Thoughts and Happenings

The month of August brings changes in shadows and sunbeams in my family room.  Every year I marvel at the brief shadows and get a little bit giddy that Autumn is around the corner.  The cicadas and tree frogs are serenading in the woods.  Every time I go to the mailbox, I examine my oak tree and the budding acorns.

I passed my annual mammogram this week.  I battle anxiety every time the test rolls around.  This year I was blessed with my 'favorite' technician who babbles away talking about everything and anything.  That takes the edge off of my internal faulty thoughts.  It's hard for me to focus on my worries when something is filling my ears with all sorts of chatter.  I'm grateful for her and for the medical electronic chart that was updated with my report within five hours.  FIVE hours :)  I remember waiting for a letter in the mail that would take up to two weeks.

I wish I was different and wasn't a worrier.  I keep trying to change myself- running positive thoughts, praying, and focusing on the good.  I'd like to believe I'm a reformed worrier, but their are some fears that are knee-gut triggers no matter what.  Anyways, this space is my haven of focusing on the wonderfulness I see each and every day.  Also I believe that we should accept ourselves for who we are and do our very best.

Every morning, Frodo has a detailed walkabout around the pool to see if there are any frogs swimming.  He is funny because the last three days, there were no frogs to be found and he looked a bit disappointed.  During the heat of the day, he will sit under a flowing crab apple tree for shade.  He is mellowing out as he nears 8 years old.  He still plays frisbee and loves his treats.

never ending sock blanket that is ending soon

I am so close to finishing the never ending blanket, the knitting part that is.  I have a bazillion ends to weave in but honestly, that doesn't bother me at all.  If I had to sew....well I'd be grumpy about that.

flower garden lace shawl

Our son is coming home for the weekend and we have a picnic with friends planned tomorrow.  Today, I'll be getting ready and doing some baking in preparation.  Of course I'll be bringing some knitting!  Every picnic should have knitting :)

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  1. Congratulations on the clean mammogram; that is always a huge relief. I am also a worrier, but I've begun to look more closely at my worries to see what action I can take. I just read a study about positive thinking this morning, and their conclusions were that too much positive thinking tended to delay action. Subjects tended to tell themselves that "everything would be okay" without taking appropriate action. So maybe a good balance between worry, action, and focus on the positive is something to work towards. If only that was easy!

  2. Whew for a clean mammogram! and a fun weekend! (Holly turns 8 next week and I've noticed she's also mellowed a lot this past year)

  3. I passed mine a few weeks ago. Wish they could devise a much easier test! We are experiencing fall here today, 73 high for central Indiana is unheard of for early August! But I will take it.

  4. Enjoy the weekend with your son and have a wonderful picnic.

  5. Congratulations on a clean bill of health, and enjoy your weekend. It sounds like it should be a fun one!

  6. I'm glad the mammogram experience was a good one! I'm part of your worriers club. I think, like you I have tried to focus on the positive and stay self aware when I start falling into the usual dynamics. I need to stay on top of it. Personally it hurts the most when I see how my worrying waterfalls onto my family and friends. They deserve better than that. But the trick is not to beat myself up about that which I cannot control or change. I exercise and knit a lot too. hehe. You seem like a really positive person to me, and a little worrying is pretty normal so -- put that in your positive pocket :)

  7. I am with you on worrying through a mammogram. What is about that test that raises our anxiety so high? I rather enjoy weaving in ends - just another form of tidying up. If I were there, I'd sit down with you and we could weave in from opposite ends. We are experiencing very cool weather for August but it is lovely. I wrapped up in a light weight shawl this morning as I sat at my desk. Heavenly.

  8. Very happy for the good news! I had my mammogram last week; this time they recommended (and did) a sonogram in addition. The technician did it... marked a spot... went and got the radiologist, who looked and looked and looked... so many things began going through my mind (and I'm not usually a worrier). But, in the end, he said everything looked fine. Yes, grateful for clear news. Love that pink! Have a wonderful picnic with your son and friends!! blessings ~ tanna

  9. Congrats on your test. That's an important one to pass! I'm loving your blanket. I've tried to start a 10-stitch blanket multiple times but end up with an oddly misshapen triangle instead of a rectangle each time. Either there's something wrong with my pattern or I need to go back to kindergarten and learn to read.

  10. Good to hear the test went well! "there are some fears that are knee-gut triggers no matter what. " - so true, dear Karen! I also believe that we should think positive and don't let ourselves be dragged down the pit of fearful thoughts, but sometimes I think it is healthier to just let yourself be as you are - scared - and not judge yourself for that. I wish you all the best, glad to hear you are enjoying your projects!

  11. Glad to hear that all is well for you and that you got the result so quickly, how wonderful that is!! It takes weeks to get a result for anything in this country!


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