Musings from the Happily Unemployed

Monday, June 26, 2006

Back Home!

We've been back from doggie surgery since mid-afternoon. Surgery was an interesting process.... We originally thought he was going in for a wire removal and maybe a suture or two. He actually had a much more involved surgery. Dr. Bauer found the problem causing the limping, (which is good, don't get me wrong!) but it's going to be about a 4 week recovery period, instead of a 1 week. Blah! However, I can't say enough good things about the Veterninary Specialty Center of Southern Colorado!!!! (yeah, yeah, I know I sound like an ad) They not only take really good care of your pet AND you, they are the kindest people! To our utter shock, we left the clinic without paying a single dime for this last surgery. I can't believe it! I'm going to see if they have a donation program because they really do deserve it.

But, on the plus side, our little monkey is already feeling better. He's been up and playing for a little while now. He's still wobbly from the epidural and he doesn't use the operated leg at all, but it's good to see him cheerful!

Now, hopefully, third time's the charm and he'll be on his way to recovery shortly. We are excited because he gets to go back to his favorite physical therapist, Kim, in two weeks. It'll be great to see her again.

I went out in a monster thunderstorm yesterday to get World of Warcraft (WoW). I think I might be addicted! ;-) Anyone want to join me for a couple quests??

I managed to get a ton of knitting done today while waiting for Colorado to get out of surgery. I'm working on this Lacy Tee and today I finished the back and started the front. I love Saucy Sport! It's "affordable" yarn, but it's fun to work with.

I need to update with some pictures soon. I finished the Shapely Tank recently, but haven't had Luc take a picture of me yet. I'll be finishing up a couple pairs of socks too, so those pictures will also be forthcoming.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Surgery....

We are headed right back for surgery next Monday. ARGH! The broken supporting wire needs to come out for one. The other thing that might be happening is that the patella is rubbing on the top of the bone funny. If that's the case, a suture to re-align it might help. Neither procedure is a big deal at all and will require probably only about a week of recovery time with no major setbacks. Poor doggie will be shaved hip to ankle and on his butt (for an epidural) again. The fur on his butt has just finished growing back in!!

Well, at least we can be with him the day of the surgery, right up until he has to be put out for x-rays, and surgery. Then we can be there right after he wakes up. I bet I'll get a whole lot of knitting done next monday! Anyone care to join us?? ;-) They have a good "movie" room at the clinic. haha

Here's to hoping that the wire comes out with no problem and it helps with the limping!!!

By the way, I did take my knitting with me to today's appointment, but no one said anything to me! I don't think Dr. Bauer even noticed!

Monday, June 19, 2006

Feeling Scared...

I'm turning to my blog for a little comfort tonight... I'm scared because we have an appointment to see our doggie surgeon tomorrow. Our doggie has been intermittently limping more since about week and a half ago. He always has a slight limp but it seems to have gotten worse at times. I called the surgeon and he called me back in a panic thinking something terrible had happened. He is a wonderful caring dr! I told him what was going on and he thinks it may be nothing to be concerned about, but still wants to check him out just to be safe.

As many of you may know, he has a supporting wire in his knee that helped with the initial healing after surgery. That wire broke a long time ago. It's broken in about 3 or 4 pieces and I'm thinking these pieces might be moving around in his knee causing pain, discomfort and some swelling. Taking the wire out is not a "no-brainer" as Dr. Bauer put it, but can be done if it's a problem. If it's the wire that's causing the limping, it's better than other alternatives, so I'm hoping that's all it is!

When Janice from Dr. Bauer's called to confirm the appointment today, she told me to make sure he didn't have any food before the appointment in case Dr. Bauer wanted to do any procedures. Oh that's scary!!!! But I totally trust this dr. and know that he only wants the best for our little furbaby so if he says the wire has to come out or the tendon needs additional repair, then so be it!

Well, I was hoping blogging about this would help me, but I'm not really feeling any better... :-( Maybe I'll just get back to knitting my toe up sock! Diane (from knit group) says to knit when there's anything wrong, so I'll take her advice! ;-) I'm even planning on bringing my sock to the appointment in case I need to calm down.

Well, I'll update after the appointment tomorrow. Think good thoughts for us!!

Friday, June 16, 2006

Toe-Up Sock!

I finally tried the toe-up sock on two circs. Here is my progress so far:


I tried the magic cast-on for toe-up socks and it worked beautifully. I'm not sure if this is correct, but I did the toe increases by increasing after the first stitch and before the last stitch on each needle on every other round. My increases were done by knitting into the front and back of the stitch. It looks good so I'm happy!

I had to do the toe-up sock because I have a very finite amount of Lorna's Laces sock yarn, so I separated the yarn into two separate, equal balls and I'm going to knit the ribbing until I run out. I want ankle socks (or footies) to wear with shorts and tennis shoes, so I think I have enough yarn.

I'm working on a Shapely Tank Top from some leftover Cotton Fleece, but I was a little bit short on yarn, so I actually had to buy another skein. LOL The point is to reduce the stash, not have more!! I'll post a pic in a few days when it's done. I'm hoping it didn't turn out too big!

Most of my knitting buddies will be going to the Wool Market/Festival in Estes Park this weekend, but I think a few of us are staying behind and we'll probably all end up at the LYS on Saturday, so it'll be fun anyway. ;-) Luc and I are going to Farmer's Market in the morning and then I'll head on over to sit and knit.

Farrah, I updated my progress bars for you! ;-) In case, anyone was paying attention... I did totally frog the reversible cabled wrap! So now I have over 1300 yds of sport weight 100% baby alpaca. YUMMY!

(I just noticed that I dropped a stitch right before I took the above picture. Don't worry, I picked it up and all is well, but if you look close you can see it! haha!)

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Grandma's Birthday Present



I've made a sweater, felted clogs, and some ankle socks for my grandma's birthday. The clogs aren't quite dry yet, so I can't ship them today. I'm not sure I'll have time tomorrow or Saturday, but her birthday isn't until June 18, so I should be able to get it to her in plenty of time!

I'm working on finishing some UFO's so I can start new projects soon. ;-) I'm itching to start another summer top, but I must be patient.

We are going on another geocaching adventure tomorrow, but this time we are going to stay within the Springs (just on the north end of town where we never go). I'll be planning the itinerary today. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Geocaching trip

We went our first geocaching trip in a loooooooong time yesterday. It was so much fun! We've decided to make Fridays the "designated" geocaching day.

Here are some pictures:


We went up to Woodland Park and then made our way to Cripple Creek. It was beautiful up there! We only searched for and found 5 geocaches, but it's "not about the numbers". haha (We have friends back in CA that think it IS about the numbers). We've been geocaching since Feb. of 2003 and only have 639 found, but that's ok. We do the caches we like when we feel like it. No use in forcing yourself to do something that's no fun, right?

Anyway, I'd better run, since I wanted to go to an embellishment demo at my LYS.