Saturday, September 04, 2010

A very fast summer!

I can't believe just how fast this summer went by! This post is long over due. There was so much I had planned to do this summer, but not much got done including knitting. Now that school has started I am hopeful that I can get into some good routines that include keeping up with my blogging. Things are good, very good right now. Hope it lasts :)

What did I do over my summer? Now let me think. I rushed my husband to the hospital because he was in incredible pain....low and behold he was passing a kidney stone, a first for him and hopefully his last. Here's the proof:

I moved my father again, but this time it was a good, very good move. I can report that my 93 year old Dad is finally doing very well. He had his gangrenous finger tips amputated and now he has pain free fingers. Hind sight is 20-20, and we now acknowledge that this surgery should have been done sooner. He has healed beautifully and is much happier now that he has been moved back into a regular room at his assisted living, playing bingo, etc. I even like his new room better than his old one.
Things work out for the better most of the time.

We spent 2 weeks on Cape Cod, one week in July and one week in August. Left my middle son home alone for the first time. He got a job finally(!!!) and was lucky enough to work full time all summer. Working agreed with him and he seemed to be a much easier kid to get along with.

I also nursemaided my middle son after he got his four impacted wisdom teeth removed. The oral surgeon really had to dig out the teeth on the bottom and he had a bad reaction to the anesthesia. He didn't have it easy, but he survived.

Moved my middle son into college. It was a very easy move compared to when my older son moved into college. He is pursuing engineering like his older brother, though he is not sure of the type of engineering yet. He started classes this past Wednesday and seems happy. He is only an hour away from home, so he can come home whenever he wants.

My youngest started his sophomore year in high school, also this past Wednesday and seem very happy with all his new teachers. He'll be playing tuba this year in band and hopefully trombone in the jazz band. I've been helping with the band uniforms (fitting, altering, etc) again this year. I was more involved start to finish which included taking and picking up all the uniforms from the cleaners. Having only one son home this year should prove to be much easier with less driving and fighting and cooking ;)

As far as knitting goes, I don't have much to show you except for another finished baby prayer blanket for church:
and a stack of washcloths....very boring. IMG_0656
All white ones, except for the last one I used scrap yarn to finish because I ran out of white yarn. Sometimes though boring knitting is good for your psyche, but I must admit there is nothing like an exciting project to get you motivated. Looking forward to becoming motivated again ....soon!

I am almost finished with a pair of socks. I've been trying to finish them, but I can't quite get there. I am not liking the pattern I chose very much, but will stick to it until the end....I am almost there! This has not been a summer for knitting unfortunately! My sister who lives in Oregon sent me another skein of her handspun yarn for my birthday in June. She never forgets me :) IMG_0639
Look how soft it is...I really need to find a project for all of her handspun yarn that I have been hoarding. Must put my thinking cap on some day and find a pattern(s).

In my future I do see lots of knitting, so hopefully I'll have more to blog about later. Until next time...happy knitting :)

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  1. I'm glad you're back! I look forward to seeing new projects on your blog.

  2. WOw you have had a busy summer. Nice to see you blogging again. I've been wondering how you've been doing.

    You have won the versital blogger award on my blog.

    I hope you are having a great weekend.

    ~ Missy

  3. Hi there! It's great to hear from you!

    Oh my goodness, I can't imagine how that kidney stone must have felt. My husband has been through that, and it was horrible. I trust your husband is doing well now.

    I'm really glad to hear your dad is doing well and settled happily. :)

    The blanket and cloths look great! Can't wait to see the socks. I did a lot of mindless knitting last winter and haven't touched my needles for six months. I do mean to start knitting again soon, though.

    This has been such a good day - we're having lovely cool breezes and an interesting post to read here is makin' me think I'm doin' something right whether I am or not! ;)

    p.s. I learned how to dye yarn in one of the Ravelry groups - A Kool Way to Dye

  4. It is amazing how something so small can cause so much pain.

  5. Wow - it is amazing how something that small can cause so much problem! I didn't realize how tiny they were.

    Sounds like you've had a busy and productive summer - I hope your fall is the same!

  6. Whew! That was quite a busy summer.

    Hope your DH is feeling fine and NEVER has to do THAT again.

  7. Wow, busy summer!! OMGoodness, that's a large kidney stone! I know when my hubby had his he was in agony! Thankfully it was passed and the docs didn't have to do something surgically (this happens to a friend of ours every few years, had had his "blown up" with ultrasound in hospital).
    Kids going off to college is great for them, but, boy, it's hard on moms, isn't it?! I bet the 2nd one was easier than 1st! When our youngest went to college I lost it - Lonnie got a mini doxie for my "empty nest" syndrome! She's more spoiled than our kids ever were, lol!
    Hey, I'm with you, "boring" knitting is a good thing, allows us to relax our minds as well as bodies!
    I LOVE your sister's yarn, too! Can't wait to see what you do with it!

  8. I am glad to see you back! It's really nice to hear that things are going so well :o) I love your dishcloths - sometimes the most simple ones are the best!

  9. I'm glad you're back and more than glad that your dad is doing well!!

    I have to tell you--I've made more than my fair share of your circle dishcloths for gifts, and people were always amazed!!

    Thanks for sharing!!


  10. Welcome back! That sounds like a bumpy summer you had, and I'm glad your father has improved. One kid at home? Enjoy the simplicity! I marvel at the stack of washcloths; for someone who doesn't have much knitting to show, you did a fair amount.

  11. I am so glad things are better for you ! also glad to see your knitting ! the baby blanket is so pretty !

  12. sounds like it has been a busy summer but many things for the better. :) i never knew kidney stones were that teeny but yet hurt SO much! glad your dad is happier. it just sounds like everyone is in a better place right now. :)


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