No matter if the days are cloudy, snowy, cold, gray or clear blue with sun, they are all a part of our daily living. The landscape of our lives informs who we are, can make us stronger, better people, and can enrich our lives in positive ways. It's up to us to make ourselves into people we would admire and, while we constantly grow and oft learn things the hard way, we are stronger better people for what is in our past. Many of you shared secrets that were sad, frightening, real and awe-inspiring. Some of you crack me up, but you all made me smile.
I'm also amazed at how many of your secrets are also secrets that I keep. Because you so willingly shared your secrets, I'll share one of mine. I seriously thought about not blogging any longer. Your comments and revelations changed my thinking about that...how can I leave a place where there is such a connection, where people of the fiber come together and share what they know, what they feel and what they love? How can you leave a place where so many of us bare our souls and are accepted? Blogland has a very strong draw and that might be why it's hard to think about leaving it behind and why it can also feel like an addiction. It's in my blood at this point and there is no way to leave.
It's been a strange winter for me emotionally and during the last week, while trying to get some medication out of my system, my feelings have been all over the place...mostly down. I knew it was 'drug' induced and would pass, but its passing has been physically difficult. I'm still in a bit of a fog and it's been hard to concentrate. However, I know I'm starting to feel better because I straightened up a few big messes that have been piling up, and...I cooked! Now, don't faint. The
blame credit goes to Vicki and her post about food. I just had to make 'those' potatoes! I also bought the needed supplies for Carole's beef soup. Don't laugh Carole...I'm going to try it this weekend and I'll let you know if Smith survives. Proof of my kitchen prowess may be a feature next week. There's another secret for you...I'm no domestic goddess.
I have also been able to get my knitting angst under control. The Estonian Scarf is blocking, Hidcote had some special attention the last two nights and she's now moved onto chart #8 (what a thrill!), and the Bloomin’ Feet sock is growing very nicely. Laurie asked if I would ever frog Jóhö and Angela asked if I wanted some Jóhö company. I can see this project finished and know I will love wearing her, too. So, no frogging, but she will wait for awhile. It's easy to become distracted by other projects when this one is such a slow process. I need to concentrate on that...the process (and get a few things off the needles). All other projects are, for now, out of sight...out of mind.
And look at the fibery goodness sitting on my door step yesterday. (Don't you just love days when the mail is all about fiber?) The picture on the left is from the Twisted Knitters Club of Mama-E's. (The second edition is almost sold out!) It was inspired by Debbie Stoller and I just love it! I also bought one of Erin's fabulous bags as I'm a sucker for Geisha images. It's the right size for carrying around socks or spindles. On the right is the Spunky Club roving called Forecast. It's beautiful and the colors do evoke a winters day. I can't wait to spin both fiber club offerings. Now you know how much of my weekend will be spent. Also, my prize from Norma’s WIP contest arrived and it is one POUND of Icelandic roving. It's so wonderful and it will be saved for a special project.
Enjoy your weekend and you can bet I'll be back here on Monday. Thank you all for your warmth, friendship and care, both for me, and each other.