Saturday, August 27, 2016

A special thanks and some catching up.........

First off I would love to thank you all for your loving support.  I am just so overwhelmed by all of your positive thoughts and all the love that has been sent my way.  The funny thing is I have been very out of sorts and isolating myself, yet feeling very lonely at the same time.  All I had to do was post and there you all are, patting me on the back and giving me a hug.  There was no need to feel sensitive or lonely, you were all here all along.  I thank you for caring so much, because you know what I care about all of you, too!

Okay enough of the mushy stuff.  Here is something that will make you happy or cry, look at Little Buddy!


He now has brand new forearm crutches that he is practicing walking with.  These are a step harder than his canes and he is doing a great job with them.  They make him use more balance and trunk control so they are not easy to walk with, but my boy is sure making it look easy!  Go Little Buddy!  He is such a fighter and isn't going to let anything stop him in life, something I can sure learn from.  These will hopefully be much faster than his canes, and will be more functional than his walker.



My darling Max turned 12 while I was on my little hiatus.  He is still doing really well.  Yes we have the occasional difficulty getting up, sometimes he may need a little bit of a hand, but most of the time he is getting up on his own and is still enjoying his life.  I gave him a much needed bath this morning outside with the hose, no groomer here at my house.  He was so happy to be cool and clean, well that is until I treated his ears, he is pouting in the lower picture because I had to use ear medicine on him, he is trying to make me feel bad!


Although I have been more tired lately than normal and have had less time to create there has still been some work on projects.  This is a scarf made for my friend Lynda whom I will be visiting next weekend in North Carolina.  I used my smaller loom with this scarf and it was so fun to make.  Made with Louisa Harding Yarns, Pittura.  It reminds me of the colors in a Monet painting. 


After getting it off my loom I immediately warped my loom again.  This time I used Elann Peruvian Baby Silk as the warp, and the Louisa Harding Pittura as the weft.  It will look different but still have a similar feel to it when it is all done.  The Elann yarn came to me from a wonderful giveaway I won from Araignee.
  

I have made minimal progress on my Harvest sweater by Tin Can Knits, but am still enjoying the process.  I will be taking this along on my trip next weekend in hopes I make progress on it.  Berroco Remix yarn is so lovely to work with.


I have also been working on this very fun Cancun Boxy Lace Top by Erin Kate Archer.  I started this as the Olympics started but ran out of steam after swimming was over.  You all know my love for swimming, boy it was so exciting to watch this year.  We know several of the swimmers there competing, one of which won three gold medals!  I was so thrilled for him and his entire wonderful family.  Back to this sweater, in the original design it is much more of a crop top, let me tell you this 52 year old body is all about the tunic, no crop here, so I lengthened it quite a bit. If I ever finish it I will tell you the details.  This Tahki Cotton Classic yarn is at least 15 years old, it is some of the oldest yarn I own, talk about stash busting!


And last but not least my dear friend Marcia, who moved to Texas two years ago met Little Buddy and I for breakfast this morning.  She gave me this felted sheep with soap inside.  I am in LOVE with this little guy.  He is so adorable and will never get wet as long as he lives with me.  Oh and he smells so good, much better than a real sheep I am sure.

Thank you again for your kindness my friends.  I am pulling myself out of the abyss, slowly but surely. 
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Friday, August 19, 2016

MIA and missing all of you.......

Sometimes life just gets in the way and days pass and you realize you have not had the energy to spare to blog.  That does not mean I have not missed all of you, I sure have.  I think that I have finally hit a wall.  A wall of shear exhaustion after the last five, extremely stressful years.  Taking care of my kids, swim meets and college stress with my oldest, my middle son graduating from high school and getting ready to leave for college, my parents and their illnesses and eventual deaths, deaths of my in laws and dear friends, and of course family, best friends that have been fighting significant illnesses, headaches, marriage, work and Little Buddy.  A couple of weeks ago I hit the no more limit and I had to just step back from everything I could do without and I did.  So I have been missing out on all the blogging fun but trying to regain some sense of balance in my life.  That is hard when there is so much change going on constantly around me.  For those of you that checked on me I thank you.  I so appreciate all of you so much and I really cherish this little space I have here and have missed you.

For now I am trying slowly to regain my blogging momentum and so I hope you can handle a bit of me popping in and out as I can handle it, with so much else to deal with in life right now.

I will leave you with photos of Little Buddy.  This was him on his first day of school last week.  He is doing great and growing up so fast!


When I see him sleeping I realize that although he is growing he is still my baby which is good as Mr. 19 left today to go to college and I need a baby in my arms right now to make it all better.


Sending you all loving thoughts and gratitude for sticking with me during this time.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

It's hard to believe........................


It is hard to believe Mr. 22 is getting ready to return to Ohio tomorrow.  Where did the time go?  I am almost ready to break down in hysteria right now thinking about it so I am not going to talk about it to much.






I know someone else who might even be more devastated than me.  There is nothing like a big brother to toss you all over the pool and think nothing of it. Flip you upside down and drop you in the water, go to the bottom of the pool and jump up so fast your suit falls off your little behind.  Big brothers are much more adventuresome than mom's that is for sure!



I have taken a million photos and videos so Little Buddy and I can look at them and remember the wonderful time we have had with Mr. 22 home. 

Although we are not making much progress on the potty front we are in the pool.  Little Buddy can sit on the edge of the pool, jump in and get himself back to the wall, even reaching up to the wall with both hands and pull his head out of the water.  That was the goal I had set for us by the end of the summer, wouldn't you know Little Buddy accomplished it in half the time.  He also uses his hands to wall walk all the way over to the steps and can climb out of the pool.  He almost has the ability to float on his back, roll onto his belly, and back onto his back where he can catch his breath.  We are days away from that being accomplished.   I think he prefers the fun times in the pool with his brother more than the teaching time with me, but we know it is good to have both!


It is hard to believe that this might one day be a sweater.  It always amazes me when I cast on the first stitch that my project just might end up to be a sweater, blanket, dishcloth or whatever, but it will be something and it all started with a ball of yarn and the very first stitch.  The pattern is Harvest from Tin Can Knits, and it is free!  Caffeine Girl just finished her first Harvest and it was a big hit!


It is hard to believe this little loom will someday make scarves.  I treated myself to the Ashford SampleIt Loom for my birthday.  I know you are thinking just how many looms does a girl need?  I think I am done buying them after this one.  I really wanted a simple, small loom just to make scarves, nothing big and fancy.  I found this one at a great price on Ebay and made a little bit of an impulsive purchase.  It will get a lot of use and I am excited to put it together after I have fully treated the wood.

It is hard to believe the weekend is nearing completion.  After working four full days last week, including Friday I have not caught my breath yet.  Still another week looms ahead of me with work, appointments for Little Buddy, and a brand new little person I will be evaluating on Tuesday.  All of that and of course Mr. 22 leaving early tomorrow is already making me feel tired and overwhelmed.  So if you hear someone sobbing and carrying on it is just little ole me feeling a bit sorry for myself.  I know you understand. 

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Two finishes, one utter fail...........




I have completed my latest knitting project, Jessie's Girl and it is a complete and utter fail.  I was warned it might be too big so I made the small. What I did not anticipate was my pathetic ability to do short rows and a three needle bind off.  I absolutely massacred this sweater.  The shoulders look horrendous and I should be better at all of this by now.  I have short rowed before, although I have to admit I try to shy away from them.  I have three needle binded off before but never with this poor of a result.  Believe me when I say I am to embarrassed to show you it up close, I do have my pride after all.  This sweater is not ever going to be worn, no way, no how.  It is going in the Goodwill bag in hopes someone might want to frog it for the yarn.  Me, I am not even interested in that.  This yarn was left over from a baby blanket I made a year ago, so it wasn't like I wasted a lot of money on this project, just a lot of time.  The pattern was fine, the directions great, the yarn soft and lovely, the failure is all mine.  Oh well live and learn and never take knitting to seriously.

In case you are remotely interested this was made with Berroco Modern Cotton, four skeins, and size 7 needles. 



Another finish, but a very boring one by this point.  Number 7 Hitchhiker is officially off the needles.  If you think you have seen this before you are right.  This is my second in this colorway from Cascade Yarns Tangier.  I used size 9 needles and approximately 320 yards of yarn.  This went right into the Christmas present bin for one of Little Buddy's therapists.   One more to go of these and those presents will be completed.  I don't have the stamina to cast on another one right this minute.  I love the pattern but after seven of them I am about over the whole thing.

So that is it.  I find myself at a bit of a crossroads right now.  I do not have another project picked out and I cannot finish my Flaum until the Olympics start.  I look at this sweater everyday and tell myself I can't start working on it hoping that this will give me the incentive to finish it when I actually can work on it.  Maybe reverse psychology will work in my favor for a knitting finish.  What are you working on these days?
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Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July..............................


Happy 4th of July to those of you celebrating.  Little Buddy and I want to wish you a wonderful day.  Thank you also for all of your birthday greetings, that sister of mine let the cat out of the bag!
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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Biggest Brother is home..........




 






Mr. 22 arrived home yesterday and it has been a fun 28 hours so far.  Yesterday he went to PT with us to watch Little Buddy, and last night we went out for pizza.  Today we went to the beach and in the pool.  Little Buddy is beside himself and told his oldest brother he could never go away again, ever!  I feel the same way even though I know he will go back to Ohio just as he should.  He has his degree to finish, a new lobbyist  internship to start and a darling girlfriend he adores.  Oh to be 22 again and have your whole life in front of you, of course there is always fear in how you will succeed in your life, but for now I think his life is pretty darn good.  

Little Buddy has so much fun with Mr. 22.  He adores him.  He really loves Mr. 19 too of course, but as we know Mr. 19 is quieter and very steady, Mr. 22 is like a wild ride at an amusement park.   Little One needs both of them in his life and they have both stepped up and loved this little boy of ours, which makes me so proud of  them.  They play with him and take care of him.  Mr. 22 has to do it in limited time, only when he is home so he really tries to spend time with Little Buddy when he can.  Mr. 19 is leaving for college in August, he will only be 2 1/2 hours away so we will see him more often than my son who lives in Ohio.  Little Buddy will need those visits so he can still feel connected.  I am so blessed to have these wonderful boys of mine, that includes Max too of course!  

Hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July weekend.  Tomorrow Mr. 22 leaves for a short camping trip with his oldest friends, Mr. 19 arrives home from Indiana where he is visiting his girlfriend.  I plan on catching my breath before I work Tuesday-Friday next week.  There will be pool time with Little Buddy and hopefully a bit of knitting.  Have a great weekend.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Little Buddy says thanks.......






Little Buddy and I would like to thank each and every one of you for the wonderful birthday wishes.  I know he feels all of your love out there in blogland, I know I sure do.

We went to the beach early on Saturday to celebrate his adoption day anniversary.  It is a bit of a trick getting Little Buddy, a chair and beach bag to the beach all by myself but I can still manage.  There are no walkers that work on the beach so I have to carry him and as long as he does not gain a lot more weight I can do it by myself for a while longer.  We had a grand time and just in case your forgot the last photo tells you exactly how old he is.

Hope you are having a great week.
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