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Today’s Random Thoughts

July 14, 2011 2 comments

Today’s post will be some of my random thoughts and happenings…

– My allergies are killing me this morning. Does one built up a tolerance or immunity to the dose of an allergy pill? Mine do not seem to make much of a dent anymore.  I managed to sneeze myself into a headache, this morning. I bet I sneezed 10 times in a row. Now, I have the drippy nose. So annoying! When will the allergies go away? Usually I have Spring allergies from late February through mid-June. This year is so different. I am still suffering. It’s mid-July. I’m just tired of it, over it.

– I received another letter from Taelor, yesterday. She is doing well in South Carolina. She actually likes boot camp. What, is she nuts? I swear she is not my child. I am glad she is doing well and enjoying all of the physical activity. She misses some foods. She made a list of all the foods she wants to eat when she gets home in early September. Burgers and fries were on the top of the list. I reckon I can swing that.

– I have a sweet and understanding Husband. I’m lucky. Last night, we were both sitting on the couch, immersed in our laptops. Hubby asks me, “Hey, do you like this color?” It was a golden yellow color of YARN. I said yes. What’s not to love? He didn’t mention it again. I did not think too much of it after that. This morning, in a text, Hubby said that my yarn should arrive here, by early next week. Ummm…what yarn, I had to ask. I was confused and had already forgotten. So, Hubby ordered some yarn for me. Isn’t that the sweetest? My guess, it is a belated birthday present.

– Today is an anniversary of sorts. Not necessarily a happy one, but I do observe it yearly. Today, 17 years ago I was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic. I had just turned 20. My doctors, at the time, were baffled on why I ended up with “juvenile diabetes” at that age. No one could figure it out. I have no family history. Relatively healthy and I weighed 125 lbs at the time. I got sick quite suddenly. I just felt awful one day…thought I had a flu-type thing going on. It progressed to other symptoms and I ended up in the ER. At the time, I did not know much of anything about diabetes. I had heard of it, in passing. So, I had to learn everything. Injecting myself with insulin was the worst thing ever, at first. Not being able to eat what I wanted, when I wanted was second worst. Low blood sugar episodes are also awful. 17 years later…I have managed to live with the disease, for the most part. I still dislike it. It disrupts my life. I still resent things about it, etc. I now have other health issues that are directly related to my diabetes. I have my good days and my bad days.

– Recently my 15 year old daughter has asked me about birth control. I am SO not ready to deal with this whole idea. She promised me that she is not having sex yet. She was just discussing with me the whole idea of protecting herself for when she does want to. I want to hold my hand over my ears and repeat, “No, no, no!” I had better get with the program. She will eventually “do it” whether I agree with it or not. I have always been open about sex with my daughters. We discuss it, talk about what could happen, how to protect oneself, etc. I don’t wish for my daughters to end up as a teen pregnancy statistic, like I did. I have no regrets about having Taelor at age 17. I want my girls to have choices that I did not have, is all. Did I mention…I am not ready for this, with my youngest daughter?

– Knitting. Well, I have taken to knitting on personal projects in the evenings now. I sleep much better, thank you. I had issues with turning my brain off at night. I would obsess over design ideas or mistakes instead of sleeping. I now save the designing and sample knitting for the mornings. I like this schedule much better. I am hoping to get more done this way. More productive, maybe? We shall see…

– Lately, a kitty has been visiting me. He’s been around for several years. Sometimes I won’t see him for months and then he just pops in. He sits on my back patio and stares at me through the glass door. Often he will tap the glass to get my attention. He wants me to come outside and pet him. A few times, the cat even trots into my apartment and partakes in my cats food dish. He is extremely friendly and sweet. I know he belongs to someone around here. He wears a collar and his tag says his name is “Elvis.” This makes me giggle. He does not seem like an Elvis. He is a beautiful brown, multi-colors of browns/black Maine Coon. He is large and a fluff ball. I want to take him in and keep him all to myself. He is also “fixed” which is a good thing. Elvis has visited me twice in the past week. He likes my scratches, I guess. When he left…I told Hannah, the youngest, “Elvis has left the building!” We had some laughs over that.

– What is up with the weather in the Pacific NW right now. Clouds, rain and cool. We have yet to reach 90 degrees this Summer. I suppose I shouldn’t complain about that, because I HATE the heat. It’s been in the 60’s mostly here the past week. We did reach 71 yesterday afternoon…and humid. It even rained for a short time. Summer is usually our dry season…and it will not rain until September, sometimes. Just an odd year all around, for the weather. I am guessing this is why my allergies are all wonky too.

Well, that is all I have in my head for this morning. I have some work to do. House cleaning stuff first. Then some design knitting. Is it the weekend yet?

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Categories: cats, general, motherhood, randoms

Monday Randoms

June 20, 2011 2 comments

It’s Monday. This means some random thoughts from my head…Pixie the cat is snoozing in the morning sunshine. I feel exactly the same way, this morning. S-L-E-E-P! Isn’t it cute how she sleeps on her cat pillow? I think so. She does this ALL the time.

– It’s official. This Spring has been one of the wettest in 117 years of record keeping in Portland. I could have told you that. Spring here pretty much sucked this year. Now, I am anxious to see what this Summer will be like. Cool, like last year? My mini-roses have kicked the bucket. The cool and wet Spring has finally done them in. It makes me a little sad. I loved those roses.

– For the next three days it will feel like Summer around here. (Today – 79, Tomorrow – 84, Wednesday – 79) After that, it’s rain and 60’s again. I plan to enjoy the next few days as much as I can. I get to wear a tank top and some shorts, for a change. I’ll even make some iced tea. You never know when the weather will change in Oregon. Enjoy it while it lasts.

– I received another letter from Miss Tae. She relayed how much boot camp sucks ass. What do you expect…it’s not Summer camp? I am sure she is fine. Oh, and she told me the bugs are huge! I remember the bugs in the south. Texas had huge bugs and spiders. ~shiver~ We are a bunch of wusses in Western Oregon. Our bugs/spiders are fairly small and the snakes are non-poisonous on this side of the mountains. I plan to sit down and write Tae a letter, later tonight. I miss my oldest daughter terribly. She has a fun sense of humor and it is lost while she is away.

– I wonder if I am getting arthritis in my right hand. For the past two weeks, the joints at the base of my index and middle finger are kind of painful. It kind of has a dull constant throb, mixed with sharper pain when I move them. It’s my right hand only. The funny thing is…I’m left handed. Arthritis does run in my family. I am not sure if it’s hereditary, but several family members have issues with it.

– The hand problem is starting to interfere with my knitting. I do still knit, but for shorter periods of time. I think I ripped out knitting more than any progress was made, over the weekend. I ripped out a sock and restarted it. I also ripped out a tank top that I just was not loving. I plan to knit for a bit this afternoon, out on the patio.

– I have a long “to-do” list for today. Mostly of the domestic variety. Things like, clean out the cat box, bake some cookies, do a load of hand wash and hang it outside to dry, vacuum the downstairs, etc. I have many things I would rather be doing…a nap. reading, knitting, generally being lazy. I can’t, though. Things to do…

– I am not sure why, but I slept terrible. It was a night of perpetual dozing. I did not lay down until almost 2am. I wasn’t tired and there’s no point going to bed if I know I will toss and turn. I dozed off and woke up at 3am. Dozed again and woke up at 4:30am. I heard Hubby’s alarm at 6am, etc. I did not sleep for more than an hour at a time. Not sure why.

– I don’t expect to see the youngest teen awake before 1pm. She was still awake when I was awake at 3am. Crazy kid. I am just too old to be up that late anymore. I remember the days where I would stay up all day and all night and function fine the following day. Not going to happen these days. My ass is dragging today as it is…

I am off to begin that “to-do” list. I may grab a nap later in the afternoon. I also need to work on my sock today. I will pop a pain pill for the hand. Toodles and Happy Monday, everyone.

Categories: cats, general, knitting, randoms

Friday Randoms & WIPs

May 27, 2011 5 comments

I’m feeling quite random, this morning. I am sure my post will reflect that. Fair warning…

– It’s a holiday weekend. The unofficial beginning to the Summer season. Memorial Day. I was hoping for some warm, nice weather in Portland, for the weekend. It’s not going to happen, I don’t think. Upper 50’s and stormy showers does not inspire a “Summer feeling.” Allow me to complain…This Spring has been awful, for the most part, weather-wise. I am so sick of the chilly, rainy weather. It’s depressing. La Nina can kiss my ass. I am SO over it.  I want warmer weather. I have a new Summer dress that I want to wear. I haven’t worn it yet, because it’s too cold still.

– Also, this allergy season has been one of the worst for me. I have no idea why. It’s a daily battle for me, even taking my allergy pills. It’s gotten to the point that my allergies are keeping my up at night. I haven’t been sleeping well for about 6 weeks now. I wake up, in the morning, to sneezing and dripping. Oh, then there is the itchy, watery eyes. It’s just ridiculous. I am usually okay once the tree pollen stuff passes. I am counting the days. Well, then there is the “mowing of the grass” in my immediate area. I can deal with that, though. That lasts for a few hours to a day. Maybe I need to try a new allergy pill?

– I really should be cleaning up the apartment this morning. Again, I am procrastinating. I tend to do that a lot. Company is coming over for the weekend. They aren’t arriving here until the evening. So, I have some time. I will make the oldest daughter help me clean. It’s her friend that is coming to stay the weekend. She’s visiting from Washington/UW. Tae wanted to see her best friend once more before she leaves for boot camp in June.

– I finally bought AA batteries for my digital camera. I know, it’s about time. I will now limit my cell phone pictures. Yay!

– I haven’t knitted anything in over 2 days. Shocking, I know. I was having a little break from knitting. I have been busy doing other things, actually. I will probably pick up the knitting later today, sometime. Sometimes my fingers and wrists need a little time off. I haven’t shared any WIPs pictures in a while. I took a few photos this morning. Excuse the poor lighting. The gloom outside is not great for photography. My apartment is dark this morning…Now for some pics.

Since we rearranged the living room last weekend…I have a new knitting corner, next to the couch. The basket holds my current WIPs. It’s a bit of a mess, I admit. I simply can’t keep the area neat. Luckily my cats leave the yarn, knitting, basket alone.

The Birch Leaf Shawl is still coming a long. It just doesn’t seem to look any bigger than my last photo of it. I only knit on the shawl when I have quiet and the time to concentrate. I have to count stitches. I can’t watch TV or listen to music while knitting the shawl.

I am designing a sock at the moment. I have had to restart this particular sock 5 times already. I think I finally have the right combination of yarn and needle size. I haven’t gotten very far in the actual knitting portion of the design. US # 1 needles doesn’t seem to progress the sock as much. Smaller stitches, I guess.

Finally, an easier knit project. I began the Sage Remedy Top with my Knit One Crochet Too Wick yarn, recently. Right now, it’s all stockinette stitch. I usually watch TV or listen to music while knitting on the top. The color of the yarn is not that bright. I had to use the flash on my camera to get the photo to turn out. The color is called “ocean.” It appears turquoise in the photo, but it’s more of a real blue color.

Lastly, the final WIP, not shown, is the Cable Car Coat. I haven’t knitted on the cardigan in weeks. For shame! It’s buried in the bottom of my knit basket. I will finish it…eventually. I didn’t photograph it due to my laziness of having to dig it out, etc.

I apologize for the long entry. If you have managed to read this entry to the end. I thank you. I hope you have a fabulous weekend. I hope the weather is very nice where you are. I’m jealous! Happy Friday. 🙂

Categories: general, knitting, randoms, WIPs
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