So here we are. Friday before a 4-day holiday weekend. Emeline has had a night time fever of 101.5 axillary* the past two nights and woke up with 99.1 in the ear this morning. Experience tells me "possible ear infection". Doctor's office won't call me back to let me know if they think it's important to see us today. Nice. Do you think by the fourth child maybe I actually know what I'm doing and can troubleshoot fevers? I don't just jump on the "emergency room for a fever" bandwagon. I will be having a serious discussion with this doctor if they don't see Emeline today. Doctor's office just called - they'll see Emeline at 3:45 today.
*Axillary temperature (under the arm) is typically .5 to 1 degree lower than oral temperature.
No progress photo to show of Calliope because... well, she looks the same. Oh, I guess I do have a photo. This is when I was holding Calliope up to my favorite tank top to see how it compares in size. I'm VERY glad I decided to do the next bigger size. The pattern isn't generous with measurements but I have read enough of the pattern to see that the armhole shaping begins a little lower than it does on this red tank top but the overall length from the shoulder seam to lower edge is very near to the same as this tank top.
Here's the Calliope pattern photo. I've decided I don't want the back neck area to come up so far. After looking at this picture over and over I've decided I don't want the back neck shaping to be up so high - I want it to be lower like the tank top in the above photo. The front is knit to exactly the same dimensions as the back (possibly with different arm hole shaping which I will check) so I will duplicate the front neck shaping but start a little higher in the back. This will save me a little yarn and I think I will like the look and feel a lot better thah having the high back neck on Calliope. Wish me luck on this part - I'll be starting it very soon. I've finished the 9th pattern repeat on the body part so I only have 12 more rows before I start the armhole shaping which should happen later today I hope.
I think the pattern example is knit in a much smaller size than what I'm making. *sigh* One day maybe.
My progress at Curves wasn't bad this week when I weighed. It wasn't great but there has been measureable change since I began. It's just a very very very slow change. I have lost a total of 6.5 inches and overall total of 1 pound, which doesn't tell the whole story. When I went for my 1-month weigh-in I was 5 pounds heavier than when I started. Does that explain why I waited so long to mention it on my blog?
So speaking of weight loss, how about that ice cream? I took a few photos of the making process and then my camera decided it was through for the day and we couldn't take any more. Here's what we got:
We got this great ice cream maker at a flea market for $10. I couldn't resist after searching on ebay for several years for a bargain and couldn't bear to pay the shipping cost it would take!! All of the internal parts are perfect and it works very well if you have a strong arm or two. :)
The ice cream was SOOOOO GOOOD. Sorry no photos of the finished product. Maybe next time. This batch was vanilla. I like to use the Junket mix we find at the grocery store. With all the cranking I don't feel too guilty about using a mix instead of making it from scratch.
This morning I was finally able to get a picture of an eggplant flower from my little garden. I've been waiting a few days for it to finally open. I've grown a different variety of eggplant before which had small flowers that looked white though maybe they were a very pale lavender (or orchid in my mind) - these are a larger size and are definitely a pretty violet color. And they point DOWN! How do you take a picture of a flower that's pointing down? It's not easy, I promise.
So, like the title of this post says, we're getting ready. Getting ready for a long holiday weekend. Getting ready for the kids to have their dad come visit for the first of two visits he has planned while they're with us for these short six weeks during the summer. And getting ready for our attorney to draft the motion that gets this court thing going. We're bracing for the day my X is served with the motion - hopefully by the end of next week when he has returned to Texas from his trip to Kansas. Suzannah will be back here and won't have to deal with the initial heat from their anger and upset over getting served. It's a scary nervous time for us. The money for an attorney has come together though nothing less than a miracle, I'm sure. On a related note, everything has been flying off the shelves of my etsy shop - time to dye more yarn for sure!! Thank you to everyone that has been buying my yarn and stitch markers. We appreciate it so much.
Have a wonderful and fun safe Fourth of July holiday weekend everybody!! I might not post again until Wednesday or Thursday next week - let's hope for plenty of knitting progress and maybe a little 4th of July fun.
Here are a few 4th of July photos from years past. The first three pictures are from the 4th of July parade in Valley Mills, Texas in
1991 2001 (GAH! No, the kids aren't that old now). The kids were so little and my camera was so bad. Suzannah's birthday is July 9 8th (what kind of mother AM I??) so two years ago we celebrated her 8th birthday on the 4th of July when my sister was visiting and Emeline was just a month old.