'm all happy :-D

In other news of the day, I'm on the far turn with my Two Hearts sweater - about halfway through the first sleeve. I'm hopeful to have it done in time to still wear this season.

And in exceptionally exciting news of the day - I'm going to Morocco!!!!! It will be in the late spring, and yes, I have visions in my head of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, the Marrakech Express (yes, I will be riding it :-D), and camel sojourns in the desert. I can hardly wait to go.

It means that I will not be going to SOAR after all this fall, but this opportunity was just too good to pass up! So, I'm in a flurry of planning now - and I love to plan :-D It's always good to have something to plan for.

That's all the news from The Third Coast today - but I thought I would leave you with this - just in case you're needing a Shahrukh Khan fix ;-D Here's Love Mera Hit Hit, from Billu Barber. Prolly they could have just called it Love Mera HOT HOT :-D

Stay warm :-)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year 2010 . . .

I'm beginning to wonder why I keep saying the same things over and over. Cases in point: "Where does the time go?" and "Time seems to keep getting away from me."

Yesterday I drove up to The Fold in Marengo, Illinois. This is about an hour and 45 minutes from me. I could have met the SnB Crew and carpooled, but I decided at the very last minute that I would go, so I just jumped into the car and headed North and met them there.

It's always so good to see Toni - and even with a store/house full of people, she is always gracious and happy and smiling.

Knitterary and I shook hands again on continuing our exercise in Stash Busting. This time through April 30th, when we will re-negotiate again :-) Yesterday was a day of dispensation, but I managed to go up to The Fold and not buy ANY yarn, nor ANY fiber. That didn't keep me from spending money, however, because books were 40% off. And if you know me at all, you probably know that I'm of the opinion that one can never have too many books. ;-D I have a dispensation for the Missouri Fiber Retreat in March, but something's going to have to be pretty amazing for me to open the pocketbook, I think.

Clearly, my stash is too big if I can be this sanguine about not getting any more any time soon!

I came home from The Fold with six books and at least 10 patterns (they were 25% off!). Hot Dog! Looks like I will be making some more space on the shelves for them. That means that something's likely going to have to go . . . I learned long ago (when I was living in a studio), that it's a good practice to follow that if something comes in, something else has to leave. :-) There are two bags now for the Second Chance shop - I'll see what else I can gather together to donate.

And finally, I managed to load my Photoshop software on the new computer, and figure out how to get the photos out of the camera. Did I mention that I REALLY do not like the new Kodak Z1015S? Well, I don't. It's a big pain. But I digress.

I know that knitting content has been thin on the blog lately - in fact a LOT of blogs I normally read have been thin lately. I think a lot of people have gone to facebook and twitter. I figured out facebook, but let's face it, I talk way too much to deal with twitter. I need more than 140 characters people!

Here she is: my first bear for the Mother Bear Project
. My embroidery skills need a little brushing up (and a sharper needle), but I think she looks pretty happy, and that some child in Africa will be happy to hold her in their arms. :-) The yarn is Knit One, Crochet Too's Fleece, which is perfect for these. Knit up on smaller needles than the yarn calls for, it makes a sturdy fabric for the stuffing to stay put!

I got a lot of this yarn from an acquaintance on Ravelry, who sold it to me at a great price because I'm making bears out of it. Yay! I have a 29 year supply :-D The next bear will be a boy, I think :-)

I made a number of smaller projects these last few months - a couple of which I neglected to photo before gifting them, including a Baby Surprise Jacket with matching hat and socks, and also a number of quick hats for the tree at church.

I also just finished this duo - it's for my dentist! When he was traveling in New Zealand last year, he visited one of the wool/craft co-op places in Christ Church, and brought me some lovely handspun Romney (the gold) and a New Zealand blend (the brown). They were manly colors, so I decided it was only right to make something for him out of them. I have an appointment on Tuesday!

The hat is the basic hat from the book Wendy Knits. The fingerless gloves are Dashing, from

Well, there are thank you notes for me to write (Michelle, if you're reading this, forgive my bad manners - I LOVE what you sent me :-) ), and laundry to finish - and I have picked up my Two Hearts (rav link) sweater again - just last night - and I'm making progress. It's time to finish up loose ends as we move into the New Year.

Happy New Year, my friends - I hope all your dreams come true :-)