Sunday, July 29, 2007
I went to the surgeon on Friday. He doesn't need to see me again until March. I'm on my own as to what I can do when. Exercise is good to strengthen the muscles in that hip and leg, of course. Things like crossing my ankles and bending more than 90 degrees at the hip are just a matter of whether it's comfortable or not. Maybe when the temperatures cool off in a month or so I'll get outside and do more yard work.
I've read six or eight Agatha Christie mysteries in the last two or three weeks. They're short, quick reads and I never try to figure them out. All these old English country houses, and tea and crumpets. Friday afternoon I found a recipe for crumpets and made some. The recipe called for dried currants, but I had to substitute dried cherries. They came out well, so I had my afternoon tea and crumpets while reading an Hercule Poirot (sp) mystery.
(Actually, that was scones I made, not crumpets.)
Now I'm reading another British author, but a more serious book. Bishop Richard Rutt's A History of Handknitting. The book was published about twenty years ago and I bought and read it shortly after that. I'm finding it interesting to reread; one forgets so much, you know.
When I bought a new computer last fall, one very important Excel file didn't get transferred - a list of my craft-related books. When I discovered the omission, I asked my granddaughter if the old computer was still at her house. She said it was, and promised to hook it up and transfer the file to a disc for me. After many months, I gave up on her, found a printout of the file, and reconstructed and updated it. I made two sheets - books and pamphlets - with 30 pages the cut-off point. There are about 230 books and 40 pamphlets. Knitting is the largest category, but there are a lot of crochet, spinning, weaving, dyeing, etc, as well as non-fiber crafts like soapmaking and polymer clay work. I'll print the list and give copies of it to people in the knitting groups. They can borrow books from me whenever they want.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
I've been crocheting the hexagons for the bedspread, but no matter how many I make, I still have a zillion left to do, and sometimes my hands get tired. So I had Dominic carry one of the spinning wheels out to the back porch and I spun for about three hours. Now I have two bobbins of yarn (one was about half full to start with) and one less bag of wool on the shelf - I feel like I actually accomplished something. That helps the mood! It was nice sitting out there. It was warm (mid-80's) but the humidity was not bad, and there was an occasional breeze. There were hummingbirds and butterflies flying around. The neighbor has a huge windchime hanging in one of his trees that I enjoying hearing. By the time the sun was low enough that the porch roof did not shade me, a bald cypress tree did. Altogether a very pleasant afternoon.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
I've almost made it through the first round of mowing since my hip replacement. Just a very small section of the front yard to go; then I'll start on the second round. Dominic has helped quite a bit. He brings out my water bottle after I've been out there a while, and then takes over the lawn mower. He moves so much faster than I do that he does in ten minutes what it would take me twenty or thirty to do. I'm walking quite well, but still slow. This is the third day of taking steroids for the myeloma (four days every month), so I'm walking easier. That side effect of the steroid I like, but not the others - edema in feet and face (I think the knitting keeps it out of my hands - they feel a bit stiff, but don't get puffy), increased shakiness, messed-up vision, aching teeth, occasional dizziness . . .
I'll see both the oncologist (Monday) and the surgeon (Friday) next week. I expect good reports from both of them.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Renee brought some Derby City Chicken Salad (available in selected Krogers in Louisville) and some rolls with her for lunch on Monday, and Alyssa and Alexis came over to share it with us and to see their aunts (actually great-aunts and great-great-aunts). I don't know why Dominic insisted on cutting off the top of Renee's head - the other one was even worse.
We had a nice visit - stayed at a motel in Paducah because I don't have good accomodations here. We wound up in a different room each night because the toilet got stopped up late Tuesday afternoon - you can use your imagination on that one - and the maintenance crew had already left for the night. All we needed was a plunger, but the desk clerk didn't think there was one available, so she had us move three rooms down from where we were on Monday night. My sisters treated me like a real invalid and had me stay on guard in the new room while they moved all of the 'stuff,' including mine. Not that I'm complaining, of course.
Now it's back to 'normal,' I need to do more mowing, but I think I'll wait a couple of days.
Monday would normally have been my visit to the oncologist, but she's on vacation this week, so I'll see her next Monday. I'll also see the surgeon again next Friday. I had to get a new prescription for my Thalidomide, because my last dose was last night, as well as getting my steroid prescription refilled. When we picked the medicine up, we thought that they had only written the Thalomide for one week, which I figured was OK since I will be at the cancer center on Monday. But when I opened the bag this morning, I found that they had written it for 200mg capsules instead of the 50mg ones I've had before. That's why there was only one package. They're huge horse-pills - but I'll only have to take one instead of four.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
I think maybe I need to get an outdoor cat. The cat I have has been declawed in all four paws, so is definitaly an indoor cat. Since my neighbors Mary and Helen moved half a mile away and finally got all their cats to stay at the new house, the mole population seems to have increased. They make mowing more difficult.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Then I went to the weekly knitting group at the Art Guild, after picking up tacos from Taco John's. Dominic sat with us while we ate, but then disappeared. I thought he was probably sitting on the porch, or had gone into the other section of the building to read in peace, but this is how I found him when I came out.
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Yesterday, I met with two different knitting groups - in Mayfield in the late morning/early afternoon, and in Paducah in the evening. It was very good to be out and about after a month of being in hospital and at home. I also went into a store for the first time since my surgery; I had riden along with Dominic twice before, but sat in the car. As I get to walking better, I'll be out more, although I really don't go out as much as many people do. I have to go so far to get anywhere, that I try to make each trip count for more than just one thing.