Monday, April 27, 2009

Too Long

Sorry friends - just haven't had much to comment on! It's pretty normal around here in Central Oregon. Spring came - it was glorious for a few days - but now it's gone again. I did have few wardrobe concerns - knit T-shirts just don't work for me anymore! Of course everything else requires ironing...just one more thing to worry about. But the short spring was great - got outside and worked in the yard a bit. I'd gone to Portland the weekend before to do yard work at my Dad's - had a nice visit with my brother and sister. My brother had just caught a big salmon, so dinner was extra yummy. He was leaving the next day for a real adventure. Lucky duck! He bought the trip at a Ducks Unlimited Auction - paid next to nothing for it!

College girl came up to visit while I was there - oh she is a busy girl. She got her acceptance to the Linfield Nursing School - we knew she would - but now she's really excited. I'm going over to see her this weekend for Mom's weekend - looking forward to a nice drive and some one on one time. Plus there are two good yarn shops in McMinnville - so a little browsing might be in order!
The economy has put a real dent in my buying abilities - but stash is still healthy thank you!

The economy has wrecked havoc on everyone around here. REI Girl is only working half time, plus she has had a lot of health issues - particularly bad headaches - so she has missed alot of work. She is particularly frustrated and bored! The Geek too is facing challenges, lost one of his roommates, so his expenses have gone up. Me too - it seems that even though I've been working 6 days a week - I can't keep up. When College Girl comes home it will be more difficult. But like many - we've been here before. My job is tenuous but I'm just thankful we all have some work! We just have to all rise to the challenge.
I did finally finish these socks. It seemed they took a long time, I just haven't been knitting as much. Maybe I'm a seasonal knitter? I seem to read more in the warmer weather. I haven't got any new project picked out - will probably try to find a sweater or vest to work on. The vest I just finished is getting a lot of use - vests work for me!

Recovery is still progressing - I never imagined that I would still be experiencing pain three months out - it is better on some parts - and changes everyday on others. REI Girl has been going to a Physical Therapist that she really likes - I might try that route. I just want to sleep comfortably!! Had my last appointment with the Oncologist - don't have to see him for 6 months! Ya Hoo!! So life may be challenging - but it's good and there is nothing wrong with good!

Sunday, April 05, 2009

TWO, Two, 2 - Finished!

I know - I've done nothing buy complain about winter this year - but above is the proof that this too shall pass. Spring is here today - it's 65 out and I'm loving it!

loving it so much - the photo shoot could take place outside!
The vest - should have made it a size smaller - but I'm going to still wear it and like it. Four Seasons "Man's" Vest - I'd do this again!
The Eyelet Yoke Baby Cardigan - will be another do it again. Had the Cashmerino in stash - so it will be a great gift for a new member of the Ranch family. It was super easy and super quick. The color is more red than pink - so cute!

Life continues to throw us all curves - today (Sunday mind you) I discovered that my water heater has been leaking - ruining the dry wall, growing that awful mold, needs to be replaced! I don't have the time or cash to deal with it - so my newly paid of credit card will be put back into action - not that I can pay it...but it's a start.

With regard to what the girls are now calling "The Booby Memoirs" - the healing continues. Still hurts, still can't sleep well, now getting cramped muscles - boring and frustrating. It will get better. Thinking about a "scar revision" - Doc says it would help alot....and how am I going to pay for that? This is ridiculous, I'm tired of being hit by things beyond my control!

REI Girl and I are embarking on a self improvement project - otherwise known as a diet...I have all my old Weight Watchers materials - so today we made a list,checked it for points and did a weeks worth of shopping. We are walking this afternoon. This will be more challenging for her as she is home most of the time - REI has cut everyone to 2-3 days a week - so she is getting bored! Once again it's not as though there are jobs available to fill in. She's thinking about going back to school (yea!) next fall, but also wants to go back to Africa. To have such choices!

Busy week knitting projects to discover....warm weather to enjoy, what could be better!