Monday, July 31, 2006

Gotta bump

Lucky for me they are saying it is a cyst and nothing to really worry about. Had a mammo and an ultrasound today. I also signed a petition after I opened my mouth about the gown/robe ...rough bit of cloth with sleeves and no ties that I was asked to put on before walking up and down the halls of Baptist East. I went to B.E. because they could get me in faster than the swank Jewish Hospital East that I went to last year. Now I know Why they were able to get me in for the smash in less than a week. The upside: The people were nice at B.E. and the girl in ultrasound wants to learn to knit socks.

At Jewish last year it was wonderful, a great first experience. People to show you where to go and nice Soft terry cloth little short robes. The whole atmosphere screamed "don't worry, let us take care of you."

Now I get to wait for results to go to my regular doctor and there should be discussion of getting rid of the bump.


Saturday, July 29, 2006


The twisted looping labyrinths of my mind and life.

I became interested in labyrinths several years ago. I read about them. I learned how to draw a seven circuit labyrinth. I used different artist materials to create labyrinths. I walked labyrinths when I could find them. I used chalk on my patio to make a labyrinth my children and I could walk at home. It was fun, it was mathmatical, it was introspective and mindful.

I find fiber pursuits fun, introspective and mindful too. I spin wool, cotton, and silk into yarn. I knit and even weave sometimes. I especially find spinning it is zen like, meditative.

A labyrinth is a mirror of life, with all it's twists and turns. Luckily in a labyrinth there are no dead ends, life sometimes hauls you to a blank wall where you have to back up and start over.
Knitting a lace pattern is like that for me, lose your concentration and you have to tink back or the pattern doesn't work.

Lately I have been knitting a mystery lace shawl. I signed up for a group paid a few dollars and downloaded the pattern every Friday for 5 weeks. I of course didn't finish each installment in a weeks time. In fact it has been over 2 months and I'm still in the middle of pattern section 4. The yarn is a wonderful hand dyed lace weight in blue, teal, gray and black. My friend Anita commented that I probably should have used a larger needle as my shawl still looks fairly small, even with over 500 stitches and lots of lace work. Well yes, perhaps I should have taken into account that life would request stress relief by pulling my stitches tight. I'm not starting over, I'll just do a few more repeats of section 4. Blocking will pull it out into a bigger size than one would think possible as well.

Lets hope that starting a blog will not be as stress inducing as my life lately. If it is I'll just delete because I don't know if I can stand much more troubling excitement. I'll not give a run down, I'm sure it will pop up later.