Friday, June 10, 2016

Summer is Here

I really hate to make it seem like I have abandoned the blog, I have not.  Life just got busy, with work, with my personal stuff.  Summer is finally here, and I kicked it off with some dental work, not fun, and not cheap.  I got a tooth extraction with bone graft and implant.  I don't have dental insurance, my sister, a dentist, does all work for me for free. But this time I needed to see a specialist for the implant. So I had to drive down to Bay Area because the doctor my sister recommended is in Bay Area. I trust her recommendation more than anyone around here. Now I'm just waiting for it to heal so a crown can be placed.

Then, another news about my health that requires going in for another exam in 2 months because of some lab result.  The nurse on the phone tried to tell me it's likely that it's not huge deal, not to think too much, or Google. Yeah right. How am I suppose to enjoy my summer with this dark cloud looming over.  So hating this. I'm doing the best I can not to freak out and not think too much about it.  Life is a bit too short to spend so much time on worrying about things that can possibly go wrong. But one thing for sure is my health insurance with $5000 deductible is not going to cover any of the exams.

Well, on the bright side, I had finished a shawl that I really dig.

The yarn was Madelinetosh Tosh Sport in color Astrid Grey and El Greco, with needles US #5. The shawl turned out to be as wide as I'd hoped,  84" x 29" deep.   

I don't think I ever designed a shawl using anything heavier than fingering weight.  I thought it would go fast, but the texture stitches took more time than I expected.  A bit to my surprise, I actually really enjoyed doing stranded colorwork in flat.  

Yes, I do love it.  A big part was that I designed the triangular shawl with something I'd never done before, knitting on bias from one end to the other.  It always makes me a bit more jazzed when I try something new.

Another bright note this summer, we are having the first woman nominated for presidential candidate in US. I cannot hide my enthusiasm for the possibility of first woman president.  I know Hillary Clinton may not be some people's choice, but I see in her the resilience, the grit, that I see again and again in women I know throughout my life. She earned my respect as the first lady when she strongly advocated for Universal Healthcare,  Perhaps I am older, so yes, a woman candidate still means a lot to me, in spite of the fact that beyond her gender, she is a very qualified candidate.

My birth country, Taiwan, just elected its first woman president who is competent, intelligent.  It will be a fantastic day when my adopted country will elect its first woman president.  


  1. Ugh. The health stuff can really get you down.

    But that shawl is so very, very lovely! I love the different edge, I think it makes it seem so elegant.

    I agree with you about Hillary. She is far from perfect, but with all of the slings and arrows aimed at her, she is still standing, and she is really smart. I just hope the haters will be so busy hating they will stay away from voting.

  2. Connie, I am so sorry you have a cloud of health worries over you, I'll be hoping for false alarms and good health. Your new shawl is lovely! xo

  3. I'll keep fingers crossed for you, hope the clouds will clear off. Lovely shawl by the way.

  4. I'll keep fingers crossed for you, hope the clouds will clear off. Lovely shawl by the way.

  5. I hope all of your health issues get resolved very quickly and with the best of outcomes! We recently had some dental issues over here as well - - it's amazing how fast the mouth heals. So sorry about your other issue and the high deductible. And I, too, am THRILLED about the first woman presidential nominee!

  6. I will hold good thoughts for your health and happiness. I love your knitting designs that I just found out about today. And I too hope we can elect our first woman POTUS in my lifetime.