(Warning, there may be TMI in this post. Feel free to skip down to the photos)
The past two years were…. challenging for me here. I didn’t write about it. In fact, I didn’t write much at all. My posts slowed down to a trickle and then came few and far between. When things get really tough I call back the troops, circle the wagons, and reinforce my defenses. That, and I frequent the fast food drive through and hand over my kitchen to Ben & Jerry. Well, now it is time to open windows, take deep breaths, and shed bad habits. But first let me clean the slate.
Three years ago my sister passed on. She had health issues for many years and was, at that time, in the hospital. She was about to transfer to a facility for health rehab when something went terribly wrong, which her heart couldn’t handle. Her funeral was on a beautiful Spring day. I sat next to our 90+ year old mother to be her support. I have only seen my mother cry twice in my entire life. But that day, she was broken. It took something out of her that has never come back, so since then my commitment to her has increased.
Then, last summer Mom was ill and spent almost six weeks being shuffled from hospital to nursing home for rehab, then back again. She suffered greatly and we almost lost her but her body was determined to bounce back, though not entirely. She still lives independently in a very small senior apartment. And she’s slightly weaker than before.
It was a blessing that during all this time, work had reached a smooth flow since I was driving 7 towns away every weekend and some evenings. We had good staffing and productivity. Then we lost a key member last fall and went into a tailspin during a very heavy period. It took until very recently to turn things around. It was a very tiring winter. I’m hoping that we catch up before summer.
During some of the very worst of this, another very close, very dear relative was hospitalized in early February and has gone through several operations. We are still praying that the infection is controlled before any more damage is done.
With all of that and the “normal” bumps in the road, something had to give. The “something” was taking care of my health. Meals were generally obtained outside the house and more often than not would only require rolling down the car window and placing an order in a speaker. Although my apple every day habit stayed with me. I stopped going to the gym and settled in at home each evening, in my cocoon. The day I did venture back to the gym I wrenched my back something fierce. For a week I had trouble getting out of a chair or rolling out of bed. The doctor said that there was no herniated disc and gave me instructions for some stretching exercises and a muscle relaxing medicine.
Then came an email this past Thursday saying that the garden plot I signed up for was available and I could stop by on Saturday to check it out. Oh, happy day! Fortunately, I was able to also get an adjacent plot so the two together total almost 450 square feet. Go big or go home :) I’ve pulled my tools up from the basement and I’m calling in a seed order to High Mowing Seeds this evening. Seven years without a garden was too long. I can't wait to to my hands in the good dirt.
But I think the first event that started bringing me back to reality was an email from my daughter-in-law asking about crocheted baby sandals. They were cute so I made a pair in time for Easter. They fit my granddaughter right now, so I’ve just made another pair in a larger size for the late Spring, early Summer. The pattern is from Whistle & Ivy.
I also found a few bloggers posting about this poncho (here and here). I thought my daughter-in-law might like it. It crocheted up quickly. I’ll post about it separately sometime this week. (The pattern is from the November 2014 issue of Simply Crochet magazine.)
I also went thrift shopping. I found a few books, a basket with knitting needles and crochet hooks, and a good amount of new white fold over elastic. And a very old wool skirt (metal zipper) with wonderful detailing on the front pocket. The skirt hem is cut off as if someone was going to shorten it, and there is a rip in the middle of the back, so it is not usable as clothing, but I am going to salvage the zipper and take the skirt apart to create a pattern for that pocket detail :)