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Archive for January, 2008


Yeah…I did it.  I decided to try some alternative medicine as a complement (not replacement momma) to help with some of the MS crap.  I know, I never mention the monster here, not sure why.  Anywho, I have been fighting fatigue and the weight gain that seems to go with it as well as a ridiculous oversensitivity to heat.  So, I got the nerve to finally go for it.  I saw a great woman, Danialia, today.  She is younger than me (go figure), calm and sensitive.  I told her I was a little nervous, so she put a needle right into the crown of my head.  It literally felt like I melted into the table.  The needles were almost imperceptible.  Henry quizzed me to the nth degree when I came back, but I didn’t know what to tell him.  I feel pretty good, but really tired.  It’s funny, I feel tired in a different way than before and I certainly can’t explain that for those of you who were planning on asking.  I will say that my forearms are so sore that I don’t want to knit and I am not sure about typing.  I am going to give this a real try.  I am committing to myself that I will try this once a week for six weeks.  I am also going to start my calcium, vitamin d and the biggy B12 (terribly low) for this same period.  I am also going to try the fish oil again.  I am hoping that doing something is better than the nothing I seem to be doing now.  Maybe since I said it in a public way I will feel responsible for sticking to my plan…..wish me luck!

Baby Elliot

elliot-2008-small.jpgHere she is!  This is my sister, Allison’s, fourth child…the third girl.  Poor Chance, the only boy and oldest child, is severely outnumbered at this point.  Welcome to the world sweet girl!

My first girl

I am going to indulge myself in another walk down memory lane.  So, if you are looking for knitting… is not the day.

My first girl, Grey, turned six today.  We all spent the day at the Children’s Museum playing and playing and playing.  We had the best day in a long time.  No deadlines, no place to be, nothing but focus on having a good time and celebrating Grey.

Most of you who read my blog know Grey well.  But, some of you may not.  Grey is very in touch with other people’s feelings, she is lively and curious.  She is sweet and spends a good deal of her time in the clouds talking to fairies, her grandmother (who passed well before she was ever born), her dead cats and really anyone or anything she might think should give a listen. 

I was thinking about the day she was born all day today.  She was a week or more late and I was desperate to have her.  I had been to the doc that Friday and he said that he would schedule my induction for the next week because there was no way I would go on my own.  I cried all the way home.  I had gained 55 pounds and was miserable.  I was so miserable, I stopped at Walgreens and bought Castor oil.  I drank it at a stop light and almost threw up.  Any way, we had supper club that night at Lori’s house.  (When we lived in the boro’, we were blessed with many friends who got together once a month for Friday night dinner.)  They all knew I was miserable, so everyone of them gathered around and did a labor dance for me.  I was in the center of the dance and I laughed so hard I thought I would have Grey right there.   Henry and I eventually left to go to another party.  I couldn’t take it so I left him there and went home.  Within a few hours I was calling to get him home.  By noon on Saturday Grey was here. 

Meeting Grey was the most inexplicable experience of my life.  All I could think of was that the little thing I held in my arms was made by me and Henry out of some random cells.  She was and still is a miracle. 

pa300376.jpghair-1.jpggoodmorning.jpgspace-grey.jpggreydaddy2.jpggrey-sideways.jpgmomgrey1.jpgp3224435.jpgprincess-1.jpghenry-mycah-grey.jpgGod, I could not be happier or more proud.  Raven Grey, I love you.

Happy Birthday to my Hubby

henry-mycah-grey.jpgHenry’s birthday is today.  I kind of suck…I hadn’t done anything really.  I made a decent dinner and I bought him a cheesecake at this amazing bakery in town.  Cheesecake is his favorite dessert. 

He has been able to kind of hang out and take it easy since school won’t be in for another week and a half…so I am very happy about that.  I’m also incredibly happy that I have been lucky enough to share my life with him for the past 14 or so years and that he gave me two beautiful girls.  He is probably the best-hearted man I have ever known.  He is kind, strong, a great father and a loving husband.  He is forgiving, slow to anger, but fiercely protective of “his girls.”  This is the day we get to celebrate having him here.  I think there is no better reason to celebrate in the world.  Henry, we love you!  Happy Birthday!

Our first caucus

in-the-hillary-camp-167-people.jpgcaucus-registration.jpgcaucus-before-breaking-up-763-people.jpgcaucus-1.jpgI’m so excited.  We went to our first caucus.  I really loved participating in this aspect of the election process.  Since we did not have a caucus in TN, I had no idea what would happen.  I’ll give the quick and dirty story.  Once you register (new voters in the district) you get a number on an index card.  Then, you go to the big gathering place.  Ours was Clapp auditorium.  It turned out to be beautiful and literally across the street making it very easy to walk.  Anyway, after some formalities and instructions, we were instructed to move to areas designated for our candidate.  I thought someone would speak on each candidates behalf, but that didn’t happen.  We went to the Hillary camp and we were counted.  Because there were 763 people at the caucus, each candidate had to have at least 115 (15%) to remain viable.  If they did not have that much they could go around adn try to convince others to join their camp, join a different group or leave.  Biden, Cusenich and Richardson (i think) did not have enough to be viable.  Some of the Biden people joined us, but I think most went to Obama.  In the end, Hillary had about 167, Edwards close to the same and Obama around 325.  That meant that Obama gets 5 delegates, Hillary 2 and Edwards 2 from our district.  I have to turn on the TV to see how its playing out. 

Also, during all of this my sis is in the hospital being induced.  She’s a little stressed, so prayers for strength and calm are appreciated.  I should have a new niece at some point tomorrow. 

Copyright Faux Pas

I think I may have inadvertantly made a terrible blunder.  I have had several positive comments on Henry’s Skull Cap…but I only knitted the cap.  The pattern is actually by Hello Yarn.  She is a rockin’ designer.  Here is her link…. .  Check her out, please.  Not only does she have incerdible designs, but she produces amazing yarn.  Sorry about that universe…I need to give credit where credit is due.