Sunday, June 2, 2019

YOP Week #49

I've been working hard but not on handwork until I'm too tired to do anything else.  This was a tiring week.  The lawn mower had a rusty starter wire that needed to be replaced, there were storms here and there, I finally got the lawn mowed, planted a bit more, made bread and a Mediterranean salad.  I cleaned some and cared for the girls.  I also had another "episode" with the nurse at my doctor's office...remember the 'liver test' episode?   Evidently she wasn't just having a bad day that time.....she's just a bully and this time she ranted and raved at me and then called my pharmacist and ranted and raved at him too!  When I talked to my pharmacist later he said "she's crazy"!  That made me feel better as I thought maybe I bring it out in people but no......she's a bully and an angry person at that.   I think I told you that I had a friend who has her PhD in psychology and retired from practice a few years back.  She said, "If you knew how many angry, hate filled people are out there you would be afraid to walk out your door."  After all the mass shootings I am thinking she was right.  That said, I will be having a little talk with said nurse and my doctor too.  I tried to defuse her anger with some humor and even a little self deprecation and I apologized to her if I had dropped the ball.  But all to no avail.....that just gives bullies a green light to be even meaner.  It upset me quite a bit and still bothers me as I lead a very peaceful, quiet life and like most people I do not like confrontation but her behavior calls for action or find another doctor or both.  I hope it's not his wife! LOL!
On to a happier topic.............

 WIPs (works in progress):
1)  Diamond Painting - well.....I have about 4 square inches done....I need to do 4 square inches per day!  I am speeding up a bit but like I said this past week was not an easy one...........

2)  I did the heel turn and the gusset on sock #2 and I am working my way down the foot......progress!

3)  Stitch Maynia #4.........done except for final finishing.  I'm not sure why there is blue frosting on the cookies but I went with it...............

4)  Stitch Maynia #5.....these are pumpkins even though right now they look like peaches or oranges

Acquisitions:  None but there are several SAL's that I am interested in..all cross stitch related.
Stitching in Doodah is having one using The Blue Flower pattern
Priscilla and Chelsea have several going on
The Fat Quarter Shop has the Flag by the Stitcherhood, A Lori Holt Sewing Machine cross stitch starting in June and then in July there is Jolly July with FQS and Priscilla and Chelsea where you start a Christmas ornament every day in the month of July!  How do these people afford all of this?  I would love to but I doubt I could get all the materials and patterns.
New Starts Planned: they're all secret! LOL!  There is planning a foot!

YOP Goals from last week:
***1.  work on sock #2 heel turn
2. audition and cut fabric for Pickle Dish #6 of 11 solid ones
3. trim all completed xs
4. kit up house ornament
5. work on Frida Kahlo basket
***6. work on Stitch Maynia #4 and finish
7. measure Grayson's blanket and keep working on it!
8. plan July gifts to make
***9.  Work on Stitch Maynia #5
10.  Work on days of the week xs projects
***11.  Diamond Painting at least 4-5 square inches

YOP Goals for this coming week:
1. finish sock?
2. audition and cut fabric for Pickle Dish #6
3. measure Grayson's blanket and work on
4.  finish stitch Maynia #5
5.  work at least 4 square inches on Diamond Painting
6.  work on Frida Kahlo basket
7.  plan YOP 2019-20
8.  plan gifts for July birthdays and Christmas
9.  plan SAL's if possible and gather materials
10.  final finish a xs item

TOP 10 (or more) WIP's:

1)  Pickle Dish
2)  Stars and Stripes Saturday - America x-stitch - done but needs finishing
3)  Amy's Frido Kahlo basket (July birthday) - done but needs to be sewn together
4)  Pin's embroidery
5)  socks
6)  C2C blanket for Grayson (July birthday) 
7)  Monthly Monday - HRH January
8)  Witchy Wednesday - Button-Eyed Cat
9)  Fall Friday -
10)  Santa Sunday -Old St. Nick - done but needs 'finishing' work
11.  Turkey Thursday
12.  Seasonal Sunday -Summer
13.  Santa Sunday - new house ornament

 Finishes so far in 2018-19: 
1.  4th of July cross stitch pillow/ornie
2.  Hitchhiker shawl
3.  Felici Hibiscus self-striping socks
4.  Felted wool loafer slippers with leather soles for me Sam
5.  washcloth (extra large) and back scrubber for Christmas or birthday for SIL
6.   Iowa Hawkeye hats for Sam and Grayson
7.  Techniques learned so far this year: a) knit cast on, b) reading a knitting chart, c) lace work, d) inserting and using a lifeline e) charting a graphghan
8.   dishcloth(s)...I need to count them
9. Cubs hat for Uriah
10. 12 days of Christmas Advent gifts
11. Cowl for Ben
12. Cowl for Tracy
13. Cowl for Natalie
14.  # 2018 Collectible ornaments for the grands
15.  Cowl for me or gift basket
16.  11 scrubbies for gift basket
17.  1 pot handle cover for gift basket
18.  Ben's Bear's hat
19.  Falling Leaves Scarf
20.  Tissue Box Cover - 5 of them!
21.  Granny Square Shawl
22.  Kathleen Tracy doll quilt
23.  Pumpkin Spice Farm xs
24.  Spring xs

Miscellaneous Trivia:
For podcasts I watched Sandy at the Lakehouse knitting podcast.  She's very good and I love her projects but these people must be rolling in it as she buys sweater quantities of hand dyed expensive yarn....I think that's why I stopped watching a lot of those knitters.  But she did recommend a movie that she said was really good on Netflix;  "Dead Like Me".  I think I will binge watch her podcasts and the movie series too.
Here's a little butterfly that was outside my front door.  I forget the name of sweet..............
 Please stop by and see all the other fantastic projects that other YOP'ers are working on.
Happy Trails!!!


  1. Complain to the Doctor or the clinic administrator, she must be a piece of work...and you don't need that kind of treatment.
    Your projects look great!

    1. Oh, I'm definitely goin gto talk to someone! LOL! Thank you!

  2. I had to laugh thinking about nurse Ratchet possibly being the Dr's wife. Wouldn't that be a kick in the pants! Please report her. I am surprised no one has complained and she is still employed if there has been complaints. My Docs I worked for would never allowed their staff to be abusive verbally. You got canned the first time it was reported!

    As for your did well. It is too nice ouside to be indoors while the sun is shining.

    1. In all my years of visiting doctors, labs, etc. I have never had anyone be so rude and angry....I think she has a 'loose screw' and I will be making my voice heard...wife or not! LOL! I didn't know you worked for a doctor. It's 97 today...I am so blessed to have mowed when it was in the 70's! Whew!

  3. Your thought about the nurse possibly being the doctor's wife made me laugh out loud. You've got to speak to them now - just to be able to tell us it isn't so! It can't be! lol I, too, hope you discuss her unacceptable behavior. And that it changes.

    I may check out Priscilla and Chelsea as I'm planning on making some Christmas cross stitch ornaments this summer. I'm bummed over my cross stitch at the moment, but maybe by July I'll be back in the saddle again.

    1. I guess I suspected the wife as who else would have that kind of nerve to talk to a patient that way without fearing retribution? I'll find out for appointment is the 18th so we'll all have to wait with baited breath! LOL! You will like P and C's podcast and one of the reasons is that they do not choose difficult fancy stitches or back stitching like in the old days with full coverage etc. These are quick and cute. You get so much satisfaction from working these smaller projects. Also, Kimberly from Fat Quarter Shop uses 14 count and again simple, easy, cute projects. Have fun!

  4. You have so many projects to work on! I like the smaller ones but at least you can jump around to keep going! We saw a little bug like that this week too. Still don't know what it is but I need to research it! lol Enjoy your week!

    1. I think it is a very common butterfly but I just cannot remember the name of it. I want to say dusty miller but that's a plant! LOL!

  5. You must complain. I know it works differently to how it does over here, but it is still a service and you deserve better.
    On a happier note all of your projects look great and your chores don't sound too bad either (apart from maybe the toilet!)

    1. Well, I figure I pay her salary...she doesn't pay mine so that's enough reason to speak up. I am always so shocked when I meet someone so rude like that. Thank you for your vote of confidence. It always makes one feel better when people you respect agree with your view of the situation especially when you live alone and have no one to "bounce things off of".

  6. Nice to have a butterfly visiting! That nurse needs a swift kick in the arse...I HATE AND DESPISE bullies...glad you took the high road, but honestly, you can reason with the unreasonable right?

    1. I know. When it happened the first time I was shocked but thought everyone is battling something...maybe her Mother's dying of cancer or she's going through a divorce or who knows what but this is a year later and she's still in a bad mood? No, she's just a 'mean girl'....this is what happens when bullies grow up.

  7. Ughhh Sam what a horrible week you've had and I like the rest encourage you to have a word with your doctor and I would explain that it was mention it to him or else change practices, perhaps if he knows how he may loose some patients it might encourage him a bit further along with doing something. I did giggle at it perhaps being his wife, but I'd still mention it.
    Well done on all you got complete this week, all your projects are coming along so nicely and I love the variety each week when I stop by.
    I don't watch so many of the podcasts where there is a stash acquisition parts, no matter how nice they are up to that. I don't begrudge anybody spending their cash on whatever they wish to but I just prefer hearing about the actual projects they are working on, how they are progressing, some hints and tips about the projects they are working on from their perspective, I just find that infinitely more interesting.

    1. I agree with you about the knitting stash. I can always find nice, reasonably priced yarns but like you, I am interested in the process and how they found that particular pattern or yarn to work with etc. Tips and techniques or 'gotcha's' explained and things to watch out for. I don't begrudge them either but I have a hard time relating to those who just constantly acquire yarn just to be acquiring yarn.

  8. Like everyone else, I agree that you should talk to the doctor. It's hard to believe that he doesn't know how she talks to people. I'm sorry that you're having to go through this and I apologize on her behalf...if she won't, someone should!
    I watch Sandy at Lakeside knitting too and really like her calm demeanor. I agree that it seems that money isn't an issue for a lot of these ladies. I could never buy a sweaters quantity of yarn and then just leave it alone because I've changed my mind. I've seen many do that. If I spend that much on yarn I darn well better use it!!!! (I never have though.)
    I hope this week is a better one for you and that you have more time for crafty endeavors.

  9. I do like Sandy too. She is very calm and relaxing to listen to and I really like the projects she picks out. I'm sure this week will be better as long as I don't have to talk to "crazy Cindy"! LOL! You are so sweet to me...I can't tell you how much it means. Like I said, living alone and not having a 'sounding board' does make me wonder if it's me. But then when I talked to my pharmacist he was like..."that woman's crazy!" ....and then I knew it wasn't just me...thanks again, Betsy.

  10. Some people (often nurses and teachers) are just in the wrong profession! I hope you did complain and something can be done to mitigate her behaviour in the future.

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