Well my friends it has been a long two weeks. Funny how just a few things happening can completely wipe you off the blogging grid. How are you? Any News? What is happening in your life?
First things first, look who is now officially a kindergartner. Little Buddy is very much enjoying his new class and new teacher. He has the same assistant as last year. I sent many a letter this summer to the administrators in our school district recommending they stay together. She is loving but tough and frankly does not let him get away with anything. That is just how I want it as a cute little one that is catered to because he has special needs will not be a productive in middle or high school. He is capable of learning and performing at the same rate as his peers and should be encouraged to do so. She understands this and I just love how much she loves him. Little Buddy is so lucky to have her.
The surprise baby blanket is finished. I ended up having an abundance of time to crochet last weekend, more on that in a bit. This baby blanket is called the surprise baby blanket because my next door neighbor is having a granddaughter that was a bit of a surprise. All is well with Mom and baby and after the shock the whole family is getting more and more excited. Obviously I am also because this baby blanket was made with this beautiful baby in mind. Every stitch has a little prayer in it in hopes this little one has a wonderful life.
The body of the blanket is made with Ella Rae Cozy Soft in the color 21, gray. I used 3.5 skeins of yarn for the body and the last row of the border pattern, so approximately 750 yards. I used left overs of various Simplicity by Hikoo and CoBaSi by Hikoo for the border. I am estimating the shawl to have used 950 yards of yarn, and it was made with a size H hook. The main body and the border are based on the Sunday Shawl pattern I used to make my very own Sunday Shawl which you can find on this link to my Ravelry page. I only made eight rows of the border as frankly this blanket was just getting to be too big. I think it ended up the perfect size with just the right amount of border.
Ah, now the reason for so much crochet time. Mr. 20 got very ill last week and ended up in the hospital for four long days and nights. Bless him he had not been feeling well for several days until Thursday when he went to the doctor for intense abdominal pain and feeling things were not right in that area. She felt he might be getting an ulcer and sent him home on all kinds of medication. By Friday AM, very, very early he was in a lot of distress so I sent him to the hospital with his girlfriend with me quick on the trail after I dropped off Little Buddy at school. After hours of tests and several shots of pain medication we were sent home on anti spasm drugs, pain medication and a diagnosis of mesenteric lymphadentitis. Well my friends I had never heard of this before but I won't soon forget it. We were back at the ER 3 hours after discharge as the pain meds were not helping and my son was in extreme pain, he reminded me of a woman in labor with no break between contractions. He was admitted, put on morphine, and had to let his intestines recover before he could ingest anything, even water. By Monday morning his pain was lower and he was able to start taking fluids, then a liquid diet and by evening he had eggs! Whoop, whoop I have never been so happy to hear that my boy ate eggs. He was able to come home Monday night and is recovering nicely although does not seem to be to pleased with his bland diet. He is headed off to school in Orlando this weekend so we have to get him healthy enough to go.
Last but not least, actually he should have been first, my darling Max is now 13. I am just so thrilled he is still doing relatively well. Yes he has a bit of a hard time getting up and sleeps all the time. He can't hear well but then neither can I. He is still happy, loves his family, loves to eat fruit and still hates to have his picture taken. We are so blessed he is still with us.
So I can be honest with you all can't I? I am exhausted. I mean really, really tired, with work, worry about my son, making sure Little Buddy is taken care of, and endless hours in the hospital. The events of the last week politically have also left me feeling depressed, more so than ever about the current state of our country, and the manic hands it has been left in. We should not be surprised, he has been telling us who he is for a very long time. Firing his chief strategist is just for show, the fact that this man and several others have been allowed near The White House is a travesty.
Hope you are all well. There is just no way I can catch up from two weeks off blogging but I hope to visit you soon. Have a good weekend.