Hello! I’m Back!
After 3+ weeks of this virus/flu thing, I think I’m finally pulling through…YAY! Still have a little cough and drainage, but it’s going and I’m able to finally get things done like laundry, dishes, cooking, etc. Finally went to the grocery store today (and, of course, over-bought…everything looked so good!), then had an appointment at the vet for our poor cat who’s been sneezing (10-12 times at a shot). Turns out the vet said that it seems he must have either inhaled something or has something stuck in his nose, but he should be Ok…kind of scary but I was so glad he didn’t have some life-threatening cat disease that sneezing was not so bad in the long run.
It’s been a crazy week full of lots of ups & downs; a good friend went through life-threatening surgery and is now recovering-it was surgery or dying within a few months. A week of lots of prayer; another person we know is in stage 3 colon cancer, and one more is in the end stages of bone cancer…not pleasant. It makes a little cough seem like a walk in the park and has, once again, reminded me that each day should be very precious and lived to it’s fullest. I’m also guilty of not looking at life like that; days when you’re stuck in traffic, it’s hot and you’re tired, or someone pulls out in front of you almost hitting you (and vice versa) or things just don’t work out for you that day the way you’d planned…it’s ALL precious-both the good and the bad…they are all there to help us grow and learn. I’m guilty of ‘not being willing to learn from my mistakes’, which usually brings the problem back around, in another form, later for another go at learning from the trials.
It’s been a week of lots of driving (again)-middle son’s car has been in to the Automotive department of his tech school, which means “Mom” has to drive him back & forth to school (40 miles each day), plus driving the youngest back & forth to school as well. I’m getting lots of squares knitting done while waiting for the boys so it’s not all wasted time. The tech school determined that his car is not as bad off as a local very well known car repair place said (they had his total estimated bill at $1,800!!!). The school told him that he can, indeed, keep driving his car and the wheels won’t suddenly fall off or the engine fall out (which is kind of what he thought would happen), so we were relieved. It seems there IS a leak in the transmission (which will cost $$$) but all is not totally ‘ready for the junk heap’, so we’re all relieved some at that.
The weather is absolutely gorgeous once again; as I write it’s up to 79 degrees and very sunny with a light breeze…typical Michigan weather-it goes from 30 degrees (one day last week, complete with hail the size of ping pong balls) to this wonderful weather. I’m loving it-had to go try to find a lighter top to wear today as I was roasting in the turtleneck I’d picked out at 6:30 a.m. while getting ready to drive the boys to school (think it was something like 50 degrees at that time).
OH! Almost forgot! I tried something new…I knit a hat for myself; I’ve never done anything ‘in the round’ before, so this was truly an adventure. It didn’t exactly turn out like I’d hoped (it was supposed to be sort of like an oversized slouch tam) but mine didn’t have the extra ‘body/slouch’ part, so it’s kind of head-hugging. It’s not tight and would work OK, but I’m not exactly sure I want to attempt to plow through that pattern again any time soon. The pattern was simple, but the learning how to use 4 needles was crazy! (for those of you who know how to knit socks, I give you tons of credit…it would make me totally insane…way too frustrating having all those needles bumping into each other, stitches slipping off, etc…I’m sure if there had been anyone around watching me at the time they would have been in gales of laughter at my ineptitude!) IF I feel like braving it, I ‘might’ photograph the finished product…but then, maybe not, we’ll see. I was able to figure out how to adjust the pattern to make the ‘slouch’ part bigger, so that if I try it again it will do what I want…just not sure if I feel like battling those needles again any time soon. Like I’ve said before-life is a series of learning experiences…it’s HOW we learn from them that either makes or breaks us. (here I go waxing philosophical again…sorry).
I KNEW there was one more thing I wanted to write about…my computer died earlier in the week! I attempted to turn it on and, before there would even be a display on the screen it would emit three quick beeps and turn itself off again. My husband did everything he could think of, including attempting to take it to the place that custom built it but we learned they went out of business. He was finally able to locate a place very near where he works and the owner was extremely helpful. It seems that the CPU had come loose, somehow (CPU=Central Processing Unit…basically the thing that runs the computer). The man tightened it back up and didn’t even charge a service fee! How’s THAT for service!?! My husband said we will definitely be giving him our business in the future! What a blessing! I’m very glad to be back up and able to send & receive messages (even if they ARE very LONG messages!).
That’s what’s been happening around here lately. I’m planning on spending my Saturday just ‘vegging’ by sewing squares together…the weekend is here and I’m more than ready to RELAX!
Have a good one!