Category Archives: visitors

Secret knitting continues…

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…I am pushing the limits here, but still knitting my little fingers off.  If I was using metal needles, I think sparks would be flying.

Not really, but the projects have been going along a lot quicker than usual.  I’m sure it has NOTHING to do with the short deadline I’m up against.

Not at all.

One project is blocking another is halfway done on the needles.  The rest are not due before Xmas, so I’m in pretty good shape so far.

I’d be in better shape if I would have started earlier, but well, I’m knitting now, that’s all that matters.

Spence and I spent yesterday with family friends who came into town with their son to spend the day “in the big city” shopping and seeing the sites. 

Spence and I went earlier so I could shop for a coat. Happy to say I found one and now I won’t be freezing my butt off at the bus stop in every long sleeved shirt and fleece I have with a down vest zipped over it.

One of the downsizes of losing weight is all your nice warm winter coats and jackets are too big. Don’t get me wrong, clothes being too big is a good thing, but not in winter.

Anyway, we met with friends after lunch and spent more time trying to keep track of each other in the crowds than actually LOOKING at anything.

Oh, and I don’t care what language you speak, I’m sure they ALL include the words EXCUSE ME or PARDON ME or THANK YOU.  We may not all speak what words you speak, but most of us can recognize good manners.

And to the guy trying to sell his “art” for money instead of begging…it was a good idea until you started yelling out random insults.  Kinda ruined the whole vibe you had going on.

Just sayin’.

We gave up on the insanity after 2 hours (not even 2 actually) and got in the car for the long journey out of downtown.  It took us longer to get from Union Square to the Bay Bridge than it did to get from the Bay Bridge to Back 40 Texas BBQ.

Where we all enjoyed the company of friends over a yummy meal.

After we waited 40 min to be seated.

Enter the sad time…

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…well, Honey has gone back home and I’m very sad about it. We had an entire month together and somehow it felt like it was only a 2 weeks. It definitely didn’t last long enough. We had lots of things planned, only did one or two things. The most important thing tho is that we did all that “nothing” together.

I miss you Honey!!!!

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Now the hard work begins.

There are lots of things going on right now, all of which are a HUGE strain on me emotionally, mentally, physically. Separately, there are not that bad, but all at once…I’m having problems dealing.

I’ll get back into the swing of juggling anything and everything all at once again, I’m just not up to it right now.

Lots of things need to be done, earned, saved, moved, given away, made, sold, cleaned, and so on and so on.

In a few days or so I’ll sit down and try to map it all out. This time, I’m going to try and write it all down instead of just keeping it up in my head. That doesn’t seem to be working too well for me.

Most of it won’t be put out here in details, but you will hear from me every now and then – hopefully more than last year.

Then again, I might get chatty and then you’ll be begging me to just shut the hell up already.

In the mean time, I’m going to mope about for a few days and let myself feel nothing but the “missing of the Honey” before I jump back into the Chaos full force.

Ms Cow and I WILL see Honey and Cow again this year. We WILL!!!!!

Sniff.

Sigh.

Pass the damn chocolate.

Ribbitty Ribbit Ribbit

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…squeak squeak squeak…

We’re into the residual cough/rough voice/no voice part of this doggone cold.

The sore throat comes and goes.

I’m so full of tea and water, etc I slosh when I walk.

Honey leaves in 8 hours (his time of course) to catch his first plane.

That reminds me…need to sign up for flight status thingies so I’ll know if he’s delayed on the way here.

Wishing I could have taken care of a few things this weekend…like laundry, grocery shopping, etc. Oh well. The grocery store is right across the street and I can last a few more days before I absolutely HAVE to do laundry. 🙂

Ms Cow did have her Spa time last night. She had a lovely “bubbelee baff” and is now all clean and pretty to meet Cow at the airport tomorrow.

Wish I could say the same…sigh.

After 2 years apart, I don’t think Honey will care that I have grey roots… I know I don’t give a hoot about it right now. 🙂

Category: Cows, Honey, Sick, visitors

Almost Honey Time

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I have been neglecting my poor little blog.

Not because of Facebook, or Twitter, or any other of those thingies.

I just haven’t gotten around to taking the time to write anything.

When I do have a quiet moment where I could possibly write something, I just don’t feel like sitting in front of a computer typing my thoughts key by key.

Honey arrives for his visit one week from TODAY!

I am excited and nervous and blah blah blah.

We haven’t seen each other for two years (2 yrs!!!).

We don’t have any big fancy plans. The only plan is to spend as much time together as possible.

That’s the only plan we really need.

Category: Honey, Lazy, visitors

Just another lazy Sunday

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Well, today didn’t quite turn out as it was supposed to…pretty much the whole weekend went like that.

It’s all been good, but I miss my friend who was supposed to ride her shiny new bike over to have turkey burgers with us. That’s the only thing that was a downer. She’s not feeling well and shouldn’t be out riding, so we’ll have to do it another day.

Spencer had a friend over for the entire weekend, so none of the food I bought will go to waste. As a matter of fact, they’ve just finished it all off and he’s off to the bus stop and headed home.

I’m tired. I’ve been either shopping for food or cooking it. Don’t know how you folks handle more than one kid, especially a teen. They are non-stop eating machines! Thank God for my dishwasher, it’s run twice already.

I haven’t done anything drawing-wise or jewelry-wise. I’ve been trying to get myself to work on my Stitches on the Bridge project that needs to be in Scotland soon. As some of you may recall, I made a grid of the Golden Gate Bridge and originally planned to do that in double-knitting. Well, that changed last night.

My left wrist is giving me some grief lately – actually a LOT of grief, so double-knitting isn’t exactly the technique I should be doing right now. So I took apart what little I had done (trust me, it wasn’t much…only about 6 inches of about 76 inches needed), and started over.

It’s still a double-knitted pattern, but a much simpler one – a graphic – and it’s going rather quickly and it doesn’t aggravate the wrist.

Now, if I could only keep working on it. I seem to have a case of the snoozles…I’m so tired this past week, I’ve taken naps almost every day and not surprisingly, I’ve had troubles sleeping at night. It’s a vicious cycle. I’m trying very hard to stay out of bed during the day today, so hopefully, I’ll be able to sleep tonight.

Off to work on the scarf now…

Rites of Passage…

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Today has been a good day.

Spencer and I have entered into new phases of our lives.

He is with his Father in Texas visiting family. I got a mysterious text from Dad this morning to “Check your email. :)”

I open his email and what do I find? A photo of my son shaving. I won’t post it here, even tho it is the most adorable photo of him I’ve seen in a long time. Although that statement alone is probably embarrassing enough. (My work is done.)

I cried when I saw it. And I’ve got a bit of welling up going on now as I type this too. Can’t help it. The “growing up train” is charging full steam ahead. I can either jump on and enjoy the ride or stand by on the platform and watch it pass.

Wow, that was deep.

My friend Antonella was over today. Yes, I had a visitor in the Chaos. I haven’t had anyone over to visit since Honey came over the winter Holidays. Spencer has had friends over and stuff, but I haven’t had any visitors.

This is a big step for me. The place is still a wreck, but it was clean. As is the usual. I wish I had a magic storage closet. A closet where I could put all this stuff that came out of my old storage unit and the closet itself would just be a small space. Sigh. A Tardis of a closet if you will – “Bigger on the inside.”

Anyway, I’ve accepted my Chaos. Not to say I won’t still keep working on it, but I’ve accepted that I like company, and I really do like having friends over to visit. And that if I ever want friends over to visit before I’m too old to care, I need to accept that the Chaos is there and have friends over ‘around’ it, so to speak, until it is gone.

So, early this morning, I rode out to Antonella’s place, where she was waiting with her shiny new bike, and we pedaled over to my place. I showed her how to navigate the trails, how to bypass the hills (that’s important for a rider who needs to get used to her bike) and where to turn off for shops restaurants and what nots.

It was a wonderful ride and when we got to my place, I had my daily chat with Honey, we headed across the road for some groceries and I cooked up some home made turkey burgers.

It was a wonderful ride, visit and meal with my first visitor in too long.

Giving in…

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….sigh….

Honey left this morning so I’m feeling a bit down…so if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to wallow down here at the bottom of the Honey-left-this-morning-blues-pit-of-self-pity for a bit. Have been trying to keep myself from sliding down into it all day, but gah – it’s too much work – and it won’t hurt to wallow a bit today.

Don’t worry. I brought knitting. And cinammon pita chips.

And I won’t be down here very long. Spencer comes back over to my place tonight – we’ve got lots to do – I’ll have to claw my way up from the pit whether I like it or not.

In the meantime…check out this home made light box while I’m off wallowing. Spencer and I have been wanting to make one for a while and this one I found over at the Craftzine.com blog seems to be the most clever one yet – and cheapest.

Boobie Tuesday, Special Edition

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Have you fondled your boobies today? If not, you might want to… (or have someone else do it for you – hey, it has to be done, why not enjoy it?!?)

Don’t forget, most important!!!

  • Monthly self-exams
  • Yearly Mammograms

Why do I bring this up now?

Funny you should ask.

I’ll tell you.

Mid-November I was doing my own self-exam and found a tender lump.

A few days later was my yearly exam/physical. Doc takes a touchie feelie, yep, it’s a lump alright. Sends me off with orders for a diagnostic mammogram.

Day before Thanksgiving, I’m getting all squished. Wait here while we check the films.

Step this way for an ultrasound, we need a better look. Wait here while we check the images.

Recommendation: biopsy

Cry on the way home. On the bus. It was raining.

Doc calls me back that afternoon with the name of some breast cancer surgeons.

Make appointment. J – That’s where I was coming back from when you saw me going thru Heather Farms. I had just finished my consultation appointment with the surgeon and had found out exactly what I was up against.

Recommendation: Ultrasound guided needle core biopsy. We’ll call hospital tomorrow and send over all your films and images. We’ll call you when that’s done so you can call them and set up an appointment.

December 18th, Honey and I bundled off to the hospital so I could have my procedure. It turned out a bit different than expected and now I have a small metal marker in my boob** – put there just in case they had to go back in for more. Oh, and we’ll need to get a mammogram to mark the spot and record you have that in there. Gee. Thanks. You poke big fat needles in my boob and now you’re going to squish it. Sigh. OK, you’re all set – your surgeon will have the results at the earliest Monday.

Friday: soreness, occasional pain. Waiting.

Saturday: soreness. More waiting.

Sunday: We go out for a bike ride in the rain. The whole time this whole “is it bad or nothing” hanging over my head as I wait.

Monday: More waiting.

Tuesday morning: Results at last. I have good news for you. Nothing to worry about.

Easy for you to say. I wasn’t the only one going thru this and my family, Honey, and a few very close friends have been waiting just as impatiently as I have. I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in a month.

I was in Target when I got the news. I cried tears of relief in the Target bathroom. And then again on the way back to the bus stop.

So Please, everyone. Do the needful and take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Make sure everyone has all their yearly exams and tests.

Luckily for me, the news was good. There are so many others where it is not.

I am happy to say that on the 11th ‘anniversary’ of when my Mother was diagnosed with colon cancer, I was not diagnosed with breast cancer.

We’ve had full days since Honey arrived. Out on the bikes and going all about and stuff. Now I hope I can FINALLY enjoy things and get into the Holiday spirit. And maybe now I’ll be in the mood to decorate for Xmas.

I just haven’t wanted to do anything.

** My first reaction was…is it made of plastic? Will it dissolve? Metal?!? Will it set off security alarms at the airport? NO?!?!?!?! wtf. What’s the point in having something metal in your boob if it doesn’t set off the scanners and embarrass the hell out of the poor soul unlucky enough to wand you. THAT’S NO FUN!!!! At least I got a laugh out of the ladies poking me with needles and stuff.

Now we can enjoy Honey’s visit…

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Hi All!

Honey made it here in one piece and has been very patient as I work out this week. As of 5pm today, tho, I’m on Xmas Vacation! YAY!

Today we took a long lunch and walked over to our favorite bike shop and purchased a used bike for Honey. We got a great deal. Once Honey heads back home, Spencer will be able to use it to ride around with me on the weekends. It’s a very nice bike and the same type of one that was stolen from the BART station, only a newer model.

Honey has been spending his time working on a loaner bike we got from Spencer’s Dad. It’s a piece of crap bike that needed some chain oil and some brake ajustments. Honey has wonderfully done that and will test it out tomorrow.

Tomorrow is filled with bike testing, taking some stuff for donation, Spencer’s soccer game and if there’s any energy left – we will put up the Xmas tree and decorate up the apartment.

Sunday morning will hopefully be weather friendly enough for us all to hop on the bikes and hit the trail for a morning pit stop at Peet’s and then a stop at Sports Basement to get some more locks and see what other sort of essential bike accessories we just have to have. hee hee

I am just so excited to get us all out and on bikes together. Going to have lots of fun.

Now all we need is Mother Nature to cooperate with some lovely weather.

J: We don’t mind the rain. And yes, I was riding thru Heather Farms last Thursday, hope I didn’t cut you off or anything. Was my first time riding in the darkness. Yes, my hair is long and I had it in braids. Did you notice my bright coral pink jacket?

PANNNNNNNNIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Not really, but I’m am about to start the last minute running about, cleaning, laundry, and general panic that comes before someone visits. Especially before Honey visits. He arrives TOMORROW NIGHT!

Gulp. So much to do still.

Still working on Pay It Forward Gifts. Yes they are late. But they are done, all I have to do is some finishing and I can send them off.

Finally back to knitting on SPencer’s argyle double-knit scarf. God, I love this project! Definitely going to have to do some more – probably not projects as big as a scarf, but I just gotta do more! Four pattern repeats done, about 12 more to go…sigh.

Rode the bike a few times, then the rain started. I’m going to still ride in the cold tho. I’m still deciding on the rain. Oh, speaking of keeping warm on the bike, I found a club on Ravelry for bike riders. Lots of helpful advice and awesome ideas and patterns I’m definitely going to try.

It’s been hard getting myself to do anything, but I think I’m getting back into stride.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some online donations to get to…