Monthly Archives: June, 2007

Summer afternoon – Summer afternoon… the two most beautiful words in the English language. ~ Henry James

This afternoon I had a great session of PT. I’m healing a little bit every day and I’m able to actually do the exercises now. It does hurt, but I have come so far in just a month. I was so happy as I drove home that I took the scenic route and snapped some pictures.

The wide open plains:

A windmill:

Grazing cattle:

A curious group:

Well, hello there, Ms. Cow. (She and I studied each other for a few minutes.)

This fence line stretches for miles:

When I was almost home, I passed a pair of antelope:

The picture taking continued when I arrived home. Here’s Sam in the yard I haven’t been able to mow all year (yikes!):

Kishka was hogging the water dish:

It’s been a stormy week here and a few nights ago I snapped my first picture of a lightning bolt. And not only that, but I snapped three more:

Friday’s Feast:

Appetizer
How many pieces of jewelry do you wear most days?
Two: necklace and bracelet

Soup
What is your favorite instrumental song?
Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

Salad
Who has a last name that you like?
I like my own name, thankyouverymuch. :)

Main Course
Name a popular movie you’ve never seen.
The Lord of the Rings movies.

Dessert
Fill in the blank: Nothing makes me ___________ like ____________.
Nothing makes me laugh like my dogs.

In summer, the song sings itself. ~ William Carlos Williams

I’m surfacing from the vortex that is ravelry to actually post about a new project. (If you’re waiting to get in, be patient. It’s well worth the wait.)

Here’s A Gem of a Blanket:

I don’t have a Saturday Sky picture, but I do have a picture of Friday’s sky:

Samantha is not the most snuggly dog, so when she does something like this, I could just sing with happiness:

My favorite thing about summer:

Yummy!

Squee!!

Before I start jumping up and down (in my head, there’s no way in hell I could actually jump), here’s Friday’s Feast:

Appetizer
Name a funny habit you have.
I have to do things in order. For example, I have to take my multi-vitamin before my calcium. A more extreme example is when I get out of the shower. I must wrap my hair in a towel, dry off, brush my teeth, put on deodorant, put on sunscreen and then comb out my hair. If I do something out of order, I go back to the beginning and start over.

Soup
If you could instantly know how to play a musical instrument, which one would you pick?
It’s a tie between the violin and the piano.

Salad
How long is your hair?
Too long. It’s almost to my shoulders and I wish it was chin length. As soon as I can stand sitting in a stylist’s chair, I’m getting it hacked off.

Main Course
When was the last time you forgave someone, and who was it?
This sounds horribly egocentric, but I last forgave myself. It was a long time coming (I forgave myself for marrying my ex-husband), but I’ve finally reached that point and have stopped beating myself up over it.

Dessert
What is your favorite kitchen appliance?
There’s a three way tie: crockpot, bread maker and George Foreman grill.

:: cue jumping up and down ::

I got my Ravelry invitation! My user name is RunsWithNeedles. I don’t have much in there yet, but plan to take care of that this weekend.

What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal. ~ Albert Pine

After what seems like forever, I can finally say I’m on the mend. I’m up and around a little bit these days, but am still taking it easy (I’m scared to death of relapsing). I’m amazed at how out of shape I am after the past few weeks on the couch. Just running the vacuum cleaner is exhausting. The important thing is that I’m finally feeling human again and can imagine a day when I’ll be able to live a normal life. My PT is concerned about some pain that I am having so I go back to my doctor tomorrow for her opinion.

I have been knitting. The Pink Clouds socks are moving along and are ready for their heels:

I’ve also been knitting squares:

Please excuse the crappy color in this picture. I forgot to take pictures before the sun went down.

The squares were inspired by last Saturday’s Warm The World monthly meeting. We have a lot of scrap yarn in the warehouse, so June and July have been designated as the months of scraps. I brought home a bag full of scrap yarn so I can make squares.

Warm The World has a warehouse manager now and all I can say is ‘wow!!’. Our warehouse has been totally reorganized and it’s inspiring just to stand and look at all of the yarn and projects.

Here are the finished items (blankets, hats, scarves) that are ready to be delivered:

We have had the good fortune of receiving several large donations of yarn lately. Here is the wall of yarn (isn’t it pretty?):

The wool and wool blends:

More yarn:

The wall of pattern booklets and inspiring projects:

All of these blankets arrived on Saturday:

Here are 100 blankets in the back of Felicia‘s truck:

These blankets are going to be delivered to Fort Carson later this week. All babies born to deployed soldiers are going to receive a blanket. At this point, we have 400+ babies projected to be born this year. This first batch of 100 should give us a good start. We have more blankets at the warehouse that are reserved for soldiers’ babies.

Felicia and I are working on another project for Warm The World and we hope to be unveiling that within the next couple of weeks. To facilitate this project, I am teaching myself CSS. It’s not as tough as I expected, but I still have a long way to go.

The heat has returned to my corner of the world and I’m not enjoying it. However, it does make gorgeous clouds:

Since I’ve spent so much time on the couch, the dogs have been missing out on their usual napping spot. Kishka snagged some sleep time on the couch earlier today:

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Well, the good news is that my twisted pelvis is no longer twisted. The bad news is that I also have a disc problem, so my restrictions continue.

This is how I spend the majority of my time:


The Pink Clouds socks are making progress:

A thunderstorm passed to the north of me a few days ago:

Here’s my girls:

Miss Kish:

Here’s Samantha with her poor stuffed bunny. The bunny spent almost a week outside before she brought it back inside:

Parker (the porker):

And, last but not least, shy Romeo:

Today’s Feast:

Appetizer
Fill in the blank: The best thing about where I live is _________________…

The best thing about where I live is the wide open spaces, the bright blue sky and sunshine nearly every day.

Soup
Create a new name for a deodorant (like “Flower Fresh” or “Shower Scent”).

What the hell kind of question is this? Like many things, the names of deodorant are just silly. So, I’d go in the other direction and name a deodorant Public Jackass.

Salad
What was the last piece of software you installed onto your computer?

QIF to Excel to OFX Converter.

Main Course

If you were to receive a superlative award today beginning with the words ”Most likely to…”, what would the rest of the phrase say?

That’s easy. Most likely to have spent the most time on her couch in the last month.

Dessert
What two colors do you like to wear together?

Pink and grey. Yes, I’m still stuck in the 80′s.

If you’ve made it through this long post, you are rewarded with a most undignified picture of Kishka:

If you shoot at mimes, should you use a silencer? ~ Steven Wright

My restrictions continue. I have managed to find a way to knit while lying flat on my back. However, it’s not very fast and my wrists tend to go numb so I usually only knit a row or two at a time. Still, it’s nice to be able to knit just a little bit.

Besides being bored out of my skull because I can’t do anything, I’m also bored with TV. I’ve been spending a lot of time listening to XM Classics. (It’s channel 864 on DirecTV.) The unfortunate (or maybe it’s fortunate) side effect of lying down and listening to this station is that I usually fall asleep. However, I suppose sleeping a lot is good for me right now since it does allow the body time to heal. And believe me, it’s time for me to be healed!

Kishka has been dragging her food dish into the living room and then flipping it before she dines.

Instead of bugging her with my cane (which, I admit, was fun), I’ve been giving her belly rubs with it:

Friday’s Feast:

Appetizer
What do you consider to be the ultimate snack food?
Ritz crackers spread with peanut butter.

Soup
On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 as highest), about how popular is your last name?
I’d say a 3 or 4.

Salad
Who is your all-time favorite sitcom character, and why?
I would say it’s a tie between BJ Hunnicutt and Niles Crane. I can’t really pinpoint why I like BJ so much. I’ve just always loved the character and prefer the BJ years of MASH to the Trapper John years. As for Niles, I think he’s the funniest character on the show.

Main Course
Do you shop online? If so, name some sites you like to browse for goodies.
I do most of my shopping online (including window shopping). My regular stops are: Overstock, Target, Knit Picks, Loopy Ewe, Amazon, LL Bean, Lands End, Etsy and Ebay.

Dessert
Fill in the blank: I think ___________ should be ___________.

I think the media in this country should be reporting on real news and not entertainment fluff.

One step up and two steps back.

Just when I’d gotten into my knitting groove again…*poof!*…it’s over.

I had PT today and there may be something else going on in addition to the twisted pelvis. My home therapy has changed: I’m now walking (or rather, gimping), stretching my back and lying on my stomach and back. I’m supposed to sit as little as possible. So, no more knitting.

I’m trying not to be too bummed out. My main goal in life right now is to get better and get my life back. Still, it’s disappointing that knitting is now off the table (since there’s no way I can knit while flat on my back; believe me, I tried). On the up side, it’s nice to be ordered to walk, instead of being told not to walk. That’s progress.

I did take some cool cloud pics on my way home today:

And the always adorable Miss Kish:

Hopefully the knitting pics will return soon. Cross your needles for me!

I remember a place, a town, a house like a lot of other houses, a yard like a lot of other yards . . .*

One thing I’ve really missed during the past few weeks has been being outside and taking pictures. On Saturday morning, I settled in on my back steps and snapped some pictures.

Saturday sky:

Samantha worked very hard on excavating her hole:

Kishka was just trying to catch some rays, but Sam kept backing into her:

And throwing dirt on her:

I brushed Kishka and the breeze scattered her fur across the yard:

I haven’t been able to do any yard work this year. The weeds around the power pole are getting out of control:

My clothesline is just waiting to be used:

My gardening tools are also waiting for me:

I’ve watched more TV in the past month than I ever have in my life. I’ve rediscovered one of my all time favorite shows: The Wonder Years. I was a huge fan of the show during its original run, but had never seen it in syndication. Until now.

The ION network is showing it twice a day, five days a week and I’m Tivo’ing every episode. I was hesitant to watch the show again. I feared it might not live up to my lofty memories. I was wrong. I love the show even more as an adult. As much as I also love MASH and Little House (my two other all time favorite shows), they ended with not-so-great finales. The Wonder Years’ finale was every bit as good as the rest of the series.

My recovery is taking longer than I would like (but I’m healing at the rate that is to be expected), but I am so happy and grateful that I can knit again. I’m making progress on socks.

The Pastel Rainbow Socks are moving slowly, but there is a tiny bit of progress:


I’m still unsure about the Pink Clouds socks. I think the yarn may pool, but I’m hopeful it will keep striping:

The Tropical Monkey socks now have heel flaps:

Finally, what’s a post without puppy paws:

And portraits of my girls:

* quote is from the final voice over of The Wonder Years series finale:

“Growing up happens in a heartbeat. One day you’re in diapers, the next day you’re gone. But the memories of childhood stay with you for the long haul. I remember a place, a town, a house like a lot of other houses, a yard like a lot of other yards, on a street like a lot of other streets. And the thing is, after all these years, I still look back, with wonder.”

It is the month of June, The month of leaves and roses, When pleasant sights salute the eyes And pleasant scents the noses. ~ Nathaniel Parker Willis

I know a lot of bloggers say this, but I have the best readers. Thank you for all of the comments and emails I received after my last post. You were all so kind and encouraging. I was also so grateful to hear from people who have had this injury and have recovered. That’s just what I needed to hear. Thank you.

I’m able to sit up for short periods of time now and I’ve been using that time to work on my Tropical Monkey Socks.  I absolutely love this pattern.  It’s interesting enough to ward off boredom, but easy enough to knit while watching TV.   They are both ready for their heels:

Here’s a closeup of the pattern:

I’ve discovered the fun part of having a cane. I can lie on the couch and bug the dogs:

I wish I would have snapped a picture of the look on Kishka’s face after I did this. She seemed to be saying, “Listen, lady. If I had opposable thumbs I’d take that cane and beat you with it.”

The feast:

Appetizer
Name something you think is “the best.”
What? Are we in third grade or something? Silly question.

Soup
On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 highest), how stressed are you today?
Well, that depends. If I really think about everything going on in my life right now, it would be a 9. However, I’ve been avoiding reality so I’d say a 2.

Salad
What kind of cleanser do you use to wash your face?
Neutrogena Facial Bar. My former sister-in-law introduced me to this wonderful product many moons ago (1993?) and it’s all I use now.

Main Course
Tonight is a blue moon! What is something that you believe only happens “once in a blue moon.”
Once in a blue moon . . . I have good luck. Not to be pessimistic, but 2007 is not a banner year for me so far.

Dessert
When was the last time it rained where you live?

Last week sometime.

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