Oh my blogging friends it feels like so long since I have written to you. And do you know what? I really, really missed you. I hope the feeling is mutual. When I am so busy, or better yet so distracted that I can't blog, I know I am in trouble. Things have been hectic here. So this is a catch up post I hope you don't mind.
My Mother as you know is in a nursing home. She had an episode two weekends ago where we thought she might be starting her journey away from us. After a couple days she rallied and is now back to her, "normal". Right after that my Dad had some back pain, which is not unusual for him. By the next morning he was calling 911 and taken to the ER. He ended up having a pulmonary embolism, and at the age of 89 that is awfully scary. He is now receiving rehab in the same nursing home as my Mother. Actually he is in the room right next door to her. I am thankful my Mother has short term memory loss because I think my Dad is probably driving her a bit batty. My Father, while a good man is very, and I repeat very hard to deal with. This has all been weighing on me. I am taking care of his cats, visiting, and cleaning his place, all while trying to keep up at home and work. My sister Claudia has been trying to keep me from going insane by making me laugh at all my Dad's absurd behavior. She is much, much better at this than I am. And she is much, much more patient with him and all his crazy shenanigans. Thank God for Claudia, I could not do this on my own.
Okay onto more fun things to talk about. I HAVE A NEW SPACE! Yes I am screaming, screaming for Joy that is. This past year my husband had decided to close his chiropractic practice after 26 years. He is tired of fighting with insurance companies about getting basic care for his patients. It was a shock, one that put me in a very scary place for a while, but we are working through it. Remember we have a child going to college in another state, he is a swimmer so his scholarship money is not all that hot. My husband is now working for a non-profit organization and is happy. But he now works from home, A LOT (yes screaming again, but not so much from Joy). I mentioned that he might want to move his office upstairs where his exercise bike is so he can have some privacy. Yes, that statement should be interpreted as I need my space! He finally, after a lot of thought, figured out this might be a good idea. This past week he got a new desk, shelves and such and moved out of our office. I am now claiming this space as my own. I was so busy yesterday, moving and cleaning. It is a space in progress, but I am so excited to show you I can't wait. Want to peek?
This is what you see when you turn into my office/space.
All my knitting and crochet books are in one place. I went through my books and only kept the ones I really wanted and will be taking the extras to knitting group.
Next to the book shelf is my sewing/craft table. I can needle felt, sew or just sit here, hooray! Gracie, your mug is holding my pencils and pens.
Stepping back from my table and pivoting to the right is this big antique shelving unit. There is a two inch clearance on both sides, a tight fit but I don't care. It houses just a tiny portion of my yarn.
It has my circular needles, and beads, my double pointed needles and lots of beautiful yarn. The rest of my yarn is still in bins in my closet. I will keep them there until I can use the closet in the office, Right now I have shelves of toys and puzzles for my work in there. When I retire in a few years this will be my yarn closet, ooooh maybe I need to retire faster than I thought.
Next to my table is a fun place to hang a few things dear to me, Taci do you see your sheep?
The shelves above the table house some of my favorite sheep items and a few other things. Those are my baby shoes located under a picture of Max my Father painted. Monica's
beautiful heart is hanging from the shelf.
beautiful heart is hanging from the shelf.
My Great Grandmother's china with a sheep peeking out.
I have always wanted to display my needles and hooks. I will make some nice crochet cozies for these holders soon.
A space for my needle felting supplies is located behind the craft table.
As you turn further around here is the computer where I do all my blogging, it is a bit cramped but I don't care. My youngest came in and said, "What have you done? It looks weird in here." Oh Sweet boy, I made this space my own, and if you think it is weird then you will be spending a lot less time in here. Not that I don't love him and all, but he has a laptop, a bedroom and a playroom to play his video games in, and watch TV. This is a space of my own, and it is HEAVEN.