Thursday, December 22, 2016

Family Holidays

The middle daughter is home.  The presents have been received by the other two daughters.  Everything is ready for the holidays - I think.

Friday night will be video holiday with all of my family.  I'm looking forward to seeing their faces when they open their gifts.  I'm sure I'll hear corny jokes, laughter, and all the other things which go with family gatherings.

I miss the times we would spend together playing games, watching movies and so on.  However, they are in Georgia and we are in Wisconsin.  Ken can't get off around a holiday and Virginia is working every day except Friday.  We will adjust and adapt while we make the most of the time we do have together.

Saturday Ken will go to his family.  I don't know whether I will go or not yet.  It depends on my sinus issues and the weather.

Sunday is my family gathering.  I'm not sure whether we are going or not - for the same reasons above.

Tonight Vicki and I will be clipping coupons, checking the rebates, and making a list for batch cooking.  At some point we are going to make some large batches of food for the freezer.  I'll have to pay bills in order to figure out how much we will have to spend on groceries.  We're going to make a list of where we're going and what we need to pick up.  It will be a busy day on Friday.

Since I have off, Vicki and I will spend the day running errands, shopping, and getting ready for the family thing Friday night.  It will be a very busy day.

Next week will be full of cooking, crocheting, and spending time with Vicki.  I'm hoping to finish a few projects for her (writing up the patterns of course).  However, we'll see what trouble we get into.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Indoor Activities

It's in the negative numbers outside.  I'm up early(ish) and have done a search for my daughter on knitting patterns.

Yesterday I managed to finish one more gift and make a good start on another one.  The plan today is to finish the gift and move on to another project.  I'm hoping to make a good start on the second project I have in mind but I'll see how the day goes.

Ken will be watching football all day.  I'll hibernate in the living room to watch West Wing while I work on crochet projects.  It's too cold to do anything other than stay inside and keep as warm as possible.

The week will be busy but I only have four days of work this week.  I'll be off for eleven days and I'm hoping to finish a couple of projects.  My daughter and I will be working on batch cooking for a day or two.  We'll do video chatting with the girls in Georgia for the holiday and gift exchange.

My hope is to get a few projects done for my daughter while she's here.  There are projects I want to work on which she needs to be here for so I can make sure things fit appropriately.

During our lovely frigid weather today - crocheting, West Wing, and quiet.  Doesn't sound like a bad day to me even if the temp outside wasn't horrible.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Snow Day!

While the weather outside is cold and snowy, my plan is to work on more holiday gifts.  The last package went to the post office this morning.  Ken tackled the roads in his truck - I think my car would have gotten stuck in our road since we've not been plowed out.  We got about 5 - 6" of snow and they're calling for another 1 - 6" depending on who you listen to.

The weather for today is supposed to be more snow.  The weather for tomorrow is supposed to be frigid with below zero temps.  This seems like the best time to turn on Netflix and work on a crochet project.  I've got two or three left to do for holiday gifts.  Then Ken gets to do the wrapping.

The meds for my sinus infection kicked my butt.  I'm done with them for now but I think the sinus infection isn't gone.  It may be time to go back to an ENT to see if he's got other options he can give me or better drugs.

I've been sleeping a lot.  I get up and do a couple of things.  After which I feel like I've run a marathon and want a nap.  I keep reminding myself this is my body's way of telling me it's healing.  I need to slow down and let my body recuperate.

Since I don't do well with cold air, I'll be staying inside and crafting.  I've got a number of projects to finish for the holidays and a few others to finish in general.  It's something I can do while I'm resting.  Ken's filled the humidifier with water and essential oils.  I'll put on Netflix with West Wing or something else and crochet and nap throughout the rest of the weekend.  Hopefully by Monday I'm feeling more human.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

New Tricks

I've been crocheting for about 40 years.  I love crocheting but sometimes I get tired of the same old same old.  It's always a pleasant experience for me when I learn something new.

The other night I was working on a project (gift for daughter) when I ran out of yarn.  Now normally I tie a knot with the new skein and work over the knot.  I tried this but the material is silk so the knot wouldn't stay.  Recently I read about a new way to join.  I read a description of it and had no idea what they were talking about but I did a google search on it and found a YouTube video on how to do it.

I've been crocheting for a long time and sometimes I get in the mode of I know best and new stuff is not the "right" way of doing things.  Reluctantly I tried this new join technique.  I was thrilled with the result.  The material around the join was slightly thicker but overall it was a better join than the way I've been joining material for the last 40 years.  There were no tails to tuck in, the joins was smoother, firmer, and held better.

Now before I say I will use this join on all materials, I want to try it out more.  It was definitely a wonderful way to join silk and have a smooth invisible join.

Here are a few links to how to do this:

Lion Brand 

YouTube

Another YouTube

The nice thing is you can use this for any yarn craft - crochet, knitting, or others.  I'm looking forward to trying it with different materials.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Let it Snow?

It's piling up!  The trees are covered with white, the ground is buried beneath a blanket of white.  It is definitely WINTER.

Driving from Iowa to Wisconsin in the snow wasn't horrible but we were on the leading edge of the storm so more whispy than heavy snow.  Looking out at the weather it is pretty but I know it won't be once we have to go out in it.

Today will be spent watching some television and crocheting.  I have several gifts for my daughters to finish and I'm hoping to get the ones for the Atlanta girls done today so they can get in the mail.  The heater I have in the living room will go on and I'll snuggle in to get the gifts done.

After I finish the holiday gifts, I'll be working to finish the two big projects I have going which aren't overly portable but I have to finish the project for the publication and get that sent in for pictures.  Once all of those are done, I'm going back to writing.

It promises to be a quiet and calm day today.  Tomorrow will be interesting and challenging with getting to and from work and in and out of my building.  Hopefully the snow stops sooner so roads and parking lots can be cleared.

Friday, December 9, 2016

It's a Racket

Unfortunately I'm not talking about tennis or badminton.  And yest before you read further - you should probably know this is going to end up being a rant.

My husband went to the doctor for his checkup and was told - you must get tested for Hep C.  He's not at risk for it, has none of the symptoms.  But it seems to be the latest "NECESSARY" test we're all supposed to fall in line to get.

The doctor said - the insurance will pay for it.  I wish he'd talk to my insurance because the blood test cost us $67.  To be fair, when I read through Mayo Clinic's at risk people, he falls into two of the categories.  Perhaps it is worthwhile to have him tested - perhaps.

To me it sounds like yet another way to squeeze money out of the patient and into the medical insanity we call health care - for profit health care.  We're supposed to get flu and pneumonia and shingles shots.  But not once - no every year.  This pumps chemicals into our bodies - what are these shots really made of?  Also the people who get these shots still get the flu - so what is the point?  I never get the shots and I rarely have flu issues.

We're supposed to have all these tests - paps smear, mammogram, colonoscopy.  Yes they are important health checks - but do they really need to be so often?  We have a HUGE population over 50 if everyone over 50 is supposed to get these how much money does that make the doctors, hospitals, insurances, and so on.

What happened to a doctor actually taking the time to listen to their patient, address their questions, and showing concern and care for their patience.

I've been working with a rheumatologist for six months.  She asks a lot of questions, she's run up a ton of bills for us in the way of blood tests and xrays and yet, I still don't have a diagnosis, treatment plan, or relief from the pain I went to her with in the first place.  I'd ask her questions and get brushed off.  The attitude was - do what I say and don't ask questions.  When I didn't agree with her next test - which would have cost me even more money and asked for an alternative treatment - she told me no with no explanation.  When I objected, I was told I should find a different rheumatologist.  Yes, I will but it means being in pain for another six months while I wait for an appointment to get in to the new doctor.  Basically the last six months of visits, tests, and drugs has been a complete waste of time.

We need to put health care on the not for profit line.  We need to reign in the insurance companies, the profiteers of the drug companies, and stop the horrible practices currently going on in our medical community.  We need to start treating the individual.

At this stage I don't trust any of my doctors enough to take their advice at face value.  I don't believe in them or believe they have my best interest in mind.  I think they are showing up to fill their pockets and don't care about my quality of life.  Until one of them proves otherwise, I'm going to be stubborn about saying no to everything until they can explain the options available, the reasons they are choosing this treatment over another, and offer me a say in my own treatment.

Monday, December 5, 2016

First Snow

It's December.  We got our first snow yesterday with about 3-6" falling.  It was beautiful - white against the dark green of the pines and a variety of colors of the houses.

This was my feeling before I had to go out in it.  It's late for the first snow.  Normally we get a little in November but not this year.  I like the white, the snow covered pines and trees.  The contrast of the colors between the snow and the buildings, trees, and so on.

We got enough snow to actually have the snow plow hit our road last night.  Usually if we have under 6" we don't get plowed out.  This makes driving on our road a challenge.

Something to note - I don't have to deal with removal of the snow.  My husband does all of that.  The reason being is I have this tendency to stop breathing when I shovel or do much in the cold air.

This lack of dealing with snow removal means I can take a more positive point of view towards the snow.  I don't have to spend time making sure the driveway and sidewalks are clear.

From a looking outside, the snow was pretty.  However, I had to switch coats to my winter weight coat.  I also had to decide which scarf to add to my jacket (which is always a choice because I have so many pretty ones).  I had to drive on roads which could have been slippery.

Since it's the first snow, people were driving more cautiously than they needed to.  It's always interesting with the first snow.  People seem to forget until they fishtail the first time or they drive so slowly it's ridiculous.

I maintain the snow is pretty but I empathize with those who have to work on the removal and who work out in the weather.  Winter has begun.  I'm going to attempt to keep a positive attitude and recognize the beauty the weather brings us even during this cold season.

Weekend?

Where did the weekend go?  Saturday I was up and dressed but didn't do a lot.  I crocheted.  I'm working on a kitchen set for someon...