While I am trying to resume some sense of normalcy, it is hard. Everyday I hear a new thing that upsets me, swastikas spray painted on walls of Universities, one near me in fact. Horrible things being said to children by their peers, a hateful email implying all black students should be lynched that was released through the University of Pennsylvania student email system. It is hard to take a deep breath and feel things will settle down. The news that Medicaid and Medicare will be changed, which will affect not only my job but Little Buddy's ability to get the services he needs. I am living in a fearful place, a fearful place I did not vote for. And once again our archaic system did not work, the popular vote was not heard.
Anyway I need to try to lighten up a bit, as hard as that may be. I am wearing my safety pin. Have you heard about the safety pin movement? It started over with our friends in Europe after the Brexit vote, when there was a startling increase in xenophobic abuse. Since we are seeing the same over here in the US, wearing a safely pin states to the world that you are a safe place, you are free from racism, and support all people, no matter their gender, sexual beliefs or orientation, or religious beliefs. You are safe and they know you are supporting them. You can read more about it here and here.
Okay now to move on........
I have another finish. Yup another Sidewalk shawl. Now here is the thing you know I love to do a good crochet pattern once, twice or even seven times, I am looking at you Elise Shawl. And I could not resist this time. I am in love with this one. This yarn was from my very good friend and blog sister Bridget at The Ravell'd Sleave. This yarn was delivered to my door in September 2013, from a giveaway Bridget had on her blog. She picked yarn and a few books and sent them out to several bloggers. This yarn is gorgeous, Spirit Trail Fiberworks, Brigantia in the color Sorbet. I used the entire 600 yards to make this shawl, well minus the 28 inches I had left at the end. Also using a size J hook, it was a fast project and a bright color that makes me happy. Thank you again Bridget for thinking of me many years ago, look at this amazing project your beautiful yarn became. I do have to admit I did not work on it the night of the election, I did not want this project to be tainted with negative energy for all eternity.
Guess who started soccer for those with different abilities? We had our first practice yesterday. Here he is with his helper Katie. She was very patient with him. While some of the kids were able to understand that soccer is actually a game and not just a ball, Little Buddy is new to this so we have a bit of learning to do. He mostly ran around, tried to pull the cart with all the equipment in it, and frankly after 30 minutes just sat down on Katie's lap and said he was done.
He was the only player with a walker or any mobility device, and after I got home I realized that his brakes were on, those do not allow him to move backward, no wonder he got tired out so fast. Anyway we will be returning next week and he will be able to wear his, "soccer ball shirt" as he likes to call it. They don't have shorts small enough to fit his tiny behind.
I have to thank you all for your support. I have to thank you for all of your kind words, kind words that I hope I leave on your blog, too. I appreciate your concern for my feelings and for my country. I have been so touched by your thoughts and I am grateful for your understanding. I have one particular person who I have to thank that made me cry, literally cry. Dayle Kasner, the wonderful husband of our friend Teresa. Dayle, a Vietnam veteran, who is a hero to all of us, took time on Veteran's Day, a day he is to be honored, and honored me with a comment on my blog. Dayle you are a hero to me even more now if that is even possible. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you.
Hope you have a great week.
Hope you have a great week.