Reflections in the Snow~

I’m betting Baby Rhonda will be coming home next week.  Last time I talked with Christy, Little One was up to 4lb 13 oz and had pulled her feeding tube out. Little Stinker is going to do things her way, oYeah! 🙂

1147 PM CDT SAT MAR 28 2009 …WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CDT SUNDAY…

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CDT SUNDAY.

SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE NIGHT…BUT THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL
SHOULD BE IN THE FAR SOUTHEAST…AROUND MILWAUKEE…RACINE AND
KENOSHA COUNTIES. ROADS ACROSS THE AREA ARE SNOW COVERED AND
SLIPPERY.

TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO 8 INCHES ARE NOW EXPECTED BEFORE THE
SNOW DIMINISHES SUNDAY MORNING.

IN ADDITION TO THE HEAVY SNOWFALL…NORTH WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH…
GUSTING AT TIMES TO 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED. TRAVEL IS EXPECTED TO
BE TREACHEROUS OVERNIGHT INTO SUNDAY MORNING.

It began sleeting around 4pm today, as we were heading to town. Nats had to work a mini-shift at Franks County Market from 4-6pm. Mike drove us back to town later, and the roads were getting pretty slick.

I got to play with my new camera for about 20 minutes tonight! No sooner had I begun, when Mike got me going doing photo-editing in CS3 on his computer. Then he was off to play with my camera again……hopefully, I’ll have a grasp of my camera by the time we make our trip to IN in two weeks…

I need to call or email Bonnie to find out if there will be any room in the Inn when we go down next  month. Nats plans to stay with her dad for a couple nights, but I have no clue where I’m staying. Hopefully Bonnie or Sheila can park me on their couch for a couple nights. I’m easy, I can sleep on a palette on the floor,  suits me just fine. I hope that doesn’t bother anyone-I wouldn’t mind if they had to do the same here at our place, but then we always have an extra bed 🙂

G’night~ Cya Monday!

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Turtleback Sweater Wrap pattern on order~

I ordered the pattern from Annie’s Attic today!

Turtleback Sweater Wrap

Turtleback Sweater Wrap

Christy called today- Baby Rhonda is up to 4 lb 13 oz! She pulled out her feeding tube sometime between last night and today, and instead of replacing it, the staff at the hospital decided to leave it out and see how she will do. She’s up to 5 bottles a day now and could get to come home in about 2 weeks if everything goes well!

Will post pictures of the Baby Buritto started today. I have it posted in Ravelry.com for now and will update as it gets further along. I’m doing it in Icey Mint, and works up nicely~I think CJ will love this one, it’s snuggly-soft!

Baby burrito, day 1

Baby burrito, day 1

more tomorrow, getting late~ G’night!

teh KnitNazi~ 🙂

Easy Sweater to Knit

Easy Knitted Turtleback Sweaters

Rectangle shown below,  folded in half, arm-holes sewn.

Easy Knitted Turtleback Sweaters
Easy Knitted Turtleback Sweaters

Easy Knitted Turtleback Sweaters


Easy Knitted Turtleback SweatersEasy Knitted Turtleback Sweaters

Both of these Turtleback sweaters are made from a one piece rectangle, then folded in half, and finished with each side being stitched together to form arm-holes. Made using worsted weight and chunky yarns.

The knitted eyelet rib is made with #11 and #17 needles and chunky yarn.1″=3 sts
The k/p ribs: small uses #6 and #13 needles and worsted weight yarn; large uses #8 and #13 needles and chunky yarn. 1″=3 sts

Skill level: Easy

Annie’s Attic
Item # 837161

Easy Knitted Turtleback  Sweaters

$6.99

CJ, Leave a comment on the color you want, if you like 🙂

XMOMX

Got meh Birthday Present Early!

Mike got me an early birthday present:  the MOST EXCELLENT Canon Powershot A1000 IS camera for me to take down to Indiana next month!

He’s having a riot with it, need I say more? It takes awesome pictures!

I hope to learn how to use it eventually and I do expect to come back with LOTS of photos! I got an extra 4 GB card and rechargeable batteries, WHOOHOO! 🙂

Me~

Teh Cutenss Continues~ Baby Pix!

Letter from the Ryans

Rhonda is taking off like a weed.

The Good Life~

The Good Life~

She weighs 4lbs 8oz AND she is up to taking 3 40-50ml (30ml in an oz) a day AND her nose tubes have been removed and she is breathing completely on her own.

Rhonda Graduates to teh Bottle

Rhonda Graduates to teh Bottle

Probably for a few days of that (and I think they’re running short) she will move from the isolate to an open crib.  I am going twice a day now to give bottles and the nurses give her the rest.

Unfortunately I cannot make it to the hospital more than twice a day.  Oh she has to have at least 5 days of 8 full feedings before coming home.  I believe thats at whatever ml she’s taking at that time, no specific amount.

The Look of Love

The Look of Love

Oh my goodness and the nurses, ALL of them and there’s 10-20 different ones, all make over her and her improvements.  They even fight over the schedule to be assigned her.  Either they give the extra effort and compliments to every family or she really is something special to them in the NICU.  I honestly believe it’s the latter.  Come on, all of them???

I don’t know how but things are coming together so well at the hospital and at home, that we may just be all ready for her to come home.  (Double thanks to Dena!)  Ryan will be staying home 5 work days when she comes home.  He has already taken days when I was in the hospital delivering.

I am feeling better as Rhonda starts her downhill descent to coming home and as things are getting more ready at home.

Enjoy the pics and Love ya all!

Christy & Ryan

The First Family Portrain March 2008

The First Family Portrait March 2008


The Well Pump, She goes Poof??

Ok guys, this could get super-scary…:

Our well pump began sounding “different” about 3 months ago. Since it’s right off our office in the Studio/Catchall Room, I noticed it would click-click-click during a shower, toilet refill, washer refill cycle, or whenever water was running anywhere in the house. I didn’t think too much of it and made a mental note to keep ears peeled for any signs of impending trouble.

I didn’t mention anything to DH because I figured Mr Radar-for-Ears would notice and say something if things didn’t sound “right”. Not noticing is a good thing, yes?

Then about 3 days ago, he noticed it…the pump’s condenser motor started with the click-click-click more frequently and the water pressure would drop noticeably more than usual. DH checked the gauge- 60 lbs of pressure, normal. Then he checked the release valve on top, and when he pushed it, a spray shot out of it. NOT good. He said that means water has got into the bladder either by a leak or a tear.

Yahoogled for help and found we may have to replace the bladder, no biggie, that is unless we can’t get a part for this older pump. The whole setup is the original that was installed when our house was built almost 20 yrs ago, so it’s not looking good. It could cost up in the $500-range if we have to replace it.

Did I mention we had to buy a new dryer this last Monday because our old one crapped out on us over last weekend??? And the washer is on borrowed time, same year as the dryer, making funny noises during spin cycle.

I called our neighbor/Plumber/Contractor but he and his were not available to take our call, so I left a rather pleading-for-help-ASAP voice message in hopes they get it by tomorrow…

Things may get a bit “hairy” around here if the pump goes out before we can get a repair guy out before it completely fails….and if I can’t wash my hair, I’m not going anywhere in public…..

Please let it last one more day……..or 2?

They say things happen in 3’s. Ok, this is #2 for the year, unless we can go back to Sept of last year when the water heater broke…

And I just got a bill from the Med. Center for last Sept when DD17 went in for a Gyn checkup and booster shots the school said everyone needed last year….$226 for a physical and booster shots at $41.  Now I have to call them up on Monday and ask if her dad’s insurance was even billed, and if not, why. The next thing they’ll tell me is he dropped her from his policy-I didn’t get a new insurance card this year OR last, come to think of it……

and I have a trip to plan in less than 3 weeks…

What next????

Kthanksbye!

UPDATES:

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taking Autumnleaves’ advice: thinking happy thoughts of baby Rhonda now.

…ohhhhmmmm

….ohhhhmmmm

GOOD NEWS! DH found the website and we can replace the bladder ourself, IF we can get one. crossing fingers, toes, eyes, knees, and wishing on Vela and Orian~

Ok, nevermind, you have to be a contractor to get one…no retail…

….ohhhhmmmm….DAMMIT!!!

…ohhhhmmmm……

I think I'm going to Kathmandu…

I heard this on the radio tonight and I couldn’t have said it better m’self.

I’ve been from one end of this world to the other, and if you ask me where “home” is, I can sum it

up in pretty quick: “Home is where the heart is.”

Now, I hope that if my children read this, it will at least explain their mother better. You can’t find me

in Google, you can’t find me in Wikipedia, you can’t find me in any books, but you can always count on me

being in the one place you almost forgot to look- just look in your heart, I’m there.

I love you guys: Christy, Richard, Sam, Natalie (my final Hurrah! in a half-pint grenade) and like it or not, you’re stuck with me~:)

I think I’m going to Kathmandu,

that’s really, really where I’m going to.

If I ever get out of here,

that’s what I’m gonna do.

K-K-K-K-K-KatKathmandu,

I think that’s where I’m going to.

If I ever get out of here,

I’m going to Kathmandu.

I got no kick against the west coast;

Warner Brothers are such good hosts.

I raise my whiskey glass and give them a toast,

I’m sure they know it’s true.

I got no rap against the southern states.

Every time I’ve been there it’s been great.

But now I’m leaving and I can’t be late

and to myself be true.

That’s why I’m going to Kathmandu,

up to the mountains where I’m going to.

And if I ever get out of here,

that’s what I’m gonna do.

K-K-K-K-K-Kathmandu,

that’s really, really where I’m going to,

oh, if I ever get out of here I’m going to Kathmandu.

I got no quarrel with the midwest,

the folks out there have given me their best.

I lived there all my life, I’ve been their guest,

I sure have loved it, too.

I’m tired of looking at the TV news.

I’m tired of driving hard and paying dues.

I figure, baby, I’ve got nothing to lose,

I’m tired of being blue.

That’s why I’m going to Kathmandu,

up to the mountains where I’m going to.

If I ever get out of here,

that’s what I’m gonna do.

K-K-K-K-K-Katmandu,

take me, baby, ’cause I’m going with you.

If I ever get out of here

I’m going to Kathmandu.

I ain’t got nothing ‘gainst the east coast.

You want some people where they got the most.

And new york city‘s like a friendly ghost,

you seem to pass right through.

I know I’m gonna miss the USA.

I guess I’ll miss it every single day.

But no one loves me here anyway.

I know my playing is through.

That’s why I’m going to Kathmandu,

up to the mountains where I’m going to.

If I ever get out of here,

that’s what I’m gonna do.

K-K-K-K-K-Kathmandu,

really, really going to,

if I ever get out of here,

if I ever get out of here,

if I ever get out of here,

I’m going to Kathmandu.

–Bob Seger, Kathmandu

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