Oh my word. Friends. I am posting briefly to let you know what’s been going on with me. Usually I have a few posts per week to share with you, and I am so sorry that my home in the ether has been so quiet as of late. A few things are responsible for the dearth of creative inspiration.
I found out recently that my father has a tumor in his liver, as well as something showing up in his colon. He is still in the middle of testing, so I am trying my best not to spread the worry amongst relatives online or get upset until we know for sure what is going on. So far, blood tests show that the liver situation might not be severe – best case scenario, the doctors could cut out the tumors without chemo. Even at this early stage, though, Dad says that if chemo is recommended, he will not do it. The doctors seem to be more worried about a hardening in his colon that has turned up. But everything is still unclear to us.
Just at about the same time, I had a major falling out with a sibling which was ever so depressing to me.
After these events, I struggled in the studio for several days, making projects that I ultimately ended up disliking very much. Finally, I threw my hands up and went into the garden, a place which does wonders to regenerate the spirits.
The root vegetables are all just about ready to harvest. I started some cruciferous vegetables that will be put out in a week or so.
Kale, cauliflower, gailan, two trays of snapdragons. So far all the sprouts have popped out of their seeds. Knitting some – its repetitive nature, the counting, the movement of my fingers resulting in something tangible, all help to calm.
Got mitts? I am capable of making these very simple mitts, and so I’ve knit one pair after another. I tried a figure 8 cast-0n for lace socks, which also caused me to throw my hands up :-/… So instead, I am familiarizing myself with using the small needles while Pupusa gets some funny leg-warmers.
My blessed crew always has lots of hugs and kisses at the ready.
Despite the developments in my family, I am counting my blessings this holiday season, including you, my lovely readers. Thank you, Willow, for checking in with me to make sure everything was OK on my end. It warms my heart to know that folks look forward to my posts and notice when I’ve been absent – hugs to you.
P.S. I am drafting a creative post today that should go live in a week or so. Until then, if you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you have a beautiful one!