Jun 28, 2012

Boundaries

Boundaries. Where do you end and I begin? When does today end and tomorrow arrive? I've been pondering these and similar questions lately.

 A friend was bugged by a blade of grass on my shoe after I had walked across a recently mowed field. He wanted to brush it away. I called him on it when he did, as I didn't notice, nor think he'd do that, before he did. He said, "Boundaries?" "Yep," I replied, and returned to reading my book.

I wanted to return to normal as quickly as possible, but someone had touched me unawares and uninvited. This was not a good thing as Ms. Stewart would say. I felt my skin crawling, looking down, I didn't see any ants or spiders or bugs of any kind. Just unblemished, pink skin.

I remembered other times I'd been touched unawares and uninvited. I was a teenager on the school bus and others were teasing me, tugging on bits and bobs. I was younger and in scrapes with neighboring kids, getting bloody knees and noses.

But, today, it was sunny. I was in my front yard. A friend was bugged by a blade of grass on my shoe. "Sorry," he said. I realized, I was okay and he was okay and it was just a blade of grass. I honestly was able to say, "Apology accepted."

We moved on with the rest of our day.

Jun 24, 2012

Weekly wrap up, 6/24/12

Well, I didn't actually end up going to the TOPS meeting, my head was hurting too much for that. So, I stayed home and rested in the coolness of the ac K had installed in our kitchen window. That helped with the headache as did the medicine.

I haven't taken pics of the stitch markers yet, but have started on some project bags.

Going to go outside for a bit and knit on the hexipuffs. They are fun projects that work up fast and give a sense of accomplishment a lot like granny squares do.

Later, K and I will take our house guest to dinner at a restaurant that serves everything for less than $5 a dish. That'll be a nice break from dishes and house work for us.

I have a head cold that has morphed into a throat cold and lots of coughing. Hopefully the coughing is under control at the restaurant tonight.

That's all for now folks, looking forward to a more involved knitting week with the cold passing out of my system.

What's your week been like?

Jun 20, 2012

POTD, Plan Of The Day

In no particular order,

  • TOPS meeting, take minutes and participate, share about tracking food being too tedious for now what with all that is going on, and with the headaches out of control, I want to control this by not tracking calories, carbohydrates, and exchanges.
  • Continue to eat in a way that is healthy, balanced, but also allows me to eat what I want, not just what's a good choice.
  • Finish reading Mark chapter 9, I think, and record my thoughts on it
  • dishes, laundry and other housework
  • rest my head as I'll be taking migraine medicine, but not till later as I want it strongest in my system when at the meeting tonight
  • hang out with K and a friend
  • knit more hexipuffs, fun little hexagons knit from straight edge to straight edge
  • maybe make some hexipuffs with fun designs
  • pics and posting of stitch markers
  • play with making more stitch markers, they're fun and addicting to make

Jun 19, 2012

Weekly Wrap up, June 19, 2012

Hey there, everyone,

I am in the midst of a bad migraine. So, short and sweet is the order of the day! I have had delish meals prepared by one of the best people I know. We've been hosting a gentleman in our home off and on, this will continue through the summer. I'm knitting and crocheting up a storm. And, the pain is getting worse, so I'll sign off for now.

Keep praying and positive thoughts coming my way,
Jen

Jun 3, 2012

Weekly Update, June 3, 2012

I had been thinking on letting the Etsy shop die a slow death. Then, I got a new medication and realized $2.8 isn't too much to relist all items in the shop.

I've test knitted a shawl and a baby sweater. The shawl is Heliades on Ravelry. The baby sweater is Callippe. They are both beautiful in their own ways. I really connected with the Heliades while knitting it sitting on the dock of the bay of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine, last week.



The wisps of fog and the back and forth nature of the short rows made me feel like the fog was entangled in my knitting. The pine trees lining the lake also reminded me of the popular trees in the shawl's design. I felt like the short rows were waves floating across the lake from one shore to the other mist enshrouded, distant shore.



The baby sweater is reminding me of the weather as I'm using a grey heather for the body and a bright grassy green for the trim. The grey heather is like the rainy clouds and grey weather we have been having. The green is brilliant like grass in shadowy light from the clouds.

There is no pic of the baby sweater yet. Once there is one, it will be loaded to here.

I am also awaiting responses from the disability folks, both insurance and federal folks. I've received word that the former company's insurance requires another 45 day extension to make their decision. I don't have a choice to say, "No, I want an answer now." I feel if I were to respond that way then they'd reply, "Okay, no, you don't receive anything." So, I wait.

I've been knitting and crocheting as a way to release my tension and need for control. The baby sweater taught me to hold my yarn loosely and not worry when the strands tangled on each other, for I was always able to untangle the three yarn ends I was using. This also taught me to loosen up in life and not try to control things so much. We'll see how long that will last.

I have decided to upload the things I make to the shop to see if others like them enough to purchase them. Hopefully, I'll be making things others find useful and well made enough so as to purchase them from me. We'll see how that goes.

I am also getting used to the new medicine. It puts me to sleep for a few days. I expect that to return when the dose is increased every seven days over the course of four weeks. This new medication is supposed to prevent migraines and push them further apart. It has a strange effect on my glands producing more than they should, but I should also lose about ten pounds from the medication. Since I'm trying to lose weight, that side effect is not unwelcome.  We'll see how it goes.

I have been praying the World Rosary for the Mission Fields. This is a version of the rosary where each decade of Hail Marys is said on behalf of a different portion of the world, Africa, The Pacific Islands, Europe, the Americas, and Asia. I sometimes also say a rosary for the souls in Purgatory and for those here on Earth. I figure that while my body doesn't always do as I'd like, I can still pray with God about the world, his people, and my place in the world. We'll see how that goes.

Well, this is getting long and for my first update, I just wanted to touch base on a few subjects of most importance to me now. If you would like to know more about any of the topics in this post, or if you would like to know more about a topic not covered here/today, please leave a comment so that I can continue the conversation with you.