It’s been a rather busy week on and off; most of my family have been going through the current ‘bug’- aches, slight fever, sore throat, big coughs, headache. My youngest has been out of school for 4 out of 5 days this past week; took him to the doctors Thurs. and she said it’s not strep; it sure mimics strep! So far, I’ve been fortunate to only have a slightly sore throat…nothing else (Yay!) The previous week my husband had another sort of bug and was pretty miserable. Let’s just say a big vat of homemade chicken noodle soup has kept them feeling a little warmer.
On the activities end of it, I’ve been doing a lot of running around. Some of knit group ladies have decided that they wanted to knit weekly, instead of the original bi-weekly that I’d set up. They’ve been chatting about it for awhile now but a new lady to the group said she’d been trying to start up a group at a little cafe really near my house and so they decided to visit it this past Tues and I went along. There were only five of us (compared to the usual 12-14 on the regular bi-weekly sessions) and we only stayed about 1 1/2 hours; it was OK (the cafe); can’t say as I’d really enthused to keep going there (I won’t name names); it’s rather expensive and kind of sterile inside…not the warm and welcoming atmosphere of Panera Bread. Wednesday was my special needs group, Thursday the trip to the doctors with son and last night was my special needs group’s once a month Gym Night. To say I’m a ready for an ‘in house’ relaxing day is putting it mildly!
Got another afghan done and a rather special one will be finished later today (see above photo). One of my knit group ladies gave me 7 knit cream-colored squares about a year ago and asked if I could use them. She had knit them up with the idea of trying to decide which knit pattern she would use in a very large knitted blanket, then didn’t use them. Each square is done in a different stitch and they are all beautiful. The squares are large, so that presented a challenge to me as to how to use them. The first one I’ve done gave me the opportunity to finally use up the over-abundance of red squares I have. Red seems to be the number one favorite of people donating squares. The rest of the special afghans will be done with varied colors and the main cream colored squares. (I’m only calling them ‘special’ because they are different than the regular afghans I’ve been making. Because of their design they will not have a pocket in them; I’m thinking they would be better for an older child or adult.) I received an email this week from Bettye Wright ( the nurse in Ghana who started this project) which thrilled my heart:
I was recently in Sierra Leone and the post-op patients are kept in the Holy Spirit hospital for 6 weeks when they return. I went there to visit them. I asked the nurse how do I find which ward they are in. The nurse’s response was” the room with the beautiful bed covers on each bed”. Every patient had their afghan on their bed. Yesterday one of the Ghanaian patient came into our clinic, an adult, he had neurological weakness post-operative and was on admission to the hospital for a long time. He is now home, he arrived yesterday in a wheelchair with his FOCOS afghan on the back of his chair.”
(FOCOS is the orthopedic group which does the surgeries-see http://orthofocos.org )
That’s about it for what’s going on around here; our weather has been tolerable: temperatures in the teens, some fluffy snowfalls but nothing heavy. It’s the kind of weather you can walk and drive in but have to be bundled up; I don’t mind that too much.
Stay warm, enjoy your day as best you can!