Home again

I got home on Friday.  I confess, when I saw Mt Tam from the East Bay, I got a bit misty-eyed – it’s been five weeks, but it has also been a lifetime of highs and lows.

Yesterday, I took a photo of my balcony to remind myself what a beautiful place I live in.

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Things I like about home:

  1. it’s where my stuff is –  like kitchen, food, clothes, yarn stash
  2. it’s also where my kitties are – you provide lots of entertainment – maybe I don’t really need cable TV
  3. I wake up, and everything I need is right here
  4. my bed – it’s not perfect, but I sleep very well here
  5. my community – just outside the door
  6. friends who leave you food after a long journey away – they are the best!
  7. friends who will help me figure out the next steps of my life and my mom’s – they are the best too!
  8. Reviving a gift knitting project – Poplar and Elm – the lighter color of the Eden 3-ply yarn will be much better for the recipient:

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Knitting Content

Yes, I’m still dealing with Mom issues, but I have knitting to report.

First, I used up some of the scraps from the Afghans for Afghans socks, added in a Kaffe Fassett Regia colorway, and came up with some anklet socks that I wear instead of slippers around the house.  I love the colors, and had fun with the picot hem:

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I also started a camisole/tank for me — Soliel pattern from Knitty.  My gauge is a little different, so I changed the math, and I added some short rows at the bust, so it’ll not ride up on me hopefully.  So far, so good.

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And I think I’ll be reunited with my kitties and stash quite soon!

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Light, tunnel and all that

Well, this has been a very “interesting” few weeks, filled with highs, lows, drama and laughs (and thank goodness for the last one).

The short version:  Mom is doing better, and I’m planning to come back on Friday.

The long version:  Mom was doing her best to get well in the skilled nursing facility, but I could tell she felt like crap.   Worryingly so.  Her stomach was a mess, and even though I got the doc to add something to help.  It didn’t.  Then one day she didn’t keep her breakfast down, the next, the other end looked suspicious.  So I called her doc and left a message that I thought she had an ulcer.  he calls me back on my cell phone (which of course did not work in her room), and he hung up while I was racing to the front of the building where it worked.  Then, walking back to the nurses’ station, there was a freak-out happening because her doc told them to call 9-1-1.  I told them I had called the doc, and they immediately wanted to know that I told him.  So  I did, and told them that I had only wanted to talk with the doctor, not anything else.

In the end, Mom went back to the hospital and got blood (good), a test that showed she did have ulcers, and new meds (very good).  The bonus is that in going back to the skilled nursing place is that I got her a room transfer in which she has a. a TV, b. a window view, and c. a quiet compatible roommate.  And no bleeding, and the ability to eat now means she is much, much stronger.  yay!

So, I can finally contemplate a return to my house, my cats, and my life, while looking for a place to bring a healing mom.

There has been more knitting – I knit a small Ishbel for a family friend, but I haven’t gotten a photo yet.  I’m doing a pair of footie socks for me, and Soliel tank in Tahki Cotton Classic.  Thank goodness for the iTouch, wireless, laptops and knitting!

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Neglected

The last three weeks have been pretty draining. The good news: Mom is getting stronger. The less good news: she’s now well-enough to be very unhappy about her situation. At the moment she’s in a rehab nursing unit, and not happy that she is dependant on others for so much – this is a total shock for her.

I’m staying at her house, which means a lot of my life is neglected at the moment:

  • my job at the church – there are folks covering pastoral care and preaching, but everything else is not covered
  • my kitties – I miss the petting and cuddling
  • the blog – obviously
  • my job at the YMCA – I miss teaching my class for water aerobics
  • teaching at Bluebird – all my plans for teaching evening classes there are out of the window.

I’m sure there is more to the list that I am blocking out.

It feels a bit like the movie Ground Hog Day – each day is a lot like the last one, with a bit of improvement to keep you going, punctuated by bad moments that you have to breathe through for sanity.

Oh, and the knitting, not so neglected.  There is a lot of time for that sitting in the room (thank God it has wifi!) I finished the socks, and the sweater.

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Now I’m realizing that I need to send them from down here, and hopefully ask my knitting-cat sitter to find the socks that I knit up there and mail them off to Afghans for Afghans.

Now I’m finishing up another pair of socks, and in the middle of my 3rd Ishbel:

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(No photos of Isbhel yet)

Thanks for the all comments, and stay tuned for further details.

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