Friday, March 16, 2012

Hope and the Rainbows

On the way home from the mammogram and ultrasound, I hung a lefty (no pun intended) and found myself at a couple of funny places. One was my Grandma's where she lived in the 70's. I couldn't tell you where she lived without a street directory right now but Thursday I ended up at the end of her street accidentally. My sister says Grandma is sending me a hopeful message. She and I were very close. She taught me to knit.So I popped into Spotlight not much further from there and bought a big bundle of rainbow coloured wool. Shorty is into the Rainbow Song so a rainbow bed spread will be dandy. I also feel a yen to crochet so I don't bite my nails to the bone over the next week. Then I swerved by Ron and Brian's. I had decided not to buy more of these a while back but having just been to Grandma's and Spotlight, I reversed that decision. I love knitting on somebody else's old needles! It feels connected and calm and solid. They are rather pretty too.
There happened to be a bedhead at Ron and Brian's for $10 so I bought it for Shorty who is on a mattress as we haven't had time to switch the beds around.
It is line up Heaven. What colour, if any, do you think it should be painted?

Lala had to remake her bed as she had visitors in her hair again. This Laura Ashley fairy quilt set was $4 from the oppy. She tolerates it but it will soon be moved away from her to Shorty's room. The three year old is far more appreciative of fairies than the 9 year old, dark one. The Art Park yellow one is also from the oppy. It was used as Shorty's bassinette mattress cover so I love it even more.
At cricket this afternoon, Shorty met a little girl called Hope. A sign? I'm choosing to read it that way. Later while she slept in the car and the cricket got wetter, I worked on her rainbow blanket. I may need to make a travel bag for the crochet for the times when I am waiting in the car.

I relish miserable rainy days like this. It was perfect to sit and crochet and stare at the cloud wrapped mountain. These fat coloured crochet hooks are so much more cheerful than the grey metallic ones. Rain means never having to say your sorry when the chillun veg in front of a screen and want spag bol for tea. They WANT it Anna, really!
So now I'll fill you in on the other stuff. Friday was a bit of a dud as they wanted to do a lymphatic biopsy too. The doctor didn't like the machine. After lying there propped on pillows with Lefty pointed at the ceiling like St Peter's Basillica, they postponed it all till Monday. S'okay though. I figure between Grandma's intervention, the rainbow connection and meeting Hope in person, things are looking pretty good here.

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  1. What a knitting needle collection you have there. They're now on my op-shopping list. x

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    1. The needles are addictive, Zara!

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  2. That's the way. I see a new big girl's bed and fabulous sheets.

    And lots of other beautiful things that provide a nice distraction.

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  3. Carmel and Zara, I did it again. Not concentrating and hit publish instead of save. Now it's ready. As if I could write a non-verbal post! Ha!

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  4. I came back to find words. I was worried my comment on the wordless post would be senseless, but it still seems to fit.

    I think you should read all the signs just the way you want to.

    I wish I could crochet.

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    1. I can teach you while the girls sit inside your boxes. Didn't we discuss that once before we met? It is beautifully easy and rhythmic.

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  5. You're clearly channelling your inner Granny, which can only be a good thing ;D

    But honestly, if you show me one more Ron and Brian goodie that was clearly meant to be mine I shall have a tanty ... I never find such joys as those knitting needles!

    It doesn't look like the weather there for toes in the sand but fingers in the wool sounds pretty good too. Hope the boy has a brilliant birthday and that you can find your bliss in all the good stuff this weekend and forget any pending bad bits. And you get a free hug from one who knows how the waiting feels, just in case you need it xxx

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    1. I foolishly passed up a good batch a few weeks ago. Need to work on the yellows and pinks now.

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  6. Oh Annie, you're making a ripple! I love these. Did you see the one I found the other day? Not made by me or as bright and cheery as yours :-) I would love to make my own - is it terribly hard?? I'm going to learn crocheting this week with Pips granny a day thingy. I also got the knitting needles out yesterday after a very long time - i had to double check youtube for the purl stitch! - but they remind me of my grandma too which is nice, I totally get it. Keep doing what you're doing and keep you're mind on rainbows and nice things. Thinking of you xxx

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    1. I missed your ripple blanket but it is lovely and they are very easy to make. The Royal Sisters have a great pattern for one if you want to try. Very therapeutic!

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  7. Heavens to bloomin betsy!! just read your last two posts......heavens heavens heavens.... I have a strong feeling everything will be fine but I am going to think lots about you for the next few days (and even pray).......It is just a cyst ......

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    1. This made me laugh. I want a T-shirt saying 'It is just a cyst.' Of course it will be fine. I feel a bit silly now that I've made such a kafuffle! Where have you been? (apart from around Australia!)

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  8. Of all the posts I've missed because of my stupid slowed internet connection ... I'm sorry I missed your last and therefore have been so rude as not to offer my thoughts.
    Thinking of you Annie, as you hug your babes close and probably worry yourself senseless ... needlessly.
    Sending you hope and rainbows and grandma's love. Take care sweet lady.

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    1. I'm not so worried now that the dust has settled. It was just a big surprise at first.

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  9. I've been thinking of you and have my fingers crossed for Monday. Looks like you have found some colourful distractions. Love those knitting needles.

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    1. If only I could crochet on my back I could do it during the biopsy!

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  10. I love all your positive signs. I would sleep on Laura Ashley fairies if I could. Wish I could crochet too! Keep positive.
    xo

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    1. If only the Laura Ashley fairies could repel the hair visitors as well!

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  11. Did you take the bus route to Grandma's? Love the colourful wool, it is grey and wet here today too. But it is too hot to knit and I don't think they sell knitting needles or wool here. Will phone tomorrow. Good to see you are feeling better, I am glad you got all the angst out in your last post, very cathartic. xo

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    1. I was driving on autopilot. When I came across the end of the street I paused and did a quick reccy of where I was. Of course you remember the street too! The houses had changed a bit so I couldn't work out which was Grandma's for sure.

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  12. Now, without a doubt, Granma brought you there.
    What a comfort at this time.
    I would paint the bed head (which I think is smashing) the same blue as the fairy far right. I think that a light colour there would not take away from the sun burst rug.
    My rug I'm knitting on a big circular needle comes and goes as my consciousness drifts here and there. In between the knitting mojo, I tend to forget the stitches in the pattern.
    I am praying for you, dear Annie. I'm not giving God a breather .
    I would have liked to be with you to hold your hand on Monday, so I'm holding it in sincere spirit.

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    1. I have a tin of pale blue in my stash of paint! You will have to get your daughter to show us your rug- a guest spot!
      Dear DMC, your hand is right there with Grandma and all the other lovely women I have been so lucky to connect with here. There will be a lot of Julie's white light in that little room on Monday! x

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    2. I am a total blank of white for you all day and you're in luck I am also one of the whitest people on the island of white coral sand beaches. Love you

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  13. Good plan - crocheting can be very therapeutic and calming. x

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  14. I love that you met Hope in person. And if Faith happens to cross you path while drinking Lucky beer, then you're home and hosed. xx

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  15. So glad you found your opping and crochet mojo. Love the bedhead, I think paint it turquoise, like Shorty's singlet. Best of luck tomorrow. melx

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  16. Yep, I'll be thinking of you tomorrow/today too. Will call you. And I really want to make a ripple blanket too. You can teach me next Friday. OK. Serious stuff.

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  17. You're in my thoughts. The happy accident finding your grandmother's street is a nice sign, indeed. Thinking of you...

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  18. Annie!! You are a rainbow, positive-sign seeing wonder. Crochet on. I like the bed head as is. Shows off all the colourful people so well. We're all colourful people. Sending you a big hug and love. x

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