Dark Hexagonals – My Take On The Hexagon Granny Afghan

This is where I am thus far on the project. I’m still passing out from taking the antibiotics, so I’m not as far along as I would like to be but something is better than nothing. The colors I’m using are Red Heart’s Supersaver in Blacklight, Dark Orchid, Glowworm, Navy and Bright Yellow.

As soon as I finish this, I’m going to make a pillow to match this all to replace my old afghan and pillow.

Hopefully, by then, my hands will have stopped peeling and I can get back to glove and sock making. It’s getting quite chilly outside and I owe some people winter gear including myself.

Sick, Incorporated

I have been ill for the better part of a month. I’ve had two Flus, three fevers, a cold, a multi-site skin infection, a sinus infection and mysteriously peeling skin on my hands.

At this point, nothing would surprise me symptom-wise. I think I’m on the road to recovery though. Yet, I’m very sad because I had to cancel my appointment with the Red Cross for donating plasma and platelets…again. I’m taking two antibiotics and I wouldn’t have finished taking the second one before the time of my appointment.

Enough about me.

The Maternal Parental is doing well. Thankfully, she hasn’t gotten any of my illnesses. I didn’t make it to the party previously mentioned but I am waiting for my hands to heal so I can finish the gifts.

In the interim, I am working on the Hexagon Granny Afghan by Lion Brand Yarn. I’m doing this in my own colors. Since my skin is peeling rather disgustingly, I cannot do the other projects. So far, I’ve got three and a half hexagons done. I’m planning on working on this project more tomorrow. I’m just too tired tonight. Pictures of my project will come once I’ve gotten a little further along in crocheting it.

Some of my plants are doing awesome and others aren’t doing so well but they’re all alive. It seems like I can’t water the orange trees and coleus enough before they’re drooping for more water. In contrast, the Snake plant is almost as big as me and the aloe vera is thriving. My one surviving African Violet has new leaves coming in where there was previously die off. My lemongrass is bigger than me now and the spider plant and pelargoniums are growing well too.

Last, but certainly not least, I took the top off of the pineapple babies and they’re enjoying breathing the free air. They did dry out a bit but they’re recovering quite nicely.

For now, I bid you all a good night and hope that your month has been very good.

Mostly Better

I am finally recovered from the Flu…for the most part. There is a lingering sniffling and cough that will, hopefully, be taken care of when I finally go for my yearly physical in a few days time.

Owing to the fact that I haven’t seen a penny of the money promised me in advance, the baby’s blanket is on hiatus until such time as I feel like finishing it and selling it on to someone who’s appreciative of my work and time in crafting.

Since I was invited to a lovely combined birthday party, I am making gifts for a few of the attendees instead. Namely, two scarves, one for my friend’s mom and the other for my friend Ari. If I can get it done in time for the party, I’m also making gloves and a hat for my friend’s dad. That’s about all I can get done in this small timeframe. Everyone else is getting IOUs until I have finished with the rest of my projects. Below is a picture of Ari’s scarf from a few days ago. It’s about a foot longer now, with more colors.

Speaking of forgotten projects… Sam’s much abused hat is officially on Frogged status. He found a hat he likes on Etsy and I’m going to get it for him as a gesture of friendship and goodwill. I’m going to ball the sock up into a cake as soon as I finish this entry and make it into my army green socks at a later date.

Oh yeah, my Blog anniversary is coming up in seven days. I don’t know what I’m going to do for it, but I’ll think of something.

Another thing of note, apparently, if you attempt to log into the USPS account where you’ve forgotten your password enough times, they delete the account. This allows you to go back to using the e-mail address you’d prefer to use for such information sensitive stuff. Ask me how I know.

In 2013, I opened up a USPS account and…forgot the password. I also, by this time, forgot the secret question answers and had no way to recover my beloved account. So, I opened a second account via an e-mail account I do not consider as secure as account one. Since my hope was to get that first account unlocked somehow, I kept at it with every variation of password I could think of until I got locked out by the system for twenty four hours. Once my day was up, I was right back there, trying to get into my account.

Then, yesterday, on a lark, I decided to try changing my e-mail address to address one. It worked! Now that I have my account back, I’ll use it to send all the backlog of packages I have to send in two waves. Megawave will occur on or about 6 October and Miniwave will occur as soon as I get the stuff I’m ordering as gifts for my friends.

After this, don’t expect anything from me unless you’ve ordered it or I have specifically offered. Shop’s closed. Doors are locked and barred.

Today’s agenda is bread baking and bread pudding making. We have very little bread left and the Maternal Parental would like bread pudding. So, I’m going to make that as soon as I finish unraveling the yarn formerly known as Sam’s hat.

Oh yeah, I nearly forgot. I finally found a good pattern for that Diadem yarn I bought. I’m making a stole for myself in Fisherman’s Rib stitch. I think I have just enough to make a full stole and, if I don’t, then I’ll just buy more in a different color and alternate them.

That’s about it. Enjoy your day, everyone! :)

Falling Down In A Feverish Heap

The past few days have been hell for me. I have the Flu and it’s one of the bad versions. I’ve been so listless that I haven’t felt like doing anything since I first started getting ill a few days ago. It had gotten to the point where my temperature alone was beyond what I could take.

If you can believe it, my temperature actually got higher than that. I maxed out at 102 before I got an intervention from my ex. Nice guy that he is, he bought me enough cold and flu over the counter medication to last until I can wipe this abomination from my system. I’m deeply grateful for him doing this as, to be completely honest, I wasn’t sure how much longer I could have lasted feeling that way.

It’s rather interesting how you selectively forget just how ill you get when you do get ill. This is the sickest I’ve been since I was 14 years old. At that time, I was dealing with the worst Flu ever. Thankfully, this is proving to be nowhere near as bad beyond the fever. It was actually so bad, that I was considering going to the hospital. *shudder*

I am going to call my Doctor’s office as soon as they open to make sure I’m doing everything right and to see if he wants me to come in to see him.

Aside from this health fiasco, not much has been happening.

I’m scheduled to give plasma and platelets in October. Yay. This will be my first time donating in more than two years. Hopefully, no further health problems will get in the way of me helping others. According to the American Red Cross Blood Donor app, I’ve potentially saved 237 lives with my donations over the years. I must get that number higher. Actually, that number should be higher. For some reason, all my old Whole Blood donations are nowhere to be found in my schedule history.

That’s enough rambling. I’m sick and it’s almost 3am. Later.

Ugh, I mean Oh! Fitness Schedule Restart

While I’ve been moving over the past few months, I have not been truly working out as much as I’m capable. Today, that’s going to change. I’m restarting my Fitness schedule. I have personal (Hand written journal) reasons for doing this but I’ll definitely benefit from readopting the full regimen rather than doing sixty minute dancing and walking with occasional calisthenics.

So, to recap my 120 minute workout:

  1. Fifty Push ups
  2. Fifty Crunches
  3. Fifty Leg lifts
  4. Fifty Seated stretches (touching one set of toes at a time)
  5. Fifty Seated Bows (leaning forward as far as possible)
  6. Fifty Standing Toe touches
  7. Fifty Side Knee bends (each leg)
  8. Fifty Front Knee bends (each Leg)
  9. Fifty Squats
  10. Side downward punches (for the duration of two songs)
  11. Fifty Arm lifts (each arm)
  12. Arm Flexes (for the duration of two songs)
  13. Hip flexes (for the duration of two songs)
  14. March in place (for the duration of two songs)
  15. Air punches (for the duration of two songs)
  16. Neck exercises (for the duration of two songs)
  17. Jog in place (for the duration of two songs)
  18. Leg flexes (for the duration of two songs)
  19. Air cross punch (for the duration of two songs)

This is going to be in addition to dancing and walking.

While my knee is still a bit hypermobile, I no longer have body pains which interfere with me working out to this level. We’ll see how long this lasts. Ha.

On the supplement front, I’ve started taking a new vitamin. Don’t laugh at this. Ah, what the heck? I’m laughing myself. I’m taking Well at Walgreen’s Sodium Free Prenatal Multivitamin/Multimineral Suppliment. I’m mainly taking it for its vitamin compliment. Specificially, the iron level. You see, I have serious problems taking some iron supplements and I usually get dog sick when I do take them. So far, I’ve had minimal nausea with this one, so it looks like a winner. Hopefully, I can get my iron levels somewhere near normal levels for someone my age.

It would figure that, now that it’s time for me to get up, I’m now sleepy and yawning myself silly. Earlier this morning, when I was desperate for sleep, I couldn’t seem to go back under and now, I can barely keep my eyes open. I’ll take this as impetus to bid you all adieu. :-)

Pest Control

Yes, I totally cursed myself with the last post. In it, I bragged about not having any problems with my plants. Specifically, I boasted of no signs of pest or diseases in my African violet.

*chortle*

I checked the potting mix five minutes after I wrote that and, like a cold wind from the North, the critters started appearing. Cyclamen mites in my African violet mix meant three plants were affected. Everywhere else were the squeaky beat of the wings of Fungus Gnats. The next time I declare something, let it be that I don’t have a penny to my name and I’m not likely to get the Spanish Lottery in my bank account?

So, to battle against this invasion, I bought some stuff called BioNeem. It’s “all natural” and is supposed to knock the pests in question right out with minimal harmful effects. That is provided I don’t breathe it in, wash it right off and don’t get it in any mucus membranes. Charming.

Well, it certainly knocked me out. That’s for darn sure. I sprayed a ratio of 2.5 teaspoons to a pint of water on all the soil surfaces of my plants and, within hours, the number of Fungus Gnats dwindled from several dozen to half a dozen. I saw no further sign of the Cyclamen mites after I drenched the African Violet with the mixture.

The vapors off of this stuff are insane. I had to turn my head and lean back just to breathe. I got the job done though, and that’s what’s important. According to the instructions, I have to wait ten days to spray it all again until I’ve completely eliminated the menace.

In other stuff, I’m still working on that blanket. The expectant mother is now in labor. I’m racing against the clock to get it finished before the new arrival. I love this pattern but, unless it’s for a toddler or older, I’m not going to make it quite so big in the future.

In still more stuff, I got the guilty “I totally should not have bought it” yarn today. It looks lovely and it’s going to make a wonderful afghan. Since I’m effectively on self-punishment until February, it’s going to be one of my few amusements.

In still more news, I finally met my new friend. He came to visit me on Monday last (Labor Day). We had a really great conversation. I look forward to more intellectual discourse with him.

On Tuesday, I went to The Place for the first time to fulfill my intake appointment obligations. All in all, it wasn’t that horrible compared with the bus rides there and home. It was also considerably improved (based on observations) compared with the Day Program I attended under the same auspices. I just hope that nothing at this new place causes my mental state to collapse. :-/

About the only other thing happening here today is the Maternal Parental and I watching Robocop. I’ve seen it before (probably way more than I should have) but the Maternal Parental has only seen it once or twice before and barely had a memory of it. She really liked it. :-)

On and On I Crochet…

I feel as though I’m stuck in a temporal loop. Everyday, I’m doing the same thing for hours on end, without end, until I get too tired to do it anymore. Temporarily, I walk away from the project, knowing, even as I do, it’s insidiously waiting for me to pick it up again. I feel so trapped by this project. :’-(

Anyway, I’m sixty percent of the way through the blanket. Progress is slow but I’m getting there. I’m hoping to have it finished before 5 September. Realistically, 1 September isn’t looking like a possibility. I don’t know when the baby is due but, if he’s due before I get this done, he’ll just have to wait for this blanket.

Other than that, my plants are growing well. They’re all thriving. I did have to take cuttings from the Coleus plants due to the pot tipping over a few days ago. They’re happily rooting in a takeaway pint size container.

The pineapples are growing like weeds. I’m currently making plans to get them individual containers so they can branch out even further and grow stronger.

The Snake plant is almost as tall as I am. I think that’s as tall as it gets so, I’m not focusing on making it exceed this.

The orange trees are half my height. Their leaves are dropping off due to being right over the air conditioner but, otherwise, they’re alright.

The pelargonium look to be ready to flower any minute now. I’m going to give them in particular some fertilizer tomorrow morning to give them a little boost for the autumnal growing season.

The lemongrass is growing tall and strong. It seems like the more water I dump on them, the bigger and stronger they get.

The aloe vera are all vigorous and healthy. I’m still waiting for the people they go to to come and get them or arrange for their pickup.

Last, but not least, my single surviving African violet looks very healthy in its new soil. No sign of pests or any diseases anywhere on the plant. If they’re in there, I’ll root them out tomorrow. :-)