Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Ten on Tuesday . . .

Been quite a blog break here, Chez A.  Sorry.  My desktop computer bit the dust a few weeks ago and I just now got my old laptop set up while I wait for the new computer to arrive.

Lot's to catch you up on, but for now, how about a quick list?

Today' Ten on Tuesday topic is:  10 Things You Did This Weekend

Alrighty then . . .

  1. Finished the Hermione's Everyday Socks (Rav link)
  2. Cast on for some Glorious Cabled Mitts to match those socks (these and the socks are for my sister-in-law).
  3. Swept the deck
  4. Got my hammock cleaned up and set up
  5. Went for a walk with my cousins in Sweet Woods
  6. Fell asleep in the chair for two hours (it was all that fresh air  :-D)
  7. Watched some telly - specifically the last two episodes of Season Five of Call The Midwife.  Argh!!!!  :-(   :-(  I won't spoil it for you in case you haven't seen it yet, but :-(  :-(
  8. Figured out Audible
  9. Had a fantastic lunch with my high school friend, R.
  10. Grilled some chicken that had been frozen in my best marinade.  Yum!

A good list!

Here are the socks (it wouldn't let me post them in the list.

I have to say that Hermione's Everyday Socks is a WONDERFUL pattern for hand painted/variegated yarns.  You often have to go with plain vanilla with these yarns because you lose the stitch definition with a pattern.  But this simple pattern with a couple of offset purl stitches is PERFECT for these types of yarns.  As you can see,  you see the pattern, and you still see the beauty of the yarn.  Win-Win!

And I'll be back soon with, as the late Paul Harvey used to say, The Rest . . . of the Story.   :-)

Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Sunday Wrap-Up . . .

It's Sunday  :-)  It's Mother's Day, so have a happy one if you're a mom  :-)

First, the shoulder update.  I did see the orthopedic surgeon on Tuesday.  The Good News is that, at this time, I don’t have to have a cortisone shot nor do I require surgery. I'm ALL happy about this.  :-)

The Not Quite so Good news is that the doc did confirm tendinitis in my shoulder which has led to a degree of adhesive capsulitis, sometimes referred to as frozen shoulder. Apparently it’s more common in women of a certain age … ahem … and can come out of nowhere, which it did with me. I have to do another 4-6 weeks of PT and then go visit the surgeon again  He also said that it is not uncommon for nothing to happen with this direction until at least the second month of PT. 

The surgeon was going to give me something for the pain that I could take before PT, but I am allergic to codeine, tramadol, and many other pain meds. There was almost a mishap in this area, so I ordered a MedicAlert dogtag on Wednesday - seemed like it might be a good thing to have.  So, because I am already taking diclofenac (which is like Advil on steroids), I get to take an Extra Strength Tylenol about an hour before PT and I can take one before going to bed, too.  It's not much, but it helps somehow.  I have definitely made a little bit of progress this week.  I'm muscle sore, so I think I'm getting somewhere.  :-)

Unfortunately, as with some other inflammatory conditions (such as plantar fasciitis) it can take what feels like a staggeringly long time for frozen shoulder resolve, although it usually does so without invasive procedures (crossing my fingers!).  I'm not really interested in a year+ recovery time, so I am being very diligent with my PT. In the meantime, however, it’s still very much The No-Fun Plan. Interestingly enough, though, having the expert confirm the path I and my physical therapist have been on has been oddly uplifting.  At least I truly know now, what's going on - I have something to grasp and focus on. 

In other news of the week, some beautiful things are happening here on the stands  :-)

These are the first blossoms on K's Tipsy Spritzer (love it!!)  I think it's going to be a heavy bloomer and I'm excited to be growing it.  It will be potted on at the end of the month.

 And this one I've been waiting on for months.  This stunner is Paula's Fidgety Frankie

I am usually not keen on fantasy blossoms - that's what you call a blossom like this that is streaked with another color - but I certainly love this one  :-)  It's been a very slow grower for me - it's still in a Solo cup and will also be potted on at the end of the month.

I'm also finally working on some socks for my sister-in-law from yarn she picked out at least three years ago  :-D    These are my YOSS socks for May.  I'm just about to pick up the gusset!

The pattern is Hermione's Everyday Socks and the yarn is Socks that Rock Lightweight in the River Rocked colorway.  This is my first time with this pattern and I really love it!

I'm going to leave you with a favorite - together again . . .