I've not actually been hiding, but there's not been a lot to share. I have had lots of medical appointments this week but on Friday my surgeon gave me good news: apparently I have foolishly wasted one perfectly good thyroid gland by having it removed along with a plain boring old cyst. Thank goodness!!! I had to sing to show my voice was fine, so I sang the opening lines of Oklahoma's theme song chorus and then, when requested, another burst an octave higher. I am sure that's not what the doctors were expecting to hear. They asked me to shout, but although I can be exuberantly loud I try not to shout, I rarely shouted at my class and I try never to shout at The Labradors, but apparently I sing with excellent projection so I didn't have to yell. The surgeon says she doesn't need, or want, to see me again and they were all very glad that I could have my port replaced at the same time as my other surgery as it took two hours to put the breathing tube thingy down my throat. That was half the time I was in surgery!!! Then, of course, I had a little nervette of happiness because everything was OK. I must ask MrsDrWho to take another photo of my scars, which are healing really fast. I shan't be able to trade on anyone's sympathy soon. I am able to sleep fairly normally on my front or side now so that's making me so much happier, though I am still a bit stiff and sore. All the kind acts, wishes, thoughts and emails are having a very positive effect, and I feel very spoiled to have so many lovely friends.
I am still tired and slow so the poor Labradors are having quite short walks. I have devised a new system whereupon we walk thusly: Day 1- a walk in the morning, Day 2 - a walk in the afternoon, Day 3 - Rest day. This means over eight days they have six short walks instead of four longer ones. It is a novelty to have an afternoon walk and we met some different dogs and walkers today. We went at the end of a rain storm and didn't expect to meet anyone. Harki was quite put out that I expected her to get off the path for walkers and sat down where she stood. I had to give her lead a hard pull to remind her I was in charge. In this strange alternate afternoon universe Peri came when I called, had her lead clipped on easily and sat off the path most obediently.
I have been doing a little knitting, but not much. I have started some embroidery for MrsDrWho's nephew. I am making a small quilt with a theme. I haven't joined Lynette's Embroidery-Along officially yet, and I am not to good at adding buttons to my sidebar even with Typepad's help. Lynette has a Labrador, Hi Lynette, Hi Hugo!!! The sewing machine has been used, I've finally taken up the hems on some jeans and made some sock totes. One is for purplevelvetfrom The Ravelry. I craved and longed for last years IK Holiday Gifts issue. I had kind offers for lending it to me, but on a whim I asked on the Australian Knitter's group and lo and behold the Lovely purplevelvet posted off the magazine tout suite. I am in happy magazine delights!! So I seweda purple velvet (suedey not too plush!!) sock tote and popped in a few treats and posted it off with my thanks. Then I played about with my sock tote pattern and came up with this spotted small experimental sock tote. It is only 25cm long with a diameter of 8cm. Anyone like it?? First emailer to ask gets the SSEST: my email is under my buttons in the side bar. It's not perfect, but if all you want to pop inside is your small sock needles, and a small ball of wool, it'll do the job!!
What else?? Well, now I'm not dead as I feared I would be, I have treated myself to some new Knit Picks needles from the Talented Donni- a whole set of sock sized needles, and from Yarns Online- 4mm needles. I've also ordered some books from The Book Depository: A is for Apron, Knitting New Mittens and Gloves and a Trinny and Susannah book. I bought one of their older books today, it was on sale and 66% off!!!
I've been cooking too, lots of pasta and some creamy chicken and rice. Today I am marinating some lamb in tikka curry paste, freshly grated ginger and plain yoghurt. Then I'll lightly fry it and have it with extra yoghurt, lemon juice and some carrot and tomato salad in some pita wrap. Yum!! I'm also planning to make some chicken and chorizo rice pilaf with saffron. I know I am feeling better because I want to cook.
This week I am looking forward to Fringe, and now that MrsDrWho seems to be over her horrid cold virus we might be able to have lunch, or brunch, or even go to the pictures, or spend some time shopping or catching up on some DVDs. I think we have Stargate Atlantis: The Fourthly Season now, as well as Dempsey and Makepeace!!! It's DVD watching weather, we have had violent thunderstorms and rain, and then warm sunny days as well. Harki's hip has been playing up, so she's been having half a tablet every day this week. It is Spring time, the same thing happened last year, yet in Summer, Autumn and Winter she is well. The Labradors are asleep now, too much afternoon excitement and they are also sulking as they weren't allowed to have any lamb. Harki's allergic to lamb so no-one can have any. I've seen all this season of Doctor Who so I'll settle in tonight to watch Midsomer Murders. And maybe contemplate the gloves I should be knitting right now.........