Friday, February 26, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
It is a breathtakingly beautiful country.
Lake Arenal and Arenal Volcano
and the beautiful sunset, seen from our porch:
There are beautiful birds everywhere.
(These two are from a postcard, but we actually DID see two toucans together in a tree along a road out in the country. They were too far away to get a good photo of.)
During the week were were in Costa Rica, we saw over one-hundred species of birds!
The cattle are as often in the roads as in the endless pastures. No one seems to mind and traffic, when there is any, just slowly moves ahead, giving the cattle time to get off the road.
The iguana are, well, not beautiful, but plentiful. They are everywhere!
Even on tops of buildings:
I think it would be a shame to go there and not be able to stumble across this view:
and find a restaurant on the beach:
where the seafood is great, and the pina colada is the best EVER!!!
Friends ask me if I would like to go back, and YES! I would. I would love to have the time to go up higher into the cloud forests where there are even more birds and the chance to see the tops of volcanoes. I was told that the Arenal Volcano, which we partly ascended, still blows off steam and smoke regularly. It was obscured by the clouds the day we were there, but I would love to go back and explore the area.
So I will!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I'm re-washing the blanket in soak; it just didn't feel soft enough yet, and I hope this second soak in soak works!
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Oh well. I will just assume that Ginny Weasley will be polite and say nothing. If she does notice, I'm telling older daughter to teach Ginny the concept of "design element."
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I had a problem sewing in the sleeve on the right, and as a result, there is a little puckering, but not as much as there was before I blocked it a bit. When my mother taught me how to sew, she referred to the process of putting in a set-in sleeve as "worrying it in," and that was right. I can't really say precisely how that worked, but I think the knitting version is about the same, along with a great deal of faith in the magic of blocking.
The second sweater, which I am making in garter stitch, is already on the needles, so I hope to have both ready to mail out to Hermoine and Ginny, maybe on Saturday.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
This all started last week when a childhood friend, whom I've known since kindergarten ( I think it's great that we're still in touch, since we've both moved well away from where we grew up-Hi Susan!) e-mailed a link to pictures of matching outfits she had sewn for her two granddaughters and their American girl dolls. They were adorable! And I thought "No way!"
But the idea kept pestering me and I gave in. So the first sweater is almost finished; I just have to pick up stitches around the neck (no fun there) after I sew the pieces together. And then, since I have two granddaughters with American Girl Dolls, I have to make the second sweater. I must cast it on very, very soon - maybe as soon as I post this - or this could turn into the doll clothing version of the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome!
And H, don't tell the girls. If I finish both sweaters, it will be a surprise (for them as well as for me, possibly).
Sunday, February 14, 2010
But a wedding announcement in today's paper may just have crossed the TMI line.
The bride is forty, the groom is fifty-two, and they have a seven-month old daughter. From the announcement:
Their decision to have a child as soon as they could fit perfectly with their adventurous spirit. "Our priority was to have a child, because D's biological clock was ticking," said Mr. G, who had an earlier vasectomy reversed so that he could father a child.
Well, alrighty, then.
Thanks for sharing.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
I've been desperate, DESPERATE I tell you, to find two sock yarns that I can mix together to make the Simple Yet Effective Shawl, a pattern that older daughter (the one with the smooth forehead) recommended. I've forgotten where she got it, but it's easy and it's colorful with the right yarns. I've been going through the sock yarns I have in a wicker basket and haven't been able to put two different skeins together that would work.
So I looked in my stash and found this:
It's perfect! It's two different colorways of Koigu - and I do love Koigu -and a skein of Colinette that will work well with the Koigu.
And yes, I could have just gone to the LYS and gotten something for the pattern but
a. it's gray and rainy
b. it's cold
c. I feel crummy. I think I may have gotten Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever from a wood tick I provided a couple of days of room and board to while I was in Costa Rica. Bleah......
(Does anyone know the symptoms of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever? I'm guessing they include an actual fever, which I don't have, so who knows what this is.)
Going through my stash seemed like a better idea than going out in the cold and rain, and not only did I find the yarn for the shawl, I found this:
Debby Bliss cashmerino aran
Note: The Simple Yet Effective Shawl pattern is a download from Ravelry for $3.50.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Why, it's because I offered to buy my daughters their first Botox injections!
Yes, they are both thirty-something and have NO wrinkles that I've ever noticed. So why?
They both have incapacitating migraines and are on all sorts of (to me) scary drugs: to prevent the migraines; to stop the migraines once they begin; and to deaden the excruciating pain when nothing else works.
I have read about the discovery by doctors who kept hearing from their Botox patients (who were treating wrinkles) that those who had suffered from migraine pain were not suffering from it when they had had Botox injections. So more and more doctors are using it for migraines. It is not yet DEA approved, but some insurance companies cover Botox for use for migraines when the doctors apply for permission to use it as a medical necessity. So far, neither of my daughter's insurance companies has made a decision, but older daughter's neurologist told her that he would rather have her use Botox than be on all of the strong medications she currently needs to treat the migraines.
She has an appointment on Friday. My fingers are crossed that this will at least mitigate some of the problems. Botox doesn't cure migraines; so far there is no cure. But it does treat the pain portion of migraines, and that's a big deal.
But really, how many mothers offer to buy Botox for their daughters???
photo from rfp123.com
Also, I thank everyone who has left comments or sent e-mails about my cat. You have been really kind. I keep looking out the back door, expecting to see Lewis patiently waiting to be let back in.......