Another day to live


Sometimes I’m a big whiner…  my health problems cause me to get  down, especially when I’m a dork and forget when to renew my prescriptions.  But this is still a day to live and not to just waste…..  I’m happy that I’m still alive and able to do what I can.

 “When I stand before thee at the day’s end, thou shalt see my scars and know that I had my wounds and also my healing.”
~Rabindranath Tagore

For my 365 Project, this is Riley playing with his new birthday present.

Happy Birthday Riley on 365 Project
Today was my youngest son’s birthday.  He turned 15!  I just can’t believe that the baby I carried is practically a man.  I should have gotten him razors for his birthday because he has a bit of a mustache.  He’s kinda lucky because whatever he didn’t get for Christmas he ends up getting for his birthday right after Christmas.  He got video games of course.. but they may end up locked up if he doesn’t keep his grades up.  He had a pretty good time and enjoyed his pizza and ice-cream cake.  They put a lot of blue coloring in the whipped cream frosting so now we all have blue tongues.

My older son will be 18 in 3 months and he is FINALLY doing what he is supposed to be doing….or so it seems.  I talked to his counselor and found out exactly what he needed to do to graduate.  He is short credits because he was sick so much one year.  He doesn’t want to do anything but play video games and he’s already signed up for extra web-based AP classes through BYU.  He should have finished them already since he signed up this summer but he has a year to finish them but I reminded him that he didn’t really had a whole year if he wants to graduate with his class.  If he doesn’t finish those on time he will get F’s and be 1.5 credits short.  He has a great opportunity to get college classes for some of his classes but he has to do them on his own time.  I did mention how lucky he was because he can get college credits now for much cheaper than he will be able to in college.  I told him he should go online and check out the difference and he did.  He was shocked!  I also told him to look into how much it cost to live on campus or rent a cheap apartment….. how much is electricity, and fuel and internet to play video games all the time.  How much money would he need to feed himself?  Because he is going to have to start support himself soon.  That gave him something to think about.  Well I told him yesterday that he would have to ditch the AP classes and just sign up for some easy electives to make up for those missing credits because I didn’t think he could pass these extra AP classes in such a short time.  I was trying a little reverse psychology like my dad did on me.  My dad would tell me I couldn’t do something because I was a girl and wasn’t strong enough.  It made me so mad and so I would try until I could do it.  It wasn’t until much later that I realize that was his plan all along.  Well, it seems it might have worked on my son.  He came home telling me he needed to finish the classes he was working on and get the finals ordered.  He had a paper for me to sign for him to take another class but it was still an AP class.  It ‘s English Composition or Freshmen Composition or something like that and at the end he can take the AP final for college credit.  The last few times I stepped into his room he was working on his classes.  I’m so glad to see him finally trying.

Anyway, I’ve been working on my Wool-eater blanket some more.  I added another strip of the same bright blue I used before and then I have half a strip of a very green teal color.  It didn’t have a label so I have no idea what the color actually is but if you take a bright Christmas green and add some blue it would be close.  I tried to take a picture but it just doesn’t pick that color up right……  it just looks blue.  It really picks out the green in the bright variegated.  I tried taking a lot of different pictures in different light but just couldn’t get a better shot with my iphone.  In this picture it is laying on my sage green counter and you can see the counter doesn’t look sage green.

If you want to learn how to make this there is a video now by Teresa (Crochet Geek).  She makes great instructional videos!  She is teaching the square version.  It’s called Crochet Wheel Stitch Square with Post Stitch.  I think I’ll make it with this video next.  Here are the written instructions

I also found a few places where this pattern is called “Catherines Wheel”.  Here is a link to a really nice pattern on Favcrafts 

I really enjoy this pattern.  Now that I know the pattern I can do it without thinking much and it is actually very relaxing.  I think everyone should crochet or knit…….. than this world would be a much better place.   There would be no road rage because everyone would be making sweaters.

Okay, so the NaBloPoMo prompt for today is

If you miss the first few minutes of a movie, do you still want to watch the rest of it?  No.  I’ll start it over or watch it later.  I especially hate it if there are words at the beginning and I don’t get a chance to read them.

So, what else have I been doing with my day?  I’ve been taking a trip back in time and watching 80’s music videos and church lady skits on youtube!  I have been laughing so much it hurt worse that before but oh it was soooooooooo funny!  one thing I didn’t realize was how cheezy those 80’s music video’s really were.  If you watch Tiffany’s “all this time”…..  you can see what I mean.  There are a few spots where all you can see is here hair floating around…….odd.

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  1. Sounds like Riley had a good birthday. 🙂
    So glad to hear that the older son is starting to pay attention to consequences and what will actually be coming if he doesn’t do something about it. So often people think not making a decision is like floating along safely…when, in reality, that WAS a choice. A decision was made by default, you know? Because time doesn’t stand still.
    Your blanket is coming along. I used to like to knit sometimes. I couldn’t knit to size so blankets and scarves were best for me. But now my wrist on my bad arm couldn’t take it for anything but very short sessions of a few minutes. (The wrist is where the muscles kind of shredded/permanent muscle damage.) But I find monotonous craft work–like when we assembly-line cards–to be just as soothing and calming. It’s the doing something repetitious that is simple so you don’t have to concentrate too much. 😉
    Hope you have a really good weekend! 🙂

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