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With thanks January 31, 2006

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So much for not blogging, huh?  Seriously–I am enjoying my break.  My knitting has been very productive.  No pressure to show something cool on the blog and finishing things that have been on the list for a year or more…nothing big…a hat for Cam, something for Owen’s teacher and the further catalog of ye olde stash.  I even got Kevin involved!  We have it sorted by fiber content and the bins they are in.  Love it! 

Now, why am I back…a few reasons.  Granny is well.  She was in the shop for a few hours on Saturday and will continue to come in as long as her 3 hours of O2 allows her too.  There have also been a couple of cool knitterly gift/exchanges.  P1010002_1 Kate  and I did an exchange for my DB Junior Knits book.  Look at this cool knitting needle holder she made.  I love the fabrics!  Thanks Kate.  And Charisse, a local Stitch n’ Bitcher gave me some P1010038_2 really cool stitch markers she made with some homemade knitting needles–so cute–and a very cute little bag to keep it all in.  I was blown away by her generosity! 

Nancy, I think nailed it on the head–this time of year is very hard for me.  I don’t think it’s seasonal distress.  If I could make it through Alaska, couldn’t I make it anywhere?  More likely it is Owen distress.  His birthday hits me like a ton of bricks and it just passed this Saturday.  I hate–I mean vehemently hate–that there seems to be nothing that I can do to change his autism.  Whether to cure it or fix it or…even improve it greatly.  I truly believed he would be recovered.  On Saturday, Cameron said he thought Owen would talk now because he was 6.  I tried to tell him we didn’t know and as gently as I could that Owen may never talk to us like other kids.  Cameron would hear nothing of it and insists Owen will speak at 7.  It is like a series of disappointments for not just me but the whole family. 

Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the hard work Owen does.  And I do appreciate the victories–as small as they may sometimes be.  I live for the fleeting moments of connectedness to him and between he, Cameron and Grace.  When he first got his diagnosis, I remember being told he was the same Owen as the day before–he just had a label now.  But as the gap widened between 2 years and now 6–and he still can’t effectively communicate or write his name.  My heart just hurts and I wish I could do more. 

Did Owen change or just my perception?  Or perhaps it is more like Owen hasn’t changed enough.  It’s not just that I want him to overcome autism.  I think I need him to overcome this.  And if this is not to be done–I need to reconcile this with myself.  And it isn’t easy.  As I guess it isn’t easy for him either.  Did I do too little?  Did I do too much?  Was it never in my control? 

I am leaving comments closed.  Maybe copying Greta…it’s an autism thing. 

P1010037_2 Oh…and my Red Scarf–which is a shawl in Fiesta Yarns.  So–it’s more than just red and not a scarf.  I bet there are some rebellious orphans out there!

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January 23, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 9:39 am

I wanted to thank everyone for their well wishes, good thoughts and prayers for Granny.  She is doing much better.  They moved her out of ICU on Saturday and she is on a regular floor now.  I think pneumonia was the final diagnosis but her emphysema is not helping matters.  As I understand it, once they determine the amount of oxygen she requires–she’s outta there!  Maybe Thursday…

I have also decided to take a blog break…kind of indefinitely.  I am leaving the blog up–although if anyone knows how to save everything–I would love to know.  My mom says she might have a post or two brewing.  I also want to share the house construction next month.  I know so many of my blog friends are interested.

So, with that said, the coffee is beeping and the needles are waiting. 

 

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 9:39 am

I wanted to thank everyone for their well wishes, good thoughts and prayers for Granny.  She is doing much better.  They moved her out of ICU on Saturday and she is on a regular floor now.  I think pneumonia was the final diagnosis but her emphysema is not helping matters.  As I understand it, once they determine the amount of oxygen she requires–she’s outta there!  Maybe Thursday…

I have also decided to take a blog break…kind of indefinitely.  I am leaving the blog up–although if anyone knows how to save everything–I would love to know.  My mom says she might have a post or two brewing.  I also want to share the house construction next month.  I know so many of my blog friends are interested.

So, with that said, the coffee is beeping and the needles are waiting. 

 

Waiting for Sears January 19, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 10:02 am

They are supposed to come fix the dryer.  I have gotten two hangups from them and no parts in the mail.  I am crossing my fingers that they have the part on the truck–if it ever comes. 

What to do though?  Do I knit or do I catalog stash again?  I want to knit but I need to catalog.  P1010003_2 Here’s what’s currently tempting me.  Kevin’s Dale of Norway sweater that was unearthed just in time for the upcoming Olympics!  St. Brigid–who received some attention from Ann and I on Tuesday.  Ann and I had a bit of a disagreement on where I was in the charts.  I think Boar needs to settle it!  And the red scarf.  Reddish scarf…cognac…that counts, right?  I am not liking the pattern I chose.  I was going to do  a shawly thing but they say scarf.  I had to wind that freaking Fiesta by hand.  Owen.  P1010002 A trip to the hardware store is in need.  The wing nuts are nowhere to be found! 

In a bit of sad, icky news.  Granny is sick.  She is so full of piss and vinegar that it has hit me completely off guard.  I guess I didn’t realize just how attached I am to her.  My mom and I agreed, that while she is away, Granny is like a surrogate mom.  Work sucked yesterday–I missed her.  It’s just not the same.  I wouldn’t even put the radio on…I didn’t think I could handle them playing her song…So, please keep Granny in your thoughts and prayers.  She’s my friend.

 

True Confessions January 16, 2006

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Alright, I have a couple of confessions to make.  I am a crappy knitter.  I have no clue where I am on St. Brigid as all of the magnets have slipped and my dyslexia combined with my astigmatism makes it darn near impossible to figure it out.  There.  I am out!  I have been telling a certain swine loving fool that I will be bringing it over to her beloved Boar to figure it out.  He’s good at stuff like that.

Gracies_shrug_on_fridge_1 Second, I have picked up 100% pure acrylic to knit instead.  Yup.  My editing software is not installed yet so forgive the humongous pictures!  This is a shrug for Gracie.  I love the colors and the simplicity of it is good for my life rightYikes_is_that_acrylic  now.  And Gracie loves it–always a plus.  It’s nothing but a rectangle seamed on both sides.  Quick knit on 15’s or 13’s too.  It’s all good with the Bernat Softee Chunky.  What a name!

Have you heard the news?  That dear Ann, wife of Boar, will be working at Granny’s?  How cool is that?  I can’t wait to push her around–I’ve got seniority and all.  Plus, I’ll always be Granny’s favorite.  No matter how much nicer Ann is. 

 

I knew I blogged for a reason… January 11, 2006

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Thank you all so much.  Kevin really wanted to sock Cam with the punishment.  But after the suggestions from my blog friends and a chin wag with the principal we settled on 2 days of no TV and video games.  I did ask Cameron what he thought his punishment should be and he said no TV.  However, he said a year.  A bit extreme, huh?  Right now, he’s playing Legos and I am blogging.  We read a little too.  Not bad.

Sewer is being connected on Friday.  It is an unexpected expense but I think the delay on the construction would be more costly in many other ways.  February 16!  Wow!

Dell is sending a new hard drive.  I am still bummed about the spreadsheet–more about the time lost logging that all in.  And the template.  Sigh.  Even worse were the pictures I just uploaded off the camera on Monday.  All gone.  This is the 3rd hard drive we have lost.  I will never buy a Dell again.

The most very good news is is related to a comment dear Norma left.

Oh, bloody hell. That is just too much for one mom to bear. I wish I could give you a Caribbean vacation, dear.

It may not be the Caribbean but Kevin and I are going on a vacation!  Through his company, Kevin won an all expense paid trip to Costa Rica!  We are going 3/12-3/18.  And we are staying at the Four Seasons.  I can hardly believe it!  Rainforests. 

Off to work with Granny.  Thank you all again for your understanding.  I appreciate it.  Hopefully next post I can have something a bit more knitterly to say.

 

When it rains…they drop buckets on your head! January 10, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 11:33 am

Where to begin?  The hard drive on the laptop died.  Again.  3rd time.  All that data I entered yesterday–my stash spreadsheet–Gone!

The dryer has been broken for two weeks–still is.  Sears came today and the part has to be ordered.  They will be back next Thursday.

Owen was on the medicine–not the placebo.  He had the side effects just no positive outcome.  Sigh.  It was good for the study.  And he is now pretty good with having his blood pressure taken and a champ at peeing in a cup!

Last.  The principal from Cameron’s school just called.  Don’t you just hate that phone call.  Cameron and another student allegedly told another classmate they would not be his friend unless he paid them.  And his piggybank is empty.  Cameron eventually admitted to this bullying but denied taking money.  The classmate admitted the money is either in the dishwasher or the washing machine.  How will I punish him for this one?