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Skein, Hanks of yarn

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Someone asked me what a 'hank' is, and when I tried to describe it, words failed me. Since a picture is worth 1,000 words - here's the picture. (on Spark Page)

School today (need to wash my hair posthaste). No school tomorrow because they have an early dismissal (at least once a month!!). Have a great day, everyone. emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/17/2012 11:12PM

    Oh how I wish we lived closer so you could help me improve on the crocheting my granny's taught me.
Hope school was fun and hair was washed, lol!
Thanks for your concern about the caffeine headaches, I was worried about that too because I didn't want them to pile up on top of the fever headaches I already had, so I made sure and started early on the green tea and fever reducers. Seems to be helping a lot. Thanks Nancy! Have a most wonderful Wednesday. emoticon

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IUHRYTR 4/17/2012 8:29PM

    Thanks for the picture and explanation. Is there a reason yarn does not come already in a ball? -- Lou

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FROSTY99 4/17/2012 10:57AM

    Hope your day is a good one too and enjoy the day off tomorrow.

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SNUGLBUNIE 4/17/2012 10:54AM

    Have a great day too Nancy!

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Warning! Whine, whine, whine

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Warning. This blog starts with a lot of whining....

At my annual physical a couple of months ago, I was told I'd lost another 1/2 inch in height....that makes a total of 1 inch over three years. I finally got my DH to measure me today, and I really DID lose a half inch this past year. I cried awhile, then wiped my tears. I'm upset because I've been taking extra calcium and Vitamin D for years now - why, how could this happen? I feel powerless to do anything about my life - I'm shrinking, my knee hurts, I'm tons over-weight, whine, whine, whine. emoticon

So, I've decided to do what I can. I spent 30 minutes on the treadmill this evening, at the whopping great speed of 2 miles per hour, then did some strength training. The heck with pain. I'll be using an ice pack shortly on the knee.

I've been tweaking my food intake somewhat, but will have to do better (yes, I track on SP). And I'll try to love myself as I am, not as I want to be.

Thanks for letting me vent.

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IUHRYTR 4/16/2012 11:40PM

    Good going for not giving up. Some days our pain prevents us from exercising but if we do what we can on our good days, we have been successful. Hope your pain goes away soon. -- Lou

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PAMAPPLE 4/10/2012 5:47PM

    I had the same issue a few years ago with losing height... lost a whole inch... just had a bone density last week... now I have osteoporosis in my lower spine... the doctor's orders are to take strontium which helps absorb calcium, take vitamin D, magnesium and do weight bearing exercises, which I can't do much of because of a bad shoulder, and upright exercise, such as running and walking.

Osteoporosis can be reversed with hard work. We can do it!!

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NEWNAC304 4/10/2012 2:25PM

    You should love yourself the way you are. You're a terrific lady who cares so much about others. I'm hope you feel better now that you've vented.

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FROSTY99 4/9/2012 7:57PM

    I think no matter what, it is a fact of life that we just get shorter as we age. My dad used to be 5'7" and by the time he passed away, I don't think he was even 5'1".
I hope you don't overstress your body, but do whatever you can.
You can vent here ANYTIME-that is what we are here for!!!

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CALIPIDGIOUS 4/9/2012 8:24AM

    We all have those moments when we look around and wonder what the heck is going on! It sounds like you are working towards the habits that will get you where you want to go. Don't be too hard on yourself and be gentle to the knee!

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SNUGLBUNIE 4/8/2012 8:01PM

    I love you the way you are and you are doing the best. We all shrink no matter what we do. It is part of life. I have shrunk also. And you take care of that knee girl. It's just one of those days!!!! emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/8/2012 7:47PM

    Nancy, I'm sorry you're feeling this way. I don't blame you for venting and/or whining, but I just think of it as being frustrated with the aging process, which is understandable. Do what you can to make yourself feel better. No matter what, I'm still convinced you're hiding wings and I think you're a wonderful friend:-)

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Sat, 4/7/12

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Ok, so the ugly sweater is finished. I don't like wearing yellow - it's fine on others, but I don't like it on me. That begs the question of WHY DID I BUY SOME yellow yarn?!! I don't have an answer for that.

I'm on to crocheting Amigurumi for the craft sale this fall.

I'm mentally prepared for having the kids/grands over for dinner tomorrow, and the table is set. But first, I'll enjoy worshiping the Lord and celebrating His resurrection.

Y'all have a wonderful, Happy Easter.

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CALIPIDGIOUS 4/8/2012 9:25AM

    Happy Easter to you as well!

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ONUTHIN125 4/7/2012 9:06PM

    Hope you have a lovely Easter. Spark On! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FROSTY99 4/7/2012 7:49PM

    Happy Easter to you and your family.

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Sat, 31 Mar (already!)

Saturday, March 31, 2012

30-something years ago, after the birth of my youngest, the stitches rotten far too soon and I started hemmoraging. I'd lost so much blood that I was given 2 units 'push' - and let me tell you, when the blood hasn't had proper time to heat up first, it's COLD. emoticon "They" had left my chart where I could reach it, so I looked at it: my blood pressure had dropped to 58 over 0.....I was 'shocky'. No kidding.

Anyway, I tell you that to explain why I donate blood several times a year. Someone else had donated so I could have it all those years ago; so maybe my blood will save someone else's life. There is always a shortage of blood - everywhere. So let me urge you to donate if you can. For all the Rx meds I take, I can still donate, so don't think you can't unless a blood bank has told you so. It only took me 45-50 minutes from the time I arrived at the bloodmobile until I got back into my car to come home.

Ok, enough of my soapbox, and no, they don't pay me for the advertisement. LOL

Yesterday started out sunny, but by afternoon it had clouded over and rained last night. Today, it's misty, foggy and miserable, and it looks like tomorrow might be the same. Oh well, we did get some wonderful 65 - 70 degree days already. But since then we've had some 28-30 degree nights. Not good for things living outdoors. Still, this all beats 10 degrees and sleet! : ) And we've gotten some BEAUTIFUL flowering trees several weeks earlier than usual. I posted a picture or two on my SparkPage is you care to see them.

DH is training Darby (our dog) to sit about 4 feet away from the door and 'wait' when she wants to go out. Then he opens the door, and depending on whether or not someone has come to the door, Darby gets to go out. It beats letting her bolt out the door.

I had a really good time this week at the shelter. Right after I got there, Socks started climbing up my leg. Fortunately, I wear blue jeans, so it didn't hurt. I picked up Socks and held him and it was a mutual happy moment. He's so affectionate.

Have a wonderful Palm Sunday weekend, y'all.

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IUHRYTR 4/16/2012 11:42PM

    emoticon for caring and donating blood. Mom needed some years ago so I have been a regular donor since. They love my O-negative. -- Lou

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POETLKNG2LOSE 4/5/2012 3:26PM

    Glad to hear that you felt well enough to donate blood. i have never done that yet. Weather here is colder today than yesterday and windy. Makes me sneeze when i go out in it. Have a wonderful and blessed Easter.

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KICKINGIT@56 3/31/2012 6:11PM

    I wish I could donate but my hemoglobin level has always been too low to be acceptable. Sounds like your DH is practicing "Dog Whisperer" philosophy.


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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/31/2012 4:21PM

    Thanks for the soapbox, I'm past due for donating!
Hope the weather levels out. Actually, it's been very "level" here: rainy and between 40-50. The only variation is how hard the wind is blowing. So whether you prefer variety or consistency in your weather, I hope you get enough of what you like:)
Yay Darby and Socks!
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SNUGLBUNIE 3/31/2012 1:24PM

    Weather is definitely not very warm here either :( Oh well, it should start to warm up soon hopefully. Your DH is doing great with your dog. Have a great weekend.

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TRESSWANN 3/31/2012 12:46PM

    Good message on the blood. Weather here is also cold and rainy. Flowers and shrubs look great though. Kitty warfare is in full force. Enjoy the weekend

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Friday, Mar 23

Friday, March 23, 2012

Hi Y'all,

For those of you who have followed my knee saga, it IS getting SLIGHTLY better, SLOWLY. sigh. I'm just not very patient; but I did pull out my resistance bands and am using them to exercise my leg. Also, following dr's recommendation, I'm using my treadmill a little. I keep it at zero (flat) level, and a not-fast speed, and only spend a little time on it. But since I increased the speed to 2.5 mph and time to 24 minutes the other day, I spent the next two days with increased pain. I'm going to try it again today to see if that's what caused the pain.

I've added a couple of pictures to my gallery. They are of various flowering shrubs and trees in my neighborhood. It's so beautiful right now, but I can't spend much time outdoors due to allergies. emoticon

I started knitting a sweater recently, and will eventually post a pic of it....I may or may not be in it. I made a mistake when I bought the yarn over a year ago: I bought 3 hanks, not sure what I was going to do with them. I left the shop, decided I wanted to make a short-sleeved sweater and when I got back to the yarn shop 2 weeks later, found that color was all gone (WHAT did I THINK was going to happen?!!) I picked up the same yarn in a couple of other colors, and am incorporating them. We'll see how it all works out.

I hope y'all have a beautiful, wonderful, fulfilling weekend.

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IUHRYTR 4/16/2012 11:43PM

    Curious what a hank is. -- Lou

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TRESSWANN 3/24/2012 9:42AM

    Knees take FOREVER. You are doing great!

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POETLKNG2LOSE 3/23/2012 3:25PM

    Glad to hear that that you are doing better. Maybe take it slower on the tread mill and see what happens.

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    Oh, it's good to know that your knee is healing! I can crochet, but I've never gotten the hang of knitting! It sure is a great talent! emoticon

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CALIPIDGIOUS 3/23/2012 12:45PM

    Glad to hear the knee is getting better! I have a willow in my backyard that looks just like yours. It seemed to bud and 'bloom' overnight!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/23/2012 12:43PM

    I hope the treadmill treats your knee right today.
I look forward to checking out your photos! We're just now starting to see crocuses and daffodils in our neighborhood. Wishing you sweater success!

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SNUGLBUNIE 3/23/2012 10:55AM

    Sounds like an interesting sweater. Can't wait to see the pictures. Take care of that knee. Maybe to fast and too long to begin with. Patience my friend, hee hee. Have a great day and weekend!

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