Thursday, March 21, 2013

Red-faced Me

I am so ashamed of myself. I won a giveaway (my first ever) and received an absolutely wonderful package in the mail on March 14. Here it is a week later and I'm just getting around to blogging about it. Chris at had a giveaway on her blog offering 4 yummy balls of yarn and a beautiful crochet hook. I was so excited when I got her email telling me I had won!!!!! I couldn't wait to get the package but in the meantime, I had the visit to James on my mind and totally forgot it was coming. I was so surprised when I opened the box and started pulling out these wondrous things. Want to see what I got?????

 Double Whee!
 A pretty, pretty crochet hook from KnitPicks!

 Yarn from KnitPicks. So soft and such yummy colors!
 A packet of wildflower seeds! Come on, Spring!
 A lovely card from Chris and a packet of Chocolate Hazelnut Decaf Tea!
 The tea and seed packet were in this pretty decorated bag tied with a pretty ribbon.
AND, stationery. Oh my, stationery. Such pretty sheets with pretty envelopes.

I am so, so happy to have won this and Chris, I can't thank you enough for drawing my name. This has made me smile over and over.

I am slowly adding to Jordan's blanket. Crocheting is making my shoulder hurt so much these days. I am going to have to give in and go see the doctor for a shot, I guess. Ouch! But if it makes the pain ease up, it will be worth it.

Here's the progress I've made on the blanket. I worked on it in the motel room on my last visit to see James, and spread it out on the bed to take a photo. It's not the best lighting but it looks okay. I'm doing something different with it after my daughter made the suggestion. I had started do the stripes horizontal but it was taking so much time. Jordan is on a waiting list for a bone marrow transplant and I would like to get this done before he has to go into the hospital for that transplant. He will be in isolation for a time and won't get to see or use it during that time. Abby suggested I turn it to vertical stripes because it is already longer than I am tall. That girl has some good ideas. 

Sweet Baby James will be 6 weeks old this Saturday. It's hard to believe. The time is just flying by. Abby got a new phone with a great camera and she's sending me photos all the time. This is his 1 month photo. Is that not adorable?!?!?

He's growing and healthy. He's laughing and holding up his head. Oh my, I miss him and can't wait to get back down there to wrap my arms around his sweetness.

I've had my doctor rounds this month. I have a heart murmur and have to see a cardiologist once a year. I also had to start taking cholesterol medication a year ago and that means bloodwork each year before the visit. Silly me thought all they were looking at was the cholesterol levels but apparently they did a whole screen. My blood glucose was a bit high and the doctor was more concerned with that than my cholesterol levels, which were very good, by the way. He suggested I go see my primary physician and I told him I would make the appointment. Apparently, he didn't trust me to do that because he had his office make the appointment for me. When I saw the primary, I had started checking my levels again and they were running around 100-110. A little high, I admit, but she wasn't overly concerned. She asked about steriod use because of RA and I realized that I had just come off a  10 day round during my visit with James. (My rheumatologist advised me to take them when I visit the grandchildren since it's a 4-5 hour drive and then there's the baby holding and playing.) She told me steriods will cause an increase in the blood glucose level. So now I have to check it every morning. I have medication but I only have to take it if the level gets above 120. It's still running around 100. I've had to give up my sweets which will be a good thing since I defintely need to lose weight. It's been easier than I thought it would be to give them up. What I'm having the most trouble with is Coca-Cola. I am addicted, no doubt about it. I'm weaning myself. I've gone from having a coke all day long to one or two a day and some days, not even one. So I'm trying. Wouldn't it be great to lose weight as easily as we put it on???

I know I'm forgetting something important but right now I can't think of what it might be. So I'll close now and get this one published. Thank you for stopping by. I enjoy reading your comments and knowing you find my ramblings a little bit interesting. I hope you have a wonderful day/night wherever you might be.



  1. Hi there Grandma Sharon, i've missed your posts. What a great win, you lucky girl, the blanket i coming one well, isn't James getting blg. bless him.

    You make sure you listen to your doctors and do as they say.

    Shirley x

  2. Baby James looks so sweet, great parcel there! :) x

  3. You are a winner indeed, Sharon :) Chris sent you some wonderful treats, James is seriously cute, and you are making great progress on the blanket.
    Blessings to you and yours,

  4. WHAT a great giveaway win! That yarn looks so springlike and wonderful.

    James is as handsome as ever and looking very alert there.

    Good luck with your dietary changes. I get very quickly addicted to Pepsi when I have it, so I almost never buy it. Have you ever tried club soda? Sometimes it can really quench that desire for a bubbly drink.

    Hope your weather is pleasant and allowing you to take walks. :)

  5. Little James is a real cutie and growing so big!
    I love your win, what lovely prizes too.

  6. Hi Sharon, congrats on your win. You certainly received lots of lovely useful items. I always work my blankets horizontally -- I like to finish up a row and move on to the next one. I think if I was working vertically, I might think that row would never end. :) Doctors say that if you just give up coke and do nothing else, you will definitely lose weight. Drinking coke all the time nearly increases your chances of gaining weight by 50%. That's a lot. Plus, there's nothing healthy in it. I gave up soft drinks years ago. I might have a few a year (usually with some rum in it :) HA!) Glad to see baby James is growing big and strong. Take care and have a wonderful day. Tammy

  7. Hi there! Just soooo glad you liked your goodies! Enjoy them... Oh, that baby boy is gorgeous and looks so sweet. I hope you're trying to be good to yourself and take care! xoxox