Monday, January 29, 2007


The wait is over. The preliminary report is Fibroadenoma Duct Hyperplasia. Non-cancerous. From what little I can find on a search through my favorite search engine, it is fairly common in the 20's and 30's, usually under 35 though, and you can have it as you age as well. It looks like it has to do with the normal hormones of the female body. There is the risk of reoccurence and it becoming cancerous later, though I will also ask my doctor about that. There is no breast cancer in my family. I don't know yet if they will want to just take it out so it doesn't show up on future mammograms or not. I will check with my doctor when they get the final report. I am relieved to say the least. Now I won't be jumping everytime the phone rings. I have to say though that my husband has been a rock behind me this whole time. He has taken days off of work and working from home, to go through all of this with me. Even the technicians with the biopsy noticed how attentive he is. I think I am a lucky woman!! No, I know I am a lucky woman!!

Saturday, January 27, 2007

No News is Good News?

Well I hope that saying holds true. I did not hear from my doctor's office on Friday so I called them a little after 2:00pm. They had not received the fax from the pathologist. I do know the pathologist works today, but my doctor won't see it today. Hopefully Monday?

Kim's violet has a second bud that has opened up. Now we wait for the third one. It will probably take another week.

I have my Project Spectrum project for the first two months!! I joined an KAL at the lys store last year. We did the 4 Seasons Afghan. We enjoyed it so much that we wanted to do another one this year. We chose an Aran Afghan this time, the booklet is put out by Leisure Arts and is called, "60 Easy-To-Knit Pattern Stitches Combine to Create Sampler Afghans." I put in an order to KnitPicks yesterday for Wool of the Andes in the colorway Mist. It is a medium gray. I think it will show the cables beautifully. Even though our class or KAL will only do 12 squares, I plan to do 20. I hope the yarn comes this week!!

I am almost done with the second sock of the Rock and Weave Fairgrounds, but I haven't taken any pictures yet. Next time.

Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Thank YOU!!

Thank you everyone for the comments and the thoughts and prayers. I really appreciate them. I briefly spoke with my personal doctor today and he was willing to give me a relaxant of some kind. I think I'll be fine. They (the radiologist and nurse) said the results would be to my doctor in two days, but he isn't expecting them that quickly. It would be great if they were!! Then I could relax a bit.

I had an enjoyable day today. Kim and I volunteered at the library for an hour. We did one cart that was full of non-fiction books. Those are the hardest for Kim to do. The numbers can be really confusing, compared to the fiction, where it's all alphabetical order. The cart of non-fiction had, two shelves. It took us 35 minutes. The second cart was also 2 shelves of books, but it was new fiction and much easier to put away.

Later I took John to his piano lesson then he accompanied me to my doctor for a quick blood test for a life insurance policy we are working on for myself. We tried yesterday after having spent the afternoon at the hospital and it didn't work, I was too dehydrated. It almost didn't work this time even though I had been drinking my normal amounts of water. Then the two of us went to a late lunch at P.F. Changs. The place was almost empty at 3:00. That was really nice!!

My dad sent me these pictures of his orchids. They are just lovely. I sent him his first orchid maybe 2 years ago for his birthday. He had mentioned the previous year that he was interested in growing them. He has really gotten into it and has probably half a dozen plants now.

Monday, January 22, 2007

The Day to Day Grind

Usually we are pretty laid back at home, whether it is in homeschooling, keeping up with the house, whatever. Today however was a different story. My lovely, talented, and somewhat stubborn daughter came to me today asking for schoolwork. Right now. Not when you are done with what you are doing, but right now, at 9:30 in the morning. Do I have a lesson plan? Nope. Am I even in the right mind for this? Nope. So, I was flying by the backseat of my pants. For 30 minutes she read the instructions herself for one page of handwriting, and did two other pages of phonics. I don't know what came over her, but can it happen again tomorrow? The next question is, will I be ready?

I found this as I was passing her room yesterday.

Take note of the eyeglasses, which she is supposed to wear for reading and doesn't. She is using an easel that she received for Christmas. She has wanted one for years, so when I saw one in early November, I bought it. She loves it!!
Prayer and thought request please. I had a mammogram today, the second in less than a month. I also had an ultrasound of same area. Wednesday morning I go in for an ultrasound breast needle biopsy. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. I am hoping that the kids can keep busy and keep it out of their minds for now. Wednesdays are John's busiest days in class. He seemed worried this morning as he left for school, I had to pull him back and give him a big hug as he went out the door. He's my silent one that has the biggest puppy dog eyes when he is worried.
I am knitting. I am doing the Rock and Weave socks from the STR Rockin' Sock Club. I think it was the first or second pair to be sent out last year. I am about 3/4 done with the first one, and about 1/4-1/2 done with the second one. Maybe by the weekend, but don't count on it. I am going to rip out the purple sweater. It is bigger than I want it to be. First I need to count how many stitches I have on it, and do the gauge measurement so I can be sure to come up with the right size.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Snow Days AGAIN

Even though the picture date says yesterday, it really was today. Accomplishements? No Knitting. No Quilting. Watching Lots Of News Coverage. Read A Little Bit. Talked To My Stranded Daughter (she spent the night at a friend's home and will be there for several days, probably). Took A TWO HOUR Nap. Did Run The Dishwasher And The Dryer.

It is not supposed to be melting anytime soon, in fact it is supposed to freeze again tonight so the roads will be icy tomorrow.

About a 3 1/2 inch on top of the mailbox and in the driveway.

This was a 2-inch icicle yesterday, today it is closer to 6 inches.

And the violet has finally bloomed. We've had it for several years, it's flowers wilted and never bloomed again until now. We noticed the buds about a week before Christmas. It belongs to Kim.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Project Spectrum

Starts February 1st.

February / March

Blue, White, Gray

April / May

Green, Yellow, Pink

June / July

Red, Black, Metallics

August / September

Brown, Orange, Purple

I had an idea for the blue/white/gray the other day, didn't write it down and now I have forgotten what it was. Oh well. For the green/yellow/pink, I have some of my own spun yarn that I want to transform into something else. I think I might knit a bag and felt it. I also have some pink yarn for some pink ribbon socks. I've wanted to make those for several years now. The red? Definitely grandma's feather and fan socks. I don't have any ideas for the brown/orange/purple, but I am sure I can come up with a purple project.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Pajama Day

I switched over to the new Blogger last night, now my lavendar field looks like it has a line through the middle of it, was it there before? As I am writing this it looks like there are some added features, but I haven't explored them yet........I know as soon as I try to do something on that end of things, I am going to delete my whole text. I have done that before.

I missed out on some International Pajama Day that happened last Sunday, so I am taking today as my International Pajama Day. It is so cold today, though the sun has popped out a couple of times to say hi. Dh had an early meeting at work today or he might have stayed home. We knew there was the possibility of snow, but it didn't give us much. The roads in some areas are icy from previous bits of snow/rain over the last couple of days, and then the temperature dropping down last night. The last time I checked a bit ago, it wasn't above 32 degrees F. It is supposed to go down to the teens tonight, between 16 and 20 F. I think we need to keep the stove going all night. Between the time we got up this morning and the time dh left for work, it did this, and it's still there.

I finished my Marble Arches a couple of nights ago. I like the pattern, but they are a little big at the top. I figure they can slouch a little bit. It amazes me that a lot of folks use all of their yarn and the little key chain emergeny skein as well. I always thought I had big feet, because my feet are bigger than my mom's feet. Actually I went into REI the other day and the guy there was measuring my feet, they should be 7 1/2, but I choose to wear a bigger shoe so my toes aren't squished together.

Last year all over the knitting blogland I saw posts about Project Spectrum. Lots of beautiful colors and projects to go along with it. As I was reading blogs last night, I saw somewhere about the PS2 project. Lolly is starting a second Project Spectrum for this year. It starts in February, and you can check it out here. I am curious to see how it will play out for me. Some of the colors I rarely use in my knitting, though use them in my quilt blocks for other people. I am considering doing more with the PS2 than just knitting. It can be any hobby really, and I am thinking of the digital camera that I hardly know how to use. (We've had it for at least 4 years) Now I just have to choose which button to use, I like both of them.

I started doing some needle felting yesterday. I am using sheets of felt instead of the roving, only because I didn't have the right colors of roving. When it's done I'll show you the whole picture.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

When I set my mind to it...........

oh and my fingers, I can get a sock done in a few days.

I quickly ripped these out yesterday and got them back on the needles in the smaller size. I was able to get through 5 repeats of the pattern, then today did a 6th repeat and the heel. I am about 1/3 of the way into the foot and they fit pretty well. I am making sure I take notes as I make changes in the number of stitches and decreases so I can do the same to the second sock.

This is what happens when I am working really hard to get a project done. Creases in the finger, and if you look above my watch there is a red patch. It is some type of inflammation that I get when I spend too much time knitting. I noticed it this afternoon. I have had it before and it doesn't hurt.

Another lazy week with a few dr. appointments scattered through it. Next week we will start back to our regular schedule of classes.