Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
The front door (from the inside) of the Craig Heard House we toured earlier in the week. I just love those "curtains" on the windows.
Friday, May 29, 2009
In the meantime, here's a super-cute crochet purse pattern for you. I'm bookmarking the link because I want to make it sometime when I'm in the mood for something different. I think I'd probably use clear acrylic handles on it to keep it more dressy-looking. And I think it would be pretty made in white with different colored pastel ruffles, don't you? Hmmm. There are so many possibilities.
I can tell the steroids have kicked-in. My face was hot and red all day yesterday and I feel like I have lots more energy today than normal. Go steroids and do your thang!
I have a follow-up with the ENT later this morning. I'll probably stop at Starbucks and pop into Walmart on my way home. Even though I have tons of yarn, Walmart has some I want to buy to make more pineapple shawls with. A girl can never have enough yarn apparently.
It seems I can never have enough time to get myself dolled-up to leave the house lately either. I'd better go get in the bath and start the process so I can leave on time for my appointment. I have several pictures to post, but that will have to wait until later. Oh yeah, and I have to throw the afghan for the doc in the washer & dryer before I leave too. I really have to get moving.
You guys have a loverly day!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
So here it is all laid out...
I've either screwed up the cervical fusion I had last December, or the disk just above that one has now herniated. It's been causing me considerable discomfort. The disk above the one I just had fixed was slightly herniated in the MRI pictures back in December, but now I fear it has herniated even more and is pressing on my spinal nerve causing pain in my left shoulder and left-upper neck. The pain is in a different location than it was at the end of last year so that's why I feel like it's probably a different disk than before.
I just started a round of steroids yesterday to see if it will help calm things down a little. I also got some pain meds this time so hopefully they will help things too. Last time I didn't want or need pain meds because I just didn't have that much pain. It was more annoying than anything. This time the pain is what I consider severe. It's all my brain will let me focus on.
I do have some good news...my throat is not spasming or hurting at all since the injections last week. My voice is just a whisper, but that doesn't matter to me one bit as long as it doesn't hurt. I'll whisper the rest of my life if I have to! I think it's more annoying to other people than it is me.
Okay, whatever. So there you go. That's what's happening. And I feel like a big ol' loser for having another medical issue I'm whining about. I'm embarassed. I'm worried. I'm scared.
There's no need to comment. I know who loves me, and I'm not looking for sympathy over this. I'm just looking to get it down on paper, so to speak, and out of my head.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I started three different shawl patterns last night and ripped them all out. I just wasn't happy with the way any of them looked. I think it was the Homespun yarn I was trying to use. It kept getting all tangled on my hook and pissing me off. I finally gave up and decided I don't have enough time to get anything done for nursie. She'll just have to wait for another time or be happy with my smiling, no-wrinkles face! She's actually a PA and is the one who did the Botox injections in my forehead.
I can see the Botox is working in my face now. I can raise my eyebrows, but everything above that stays in place and there are NO WRINKLES! Yea! I can't really tell anything with the crows feet around my eyes. I'm not sure how that's supposed to work because when I smile, it's my cheeks that raise up and cause the wrinkles around my eyes. That still looks the same. And I don't think she even put any between my eyebrows because that looks the same too. I'll have to ask when I go back on Friday.
It just started thundering and raining and carrying on outside. Guess I better shut down my computer. I'd hate to blow it up.
Monday, May 25, 2009
I finished the purple Hexagon Afghan last night. I'll take a picture later today and post it. Instead of another afghan for Jennifer (the nurse), I've decided to make a shawl out of the Homespun yarn that Carol sent me. I'm going to use THIS pattern. Supposedly it works up quickly, and someone over at Crochetville claimed to have made two in one day. We'll see. Since I'm using a thicker yarn and a bigger hook, it'll look quite a bit different from the picture. Well, here. Let me show you...
It'll look more like this one than the picture on the pattern.
I'm waiting for my mom and sisters to come pick me up to go to Hobby Lobby. I must stay away from the yarn, but do you think I will? No, me neither.
Then when I get home, I must work for awhile since I'm going to be goofing on Tuesday and Wednesday when my sister will be staying at my house. We're taking a house tour tomorrow afternoon through an big Victorian-type house that's been restored and all decked-out. Hopefully they'll let us take pictures so I can share some with you.
Wednesday we are going to see the Star Trek movie for sure. Other than that, I don't know yet.
We had our annual Memorial Day Weekend Family Reunion picnic on Saturday. My sister brought the coolest ice chest-type thingy with watermelon slices in it. I've got to remember to ask her where she got it. It was WAY cool, and I must have one. (Since I go to so many picnics and get outside in the heat so much.) Let me see if I can find one on the innernets right quick so you can see what I'm talking about...
Here it is!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
This is the hexogonal afghan I'm making two of as fast as I can. I want to give one to my surgeon and one to his nurse when I go back for my post-op on the 29th. You'll see them both when they're finished. I'm using Hobby Lobby ILTY for both and an N hook. The pattern is HERE.
My vocal cords & one small granuloma (left) and one GARGANTUAN one (right, duh). (He must be the one eating all those Moon Pies.) The vocal cords are the lighter-colored things behind and above them. They close and vibrate when you speak making the sound of your voice. You can see how those two globular things might get in the way of that distorting the sound.
The doctor did not remove either of the granulomas. He didn't want to remove the small one because they have a tendency to just grow back even larger. He didn't remove the big one because the base of it covers too wide of an area. You can see where he drew on the picture showing how big of an area would have to be excised to get it out. He just gave me a steroid injection and also injected Botox into the largest muscle that controls the vocal cords. It will take 48 hours from the surgery for the full effect of the Botox on my voice & the spasms.
I woke up this morning with a kind of squeaky-high, weak voice. Tomorrow it should be even weaker. That will keep my vocal cords from slamming together and irritating those granulomas, which is making them grow. I will not know how effective any of this was for 6-8 months. Of course he'll do periodic checks to see if they are shrinking.
The freezing of that muscle will also stop the spasms, which also cause the vocal cords to slam together. I've only had two since surgery, and hopefully by tomorrow I won't have any.
I did get the leftover Botox put in my forehead and around my eyes. I can't tell any difference there yet. Supposedly I won't for several days.
Okay, enough of that. Time to make dinner.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Five skeins of Lion Brand Homespun yarn, Five crochet pattern books, AND...
This beautiful, huge, pink afghan that doubles as a shawl when you fold it in half! This picture just does not do it justice. It's really beautiful! I'm so touched by the generosity of it all.
You made me cry, Carol! Nobody has ever made me an afghan before. I absolutely love everything!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
I'm going to spoil it a little bit by showing you the yarn Barnaby got me yesterday. Now you know the color, but you haven't seen it all worked up so there'll still be a little bit of a surprise left.
I got through row 9 as of last night. It's not an easy pattern to follow. You really have to pay attention to the instructions and pictures. I waded through a bunch of threads on the forum yesterday looking for tips and hints and revisions. I put the ones I thought would be most helpful into a Word document, so if anybody wants the instructions with the pictures and illustrations AND all the tips, let me know and I'll send them to you. There were also mistakes (at least I think so) that I came across, but fortunately I knew it and just did what I thought was right. A lot of people said the same thing about the pattern.
Okay, about the yarn...It's JoAnn's Rainbow Sensations Boucle in Dark Blue. Make sure you go online and print a coupon if you buy your yarn there! The yarn was regularly $8.99 per 11-oz skein at JoAnn's, but you can print a 40% off coupon and get it for $5.84. AND YOU ONLY NEED ONE to make the shawl! Cheap! They do sell it online if you want to buy it that way, but they didn't have very many of the prettier colors to choose from.
This yarn is very difficult to work with and takes some practice and patience. It's just a very thin strand of thread with a bunch of curly stuff all over it. The pattern calls for you to use a Size N hook, but I ended up pulling mine out and starting over with a K Hook and I thought it made it easier. In the beginning, it felt like I just had a big wad of crappy yarn with no pattern or rhyme or reason to it. But just hang in there and it starts to take shape after a few rows.
Beansie had mentioned she'd like to do one of these shawls as a crochet-along sometime. I definitely want to make more than one of these so I'm in whenever y'all are ready!
Off-Topic Note: I bawled my eyes out several times during the Farrah documentary last night. I cry so easily! Don't tell anyone, but I cry when I watch the Price is Right and somebody wins something big! I also cry at the store when I read greeting cards. And I nearly always get choked up during the National Anthem. I'm sensitive and empathetic to a fault. I think it's a disorder of some kind, ya think? I love you, man! Boo-hoo-hoo...
Friday, May 15, 2009
So after I got up and fed the dogs this morning, I took some Tylenol and Ibuprofen and went back to bed and slept until 1:00. When I got up, I felt much better and the headache was gone.
I'm going to be making a Seraphina Shawl over the next couple of weeks. The pattern for the shawl is HERE with detailed instructions with pictures. That's a horrible picture of the shawl with that pattern. Below are a few in different colors so you can actually see what it's going to look like. I'm not showing one in the color I'm doing mine in because when I post mine, I want it to be something you haven't seen. Okay, you've seen it but not in MY color.
Aren't they pretty? I just love the way that particular yarn makes these look. Barnaby was sweet enough this morning to go get me some at JoAnn's and bring it home so I could get it started today. He spoils me rotten, and he's all mine.
Now that I've blabbed all about here, I can't wimp out and not make it because it's too complicated. Wish me luck.
I'm definitely going to be watching Farrah's Documentary tonight on NBC at 8:00 PM Central. I know I'm going to cry and I hate crying, but I really want to see this!
I also want to go see the new Star Trek movie, and I rarely ever want to go to the movies. What's up with that? I'm just wild and crazy, aren't I? I'm really steppin' out there and being radical! Well, for me anyway.
That is all.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I just wanted to pop in right quick and make an entry. I've got tons of work to do! We had storms like crazy this morning and lost power. Thank goodness I wasn't working yet and didn't lose anything. But that's all over, and it looks like the sun is going to shine now.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I'm doing laundry today, as I already told you. I take the clothes out of the dryer when the buzzer goes off and proceed to hang them up and fold them. When I get finished with that, I turn on the dryer to about 40 minutes to dry the next load. Forty minutes later, the buzzer goes off just as I'm about to eat lunch, so I extend the time for 10 more minutes while I eat so my clothes don't get all wrinkled. When the buzzer goes off and I go in there to retrieve the clothes so I can fold them, I open the dryer door and THE DRYER IS EMPTY! I forgot to take the clothes out of the washer and put them in the dryer before I started it. DOH! Crap. I'm an airhead. Why don't I just open the window and throw my money out there?
I've got 4 BIG loads of laundry to do today. I've not been keeping up with it and it's gotten out of hand. Time to buckle down and just do it!
Barnaby went back to work today. I bet he ends up coming home, though, because he really didn't feel good yesterday. He had whatever it was a lot worse than I did.
The vet appointment for Fletch, Eli, and Sammi went well. All the dogs are healthy with no bugs or viruses or anything.
I think I need to delay my throat surgery a couple of weeks at least. There's a lot going to be going on around here the next two weeks, and between those things and work, I just need to wait.
Let's see...what else? I believe that's it. I'm off to do laundry and drink lots of coffee!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
1 pound ground beef, browned
1 onion, chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
12 oz package uncooked egg noodles
2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of chicken soup
¾ cup water
Salt & Pepper
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Place noodles in a pot of lightly salted boiling water. Cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain and set aside.
Cook the onion and garlic in a skillet with 1 Tbsp olive oil until soft. Add ground beef and salt & pepper in a skillet over medium heat until meat is darkly browned. (Don’t stir until it’s really brown. This makes the flavor really come thru.) Drain off excess grease. Place soups into a medium bowl and dilute with ¾ cup water to thin it out a little.
Spray a 9x13 inch baking dish. Place half of the browned beef mixture in the bottom of the dish. Cover with half of the noodles, then half of the tomatoes. Spoon half of the cream of chicken soup over the tomatoes. Sprinkle with ½ cup of the shredded cheese. Repeat layers, and bake covered with foil for 45 minutes in the preheated oven or until heated through and bubbly. Remove the foil, add the remaining cheese to the top and bake uncovered for another 5 minutes or until the cheese melts. Let stand for 10 minutes to set before serving.
Monday, May 11, 2009
The Botox will take 24-48 hours to take effect and weaken the muscle around the vocal cord that is spasming. At that point I'll notice that my voice gets weaker and weaker, but that is good because it's keeping the vocal cords from slamming together, which is what is causing the granulomas. It should take between 3-6 months for the small granuloma to go away if its going to. He said the likelihood of the granulomas going away on their own without doing anything is slim.
He is putting the leftover Botox in my forehead and between my eyebrows! For free! Yea! So I will basically be frozen from the vocal cords up. Ha-ha-ha! That was a joke. But the part about him putting the Botox in my forehead & between my eyebrows wasn't a joke. He really is going to do that. Please keep up, people.
That's all that's news. See ya.
Saturday, May 09, 2009
I used cotton yarn for the main color and acrylic for the trim and straps. The cotton yarn I originally bought to do the trim with just didn't look good so I went with some acrylic yarn I had in my stash.
I cheated a little in the pictures. The straps aren't actually sewn on yet. I want to go get some ribbon to sew onto the backside of them so they aren't so stretchy. That's a little trick that Beansie told me about, along with a few other tricks like splitting the 4-ply yarn and using that to do all the sewing. It worked like a charm!
Click on that link and go see her tote bag too! She and I had a little crochet along and had fun emailing back and forth all week. Her tote turned out beautiful, especially with her flower embellishments. I plan on adding some to mine too. I'll probably work on those while my mom sews the lining in.
Now I've got to go clean up and head on out to Hobby Lobby for that ribbon. My whole day is nearly shot and I'm still in my jammies!
Friday, May 08, 2009
So, yeah, a crochet journal. I got this idea from Bev who mentioned that she might do something like this to get her crochet stuff in order. Now you can see how big of a dork I am. I typed out all my projects with the start date, yarn colors/types, hook size, pattern location, etc. Since I tend to have 14 things going at once, I always forget what size hook I was using or whatever. Now I'll have it all written down. I'm sure I'll start handwriting it at some point, but it was just easier to get started this way. I can type a lot faster than I write. I guess I could be a REALLY big dork and make a crochet scrapbook and get all fancy-pants with it, but I'm really not into that. Scrapbooking just doesn't do it for me.
Okay, I'm even boring myself now. Y'all have a great weekend. TGIF!
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Who knows what this is?
That's right. It's a big batch of mushed-up love. It's two avocados (because they were small, I used two) and a can of Great Northern Beans (or any white beans) all mashed together, some lemon juice, and some garlic powder. I didn't add salt because the Lime & Salt tortilla chips I'm going to dip in it are really salty.
The plate is really cute. Somebody left it at my house after a poker party and said I could have it because somebody had left it at their house. The part that is covered with the mushed-up love is striped in many colors and says "Love" in the middle. I thought it was appropriate for this recipe.
Throat Update: I've decided I can't sit around anymore and expect this to go away on its own. It's only getting worse and the granulomas are getting bigger. I made an appointment with another ENT doctor today. He's the one who can do the Botox injections into my larnyx to stop the spasms so that the granulomas can have a chance to heal. That's the theory anyway. If they're going to go away on their own, I have to stop that spasming. My insurance will pay for the Botox injections. I wonder if he'll shoot what's left in the bottle into my face? Hee-hee. My appointment is on Monday afternoon. I don't know if he'll do the injections in his office that day or if I'll have to do it as outpatient surgery another day. Stay tuned.
I've wasted the whole morning away surfing blogs. Sometimes a girl's gotta surf, ya know? Now I'm going to get up and get busy finishing up that tote bag. Are y'all sick of hearing about it yet?
Have a great day!
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
That biggest piece is stacked with the front and back panels of the tote and the front and back pockets, and there's one strap there that's still in progress. I'm so close to finishing I can taste it. Woo-hoo...crochet geek heaven.
I think I need to go buy a new button. That one laying there may be too light. You can't see it very well in the picture, but it's wooden. I'll have to wait and see. The very last thing I'll do is sew that on. I'm pretty sure it will be done by Friday or before.
I don't know why I haven't felt like blogging much lately. It seems like my mind is just blank or I'm thinking too much to put anything rational or remotely interesting down on paper. And then besides that, my dogs are being heathens and hoodlums getting into everything they're not supposed to. It's probably because they haven't been outside much for a week because it's been raining every day.
All I know for sure is I'm minus two pairs of shoes, one sports bra, two pairs of underwear (eww...they love my underwear!), two checks from clients and a deposit slip, one boot that belonged to Barnaby, a pair of his house shoes, and I don't remember what all else. They did all that stuff in ONE DAY! It's a good thing I love those brats, or they'd be in the clink at the animal shelter.
Okay, here comes the "Pig" part of the title...
I have a confession to make...
I ate six Moon Pies yesterday. There, I said it. At least it was the singles and not the double-deckers. They are evil.
Supposedly there are peanut butter Moon Pies now, but I've never seen them. Good thing. I love you, evil Moon Pies!