Thursday, July 27, 2006

Something sent to me - thought I would share

George Carlin's View on Aging
Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

"How old are you?" "I'm four and a half!" You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key.

You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

"How old are you?" "I'm gonna be 16!" You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life . . . You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony . . YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50

And your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70!

After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday! You get into your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90's, you start going backwards; "I Was JUST 92."

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. "I'm 100 and a half!" May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay "them!"

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. "An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9 Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

A sleeve :)

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Well almost a sleeve...this knitting sure is dragging on,   I am spending a bit more time on it these days.  I have decided to allocate time each day for some knitting and some stitching.  Of course the knitting is getting the most time....when I do have time to sit down :)

Just baked 2 fruit loaves for a school fundraising cake stall (for my sons camp to Wellington in November), so tomorrow morning I will sit on the cake stall for a few hours to help out.  I am on the fundraising comittee, so we have planned plenty of things to bring in the money and make it a bit easier on parents for camp costs.

Got a letter to say I am to be at the hospital on the 8th August and surgery is on the 9th and I can go home on the 10th.  So at least I know a bit more.  So in preparation for surgery I am getting fitter...taking my dog for long speedy walks.  Poor old Zoe is looking very sleek these days, but she loves her walks with Mum.

I am getting lots of help and advise from the Cancer Society...there are just so many things we wouldnt know about if it wasnt for them.

On the stitching front I am continuing on with my Christmas ornaments.  No photos yet...will just  photograph them all finished .

I have just brought another Shepherds Bush needleroll kit...this one is Pansy.  My collection is slowly growing, with 4 SB's...Garden, Violet, Pansy and Stitchers....and then the 3 Lorri Birminghan NRs I brought a few weeks ago.

Well I better get off here and go walk the looks like it might rain :(


Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The back for Andie...LOL

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General update

Well we went over to Christchurch and I saw the surgeon. I will be having surgery in August...hopefully early August. I will have to stay in hospital 1 or 2 nights. Then go back to Christchurch 10 days later for results. That will tell me if I need more surgery...but heres the real shock...I have to have radiation regardless. So it means a month of living away from family. I can go home for weekends. All the travelling - its 3 hours one way...I think that is the worst thing about this. So DH has to work and look after the children. His bosses are very good and are ready to help...might even consider a transfer to Christchurch while I am there. I will be able to stay at an accomodation house for cancer patients which is a bonus. The driving may get a bit much, because the side effects of radiation get worse as time goes on. When we think about it, we are none the wiser to anything...but at least we are stating to get plenty of help from DHs work and the Cancer Society.

I finished the back of the cardigan....yipppeeeeee. Now I am onto a sleeve. I am so wanting to do some stitching, but want to get the knitting out of the way first. I would of added a photo but a back would be pretty boring.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


I decided to add a little bit more this was prompted by a  question ( by Singular Stitches) on my last entry asking where I got the needleroll patterns from. It is a New Zealand company called Goldings Handcrafts,  and I generally buy things from there wholesale as I have another wee hobby I do, and I have an account with them.  I am not sure whether the needlerolls  are available to the public...I guess they must be, but I couldnt find them on the site.  They will be there somewhere.

My other hobby  is painting  tiles.  I sell these to tourists at various souvenir shops and I also have a website which showcases them...Isnt if funny that I completely forgot about these until I was asked a question. 

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This is a selection of some of the tiles I paint...but you can see the rest at my very out of date website.  I have also painted tiles for people....and have had some interesting requests.

Well I have finally got a pre surgery appointment...that is on Monday, so I imagine the weekend will go very slow.  So another long day travelling over the hill.  Hopefully the surgeon will give me a date for surgery then.

The knitting is going well again...I looked at the area I made the mistake in daylight and you cant see anything wrong with it...thank goodness. 

I am going to shut my computer down in a  couple of minutes because we are having a really bad thunder storm and I get the feeling that the power will go off soon.  Hopefully all these links I left will work :)

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

More needlerolls

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This morning 3 needlerolls chart packs arrived that I ordered from a NZ company. I got them 2 1/2 weeks after I paid for them, but that only because the company had sent them to my old address, even though I had updated my details. Thankfully the people who took over DHs old job and are in our old house, just returned them to sender, so then the company could send then to my correct address.

They are Lorri Birmingham needlerolls - Butterfly, Lady Bug and Friends. I got these really cheaply and I am thrilled with them. It was a special offer for all 3 and I snapped up the offer really quick, even though they took so long to get here, it was well worth the wait. I didnt even realise the beads and charms were included.

Can't wait to stitch these up...but of course the priority is the knitting. That almost got binned last night. For some reason, I couldnt do one particular row right. I made a mistake...corrected it (not easy undoing cables etc), then further down the row made another stupid mistake. Which meant that while fixing it, I dropped some stitches, so had to pick them up from a few rows below. Things are never easy. I havent even looked at the knitting this morning, in daylight. Hopefully I will not see any further mistakes. I know I have the correct amount of stitches on the needle, so fingers crossed.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Monday mumbles

Well Im starting to scoot up the back of my cardigan quite quickly now. I always have lots of wool left over, so I think I might knit a Irish hiking scarf for each of the family. These are very easy to knit and just have a couple of cable rows on them. I know there was a big knit-a-long happening with some bloggers....and the photos of their scarf were great...all different colours.

I forgot to add this link to my blog after I sent it to all my friends...and I see some of them have added it to their blogs - so I wll do the same. The quicker all those signatures are collected the better.
Help save the whales :)

Heres another nice link all about friendship

I am still waiting to hear from the hospital...hopefully this week, I will hear something.

Now I will go off and do some housework...then I can knit this afternoon. As soon as I finish this cardigan, I can get onto my normal stitching.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

A most excellent cheer up gift!!!!!

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Yesterday I was having one of those 'blah...I feel sorry for myself' days.  I did quite a bit of knitting and actuall got up to the armholes on the back of my cardi...yeh,  things will go a lot quicker now.

This morning my postie delivered a package to me...its fantastic.  My good friend Andie sent me a 'thinking of you and cheer up' gift.  It worked thats for sure.  I am still amazed at Andies generosity.  In the package was 3 patterns - Hummingbird Flora by Black Swan Designs, A Friend - Friendship Sampler by Lavender Wings and Celtic Seasons by Vickery Collection.  A pack of heart shaped diecut blank cards,  Two hand dyed fabrics in 32ct Belfast ( my favourite fabric) from Countrystitch - one is Tussock and the other is Eden and a collection of  threads which included a gold metallic, pink silk, pink floss, and a mixture of variegated and hand dyed perles and a lovely card.  I love my gift Andie, thanks so much.

I thought I would add some photos of my cats in todays posting.

Firstly some of Sid.....

Pretty boring I know...but look at that evil eye!!!!

Same photo with no tail

Why does Mum poke that camera at me, when I am trying to sleep?

Closing the eyes may just encourage her to go away!

What pointy ears I have.

Ok they were pretty cats don't do anything exciting.  Their daily exercise is walking to the food bowl.  Right here are some more exciting photos...these are of Misty....


If there is a box this big lying around...I may as well use it.

Yes I am a real cat...I always sleep in this stiff looking position

zzzzzzzzzzz 1 mouse, 2 mice, 3 mice zzzzzzzzzzzz

Another sleeping position...another spot

Very cute....

I love the last two photos where Mistys nose is snuffled up in her fluffy tail.  As you can tell by these photos, that sometimes I just have too much time on my hands...but hey,  thats a good thing :)


Thursday, July 06, 2006

The knitting progress

Despite health issues at the moment, I havent had time to think. I have been busy with work, reading meters...its almost as though lots of people ar leaving town. Also it is the school holidays, so its that time again to amuse the children when they are bored. I think the holidays get easier as the children get older.

I havent done that much stitching because I have been putting all my spare time into knitting an aran cardigan. Its a nightmare...there is 4 rows of general pattern and into that I have to fit in 16 rows of cable there is lots of marking off onto paper, to make sure I know where I am up to. I have only been able to do the knitting when everyone is out or quiet. I have found a couple of small mistakes, but they aren't noticable thank goodness and I havent lost any stitches :) This photo is of the back, and I am getting closer to the armholes, then it becomes quicker. The back up to the armholes is always the uphill part of knitting for me.
The wool is Aran 10 ply - Stormy Ridge Station natural wool. So lovely to knit with. I made a natural coloured jacket a few years ago which I sold as it was too big for me.

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This is what I am stitching at the moment. Just a small Irish welcome picture, I have a few ideas how I will finish it. I may change the writing in the middle to black.

I am starting to get itchy fingers for all the various projects I have on the go at the moment. At least I can do my normal stitching when the time isnt right to concentrate on the knitting.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

The feeling that time stands still

Its been a while since I added an entry here. I actually wasnt sure whether to put anything about my health on the blog since it is so public. But I guess my health is my life, just like my stitching and crafts, my family and pets.

I went to Christchurch for biopsys and I have the results. 2 years ago, I found a lump in my breast, I had biopsys for it and it was fine. I could have it removed or left in. Decided to leave it, but seeing I have lost 17 kilos over the last 2 1/2 years, the lump felt like it was getting bigger. Went and saw a surgeon, who was happy to remove the lump, but he suggested having a mammogram before hand just incase anything else might be there, that needs to be removed. Well that opened a new can of worms. The old lump is fine, but in the same breast, some calcifications were found. These are what I had to have the biopsys for. Results show that I have a DCIU....which is ductal carcinoma in situ. But it is of high grade. So what it comes down to, is I have a small amount of cancer in one of the breast ducts, but it is in one spot, but because it is high could grow or spread. So I have to go to Christchurch, to have the area removed. That will be checked, and I may have more surgery, removal of lymph nodes, and even radiation, depending on the findings. I am hoping, that once the yukky area is taken out....thats it. The area is at pre lump stage, which means it cant be felt, so I have to have a small wire inserted to show the surgeon what area to take out. But thats a bonus, many cancers are picked up at lump stage, and sometimes that is too late.

I actually got my results the day before I went to see a surgeon, so I was able to sit in stunned silence for several hours the night before, and then when I saw the surgeon, I was fairly clear headed, and I could take in what he told me. The next thing is to wait to hear from the surgeon in Christchurch who will operate, Im not sure when she will contact me, early this coming week I hope.

I have had lots of wonderful well wishes from my stitchNZ yahoo group and that means so much to me. I know a few of them have blogs, and read mine.

I am going to remain positive, well as positive as humanly possible, and fight this thing. I have been told to throw myself into my stitching...believe me that is not a problem. DH has been at home on leave, so has been fussing...and the bosses have told him he can have what ever time he needs off.

I have been knitting and stitching, so will have some progress photos soon.

Some good news...we havent had rain for about 2 weeks...we have had lots of cold frosty mornings and sunny days though. Its been much the same around the South Island, but so unusual for us not to have rain. Another gem of information, we have been here 1 year already, time goes fast and its hard to believe.

Also thank you for all the kind words and thoughts over Harwoods passing....I really miss her still. Oh and the stomach thing eventually passed. Still don't know what it was...a bug of some description, I guess.