Fave Five Highlights of the Week

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It’s Friday and you know what that means. Yup, time for a “Fave Five” list. I’ll apologize upfront that this isn’t going to be terribly clever. I’m still recovering from that nasty bout with poison ivy and then a nasty allergic reaction to some meds on top of it all. All of that itchiness has left me feeling like a limp noodle and not very creative. But I can still come up with five things to be thankful for this week.

1. I’m thankful that there is only one new medication left that could be causing the continuing eruption of itchy, red hives all over me. The poison ivy blisters are now all healed but the rashes continue. At the advice of my doctor, we stopped the two meds that we suspected were causing the other reaction but it’s been 6 days now since those were stopped and I’m still getting more and more hives. That leaves one last med that I started about the time that I had the encounter with the poison ivy. I did some research online and discovered MANY folks complaining about the same thing happening to them when they took this medication. OK, that’s enough for me. Since I’m not taking this med for anything that is life-threatening, I stopped it today and we’ll see if the rashes improve. If they don’t, it’s back to the doctor on Monday.

Yum Strawberries

2. I’m thankful for the wonderful selection of organic produce that was in my co-op farming shipment this week, including these yummy strawberries. We’ve been enjoying eating all of this fresh produce. The spinach has been outstanding. I don’t much care for it cooked but I love it in a salad. The different lettuce and greens have been so sweet. And now we have strawberries. Oh, boy!

3. I’ve been having so much fun anticipating a quick trip down to Texas to spend time with my daughter-in-law and her parents. While I’m down there, we’ll be having a baby shower for Laura. My goodness, this is the first time in forever that I’ve perused the baby things in stores. I’m amazed at what kind of things are now available for the new mother and baby. I can’t help but wonder how my kids survived on such ordinary things as Gerber baby oatmeal, Johnson and Johnson baby powder, and an umbrella stroller, which I thought was pretty hot stuff back in the early ’80’s.

Squoosh Targhee Ember

4. I’m thankful that, despite a swollen arm and itching that was driving me nuts, I was able to do a lot of spinning. I’m still a beginning spinner but I’m seeing real progress with each skein that I spin and ply. This is some Targhee fiber that I spun and 2-plyed. I have no idea what I’ll do with it, since it isn’t a lot of yardage. Maybe I’ll just hold it now and then and admire it. Sometimes that’s enough for a fiber geek.

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5. I’m thankful that my sister-in-law, Rose is coming today to spend a long weekend at our house. We always have such fun when we get together. So far we’ve got a spa pedicure planned and a trip to some artsy shops in Frederick planned where we’ll rendezvous with my daughter for lunch. We’ll drop in on my mom and surprise her. It’s so nice when you can be with family and just be yourself, isn’t it?

To read about others’ fave fives, visit Susanne’s site.

  • Ellen

    I’m so glad you are narrowing down the cause of your skin problem. Yikes! It is fabulous to get along with family and let it all hang out without judgement :0) My friend Willow who participated in Fave Fives spins… Enjoy your time in Texas!

  • willowknits

    I go away for a week and look what I missed! I’m so glad you’re doing better now.

    Why do you have to make anything with the yarn your spun? I recommend putting in a strategic spot and whenever you pass by, you just give that yarn a little pat and caress and smile. I have a lot of fiber sitting around like that…:)

  • willowknits

    Dee,
    The above comment is from me, Willow, at Willow’s Cottage. I signed up on wordpress so I could post on a wordpress blog and now here I see that my ID says willowknits…

  • skoots1mom

    hope you continue to get better…what a pain this has been for you…or, an itch I should say.

    used a link to you…just having some fun…
    http://skirkman.blogspot.com/2009/06/story-tagdoncha-doncha-wanna.html

  • Hopefully getting off that med will do the trick for you. How fun that your sis in law is coming and you’ve got allthis fun stuff planned.

  • Oh, you poor thing! I had an allergic reaction to penicillin one time involving awful hives, and a rash in response to sulfa another time. No fun at all! Hope it clears up for you soon!

    Hope you have a good vidit with your sister-in-law and a good trip to TX.

  • I love to knit but I’ve never tried spinning – it sounds fascinating to me! I love those colors you ended up with.

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