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Three finishes and two requests

December 4, 2010

This week has been slightly less packed with adventure than the last few weeks, although there has still been plenty going on. 

Overnight on Saturday we looked after Gethin, as planned.  That boy is just so cute!  He is happy and smiling almost all of the time, which makes it so easy to look after him.  Plus, he has the best sleep routine I have ever seen in a 5 month old…we gave him a bottle and changed him into ‘jamas at 7-ish, we read him a story, we put him in the travel cot, walked away…shut the door…didn’t hear a sound from him until nearly 9am the next morning 🙂 !  And apparently that is his normal routine.  He just goes to sleep by himself and sleeps right through.  Now that is the kind of babysitting I can cope with! 

Anyway, the main reason for looking after the Baby was to give Sam a break and it worked.  She slept for nearly 12 hours uninterrupted and didn’t wake up until almost 11am.  I’m glad, she obviously needed it. 

Also this week I’ve been for a doctor’s appointment myself, and taken my Mum to the hospital for the first of several angina tests.  We’ve finished out shopping for Christmas – all the presents, wrapping paper, most of the food.  We just have a few bits and pieces to get fresh at the last minute. 

And there has been knitting:

A knitted cover for my Kindle.  I’ve taken it out with me several times this week, and it’s really convenient.  On Friday I was early for my appointment with the doctor, so I sat in a cafe and read my Kindle with a nice hot coffee.  I then sat in the doctor’s waiting room reading it when the doctor was running late.  It’s so slim and lightweight, it easily fits in my bag and doesn’t feel uncomfortable to hold and read.  I even read it on the bus on the way home.  This knitted cover is just to protect the screen from scratches. 

Also finished, my Dawlish Warren socks:

And a reversible hat:

 

Yay!  It’s pink on one side, green on the other!  It’s really warm, which is great at the moment…it has been freezing cold and snowy for a week or more. 

I have also started a new pair of socks and a scarf for myself, but those may have to wait as I have had special requests from Mum and A.  Mum has no heating at the moment, so she is really cold.  For some reason it is her ankles feeling it most, so she wants leg-warmers.  How very eighties!  A, on the other hand, has been asked to wear a Christmassy hat when he works on Christmas eve.  He doesn’t like the cheap santa hats we could easily get hold of, oh no, he wants a custom made one.  He is at least thinking practically – if I can make him a plain red hat with a white brim, then add a detachable pom-pom to the top, he can take off the pom-pom and wear the hat after Christmas, just to keep his head warm.  It makes sense, but that’s two projects with very short deadlines…plus I have a few baby gifts to make…plus I really wanted a new scarf myself. 

All of that and I’m running out of time.  I spoke to the boss-lady this week, and my return to work is set for a week’s time.  I’m looking forward to seeing the people, but I could really get used to this lazy life 🙂

So, this week coming up…not a lot at the moment.  We’re off out tonight with Alan and Kat, for dinner in a nice Italian restaurant.  Tomorrow we may be taking a nephew out for his birthday.  On Tuesday we might look after Gethin again, so David and Sam can go to the cinema.  But that’s it. 

Oh, and one more thing – how cute is this?!

A peaceful week

September 25, 2010

As I’d hoped, this week has been a quiet one.  I haven’t been to a single hospital or doctor’s appointment – mine or anyone else’s.  A has had to work one evening, for a stock-take, but that went smoothly and was soon over.  I have been to Bristol twice, leaving me exhausted and in some pain yesterday, but not too bad. 

And there is snooker on, which always chills me out 🙂

On Wednesday I made it to Knitting in the Library for the second week running, and I’m planning to get there again this week. 

In other news, my Mum and my niece both have surgery dates – Mor needs her tonsils removed and will have day surgery on 22nd Oct.  Mum is also going in for day surgery on 5th Nov.  Hopefully I’ll be mobile again in time for Mum’s op – as I’ll still be off work at that point I could easily take her and pick her up afterwards…as long as I can drive by then.  We’ll see.

In my weird knitting world, much progress and no live projects!  I’ve finished my mittens and my sunshine socks, but haven’t got any new photos as the second one of each is the same as the first!  I now have no projects on the go so will have to get something started. 

Actually, I have a bit of a plan about that.  As I’ll be incapacitated for a few weeks, I’ll have plenty of knitting time but not much energy/ability for searching out yarn/patterns/needles etc.  So I’m going to work out a list of projects I want to start and gather all the materials together over the next week.  I’ll swatch and work out needle sizes, then set up a project bag for each new start, containing needles, yarn, pattern and any other odds and ends, such as stitch markers.  Then, when I’m ill, I’ll be able to just pick up the relevant bag and get on with it.  There will be a range of sizes and complexities, from pocket bunnies to a christening shawl (I’m going to be Gethin’s godmother at his christening in Dec – yay!).  I’ve also got a few cross-stitch patterns in mind. 

I’ve already got a few things in mind, have ordered a specific kit for the christening shawl, and will start printing patterns later this morning. 

It’s quite exciting! 

Anyway, this week coming…not a lot at the minute.  Bristol twice, as usual, including Theresa’s return from her holiday.  She always brings me Rees’ peanut butter cups when she has been to America 🙂 

Tonight we’re going out for dinner with Alan and Kat, who we haven’t seen for ages. 

Apart from that, I’m hoping for another quiet one.  Two in a row?  Fat chance!

Sunday Extra

August 15, 2010

I know, posts on two days running!  This one is just a quick update to show off this:

I’ve been feeling so rough, with such bad cramps, I haven’t even tried to do anything much.  So, plenty of knitting time.  Or in this case crochet.  The pattern is by Catherine, available in Inside Crochet magazine, issue 9.  It only took me a few hours last night and an hour or so this morning to make it start to finish.  I used Cascade 220 yarn.

The mushroom is a birthday present for my Mum, who loves mushrooms and toadstools.  I’ll probably buy a few handkerchiefs to put in it, but she can use it for whatever she wants. 

🙂

Hoping for a lazy weekend

July 31, 2010

This has been a long, hard week.  As well as the usual stuff (including two Bristol days), there have been two hospital visits in one day and a meal out.  The fridge-freezer was delivered, and A ordered a bike.  I feel exhausted, guess I’ve just overdone it a bit. 

Last weekend we had a lovely excursion to Barbury Castle, a hill-fort on the Ridgeway.  My baby bro met us up there, with his wife and baby Gethin.  Although there isn’t anything much there to do, it’s a lovely peaceful place to just stroll around, to sit and eat lunch, to gaze over miles and miles of surrounding countryside.  Gethin seemed oblivious – not surprising given he’s only 3 weeks old! 

Tuesday was the busiest day, starting with working at home until 3pm, then Mum’s appointment at one hospital, then mine at another, finishing with dinner out with Mum and her partner. 

Mum’s appointment went well, overall.  The tests taken the previous week showed no signs of cancerous cells at all, thank heavens.  She does still need a minor op, to remove some obstructed milk ducts, but it’ll just be day surgery.  That should be towards the end of August. 

My appointment was also fine.  The consultant is happy to continue the treatment I’m on at the moment, but wants to also start me with a Mirena coil at the same time, while I’m well.  There are potential issues with Mirena, especially as I’ve never had children, but he thinks I’ve got a better chance of it working if I’m well when it’s fitted.  So I also need day surgery in August! 

After trawling the hospitals for the afternoon, we went on to a local pub in Wroughton, where we’d ended up, and met Mum’s partner for dinner.  It saved us all the trauma of cooking when we got home, and it was nice to spend time with Mum. 

By Friday, I was so tired I could hardly stay awake to work.  So we compounded the problem with a take-away and a bottle of wine.  I know I shouldn’t eat curry, unless I’ve prepared it myself, and I certainly shouldn’t drink wine, but sometimes I just need to let off steam and I thoroughly enjoyed both.  I’m suffering for it today though! 

In knitting/cross-stitch news, I’ve almost finished the Holly cross-stitch.  Just one more side of the border to do.  I did finish my current travel socks:

This lovely one now has a partner.  They are made from Violet Green‘s Stellar sock yarn, which is soooo soft.  Of course, I immediately cast on a new travel sock, for the train journeys. 

I also finished this little fellow:

The pattern is ‘Flo the Elephant’ from the current (first Fall) issue of Knitty, and I love it.  It was a bit painful with all the sewing up, but that went quicker than I anticipated and the end result is so worth it.  The elephant is a gift for Gethin, and I’d like to name him before handing him over, but I can’t quite think of the right name…any ideas? 

So, this week…not a lot on I don’t think.  I have to organise the next dose of my treatment with the doctor’s surgery.  Other than that just work as usual.  Hopefully!

Being brave

July 24, 2010

I’ve had a slight issue lately, which I think largely arises from feeling better.  Who’d have thought that feeling better would come with problems of its own?!  I have an itch to do stuff.  Any stuff.  I used to be satisfied with, to crave even, time in front of the television just knitting or stitching and not thinking too much.  While on the painkillers especially, that was enough for me. 

Just lately though, I want out.  I want adventure and excitement and…okay that’s not true, but I’m feeling smothered and constrained and wonder why it is we never do anything or go anywhere. 

Largely, it’s because I don’t like to…I find small details to worry about and so end up cancelling any plans we do make. 

Am I explaining this clearly?  It’s a dilemma, and it’s all of my own making. 

Last night I was trying to explain this to A yet again (he tries, but just doesn’t get it), when he pointed out that I do stuff all the time.  In fact I go to Bristol twice a week, completely on my own.  Lightbulb moment!  So this morning I have already been into town, and bought all the shopping we’ll need for the week.  So the rest of the weekend is our own, to do what we want with.  Of course now I’ve scratched the ‘going out’ itch, I’ll probably be content to just sit around and watch the telly-box! 

While I was in town earlier, I splashed out and bought some new work shoes.  They’re hardly exciting, but I like them:

new_shoes_2

I already have two identical pairs, one in red suede (very old and heading for the bin very soon) and one in red leather, so I know they are really comfortable and practical for walking the distances I do in my commute. 

The rest of the week has been okay.  I took Mum to the hospital on Tuesday, where the consultant took some tests.  She has to go back on Tuesday this week for results, so fingers crossed for good news and not the ‘something sinister’ possibility.  I also have an appointment on Tuesday, with the private gynae consultant.  He’ll be reviewing my current medication and I predict will leave it alone for another 3 months.  After that, who knows.  On Tuesday afternoon, A and I went shopping and bought a new fridge-freezer.  It should be delivered this coming Friday.  We also bought an unplanned printer – oops! 

In knitting/cross-stitch news, I’m still knitting away at the elephant for Gethin.  I had almost finished last night, then noticed that his ears were different sizes and shapes!  There will be a lot of sewing up necessary once all the pieces are done, which is a shame.  The cross-stitch picture I’m making for Holly is coming along nicely.  It just needs 3 sides of the border finishing, then it’s done. 

This coming week, apart from the hospital appointments and the fridge-freezer delivery…not much really.  Let’s hope it stays that way! 

For this week’s cruise story, I’ll list some of the wildlife we spotted.  Some of this was seen on route, some in ports/harbours/ashore.

  • Puffins
  • Dolphins (!)
  • Black Guillemots
  • Eider Ducks

That’s just the unusual stuff.  Eider ducks are cool.  We’d seen them a few weeks before, at Slimbridge, where we couldn’t help laughing at the way they say ‘ooo-oo-ooo’, like an old lady when you’re telling a story she doesn’t really understand but wants to show an interest in.  When a few of them start doing it together it is really comical. 

Black Guillemots were everywhere.  We noticed them a couple of times, but couldn’t identify them, then one day we saw them swimming around in a harbour (Greenock?) while we were walking along the esplanade.  We produced binoculars and bird book and soon pinpointed what they were, especially once we realised that they were nesting in holes in the harbour wall. 

We didn’t see Puffins until fairly late in the cruise, but having spotted them once, we saw them repeatedly for a couple of days.  They are so funny looking, flying like clockwork toys over the surface of the water, then diving straight in. 

The most exciting though were the dolphins.  It was just a few short seconds when they were swimming alongside the ship, jumping above the waves, right in front of us.  We just happened to be in the right place at the right time.  So cool.

Normal service is resumed…

July 17, 2010

…whatever ‘normal’ means!  In this case I think it means sitting down on a Saturday morning, on my own while A is at work, having time to think about what I want to write and actually making the effort to write it.  You wouldn’t believe how many posts I’ve written in my head but not got round to typing/publishing, usually thought up on occasions such as on the train, in the car, or in bed whilst trying to get to sleep. 

Anyway, here’s one that made it! 

I’ve got lots of stories to tell about my wonderful cruise, which I’ve kind of grouped into 5 very loose categories.  I’ll attempt to write up one group per week, alongside all the other news, but don’t consider that a promise. 

Firstly, this week has been fairly routine.  I missed a couple of days at work due to IBS problems, but still managed 2 days at home and 1 in Bristol.  Health-wise I’m struggling a bit, trying to get back into routine, trying to settle the IBS back down after all the food excess on the boat.  The 2nd dose of hormone treatment started to wear off, which didn’t help, but I’ve just had the 3rd dose so that should improve.  In about 10 days I’ll go to see the consultant again, to find out what happens next. 

This coming week will be a bit disrupted, as I have to go to Bristol on Monday (when I would usually work at home) for a briefing.  Then on Tuesday (usually a Bristol day) I have booked a day’s leave to take my Mum to the hospital.  She has an urgent appointment at the breast cancer clinic and is really worried about it so I promised to take her. 

So, back to the boat!  This first category should be about the boat itself, I think, and a few of its occupants. 

The boat is enormous.  I cannot stress that enough!  As we arrived at Southampton docks by taxi, the car turned a corner and we found ourselves looking at what appeared to be a big, shiny office building.  It seemed like an odd place for an office block.  Then we caught on – it wasn’t a building, it was our boat!  It’s very difficult to get a photo of the boat, showing its scale, because it is so big, but this one of A holding our new nephew Gethin (Yay!  New nephew!  More later) gives some idea:

Here’s another, taken from the coastal cliff path on Guernsey:

That’s a castle in the foreground! 

Anyway, aside from the size of it, the boat was lovely and luxurious.  It was very easy to get lost though.  There were 3 main restaurants, as well as the 24 hour buffet and countless smaller food areas.  There was a large theatre, a conference centre and many, many bars, most of which included various kinds of entertainment at different times of day/night. 

There was a cinema, on the open deck by one of the many pools.  The ‘Movies Under the Stars’ screen showed a variety of films through the day and evening, as well as the World Cup football matches.  We went to see films the first 3 nights running, as they were all films we had wanted to see for a while but never got around to.  It got a bit cold outside at night, so heated blankets were provided, and free popcorn. 

One of our favourite entertainments was watching the boat leave port, especially seeing the people who remove the ropes from the dockside and throw them into the water for the boat to suck back in.  We called them the boat rope dudes, and always waved to them as the boat departed.  They were infinitely interesting and varied – in several ports the boat was longer than the dock, so ropes were tied up on platforms.  The boat rope dudes piled into a small boat, which took them, all kitted out in safety helmets and orange overalls, to the platforms.  The dudes ran up ladders to the tops of the platforms, waited for the ropes to slacken, unhooked them, then moved back over the edge of the platform while the ropes were pulled in by the boat.  Eventually, when all the ropes had been done, the small boat would pick the dudes back up again and they’d return to the dock.  It was (bizarrely) so entertaining to watch.  Even the dudes who just had to walk along the docks to their ropes were cool. 

Our cabin was lovely – we had been upgraded by several floors, to almost the highest cabin deck, and the room was much bigger than we expected.  We didn’t have a window, but apart from first thing in the morning, when deciding what to wear, we didn’t miss it.  We weren’t so happy, however, to discover that our immediate neighbours appeared to be 2 or 3 ‘children’.  We didn’t quite establish how many of them were staying next door, or quite how old they were.  At first we thought they were early teens, because of their behaviour, but later we saw the girl playing in the casino, for which she should have been at least 18.  She was the worst of them – she’d run up the corridor (like an elephant), burst through their door squealing, then there’d start an awful row of banging, crashing, shouting, screaming, high-pitched giggling.  A while later, she’d burst back out of the door and stomp off up the corridor again. 

This went on day and night, at all hours.  One night, after 1am, A lost patience and went out into the corridor to ask them to be quiet.  As he fumbled to unlock our door, they heard him coming and all ran away, hiding just round the corner and laughing at him.  The next afternoon, when we heard them in the corridor, A went out again, quietly this time, and gave them a proper ‘Dad’ lecture 🙂  It was comical, but I doubt if they’d ever been spoken to like that in their lives before.  All they said was ‘Ummm, okay’, and went back in their room.  After that they were much less disruptive, although still painful. 

The majority of the passengers on the boat were American, and we used our usual anti-social approach of not talking to anyone, so I can’t really comment on them.  We did overhear a few comical speeches…one was from our neighbours, when the girl did her usual trick of thumping up the corridor and bursting into the room, followed by an explosion of ‘Bitch!  She hit me!  She laid her hands on me!’.  Imagine it said in an American drawl…we couldn’t stop laughing – what an expression!  From then on we constantly pushed each other just so we could say ‘You laid your hand on me’!  Another favourite was the man at dinner patiently explaining to his table companions that the ‘Liver’ (mis-pronounced Livver) birds on the Royal Liver (correctly pronounced Ly-ver) are nothing special, why they’re only a few inches tall!  The damn things are something like 18 feet high!  They do look small, but for goodness sake, they’re on the top of a very tall building! 

The formal nights were mildly disappointing.  When we went on Sea Princess, two years ago, the formal were really formal – ballgowns and all.  This time, not so many people made that much effort.  One guy turned up to the dining room in a cream linen suit – hardly a tux!  A lot of the women wore black trousers with shiny/sequin blouses/jackets.  We opted for the most formal approach though:

My dress was lovely, and apart from the shiny white cleavage I was happy with it.  I tried to avoid a partial suntan, but just spend too much time outdoors! 

A looked pretty, and loved making the effort. 

It was pretty strange going back to Liverpool, after an absence of at least 9 years.  The dockside has been totally re-developed, and looked really good.  We didn’t stray any further than that, opting for a peaceful afternoon on the boat instead.  A cursed his luck though – he persuaded me to get in a swimming pool, for the first time in 20 years.  Just as we went to get in the pool, me with Tshirt and shorts over costume, about to strip off and hurry in, a photographer appeared!  What are the chances?!  He was taking pictures for the next Princess brochures in the UK and wanted the Liverpool skyline, with the 3 Graces on the waterfront, with the back of the boat showing in front of them.  He really wanted some life in the pictures, but the boat was deserted – would we mind getting in the pool and being in the photos? 

The answer, simply put was ‘Yes, I mind’!  In the end we compromised, I sat on the pools edge with my Tshirt still on (no bikini shots, thanks), while A splashed around in the pool.  So we’ll be looking out for any future brochures, just to see if we turn up in them. 

But seriously, I’m so self-conscious I haven’t been in a pool for 20 years, and the day I do a photographer turns up?  I could get paranoid! 

Anyway, this is now a monster of a post, so I’ll finish off here for now.  There’s a lot more to say, but it’ll keep.  The more I write, the more I think of to write! 

One last story – my baby brother’s baby arrived while we were away.  We are now proud Uncles to Gethin Adam, whose first ever outing was to fetch us home from Southampton.  He was all of 4 days old, but my bro just couldn’t wait to show him off:

I’m back!

May 7, 2009

Well, it’s been a while.  I can’t think of all the exciting things I’ve been up to in the past few weeks, but here’s a brief list of high(and low)lights:

  • My Grandmother’s funeral finally happened.  With it came a release of tension and a chance to actually talk to some of the family;
  • We’ve been on holiday to Westward Ho!  Yay, holiday!
  • I went for a pre-op assessment yesterday – 4 attempts at a blood test, two giganto-normous bruises and two hours later…
  • I’m still waiting for a surgery date;
  • Work is still work, busy but nothing urgent;
  • Mum still doesn’t know whether she’ll be having a hysterectomy.

I think that’s most of it. 

I made it into the office this morning, for the first time in weeks.  Only, I forgot my laptop.  And my tens machine.  And somehow didn’t manage to take any of my tablets before I went.  So two hours later, I came back home again.  D’oh!

In knitting news, I’ve been busy on socks, as always.  Also, I’m making a ladybird pyjama case for my friends little girl.  I couldn’t find a pattern for what I wanted, so I’m making it up.  It took me a while to track down how exactly to knit a flat circle, but as soon as I’d figured that out, I was away.  It’s getting there now, just got to finish the shell, sew it on to the body and stuff it, then work out legs, eyes and antennae.  I’ll post pictures when I’m done, maybe even write up the pattern (if I can make sense of my scribbled notes). 

Talking of pictures, I’m sure I’m way behind.  On Saturday I should have the morning to myself while A is at work, so I’ll get some sorted then. 

For now though, back to work!

Negative and Positive

April 7, 2009

It’s been a while since I wrote.  To be honest I’ve been struggling to find much positive to say, and to write only about the negative is too miserable. 

So, getting the down side over with:

  • My Grandmother’s body is still in Spain.  It could be another 3 weeks before her funeral;
  • My Dad’s neighbour and long-time family friend died of cancer.  Her funeral is on Thursday;
  • My Mum has pre-cancerous cells and probably needs a full hysterectomy sometime soon;
  • We have a big meeting at work on Thursday morning, when we will probably (hopefully?) find out our future;
  • I’m signed off work for two weeks (half way through now) as I’m too sleepy to drive or concentrate.

Moving swiftly on with positives:

  • I’m signed off work – lots of time for knitting and reading, when I can stay awake;
  • I’m starting to feel better, even reducing the dose of co-codamol so I’m a bit less stupid;
  • Knitting, did I mention knitting?

I could probably put in some pictures here, but I don’t really feel like it. 

I have re-started the net curtain for the dining room, which I began ages ago.  I was using very fine needles, as the open lace pattern I was getting on fat needles didn’t look right.  I re-started in a new pattern on fatter ones, realised it would still take forever, and started yet again on the fattest ones I have.  It’s coming along, but will still take a while. 

Of course, I’m also knitting socks.  Mmmmmm…socks.  I’m using some Tofutsies yarn and it’s lovely. 

Anyway, can’t stay here chatting all day, I’m off to knit.

Photos because it’s Saturday

March 7, 2009

This week I have a lot to report, and I’m feeling happy.  Let’s see, starting with…

Knitting news:  I finished my lovely Malabrigo gloves, and they truly are a joy to wear.  Even though the weather has turned a lot warmer, what with it being spring and no longer winter, so I probably won’t wear them until autumn now, but hey, at least I have them. 

 

So pretty, so warm, so going in a drawer for a few months. 

I’ve also finished the second Think Pink sock for my Mum.  I’ll see her on Tuesday, and give her the pair and hopefully even get a photo of her wearing them. 

 

I’m really pleased with them.  These were for the sock knit along on Ravelry, for February.  I finished them a few days late, but posted them anyway.  I think I’ll be giving the March KAL a miss, as the theme is lace and I have too many other things to do to start more lace socks at the moment.  I might join in late if I get time later in the month. 

I know I really shouldn’t have started anything new knitting-wise, but I couldn’t resist casting on for my Malabrigo hat, to match the scarf and gloves. 

I’m using the magic loop technique for the first time, and finding it quite straight forward so far.  This was why I chose the longest length of circular needles I could get, when I ordered all those Knitpicks needles, because I had read that for magic loop it was easier using long cables, and I figured that for 2 circs it wouldn’t be a problem having the extra length.  Now I can say I can knit in the round with DPNs, 2 circs and magic loop! 

Finally, and most excitingly (seriously, I’m still dancing in circles in my head), I won the monthly Violet Green yarn raffle in the VG group on Ravelry.  £10 to spend on anything at all from the Violet Green online shop.  I spent most of Wednesday browsing, ordered Weds evening, and received my lovely freebies on Friday morning.  I chose 2 yarns, one of which was Stellar sock yarn:

This is called Minchinhampton and I love the colours – the blue is actually more purple in real life. 

My other choice was a cobweb lace yarn, which is so fine and soft…I think I’ll make a stole from it.

Again, it’s more purple-y than blue, so pretty. 

And, even though I spent a bit over the £10 voucher I won, the lovely Violet Green lady refunded the extra and sent it all as my prize!  Lovely, lovely, lovely. 

On top of the knitting happiness, I took Friday off work, to use up my last day of annual leave.  I’ve also got Thursday and Friday of the coming week off.  I had a lovely lazy morning yesterday, while A was at work, posting on Ravelry, messing on the ‘puter, reading.  Then we went for a really long walk all afternoon, followed by a nap before dinner. 

Today I have to make a start on the cross-stitch I promised to make my friend for her daughter’s wedding.  I sorted out my cross-stitch supplies last night, organising my threads, updating my project book, looking for colours.  Weirdly, even though I have 6 boxes of threads of various makes and types, I don’t have a single on in the right shade of pink!  I’ll have to ponder down to the craft shop at some point, see if I can get something shiny or sparkly, or even just plain cotton in the right colour.  For now, I should get on with the design work anyway.  It has to include something representing Epsom Downs race course, as that is where the wedding is.  Hmmm. 

In reading news, I’ve just finished the 2nd of 3 books by Louis de Bernieres, in the ‘War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts’ series.  I love these books, even more than the first time I read them.  They are so clever and subtle.  Simply written while still being complex stories. 

Now, what else?  Oh yes, I have a variety of hospital appointments.  There’s the gynaecology consultant on Tuesday, which my Mum is taking me to as A has to work.  Then there’s A’s annual kidney checkup on Weds, and I have to see another consultant next week.  The another pain clinic appointment the week after that.  I’m just hoping someone will come up with some answers soon.  In the meantime, the pain clinic methods are working well.  I forget to do the exercises every day, but I am following instructions about stopping before it hurts.  For example when we go out walking, I stop and rest from time to time.  We usually stop for a coffee somewhere before the long walk home from Tesco/Sainsbury’s/wherever.  I’m able to get through without causing too much extra pain, which is progress. 

So, all in all, positives all round.  🙂

What do you mean, I missed a week?

February 21, 2009

Okay, so I did miss last Saturday.  Can’t even remember why.  Probably laziness. 

What has been going on in the last two weeks?  Hmmm, not a great deal that I can think of. 

Got the last blood test result back, all normal.  Still waiting for hospital appointments. 

Mum got confirmation that the pain and skin problems which so closely resemble the cancer she had a year ago are ‘post-radiotherapy changes in the skin’.  Which is interesting, 20 years after the radiotherapy! 

A has a slight change of role at work, he has been given specific responsibilities, instead of general ones.  It’s probably a good thing as he will be adding skills to his repertoire. 

I’ve been struggling to work very successfully, only been in to the office twice this week, and couldn’t work at all on Thursday.  I’ve got to get my act together, the boss-man is very understanding, but I can’t rely on him being my boss for much longer.  Change is coming. 

I’ve been reading a lot in the last two weeks…perhaps that’s why I didn’t get around to posting last week.  I’ve just re-read all of Jane Austen’s novels for the umpty-ninth time.  I love Pride and Prejudice, it;s one of my favourite books ever, and the rest of them are really good too.  I was given P&P by a friend of my Mum’s, for my 11th or 12th birthday. I read it then, and enjoyed it, but didn’t really understand it very well.  I have re=read it many times since and enjoyed it as much or more every time.  This time through I found it funnier than ever before, picking up on the clever phrases better. 

I think I’m going to re-read Wuthering Heights next, because I’ve never really understood it when I’ve read it before and I keep re-reading it in the hope that it starts to make sense.  We’ll see. 

In knitting news, I’ve restarted my Mum’s think pink socks…again…this time in a much bigger size.  I got to the toe of the first one and realised that it just wasn’t big enough, especially if I took into account the way her arthritic fingers struggle with things like socks.  She won’t be able to put on anything tight, they have to be loose.  It turns out she has been wearing her partner’s oversized men’s socks, so I’m going for a massive size, and using a bigger needle size to make the stitching looser. 

The picture is of the previous version, now frogged, but the pattern will be the same.

I finished my pretty purple lacy scarf, and have started making gloves from the leftover Malabrigo lace yarn.  Of course, when I say leftover, I mean 2 and a bit skeins!  I’ve finished the first glove, made holding two strands of the laceweight together, and realised when I put it on that I’ve never owned gloves that fit properly before!  Being able to adjust them to exactly the size and shape of my hand and fingers makes them fit so well. 

It’s impossible to get across the softness of this scarf in a photo, but it really feels luxurious.  It was 34 repeats long in the end so it took 17 days to knit, plus a couple to block. 

So, on that note I’m going to get back to my sock and/or glove knitting, plus checking out what time the snooker starts today.  It’s semi-final day of the Welsh Open…one of my favourites went out yesterday, but the other got through.  Yay!