LADYIRISH317's SparkPeople Blog LADYIRISH317's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Never enough I finished my son's Christmas stocking, but I'm not totally happy with it. I sort of "invented" the lettering putting his name on it, but I don't think it came out as well as I'd hoped. I know he won't care, but I want the very best for him. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (I couldn't get a wide enough shot to get the whole name in.) Maybe I could redo the "N?" <BR> <BR> I had a LOT of the red yarn left over an... Sat, 2 Dec 2017 18:42:46 EST Funny time <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:16:04 EST Manic Monday Yesterday was a serious pain. <BR> <BR> The day shift CNA was so crabby, I hesitated even to ask for coffee. I couldn't figure out the instructions for the heel on the Christmas stocking I'm knitting for my son (and I do know how to turn a heel). I contacted her on Ravelry, so we'll see if her clarification helps (she actually wrote the pattern fifteen years ago!). If not, I'll just turn it the way I turn any other sock heel. Then, one needle out of my favorite set of sock needles has disap... Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:05:02 EST Long weekend I hope everybody who celebrates it had a great Thanksgiving. Mine was about what you'd expect in here. I tried to call my son but the phone system at his facility wasn't working so I wasn't able to talk to him. I finally got through to him yesterday. And my friends can't visit me this weekend, so I'm kind of (very) lonely. <BR> <BR> I slept badly last night, My mother once told me that if you lie still and breathe evenly, you'll eventually fall asleep. But I still haven't figured out how to ... Sun, 26 Nov 2017 19:32:07 EST And then... Someone down the hall has been watching true crime TV since before seven this morning at top volume. I asked if they could be asked to turn it down or use headphones, but nothing happened. Grrr... <BR> <BR> Scary moment last night. I had just fallen asleep when my roommate (who's 95) began to wail as if she was in pain. I asked if she was all right but she didn't answer so I rang for help. Luckily it turned out she was only dreaming, but STILL... <BR> <BR> I have gorgeous wool yarn and was ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:03:35 EST Rainy, muggy Thursday We've gotten heavier than normal rain the last couple of days. But it's so warm and muggy that I suspect we're getting a tropical front. <BR> <BR> I just completed my first hat AND my first mitten! Knitting the second mitten as we speak. The set, along with a matching scarf, are for my older great-niece for Christmas. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:31:07 EST The further adventures... I broke down and bought a new toy yesterday -- an Iphone 7+! Classiest, priciest phone I've ever had. However, buying it turned out to be more of an adventure than I bargained for. I went to the AT&T website to buy a new phone (my coverage is one of the lines on my best friend's AT&T family plan). Several times it told me that my debit card number was wrong (it wasn't), then it told me it couldn't complete the task and that I had to call them. I called them and the operator I got told me that... Sat, 11 Nov 2017 14:59:32 EST Silly time <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 8 Nov 2017 13:17:37 EST Okay, well... They reassigned the other bed in my room the next morning. Luckily we get along fine. She's leaving tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Serious crazy great-aunt brag time! Elizabeth is technically four months old, but one month corrected gestational age (because she was born three months early). But she can already turn herself from front to back (she doesn't care what the doctor says, she HATES being on her tummy) AND she's already teething! So of course for her first Halloween, she went as Wonder Baby (my... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 14:08:17 EST It's Saturday, right? I have a cold. I've been awake since four AM. The guy across the hall has had his TV on blasting volume since six AM. I'm having trouble finishing the toe of my latest sock, even though I had no trouble with the first one (second of a pair). Facebook blocked a meme I tried to post, saying they thought it might be spam (it wasn't). And the hot water isn't working AGAIN. <BR> <BR> Roommate goes home on Monday. I hope I get a day or two to myself before they reassign the bed. <BR> <BR> Well, a... Sat, 28 Oct 2017 14:23:19 EST Great-aunt brag post! I am about to burst with pride for my amazing great-niece Angie. <BR> <BR> She qualified for the spelling bee. She impressed her music teacher enough on bells and made it into the winter concert (something generally reserved for 5th graders due to the 4th graders' inexperience). And she was named Good Citizen for the month of October (her school's equivalent to student of the month)! <BR> <BR> AND she made it into next week's soccer tournament due to her awesomeness on and off the field. <B... Fri, 27 Oct 2017 17:28:51 EST Tricks and treats <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:14:40 EST I'll laugh tomorrow I'm not up for humor today. I'm coming down with a cold and I got very little sleep last night. Roomie tends to get chatty at 3AM. I don't say anything because she just takes it as encouragement to keep talking. Then at 6:30AM, when the CNA came in to clean me up, roomie told her twice to turn my light off. CNA told her no, that I live in this room as well. Now she's back asleep again. <BR> <BR> I'm crabby and feeling down, and my head hurts. But at least I can work in a gratuitous great-aun... Wed, 25 Oct 2017 14:27:18 EST Assorted this and that My roommate sleeps up to 90% of the day. I'm an insomniac with lifelong sleep issues. I don't know whether I envy or pity her. <BR> <BR> You know what? I'm tired of apologizing, especially for spending money on high-quality yarn and tools. I spent years knitting with yarn that was barely fit to be a Brillo pad on flimsy needles that bent or broke if I looked at them sideways. At the risk of sounding conceited, I think my skill deserves top-of-the-line materials. This is true in the rest of ... Mon, 23 Oct 2017 12:54:09 EST So... We got heavy rain last night. Great news, because it will help knock down the last of the fires. <BR> <BR> I wanted to get up today, but absolutely NONE of the regular staff are here and none of the replacements are trained on the Hoyer lift so I'm stuck until at least tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Not nearly enough sleep last night, and nothing I like on TV (Friday is the one day of the week I can't find anything I like to watch). Meantime, roomie is getting stranger by the minute. I can't have the... Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:18:24 EST Valleys and peaks I've found myself jittery this week. I donated a lot of money (by my standards) to various appeals that matter to me. I also broke down and bought myself an early Christmas present: two shawls' worth of hand-painted silk yarn. (The dark red and dark blue on the top left): <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I feel guilty for giving, and I feel guilty for not giving to other causes. I feel guilty for the money I spe... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 20:03:31 EST Double your funnies (since I didn't post last week) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:09:09 EST More fun and games I knew it would happen someday. The kitchen here ran out of coffee! Luckily I have enough Starbucks Via to last about four days if necessary, but I'm waiting for the riot from the residents who weren't prepared. This place keeps running out of basics like milk and butter, but how on Earth do you let yourself run out of COFFEE? <BR> <BR> My roommate is so forgetful, it's scary. She doesn't remember that I've told her several times I can't stand and walk. Last night as the CNA walked her to t... Sat, 14 Oct 2017 13:10:44 EST Overload (TMI alert) I just couldn't muster enough to post funnies this week. I've lived in Sonoma County for over twenty years and I know Napa very well. I love all the areas that have burned. And still over five hundred missing! Meantime all I can do is send money. With all the tragedy of the last few months I have a hard time laughing or smiling at all. Meantime, we have to keep the windows closed and we're being told to stay inside because of the terrible air quality. <BR> <BR> My new roommate keeps asking m... Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:32:39 EST Long and rambling What was it Simon and Garfunkel said? "Time it was and what a time it was..." <BR> <BR> Last Friday night I was asleep. About a quarter to eleven something bumped my bed and woke me up. It was one of the guys from across the hall! He had wheeled himself into my room and was looking under and around my bed. I asked what he wanted and why he was there. No answer. I said he was in the wrong room. He said he knew! I asked him to leave but he just kept looking. I rang for the CNA but he left befo... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 12:21:49 EST We need to laugh <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 4 Oct 2017 10:23:35 EST Laugh time <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 27 Sep 2017 13:00:02 EST Blah... I'm cranky and miserable today. The kitchen crew here can't read a menu (or don't bother to) and mess up the breakfast request every day. When I filled out today's menu yesterday, I asked for a piece of the coffee cake listed, along with toast and bacon. I got the toast and bacon, but instead of the coffee cake I got the scrambled eggs, which I'd crossed out (in fact, it's in my standing instructions that I don't get eggs here). The CNA asked for me, and they told her they didn't have it. But... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 19:32:36 EST Some laughs <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:18:00 EST Sleepy time They tell me I'm getting a new roommate today. They say she's very nice and that I'll get along well with her. That's exactly what I was told the last time. We'll see. <BR> <BR> I have to brag on some of my gorgeous family. The picture on the left is my nieces (l-r Manda, Leslie and Samantha) with Sam's baby Elizabeth. The picture on the right is my great-nieces Angie and Elizabeth. (My niece Manda looks so much like her mom, my sort-of adopted sister Lynda, that it takes my breath away ever... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:10:35 EST I got The Chair I was able to get into a chair and sit outside for two hours yesterday. I was surprised by how sore I felt after that. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (Funny, I look at that picture and all I can see is how big I am.) <BR> <BR> I'm not getting up today, Headache and stomach cramps. Hopefully tomorrow. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:58:39 EST More good news. My gorgeous great-niece Elizabeth is home from the hospital! She weighs over six pounds now -- not bad for someone who started out weighing two pounds, six ounces. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Also, they're going to try to put me in a wheelchair again today. Hopefully I'll be able to take my knitting out to the patio for at least a little while. Film at eleven as to how it goes. A Facebook friend asked me wha... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:13:57 EST Comic relief <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:29:31 EST Good news Roomie is moving down the hall this afternoon! So I'll have the room to myself for at least a day or two. If I could get out of bed I'd turn a cartwheel. <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 17:50:14 EST Too much Monday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I asked the nurse to discuss with the doctor the possibility of increasing or even changing my antidepressant. I've been on Celexa for over a year, and I don't feel like it's helping that much if at all. I can't talk to a therapist until I get Medicare next month because the outfit who administers MediCal for my county refuses to pay for it. I did medical billing for fourteen years and... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:02:10 EST Now this The plumbing gave out in the kitchen and laundry room again. I swear they have Minions doing the maintenance. Meantime, we're eating off of styrofoam plates and short on clean linens again. This time the coffee maker has even broken down. Thank God I have a stock of instant packets! <BR> <BR> SOMEONE is in full-blown gripe mode this morning, and has said she has no intention of getting up. Which means she'll be here complaining all day. I'm probably going to end up watching the Diners, Drive... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 12:59:25 EST The best medicine <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 6 Sep 2017 11:46:39 EST And then... My great-niece Elizabeth may be able to leave the hospital next week! Once they can wean her off the breathing assistance, she's good to go. Meantime, she has NO trouble letting people know when she disapproves of something! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm tired and cranky. Roomie spent the entire weekend in bed complaining, and I couldn't escape. This morning she was mortally offended because the kitchen s... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 11:31:32 EST Silliness <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 30 Aug 2017 10:17:22 EST Need some laughs? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:16:57 EST Monday keeps happening WOO-HOO! My great-niece Elizabeth is out of the NICU and into intermediate care, as well as being in a regular crib instead of an incubator. She's also gained over two pounds in the last six weeks, so she's up to four and a half pounds. At five pounds they'll start talking about sending her home. I'm about to burst, I'm so thrilled! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday my roommate said I can't tell good cof... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:31:59 EST Well... My great niece Elizabeth is off of oxygen and breathing totally on her own! I'm so excited, I'm about to burst. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've been awake since 1:45 this morning (roomie had insomnia and refuses to use headphones for her TV). I may have to invest in a set of noise-cancelling headphones. They're not cheap, but they may be worth the investment. <BR> <BR> Stay quiet and keep knitting. It's wh... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:56:49 EST It's a Thursday thing Yesterday a state inspector came to talk to us about the ongoing problems this place has with the plumbing. Apropos of which, roomie told her, "I told the executive director I have to have another room. She's a sweetheart but she just has too much stuff." I hope they dismiss her as a crabapple, and that I don't get into any trouble for this. None of my belongings are anywhere near her side. <BR> <BR> Excited little fan-girl moment: the other day Chef Marc Murphy from Chopped "liked" my comm... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:17:37 EST Happy dance! I am so excited! My new great-niece now weighs over four pounds. Her oxygen is down to 21%, which is room air, so they should be able to discontinue the breathing support soon. I said from the git-go that she's a feisty little firecracker, and I couldn't be more proud without exploding. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:51:06 EST The silly season <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:46:53 EST Update They helped me sit up on the edge of the bed today. Harder than I thought, but it has been a year. They measured me to get the right size chair, which they currently don't have. It's a process, not an event. I'm pleased with it. Meantime, I get to enjoy the day-long Chopped marathon. (If my crush on Ted Allen doesn't define the term "impossible dream," I don't know what does.) Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:13:18 EST Just another manic Monday I know I'm getting old. But if I ever turn into a crabapple who hates everything and enjoys bad news, PLEASE lock me up. Yesterday she told my best friend Sacha that I take up more than my half of the space, that she wants the stacker with MY belongings in MY corner of the room removed, and that I need to clean my closet. There is a silver lining, though. She hates the bacon and sausage they sometimes give us for breakfast so when we get it she gives me hers. I never say no to extra bacon or ... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:51:23 EST A lot of random stuff (sorry, long and rambling) Today is my great-niece Elizabeth's six-week birthday. She's progressed way beyond what they told my niece to expect. She's almost ready to be weaned off of breathing support, and she's as opinionated as all get-out. She lets them know -- LOUDLY -- when she disapproves of anything. Best of all, she's a greedy little eater. They have to keep bumping up her feeds. She's going to be able to go home probably well before anyone thought she would. You know, it's always broken my heart that I'll ne... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 13:00:57 EST Morning already? Not even seven AM and roomie is already in full gripe mode. She's only happy when she's miserable. <BR> <BR> I've asked for peanut butter and toast for breakfast. Sounds weird at my age, but it's actually delicious. Also full of protein and fiber. When I have a kitchen, it's one of my go-to weekday breakfasts. Mind you, I'd still love to go out for a big cheese omelet and bacon. One of these days. <BR> <BR> My best friend Sacha and her husband are going up to Oregon for the eclipse next wee... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 10:11:44 EST The Friday Follies Today is my adopted sister's birthday (she passed nearly three years ago). I still miss her every day. Thank God some of her kids have stayed close with me. I'll never have grandchildren, but thanks to them I have two way-beyond-awesome great-nieces that I love to absolute distraction. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR>... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 14:40:13 EST Let's get silly <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 9 Aug 2017 08:49:19 EST If it's Tuesday... I am so excited! My little great-niece is almost ready to be taken off of supplemental oxygen. She's also a world-class eater and a feisty little spitfire who isn't afraid to let people know -- loudly -- when she disapproves of something.The women of her family are beautiful, strong and thoroughly badass. This sweet little apple has obviously fallen right next to the tree. I'm almost in tears, I'm so happy <BR> <BR> There will be an even longer delay in getting me into a chair. My Medicare t... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 10:33:28 EST Really? Another Monday already? Yesterday my best friend Sacha came to visit and brought some insanely delicious nachos for lunch. We had a great visit. Sacha is a trained massage therapist, and whenever she visits she massages my feet and calves with cream. They were so dried they looked like reptile skin. Thanks to her they're looking much better, with the scaling nearly gone. My feet are insanely ticklish, but Sacha is seemingly the only person who can touch them with no problem. <BR> <BR> Roomie asked to be transferred... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 13:09:07 EST Connects and disconnects Last Sunday on Facebook I posted on a couple of knitting pages I follow that I was having trouble with a sock I was doing. I got a couple of replies stating that I shouldn't be knitting on the Sabbath and that the difficulties I had were Divine displeasure! Seriously not the answer I expected, and definitely a belief I don't share. <BR> <BR> But at the same time, I bought a couple of patterns and both of the designers thanked me! One of them even posted on Facebook to say thanks. Wow, that's... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 18:52:07 EST Silly time <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 2 Aug 2017 10:17:15 EST