Friday, February 18, 2011

You might think

G'day all!

You might think that I am not knitting much at the moment.

Well I am knitting but I am knitting the body of this cardigan and really, progress looks slow (though I did knit a good 6cm of it on Friday whilst awaiting my CT scan). It is boring to show progress pics when the only progress seems to be endless swathes of stocking stitch.

I must say I am mighty impressed so far with the yarn I am using. It can be a little splitty but the yardage is amazing and for $2 a ball (down from $7), I am quite quite happy. It has only taken three balls to do the yoke and the upper body down to the waist. I've just added the fourth ball. I bought 10 or 12 balls and am now thinking I might be able to make a little top too!

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I've been busy with work, knitting, quilting, gardening, house renos, the 365project (a picture a day) and DH, and in the last couple of days tests for my six monthly checkup. Yep, we only count from when the operation was, even though I was diagnosed with BC two Christmases ago, because I did chemo first, I am only a six month survivor. The lymphodema tests showed that I have a mild problem (I know the poor boob is not real happy) and one measurement was 1.5cm larger than the previous time (they measure the circumference of set parts of your arm), which seems totally wrong given all the rest with within a mm of last time. I am hoping the blood tests and CT scan show I am fine but I am preparing myself for the worst. I feel ok, a little twitchy but I am much much better than I was six months ago. That is the rotten thing about cancer - you are usually pretty good until it has you well in its clutches.

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It would be nice to stop for a while but I like to have things to do, particularly crafting things when I am a bit stressed. The continuing uncertainty of when DH will be fit to go back to work is more annoying than worrying about if I have mets! If I do have mets, we can probably do something to manage them, but I can't manage and should not DH beyond a certain point. The rest is up to him and his doc, and with any luck if we can work out where we'll be, his coach.

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I must also whine about the weather. OK, two years ago it was 40+C at the start of Feb (which then triggered the dreadful Black Saturday fires). We struggled up to about 21C today. For Feb, that is awfully cold. It is 13C at the moment. I know that those of you in far northern climes dream of 13C at the moment but BRR! COLD! It is still summer.

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(Another reason why it is cold inside - we have a bit of housewrap over the hold at the moment...)

And I'm missing out on Stitches West. Whine.

But most magnificent, we watched a show on the PiLs' telly. It showed the Outback now that it is flooded. It is gobsmackingly beautiful. Absolutely amazing. I'd like to go stickybeak at it but getting there is an issue because the country out there is flat flat flat. And very very very wet. Plus all our money is going into getting the kitchen renovated. (Getting very over the kitchen renovations even though most of the enormous stuff is done - only one window, plasterboard on two point five walls, a floor, lots of tiling, new cupboards and benchtops, a stove and hood, sink, tap, hmmm, anything else to go? Gack.)

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Pics today are mostly care of the camera phone, though at least I found the battery charger for the camera batteries (just rechargeable AAs). I keep forgetting to take the camera with me. Just as well I have the phone, eh? And I discovered a pretty picture function on the phone. Can you tell? 8-) It is called cartoon, though I'd call it drawing myself. The magnificent houses and gardens are in Albert Park - we had a quilting day there today and I went for a walk cos I know one whole block of that area, and it just so happens to be this one amazing block.

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anon!

4 comments:

  1. Wow - amazing houses.

    Hope N gets better soon. Glad to see his cheery face! Everything crossed for good health for both of you xx

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  2. Everything crossed for ya over here, chickie, especially the boobage situation! xox

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  3. Hahaha, I had to laugh at the last part of your post. I grew up in Port Melbourne and went to Albert Park Primary school and I have literally been lusting after that house for over a DECADE. Isn't it gorgeous?

    Definitely crossing my fingers for good test results for you.

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  4. Waving at Nathan - quite a big window you have in your loo!

    Stitches West - thought about you, but nothing interesting really. Usual classes and shopping, but the gleam is gone and I didn't buy much. Didn't even go on Saturday and Sunday!

    Only really interesting bit - Ali MacGraw was signing a pattern from a hat kit. Part of the proceeds were for charity.

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