Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Up and Down and Around and Around

Life around here doesn't seem to want to settle. Once I start dealing with one thing (allergies), up pops another. I found out on Monday that I possible have mild COPD. How did that happen? I have never smoked and haven't been around smokers for 3 years. However, before that point, I worked in a lumberyard where everyone (employees and customers) all smoked and there was very poor ventilation. (Picture really old buildings, only room air conditioners, etc.) The Hubs reminded me that I also grew up in a house of a smoker and that he smoked when we married. BUT, if I truly do have COPD, I lay it totally to the lumberyard job. I have an appointment on Thursday with a lung doctor to find out what's going and where I go from here.

I spent part of the day Monday wandering around town taking photos of the changing trees. This is one of the loveliest falls I have seen in quite a long time. The trees are gorgeous; reds, oranges, gold. Oh the beauty of the fall season. All of these photos were made either near or in cemeteries! We have lovely old trees in the older cemeteries around here and they have the best color. The next to last photo is of a tree in my backyard. It is getting lovelier every day.

Unfortunately, after staying outside doing the photos, I came home coughing. I do not like having my doors and windows closed when the weather is this glorious so I opened the patio door and a window in the living room just to have the fresh air flow through the house. Since I was already coughing, I didn't think much about the increased coughing; but then I decided to close the window in the living room. Within 2 minutes I had almost stopped coughing. This really stinks!

Oh well, on to better things. When I picked up the mail Monday, I had a package from Tasmania! I had entered a give away on Mel's blog and got the cutest Christmas Heart Coaster/ornament. I also got a really sweet card with a Tasmanian Devil on the front. You know, he doesn't look anything like the one on Looney Toons!  What do you think? Isn't that the sweetest heart? How about the Tasmanian Devil?  I am so tickled to have received this. I love these give aways.

I'm also moving along on Jellybean's blanket. I'm onto the fourth round of colors. I don't know how much bigger it will be. I will probably just crochet until I run out of yarn; yep, that sounds like a plan. : ).  I don't know how I managed to get to 61 without ever using stitch markers. I bought some a couple weeks ago to help make sure I have the right number of stitches when I change yarn and these things are fantastic!!!! Just goes to show, you are never to old to learn!

I'll be back on Friday so tell you about my doctor's appointment and post pics of the baby blanket. Have you heard about Katherine's Christmas Swap? You can join by going to her blog or by going to her Facebook page. I'm really excited about this one. Snowflakes, who doesn't like snowflakes? AND snowmen! My very favorite!

As always, thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful day wherever you might be.



  1. Sorry to hear about your poorliness, hope it goes well at the doctors. Beautiful pictures, the trees really are gorgeous. Well done winning your giveaway, looks like a sweet gift :) xx

  2. Hi Sharon, pretty fall photos, it's such a colorful time of year and enjoyable with the cooler temperatures. I hope that you'll get good news at your doctor's appt. Looking forward to seeing your project. Take care, Heather

  3. Oh, this just stinks! I am so very sorry for the worry and scares. Please know that lots of people are thinking about you and praying that there will be good news.
    Take care, and I hope that your day at the doctor's will bring nothing but good news and more bright colors.
    Sending love, Ellen.

  4. hello Sharon,
    Gorgeous Autumn colours and what majestic trees. Very sorry to hear you haven't been well and I do hope that the visit to the doctor's brings forth good news.
    I've seen Kate's swap of course.....I seem to home into these swaps now I think its because I enjoy them so much. A Christmas swap should be great....Christmas is full of sparkle and brightness so lots of possibilities.
    Congratulations on your giveaway gift....all the way from Tasmania......I marvel at how small the world seems now we have www.LOL!

    Take care now

    Amanda :-)

  5. A pox upon secondhand smoke. Somebody ought to pay your medical expenses! :(

    I'm so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. But there are lots of good meds out there for COPD - they'll probably put you on an inhaler or two. Sounds like your allergies are kicking up as well right now. (Just as I typed that I sneezed. I think I'm allergic to the old house we live in.)

    What gorgeous trees you have, and what a fun package from Tasmania! The T.D. looks a bit like the Looney Tunes version - just a bit.

    I hope you'll have a good outcome at the doctor's. And yes, people are praying for you. :)

  6. What lovely fall colours. What a treat to win a give away too. I wish you the best for your doctors appointment and pray that you see an improvement in your health. Miss S x

  7. Hi Sharon, gorgeous photos with beautiful leaf colours.
    Hope you are ok and get your copd sorted out. I think you can still get copd without being a smoker.My mum has it quite severely but she worked as a tailoress in clothing factories all her life and her doctors think it may have been due to fibres from the materials that were in the atmosphere.I think in those days though the workers actually smoked at their sewing machines too, so second hand smoke there! God Bless.

  8. I hope your appointment goes well and they come up with something that might help you. It's awful when your body doesn't work in the way you want it to! Take care, Ada :) x

  9. I'm really sorry to hear about your COPD diagnosis. Good luck for today's appointment, I hope you can find something that will help.

    The trees that you pictured are beautiful. Such a lovely time of year.

  10. Hi Sharon,

    Thanks for the mention :-D So glad the little package arrived safe and sound. You are definitely not the first one to be surprised about how different the real Tassie Devil looks - shorter than my kneecaps in real life!! Let's just hope they find a cure for this terrible facial cancer that is threatening to wipe them from the planet.

    So sorry to hear about the COPD but hope you get some positive news today or some good treatment options.

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Mel x

  11. I just saw a Tasmanian Devil for the first time, when on holidays, and they are shy and ever so soft, but I wouldn't want to be around one without the ranger .... those teeth!!