Meg Joins the Navy

A new member of the Navy Nurse Corps and a proud wife of a Navy corpsman stationed together at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

24 November 2012

How to Knit a Shrug Sweater

  This is such an easy sweater to make and you can modify it easily if you want the sleeves longer or shorter by how many stitches you cast on.

You will need:
  • 3-4 skeins of yarn (you can use any type and weight, the number will vary depending on brand)
  • I used size 12 straight needles, but if you want it looser or tighter you can use a larger or smaller needle.
  • Darning needle
  1. Cast on 50 stitches loosely.
  2. Knit row.
  3. Purl row.
  4. Repeat knitting and purling alternately until piece measures 24" (May need to be larger if you have broad shoulders.)
  5. Bind off all stitches.
  6.  Sew ends together.
      7.  Hold piece with sewn edge in center and match up to opposite side to find the center.  Sew 6" to each side of top.  This creates the back and arm holes.
 Wear it with a dress, long sleeved shirt or tank top!

18 November 2012

House Update

We've lived in our new house almost 5 months now so I thought I'd share a few photos about how it's coming along (which is really slowly).

We have couches and tables now! With random lamps and no decorations..

The washer & dryer need to be put in the laundry room and move the crappy ones the apartment came with to storage.

Hidden boxes that need to move to storage

I finally decided what I'm going to do above the shelves!

Absolutely nothing in the bedroom, but the futon was moved up and now is our spoiled dog's bed

My furniture from home, waiting to be refurnished when I pick a theme

No computer desk or dressers yet :(

 Clearly I have a lot to do! But I want everything to have the perfect pieces so there's not a bunch of random stuff.

12 November 2012

Veteran's Day & Health Issues, a Guest Post

Veteran's Day is a great opportunity for Americans to express their gratitude to those who have served our country in the military. Your sacrifices have enabled the United States to remain free and prosperous. Sometimes people who make sacrifices for others fail to take care of themselves like they should. Or perhaps they just do not have correct information when it comes to health matters.

Let's take a look at some of the more common health issues that our brave veterans often face when their days of service are over.

Fitness and Weight
The rigors of military life provided many opportunities for veterans to stay in shape. After their years of service, many find themselves out of shape and facing weight-related health issues like diabetes and joint and back pain. That is why it is so important to get regular exercise and to have a good diet. It is almost like an insurance policy against many diseases.

Find an exercise that you enjoy and gets your heart pumping. Encourage your spouse or loved ones to accompany you when your run, swim, or bike. This way, you can motivate each other when your enthusiasm lags.

When you begin your exercise routine, be sure that you are also eating healthy foods. Your body will need high quality fuel to provide energy for your exercising.

If you are doing resistance training, you will need to be sure that you are getting a good source of lean protein. Good sources of lean protein are fish, turkey, and skinless chicken.

Many years ago, a product called asbestos was commonly used in many military facilities and vehicles. At first, asbestos was thought to be harmless. However, it became known that the asbestos fibers caused a serious lung disease called mesothelioma cancer in some people.

Some veterans were exposed to asbestos fibers while working in military bases that used the material in construction materials like fire-proofing and insulation. The U.S. Navy had many cases of mesothelioma among its personnel because asbestos was widely used as fire-proofing in places like boiler rooms and submarine engine rooms. Since even a small fire could do major damage in a confined space like a submarine, asbestos was commonly used in places at high risk of fires.

One aspect of mesothelioma is that the disease often takes many decades to become evident. So even though you many have served 30 years ago, you may have been exposed to asbestos without knowing it. Fortunately, the disease often progresses very slowly and the symptoms are treatable. So take heart if you have been diagnosed. There is hope.

Treatment for mesothelioma tends to focus on treating its symptoms. Many mesothelioma sufferers live enjoyable and productive lives for many, many years after their diagnosis. This disease is well known to science, so your doctor will know how to treat any symptoms you may be experiencing. Also, the search for a cure is ongoing.

Written by Emily Walsh, Community Outreach Blogger for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

Please keep your support for those serving and who have served because those good memories and the hardships will stay with them forever, as will the physical hardships they all endured.

Happy Veteran's Day!

07 November 2012

My Perfectly Blissful Cloudy Day

I am absolutely convinced that if I lived somewhere where the weather was disgusting or it was dark many hours of the day that I would be absolutely perfect.  I find myself always so relieved when it's a cloudy day and I don't feel bad staying indoors and enjoying a pair of sweatpants.  Even a dark, rainy day doesn't stop me if I need to run errands.  (However, extreme heat will!)

So yesterday was the perfect day!

My pets got me up early and I sat and knit a little while eating breakfast and enjoying a cup of hot tea.  I got mounds of laundry done, and got to work on lots of crafts!

Working on a watercolor map for the guest room
Snuggling with my dog
Snuggling with my cat

While watching some Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving

Began to re-read Harry Potter
Watching Ghostbusters 2!
 There's nothing more relaxing than a day full of crafting, knitting, reading, and cuddling under a blanket while doing all of those by lamp light, which I have an obsession with lamps and hate overhead lights.

04 November 2012

Fun Things to do in NC.. Duplin Winery

Before I got down here, everyone gave me the nasty face about coming to Camp Lejeune, NC, but most of those people were from large cities so I can understand that compared to having a zoo or nightclubs and excessive shopping and art galleries down the street, this is an improvement from having 2 stoplights in my town and driving at least 45 minutes for good shopping.  I'm used to trying to get creative for new things to do. 

So if you are at Camp Lejeune, and of the drinking age, which 50% of the people are not here, you have to go to the Duplin Winery. (With a DD of course, Arrive Alive!)  I had no idea North Carolina was such a wine country!  And this place is the leader of the pack.  I had a tour of the facility from one of the guys who started the company, and he then did lots of wine tasting, and then had a light early dinner, which I like to call linner (like brunch but lunch/dinner).

I learned so much about wine making and grapes that day!  It was my sailor and my last romantic outing together and we had a blast!  I'm definitely going back with everyone who comes to visit me.  It was less than an hour from the front gate and I came home with a BIG box of wine, plus they have a military discount that is equal to the club member's prices! The North Carolina grapes, muscadine grapes, make a sweet wine but they have lots of reds and whites to choose from and lots of special holiday wines.