Sunday Scribblings #82 – Hospital

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This post will be short and sweet.

Most thoughts about hospitals deal with pain, sorrow, hopelessness — but when my daughter was young, if we went by the hospital in our town, she would always ask me, “Mommy, how many mommies do you think are having their babies in there right now?” You’ve just got to love a child’s optimism!!!

How many other people don’t know about this?

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I first heard about this on the evening news just tonight. I hope that someone can benefit from it. We were watching a Boston channel, but maybe there are other states that are offering the same benefit to their vets and the word hasn’t gotten out yet.

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Oct 24, 2007 7:02 pm US/Eastern

Unclaimed Money Available For Iraq War Veterans

ImageJoe Shortsleeve
Reporting

(WBZ) BOSTON Thousands of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan qualify to get a tax-free bonus from the state of Massachusetts, but many don’t know about it.

“I had no idea. My buddy told me about it,” said Canton veteran James Miller. “He stumbled in one day and he said, ‘Hey, did you hear about your thousand dollars?’ (I said,) ‘Not really, why don’t you tell me about it.'”

More than $9.5 million has not been claimed because more than half of the veterans entitled to the free money have not filled out the paper work.

The checks come straight from the treasurer’s office and the process is simple.

“If you are a Massachusetts resident and you served, it’s either $500 or a thousand dollars tax-free,” said State Treasurer Tim Cahill. “Come up and get it.”

For those who don’t come and get it, the state could be calling them.

Sen. Scott Brown is sponsoring the legislation, which calls for veterans to be notified.

“It’s there. They earned it, and they should advantage of it. How often does the state give you free money?” Brown said.

It’s estimated that 13,600 veterans are entitled to a check.

The treasurer’s office did the same thing for vets from Vietnam and World War II, and some of that bonus money is still unclaimed.

Click here for information about how veterans can claim their money.

(© MMVII, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.)

My pattern for Izaak’s little socks

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P1010005A

Cast on 36 with Size 4 circs
Knit 1 Purl 1 for 15 rounds (about 1 1/2″)

Heel flap
18 stitches

1. Slip 1 Knit 1 Repeat across
2. Slip 1 Purl across
Repeat above 2 rounds 7 times (about 1 1/2″)
End after knit row

Heel turn

1. Slip 1, purl 10, p2tog, p1 turn (4 sts left)
2. Slip 1, knit 5, ssk, k1, turn (4 sts left)
3. Slip 1, purl 6, p2tog, p1 turn (2 sts left)
4. Slip 1, knit 7, ssk, k1 turn (2 sts left)
Repeat until there are 12 sts total left on needle

Gusset
Pick up 8 stitches down heel flap, place a marker, work 18 stitches, place a marker, pick up 8 stitches up heel flap. Move 6 stitches from heel to second needle. 46 stitches total

Gusset decrease

1. Knit 11, k2tog, k1 (marker), knit to next marker, k1, ssk, k11 — 44 sts
2. This round and all even numbered rounds, knit even
3. Knit 9, k2tog,k1 (marker here) knit to next marker, k1, ssk, k9 — 42 sts**
4. Knit 7, k2tog, k1 (marker here) knit to next marker, k1, ssk, k7 — 40 sts
Continue until there are 36 stitches total, 18 on each needle

Foot
Continue knitting until foot measures 3.75″ from the point where you picked up the stitches on the heel.

Toe
1) Knit 6, k2tog, k2, ssk, k6 on each needle
2) Knit even
3) Knit 5, k2 tog, k2, ssk, k5 on each needle
4) Knit even
Continue decreasing every other row until there are 6 stitches left. Kitchener off

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In case you are one of the 3 or four people that read my blog you will notice that lately, I have hit a lull of sorts. Writing doesn’t have the appeal that it did just a short time ago. Reading doesn’t interest me.  Housework is and was always at the bottom of my list! Shopping doesn’t flip my skirt at all. Knitting seems to be consuming me and I am having it have it’s way with me. I learned a long time ago that to trying to force your will upon something just doesn’t work. And there’s not alot of satisfaction in having to work so hard at it in order for it to come to fruition. So anyway. I’m going to be taking a break for awhile. Isn’t it funny that when you blog that you can’t just stop, that you need to explain why? It just amuses the daylights out of me. If anyone wants to drop me a line, just comment on one of my posts and I will get it in my email. So, ’til then……….

Touring New England in our Oldsmobile

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Sweet Baboo and I just returned from a long overdue gotta-get-away-for-a-few-days trip — a bit of shopping, a bit of sightseeing, alot of recuperative time.

Our first stop was the Kittery Outlet stores in Kittery, ME. (Have I ever told you what a great shopper Sweet Baboo is? He brings a book to read and just turns me loose. What more could a girl want.) So anyway — I was delighted to find that Carter’s was having a 50 percent off sale on all children’s clothing. Check off clothing for Granddolly on my Christmas list. I also stopped by Saucony, and Banana Republic but with no luck. And then there was the Kittery Trading Post — whoa!! (totally overwhelming). It’s kind of like a low key LL Bean store. You name it, they have it, or else you probably don’t need it. Very nice and knowledgeable people working there, for sure. The stores had quite a few people shopping, so I think we were lucky that we stopped on a Tuesday — I bet that the weekends are a real fun time with all the traffic that pours in with the shoppers.

The next day, we stopped at the inimitable LL Bean which was also totally awesome, and that’s not a word that I throw around freely. Three floors, 3 or 4 buildings, plus new construction — Freeport would be just a wide spot in the road if LL Bean wasn’t there. (I have to say, the people that work there know their business and are extremely helpful and friendly — but not forced friendly, if you know what I mean. It really felt sincere.) Anyway — bought Darling Daughter the sweater that she wanted, and found out when I got home with it that it was too small. Oh well — back it goes for another size. We also visited the LL Bean outlet and I found a new winter coat at half price and I wasn’t even looking. All in all, a very nice shopping experience.

While we were in Scarborough (where we were staying) and not shopping, we took a trip out to Cape Elizabeth to explore the Fort Williams park. Fort Williams is home to a beautiful oceanfront park and Portland Head Light, the most photographed lighthouse in the world, was built over 100 years ago.

Another angle of the lighthouse

It was also the site of the shipwreck of the Annie C. Maguire on Christmas eve in 1886. Luckily, there was no loss of life. Kind of a mystery how it happened though. The rock that this sign is painted on is right below the lighthouse and it’s the actual rock on which the boat ran aground.

Just below the lighthouse


A little history on Fort Williams at Portland Head. It was officially named on April 13, 1899, for Major General Seth Williams, a native of Augusta who served in the Civil War.

The fort included batteries, officers’ quarters, barracks, a bakery, a hospital, a bandstand, a laundry, a fire station, and the Goddard Mansion. Some of these structures still stand today.

During World War I, anti-aircraft guns were added to the fort’s defenses and it was fully manned by artillery companies and National Guard troops.

During World War II, Casco Bay was the home port for all the destroyers on the Atlantic coast, including the admiral’s flagship. It was decommissioned in 1962 and put up for sale by the government.

In 1964, the town of Cape Elizabeth purchased the fort, planning to build a park and use the rest of the land for housing, offices, and hotels. Finally in 1979, the town designated the entire property a park.

Rocky Maine coast
In the park today, there’s always something to do : history buffs can explore the fort’s remains; nature fans can walk along the cliffs that drop to the sea; families can picnic on grassy hills, play frisbee, or fly kites; lighthouse loves can visit the lighthouse, museum, and gift shop; and everyone can enjoy the breathtaking views of Portland Harbor and the ocean.

I have to congratulate you if you are still with me after all this. I do tend to ramble on. There are other things that I want to post, but I will wait for another day.