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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Medically Speaking...

DH and I continue visiting and seeing inside various hospitals...lol.
DH went back to the River City hospital for another sleepover...this time to test a CPAP machine and accompanying mask...

His doctor was pleased with the data collected via those 'wires', so very soon DH will get his very own mask and hire a CPAP machine for 2 months to see how things go. 

Last Friday it was my turn to head off for a test. So off I went to Greenslopes Private Hospital for a Myocardial Perfusion Study...that took 3 hours of the morning, although most of the time was spent in various waiting rooms. 


I had one of these tests quite a few years ago but didn't seem to remember much about it except I was a 'complete idiot' on the treadmill as I kept losing my balance when they ramped up the speed :-/. That time they ended up giving me an injection which made my heart work as though I was doing vigorous exercise even though I was lying down 'relaxing'. 

This time after the first isotope was injected, I went to another room where some imaging was done, including CT scan...now why did I keep thinking of that old circus act, the lady shot from the cannon, during this procedure!!??
Then it was back to another room to wait for a doctor to come and explain about an injection of adenosine which would make my heart 'go like the clappers'...Yes! Once again I had escaped the treadmill!! I was warned that the reaction was quite nasty but only for 4 minutes...and it was rather yuck...difficulty breathing and a real sick feeling...but it was over quickly. Then on to another room for the second isotope...
I was then taken to another room...and this is what was there...
Not particularly salubrious, but there was a little room off this area...
A large platter of sandwiches and tea and coffee making facilities...

And on the little fridge there was another platter...

Fruit!
Did I mention that I had been fasting? Well I had been since the previous evening...
I made a coffee and loaded a plate with a sandwich and some fruit. Before I had finished, I was being 'collected' to walk back around to the room with the MRI. More scanned images and another few minutes in the 'tube'. 
Then it was back to the waiting room near reception to wait for my folder of images and other data. 

My purple, blue and orange images...My doc had said they were looking at blood flow...

When I got home I realised I still had some sticky 'pads' left on...
I suspect the report I was given is not as detailed as what Nik, my doctor will get. So I will have to wait until March 17 to find out how things went.  
 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

A few new purchases...

When DH retired in 2009, he put some money aside to start a 'new car' account. The idea was that he would replace the car in the next few years after retirement. But Camille Camry just 'kept on going on'. But after his recent health scare, DH decided that maybe he should finally get that new car especially with these 'plate sales' that the dealers were offering on 2014 models...big savings. 
So it wasn't long before Carlotta Camry arrived...DH said this new car was 'racier' than the previous car, so deserved what he considered a 'racier' name! Lol. 



Now at the same time I did a bit of shopping...online from Ava and Neve, a shop at North Lakes specialising in Liberty fabrics. 

A more modest purchase compared to DH perhaps but there is a link...however tenuous :-)
I will be cutting some hexagons from these fabrics for a couple of upcoming projects and when we took delivery of 'Carlotta', DH didn't notice...but I did!! Look at the upholstery fabric of the seats...hexies! 


We've since covered up the front seats with seat covers, but the seat in the back is still hexie themed! 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Stitching...

Last Sunday the appropriately named Sunday Stitchers group gathered for the February meet up. This time the venue was a community centre in Coomera and we had a number of 'extra' ladies joining us as visitors. The lovely Maree had organised a workshop for us, with the designer, Natalie Bird. 
The venue was spacious...

Natalie is a very gracious and lovely lady...generous with her help to all of us participants...

 We had a choice of 2 projects...interestingly I chose the one which didn't require needle turn appliqué :-/.




Later in the day, Natalie came to each table with some stamped stitchery designs that we could choose from as an extra little gift from her.
I chose this one...


And what would a Sunday Stitchers meet up be without the Show and Tell session. Members who had brought along Natalie Bird finished projects lined up to show them off and line up for a photo or two. 
Then some more photos with the designer included in the group...
In one corner if the room, Natalie had set up a table with items made from her books on display as well as heaps of things for sale...

We all had the most wonderful day. As well as the fun workshop, Maree had organised the food...it was plentiful and sooooo delicious. Talking of stitching, designers and fun....
The weekend after next is Let's Get Stitched 2015. This year it is in Brisbane...long time readers might recall the fun time I had at last year's LGS which was held in Melbourne. Each participant on the Friday Bus Tour of Patchwork shops, has to make a name badge for another person. My 'person' likes green and pink, so this is the creation I've come up with for her. It's a secret so I've covered up her name which is stitched in pink. 


( When I taught Year 1, My teaching partner and I would model for the students, writing 'our names' on the worksheets. We adopted the names Fifi (for me) and Trixie. So I suppose there are some 20 something people who believe their Year 1 teachers were Trixie C and Fifi C! Not Noela and Maria! Lol) 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Torpor and FNSI...

Last night was Friday Night Sew In, here in Australia. And here at my house there was definitely a serious case of 'Torpor'. 'Huh?' you say...let's see how an online dictionary explains the word...
  1. Torpor; noun
    A state of physical or mental inactivity; lethargy.
    ‘They veered between apathetic torpor and hysterical fanaticism.’

    Synonyms: lethargy, torpidity, sluggishness, inertia, inactivity, inaction, slowness, lifelessness, dullness, heaviness, listlessness, languor, stagnation, laziness, idleness, indolence, shiftlessness, apathy, slothfulness, weariness etc etc....
So you would now realise that nothing much in the way of crafting was done by yours truly during FNSI.

The last week or so I have been 'attacking' the pile of donated squares (for k4BN). After all the Christmas Swaps were posted last December, I had started joining squares again after quite a break doing other things. I tend to join the squares into a number of blankets and then come back later and neaten off any ends. So in the last fortnight I have been weaving in ends and also joining the last of the crocheted squares...just leaving the knitted ones still to do. So maybe I was all 'crafted out' after finishing off this lot?
In the 2 piles, there are 14 blankets, thanks to all the lovely ladies who continue to crochet and knit squares for our group. 

In one of my knitting bags I have a crochet hook and some oddments of 8ply yarn. At Knit and Natters I crochet squares, as well as sometimes at home or on trips in the car. These squares are then handy when I'm joining the donated squares and run out before a blanket is completed. Well I've used all my stockpile as well as crocheted donations. So last night I started on a new lot of 'spares'.


It's pouring with rain here today...as it did yesterday. Perfect weather for crafting, and I've spent part of the morning 'pottering'. The other day I visited Spotlight but later realised I'd forgotten to buy a couple of cushion of cushion inserts. So one job I did this morning was to take an old (and very flat) 'homemade' cushion insert, unpick the opening, put more 'fill' inside and then re stitch it. 


So instead of languishing at the bottom of the linen cupboard the cushion insert is now filling out a new cover...

Another thing I did this morning was prepare a beef casserole, filled with lots of vegetables and herbs, which is now cooking. DH and I are braving the weather and heading into the city this afternoon for a matinee performance of 'Mother and Son', so a beef casserole will be wonderful to come home to I think. 
Thank you to Wendy at Sugarlane Quilts for once more organising FNSI. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Another Book Launch...

Last Thursday night I went with some friends to the Mary Ryan Bookstore in Park Rd, Milton. The occasion was the book launch for Zoe Boccabella's second book, 'Joe's Fruitshop and Milkbar'.


 Zoe is my friend Maddie's cousin and Zoe's father was a teacher at Everton Park High for a number of decades, so he also has known DH and his girls for many years. 
Zoe's books tell the story of her grandparents who were immigrants to Australia from Italy...like my father. Many of the memories/traditions/customs/rituals/foods etc that Zoe recalls are also just like my memories of growing up in a two culture family in the 1950s and 60s. Zoe's grandparents followed a similar path to that of my father; north Queensland cane fields, the Granite Belt and finally Brisbane. 
 
The fruit shop and milk bar of the title was right in the middle of the CBD in Brisbane (Ann St, not far from St John's Cathedral...people younger than me cannot believe that such things existed in the city...and fruit shops and milk bars are long gone. The old buildings that housed such shops have all been demolished and replaced with high rises. The evening started with Zoe reading to the crowd and then some of the stories that had been told to her by her grandparents. Then some mingling with the crowd...

I took this photo of Zoe with her cousin Maddalena (my friend Maddie)
There was a little Italian man who played the zufulo and the piano accordion...


While I queued to get 2 books signed ( one for me and one for my brother whose birth name was Rosario), I noticed a sign...and asked the staff if I could take a photo...

I reached the head of the line and got my books signed...

And after Zoe signed for me I quickly showed her a photo that I had taken with me...

It's a photo taken in the early 1950s, of the staff at another fruit shop and milk bar in the CBD...this time in Edward St. My father is on the left at the front. The man on the right is Jimmy, whose parents owned the shop...it was he who gave me this photo in 2001...actually this is the restored version, the originally was badly torn. Most of these people were part of my life in the early years. 

For more photos of the evening check out Zoe's website here...http://zoeboccabella.com/latest/

I also loved Zoe's first book, Mezza Italiana...well worth a read.

Grow Your Own Blog Giveaway...

On January 25, I joined in the Grow Your Own Blog Party and I have so enjoyed visiting 'new' blogs and it's also been wonderful having bloggers from all around the world visiting my blog. I had a Giveaway to coincide with the GYBP...a fabric square of Gerhard Hillmann's, featuring gum leaves and gum nuts and blossoms...very Australian. 




The Draw for the Giveaways is today! So once again I used the online Random Number Generator...


Congratulations to Maria in Western Australia. ( her lovely blog is here...
http://maria-lifeontheblock.blogspot.com.au)
And a big thank you to everyone who visited my blog and left a comment on the GYBP post. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Another Valentine's Day...

So another Valentine's Day is just about over and done with :-)
DH actually gave me this lovely plant the day before my colonoscopy to cheer me up while I drank 'the evil brew'

This year, I took DH out for breakfast at our favourite local cafe. We breakfasted well; my Eggs Benedict was delicious as was DH's omelette. 
After breakfast I got a little Valentine's gift from DH...
I love fresh raspberries but at $7 per punnet, they are just an occasional treat...and I got 2 !
Naturally I wanted to sample those raspberries as soon as we got home...plus, blueberries, blackberries and a chopped up banana...yum!



My hair appointment yesterday had to be postponed when my hairdresser had a family emergency to attend to, so late this morning I headed off to my rescheduled appointment.  
Our next outing was at 5pm...my little great niece, Lucy, was celebrating her 5th birthday with a pizza dinner at a local cafe. This was the family party...I believe there will be a kids' party next weekend! 
There were 15 of us, so lots of people were left out of the photo! Lol.

Blowing out the 5 candles...

DH and I gave Lucy a musical jewellery box with the little ballerina who pirouettes around when the box is opened...and some 'diamond' jewels made just for little people. It was a great hit and I'm sure that the little ballerina is exhausted as she seem to dance constantly through out the evening! Lol 

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my last post. After an evening of drinking rather yucky stuff, the routine procedure next day was a 'cinch', lol. Everything was okay and my doc wrote in his report that '...this is a reassuring result for Maria.' And so the next one will also be in another 5 years...sweet! :-) Talking of sweet...
I rarely eat sugar these days but I must say that the lemon jelly that was allowed when on the clear fluids part of the preparation, certainly made drinking the yucky stuff, a lot easier.