Showing posts from February, 2010
Kate and I went to the doctors yesterday.  She went because she fell when a table collapsed at Pizza Hut and she bruised her shoulder/arm.  It hurts her to move it and lifting things is painful.  He recommended ibuprofen and light duty work for the next two weeks.  It'll be a little complicated since she has no insurance and it's really a workman's compensation thing. 

I went for a regular checkup and I learned some things.

The bumps on my hands are not bone.  My hands are "normal" in the xrays.  I have pain and he said it's probably arthritis but the bumps are not osteoarthritis like I was afraid of.  Some people just get bumps on their joints.  He offered a referral to a  hand specialist but I declined for the moment.  I can take some ibuprofen for pain and swelling.  It's also probably a touch of tendonitis which will respond to heat and ibuprofen. 

He agreed that going to the gym is a good thing.  I asked about the blood pressure meds and exercise. …
It's here.  Again.  Snow.  We are predicted to get another snow storm complete with high winds and heavy wet snow (I head someone use the words "snow hurricane" yesterday).  See that blue area?  That's poised right over our area and if it continues to pump moisture into the atmosphere, we'll continue to get precipitation.

Sigh.  I used to love snow.  I wanted it to snow and we always got just a dusting.  "Be careful what you wish for...." .  Another 12 inches of snow to shovel and try to get through.  It was snowing as I came into work.  Cold, wet snow that clings and falls down your collar (thank goodness for my handknit scarf which repels the wet!). 

I have a pot of almost-soup in the refrigerator for dinner.  I took the chicken carcass and leftover meat from Sunday's roast chicken and put it into a large pot and simmered it.  I carefully instructed Elanor on how to remove the bones and strain the broth and when I get home, I can heat it up and f…


Today is Peter Kevin's 52nd birthday and boy it couldn't get here soon enough.  Since I am three months older, every year he reminds me that I am older. Frequently.  Every Day.  So, for three months he is married to an older woman and he loves it. 
I talk about Pk so often that you probably feel like you know him.  I wanted to take some time to tell you some things about him you might not know.     He's 5' 11" tall which makes him almost 7 inches taller than I am.  This makes him very happy.  He is an excellent problem solver and can come up with solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems.  He likes mushrooms.  He is smart.  Real smart.  He can converse intelligently on a host of topics.  He is studying for the zombie apocalypse by watching many training movies so we'll be ready.  Math is not his strong suit.  He likes to work with wood and is reading and studying plans to make a spinning wheel for me.  This makes me very happy.  He is supportive of my hobby a…
People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air,but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle.
~Thich Nhat Hanh 

I think it was Walt Whitman who said something about there being a miracle in every square inch of creation.  Emily teases me frequently because I believe this wholeheartedly.  Sunsets, dandelions, snowfalls.  They all have their miraculous side.   We just need to open our eyes and appreciate it.

So, I thought I'd share this with you on this beautifully bright sunny Sunday morning. 

Miracles.  They're everywhere.
One way to tell that Spring is coming is to watch for the crocuses to start breaking the soil.  Another way (for me) is to notice that it's not dark in the morning when I leave for work.  This was Wednesday morning and you can see the sunlight just starting to show.  It was beautiful and I stood outside just watching the sky.  It's less depressing to go to work when it's not dark.   Unfortunately, this will only last until March 14 when Daylight Savings Time hits the east coast here again.  I keep hoping we'll give it up and just leave time alone but not this year. I am inordinately proud of this.  It's the beginning of my Evenstar shawl.  It's only the center and I haven't even started the actual pattern.  It took me about 10 tries to get the circular cast on and keep the stitches on the needles and not get them all twisted and to not leave extra large holes.  I was determined last night to do this.   After 3 additional tries, I finally got it using Emily O…
Today when Pk and I got home from the gym, we found our Calvin lying motionless on our bed.  He didn't move when Pk put his gymbag down and Pk leaned down and felt him and said, "he's cold".    We thought he was dead.  Pk picked him up and wrapped him in a towel and took him downstairs.  Then he called "Hon, he's not dead".  I took Calvin and held his limp body as he took shallow, shuddering breaths.  We waited for each one to be his last.    He lasted for about two hours. It never occured to me to rush him to the vet and take heroic measures.  It was obvious he wasn't going to live.  His pupils were fixed and unresponsive.(I've read too many medical books for my own good).    We held him and talked to him and waited.  He finally took that last breath and died. We think he had a stroke.
  Calvin was our "kindergarten cat".  Not terribly bright but awfully cute.   He defied the "cats are graceful" rule by falling off a shelf (w…
"When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it's bottomless, that it doesn't have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space."
~Pema Chodron

I have  no real reason for posting this, except that I can.  WebSense let me on today so I am taking advantage.   I am such a rebel.

We're waiting on another inch of snow today.  It's dark and cloudy and grey and a perfect day to crawl into bed and pull the covers over your head.  I treated myself to a french vanilla cappuccino this morning and it's delicious. 

Have a good Tuesday!
There will be no more posting at work.  At least not for the forseeable future.  On Friday, I was waiting for some phone calls to be returned and decided to read blogs at my desk.  WebSense (our web monitor) wouldn't let me read my own blog or anyone else's.  It wouldn't let me log onto ravelry.  It would let me read web comics but not "social networking sites".  Like Facebook.  Personally, I blame Facebook for this.  I think so many people are spending time at work on facebook (like when I go into the scheduling room and hear the cows there in farmland mooing, I know they're not working), that they have to step in and do something.  WebSense is a strange program.  You can do an end run around it sometimes and get onto the websites you want but then it suddenly catches up with you and blocks your access.  I don't know how long this will last but I'm afraid it's permanent. 

I want to show you my hat.
First off, let me say, I don't like hats.  I…
For date night last night, Pk and I went to dinner with Kate and Patrick.  It was nice but a little weird to double date with our daughter.  We then went to Borders and I found a book.  Actually, I found three books.  One was My Lobotomy by Howard Dully.  I heard Mr. Dully speak on having a lobotomy on npr about two years ago.  It was one of the most moving pieces I have ever heard.  Mr. Dully's step mother and a doctor worked together to have him lobotomized when he was 12 years ago (in 1960, yes, lobotomies were still performed until 1968).  He's a tour bus driver and happily married now but had a harrowing time of it as a child.  I found the book on sale and snapped it up.  I'm going to figure out a way to share it with my group.  We've talked about it often and they're fascinated (in a morbid kind of way).

I also got a knitting/spinning book.  I know I don't need another one but this one was different.  It's called A Fine Fleeceby Lisa Lloyd.  There are…
Can you stand one more snow photo?  This is our backyard at 7:30 this morning. Those are pine trees laden with the snow that fell well into the night.  I went to bed at 10 and it was still snowing.  I am home from work (Pk's office is closed again but because we are part of a hospital, we NEVER close).  I can't get in until we shovel the car out.  Peter Kevin is outside now starting the arduous process of clearing the walkway and shoveling out the car.  It's a little harder this time since there was that freezing rain mixed in there for a while yesterday.  We lost a small pine tree.  A volunteer tree that sprang up all on its own.  We decided to let it grow and the snow and ice were too heavy for it so it fell over.  It's probably uprooted but we can't tell.  As the sun makes its way to the back yard (the front gets the morning sun, the house faces almost due east), the snow will start to fall off these trees and the branches will (hopefully) spring back.  Some of …
Susan has a "what's on your......" thing going on over at her blog.  Last week, she asked what was on your fridge.  I didn't get a chance to post a photo because I was at work when I read it and then forgot later when I got home. 

This week I'm home (the blizzard is coming! the blizzard is coming!) so I can play, too.  This week is "What's on your Desktop?"  Now, you can think of desktop two ways.  There is the obvious "top of your desk" which looks like this.  You can see the toys there under the monitor.  I have a fondness for windup toys and keep a collection there for amusement.  I also have a wonderful ornament that a former coworker gave me hanging on my lamp.  If you enlarge the photo you can see it.  It's a woman flying through the air with an armload of things.  It says 'tell me all about it' on her side.  She said it reminded her of me and now it reminds me of her.  You can also see Olivia's pod sitting there hold…
Straight from the people at NOAA (national oceanographic and atmospheric admin):


We're expecting another snow storm.  Tonight.  And all day tomorrow.  I laughed when I read this because what else are you going to do?  I've arranged to take Wed and possibly Thurs off as vacation days (although I think this is somewhat unfair since I won't physically be able to get into work if we get the 18 inches of snow they're predicting).  If I request the time off ahead of time, it's not a dreaded occurence.

No one showed up for their appointments yesterday and I don't expect an overwhelming turnout today either.  Philadelphia does not do a good job plowing streets and the smaller streets (and there are a lot of them, the city hasn't changed much since colonial times in some p…
Sunday morning sunshine left shadows of the neighbor's dead cedar trees. They look much better in shadow than they do in real life.                   It stopped snowing about 4 pm yesterday and this morning, the sun was so bright it was blinding.  We got up early and Pk went out to shovel.  You can see the job he faced. The plows pile up the snow along the roadside and since we have to get the car out to go to work, someone has to dig through the 4 ft high pile.   Fortunately, it wasn't too difficult since the temps stayed well below freezing and the snow hasn't had time to melt and pack down.  It's still light and fluffy.  It didn't  take too long for him to shovel.  I sat inside and watched and then prepared breakfast (french toast, eggs and bacon) for him when he was done.  I offered to help but he said he'd take care of it.  (I'll admit, I was grateful).
I managed to finish my hat!  This has been the single most problematic pattern I have ever tried.  If…
Good morning!  Welcome to our world. This is what we awoke to this morning.  That's my car.  The plows had just come down the street.  If you make the photo larger, you can see the wall of snow that is building up at the end of our driveway.  Since we're expecting another foot of snow today, that wall will continue to grow as the plows keep making their way through the snow. This is what it looks like out the back of the house.  I'm sorry all the photos are through the windows. It's snowing hard and blowing all around.  I only had slippers on so going outside wasn't an option.  You can see the picnic table up there on top of the hill.  It's cold.  (duh).  We are ensconced in the house and will stay here all day.  There's no reason to go out.  It looks inviting to walk in the snow but the wind makes it hard to see (or walk for that matter).  When it snowed like this in December, people around here were excited.  Maybe it was because it was near Christmas.  Th…
Friday Night:  Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Widespread blowing snow after 1am. Low around 25.(-3 C) Blustery, with a east wind 6 to 9 mph increasing to between 19 and 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.
Saturday: Snow and widespread blowing snow. High near 28. Windy, with a north wind between 21 and 26 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Saturday Night: A chance of snow showers, mainly before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 16. North wind between 7 and 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%

So, here we go again.  Pk and I have work tomorrow and will have time to go to the gym and maybe even out to the diner for dinner before the snow really starts.  And then the fun starts.......

We had no plans for the weekend and it's not a grocery shopping weekend so we're ready.  We have plenty of milk, eggs and bread (required when snow is in the forecast) and can hole up in the house for …
You know, I'm not going to say anything about the socks.  You knew that all along, didn't you?  I'm not by nature a troublemaker or a tattletale and that's what I would feel like if I mentioned it. I thought of Sock Wars as a game, too.  I was surprised to find that everyone didn't think like I did and some people took it VERY seriously.  I'm pretty sure I won't do it again.  So, 'nuff said. 

Our last two clients of the day yesterday warned us about the blizzard that was coming and how we better make sure to get our milk and eggs and bread on the way home.  I had heard that it was maybe going to snow but nothing about a blizzard. (the joys of not having a television means we miss all the weather hype).  I checked before bed.  No snow.  Not  a flake.  And this morning?  A light dusting of slushy white stuff.  Just enough to make it cold and damp but not enough to impede travel.  We are expecting a storm on Friday/Saturday so maybe that's where the bl…
The idea of karma is that you continually get the teachings that you need to open your heart. To the degree that you didn't understand in the past how to stop protecting your soft spot, how to stop armoring your heart, you're given this gift of teachings in the form of your life, to give you everything you need to open further."

~Pema Chodron

I have always been fascinated by the idea of karma.  It makes sense to me that my life is all about learning to open myself further, for me to learn the lessons I need to know to make myself a better person. (some lessons are harder than others).  Why does it seem so much easier for some people to do the right thing and live peaceful, helpful lives and others seem to struggle through every life event?  Is it truly because the peaceful person has lived through this before and learned the lessons and can now handle it?  And the struggling person is a relatively new soul who is still learning?  Things to ponder.

We had a great time on …