An FO is an FO, no matter how small.

I just finished wrapping the Christmas presents.


Back when I was a teenager I spent two Christmas seasons wrapping gifts in the little department store in my home town. That taught me how to wrap efficiently and tidily, although our results (my best friend and I worked there together) pale when compared to the gift-wrapping you might get at Saks or Macy's or Nordstrom. It has always surprised me how long it takes to wrap gifts. It seems like once the thinking and the deciding and the schlepping from store to store (in the old days) and the internet shopping (now) and the buying is done, the last step should be over in a snap. This year it seemed to go quickly, maybe because I knew it would take a while or maybe because there were not all that many presents to wrap or maybe because I was listening to an audio book (last bit of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, then Bill Bryson's At Home: A Short History of Private Life, thanks for asking). Anyway, the task is done for another year.

Note: The Leinie's box visible in the background is NOT a Christmas gift. It just happened to be sitting in the right spot to look that way. (If you are not from the Upper Midwest, you may not know about Leinie's. Follow the link to become informed.)

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You may have noticed the balls on the bottom shelf of my cart. They are the FO in the title, dryer balls that I made. We have used dryer sheets forever, but I heard about using wadded-up balls of aluminum foil to eliminate static electricity so I tried those. Two foil balls didn't seem to reduce the static much, and I started to have bits of aluminum foil all over the laundry room. Apparently a ball of wadded-up aluminum foil doesn't last forever — who knew?

But felted yarn balls? Perfect project for a knitter with some extra yarn. Brown, purple, and dark green. I chose dark colors to avoid any possibility of adding lint to the dark loads. My dryer sucks at removing lint.

3 balls

Three felted balls, however, were not enough — still had static cling. So I made some more. Blue, maroon, and black, at left. 

6 balls

I haven't done laundry since I made them so I don't know whether six balls will work any better than three. Stay tuned. They were fun to make, though šŸ™‚

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No word on the CT scan yet. Thanks for all the good wishes! My doc finally called me today to tell me she cannot find the results in my chart.


The scan was done at a hospital in MN that is in a completely different health care conglomerate than my usual and hospital and clinics, which is probably why the information flow is less than optimal. Still, I have made numerous calls on Tuesday and Wednesday and again today to both places, making sure that the results were transmitted to the right place and that my doc was reminded to call me. Apparently the only call that mattered was the one today to ask the nurse to remind her to call. In her favor, my doctor gave me her personal cell number to call her tomorrow at home — she is off tomorrow — to find out if the results have been found.

As I said above, stay tuned…

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0 Responses to An FO is an FO, no matter how small.

  1. Chris says:

    They can’t find your results?! Ack!!
    Heh, all two Christmases working for B Dalton’s and having to wrap presents taught me was that I hatez it, I doez, so I’m super sloppy when I wrap now.

  2. Diane says:

    Cool idea, they look like they’d make good cat toys too.
    We’re going to have to keep our fingers crossed a while longer. Hope you get your answers soon.

  3. tammy says:

    How are you liking the Bryson? I’ve got it on the coffee table in the next up to read position. šŸ™‚
    Fingers crossed you get your results very, very soon!

  4. Mel says:

    The other question, of course, is whether the radiologist has read the scan yet and/or whether the report has been transcribed and transmitted. So many ridiculous layers. Personally, I’d probably be having a Leinie’s while I was waiting, particularly since it’s damn near impossible to find here in New England.

  5. gayle says:

    To me, it seems like adding wool balls to the dryer would cause static rather than eliminate it. Distant memories of childhood science experiments – rubbing objects with wool and then sticking them to walls.
    And can’t you stick a cat to the ceiling by rubbing it with a balloon? (Or maybe the other way round…)
    I hope all your med people get their communication together soon. Still sending positive thoughts.

  6. Cindy G says:

    Headdesk, indeed. Hang in there.
    As one whose wrapping skills are, um, minimal, the two most imortant words in my gift season vocabulary are: Gift. Bags.
    Hope your holiday time with family is good and may even involve some of that Leinies.

  7. lisa says:

    I used to like to wrap things up in plain paper and do fancy things w/ pine and cedar twigs, but who has time for that now? I manage to get the paper on, but rarely any ribbon…
    So, I’ve only been skimming blogs lately (that time thing), what’s going on in your head?? Have you read a book called “How Doctors Think”? I’m nearly done w/ it and think it’s a great read… I am in process of setting up a neurologist appt in Boston, and the book has helped me frame some things.

  8. Cathy-Cate says:

    The Leinie’s COULD be a Christmas present. Just sayin’.
    I’m reading backwards so already know the good results. If only I could have told past you!

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