It's a white frosted world….

It's a white frosted world….

…and my 100th post! Yesterday morning we woke up to a clean white blanketed world. Roads were not too bad – we got about 4 inches of snow over night. It appears that we have some more on the way this week. Here are some pictures of our snowy white world…

Frosted and white – all the dirty snow has been covered up. A beautiful start to the week.

I have been judiciously using my shoulder – there are just some things that you need to use both arms for, and work is one of them. While I can knit – I have been coming home and resting my shoulder so the healing process continues to take place. The doctor told me to do some very gentle range of motion exercises – so I am trying to do them diligently. Teyani sent me the names of some of the holistic things that her husband took and did to work towards recovery of his injured shoulder. I have been out to my local health food stores to pick up some of them. I also have been using a heating pad intermittently during the night – this is helping tremendously. I think it keeps my shoulder from “tightening” up at night.

It is exam week – so it is study central here. This is one thing I do not miss from my school days. Exams really stressed me out – I am glad that my kids, for the most part, are not stressing too much over the exams.

I sent out my packages for my Special Swap partner, Kim, yesterday. Thanks to Lynne for organizing this great swap!! I am looking forward to our travel theme for the next two months. I have been toying with some ideas. I think I have narrowed it down, but I need to do a little research to finalize my decision!

Have a great Tuesday everyone!

You can't keep a good knitter down!

Or a so – so knitter either! I went out to SnB last night – it was the last Thursday of the month and that is the night that we are all working on our “block a month” squares – this is the afgan I am knitting for DD#1 to take with her when she heads off to the University of Michigan in the fall. So, rather than sit home and feel sorry for my disgustingly pitiful self, I determined that I would at least go to Friends for the evening. Before long, I had my knitting needles out and found that I could knit a bit. Nothing dramatic now – just simple stockinette on some bed socks I am working up. Who could use bed socks more than the most pitiful person in West Michigan – me! Are you about ready to smack me yet? I know I sure am!! So, as long as it is not complicated – and I don’t move my arm too much. I CAN KNIT!!

This is a very good thing because I am feeling much less sorry for myself.

I want to take a moment to thank all you amazing blogging friends out there for all your words of encouragement and support. It means more than you can ever know to have read all the comments you have all left for me. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart… it feels good to have so many friends – in so many places!

On top of everything that happened this week, of course work suddenly got busy. Go figure, right? I have enlisted my darling daughter #2 to go in tomorrow to help me put the VOLUME of paper work in order and get things in over night packages to go down to processing…. thank goodness for children! It will only cost me a new pair of jeans!! A good trade off!

Tomorrow night, some friends of mine are having a “Tapa’s” party. I am not quite sure what I am bringing – but it will be a nice evening. Good friends, great conversation, music, food, and yes, a glass of wine or two. I am really looking forward to this! The last get together they had was one I attended with my husband – I had a great time, he did not. I am going to relish the fact that no one will be nagging me to leave…. ahhh, the simple things in life.

We have another storm rolling in – what is it with this? This week in the 40’s – sunshine and meltingness – now another 6 – 12 inches of snow are on their way. I am sending “Grace” away for the winter!! LOL

Have a great weekend all – you are all the best!! Oh – and I will have my package out for my Special Swap tomorrow – my wrapping helper is home!!

Graceful, thy name is not Kat

Hey everyone. Lent has begun and who’d of thunk I’d be giving up knitting! Yesterday, on a morning that the sunrise was gorgeous after a beautiful starry night – think no clouds – I headed out to work, on a mission to purchase some “paczki’s” for the Tuesday morning sales meeting – Fat Tuesday – eat sweets in preparation for giving them up for lent, right?

Well, close your eyes and imagine this – I get out of my car and begin the walk behind my office building to the “Wesco Gas Station” where the office staff SWEARS to me that the best paczki’s on earth are. So, as I am walking – briskly – imagine me hitting a patch of ice – very thin – very, very slippery ice. Are you putting 2 and 2 together? If I did not hurt so much I’d be laughing right now – so I hope you all are! While my feet seemed to be sliding in slow motion – my fall to the earth was not slow by any means. Can you see me? Face down on the parking lot? I mean flat on the ground! I jumped up so quickly – I amazed myself, praying that no one had seen me do the “swan dive” onto the black top. My knee was killing me, my hands were skinned up, my wrist was not feeling too pleasant either. But, I continued on to purchase the damned paczki’s (and I am not even Polish – sorry to all of you lovely Polish readers out there!) and bring them back to the office. I headed to the bathroom to wash the parking lot grime off my hands, clothes, shoes, coat – what I really needed to do was head back home and start over!! My knee was a bit skinned, my hands looked like they were going to have some nice bruises too! But, nothing looked broken and nothing was bleeding – maybe not so bad after all. AND – no one saw me fall – this must be a good omen.

I continued on through the day – sitting at my desk and working away. The worst was over right?

By noon I could not lift my right arm – at all. It was most comfortable next to my body – not moving. I started to think something was very wrong. As the afternoon progressed, the pain increased – I am no wimp and have a fairly high tolerance for pain. By 2PM I classified the pain as “30” on a scale of 1-10 when I called my family doctor. The phone nurse told me, “go directly to the ER, do not pass go, do not collect $200.00” So, I managed to put my coat on and headed out to the hospital.

Thank goodness I did not break anything. But, they fear I have torn my “rotator cuff” and I have a goodly amount of fluid on my knee. I sit here before you with my right arm in a sling, pumped full of Motrin – avoiding the Vicodin they also prescribed because it
a. gave me nightmares


b. made me dizzy and nauseous!

I go back to see my doctor next week – how am I going to make it without knitting for the next few days!!! AARRGGHHH….. stay tuned to see how this progresses!

Virtual Me?

Virtual Me?

Okay, while reading Lynne’s blog today – I about died laughing – until I went to My Virtual Model myself. Hmmm, can you say diet?

Here I am in all my virtual glory!

I put clothes on her to hide the hips and thighs!! Please notice there is no rotating allowed here like there is in Virtual Model World. They also did not have an option for “big round boo-tay” either – so she is not very realistic!! LOL Now, for the “more mature” button – it needs to be more mature! Nose wider? What are there any other choices? Stop by and see what Virtual Lynne is doing – maybe Virtual Lynne and Virtual Kat should start a Virtual Knitting Group. They can discuss the pros and cons of virtual existance! Imagine it – in the virtual world there is no laundry to do. Just point and click to get a new outfit!! Also, loosing weight would be just a click away – vanish those hips for an evening!! Also, having a bad hair day? Non-existant in Virtual World – just click on another do and away you go!!

There might be some merits to this Virtual World – hmmmm, bring me another Virtual Cinnamon Roll….

LOL. Have a great evening everyone!! Oh, and if you go make a Virtual You, drop me a line so Virtual Me can come visit you!!

Sunday Sunset

Sunday Sunset

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend – it was snowy yesterday, but we had some sunshine today. At least enough to have a sunset this evening.

It was a pleasant ending to a lovely Sunday. I went this afternoon to knit squares for “Warm Up America” – this had been postponed from Super Bowl Sunday due to the weather. As you can see, we have a good amount of snow out there. The great news is that we are supposed to get RAIN next weekend. Can you say flood? I am not so thrilled about that prospect!

It was nice knitting with the SnB group today, but I really wanted to work on my Bloomin’ Feet Socks! Here is a photo of my progress… they are coming along beautifully. And, I have a conference call this week that should afford me at least an hour of uninterupted knitting time!

I think that they are turning out nicely… don’t you?

Have a great week all! Stay warm and dry!

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