Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017
As a result, I was quite rested when I talked to my dad last Sunday afternoon and found out my mom had had an "episode" and wasn't feeling well, which turned into a 48 hour visit to the hospital. She had a TIA (mini-stroke) last June, but fortunately, had no permanent damage from it, other than a loss of confidence as a result of the fear of it happening again. So when my dad said she thought it had happened again, I went to their house, and convinced her she needed to go to the ER, rather than waiting until the next day to call her doctor, which was her plan. They ran all the tests, and it was determined that she had probably experienced a complex migraine, as opposed to another TIA, but since she also has an irregular heartbeat that seems to be worsening, her primary care doctor has decided to have her wear a heart monitor for a month, just to be on the safe side. I'm really grateful that I was able to be available for her, without the distraction of work, and that it happened before my trip to New York. She has pretty significant hearing loss, and even though she wears hearing aids, she still misses quite a lot that is said, especially under stress and/or when the doctor has a foreign accent.
All the time I've spent sitting in hospital waiting rooms this summer has led to some significant shawl knitting time. After I finished the Playground shawl, I cast on for Close to You, a pattern I'd wanted to make since last summer, according to my Ravelry page. Although the pattern called for fingering weight yarn, I wanted to use this skein of Dragonfly Fibers sport weight instead, and so, of course, I did.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Thursday, June 29, 2017
I took photos one morning of everything that is flowering at the moment, and it surprised me how many different blooms I had.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Saturday, June 10, 2017
I finally got back in my yard this week as well; apparently, the month of May was the rainiest one on record, which meant that the weeds got out of control, and I was out of the routine of doing yard work. I decided to cut the grass after work on Thursday, as the temperature was in the low sixties, and I did some of the trimming with the weed whacker last night. I spent a couple of hours weeding the flower beds today, but although I have quite a bit more to do, it's going to have to wait. I'm going to sit on the beach with a friend tomorrow as a reward for all my hard work, and to make sure I'm not exhausted on Monday.I put the cages around the tomatoes; still don't know how to tell when this variety is ripe.
I went to the Chrysler Museum for a little while this morning to celebrate Knit in Public day, along with quite a few people from my local yarn shop, Baa Baa Sheep, and the Tidewater Knitting Guild. It's a great space, with lots of natural light.
Sunday, June 4, 2017
I drove to Richmond yesterday to meet up with Stephanie for the first time since her return from her teaching stint in France. It was wonderful visiting with her and catching up face-to-face. We ate at Kuba, Kuba, one of my favorite Richmond restaurants, then walked around the Fan District for a bit. The traffic on I64 was terrible but that's pretty normal for a summer Saturday.
I have been walking on the weekends, although not on the beach for some reason. Instead, I've been driving to nearby neighborhoods and parking the car, so I can explore new places. I spotted this heron on my walk last Sunday, in the neighborhood near the Hermitage Museum. Norfolk has a lot of wetland areas, which makes the scenery more interesting, I think.
I need to stay home and catch up on the yard work as I've been "running the roads" too much, as my mother-in-law used to say, but I guess the weeds will wait for me.