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  1. 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.  




  2. 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. 

  3. 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!

  4. 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.    




  5. 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!

  6. 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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  7. 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.

  8. 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?

  9. 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.


  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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.  

  13. 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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  14. Hi ladies. Hope you are all well. I am still working on my UFOs but no more finishes.


    Judy, those are cute hats. Looks like a good way to use up yarn and give you a sense of accomplishment

    no thread for this girl....although I wish I could crochet with it.  Those little hooks give me terrible hand cramps.

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  15. 7 hours ago, NeutralGround said:

    Good morning everyone!

    New here. I love reading all your posts! This winter is weird here in NH, but since there is only 3 inches of snow on the ground I won't complain! I know that Feb will wallop us. It always does. 

    So a little about me: I work in a hospital lab, sort of in charge of chemistry, though I do have a manager above me. We just got a new instrument for testing auto-immune diseases and such. Today will be testing the tests themselves to see if when I order them in our lab information system (LIS), if the instrument recognizes the test order on the bar code, and then sends the result back to the LIS. 

    My two DDs have another day off of school today. Hopefully they won't kill each other while DH and I are working.

    Welcome. What are you working on?

  16. Hi ladies. cold here and lots of snow on the ground.  The grandkids came by this afternoon to go sledding.

    I actually finished one of my UFOs!  It’s a knit baby surprise sweater.  It just needed to have the sleeves sewn together, a single crochet row around the neck and 5 buttons sewn  on.  (I will get a picture in daylight, hopefully tomorrow.)  I probably won’t ever make another one. It took me forever!  I also finished one of my mother in laws projects, but it was just a dishcloth.  


    I have put all my WIPs on a shelf and. I plan to work on them and get at least some of them finished. I’m embarrassed to say that even after frogging some and throwing away a few, there are still at least 15, mostly crochet, but a couple of knit projects as well.  Plus, it is quite likely that more will surface......


    Things seem to be settling down for a bit here.  Dd is pretty much settled into her new house and although she still technically has possession of her condo, she gave the keys to the buyer on Saturday.  BIL was hospitalized for chemo again last week, but was discharged yesterday and may be in remission.  He is still debating the pros and cons of a stem cell transplant.  Who knows....I might even find time to grocery shop this week!


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  17. Hi ladies. Sorry to be missing.  My mother in law passed away on Thursday ( funeral was yesterday) and my bachelor brother in law, who is newly diagnosed with leukemia, just started going through the work up process for a stem cell transplant.  This will require a huge time commitment from the entire family. I’m not sure that I’m up for it, but it is what it is. Just for starters we need to go through at least six hours of various appointments. Hopefully one of his brothers will be a match, which again, will require many hours, not to mention a lot of discomfort. He will require 24/7 supervision for at least 4 weeks after discharge.  Those people will need to learn how to change the dressing on his central line, and a whole host of other things. I obviously know most of these things, (all the nurses in the ICU that I worked in were stem cell transplant certified), but I am not going to volunteer to be the primary care giver.  I just don’t have the energy for it at the moment.  He has four siblings but I’m pretty certain that the responsibility will fall on my hubby and his next younger brother.  Hubby’s sister has already said that she isn’t helping and his oldest brother will be willing to help, but he is not in the best of shape himself.


  18. Hi ladies. I have the day all to myself!  Dh is painting at Dds new house.  He says he is staying until the main floor is finished.  I’m going to read, sew and crochet all day. I took some spaghetti sauce from the freezer just in case he is home by dinner time.  He told me to go shopping, but I would much rather just relax at home!


    All our children and grandchildren were here for dinner yesterday.  On Friday they will all be here again to open gifts.  Dd like the kids to have their gifts spread out a bit so they aren’t overwhelmed.


    We haven’t done anymore on my brother in laws house. He will be back in the hospital for more chemo when his blood counts come up. Maybe then.....


    Brenda, I’m sorry the move has been difficult for your hubby. I always find change hard too, and it takes me awhile to adjust.  Hopefully he will come to love it!


    Marlene, lots going on with you.  Hope you enjoy your time in a Texas. And yes, I retired in June. I just decided that I didn’t want to work that hard anymore. My hubby had been after me to retire for a few years already. Really, the only downside is that I have to buy health insurance.



  19. Hi ladies. Busy, busy, busy is how it goes around here.  Between Christmas, mil and bil, there’s always something or someone who needs something.  But I do finally feel better.


    We spent all day today cleaning at bill’s house. It’s so dirty, cluttered, etc.  He will be immunosuppressed when he gets to come home from the hospital and he can’t go home in his homes current state.  It will probably mean weeks of work in our spare time.  

    In happier news, I got the Christmas decorations up, including the tree.  Anything that doesn’t get used this year is going to be donated.  Christmas shopping is done, except for my son in law.  I delegated that to Dh.  About half the wrapping is done as well.


    Hope you are all doing well.

  20. Hi ladies. Hope you all enjoyed your thanksgiving day.

    We had a good day, but it was somewhat overshadowed by dh’s youngest brother being diagnosed with leukemia on Wednesday. Chemo started today. Dh has gone to visit him, and it sounds like treatment is off to a somewhat rocky start, emotionally speaking.  (Bil has severe psych and anxiety issues). He copes well when things are normal but the unexpected throws him for a loop.


    I am having issues with intermittent dizziness. I suspect I picked up a virus, and this is a lingering effect.  I was sick for a couple of days last week, but other than the dizziness, I feel fine now.  I had this once before after a virus.  It lasted a couple of weeks.  Nevertheless, I still managed to finish 5 stockings and get the house vacuumed today. 

    Mary, sorry you have had to add yet another doctor to the list.  Sounds like seeing a neurologist is a good plan for your Dh.  

  21. On 11/18/2019 at 1:30 PM, NCcountrygal said:
    On 11/17/2019 at 12:28 PM, greyhoundgrandma said:

    Following our desire makes for enjoyable crocheting 😉

    Yeah, this is what gets me into trouble.....I desire to start a new project every few days.  Luckily I resist most of the time, but I still have at least 20 WIPs.

  22. On 11/17/2019 at 12:03 PM, NCcountrygal said:

    Goodness are you using any sort of gauge. Bwg How are the stockings coming along?  Cold and windy here Finally found my Amy Gaines Christmas pattern now don’t feel up to starting it at the moment (items like snowman)😊😜

    Well, to be honest, The pattern is super simple and didn’t have a gauge.  It’s just a rectangle, and I assumed that the starting chain would be too short, so I increased it.  Then I didn’t like how firm the fabric was.  I ended up finally following the pattern, but with a K hook, rather than an I.  I have about 20 inches done and it’s about 46 inches wide, so I’m making progress.


    Stockings are nearly to the sew together stage. Two more names to hand embroider.  Once I finish the afghan, I may make stockings for the adults too.  I will have to see if I can find some burlap that is similar to the thrift store fond, as I am getting to the end of that.

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  23. Hi ladies. 

    well, I have restarted DDs afghan three times now. My first attempt would have been over 7 feet wide. My second attempt was way too stiff. I think it might be a case of third time lucky, but I put it down to work on stockings. 

    otherwise, nothing much happening here v

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