Thursday, April 24, 2008

Ciao, bela!

It's almost time for us to leave for Italy - one more sleep! Well, if I can get to sleep! Since my surgery, I've been slowly recovering. It's hard to get better when you feel like you've been run over by a truck. Every day it's just a little bit better. Not a lot, just a little. Drives me nuts!
I'm almost ready. I haven't packed yet, but I had so much to do today - write an article, finish editing another article, finish sewing up a sweater I knit, finish up the lace shawl I knit - block them both - I didn't get to the packing because I ran out of steam.
I overdid it yesterday. I've learned my limit - no more than 2 hours without stopping for a rest! I was in pain and still am a bit today. I'm going to try to rest - how will I ever do that?
Well, it's time to sleep and dream of Italy and sailing down the grand canal in a gondola with my dear hubby! This is our 25th wedding anniversary to ourselves - even though we've now been married 26 years! Our flight leaves tomorrow night!
Excited - just only slightly!
grace... Kathie

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Proud Mama!

This is Abigail's Shawl. My daughter Sarah designed and knit this for a mom's new baby. It was beautiful and soft. She made it out of Sirdar Snuggly DK in White and stitched Abigail's name on the bottom right corner.

Sarah picked up knitting really quickly. She has a slow but steady rythmn in her stitching and her work is always beautiful and even. Among some of her first knitting projects she tackled and lace and cable poncho for her little girl.
It's such an amazing feeling when your children like what you like and pick it up, following in what you've done. It's important not to force your stuff on them, but it is a good feeling when they appreciate what you do and try to emulate your efforts.
God is good and always surprising us with little delights that make up total happiness. I love that about Him.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Recovery, Recovery

Well, it's been three weeks and not an easy time. I should have been able to spend more time writing, knitting and reading. However, after norwalk virus, bladder infection, drug reactions and allergic reactions, fever, chills, you name it- I'm rather knocked over. I've been reading posts on Hyster Sisters and some women have had a much harder time than I have. Thank God for my family and their help.

It's a strange sensation to have a hysterectomy. With my main source of female hormones gone, I thought I would feel something. But nothing. No huge emotional swings, no hot flashes to speak of. Nothing. As a matter of fact at this point I should be in a huge emotional swing - getting ready for the next onslaught of PMDD. Ha, ha! No ovaries! No more emotional nightmare.

Perhaps this difficult physical recovery will be rewarded with relief from the stranglehold my hormones have had on me for years. Maybe I'll have a chance to spend time with my family without the exhausted feeling of depression and sadness. Irritability and anger can depart now - there is nothing to stoke the flames.

Keep calm, don't do too much, watch more HGTV. I can write now, with a little more concentration. Work on my course. Keep my mind busy.

grace, I need God's grace.