Wednesday, May 20, 2015

What's with all these non-essential internal organs?

When I was twenty I had emergency surgery for a blocked bowel. (I know, I know, too much information).

The surgeon told me that while they were there they took out my appendix for no other reason than they were there and there was some study that showed that after surgery the appendix might get infected and have to come out at a later date.

Ten years ago I was told that I had a spleen, but it wasn't working. No-one seemed overly concerned why

Eighteen months ago I had my gall bladder removed. Don't worry, I was told, you can live without it.

Today, during an ultrasound the technician asked me if I had had my spleen removed because she couldn't find it.

Couldn't find it?

So that's three.

Three organs I was born with, and do not have anymore, and apparently that's ok.

Not sure where the spleen went.

Maybe the aliens took it.

That makes as much, or more, sense than anything I am getting from the medical profession.

Who knew that the creator would make us with all these extraneous parts?

Sunday, May 17, 2015

6KCBWDAY7 - Who,What,Where,When,Why and How

Today the challenge is to talk about where we knit.

Where: Mostly I knit nestled into the corner of my couch in the living room.  It is under the light, plus I have my grandmother's tea trolley next to me where I keep all my essential knitting tools:

The silver tray was my aunt's and always was on the coffee table beside the chair she sat in to knit. 

When camping I knit at the table in the camper, listening to podcasts, or the radio. 

When with my sister I knit in her living room, or outside in lawn chairs (in the summer).  (Here she is teaching me entrelac.)

Who: My husband is usually watching TV with me while I knit, otherwise, unless with my knit group on Thursdays, or at my sister's house, I knit by myself. 

When: I knit for a couple of hours during the day - for five or eight hours at night.  Yes, I am retired.

What: I usually knit socks, or baby things, but this year I am already on my fourth sweater - so projects, they are a-changing. Tour de Sock is starting soon, so I am sure socks will be on my needles most of the summer. Every couple of months I find myself knitting some sort of shawl - a hap shawl is on my list of things to do.

Why:  I knit because I love it.  I knit because I enjoy wearing hand-knit socks.  I knit because hand-knits make the best baby shower gifts.  I knit because it makes me happy and makes me feel useful.

How: I knit English style.  I am a thrower, although I can pick when doing fairisle.  I knit socks using magic loop method if they are straight forward socks, or five double points if they are more complicated and I usually knit my socks two at a time (taat) so I don't fall victim to the dreaded second sock syndrome. I have a set of square artisan double points that I love, and I have lately started to knit socks on nine inch circulars which I quite like.

I don't use straights anymore, but prefer circular needles even if not knitting in the round. 

This brings the Blogging Challenge to an end. It has been wonderful to participate and I am thankful to Eskimimi for picking the topics that make me stretch as a blogger.

So that is knitter me in a nutshell.


I think I am challenge free until next November, so Breathing Life shall return to regular scheduled programming.