Monday, March 28, 2011


Two doctors appointments for me, and one for Tristan. Poor little man got 2 shots. He's weighing in at 25 pounds, is a whopping 79 cm tall and right on track for everything, developmentally. He was not happy to get poked though.

As for me, I had my appointment with the ortho. They took new x-rays and then I sat down while they poked and prodded my very sore, very sensitive ankle. The doctor, then sat back and asked me what I wanted them to do for me.

"Um, make it stop hurting?"

He went to consult with the main doctor, who came over to me and repoked where the previous jerk poked. I was crawling up the walls in tears begging them not to touch me anymore. The main doctor said it was likely ("likely") and avulsion. I have no idea what that is, and I don't think I want to know. But, in the end, they presented me with a walking cast and an appointment for 2 weeks from now.

Friday, March 11, 2011


I broke my foot. I slipped while going down the stairs and somehow a major ligament in my left ankle chipped a piece of bone. I went to the ER last night, they x-rayed it and sent me home, saying it was just bruised and maybe sprained and I should elevate it, ice it, and take tylenol for any pain.

This morning, the hospital called me saying "ya know what, we were wrong...the radiologist looked at your films and says it's broken, would you mind coming back?" So off I went. I now have a half cast on my left foot, and a consult with an orthopedic surgeon. They should be calling me on Monday to tell me when to come in and be tortured.

For now...crutches and total reliance on other people. I'm so not the type of person to ask for help from others, so this is going to be hard on me. Nothing else I can do though, right?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Sit and spin

I got a spinning wheel last weekend. It's one more thing to add to my collection of hobby things. But the thing is, it seems I'm good at it. I wasn't so good at it when I took it home and tried on my own. Laurie (owner of gave me a pound each of white and navy blue merino/nylon pencil roving. I was so excited, except I couldn't spin with it no matter what I tried. It just kept breaking if I tried to draft it any thinner.

Well, my friend Catherine in Peterborough sent me a message on FB and said if I wanted to, I could bring the wheel to her house and she could help me out. The next morning, Emily and I drove up there and spent the day with Catherine. It didn't take long before I was at the point of giving up. Then I spied the bag of "good" fiber that had my spindle sitting inside of it. I thought I'd try to spin with it "just to see". The second I got that fiber on the leader yarn, I was spinning like I'd been born with a spinning wheel in my hands (my poor mother). It's thin...not sock yarn or lace weight thin, but thin. It's consistently thin...and the most important's EASY!

I've spun almost half the bag so far, filling up my bobbin quite nicely. I'll have to do some serious hunting for my camera charger because I really want to take some more pictures of this. The only picture I have is one that Catherine took for me while we were at her house. This is what I started out with :

This is what I have so far: