It has been 2 months since I published a post to my blog. And I have been absent from reading blogs. My apologies to my readers who visit and wonder where I am.
Gaps in my blogging have happened a number of times previously since I started writing in 2009. I will admit this is the most uninspired I have ever been since I have started. September and October were pretty busy with a variety of commitments. The chances of getting a blog post published were pretty low. So maybe that is all that is going on. Does that mean I am quitting? No - I cannot honestly say I am done with blogging. And I still take pictures to save and share on my blog at some point. But I have clearly slipped into a different level of participation for the near future.
But to give you a few snippets of what has passed this way while I have been gone from my blog.
I finally managed to catch covid in September. I was pretty bummed, as I am sooo careful but luckily I got tested early and got the “magic pills” - the antiviral medication - in time to turn the infection off rapidly. My husband caught it from me and he also got the antiviral medication quickly as well. I struggled with some lingering fatigue for a week or two, but that finally lifted. I feel very fortunate that I got this pesky and dangerous virus after medical science figured out ways to minimize and manage it.
THE ESK REQUEST
So this conversation happened during a recent visit - while I was knitting ...
Esk: Grandma is that for me?
Grandma: No, Esk. This is a shawl and little girls don’t wear shawls.
Esk: Grandma, will you make me a sweater?
Grandma: (sputtering and surprised) Sure, Esk! I thought maybe you had out grown ... uhh ... or maybe lost interest or whatever ... uhh, .... so what color?
Esk: (and Grandma at the same time) Pink and Purple
I set aside the two “promises” I made to myself this year: 1) finish the 5 works in progress I had sitting idle for too long and 2) avoid purchasing any new yarn because my stash is too big. Unfortunately there is a significant lack of pink and purple in my stash, so yarn was purchased. And I launched into project number 6 - a sweater for Esk.
In an effort to jump start my general malaise, I fell back on a tried and true method of refocusing my perspective: paring down my stuff. Downsizing always makes me feel better. Expanding the space around me by reducing the clutter usually sparks enthusiasm for other endeavors. So far it hasn’t sparked much of anything, but it has felt good to exercise that “enough” muscle - getting my belongings and life expectations down to “enough.”
CHANGE OF SEASONS
I am happy the weather is finally cooling down. Of the 4 seasons, summer is my least favorite. I will miss that fresh produce that comes with late summer - but that is pretty much it. Heat and humidity are not my friends. Love that January time after the hubbub of Christmas has passed and the really cold weather sets in and a chance of a winter snow storm increases.
That’s all for now guys. I can’t promise when I will be back again. But I will try to keep in touch with bloggers whose commenting function allow me to leave a comment.