06/11/2012, Kingston, Ontario
No its not September. Yesterday we were invited to my sisters for dinner. She had also invited her young neighbor couple, Mike and Megan. Megan was hugely pregnant and 2 days over due for their second child. She had been in mild labour most of the day. As dinner time approached it was evident things were progressing. As the rest of us sat and enjoyed our meal, Megan walked off the contractions grabbing a bite when she could. Just before we left around 9 the mid wife and arrived to check on the progress and I spoke to my sister this morning and their new baby daughter arrived just after midnight with a successful home delivery. Now their little son Sawyer is a big brother.
I had just finished this Elizabeth Zimmerman baby surprise jacket and have already cast on booties to match. Buttons yet to be chosen.
Wool in summer you say? What keeps the cold out, keeps the heat out, just ask the sheep.
06/06/2012, Kingston, Ontario
We have been following the celebrations of Queen Elizabeth's 60 years on the throne. She was just 26 when she had to take over from her father. Not many of us would want to work until we are 86. Retire already, Liz.
I hope at 86 I have the stamina she has shown over the past several days. She is, I'd say, a bit over her ideal body weight but still has a regal beauty about her. Poor Prince Phillip is recuperating in hospital from a kidney infection. Likely as a result of standing for hours in the cold drizzle of the boat parade on the Thames.
In other unrelated news, we heard on Canada A.M. this morning Cheryl Crow has been diagnosed with a brain tumour. It apparently doesn't need attention, but geez, is no one immune?
06/04/2012, Kingston, Ontario
We have Al's surgery date. We got the call late today that Al's surgery will take place on Wednesday June 27. He will be seeing the anesthetis for a consultation before surgery and he will have one more lengthy MRI. We are relieved to have the date so we can somewhat plan our summer. We were told his hospital stay, barring any complications would be three days. Full recovery will take about 6 weeks. So our summer will be one of staying quiet and laying low.
Onward and upward.
06/04/2012, Kingston, Ontario
Week at a Glance
We are patiently waiting to hear of Al's Surgery date. We had hoped to hear last week but hopefully this week we will hear. His surgeon is on vacation until the end of this week.
I continue to keep busy knitting, doing short rides on the bike and last Thursday spent a nice day with my eldest daughter, having breakfast out at Pan Chancho, browsing the downtown Farmers Market and coming home here and we made fresh spring rolls. Yesterday a friend and I went to the new Sunday Farmers Market in my neighborhood, its having a trial this season and I hope it is a success so I go every Sunday to support it. One vendor sells fresh greens with edible flowers and pea shoots which are so yummy.
I brought my old (circa 1978) Kenmore sewing machine home from Kiley's so I hope to get a few projects done. I want to make a selection of cloth napkins and I've ordered a vintage 1972 Simplicity pattern for a halter top. So I'm hoping to fabricate a few of those and be ready for our next heat wave.
We have organized a wee View & Chew for this Friday night for a small group of friends who have not yet seen our new digs. So I'll be busy this week planning and making my finger foods for that.
Al and I have become fans of Downton Abbey and that has been our evening entertainment. Once it is over Al wants to start a marathon of his new favourite show.....Top Gear.
05/29/2012, Kingston, Ontario
Nope not a car, but it will get me around. My dear life long friends Sue and Jim offered me this bike and I accepted. I picked it up yesterday. My former Rock Hopper was a mans frame and I no longer felt competent on it. On this one Sue lowered the seat and so now I can safely, plant both feet on the ground while sitting. A feature that makes me feel safer. I don't get a good leg extension with the seat that low , but the ability to reach the ground trumps a comfortable cadence, in my opinion. Sue rode home along with me. It was just the right distance (2.6 km) to get re-acquainted with a new bike and city streets. We identified some routes that can get me to the house on Frontenac St. (for gardening) that are less busy and where I would feel safer riding. I will pick up in the next few days a lock and basket. I will also pick up a big bike hook so that we can hang it in our storage room and not have it in the guest room. I'm excited to have this mode of transportation, it will give me more freedom to check on the garden when I want and be quick. It will give me more flexibility when Al has his hospital stay. I look forward to the exercise also.
05/25/2012, Kingston, Ontario
Last night I beat Al at Backgammon, which is a rarity. Of course he is blaming it on his brain tumour. Although we are both anxious about his pending surgery, he seems to be coping with humour, today making reference to something being a "no brainer". We were out doing errands today and we picked up a house coat and PJ's for his hospital induced vacation. Funnily, the man checking us out said "hospital stay"? When I asked him if it was obvious he replied, "the colour coordinating gave it away".
Bridget remains relaxed, balancing out our stress.