Monday, July 13, 2015


I knew this would happen.  Get out of the habit of posting every week and several weeks go by.  Whoops!  A lot has happened since I last posted.  In terms of knitting, I've gotten the back of my Sous Sous sweater finished and have started the front too.

The color's washed out in the second picture.  See my Big Ben stitch marker?  Had to use that!

The father type got home from Dublin, of course.  Father type had two days off for July 4 weekend, so we took advantage and went into NYC on the Thursday before July 4.  Wandered around and ended up at the new Whitney and on the High Line.  A fun day indeed!

(Love that London has their iconic red double deckers and London taxicabs whereas NYC has the iconic yellow cabs.) (Couldn't help comparing the two cities the whole time I was in NYC.)

The boy child came home on July 3  -- his friend picked him up from the train station for a change.  It was just a short weekend visit -- some out of town family friends were visiting for the weekend and the boy child wanted to see them too.  We all went to Boscobel for the Shakespeare performance on July 4, had a picnic before the show on the grounds.  Such a  view from the grounds of Boscobel, right on the Hudson!

(He's old enough to drink!  Yikes!!)

The show was the Arabian Nights (not Shakespeare!).  The company stopped the performance for the fireworks that were taking place all around the Hudson.  We saw at least 4 different fireworks displays going on, the closest and most spectacular being across the river at West Point.

The tent under which the show takes place.

The next morning everyone got together for breakfast down at our lake.  The family from out of town is part of the playgroup that used to exist when all of our kids were tiny -- from babyhood on, these kids were friends, and still are.  So everyone from the old playgroup who was in the neighborhood came down to gab and visit and take pictures.

And then it was time to say goodbye to the boy child again late in the afternoon.  Back to Boston he went.

I was planning on writing a blog post after that weekend, but nothing doing.  That night, Sunday (July 5), Father type came down with uncontrollable shivers and a very high fever out of the blue.  When tylenol didn't seem to be helping, I took him to the emergency room.  We had a long night there, but were sent home around 1:30 in the morning with antibiotics.

It took all week, a couple of visits to the Father type's usual doctor, plus blood culture tests, to determine what was wrong.  The diagnosis went from pneumonia at the hospital (huh?  No symptoms!!), to gall bladder at the doctor's, to finally diverticulitis.  All the time, everyone sort of ignored that the only symptom had been a bit of pain in the lower abdominal region.

Luckily the antibiotics seemed to work fairly quickly.  The father type was down to a normal temp by Tuesday, and feeling almost pretty normal in general by Wednesday.  We are to watch him for a recurrence once the antibiotics are finished -- which happens this coming Wednesday.  Fingers crossed he will be just fine and dandy!

While I was tending the patient this past week, I worked on my Boxy sweater (the fingering weight, Mad Tosh Light one in Worn Denim) since I felt I needed some straight stockinette knitting during this stressful period.  Wimbledon was still going on too.

Yes, I followed two matches at a time at times.  How could you not when Murray was playing on one court and Federer on another?

This weekend was quite restful for us both.  Father type will be going back to work on Monday.  I am sad because Federer lost to Djokovic at the Wimbledon final once again.  :(

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week.


Vicki said...

It's good to hear from you, Margaret. Sounds like you've had a full range of life happening from great to slightly less than great. How special that the playgroup kids have stayed friends for so long!

Annie said...

The cables stand out so well on that Sous Sous sweater. Looking good. And you are such a dedicated tennis watcher with your double screens and knitting. I guess that gives new meaning to the term 'doubles' in tennis!

So funny to think about comparing NYC and London as you do touristy type things. Great way to celebrate the fourth with friends, picnics and performance.

Sorry to hear about your DH and his mystery illness. Hope it was a passing incident and the antibiotics shooed it away.

Mugwump Woolies said...

I was really sad Federer lost, too! Mr. MW likes ole' Novak so he was happy. It was a great match! Sorry to hear your DH was so ill.Hope it is the last of it. Sounds like you had a fun 4th and how great all those kids and parents still get together. I love NYC, and had a wonderful time in London when I was there so long ago. There is something about a big city!!! As always, your knitting is lovely.
Have a great week,

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Nice to see your post today Margaret. Glad they found out what was wrong with hubby eventually - it can be scary in the meantime when you don't know what's going on. It's a nasty condition when it hits, my sister suffers from it.
Lovely knitting as always and cute Mia, she's such a character.

Melissa said...

I see you've been very busy, and very productive too! Love the knitting, and the quilt in the background in the first photo!

Glad to hear your DH is on his way to feeling better. It can be frightening when you don't know what is wrong and they keep testing for this and that. Bet he felt like a lab rat!

Ellen said...

As usual, you've been very productive! You always amaze me.

Hope your DH is feeling better. How scary that must have been for all of you.

Robin said...

Your 4th sounds like it was very successful and fun! Love your knitting and fun. I hope dh continues to recover and stays well; all of that is too scary and stressfull. My gauge changes depending on my mood as I'm sure everyones does. Take care, Robin

marly said...

What a beautiful setting for a picnic. Love the yarn colors you chose, very nice. Sure hope the father type stays well!

Beth said...

On the banks of the Hudson - how pretty is that? The color of the sweater is so pretty - light cocoa? I hope the Father type is feeling better.

Vickie said...

First of all, I hope DH is well and NEVER has recurrence. That is super for the kids to still be friends! Our boys each have a best friend dating back to pre-K. :)
I missed you last week by the way! ♥

Mary said...

Wow Margaret, life is nothing if not complicated these days! Sounds like a lot of ups and down lately.

What a beautiful spot for enjoying the fireworks though! Is it far from Hyde Park? I've never been to visit up there, but doing so is at the top of my bucket list.

What qarn are you using for Sous Sous? Love it!

Jackie said...

It looks like a great 4th of July weekend.

My husband was in the hospital with diverticulitis for 3 days in April. He had stomach pain though and they were able to diagnose him super quickly. Scary stuff. He eats very healthy already so other than having to give up nuts/seeds, he's been really good. I hope your husband bounces back quickly and this is the last of it for him.

Rugs and Pugs said...

You always do such fun stuff!
Sorry to hear about the father type but happy is on the mend.
Hugs :)

Linda said...

Love all the pics Margaret. Glad DH is fine now. I have had that a few times and it cam be very painful.


Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Love the look of that sweater. Good to see you again.

Annette-California said...

Wonderful 4th of July weekend! Beautiful sweater your knitting Margaret!
Thank goodness you took DH in right away. Hope he is all better and stays well:)
I enjoyed watching Wimbledon too!
love Annette

Brigitte said...

Yopu spent a great holiday weekend in NYC. Wonderful view from the picnic area down the Hudson River.
BUt what a terrible thing to happen to your husband so that you even had to go to the emergency room. It's sometimes very scary what you hear from the doctors when they are trying to find out what the cause of the pain is. But good to know that he is fine again.

Giovanna said...

Lovely knitting. Glad that your DH is better.

woolwoman said...

sorry to hear about DH flare up of diverticulitis - wow - I've heard of someone else recently that had that. Has he had that trouble before? So some really fun things in this post too - your knitting - WOOOOOO - you are flying on that beautiful yarn from England. I'm glad Boxy got some attention - that is such a gorgeous color. Did you DS cut his hair? couldn't tell if it was in one of those bun thingys that all the guys are wearing these days. Hope your DH is all back to normal and returned to work yesterday. Mel

Anonymous said...

beautiful knitting, hope you feel better soon ♥

Melody said...

It sounds like you have had some fun adventures. And some things not so fun, I hope your hubby is feeling better now! It's scary to have to go to the er and then the resulting issues. Thinking of you..

Carol said...

I'm glad your husband is feeling better, Margaret--that must have been very scary, especially with all those possible diagnoses! Hope he is back to normal very soon :)

Looks like a fun July 4th weekend--I'll bet it was great to catch up with all the old playgroup families!

Lovely sweater and you are one amazing multi-tasker with your two tennis matches AND your knitting :)

Evelyne said...

Great cables on that Sous Sous sweater.
I think Mia don't love the matches( LOL)

Have a nice weekend.

Kaisievic said...

Glad to hear that your husband is on the mend. So worrying for you all. Looks like you had a wonderful 4th July weekend and your sweater is looking great.

Marie said...

Your knitting is beautiful. I have yet to graduate to anything beyond simply scarfs!

That view from Boscobel is beyond beautiful; it reminds me of VT

Wow, my DH was sick for about a month with a bacterial stomach issue as the result of dining out on a business trip! I do hope your DH is fully recovered.

It's always sad when the kids board the train, hop in the car, or jump on a plane and leave us. ;-( Fortunately, Boston is not too far away.

Sally said...

Your knitting looks gorgeous Margaret.

You have been very busy recently. Glad you've had some nice trips.

Hope your DH is continuing to be well on the mend.

Linda K's Stitching Corner said...

Your Knitting is so pretty...I wish I could Knit but I can't handle two Needles at the same time...LOL....

I love your Photos...I am so glad that your Son got to come home for the Holiday.

It looks like all of you had a very enjoyable time during the 4th.

Happy Knitting
Linda K, railroad

Jean said...

Glad Hubby on the mend, he should keep track of what he eats, to see if it happens again (sorry its the nurse in me) Mia always is in love when her boy is home.