Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween !

Here's todays' comic from Dog eat Doug (click for bigger ) . This is one of the comics I look forward to reading everyday , it always brings a smile to my face ...
Does anyone else have a favourite comic ?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

WIP Wednesday

It snowed overnight and was so cold and windy this morning making it very easy to put off starting the day . I've enjoyed a second cup of tea and even knit a little on some new socks on the needles . These are the take -a-long to the hospital project . I'm trying to work through some of the sock yarn stash and do some Christmas knitting .

I usually set myself a few goals for knitted gifts for family and friends , but this year I plan to just go with the flow . Knitting time is at a premium and I don't need to give myself more stress with deadlines and unmet expectations . This is supposed to be fun after all , and that hat or socks or scarf can be knit and gifted anytime .

Well , I'm off to walk the Bingster , brrrr......

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

# 101

I'm too tired to think of a proper title for this post so have resorted to just a number.

I haven't been able to blog for much of this month . If you've read this blog in the past you will know that I've been the caregiver for an elderly friend Marie . She was hospitalized over 4 weeks ago and despite all odds is still fighting the good fight . She will however be unable to go back home . Her health is so fragile that she really can't take care of her most basic needs and requires more help than I can give her. Yesterday after much agonizing , a lot of tears on both our parts , she signed the request to go to a nursing home . In the meantime she'll stay at the hospital . This is kind of a good news / bad news situation . She's a uni lingual anglophone patient in a hospital with some staff that cannot always communicate with her as their English language skills are minimal . This has contributed to a feeling of isolation and along with her other health issues is having a terrible effect on her morale. I visit just about every day for a few hours , but really it hasn't helped much , in the end she's alone . I've spoken to the doctors and the social worker and they have done their level best to help her but for the moment she's stuck where she is . I'm getting worn out with the worry and sadness of her situation , which really is the least of it . In the next few weeks I'll be responsible for the dismantling of her life as I pack up her apartment and try to organize what she'll need for the nursing home . The only comfort is that medically she's getting the care she needs . By the way she's still knitting socks !

On a happier note baby Jessey is thriving . He's the happiest, most contented baby, he eats , sleeps and poops . Chantal is nursing him and really enjoys it and has no problems doing it . Lucky baby ! The whole gang is coming for dinner tonight as my father is leaving for Austria on Saturday .Today was the only day we could all get together . The last six weeks have been a blur , with so much going on .

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


I started blogging about 18 months ago . This was sort of an experiment , just to see if I could actually figure out how all this computer stuff works and to keep a kind of journal of my knitting projects and throw in a bit about my life and such. I'm not sure if I've figured out all the widgets and gadgets but I'm getting there . To my surprise I'm still at it . What's made this little experiment so enjoyable , and what's encouraged me to keep at it , are the people who stop to visit , especially those who've been kind enough to leave a comment . I just want to say thanks , it's much appreciated .....

On to finished knits . My right shoulder has been tormenting me, so not much knitting has taken place chez moi . I did however finish my broadripple socks . I just love the colours, especially the orange and purple . The yarn : Lana Grossa Meilenweit Merino, gifted to me by my father . Knit on 2,0mm DPNs . This is a easy , fun pattern that shows off self-striping yarns really well . These will be my Socktoberfest socks and the SAM6 KAL contribution . The seemingly never -ending baby blanket is still on the needles . I'm hoping to get a little bit further ahead on it tonight while watching the election results . With a little help from a tylenol and tea .

Depending on the results I may be needing more than one pain killer . Let's just say I'm not a fan of Stephen Harper and the Conservatives , but also have issues with the loyal opposition parties . It's terribly frustrating to vote federally in Quebec if you are not a separatist /nationalist . It really feel like an exercise in futility , but in some ways it makes it even more essential to cast a vote . So wherever you are today and you have the right to vote , do it !

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Introducing ....

.... our first grandson born on October 9th ,2008 at 7:28 PM . He weighed in at 8lbs even and just slightly over 21" long . Mom & Dad are both doing well , if slightly sleep deprived . Chantal's mom and I were both in the hospital room for the birth . It was so amazing to be there to share this experience with them . I'm still pinching myself because it feels like a dream . I think he's just the most beautiful baby , but then I'm just a little biased . So it's official I'm an Ommy !