Samplings of My Work

Samplings of My Work


Thursday, January 3, 2013

A Sign of Things To Come? Grab A Seat

Hi.  I know I haven't been around. It's been tough for me lately. I'm trying to pull up my big girl panties. That's all I can do at this point. I will try to fill you in on what's been going on with me. Grab a cuppa joe, or tea, or pepsi.....something soothing.

You know about Leo and how hard that has affected my life. It's so hard losing your babies, especially when they are your whole life. I am getting better but he is never far from my thoughts and I think of him quite frequently. And the strangest thing happened a week ago today. I was off from work for over a week for the holidays. One night I went over to a friend's house to eat dinner with her and her mother that was down from Illinois and her boyfriend, and then we all went to a bike night at one of the local watering holes. This is not a normal thing for me to do. And that's mostly due to the fact that I go to bed early and get up early for work. I am such a hermit and home body. But she talked me into it. So I got home around 10ish and Leo's light was still lit. Normally it's out by this time. So I go in the house and my new little friend Hector the Defector (more to come on him) makes his way in the door before I can stop him. So I text my friend to let her know that I made it home ok and go to put Hector out and Leo's light is out. I can't help but think he left it on for me until I got home. It's a solar light that doesn't get a lot of direct sunlight but enough that it lasts a couple of hours after dark. Like I said, it's never on that late at night. (Look at Hector's pic below...see in the background the stones and lights? That is where all three of my babies are buried. Leo's light is the middle one, the brightest of all 3.)

So about Hector the defector. He is a kitty from, I'm assuming, next door. They have a crap load of cats and I'm pretty sure Hector is a large part of the reason because he has his two little man-friends, if you get my drift. Hector has adopted me as his human I think. I've been feeding him and he really loves me. I believe that in the future I will be taking him to have his two little man-friends disposed of because we don't need any more ferals in the neighborhood. I'm just afraid that the neighbor will complain, although I could plead dumb and just say he showed up on my doorstep, which really is the truth as far as I know it. Can she seriously do anything about me getting her cat fixed?  There's a place in SC, just over the boarder, called SNAC that is way cheaper than a vet for getting spay/neuters done.

And so last night I was getting ready to shut my door and get ready for bed and Hector was no where to be seen. But another little lovely was. She, at least I think she's a she, was sitting outside my fence halfway to the woods line just watching me. So I walked out the door and started talking to her. She didn't flee. Hector had turned his nose up earlier at some wet food that was salmon so I decided the heck with him and wondered if maybe she might like it. I walked Hector's plate out and dumped it on the stump of an oak tree that I had cut down last year. She came over and let me pet her and I talked to her a minute and left her to her meal. Wanna know where she was this morning when I came out to feed Hector at 4:20? Sitting on the stump. So when I left to go to work I brought some dry food out for her and put it on the stump. I don't have a pic nor name of the new defector. :o)

They're not Leo nor the companionship that I am used to but they will work in the interim of me working my bucket list off.

I had a scare back in the beginning of November. I am not real big about mammograms and that all goes back to my mother and her death. But the insurance company was sneaky and called me at work wanting to know when was I going to schedule my mammogram. And I knew I had wellness stuff to take care of too because plans were changing at the beginning of the year. So I scheduled one. Well I got a call a few days after the original mammo. They found something in both breasts, I needed to come back in and have more tests done. Alrighty then. When I got in there they showed me my scans from the first go around. The one in the left they were not too concerned about, it was more than likely calcification, it looked white and spidery. But the one in the right was a lump that was way deep and they needed better pics of it. So I had a few more scans done and waited. Then they called me back and said they needed to do an ultra sound. Ok, this is getting serious now. So they did an ultrasound and found that they needed to do a biopsy. At this point I am in tears. So I tell them my ordeal with my mother and why I have the attitude I do and maybe it's not the right attitude but it's mine, nonetheless. I scheduled a biopsy three days later. OMG what an experience. The lump was way back behind my nipple almost to my chest wall. It was hard for them to find it because it was so deep but once she found it she took three pieces of it for testing. She left a titanium clip in place of where the lump was located for two that they could find it again should it need to come out and if it didn't need to come out then it would show up in future mammo's to show that it had already been looked at. I had already decided that if it was malignant that I was going to have a double mastectomy.  I have double d's and have been single for over 13 years and at my age I am really tired of carrying those bad girls around. I was upset but at the same time resigned because there wasn't much I could do except take them off if the test came back malignant. The doc told me 3 days for the results. The biopsy was on a Thursday and I would have to wait over the weekend to hear. Talk about pins and needles. Friday I was at lunch and my phone rang. It was the doc, the lump was benign, a fibroadenoma. This is what webmd says about them:
  • Fibroadenomas. Fibroadenomas are the most common benign tumors found in the female breast. They are solid, round, rubbery lumps that move freely in the breast when pushed upon and are usually painless. Fibroadenomas are the result of excess formation of lobules (milk-producing glands) and surrounding breast tissue. They occur most often between the ages of 20 and 30 and are more common in African-American women.

  • Obviously I am one of the exceptions to the rule. I am 55 and white. While I am an exception, I am one happy exception. OMG.

    Let's see, what else. Oh yeah........there's talk again about my job ending, in the next two years. Ya know what? I am not going to worry about it. There's nothing I can do except try to prepare for it. Seems it might come to fruition this time. Everything I've seen and heard points to it. All I can do is try to get what I owe paid off and try to stash some cash. Not easy in these times we live in today, especially since our government insists they need more of our money. And I'm not even going to go there right now. I just don't know how those idiots can sleep at night. I was sick when I heard about all of the earmarks after they averted the fiscal cliff. I knew it was too good to be true.

    So on to other things. I was sick Christmas eve, with some stomach bug thing while I was in FL. And then I came back home Christmas day and on Friday got a real bad sore throat, that lasted into Saturday and I decided then that I needed meds because it was going to only get worse. Yep, it did. Not the flu but a very bad cold. I was in my chair from Saturday afternoon to Tuesday evening, in my jammies, taking meds, sick as a dog, watching non-stop Sons of Anarchy cd's. 16 total - 4 whole seasons. My list of meds included GrapeFruit Airborne, Zicam tab, Nyquil, Mucinex DM. I discovered that the Mucinex DM was not good for me, it caused my heart rate to skyrocket, almost beating out of my chest. Or so it seemed. I threw it in the trash. Tuesday I ran a low grade fever. Wednesday I had to come back to work and I was not feeling well at all but had no choice. Today I am dizzy from all the congestion in my head and coughing but I'm feeling better. I am going to run to CVS today and get a humidifier. I'm hoping it will help.

    One good thing happened. Well, it lifted up my spirits anyways. I entered on the Sugarland site for participation in a song and wrote a verse that they accepted. Talk about cool! I found out about them accepting it Christmas eve when I was sick. You can find it here. Mine is the verse about the big dimple on his cheek. :o) I actually found it originally because I'm a fan on FB of Sugarland. I so love Jennifer's voice and am so envious that I can't produce a sound even close to her's. We will not even go there ok? :o)

    So the rest is some of the crochet I finished, some I started and finished and all were presents. You may have seen a couple of these before when they were in the wip stages.

    Boris. Isn't he just the cutest? The hat below is one I made for him.

    A doll hat and Kylie's Lala Loopsy hat.

    You've seen this before. A purse. I finished it with a lining for my sister.
    More hats. Not all of what I made but some.
    A dish towel for my daughter. My very first attempt. The pic doesn't do it justice. The top is a lovely hunter greeen.
    A pillow for my daughter. The other side was different because of how the coloring started in the next skein. It took 3 skeins for this 16x16 pillow. This is Psychedelic Mosaic yarn from Bernat. I used big colored buttons but afraid I didn't get a pic of them. She loved it.
    This is a dinosaur hat and bottoms. I amazed myself.
    This lady went to one of my very good friends.
    Purple is for Kylie, blue is for Bella.
    Microphones. These were a big hit with the girls.
    This is kind of a doily. I just made the top then made the bottom and attached them. Different.
    My favorite color of all the hats. Blue Hawaii and Black - both Red Heart. The Blue Hawaii is the With Love brand. Such a pretty color. Striking I guess you could say.

    So that's about it for me. I know I've forgotten some things but I've run out of time. I'm sorry it's been a long time, I just haven't had the motivation.  I sure hope this new year brings about better things for me. I'm ready.

    May the sun forever shine down on you with more than enough light to see your way.



    paula said...

    WOW ! ! ! !Once you come back, you come back with a vengance. LOLOL

    Your cat on the stump reminds me of our Kitty girl. She was a feral cat who decided to hang out in our pine tree in the back yard in Logan. When we would come home, there she would be . . looking down at us like the Cheshire cat in Alice in Wonderland.

    She would come up just close enough to us to eat, and, every once in a while, she would let us pet her.

    Well, she has babies, Gene followed her and siscovered where they were, I went over, with my cloth basket, and brought them home. I took the clothes basket bak, later, and there she was, with two I hadn't found. I reached in and took them . . scratches from her too.

    She followed me and the basket full of babies home.

    Our MArcus, Mathew and Nosey are three of her babies. My cousin has the long haired calico, a neighbor in INdiana ha=s the only male, and the girl who groomed Tavish has the third calico.

    Kitty Girl got sick and had to be put down . . she was such a good momma. She would let me handle all the babies, once she was in the house with them . . and she never wanted to go back out again.

    Now, Hecot the Defector sounds like my Mia. Mia belonged to the "mole people" across the street. (I only saw them outside at night, thus "mole people.")

    Somewhere aong the way, she decided to follow Tavish and I on our walks around the park. When she would hear us, she would come running and her meow sounded more like a "mi-a" thus her name.

    It didn't take me long to let her come in the house, and she was readily accepted by all the fur babies I had then.

    One day, on the ;edge in the closet where she liked to lay, was a stillborn kitten. I decided then it was time for a spay . . called the dr, they said to bring her and the kitten out, to see how far along it had been.

    She had only had the one kitten, and it was formed, but not much.

    So, the spay came, and she became my little girl . . and no one even went around the neighborhood looking for her.

    So, go for it with Hector and the other one. If they end up like ours, they will sleep in the bed with you, cuddle on the sofa or chair when you are there, and follow you around like and canine.

    Debi Y. said...

    Hi Kat - so glad to hear that everything turned out ok for you health-wise.

    It seems like it was meant to be for you and the kitties to be together.

    All of your projects look nice - I especially like the curley-q hats - they're really cute. :)

    Pammy Sue said...

    Nice to catch up with you! I think your new friends are purrfect for now and can provide you with some comfort and company. Glad your scare ended up being nothing to worry about!

    Mike said...

    Nice to have you back. I've not had anything worthwhile to post about. I too have been sick. Same symptoms as you. Going on my 3rd week, I think I'm finally over it. My last miserable day was a solid 8-hours of nausea. Nothing came up, just the feeling. It was lovely.

    Mike said...

    Oh, and.. we sat in front of the TV for hours and hours at a time, streaming SOA. When we caught up to the current series episode, it was the last one. Now, we have to wait.

    Both of us are still pissed at what they did to Opie.

    Chain Stitch Crochet said...

    Thanks Paula! Hector has come in the house a few times and he'll flop down like he owns the place and he'll watch me until I come to give him attention. He is so hairy that I doubt he will be an inside kitty. He's really fluffy.

    Chain Stitch Crochet said...

    Thanks Debi! I haven't been to visit anyone. I hope to catch up soon. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

    Chain Stitch Crochet said...

    Thanks Pammy Sue! I forgot to mention the 3 hour dr visit right before I got sick. The dr office is probably where I picked up my current sickness. I ended up getting a shot in one knee, should have had one in the other as well. I also am supposed to have surgery on my neck this month but not sure if that will happen or not. I have severe stenosis in C5/C6, and C6/C7. I am just frigging falling apart. :o( Glad I have insurance. I'm going to try to catch up with all my fav blogs soon. It's been a while.

    Chain Stitch Crochet said...

    Awww, you're killin me!!! lol. I have yet to see any of this last season. Now ya got me wondering. Poor Opie...he's had it rough.

    Hope your sickness is gone. I woke up this morning with my throat hurting again, just like in the beginning. It's been a week today. I'm ready for it to be gone.

    Vikki Hooks said...

    HI!! I was so surprised and happy to see a blog posted from you. Sounds like you have been chosen by the cats. Pretty one she is. I am glad that your health scare was only that. I too had one of those funky lumps..I didn't get the biopsy (big phobia of needles) but went in every 3 months to have the girls squashed to look for changes so I went back to once a year..I didn't have it done this year. Guess I need to make an appt. yuck..Anyway..I am glad to see you posting..may you always find the joy..blessings

    glor said...

    Was so surprised/happy to have stopped by tonight and see a post from you. Your little visitors, I think they've been sent. Strange sometimes how things work! Your crochet gifts are wonderful. I'm sure everyone treasured theirs. Congratulations on your song verse acceptance. Did check it out, very cool!!!! Sorry to hear about all the health issues. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Blessings.

    Mindy said...

    I'm so glad I was finally able to catch up with what you've been doing! And I'm glad you're over the health scares. Ugh, bless your heart! Sorry to hear about Leo. =( What a dear puppy.

    The last time I was here, I couldn't figure out where your 'follow' button was, but now I'm on track to keep getting your updates. I love your crochet work, as always!! You always have such great projects.