Monday, June 29, 2009

Meme Monday - 6 Things I love

It's time to get back to Meme Mondays, and this week I'll start with this Meme that Evy tagged me with.

Rules of the game:

* List six unimportant things that make you happy;
* Mention and link to the person who tagged you;
* Tag six of your favorite bloggers to play along , and comment on their blog to let them know they have been tagged.  (I never tag anyone, but please feel free to grab this meme if you wish!)

  1. A freshly vacuumed floor.  Somehow if my floor is clean, it seems like my whole house is clean.
  2. Pizza and Martini Friday.  Every Friday for the past couple of months, Pea and I have been "treating" ourselves to an Archer Farms frozen pizza and Pea makes Cosmos.  It has become a way to kick off the weekend, and I look forward to it every week.
  3. Goofing around on Twitter.  I've gotten to know a lot of great people through Twitter, and tweeting with them makes me happy.
  4. Watching my "guilty-pleasure" soaps.  Yes, after all these years, I still watch All My Children and General Hospital.
  5.   New shoes.  No explanation necessary.
  6. Comments.  That's right, I'll admit it.  I blog because I like to, comments or not.  But each and every comment I get makes me happy.

Believe it or not, it was hard to come up with six UNIMPORTANT things that make me happy.  Because anything that makes some one happy is very important!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Happy Anniversary, Sweetpea!

Ten years ago today, Pea and I went on our first date.

Five years ago today, we were married.

I wonder how I ever got along without him. He's my biggest supporter and my best friend.  We laugh, we dance, we share.  And I can't wait to see what the next five years will bring!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Because everyone needs a Hand-Knit Crab . . .

So, the summer issue of Knitty came out yesterday. I have one word. WINNER!!!

Oh so many things I must knit!!!

The Deadliest Crab!!!  How could you not love this?  The only question is if I should knit it for my BFF's son, or for myself.  (Or one for each of us.)

Miss Honeychurch.  Classic and simple, yet so interesting.  I could see this getting a lot of wear.

The gloves.  And the mitts. They are enough to almost make me ready for winter right now.  (And that's saying a lot, since we haven't even had any summer weather yet.)

Entomology.  Lace.  And beads.  Lace and beads on yarn I have IN MY STASH.  (And yes, I can hear you thinking "who is she kidding, she has almost every yarn in her stash".  Glass houses, people, glass houses.)

And if that wasn't enough to push me over the edge?  There are socks.  Oh are there socks.  Mermaid's Lagoon.  (Hey, I've got some Shibui Sock.  Shut up.)  Treetop.  (Hey, I've got Risata too.  I said, shut up.)  And Outside In.  (I don't have any Panda Superwash.  HA!!!  Well, okay, yes, I'm sure I've got the perfect substitution though.  I know, my stash is huge.  You win.)

So if I happen to go missing, it's safe to assume I've caught Cast-On Fever.  I can most likely be found rummaging through my yarn or printing pattern after pattern or digging out every pair of needles I own so I can start every project immediately.  And Knitty is to blame.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Update on K.C.

Knitseashore left a comment on my last post asking for a K.C. update.  So I thought maybe I'd do a (warning: long) post about what's been happening over the past week.  It's been quite a (long) journey.

I posted last week that she had gone in for surgery on Wednesday.  It was exploratory surgery to find a piece of ovarian tissue left behind when she was spayed.  The surgery went well and the tissue was found and removed.  The vet brought her back home to me in the afternoon.  The anesthesia had not yet worn off, but the best place for her to recover was in her own home.

It was really hard seeing her so drugged up.  She couldn't walk more than a couple of steps without falling over.  It broke my heart.  We had to keep her sequestered in the bathroom.  That night, she somehow gathered a burst of strength and charged past me when I opened the door.  We tried to catch her, but she made it to the stairs and we had to watch helplessly as she tumbled down.  Luckily, she wasn't hurt, but she really gave us a scare.

By Thursday morning she seemed much better.  She started eating again and could walk.  We needed to keep her quiet until Saturday, so she was stuck in the bathroom.  I would visit every hour or so, and she would curl up in my lap and purr while I petted her.

On Friday, she stopped eating again.  The vet said it was probably due to constipation, so we started her on something to help with that.  Her system kicked in on Saturday, but she still wouldn't eat.  When that happened with Charlie, we found baby food did the trick.  Unfortunately, K.C. wasn't interested in the baby food at all.  The vet called on Sunday and told us to try tempting her with tuna.  (We had been resisting that because Charlie had a terrible fish allergy, but the vet said it was worth risking an allergic reaction if it would get her eating.)  She gobbled up two dishes full and in a few short hours was looking much better and has no signs of seafood allergies.

Things went smoothly on Monday, but by Tuesday we were back to it again.  Her incision and stitches started looking funny and she slept all day  (That is, the stitches that were left.  She had already pulled out three of them, and was doing her best to bite at the rest.)  By Wednesday, the area was looking swollen.  I called the vet (again) and she came right over to take a look.

She didn't think they looked infected, but noticed that the portion where K.C. had pulled out the stitches was healing much better than the portion that still had stitches.  So she took the remaining stitches out.  Once they were gone, she could see tell-tale signs of an infection starting.  She left some antibiotics with us.

Now, finally, I think we are over the worst!  K.C. has been doing really well since Wednesday.  Her appetite is back to normal.  She's playing with her toys again.  She was running up and down the stairs this morning!  She still gets tired quickly and has been taking some extra naps, but she's come a long way.  And I think the worst is behind us now!!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

June Knitting Goals

For most of 2007 and part of 2008, I used to set monthly knitting goals and post them in Knit Lists.  I'm not exactly sure why I got away from that.  Maybe I felt that knitting should be relaxed and fun, and the knitting lists were getting in the way of that?  Maybe I was too embarrassed when each month came to a close and I couldn't cross any of the projects off my list?  Maybe I just plain forgot about them?

In any case, I think I'm ready to start my monthly lists up again.  After all, I'm a huge List Person.  I'm constantly making lists of anything and everything.  So, here's what I'd like to accomplish in June:

  • Monkey Socks

    I've finished 4 of the 6 pattern repeats for the first leg.  I'd love to finish the pair by the end of the month.  But I'd be happy to get through the heel turn of the second sock by July 1st.
  • Kristina Bag

    I'm just finishing up the last pattern repeat.  Then, I need to do the top and the handle and felt it.  And then install the zipper.  It's not as much as it sounds, and I should easily be able to finish this in June.
  • Sitcom Chic

    This has been in my queue forever.  I've got some old Cotton-Ease in Popsicle Blue that would be great for this.  I think I'll swatch for it today and hopefully cast on tomorrow.  I'd love to have it done for vacation at the end of the month, but that's kind of doubtful.
I think that's plenty for this month.  We'll see how it goes.  What are you working on in June?