Life Is What Happens To You While You’re Busy Making Other Plans

Some life happened, folks.  I’ve been having some health problems, which I won’t go into here.  One of them I knew about and I’ve been coping with it.  The other one came flying in out of left field and caught me flat footed. Add in a couple of adverse drug reactions (HIVES!) and these past two weeks have not been fun.  The scariest thing about it, though, is how the VA came through for me on some drugs that would have otherwise cost me $94 for 20 pills, as well as the other meds I needed.  Anyway.  Hopefully, things will settle back down again and I’ll have more frequent updates.

I’ve started working on this Cable Edged Shawl pattern which I’m doing in a Lion Brand Heartlands yarn called “Glacier Bay.” It’s worked as a garter tab from the leading edge downward, and you put the edging on last, working at right angles to the shawl body.  You work the whole body first, and I’ve got a way to go on that.  Simple garter stitch, but with a nice edging.

I’ve also gotten a little farther along on my modification of this pattern.  I took the hint of using dental floss as lifelines, putting in a lifeline after every pattern repeat.  I like the way it’s coming along so far, especially the texture of the shawl body.

I’m on my third pattern repeat.  You can see how the garter stitch lace edging is shaping up.  The only hard part about it, actually, is the garter stitch lace bit.  The rest of it is pretty straightforward.  So far, so good.  I will post the pattern on my knitting blog when I get it worked through.

I’ve been doing a re-re-re. . . read of C. J. Cherryh’s Foreigner books, which has been instrumental in helping me keep my sanity through the fun and games I’ve been having.  I’m about halfway through.   There’s a new Sebastian St. Cyr book due out, which I’m looking forward to.  Regency murder mystery . . .!

That’s all the news that’s fit to print for now.



Author: WOL

My burrow, "La Maison du Hibou Sous Terre" is located on the flatlands of West Texas where I live with my computer, my books, and a lot of yarn waiting to become something.

4 thoughts on “Life Is What Happens To You While You’re Busy Making Other Plans”

  1. I’m sorry to hear that you have been unwell. I do hope that the worst is now over and that recovery is well under way. I look forward to further good news on the subject.


  2. I’m sorry that you are having health problems! I hope it is getting better already.
    I have a couple of books that I re-read again and again whenever I’m feeling really down or when my health gets worse. These are the only paper books I brought from my country with me, all the rest of my library has been given away to friends and family and I only buy ebooks now. But these 3 paper books are my “medicine for the soul”. Hope your “soul medicine” works well and help you get through this hard time!


  3. Speaking of life happening, I’m still reeling from my particular thwack. For the usual combination of reasons, Dixie Rose’s death has hit me harder than any other significant, sad event in my life, including the death of my mother — not in terms of significance, but just in the level of grief. I suppose part of that is the suddenness, and part of it’s that there were so many things that had to be attended to when Mom died, and had to be attended to el pronto, I had no real time to grieve. Perhaps that’s the difference. I grieved her more slowly; this is sharper for its suddenness.

    Anyway, life does go on. I’ll leave Dixie’s post up for a couple more days, and then find something else to put in its place. I’m not happy about it. As I told a friend yesterday, this whole “dead” business doesn’t get my approval. I want my kitty back, thank you very much. But, it’s not going to happen. So on we go.


  4. And, I seem unable to hit the right keys these days. I was in the process of adding that I was glad the VA helped out with the costs of your meds, and I hope they’re working as they should. Those adverse drug reactions can be misery — I do hope that’s over with now. I hope spring’s working its way toward you, too. I’ve seen fire warnings for your area — not actual fires, only that conditions are right. That means you could use more rain and less wind. I hope you get it, along with some blue skies and flowers.


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