Saturday, December 12, 2015

Knitting, life, Christmas time, and Diet

I have picked up my lovely hobby of knitting once again. My current projects should be linked at the side via Ravelry widget. My sister-in-law asked me about the Mermaid Tail blanket that is all the craze right now. I found a pattern that was knit, bought it and yarn, and have been working on the girls gifts. Not done in time for the party unfortunately. :( But we will be in Lansing again soon and can deliver them then. I also found an awesome Shark blanket (same designer) for my nephew! But first he is getting a TMNT hat in Raphael's colors.

In knitting the girls blankets I was asked by a family friend if I could make one for her daughter after said daughter saw it and went gaga. Of course I said yes. So I'm casting that on now to bust it out before the end of the month. Another friend asked about Harry Potter house mitts and scarf for her daughter, those go on the needles next! I'm slowly getting my sanity back via knitting and will be glad to sit over break and relax with my knitting!

Life - my poor middle child! Due to some outside circumstances we decided to pull her from public school and have her attend online schools. No more than a week in she faints due to low blood sugar while I'm at work and gets a concussion. Concussion = no stimulation....meaning no screen time....meaning no school until cleared of symptoms. Fast forward a month and still having headaches, next step is a neurologist appointment. She believes that the concussion triggered migraines and we are now trying an elimination diet. The girl is a picky eater as it is but when you take away chocolate & cheese - you severely diminish her foods she will willingly eat. Let's say she hasn't been entirely the strictest on this diet as I cannot starve her. She already doesn't eat much from one food group - dairy due to issues with lactose. And then on top of this she has hurt the muscle in her thigh at the knee. We are watching to see if swelling goes down for another week. If it doesn't potential physical therapy and/or MRI. Mind you this is all since the tail end of September to today.

We attended the second of four family parties we have this month. The first my youngest and I were scheduled to not attend due to a conflict but it was canceled so we went to the mother-in-laws side. Today we attended my side's party and I ate my fill in yummy cookies and homemade fudge. We even took our family photo outside since it was a lovely but damp almost 60 degrees here in the Mitten state.

Diet - more life a lifestyle change. I had to give up my Jazzercise position that gave me a free membership due to my work schedule changing. But I had a backup - Beachbody and became a coach. My awesome cousin Nettie is my sponsor and my Rockstar leader. I love 21 Day Fix but I have fallen off the wagon after Thanksgiving. :( My Monday is actually Sunday so I am starting over tomorrow. And since I got my Black Friday sale deals I might mix it up and try a new program! I'm tracking that journey on my other blog Slimming Down to RockTheFit (linked to my profile).

Monday, November 23, 2015

We have another animal.....

On 2/18 my friend saw a cat frozen to the ground outside her house. She sat with him, rubbing his paws until she was able to remove his feet from the ground and take him inside. Unfortunately due to her and her daughters allergies they could not keep him in their house long. She called me begging me to take him in. And we did. His poor back paws were severely swollen because of an infection caused by the frostbite wound on his tail. He had a wound on one of his back legs and his paw pads were torn up from being frozen.

On 2/19 we took him to a vet to have his paws looked at. Me being the animal sucker that I am, told them to do the works. I couldn't decide to hold off on anything, especially if it would be something needed in a few days time. He was left there to get fluids, rabies shots, and a slew of other things. He wouldn't allow the vet to examine his leg wound but he was given an antibiotic and some pain meds. We were asked to return with him in four days time.

On 2/23 we went back for his recheck. He roamed all around the room, exploring everything, trying to eat the treat they had whole (it was a piece of jerky).


So I originally started this entry back in Feb. when we got the cat. And then promptly forgot to come back to it! Colby is healthy and an expensive FREE cat! But we love his crazy butt and wouldn't have it any other way. Hard to believe this poor baby was once outside and frozen. He had some complications - needed to have his tail partially amputated from being frozen. And must have had frostbite to his bits as when they fixed him he wouldn't stop bleeding. One trip to stay overnight with the emergency vets and he was ok and still alive! He is a miracle cat and we wouldn't have him any other way.

We called him Tiny Cat to begin with as we weren't sure we would keep him and he was soooooo tiny compared to our BIG Jack cat.