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  1. Hi ladies!  Hope you are all well.  We are now allowed to gather in groups of ten or less, so yesterday I spent the morning at youngest DD’s house planting flowers with her.  In the afternoon we visited with dh’s siblings. BIL’s stem cell transplant is going to be delayed because his heart echo showed some cardiac problems.


    There was a protest in Grand Rapids last night, which turned into rioting, looting and vandalism. As a result, the city has imposed a 7 PM curfew for the next few nights.  Only youngest Dd lives in the city, and she is a good distance from downtown where last nights upheaval took place.  So much destruction and violence.  It’s probably a lucky thing that it was quite cool. I imagine that if it was really hot, tempers would have been even more frayed and people would have been even more out of control

    I have been totally unmotivated lately. I’ve been knitting a dishcloth for at least two weeks.  It’s slow going when you only knit a few rows every few days!  However, I have read a lot of books, probably 4 or 5 a week.  

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  2. Judy, cute hats and lovely afghan.  My crochet mojo has left again....


    Mona, glad the A/C was an easy fix.  Hope dh’s WBCs come up soon.


    My brother in law is scheduled to be admitted for his stem cell transplant next week.  Hubby doesn’t say much, but he’s worried.  

    It is extremely hot and humid here.  Going outside feels like you are entering a sauna.  There are thunderstorms in the forecast, but it doesn’t look like rain at all.  At least the A/C works in both my car and the house.  


    Retail businesses can open here this week. You can only shop by appointment, and Dd told me that at some stores, you have to promise to spend a certain amount of money in order to get an appointment.  In that case, I will just shop online if I “need” something.  I still have a few years worth of yarn and fabric.

    Up until the past week or so, I have been fine staying home.  Suddenly last week, I felt confined, bored and sad.  We spent a half day in one of our state parks on Thursday, which helped some.  There were quite a few people in the park, but it certainly wasn’t crowded. We can now gather in groups of ten or less, so on Sunday we went to DDs for lunch and yesterday we saw the grandkids.







  3. On 5/15/2020 at 7:54 PM, greyhoundgrandma said:

    No rain today despite the forecast. The lift and platform are installed. He used it and my dad's old motorized chair and went out to the shop in the backyard for a little while late this afternoon. The opening and closing of doors and gates takes a second person but not a strong one. LOL So the two of us can get him in and out without extra help now. A big step in the right direction. Hopefully Tuesday's ortho apt will bring less restrictions and he can get out of the chair and use a walker.

    Hope everyone has a good weekend!

    Good news. Hopefully ortho will let him move on to the next step after his appointment. 

  4. Hi ladies.  

    You know, I think a great many people have the wrong idea about social isolation.   The purpose of isolating was never to prevent everyone from getting sick, it was to keep huge numbers of people from getting sick at the same time and overwhelming the health care system.  So....it makes sense for those of us at high risk from dying from the virus, but maybe not so much sense for others.  So many people have lost their businesses, jobs, etc.  The only way to achieve “herd immunity” is to let nature take its course.  Historically speaking, it takes upward of four years to develop a safe, effective, widely available vaccine.  This means, that if we don’t achieve some sort of immunity, this could continue for four or more years, at least during the virus season.  The SARS virus seemed to burn itself out, maybe this one will too.  

    on a brighter note, here is my purse turned tote bag.


  5. Hi ladies. 

    Judy, love the blanket....but all that sewing together, all those ends....I’m tired just thinking about it.  Lucy is as cute as ever!


    I’m pretty much finished the totebag, just a round of slip stitch needed to finish.  That’s another UFO gone from my pile!  

    Things are pretty much the same as usual here.  Hanging around the house for the most part.  Hubby made a 1/3 mile circle trail through our woods, so I have been walking it 4 or 5 times around each morning.  I think it will be too muddy tomorrow morning though, it rained most of today.  It snowed a bit yesterday and Friday but didn’t stick  we are supposed to have temperatures in the 20s for the next few nights, so my potted plants are in the garage.

    Mona, hope dh’s knee continues to heal well, and also your foot.  Brenda, glad your sister is getting the ostomy process figured out.  I imagine it has been pretty frustrating with the bag not staying on. 

    hope you are all doing well.



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  6. How is everyone doing?  Our stay at home order was just extended to May 28, but some businesses will be allowed to open on Monday, including automobile manufacturing.  

    I am nearly done with a bag that I started as part of a CAL.  I couldn’t really figure out where I was on the pattern, so I am just finishing it my own way.  I did something wrong somewhere!  The original was a handbag, mine is a huge totebag.  


  7. 3 hours ago, greyhoundgrandma said:

    DH's surgery went well. He's in a lot of pain but the meds are working pretty well. Has a fever but Dr says that's not unexpected with his other issues. He's supposed to put almost no weight on that leg until his apt on the 30th. We both slept pretty well between med times last night so that was good. 

    Glad it’s over and done with. Hope the pain subsides quickly.

  8. 11 hours ago, bgs said:

    Cindy I hate grocery shopping because it is a lot of work.  First you select item pick it up and put it into the cart.  When you get to register you pick it up again and put on the belt.  At this point depending on where you shop you pick it up again, bag it and put it back in cart and then you pick it up to load it in car.  When you get home you have to pick it up again to carry in house and then put it away.  Multiply by how many items you purchased.  

    Well, that explains it!

  9. Hi ladies. I must be getting old, I went grocery shopping on Tuesday and that exhausted me!  I’m not sure why, it wasn’t crowded in the store, and I got nearly everything on my list.  However, after that little outing, I needed a nap.  We ended up having sandwiches and one of those bagged salads for dinner since I slept through dinner prep time! 


    Today I finished that knit scarf and a kids hat that I found in my WIP collection. I don’t even remember starting it!  I sorted through my yarn and set aside two boxes to donate.  I decided that if it didn’t fit in the yarn cabinet, I would get rid of it.  That didn’t quite happen, the cabinet is exactly wide enough for three plastic crates to fit on top.  Those are full of yarn too.  Ideally those would hold my WIPs. 

    Mona, hope that dh’s surgery went well, and that waiting wasn’t too bad.

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  10. Nice blanket Judy.  I like your choice of colors.  My jigsaws aren’t very hard ones, only 300 pieces, but that’s hard enough for me.  My brain isn’t really good at working out how the pieces fit together.  Dh is a lot better at it.  We have quite a few puzzles.  We used to buy them for mil when she was in the nursing home.  After she made them a few times, she returned them to us.


    I am 6 rows from finishing a knit scarf. However, there are about 130 stitches in each row.  

    I’m going to go grocery shopping tomorrow morning. I’m a bit nervous about going, I haven’t really been anywhere for a month.  Hope I remember how to drive.......

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  11. Wow, it’s been awhile since I was here.  I’ve been obsessed with jigsaw puzzles and have done 4 or 5 in the past week.  I also sewed masks for a lot of family members.  
    plus, I finally got my crochet mojo back and finished DDs Christmas afghan.  I ran out of yarn, and had to ad lib a bit, but it turned out ok and dd likes it.  After it was finished and I wove in all the ends, I noticed that one skein of yarn was a different dye lot.  Oh well!


    Mona, sorry to hear about dh’s injury.  That’s a tough situation.  

    Colette, we had a straight line wind storm two years ago.  It caused a tremendous amount of damage.  Houses, and  barns were destroyed and hundreds of trees were uprooted. It was my first experience with something like that.  Luckily our area was not in its direct path, it hit about ten miles away.


    we’ve had several weather warnings lately, but so far the bad stuff has missed us.  We did wake up to a couple of inches of snow on the ground one day this week.

    Judy, your blanket is really nice.  What a great way to use left over yarn.  I add mine to a couple of that I have in progress.  One is crochet, done with light colors, the other knit, with darker colors.   


    I am also nearly finished a knit scarf.  Tomorrow I will dig out another crochet WIP. Might as well make the most of my time at home, and get some WIPs done.  I ordered a magnifying gizmo that goes around your neck. After the scarf is done, I might dig out my 30 year old cross stitch WIP!  My sister in law bought one and says she can do cross stitch again, so I thought I’d give it a try too.  

    I’m going to have to go grocery shopping this week.  Dh is out of cereal. This is his idea of a major crisis.  Wait until he uses the last of the cream in his coffee this week!


    edited to add:  I don’t seem to be able to attach a picture of dd’s afghan. 

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  12. Hi ladies. I have to confess that this shelter in place thing is starting to wear on me. I am bored, bored, bored.  I have plenty of things to do, but I don’t want to do any of them.  Today was a little better, the sun shone and it was nice and warm.  I even managed to get in some work on a couple of my UFOs.  


    Today I went to our little independent grocery store. I was one of two customers in there!  They were selling toilet paper for $1 a single roll, and cases of water for $6!  That’s really high for this area.  No flour, sugar, or dish soap, and limits on lots of things.  I went for produce, milk and eggs which were all in plentiful supply, but there were a lot of empty shelves.


    My brother in law is still doing very poorly, but not getting worse.  It’s just a waiting game at this point.  




  13. 4 hours ago, greyhoundgrandma said:

    Cindy, praying you and DH haven't been exposed and don't get sick.

    His COVID19 test was negative!  So that means he is allowed one visitor every day. None of hubby’s siblings wanted to visit today, so DH went. If he didn’t go, DD was going to. BIL remains in ICU on a ventilator. 

  14. Hi ladies. It’s a nice sunny day here....cold, but it’s so good to see the sun! Snow in the forecast for tomorrow.😥

    Dh’s brother with leukemia got admitted to ICU yesterday. No visitors allowed, and only his decision makers can call for updates.  In his case that is my niece and my Youngest Dd.  (The NP) He sounds stable, but they have no idea what to ask. We will likely know tonight if he has COVID19.  If yes, then Dh and I will have been exposed. Dh drove him to chemo on Tuesday. BIL didn’t really have typical symptoms though, so fingers crossed that it isn’t. Otherwise we will be sitting even lower for a couple of weeks. I am considered extra high risk due to being on an immunosuppressant drug. Plus I’m over 60. It’s so weird to think of myself as high risk though. I think that I am in pretty good health. I guess it’s a good thing that we are well stocked we don’t need to go anywhere. 

    Hope you are all coping well!

  15. I have to say that “social distancing” isn’t bothering me a bit, at least not yet.  A pile of yarn and an audio book and I’m good for hours. It must be hard for people who don’t read or have hobbies that they can do at home.  Dh is getting a bit stir crazy though.  He has nearly a years worth of work lined up, and several months worth, here at home.  He is used to working from home so I think it’s more the idea of it, rather than actually minimizing social contacts.


    My youngest DD, the nurse practitioner, is already complaining of boredom, and yesterday was just her first day of working at home.  Ds says he accomplished more work at home yesterday than he would have in the office.  

    On Tuesday I went to the little grocery store nearby.  It’s never very busy, but it was very poorly stocked, which is unusual.  I just wanted some fruit, vegetables and milk, which were available. I walked up and down all the aisles, just to see.  They had no paper products, no bread, flour or sugar, and cleaning products, meat, canned goods and dairy were very skimpy. There was no cheese, no eggs, and no biscuits/ bagels/English muffins either.  Milk was limited to one and they had maybe 10 gallon jugs and 4 or 5 half gallons, one of which I bought.  The manager said that they were still getting all their regular deliveries, so it seems that people were panic buying in large quantities.  Now there are limits on how much you can buy for many items.  The greediness that this displays is scary to me.  At this point there is no interruption in supply and as far as I know, none is anticipated. People will be able to get what they need, when they need it if everyone co-operates.  When there are 6 children in the family and bread and milk are limited to one per purchase, that makes things tough.    




  16. Brenda, the situation with your sis sounds frustrating and anxiety provoking.  I hope that your sister doesn’t have abscesses forming, although fever and other evidences of infection are worrisome.  Hopefully if sis needs antibiotics at home, they will teach the technique to a family member as well.  To be honest, going home is probably the safest course if she is well enough. Sounds like you and your niece are very aware of what she needs.   That hospital, like pretty much every hospital is probably overwhelmed and understaffed. I’m glad to be retired!

  17. Brenda, speaking as a retired ICU nurse, it sounds like your sis is making really good progress considering all that she has gone through.  You and your niece must be exhausted though.
    Hospitals here have already instituted COVID 19 precautions. One visitor per patient is all that is allowed. (Two for children and exceptions made for patients who are dying, at least for now.)


    We had planned to go on vacation for the next few weeks.  In fact, we had planned to leave yesterday, but in light of the current recommendations to stay put at home, we cancelled. Hopefully we will get some of our money back, but either way, we feel we made the right decision for us.


    staying put at home is relatively easy for us. Dh works from home and I like it here. Plus, I have enough yarn and fabric to last me at least ten years.  Our son, daughter and son in law will all start working from home tomorrow. Dd says that by the end of the week, she will be seeing patients via virtual visits. (Needs education first.) Only a couple of providers will be in the office to see emergent patients, and I would assume that there are still patients who are unable to use technology.  

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  18. On 3/11/2020 at 10:05 PM, greyhoundgrandma said:


    We're a little concerned about the middle grandchild's nursery school. They are out for spring break this week and one child and her family are on a Disney cruise. I realize a cruise is a large financial output but it's not a good time for cruises. Don't know whether they plan to go back to school as soon as they return or not. It's hard to know whether you're justly concerned or over reacting.


    I agree, not a good time to take a cruise.  I have heard that a lot of school districts are requiring a 2 week quarantine period for anyone even traveling out of state.

  19. On 3/10/2020 at 5:22 PM, bgs said:

    Sis was coming along pretty well but had major setback yesterday.  She wound up having emergency surgery late last night into early this morning for a perforated bowel.  

    Oh no!  That’s a pretty major setback!  How is she doing now?

  20. Hi ladies. This time change thing still has me dragging.  I haven’t accomplished a thing this week although I have plans.....


    We decided a couple of days ago that we needed a vacation, so we are off to the mountains next week. The joys of being retired!  Maybe I will get some crocheting done at the cabin!  

    hope you are all doing well.


  21. Oh no, Mona. That’s a bummer about the foot.  Hope you heal quickly.


    I still haven’t been crocheting. I made two covers for my sewing machines this week though.  What I should have been doing is sewing Dd a curtain for the window next to her front door.  The previous owner had made a curtain with a stapler!  It’s “interesting”, I guess!


    my iPad says it’s battery is almost done so I’d getter hit post while I can.....



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  22. Just dropping by to say hi.  Not really crocheting much lately.....although I really should finish the afghan that was part of DDs Christmas present.  I have been reading quite a bit though.


    The sun has finally come out for the past few days, so maybe I will feel a bit more motivated.  

    hope you are all doing well.

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  23. Hi ladies. Sorry I’ve been away. Still dealing with family drama here, and I’m trying to cut back my online time.  I’ve decided to distance myself a bit from bil and his issues.  Dh is upset and worried about him, so I think it’s better if I am a bit neutral for lack of a better word.  I like my bil, but I don’t feel the need to sort out all his problems like my hubby and his siblings do.  Sometimes you have to take the consequences of your choices. 

    Well, now I want to go swimming.  We had a pool growing up and our neighbors had an indoor pool, (they also had a private airfield), so we could swim all year. Once I could drive, my folks bought a Y membership too.  When our kids were home, we had a pool, but once they moved out dh decided he didn’t want to take care of it any more.  


    Nothing much to report here.  No finishes to report either.  

  24. Hi ladies. Nothing much to report here.  I have worked a bit on a scarf, and on DDs afghan, but life keeps getting in the way.   Dhs youngest brother is being worked up for a stem cell transplant and they expect family to come to a lot of his appointments.  

     I went shopping today with my daughter. Now shopping is pretty low on my list of fun things to do, so I never go to the mall. Well today I walked around the mall. My back is really upset!  I feel like I worked a twelve hour shift!  I did buy a pair of shoes and a dress.  I resisted yarn and fabric!


    hope you are all doing well.

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