Friday, April 19, 2019

A to Z 2019 April Blogger Challenge The Letter Q - Shhh

It's April - That means I will be participating in the A to Z Blog Challenge.

I will be posting six days a week for the month of April - (with a rest day on Sunday).
Each post will begin with the corresponding letter of the alphabet beginning with A and finishing with the letter Z.

I began participating in this challenge in 2012.   With the exception of last year, I believe I completed the challenge each year.   Last year I lost steam somewhere around the letter W.




Quiet, Please

I consider myself to be a quiet person.  I've always been.  Quiet people are usually quite misunderstood.   Some people assume that quiet people are not interested in communicating.  And perhaps that is true for some.   And sometimes it's true for me.  But, mostly quiet people wind up being good listeners.   I am a good listener. 
I am married to someone who is not a quiet person.   But unlike some non-quiet people, Ross is also a good listener.   
My favorite time of the day is early morning.   I am usually up before Ross.  It's my quiet time.   It became my routine when my children were little.  I would get up before the kids to have a few minutes to myself. 
I suppose writing is a form of quiet communication.  It allows me to be alone with my thoughts while also quietly communicating. 




Thursday, April 18, 2019

A to Z 2019 April Blogger Challenge - The Letter P - ASAP

It's April - That means I will be participating in the A to Z Blog Challenge.

I will be posting six days a week for the month of April - (with a rest day on Sunday).
Each post will begin with the corresponding letter of the alphabet beginning with A and finishing with the letter Z.

I began participating in this challenge in 2012.   With the exception of last year, I believe I completed the challenge each year.   Last year I lost steam somewhere around the letter W.



Policy
Before I begin, I am fine.

Last Thursday I had to go for a CT scan.   The radiologist told me that the results would be sent to my doctor within 24 hours. 
I didn't expect to hear anything on Friday, but was hoping that I would hear something by Monday.
On Monday morning the doctor's receptionist called and told me that the results were in and the doctor wanted me to come into the office to discuss them with me.
Of course my mind started to race.  If everything was okay, why wouldn't they just tell me that. 
As I wrote about in my N post, I am an anxious person.  My heart started to pound.  Ross said the color drained from my face. 
Then the receptionist said the appointment would be in one week.  WHAAT???
I said, "No, I would like the results today." 
Receptionist:  "Sorry, it's Doctor's policy that she doesn't discuss results over the phone."
In a more forceful voice, I say, "I want the results today!!"
She said she would get a note to the doctor.
When I got off the phone, I was shaking.  Ross was clearly upset also.
The receptionist called back about 15 minutes later to tell me that the CT scan came back normal and everything was fine.
When I go for my next appointment I will let the doctor know that she needs to rethink her policy.
If test results are okay, the patient should be told as soon as they are available.    If the test results are complicated, an appointment to discuss with the doctor should be made as soon as possible.  

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

A to Z 2019 Blogger Challenge The Letter O - Orl Korreki, Okay, OK, K

It's April - That means I will be participating in the A to Z Blog Challenge.

I will be posting six days a week for the month of April - (with a rest day on Sunday).
Each post will begin with the corresponding letter of the alphabet beginning with A and finishing with the letter Z.

I began participating in this challenge in 2012.   With the exception of last year, I believe I completed the challenge each year.   Last year I lost steam somewhere around the letter W.






Orl Korreki, Okay, OK, K👌

I wondered where the expression Okay came from.   This is the explanation according to the Oxford dictionary:

A more likely explanation is that the term originated as an abbreviation of orl korrekt , a jokey misspelling of 'all correct' which was current in the US in the 1830s. The oldest written references result from its use as a slogan by the Democratic party during the American Presidential election of 1840. Their candidate, President Martin Van Buren, was nicknamed 'Old Kinderhook' (after his birthplace in New York State), and his supporters formed the 'OK Club'. This undoubtedly helped to popularize the term (though it did not get President Van Buren re-elected).

Perhaps "OK" is the precursor to the shortcut way of communicating that is today's norm.   Texting, Tweeting, Instagram and Facebook all encourage the use of the most minimal words.  
Quick, tweet it in 140 characters (or is it now 280?) and leave it up to me to figure out the abbreviations.  Perhaps,"telegraphing" was the granddaddy of tweeting and texting.  Since you were charged per word, the sender had to be word-frugal with their communications. 

According to Wikipedia 

"The telegraph companies charged for their service by the number of words in a message, with a maximum of 15 characters per word for a plain-language telegram, and 10 per word for one written in code. The style developed to minimize costs but still convey the message clearly and unambiguously." 

On Facebook, use the least amount of words to describe the photo of your lunch.  Well, how many of us really care about your lunch?  BTW, I am guilty of food postings.  Oh, and BTW, stands for "by the way". 

My social media choice is Instagram.  Instagram subscribes to the "a picture is worth a thousand words" idiom.  You can caption the photo, but I bet most people don't even read your description.   I mean look at the title of the app.  INSTA.  That tells you right off the bat, don't waste my time with lots of words.  Instagram counts a "view" as a user spending more than 3 seconds looking at your post.

Now, with the use of emojis we don't even have to use words.   If you're anything like me, though, I use the emoji along with the corresponding word.  I'm sure that annoys some people.

I am a little sad that communicating has come down to acronyms and emojis in the same way I suppose that some were unhappy when people stopped communicating via handwritten letters. 

I wonder,  are people still reading blog posts?  Is blogging passe? I know I'm not getting a lot of "looks" at my posts during this challenge.  But, then again I never did, 😏

Up to this point there are 463 words in this post.

Are you still with me?


Here are a few Social Media acronyms you might want to use the next time you are in a hurry. 

OAN – On another note

Ex. “@andydwer That makes sense. OAN, where’d you get your cool cover photo? :)”
OH – Overheard
Ex. “OH: The show is standing room only tonight.”
OMG – Oh my God
Ex. “OMG! I can’t believe how great this new app is. :)”
OMW – On my way
Ex. “OMW. See you in a few!”
OOTD – Outfit of the day
This social media meme has people sharing which outfit they’re wearing that day. Popular on Instagram, OOTD often will appear as a hashtag.
Ex. “New shirt. New pants. #OOTD”
OP – Original poster
Ex. “OP stated it best in her original question.”
ORLY – Oh really?!
Like LOLz, this abbreviation can be used sarcastically as well as seriously.
Ex. “ORLY? RT @kevanlee Firecrackers aren’t made from crackers.”
OTP – One true pairing
This refers to two people or characters that you feel are meant for each other.
Ex. “Lady and the Tramp are my OTP.”



Tuesday, April 16, 2019

A to Z 2019 April Blogger Challenge - The Letter N - Nervous Nelly

It's April - That means I will be participating in the A to Z Blog Challenge.

I will be posting six days a week for the month of April - (with a rest day on Sunday).
Each post will begin with the corresponding letter of the alphabet beginning with A and finishing with the letter Z.

I began participating in this challenge in 2012.   With the exception of last year, I believe I completed the challenge each year.   Last year I lost steam somewhere around the letter W.



Nervous Nelly

I suffer from anxiety.  Although there are times when I can't tell where the anxiety is coming from, most of the time it is situational.  I imagine it is not unusual for most people to feel anxious under certain circumstances. 
When I tell those who don't know me well that I am "very nervous" they are surprised and often say, "but you seem so calm."    I suppose internalizing is not the best way to manage anxiety. 
When my anxiety flares, it spreads like wildfire.   I'm not sure whether I am in flight or fight mode.  During those times no amount of deep breathing,  closing my eyes or listening to soothing piano music helps.  
When I am experiencing an attack, my symptoms are rapid heart beat, shaking and nausea.   It's then that I must rely on medication.   While I wait for the medication to kick in, I do try to calm myself. 
I will wrap myself up in a warm robe,  plug my earphones in,  listen to a boring book, and pick up my knitting.  
Some say that Yoga and meditation are ways to practice calmness so that it becomes second nature.    I've never been successful with meditation and I've yet to try Yoga.
My doctor has recommended a daily medication.  I did give it a try and it made horribly nauseous.   
I am still interested in meditation and am willing to seriously consider it once again. 
One of the things I have found out about myself, though, is that when I am faced with the most serious of times,  I find the strength to handle whatever needs to be handled at the time.  
After the crisis is over, though, I give in and basically crash. 
Image found here




Monday, April 15, 2019

A to Z 2019 April Blogger Challenge The Letter M - Mailbox

It's April - That means I will be participating in the A to Z Blog Challenge.

I will be posting six days a week for the month of April - (with a rest day on Sunday).
Each post will begin with the corresponding letter of the alphabet beginning with A and finishing with the letter Z.

I began participating in this challenge in 2012.   With the exception of last year, I believe I completed the challenge each year.   Last year I lost steam somewhere around the letter W.



The Mailbox

When I first began to get obsessive about knitting, I fell prey to what I call the "want, want, gimme, gimmes".  
I blame Instagram and Ravelry for that.  
I suffered from serious "Fear of Missing Out" or what's commonly known as FOMO.
The IG and Ravelry posters teased me with project bags that everyone else had and "so must you," they insisted.  
The indie yarn dyers flashed their colors and the pattern designers showed me the beauty I could create with them. 
I have to say though, I didn't go as far as some.  I am talking about the ones who would set their alarms to go off when a seller on Etsy would update their shops with the newest yarns or project bags, thus making sure they would be able to snag a bag or skien of yarn. 
This never happened to me, but I have heard of "cart jacking".  That's when a buyer adds an item to their cart and while they are off shopping for other things, another buyer also puts the same item in their cart.   I guess the way it works is the first one to check out wins. 
My favorite days were the ones when the mail carrier or UPS driver would leave goodies for me in my mailbox or on the front porch.  I am embarrassed to say this happened way too often. 
As time went on, I came to love the craft of knitting and crochet more than giving in to the "want want, gimme, gimmes.  
I have come to terms with my FOMO.  I've discovered that as long as my needles are rhythmically clicking and yarn is sliding through my fingers I am at peace. 
Of course, I have to admit that I have enough project bags and yarn to outlast my lifetime.
But now my mailbox is filled only with the most mundane pieces.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

A to Z April 2019 Blogger Challenge The Letter L Under The Old Oak Tree

It's April - That means I will be participating in the A to Z Blog Challenge.

I will be posting six days a week for the month of April - (with a rest day on Sunday).
Each post will begin with the corresponding letter of the alphabet beginning with A and finishing with the letter Z.

I began participating in this challenge in 2012.   With the exception of last year, I believe I completed the challenge each year.   Last year I lost steam somewhere around the letter W.





Libby

From the time I learned how, I've been an avid reader.  In fourth grade I won the prize for reading the most books that year. 

In my youth, during summer break, you could find me under an old oak, book in hand sucking on a peach pit.

We had a small branch of the town library in our neighborhood.  I visited it two or three times a week.   Sometimes, I would walk the two miles to the big library.
A favorite pastime in my adult years was browsing Barnes and Noble.  

The library where I live now is quite small.   
The Barnes and Noble seems to carry more gifts, toys and games than they do books.  

Obviously, E-readers have affected how we read and where we obtain our reading materials.

I'm not sure why, but I don't seem to have the same ability to sit quietly for a while and just read.  

Because I can knit at the same time,  my preference is to listen to an downloadable audio book.   

Until recently, I would purchase an audio book from Audible.com which is an Amazon company.  But, I have found them to be way too expensive now.  I would say the cost of an audible book is currently about $20.00.
Frankly, I feel it is a waste of money.  The only person  I can pass some of my audible books to is Ross.  He and I don't have the same taste in books.   My daughter is a reader but, like Ross, she and I also have different tastes.  So,  I have an extensive library of audible books that I can't hold, touch or lend to a friend. 
About a month ago I heard about a phone app called "Libby".   It is a portal into local libraries which let you borrow e-reader and audible books.  You need a library card from your local library. 
Sometimes you might have to wait for weeks to borrow the latest best sellers.  
But that's okay with me.  Free books.  Just like the good old sittin' under the old oak tree readin' and sucking on a peach pit times. 

I'm currently listening to "The Death of Mrs. Westaway" by Ruth Ware.  I used the "Libby" app to download it.  I was able to borrow it immediately. I am enjoying listening to it.  

Friday, April 12, 2019

A to Z 2019 April Blogger Challenge - The Letter K In My Space

It's April - That means I will be participating in the A to Z Blog Challenge.

I will be posting six days a week for the month of April - (with a rest day on Sunday).
Each post will begin with the corresponding letter of the alphabet beginning with A and finishing with the letter Z.

I began participating in this challenge in 2012.   With the exception of last year, I believe I completed the challenge each year.   Last year I lost steam somewhere around the letter W.




Knitting

Of course my K word is Knitting.  It takes up space in my our life.  Yes, knitting also takes up space in Ross' life.  Or I should say our together life. 

In his own way Ross is involved in my knitting.  

I find it endearing that he pays attention to what I'm knitting.  
"What's that going to be?" he'll ask.
Or he'll try to guess, "A pair of socks?" 

Sometimes, when I get frustrated with a project to the point where I will rip it out, he'll gasp and say "You're not taking the whole thing out, are you?"  
He's always shocked when I do that and he always says the same thing.

He comes yarn shopping with me most of the time.  As he follows me up and down the aisles, he will occasionally  pick up a skein and ask, "What about this one?"  
He hasn't quite gotten the the fact that yarn comes in different weights, so he shops for yarn by color.
His color pallet taste is different than mine.  He likes the grays, navies and tans.  
I like all the other colors.
Once he realizes that I'm going to be awhile and that I'm not going to buy that gray yarn, he'll find a chair to sit on and pull out his kindle.   He is very patient.

Together we have been to many yarn festivals.  Yes, for those not familiar with the knitting world, there is such a thing as a celebration of yarn and the animals that give it to us.  
Mainly, though a yarn festival is a way for all creators of anything having to do with knitting and crocheting to congregate and show off their wares and hopefully sell then too.

 Ross takes part in my knitting YouTube podcast, which is called "Joey's Scarf."  He will pop in at the end to say hello.  He does have a fan base. 😉

I like to show off my accomplishments.  He is my photo shoot photographer.




Since he genuinely seems interested I thought he should learn to knit. 



Apparently he is more comfortable on the periphery of my knitting space.


Dear Ross, 
If you happen to read this post, and in case I have not told you this before, I love that you are in my space, whatever space that happens to be.
Happy Birthday!! Love, 💕
Lynda