Friday, February 29, 2008

The other man

Well not really, but I'm sure the heading had you think for a second or two. I've been with this for the last week since my hand was free of its IV.

Here it is in the process of me having to frog about 4 rows due to my mind wandering as I knit.

I have to say I was not a happy camper about frogging it as there are oodles of stitches, but the recovery went well and I am back on track. The bonus was I got to see how it looks off the needles - and it's looking great. When it's on the circular needles you just don't get a good idea of how it's turning out.

So if I'm a bit quiet on the blog front, you'll now know who I'm spending all my quality time with.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, February 22, 2008

I kill Canteloupes...

It's true! DH won't even let me buy a cantaloupe anymore due to the last cantaloupe event. Curious? Well I saw beautiful cantaloupe's at Safeway and they were on for a nice price. I batted my baby blues at DH and convinced him that this time I'd eat it. I grinned as I paid for my beloved cantaloupe and I took it home. I am positive I left it on a prestigious spot on the counter(so I wouldn't forget about it - which is what I'm prone to do). Well a few weeks later there was a terrible smell wafting from our lazy Susan - it was awful! I wasn't brave enough to venture in there so again I batted my baby blues(they do come in handy) and DH went investigating. He pulled out a soaking plastic bag of cantaloupe goo! There was a huge mess in the cupboard and DH did clean it out without too many complaints, but since then I'm known as the 'Cantaloupe Killer'! If I so much as even look in their general direction in the fruit aisle he just grins at me with that twinkle in his eye and reminds me that I kill cantaloupe.

As we were watching t.v. last night we caught the end of the show 'Lost'(what is that show even about). Well the scene we saw a guy was preparing two eggs for breakfast and he sliced up some cantaloupe. He was taking this breakfast to someone. It turned out to be a prisoner. So I leaned over to DH, and said "see even prisoners get cantaloupe"! Much to my chagrin he wasn't budging at all. This morning though, there is a group of people having a breakfast meeting and my beloved DH brought me a plate and on it, you guessed it two lovely slices of cantaloupe. I guess that will have to ease my cantaloupe craving for now!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

A Taste of India and an update

We were treated to lunch by a visiting priest. He cooked us up some delicious Indian flat breads and some curry chicken masala and some a nice green bean dish. What a treat!! I was craving curry too. We were going to have it last night, but I had to be at the ER for a treatment. He gave us tips on how to cook the dishes and we'll stop by the Indian grocery tomorrow.

Well I am off my IV...thank goodness! They took it out last night after my 6th antibiotic treatment. They then gave me a prescription for Keflex. I was on Keflex starting last Thursday and it didn't do anything - in fact the infection got worse. That's why I ended up in the ER. Well Dr. H told me that the IV was also a form of Keflex called Ancef and the reason the Ancef worked where the Keflex didn't was because the infection had got out of hand. The IV drug works better in that case as it goes right to the source of infection. I was a little surprised as the Dr. who initially gave me the IV antibiotics told me that I should never take Keflex because I am allergic to penicillin and then he placed me on it's sister drug...hmmmm!

So I now have another week of Keflex to take and I'll see my own doc next week and he's supposed to book an appointment for me to have the subaceous cyst removed as an out patient. I'm so glad! This is the third time I've got an infection in the cyst and this time I think I was in denial that it was infected and it had a chance to get a good grip on me. I sure hope I don't end up back there on IV again - not fun! It would have almost been better to have been admitted and just had the IV running constantly - having it in and only getting flushed and meds run every 8 hours was horrible. It always felt better when it had the medicine running through it...weird.

I've had very little sleep, but I woke up today with no IV and the sun is shining like crazy! We are supposed to start seeing temps of -1C so I'm really looking forward to that. It was so nice this morning to drive to work with the sun up rather than in the dark. Don't you just love the little hints of spring coming? I know for me this winter has been exceptionally long and I'm really looking forward to enjoying every moment of spring/summer.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

1 Armed Bandit

I will not be posting regularly for a few days. I am on an antibiotic IV - so I visit the ER every 8 hours to have the medicine put into the shunt they left me with.

I'm missing all my favorite things, and you don't realize how much you use your hand until you can't. So typing is out - it's very difficult and of course I can't knit...sob!

I'll be back with the sordid details when I am feeling better.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Jewel Garterlac

My second attempt with the garterlac dishcloth. I think this one looks even better. Aren't these jewel colors pretty?

I think I'm going to try a log cabin or mitred dishcloth next.

This is what I really do when DH is!

Friday, February 15, 2008

While the Hubby is away...

What did you think I was going to say? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Well I`m knitting another garterlac cloth and thinking after my thermo mug of tea is done that a nice glass of Pinot would be great.

I`m taking it easy today as I have a owchie! I have one of those pain in the but sebaceous cysts and mine is infected. It hurts like heck so I`m pampering myself.

DS took Oliver for a walk - so it`s all pure relaxation - after a heated spat with our DD it`s nice to just chill back with some fine wine and knit.

Good stress buster!

Well I am off to knit more and hopefully not drink so much that I goof up. Have a great weekend.


Garterlac Success

The square on the right - is how it's supposed to look. The triangle is supposed to go inward. Somehow I must have forgot to turn my work as the next one I did went outward.

Well I frogged it and started again last night and albeit not the most perfect looking cloth, I think I did alright. I'm going to try another one, now that I understand what I'm doing.

I found this great pattern here and there is even a nice online picture tutorial that helps to show you where you're picking up the stitches.

Here is what it looks like now. I haven't weaved the ends in. I used Peaches and Cream colorway, gumdrop. I thought it suited this patchwork type look.

I'm thrilled - I told myself I'd learn new things in knitting this year. For me money is an issue so I don't want to purchase heaps of yarn for a complicated pattern I can't figure out. Trying new things on the small scale is just the right way to perfect new techniques before I go bigger(which I will I promise)!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

Thursday Thirteen #38 - Holiday Dreaming

1. If I was able to take a holiday today, I'd take it in a heartbeat. We just had our 2nd storm in week's and I'm tired, tired of snow and freezing temps.

2. Check out my Meez on my sidebar - yep, that's what I'd be doing. I'd sit on a beach and!

3. I'd love to go to the Dominican Republic....I've heard great things about their resorts and the people are very friendly.

4. Sipping a Margarita on a hot beach as I hear the ocean waves lap against the shore....pure paradise.

5. No kids - that's right this would be a 'kid-free' holiday. I`m so tired of being my DD`s bad guy. She told us last night we treat her like a slave because she has to listen and do dishes....too funny.

6. No housework - for one whole week I`d have nothing to do but relax, eat great food and do no chores.

7. DH is my best friend and I`d love to go on tours and explore the tropical paradise with him at my side...we would have so much fun.

8. I could just as easily see us on a holiday in Tuscany. That reminds me I want to get the Under the Tuscan sun movie - after I watched it, I had such a vivid dream that I was in Tuscany and it was amazing.

9. Don't you hate it when you're having a really good 'holiday' dream and then the alarm goes off?

10. Going on a holiday would be a good chance to purchase new clothes - that is always fun.

11. Watching the sunset as we sip a nice glace of Pinot Noir.

12. I must be dreaming of a holiday or summer - I used my Coconut body wash today - instantly I'm transported to summer memories - hurry up summer!

13. A good chance to get some reading done. I haven't read a good book in many months. By the time I get to bed at night I can't keep my eyes open.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The New Confession - And an award

I received this from Colours of Dawn - Thanks Dawn! Just a little note - I sent your February cloth today - I think you'll like it *G*!
I'd like to give this award to Shelly from This Eclectic Life - for her hard work and dedication to bringing Share A Square to reality. This hasn't been easy and she's given up a lot of her 'free blogging' time to do it. So this is for you Shelly!

Monday, February 11, 2008

KitKnit Rules!

I just got my order from KitKnit today and am I impressed. First of all, they packaged it up just like they would if I did the order in person...I liked that personal touch. I also love, love the yarn! It is so darn pretty. Well don't take my word for it look at the pictures below. So tonight I will be getting started on my first one, which will be done in Cascde Quatro 5019(Green Tea). also loved their customer service. They emailed me the same afternoon that I placed my order and gave me the tracking number for the shipment - very nice!

So I was feeling under the weather - woke up in the wee hours with a tummy ache and then I got this surprise in the mail....very nice!

My dear sis also sent me a pretty valentine and a lovely bracelet..*G*! So I am a smiley girl tonight!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

This is just too cute!

Isn't that just too adorable? I ordered some Cascade 220 in a green tea and mimosa colour so I can knit up a couple of these. You can find the pattern here at Knitting Daily for free. My sister just started on in a nice berry colour and it is looking very nice and it knits up quick so it's a good gift idea.

I went home yesterday from work in the afternoon and I think it did me a world of good as I'm coughing a lot less, it does seem like it's moving into my sinuses(but that's better than that cough any day)!

I decided to frog my spring shawl - I just didn't like it, plus it was on the 4mm Addi's I needed to start my Peddler shawl so I made one of those 'knitter reserves the right to make executive decisiosn'! I just barely got it started when I was home yesterday. I'll post more pics when I get more done.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Not quite Wordless Wednesday - Under the weather...

If you've noticed my absence from commenting on your blog, let me apologize. I've been sick off and on since the beginning of December. I was better again and getting caught up on my work and other stuff and the DH passed the flu back to me again.

I just can't seem to get my energy back and the flu keeps finding me over and over again. The lovely weather network proudly displays a flu risk for each province and every time it shows my fair province we are in the High risk - (if you don't have it, you'll be sick tomorrow category)! Even people who did get the flu shot are not safe. Everyone I know who has had this bug has had it repeatedly.

So I'll be snuggled in my pj's tonight with my warm tea and maybe some knitting, but please know that I do miss visiting and blogging(I can't even get a TT going) and I'll be back at it as soon as I'm germ free!

For those of you who are suffering along with me, I wish you all a speedy recovery and a tip on medication, we are using Nyquil gel caps(not vegetarian friendly), but they work dang good - a combo pack has medication for both day and night and no yucky medicine taste.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Shrove Tuesday - pass the syrup please!

It's once again Shrove Tuesday and we will have our usual pancake supper, but we'll serve them with strawberries and whipped cream tonight for a change.

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent begins. It was a practice not to eat meat during Lent so the pantry would be cleared of eggs and milk, thus pancakes were served. We no longer abstain from eating meat all during Lent, this is now only required in Canada on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and recommended for all the Friday's during Lent. In our house we abstain from meat during the Fridays of Lent. It's just another way to focus on what is going on during Lent. The kids love it as they always look forward to the Fish & Chip suppers.

How do you observe Shrove Tuesday(Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday)?

Monday, February 04, 2008

SuperBowl Commercials

I am not a football fan, but some of these commercials are worth a look. The Budweiser 'Rocky' is the #1 commercial for this years Superbowl. Do you watch the superbowl, even if it's to see the commercials?

Friday, February 01, 2008

My wool for the Peddlers Shawl

Here are three of the colours that will be in my Wool Peddlers Shawl. I've sent the yarn store an email to see if they can order in the Verde Ripple and Sapphire Jade, if not I'll order them online. But I can now officially get started as the colour in the middle(Deep Ocean Blue) is the colour I'm starting with.

I'm very excited!

This should cheer me up after sliding on my way to get the yarn. I sure do hate driving on snow and ice - thankfully no cars were beside me and I didn't go the other way and hit a pole!

I think I'll spend the weekend inside and knit - I wonder if I can just do that until spring!