MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include fabric landscapes and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Monday, May 24, 2021

A finish and a little progress

 Over the weekend I put the finishing touches on another mile-a-minute afghan.  This one was also designed to use up scraps - a lot of them left over from when I had to order more yarn to complete the earlier mile-a-minute (it's the galloping ick!!).  I've also ordered enough yarn to make two more - one will be grey with black 'centers' and the other will be black with ivory 'centers', not quite so colorful perhaps but I think they will suit the people I'm gifting them to.  More additions to the Christmas box!


And....I did a few more additions to the cross stitch advents, although I think I'm going to replace the candy cane on the right with another design I like better....


I don't normally put too much of a personal nature on this blog but today I am going to make a small exception if only to tell you not to leave something that's happening in your body in hopes that it will go away.  Seek medical help and don't worry about wasting their time.  Last week I had an area of concern removed from the underside of my tongue.  I'm assured by the specialist that it's 'pre-cancerous' and even if it isn't, it was caught in time (concrete results in 3 weeks time).  I have stitches and am relying on the skills that Resident Chef uses with the blender to make me something I can eat.  Some of it doesn't look too appetizing but at least it tastes good!   I've had French toast, beef stew, potato soup, and this morning I had quiche.  All pureed of course.  Makes me a have a whole 'nother appreciation for what babies have to eat!!  All this, not to upset you or make you concerned about me, but to ask you to please not wait to have something checked out.  Early intervention is the key here and something I'm grateful to have known.  

- THIS is an adorable little bee pattern some of you might like.

- If you're interested in vintage needlework designs, perhaps you might enjoy reading THIS post and checking out her links.

- THIS link gives you all sorts of fun ideas for stitching fillers.  

- I normally try not to send you to links for commercial items but I have to say that THESE caught my eye and they're worth just having a peek at!

Today's quote..."The happiest people don't have the best of everything.  They just make the best of everything.  Live simply.  Care deeply.  Speak kindly.  Love generously.  Leave the rest to God"

30 comments:

  1. Good PSA there, well done.

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    1. Thank you - I waffled whether I should even mention it but ultimately decided that if my story helps even one person to get attention it will be worth it.

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  2. Thanks for the warning. I can certainly see your eyes are working much better! Busy, busy. No time to be bored.

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    1. Yes, I'm happy to say my eyes are much better. I hate sitting around doing nothing so it's good to get back to stitching again.

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  3. Glad to hear all is okay medically for you!!
    Very pretty mile-a-minute afghan...hugs, Julierose

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    1. Thanks Julierose - I'm not 100% out of the woods yet and have to wait for the official 'results' in 3 weeks to be certain but I'm going on the educated opinion of the specialist. I think I might be just a bit obsessed with this mile-a-minute thing!

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  4. Good, you caught what would have been a problem, early. Very good advice you have given to us today. Love this new mile-a-minute afghan. Love those colours with the dark yarn. The darker shade really makes all those colours pop. Take care, Mary Anne.

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    1. Yes, had I let it go it would have turned into cancer for sure so I'm very glad I was pro-active and didn't leave it too long. My dad had cancer of the esophagus and it certainly was in the back of my mind and I have to admit I was terrified of the possibilities.

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  5. Wonderful to know you are improving daily MA and knowing your resident Chef is taking extra good care of you... doesn't he always :-)) It's a good warning for everyone to check what may seem like a small thing. I like All of your cross stitch designs and the rug will be welcomed in winter.

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    1. Yes, there's daily improvement, but it's certainly been a scary time. Very glad I got it checked out when I did! Interesting that what we call an afghan is a rug where you are. Rugs here go on the floor!

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  6. Love the new afghan and I am so pleased that you got yourself checked early and have been able to have been treated early too! Great advice to everyone! Hugs Christine xx

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    1. I'm certainly an advocate of getting things that are odd checked out, the sooner the better. I might be going through some discomfort right now but the other possibilities aren't something I want to think about.

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  7. Love your Christmas cross-stitches, they are so cute. Glad you got things checked out in time and thanks for the advice... Hope you are better soon xx

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    1. The little cross stitches are fun to do - they don't take a whole lot of time and then I'm on to a new design so no chance to get bored! Thanks for the good wishes.

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  8. Prayers negative test results, and your good health! Great advice I hope others heed well.

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    1. Thank you Maywyn - appreciate the prayers and the good wishes, for sure.

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  9. It's great that you sought out medical attention. Hope things work out and you are better soon.

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    1. Thank you Judy - every day it's better so going in the right direction!

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  10. It's great that Resident Chef is doing a great job with that blender. Hopefully all will continue to be positive and good for you. I love your mile-a-minute afghans. And, your header Picture, too! Those flowers! Wow!

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    1. Resident Chef is always a great cook and I know how lucky I am. Blender meals prove that looks aren't always everything...lol.

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  11. A good reminder to all of us who tend to now want to 'bother' anyone with these things and think they'll be fine on their own. Prayers all goes well and you continue to heal! When I was in college I had my jaw broken (on purpose haha!) to align it properly. It was wired shut for 2 months and let me tell you, pizza, with warm water in a blender was AMAAAAZING! I totally get it! If you close your eyes and ignore the consistency . . . these things all DO taste like they're supposed to haha! Glad your 'chef' is on top of this and keeping you fed well!

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    1. I really did agonize over saying anything on my blog but I thought that even if one person seeks medical attention for something they think is a 'bother', it will be worthwhile. I can't imagine having to live on blender meals for two months - that had to have been agony in more ways than one. Hmmm....pizza and warm water huh???.......

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  12. Sweet Mary Anne I am so grateful you sought medical attention and will soon have peace of mind. Resident Chef is so good about taking care of you and your meals sound quite satisfying ...even puréed. Wonderful links and ideas. Your afghans will be hugs and love snuggles when it is cold or someone is feeling under the weather. Another excellent quote.

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    1. Oh yes, Resident Chef is not only a great chef, he's also a good nursemaid too. After 42 years I think maybe I'll keep him. Funny you should mention afghan snuggles when someone isn't feeling well - when our kids were small I made a crocheted afghan that was always called the 'sickie blanket' and was only used for that purpose. I wonder if these will be put to the same use?

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  13. Very glad you saw the dr and had this taken care of. I know you'll feel even better when you get the all-clear. Resident Chef is a keeper.

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    1. Yes Resident Chef is most definitely a keeper. I'm also glad that I acted upon my first instinct and had the thing looked at...no matter what the 'results' will say in a couple of weeks, it's been caught in time and that's a good thing.

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  14. I just read a book called The First Cell and that was the underlying message. You have to catch things early for any reasonable hope of a cure. Love the afghan!

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    1. Your comment pretty much sums up the reason I mentioned this on my blog at all. I waffled about it but then decided that it would serve as a head's up for everyone to pay attention to your body and if something feels off, get it checked out sooner rather than later. I must admit I was terrified that it was something worse (won't know for certain until next week when I get the test results) but am now very much relieved that I had it checked and that now I'm assured that it was caught in time.

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  15. I love the afghan! We have ones my Mom has made with her leftovers and I honestly think I like those the best!
    Yay for stitching sweet Christmas pieces, they will be fun to see.
    Scary to have to have a biopsy there, I hope you're done having to eat pureed foods and all it ok. I know it's a lot of work getting those meals together!

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    1. I love the afghan so much that I'm planning to make four (all different though). And yes, I'm done with the pureed foods (thankfully!!)

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