Lots of catch-up

Yesterday was not a very good day at the hospital.  Scott’s mom’s leg wound started bleeding and by the time we left, she had been moved to ICU and had had 4 units of blood.  They have to find out why her blood is not clotting before they can do anymore surgeries on her, so today is a day of lots and lots of tests.

Because I thought it was more important for Scott, Missy and their step-dad, Floyd, to be with her, and since none of her bags of belongings or flowers could be in ICU with her, I stayed in the waiting room with everything and knitted while they worked with the doctors and nurses trying to figure out what was going on.  Basically, I played guard-dog.  Not the best way to spend one’s birthday, but yesterday was not about me, but all about Leslie.  She had it pretty rough and I would not wish what she went through on anyone.

Here is what I am currently working on.


I am a tad burned out on socks at the moment, so I decided to knit this project bag.  Of course, other than the basic shape, my bag will look nothing like this.  For one, I’m not using the pocket design, and two, I and knitting it like this:


The idea of knitting 172 stitches per row for 17 inches all in ST ST and all in one color was enough to send me to sleep before even getting started.  So I am doing it in 4 row stripes switching back and forth between rust and green.  The garter stitch section is actually the bottom of the bag and it was boring enough.  I’m still thinking about the pocket design, but right now, I am leaning toward solid green pockets on the outside and solid rust on the inside.  Also, I am thinking about knitting a band to go over the center of the bag, sewn on one side and with a snap on the other.

Because of  Leslie being out at various labs with tests being run on her all day today, we are staying home.  I have one coat painted on three walls of my new studio, so plan to paint the second coat this morning, mow the yard while it dries, then paint the first coat on the accent wall before going to bed.  I am planning to get up early tomorrow morning and paint the second coat on the accent wall before heading back to the hospital.  On the way home, I want to rent a shampooer and shampoo the carpet so it will be dry Saturday morning for us to begin moving everything back in.  There will be lots of sorting and organizing as it goes in, and I know there will be lots of things that will need new homes, so be on the look out.  I am approaching my 1,000th blog post, and plan to celebrate by sharing some of my wealth.

Please keep Leslie and the rest of the family in your thoughts and prayers. There is no quick fix for what she is going through.

Update on Leslie – they decided to operate on her leg anyway this morning.  If they close up the leg and get the bleeding stabilized, then that part will be done and it can begin healing.

8 Responses

  1. Sandy O'Brien Says:

    Staying busy really helps one get through tough times like you a having. Good choice on the knitting bag, can’t wait to see it finished. I’ve started weaving fabric for a vest, in the middle of getting carpet and vinyl replaced in the house. Best thoughts and prayers for your family keep coming your way. My brother-in-law is having by-pass surgery tomorrow in Louisville.

  2. Shelley B Says:

    Happy Birthday, Benita – way to take one for the team! I hope they figure out what is going on with Scott’s mom and get her on the road to recovery; the unknown always sounds so scary. 🙁

  3. Cindy in FL Says:

    Belated birthday greetings!

    Glad you have a bit of progress on your Mom in Law…

    The new knitting project sounds wonderful-enjoy!

  4. Cindie Says:

    Belated happy birthday – I hope when life is back to normal you all will be able to celebrate together.

  5. thecrazysheeplady Says:

    Oh my. You ALL are in my prayers.

  6. Cheryl Says:

    Happy Birthday, Benita! And…hey…you got to knit on your birthday…that’s a pretty great way to spend a day. 🙂

    Your bag is looking pretty cute! 🙂

    All the best to Scott’s mom for a speedy recovery. I will continue to pray for her.

  7. Sandy O'Brien Says:

    Belated Birthday Wishes!! (Forgot to add that to my first comment.) Take care!

  8. roxie Says:

    I want you to plan to celebrate your birthday on two separate days next month when you can be the birthday queen. Of course you put Leslie first right now. Your turn comes later and you can collect with interest!

    Holding her steadfastly in my prayers. All of you, in fact.

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