new little hobby

Yes, I admit that I have not worked on my biiiiiiiig cross stitch project since the morning of the day Kayleigh was born (here it is though I am further along than you see, I apparently did a lot in those last 3 days). I bought that project specifically for bed rest and the hospital and worked on it for a week before the hospital then pretty much every day that I was in the hospital for those 3 weeks. In my defense, I didn’t have any time whatsoever when K was in the NICU and I don’t have much now but I’ve discovered that it’s easier to pick up and do my little crochet projects for maybe 5 minutes here, 10 minutes there (so far). I’ve also realized that the lighting in the hospital was perfect for 18 count cross stitch, but our house stinks! The optimal time of day for this season is the morning time, by the front windows, and honestly, I’m sleeping then. :)

I haven’t done much yet with crochet, I started out with random practice, but I made Sarah a scarf. She asked for one and picked out the yarn.

Sarah's Scarf

I actually ran out of yarn and then when the new yarn came in, I went ahead and undid everything I’d already done and started over, so I’ve actually made Sarah one and a half scarves. :) She modeled it for me yesterday during our photo session.

Sarah

I just did simple single crochets for everything except for every 15th row which is a double. I used the charcoal yarn by Lion’s Brand, the Vanna’s Choice stuff. I liked it, it was really soft yet not too small or hard for me to work with. (I’ve tried a little bit with some baby yarn and I gave up on that for now, all my clumsy fingers kept doing was fraying it.)

That was my practice, and now I am actually following a pattern! This is the pattern I’m following: redheart.com/FreePatterns/…WR1856.pdf. I am positive I’m following the directions properly but mine is turning out differently than the photos. No big deal though, it’s a one of a kind. :) This will be for part of my sister’s Christmas gift this year. The colors remind me of her, bright and sunny, cheerful and outgoing, yet still a bit reserved. This time I’m using a color called Pastel Delight by Lily, the Sugar ‘n’ Cream stuff. I like it because it’s still this 4 ply stuff, but is wound tighter and rarely does any fraying on me. (I’ll learn technical terms in time, lol.) What is also interesting about this scarf is that towards one end there are two larger holes that are there for the other end to loop through and be somewhat secured. I’m pretty happy with myself that I did that part right, ha!

Gina's Scarf

On another note, I’m really happy to be able to use that 50mm lens I bought last year. Haven’t had a chance to really get to use it much, what, with being in the hospital and everything we’ve had going on for the last year! I used it a bit when I shot portraits yesterday, too. I’m a little slow with it, the manual focus, and all, but I really like it (and practice makes perfect).

But, anyway, I’m kinda proud of myself with the crochet. A few years ago I tried to teach myself and just had a horrible time with it and figured it would just be something I’d like to do but would never be able to learn. But the ladies at church had a little thing where they taught those of us that wanted to learn and I had a really good teacher to get me going. Now I at least understand what most of the terminology is and have been able to figure some stuff out on my own. I’m going to try and make my mom a blanket for Christmas, we’ll see if I can work on this as fast as I can these little scarves, haha.

a couple of generations anyway

So here are a few photos from meeting my great-great-aunt the other night!

Me, Kayleigh, Elijah, Aunt Helen

Grandpa and Kayleigh

Aunt Helen and Elijah

She’s a very lovable and interesting woman, very full of life and in great health at just shy of 94. I wish we had more time to spend with her before she had to jet back across the country. But unfortunately for me, I have to share her and she has more family to meet. Grandpa is keeping her pretty busy. My mom keeps saying that he is going to wear her out, that she’s 93, but I dare say he’ll be the one worn out first!

So, great-great aunt means she is my great-grandfather’s sister. In case you didn’t know that!

The only other photos I have of her, until now, are ones a distant cousin sent. She’s the lady in the polka dot dress and my grandpa is the kid in front!

Easter Family

It’s too bad we won’t be able to get a photo like this while she’s here. This photo has, of course, my grandpa, his parents, his dad’s parents, his dad’s dad’s mom and his dad’s mom’s mom! So we have in this photo my grandpa, great-grandparents, great-great-grandparents, and two great-great-great-grandmothers. How awesome is that?

another power gripe

The other day we made one exception to our lock down rule, we took both kiddos and went to my grandpa’s to let him see K and to meet my great-great-aunt for the first time, she’s in from California.

When I was literally on my way out the door – and everyone else was already piling in the vehicle – our power went out… again. It went out just like it had gone out on Thursday the first and second times, and came back, it was only out a few seconds. The computer started freaking out so I turned that off and went on out. Steve deposited the dog back inside and we left.

When we got home, I unlocked the door and he took the baby in and subsequently went: WHY IS IT SO HOT IN HERE!?

Usually, that’s my line. I HATE coming into the house when he’s turned off all the fans and/or turned up the a/c, it always feels so stuffy.

But he was right, it was HOT. And it smelled… like a gas furnace.

He took a look at the thermostat and yelled, “who turned the heat on!?” After further discussion we figured out that when the power went off, the thermostat must have freaked out. It was set on 90, and in the few hours that we were gone, the temperature had risen from 76 to 83. I never like it at 83. 75 is really my cut-off. :)

So there goes our cheap gas bill before winter!!

Hehehe, ok, so I’m sure it won’t be that bad. But we were enjoying lower bills since we had to get a new water heater and Steve went ahead and got us an electric one instead of gas. It’s going to be big time bills this winter though, since we can’t use wood heat because of K, at least this year and probably next, too.

That was just so weird though. I don’t know how the thermostat could have freaked to turn the heat on. I guess I don’t know as much about it as I thought but I thought only the heat or the a/c could be on, and that there was a manual button for that. Guess not!

Spam is still funny (ATT/SBCGLOBAL “account owner”)

I think this is one of the greatest pieces of spam I’ve ever gotten.

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There are so many things wrong with that, I don’t know where to begin! Let’s start with the Gmail address! Do you think that if ATT really needed me to reply with some info that they’d use a Gmail address!!?!?!?! Say it with me: roflmfbo!!!

And I love how they say they’re deleting accounts to make room for new accounts!

They’re not to subtil either, they’ve really gone to harrassing me, I’ve gotten this email and others that are very similar about 6 times in a matter of 3 days. Here’s another one:

Account Department!

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Yeah because I’m THAT stupid I’m going to send them my password.

I love how that one has a signature stating the message was sent using IMP because everyone knows that ATT and Yahoo employ use of IMP that requires a sponsorship link.

The only other spam in my box right now states that if I don’t respond to the Nigerian money scam email, I am dead. Oooooh, lyke, I’m so scared ryght.

Oh, and “Thanks For Using the SBCGLOBAL.”

powerless gripes

The other night our power went out, spontaneously, around 6:30pm. More accurately, it went out, came back, went out, came back, and went out again. My poor printer was having congestive heart failure. Immediately, Elijah is freaking out and trying every appliance in the house, just to see if it worked. The rest of the evening was, for me, hot and stuffy and filled with Elijah’s ranting paranoia about the dark. Kayleigh wasn’t too happy, either. (You know preemies and their schedules, don’t dare break it or thou shalt surely die.) We ended up driving north a half an hour to get something to eat in a drive-thru where we wouldn’t encounter people. The power still wasn’t back when we got home and we all bedded down in the living room (too hot upstairs but bearable down here)… and the power came back, right around 11pm. The first thing I did was turn the a/c on. :)

But my whole point is… the whole time I just kept thinking what a blessing it was that Kayleigh is off the oxygen, doesn’t need the feeding pump, the monitors, or anything that required electricity. Granted, when she was on oxygen, we did have some portable tanks, but if she had been on oxygen and the power hadn’t come back on after about a half an hour, I would have taken the concentrator and high-tailed it to my parents’ house to have some refuge and assurance that we suddenly wouldn’t run out of oxygen or use up all our reserves. We had no idea when the power would be back.

I was on the phone with my dad, I actually was really considering going up there because of the way Elijah was freaking out, it seemed to be growing hotter, and I knew I needed some good sleep before K’s renal scan the next morning. I mentioned that I was thankful Kayleigh didn’t have any of her equipment anymore and my dad said, “oh, aren’t you on a priority list? [Yes.] Did anyone even call you?”

Then I thought about it. The first business day after K came home, Steve went and submitted papers to the electric company and the 911 service. They basically stated that we had an infant at home with special needs and that if power is out, we NEED it for that oxygen and then (for 911) that if a call comes from this house, it’s very important! The equipment company had given us one for the phone company, too, for if service was out but we didn’t fill that one out because we both have cell phones.

So, yes, I know we were not a priority house because it was such a huge problem. However, don’t you think it would have been good for the electric company to give us a call? Say, “hey, look, we got this problem… wanted to make sure you’re ok… we think it will take us this long to get things back up, can you make it that long? …do you want us to help you find a place to go where you can have electricity?”

Yes, I am aware that electricity is a glorious privilege, and, yes, I’m aware that they didn’t have electricity x years ago, blah, blah, blah. But to think about it, if this had happened when Kayleigh’s life still depended on extra oxygen support and what if we didn’t have portable tanks? And what if we had nowhere to go? And it took 4 1/2 hours to get that support back? She’d have had to go to the hospital. It was also extra aggravating because they got the rest of the county back up about an hour and a half before the town and immediate surrounding area.

So, thanks for nothing, electric company, I’m glad my daughter’s life wasn’t in your hands.