Trick or Treat!

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Well this has been an interesting Halloween for me. I’ve certainly had more tricks than treats lately. For those of you who saw my last post, today marks one week since I had my surgery. I’ve since had one week off of work and I’ve spent that week not doing much of anything. My main pastimes have been sleeping, reading, and knitting. I promise you there is now a permanent booty print in the couch where I have been lying. Bed rest is both a curse and a blessing! Mina has been playing nurse and decided I needed a heating pad on my chest while I was lying down one day.

Goofy thing. Oh well! Normally I keep to the love seat and she takes the sofa while Bryon sticks to his chair. Doesn’t it figure that the smallest of us takes the largest piece of furniture? Since I took the couch this week she has pretty much been curled up on some part of me most of the time. Whenever I would get up, I’d come back to this:

I'm sure she's going to be glad to get her couch back when I head back to work tomorrow!

I’ve had a few other nurses this past week. God Bless my grandmother ๐Ÿ™‚ She spent the most time with me right after my surgery since Bryon had to return to work. She spent her afternoons with me while he was away. Eventually she had to head back home and my friends kept me company. Alethia and Cassie came over Friday night for our regular yarny exploits since I was unable to leave the house. Cassie was bound and determined to carve pumpkins on top of our normal activities. Alethia carved out a cute kitty cat, I doodled a little face on mine (I’m not much of a carver), and Cassie chipped out a face onto hers. It was apparently too thick to hollow out.

I like my little warty gourd ๐Ÿ™‚

On to knitty business. I turned the heel in my sock today! Yay! The picture was taken Friday so it has grown a smidgen since then. I do like socks, they just take a long time since the stitches are so dinky. I’ll be very happy and proud to complete my first pair. This one is only the first though. I have many stitches still ahead of me!

I'm loving the colors!

I’ve also added several inches to my little baby blanket.

This was another good, mindless knit I could work on when I was in the haze induced by the strong pain pills. It’s very fuzzy and comforting, which made it a pleasure to work on while I was curled up on the couch. During my more cognitive hours, I kept to my Apple Hill Mitts. Well, mitt.

So close!

I’m nearly finished with the first one! I’m so excited! It has a few hiccups here and there, but I’m very proud of my first in-the-round project ^_^ I need to finish the top ribbing and do the thumb. You can see the stitches being held by my blue needle since I don’t have any “real” stitch holders. I’m hoping I can put the thumb together without much trouble.

That pretty much sums up my week. Tomorrow, some semblance of normalcy shall return to my life. I do still have two follow-up appointments and a blood test in my immediate future, but my schedule should go back to the way it was before all the madness began. Hopefully next time I talk to you all, I’ll have all of this behind me!

Happy Halloween from Lacey & Mina.

 

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An Unexpected Weekend

Hellu Everyone!

Well, I sure have had one doozy of a weekend. Saturday started off as usual. Bryon and I enjoyed breakfast together. I ran to pick up the next week’s worth of groceries. We then spend some time “together” in the living room, which translates to him playing his video games and me knitting away while I watched him. It may not be a normal way of spending time together in some people’s minds, but it works well for both of us! Since I don’t get to see him during the week (thanks to us working separate shifts), I am remarkably happy just to be in the same room as him during the weekend ๐Ÿ™‚ After the mundane routine, we headed out to an evening bonfire with our church family. A better evening couldn’t have been had.

Unfortunately, the stunning purple and orange sunset behind the trees wouldn't turn up in the picture.

The weather was absolutely perfect and we had a good crowd show up. Our worship pastor and his lovely family offered to have the bonfire in their spacious backyard.

Plenty of food and friends gathered around an enormous fire. Ah. Weekend perfection. That is, until the sun disappeared and I discovered I didn’t feel very well. Not even a full day later, I find myself sitting in the Emergency Room with Bryon at my side. 39 hours, several tests, and a surgery later, I am now home minus my appendix.

I am incredibly happy to be home again, just the three incisions in my tummy a painful reminder of the past two days. I am stuck at home without work for at least the rest of this week. Well, it seems as though I suddenly have a lot of time on my hands to work on my latest knitting projects. I guess I can’t complain about that! I was able to take my projects with me to the hospital and I was able to work on them a little bit there. The IV prevented too much work though. Now that it’s not inhibiting me anymore, my needles are clicking away! I also have a book to keep me company when my fingers get tired. But mostly, I sit and knit while some of my favorite movies play in the background. Long ones such as the Lord of the Rings series are the best for times like this ^_^ That sums up my waking time, since the pain medication they gave me makes me quite sleepy.

Here's my "Party Pile"

Well, currently my grandmother stopped over to visit and spend time with me since Bryon is back to work now. He took yesterday off to be with me during my surgery. So I’m off to spend some time with her and I will talk to you all later! Hopefully your week is off to a better start than mine!

Mina is making a wonderful companion too ๐Ÿ™‚

Busy, busy, busy!

Happy mid-week to you all!

Wow, ever feel like time is slipping through your fingers before you even realized that it wasย slipping away? Granted, things are not necessarily stressful (thank heaven), but they are keeping me on my toes. Let’s see, I’m still dealing with Bryon’s weird “new” schedule at work, my blasted car is back in the shop for the same reason from just three weeks ago, us girls had our Yarning together again, Bryon and I went to the Fairfield County Fair, we also went to a wedding for the son of a friend of ours, visited with my grandmother who came to visit again as well as my brother and sister (and her fiance) who were home from college for the weekend, and next thing I knew the next week had begun!

I love my girl friends! We all have the best of times when we get together. This Friday Sara Lynn made some marvelous “roll-up pancakes” for all of us, which we quickly devoured before heading off to her craft room. It was the first time all four of us were actually able to meet! Hugs were shared as well as stories, and before long nearly all of us were crying from laughing. Good times ๐Ÿ™‚ I spent my evening working on a knit baby blanket. Remember that yarn I bought last weekend? I now have the bottom border plus some done on my blanket and I’m quite pleased!

I also tried to start up some fingerless mitts out of some pretty Lorna’s Laces yarn. I was very excited to start a knitting project in the round! I tried originally with the pattern I had found on Ravelry. It required a tubular cast on, which was very educational. The only trouble with that is I am a VERY tight knitter. Definitely should’ve used bigger needles! So, after a headache and an unraveled would-be project, I decided it was time to move on. I picked my poor yarn back up and decided to wing it on size 5 circulars instead of size 2 double points. I only completed a couple of rows of the ribbing, but it’s a start ๐Ÿ™‚ Can I just say I love Youtube? It wasn’t long before I figured out how to work up something on circs that didn’t require the full length of the cable. I’m so glad I finally learned that. It opens up a lot more possibilities!

It's so squishy and springy! I love it!

That takes us to the fair. One of my favorite things about the fair, besides the ridiculously yummy deep-fried food, is going to see all of the livestock. The poultry in particular is always amusing to see. Here’s a glimpse of what we saw there:

A monstrous goose

The grand champion turkey

A very handsome rooster!

I love ducks!

A pretty little speckled hen

Anyone know what the heck this fuzzy chicken is? It looks like a Jim Henson muppet!

I wanted to take this beautiful bunny home with me!

The Cadbury Triplets

Some adorable little piglets

This steer had a serious stud price on him!

Horses are so majestic and beautiful.

Sheep!

Some wooly goats were fighting over the best hay in the pen

Bryon couldn't resist giving a scratch to this friendly goat ๐Ÿ™‚

The feral barn cat!

Ok, so maybe she isn’t a barn cat. Heck, I’d bet she’d be a miserable mouser. She is however, fascinated by chasing things that really aren’t hers. Remember when Max visited a few weeks ago? Mina unearthed a little rawhide bone of his and decided it was the coolest toy ever.

She chews on the crazy thing and carries it around just like a dog. I think my cat is a bit soft in the head at times. But I can’t deny she is cute! I love my Mew ๐Ÿ™‚

Goodnight from Lacey and the Dog Cat!

Harvest is Almost Here!

Good Evening Ladies! (or men if there are any)

The fields I love so much!

Welcome to October in Ohio! Ah, I love driving through the acres and acres of fields that surround my city. The trees are still fairly green all things considered, but the fields are taking on their gorgeous golden color. This is one of the soy bean fields I drive by every day on the way to work. Soy beans and corn are the primary crops in my part of the state.

This one is actually a mini vineyard near my parent's home. It's the only place in the entire state I've ever seen grapes!

Seeing as Halloween is coming up, many corn fields are transforming into mazes and haunted fields. I’m not much of a “scary stuff” person, so I prefer the mazes. The ingenuity behind them impresses me.

Another bean field. I actually like the way this picture turned out ๐Ÿ™‚

Besides appreciating the beauty of the local fields, I’ve been working hard both at work and at home. I received two lovely thank-you’s from people at work. Some pretty little flowers from one of the therapists:

And a nearly flawless pumpkin from the children of one of our regular clients:

A brother and sister come with their mom every Tuesday and play in the waiting room. The daughter is learning to crochet so she brings her yarn to show me her latest endeavor while her little brother builds all sorts of things out of Legos. Their mother told me that he (the little boy) specially picked and cut the pumpkin himself from their garden while he handed it up to me, grinning from ear to ear. I love those kids! ^_^ Anywho, on to my own crafty endeavors!

I am nearly done with my ruffly scarf! I have just a couple more rows to do along with the edging. I know it doesn’t look too ruffly all laid out, but it twists up nicely when it hangs. It’ll be incredibly warm wrapped around theย neck. Goodness knows it keeps my lap warm when I work on it!ย  Oh, and I have a confession……

Mina had to investigate.

I cheated on my yarn diet. One of the other therapists knits baby blankets like it’s nobody’s business. She likes to make basic little blankets and she was telling me that this particular yarn can make a whole blanket with just one skein! My grandmother was in for the weekend and she gave me a few dollars to get something for myself. I had a coupon to JoAnn Fabrics and couldn’t resist the opportunity to make on of those blankets myself! I had to purchase a set of needles since I didn’t have any size 10s in my slowly growing collection. Mina quickly made off with my purchase.

She loved the package so much I decided to leave it out for her after I got my needles out. For the moment it accompanies her pumpkin on the floor. My little pumpkin has decidedly become hers by now. This is in part due to the fact that it is actually big enough that it doesn’t slide under the furniture! All of her other toys are tiny (picture standard toy mice) and are easily batted under EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF FURNITURE we have in our house. It’s really quite exasperating to have to dig them out constantly. The pumpkin is just big enough that it doesn’t get buried! Yay! I did manage to make that second pumpkin I mentioned I wanted to make in my last post. There is now another little pumpkin awaiting my sister’s return from college. I’m very excited to give it to her ๐Ÿ™‚ Now she will have her own bit of autumn for her dorm. I look forward to seeing her and my brother again next weekend. I’m curious to see what all the next week holds! Have a good one everyone!

Mina says goodnight!

Lacey & Mina

Renaissance Festival!

Good Evening!

Sunday evening has arrived and I’m enjoying the last bits of what has been a wonderful weekend. Yesterday Bryon, myself, Alethia, and four other of our close friends went out to the Ohio Renaissance Festival! For me personally, it’s my 9th year straight going. Call us all nerds if you like, but we sure do enjoy ourselves! After stopping to get coffee, we set out early to make the longish drive to get there when the gates opened.

You can see two of the "heralds" up on the wall. The one is holding onto his hat since the wind was so strong!

It was freezing! I think it may have hit 50 degrees but it was in the 40s mainly. Brrr! We heard some people betting on the possibility of snow.The good thing is that it was dry. We’ve had so much rain lately we were worried. Bryon ended up buying a cloak fairly soon to help him stay warm and Alethia got a beautiful fur shoulder wrap. I generally don’t approve of buying and selling furs, but the Lost Viking Hoard is a wonderful company that purchases all of their skin/fur from indigenous tribes who use the entire animal including the bones (jewelry, buttons, etc). It’s a very eco-friendly group of individuals. We visited several other stores varying from clothing shops, glass blowers, metal working, weapon shops, and pottery. So many fun things to buy and not enough money to spend! There were also several performers that were very entertaining. As always, we went to see The Swordsmen give their swordplay and comedy routine. There were also multiple musicians playing various instruments, including my favorite gentleman there who plays a glass harmonica. If you don’t know what that is, google it! It really is incredible. And the biggest event is naturally the joust! It is a full armor, full contact joust. Here is the knight who fought on our side of the list.

Sir Timothy

Putting on his helmet.

I’ll admit, the joust was a little disappointing this year. Only two lances broken and ended in a tie. Last year’s was incredible! Comparatively it was a bit of a let down but you can’t have an epic battle every year. I would have a lot more pictures overall, but unfortunately my batteries died much earlier than anticipated so these are the only ones I have for you…alas. After enjoying several hours of entertainment and losing all feeling in our fingers and toes, we piled back into our two cars and came back to our little home. It wasn’t long before everyone was curled up in the living room with blankets and hot drinks. Good times!

On a yarny note I finished the matching scarf!

That took me back down to 0 projects! I felt a little deprived and empty after I realized I didn’t have any other WIPs to turn to. My goals this week are to start that red ruffly scarf I had mentioned in my last post and work up at least one new little pumpkin since my sister requested one for her dorm room. I’d like to make another one as well since Mina seems to like the first one so well; that way she can have one of her own!

She refused to give me the towel after folding a warm load of laundry. A warm towel and a woolly toy. What more could she ask for?

Ah well. I did begin at least one new project tonight though! I dug out a sock loom I bought a while back when I told myself I wasn’t ever going to learn how to knit properly. I have some pretty autumnal looking sock yarn that I’d like to knit up and I figured I’d give the loom another shot! I made a manky looking practice sock on it when I first got it, but now that I understand more about how knitting works (ie- how to pick up dropped stitches) I am sure that I can make a better looking sock the second time around ๐Ÿ™‚

The colors in the picture make it look a bit like a rainbow, but the colors are much more "leafy" looking in person. Does that make any sense? There's a lot of orange and yellow in it.

I also made some yummy Spicy Peanut Soup for dinner tonight, which made Bryon exceptionally happy! It’s a different kind of dish, but we love it and it goes wonderfully with some warm crusty bread, especially on a chilly day! So that pretty much sums it up. A great weekend with close friends, hot food/drinks, and pretty yarns. Does it get much better than that? Ahhh, I think not ^_^

Lacey &ย  Mina