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






Thursday, April 11, 2019

A to Z April Blogger Challenge - The Letter J This is Jeopardy

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.




Jeopardy

Sometime during the evening, five days a week,  Ross and I settle in for an evening of "telaviewing".  

One of the shows we record on the DVR so we can watch without commercials, is the quiz show Jeopardy.  

In case you are not familiar with the show:

"The show features a quiz competition in which contestants are presented with general knowledge clues in the form of answers, and must phrase their responses in the form of questions."

Either I'm getting smarter or the clues are getting easier than I once remembered them to be. 
I strongly suspect that the producers of the show figured it would be more enjoyable if the TV audience could come up with a correct answer here and there. 

Ross is better at this game than I am.  He gets more right than I do.    

I find the show interesting for this reason.  I am surprised at how much knowledge I have tucked away in my memory.

On the latest episode, this was a clue that I got right.  





Ross knew this one, I didn't




This was the final Jeopardy clue:


This was a tough one.  We didn't know the "answer".  Two of the contestants didn't know it either.

Do you play Jeopardy?


Alex Trebeck, the host of the show, recently revealed that he has advanced stage pancreatic cancer.
In his statement he also said that he is going to fight as hard as he can to beat it.

I am sad that Mr. Trebeck has this horrible disease.  I hope he gets well.

The answer to the first clue is Abe Lincoln.   The second answer is Kamehameha.

The final Jeopardy answer is Berlin.



Wednesday, April 10, 2019

A to Z 2019 April Blogger Challenge - Letter I - The Ick Factor

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 Ick Factor of Instagram

I do have  Twitter and Facebook accounts.  My Facebook account is set to private. I use it to keep up with family and close friends.   I don't quite understand Twitter.   I rarely tweet, but do follow some public figures.

My social media of choice is Instagram.   

Ninety percent of the people I follow and those who follow me are knitters or crocheters.   Ninety-nine of the photos and stories I post are craft related.

To make it easier for new crafty friends to follow me, I have set my account to public. 

There is a phenomenon on Instagram which happens to most women.   
I call it the "Ick" factor. 
The best way to describe the Ick is to give an example.



This is a partial list of men that I have on my blocked list.   I have blocked hundreds more like these. 

I'm not quite sure what these guys are after.  Most of the time their account is set to Private.  Most of the time they are following hundreds, sometimes thousands of people but they themselves only have a handful of followers. 

Generally, I get the impression that some of the men on my blocked list are looking for "love"?

Perhaps it is a little naive of me, but to give them the benefit of the doubt, let's say they are using Instagram as a dating app. 

But then that's where I get a little suspicious.  Why do they choose to follow me?  

As I said, I post on and browse Instagram mainly for my crafty hobbies of knitting and crochet.  

Here is my profile on Instagram:

           "I am a wife, mother & grandmother.  Enjoying retirement, obsessively knitting".      

Her is my profile picture.  I am clearly a senior lady with gray hair.


So, if these men are looking for a potential partner, why would they choose a women who is obviously not on Instagram for that reason?


Sometimes they want to send me a message:


I don't know if this happens on other social media platforms.  But I know for a fact that it happens to most every woman on Instagram.   

Since I choose to keep my account public, my solution is to block them.   And that works out rather well.  

I wonder, are they even real persons?  Are they Bots?   
OR, are they looking to scam little old ladies?

Whatever the case, they are ICKY!!!

Have you had this happen to you?  How do you handle it?

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

A to Z April Blogger Challenge - The Letter H - Opening Day

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.

Happy Birthday, Joe

Since I am writing these posts ahead of time, today is April 4 and I am writing the H post. This post won't come out until 9th.

April 4th is one of the most important days of my life.  Forty-four years ago I gave birth to my son Joseph Christoper on this day.   
  
The list of Joe-ness is endless.  Shy, kind and gentle.  Guitar player and eclectic music lover.  A dry sense of humor bordering on the absurd.  Most important a loving husband and wonderful father. 

In fact I started this blog for Joe.   I published my first post on March 10th.  It was a hopeful post.
During the next 10 months of that year, as each month came and went, so did my hope turn to despair and finally the most heart wrenching sadness and grief I have ever felt. 

On this day, this April 4th day, the day Joe would have celebrated his 44th birthday, my thoughts naturally turn to imagining how today would  should have been.

Actually, today I probably would not have seen Joe.  That's because it's opening day and particularly Mets  Baseball opening day.   Joe was the most loyal Mets Fan.  

Opening day on Joe's birthday - 4/4 and he would have been 44.  Oh for sure Joe would have been at the game.   

Joe's wife, Anne and son have carried on the Mets fan tradition.  Domani, Joe's son is a most loyal Mets fan.

Today, Anne and Domani are at the Mets game, on Joe's Birthday On  4/4 and what would have been his 44th birthday.


Monday, April 8, 2019

A to Z 2019 April Blogger Challenge The Letter G - Goose Bumps

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.
Let's see how far I get this year.


Goose Bumps

Now that the weather is starting to get a little nicer, Ross and I try to get out of the house for a little while each day.  


But while we hibernated this past winter, we watched a lot of TV.  

With our cable service, we can record five shows at once. 

Even though we subscribe to many of the main premium cable channels, Netflix and Amazon Prime, we rarely record five shows at once or ever fill up the DVR.   I think that may say something about the lack of fine programming or perhaps it is our eclectic taste. 

Ross and I usually have the same taste in TV shows.  I am slightly more fussy about what I like to watch, though. Ross watches a couple shows that are only background noise for me as I sit and knit.

One of the shows that I never miss is "This is Us".  I became hooked on it from the first episode. 

I must say, though, as season three unfolded,  I began to feel as though this family had way too much drama in their lives.   I wondered if the writers really felt that they were telling stories of average every day families.  

I imagine all of us have highs and lows, good times and bad, segments of our lives that we will never forget. 

Real lives though, unlike the "This is Us" lives, are made up of the sometimes happy, sometimes sad, sometimes exciting,  but most times, day-to-day routine moments.  

I was beginning to get a little disenchanted with the show.  

But, last night's season finale of "This Is Us", particularly the last scene, gave me goose-bumps.  Honest to goodness goose bumps.  

This is Them


This Is Us





Saturday, April 6, 2019

A to Z 2019 April Blogger Challenge - The Letter F Figure It Out

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.




FO

You would think that if you wanted to learn how to knit or crochet, it would be a simple matter of getting your hands on a pair of needles or hook and a ball of yarn.  Actually, that is probably the best first step.  
The next thing to do is find someone to teach you the method. If you don't have a friend to teach you, there are hundreds of instructional YouTube videos for beginners.  


I haven't tried this one, but I thought it had the best title. 


I have taught many of all ages to knit and crochet.  From my youngest grandson who was 8 at the time to my mother who was in her seventies. 

In my experience once the lesson is completed, the person either becomes obsessive about the craft or never picks up their needles or hook again.  

For those of us who become immersed in the knitting or crochet world, we quickly discover that there are countless acronyms to be learned.  

Usually, these acronyms are used when communicating with other crafters. Therefore it is not necessary to explain what the combination of letters mean.  I would categorize these as "insider lingo".

I am going to assume that there may be a few people who read this post may not know the lingo.

The acronym I have chosen to explain is FO.  Mainly because it fits in with the letter of the day which, of course is F.

FO stands for "Finished Object".  In case that was not immediately obvious, it means that the scarf, cowl, hat or sweater the knitter or crocheter has been working on is now complete and ready to be shown and worn. 

Here are some of my recent FO's

A Color Work Cowl

Crochet Cowls for the Girls


A hat for Jimmy


And one For Ross

A Heart Shawl in Memory of my son Joe







Friday, April 5, 2019

A to Z 2019 April Challenge - The Letter E - Essy's Easy Chair

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.


Easy Chair

Essy bent over, the chair.   Her arms were spread open as wide as the width of the chair, her fingers gripped the overstuffed arms.  She began to tug hard as she could but the chair would not move over the plush carpet. 

Out of breath, she straightened up, turned around and with a sigh sank down into the well worn seat. 

The chair sat between the two corner windows of their bedroom.  On clear days the afternoon sun streamed in, warming the room before the evening chill. 

On this afternoon, though here was no sun.   The wind swept rain made a shushing sound as it brushed passed the windows.  Although it was early afternoon, on stormy days like this one, the room was dark.  

Thankfully, the "Thoughts and Prayers" cards and letters, which, in the first weeks gathered by the dozens in her mailbox had now dwindled to only a few here and there.   

The "Essy, you are remarkable."  "So strong". "How do you do it?" telephone calls and text messages had slowed too. 

She ruefully thought about the many times she had perfunctorily sent those same cards and expressed the exact sentiments to family and friends.   

In the beginning everyone offered, "Don't hesitate to ask..."  "Whatever you need." 

Right now what she needed was for someone to help her move this chair!

She glanced around at the dove gray walls.   They should have painted them a cheerier color she thought.  She fought the tears that were beginning to mist her eyes.