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And life goes on!

As I learn to manage my blood sugar, I continue to wonder if it can really be true that this is what I eat for the rest of my life! I was very decadent today, Laura and Bear brought me White chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies, sugar free of course, and I had one with French Vanilla pudding and some raspberry jello, sugar free of course. But it was awesome! It did not taste sugar free at all. We had beer brats and sauerkraut for dinner, Bear loved it! He looks so good, he has lost more weight, claims he is still fat but so am I, altho I tip the scales 12 lbs lighter than a month ago!!

I am working on UFO’s:
a lacy shrug in Paton’s shadow, a lap robe in Twiggles, the Icelandic Shawl KAL, 2 pairs of socks, candlelight shawl for Laura for Christmas, and her EZ shetland shawl that needs to be started, she got the yarn for me last year at Christmas!

I have been spinning:
Llama, alpaca, silk and camel, cotton and unknown roving!

I am making the roving into socks, it is beautiful, done on one of the dyeing exchanges I belonged to. I am going from the Traveler, to the Country to the traddy! I even brought out the electric one and spun on Laura’s Fricke!! She is so attached to her spindles, she does not ever use the wheel. She could do an encyclopedia on spindle spinning! She has every size and shape, even spins her little silk hankies! I cannot keep it up, too hard on my shoulder I broke several years ago.
This past week all we got done is plan a party for Mom & Dad’s 62nd Wedding Anniversary. Tomorrow I have to decide about the cake, should I get one huge one, or one reasonable sized one and several small ones of different flavors. Won’t matter to me or Dad, we cannot eat any of them!! Ha ha! Put the girl who cannot eat sugar or carbs in charge of the cakes! I am sneaking Dad some really good, strong Starbucks coffee, Laura is setting up her Granddaddy to have some sips of something he really loves! We will go this week and buy the Smithfield ham. Then Lou and Marcia get here, we will make the sandwiches: ham sliced razor thin, whole wheat bread, crusts cut off, sliced corner to corner, according to Dad’s wishes!! Invitations are done and out, order placed for the wegetable platters and fruits plates, drinks, flowers, etc. Now to handle the cakes. I think I will order sugar free and see if anyone notices!!

I look forward to rest and knitting my spinning up, then the wonderful melody of the spinning wheel as the yarns pour forth and ask to become items for those I love. The click, click, click of the peddles and the feel of the fiber as it runs through my fingers to become yarn, are mezmerizing.
And as we rest, my neighbor labors to breathe as she faces her last days from cancer this week. She has told us she is ready to go home and looks forward to being pain free. All the grandchildren went today to say goodbye, and the children wait by her bedside. I have started cooking to provide meals for the kids, who will certainly need something as they lived for the Grandmother.
I feel the weight of being the elders now, and realize the time for play is past, I can recreate, spend time with my children, share what tiny grains ofwisdom I may have learned along the journey, but play time is over. We are seriously looking at major changes in the family structure, even Kevin is very sentimental over helping his Dad dress for Sunday school today, taking him to church, then helping him out of his Sunday clothes, so hard to look at those beautiful clothes and think, will he wear them again? He has pushed so hard forthis party,I really believe that he believes there will not be a 63rd anniversary for him. Mom struggles with the wound on her leg which has a bacterial infection, it occured on Aug 4th, they finally got her to the Dr last week.

Sunday evening and many are readying to go back to work tomorrow, I would love to have a career, but of my choosing and my structure, not to be someone’s lackey, at this date in my life, I lack the finesse for such. As if Iever had any finesse!


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How life changes!

It is amazing to me, how life can change in the blink of an eye!I went to see my physician to get my refills for the year. They did blood work and within 3 hours my phone was ringing! I went back and they redid it, same result, I now have Type 2 diabetes. It changes everything. I have to eat differently, exercise differently, be more aware of my body and what goes into it, take another pill to help regulate it– which I forgot again today- be right back!!I have made a suggestion to about that they have a spinning, weaving, spindle page and let me author it. I have experience setting up websites, have been spinning for years, weaving happily along, and building spindles. I find in the great boom of yarn sales and back to knitting sales, it is amazing that they have nothing on spinning. There are many of us who make our own yarn! I could handle a web job and make the adjustments needed to handle my diabetes, whereas I could not go to work everyday at a “job”.

Bear is coming to visit and will get to Laura’s on Saturday. She is very excited and looking forward to her vacation! I think we will take them to the Home Place for dinner on Thursday, if they are up here. We took Heath, Ansti and Natasha to the Dogwood and she loved it, especially the blackberry cobbler!!

Eric has finally moved in with Josh, and we are looking forward to being able to handle life now! Perhaps, he will assist in finding the prodigal son a real job! He has a great job, financial investigator! I sure hope so, then we can actually look after ourselves for awhile. I have made some changes this year as regards the holidays; there will be no open house, no baking, no sugar in the house, I will make several small purses and have them available for anyone who shows up here, we will find a “tool” for the boys, if they come fine, if not, we will put away for another year! I am not begging anyone to come to our house, pick up their gifts, eat our food, nothing!

I may go to Laura’s and have Christmas with her and then go to Florida and have Josh’s birthday with him and then visit Tana for New Year’s! I have been let down, frustrated and abandoned by my “family” for the last time, I am moving on. We plan to buy acreage in the spring and move out to the country: Tana, Heath, Laura and Josh will have the address!

I continue to spin and work up the fiber I have stored in the freezer, Kevin is beginning to complain! I have spun one bag of wool and one hand painted roving, I have three bags of mohair at Laura’s for dying, one bag of wool there as well, and in the freezer: 4 bags of alpaca and llama, two more wool, and several angora! Laura and I have agreed to hand paint some and get it up to Meadows of Dan to the yarn/fiber shop–Greenberry House Yarns
to sell on consignment for the holidays! I continue to spin, have been doing some sewing of yarn bags, tote bags, working on learning the new embroidery machine Kevin got me, and knitting my little heart out, I realized the other day I had 4 pairs of socks started, so I put them in line and now one gets finished before the others get picked up again. I am still working on Laura’s sweater and have not finished her Candlelight shawl or her Shetland Shawl. Wonder why all this knitting is for her?? Hmmmm……………………

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A traveling face cloth!

I have been very ill with a stupid virus, now my hubby has it, yech! All I want to do is knit, I am working on a summer shawlette and a candle flame shawl for Laura. Now I am trying to figure out why all the knitting I am doing is for her, and she has yet to gift me with socks! Oh that’s right, she did give me ONE fingerless glove that she made too big for herself and the yarn to make the other one! Isn’t that a sweet daughter??
Another of my traveling clothes! I have to have something to do, on the left is the first clue to the MS3 I am using Zephyr Steel and e beads, I think I already posted that!
I am going through some changes in my life, I have found myself betrayed and lied to by my “best” friend, and what is keeping me sane at the moment is my knitting, my spinning, and my daughter’s dye skills! Ihave sent all my naked yarn, mohair and wool to her to dye for me, and then I will spin it and we will have lace weight for the Icelandic Shawl. Seems silly to order yarn when I have a freezer full of fiber as well as 350# peanut bags full of wool, white and black. As well as 5 spinning wheels!
Here is the thing about spinning, it allows you to think. I do not want to think about what I have lost, so I knit lace, it requires concentration and attention to detail. If you look back in my blog you will see pictures of my horses, which were gifts from my friend, which I no longer have, as well as the horses. I do not know if they are still there or not, and am afriad to look after I was informed one had been traded for farrier services! I am having problems getting my mind around the fact that a friend of over 30 years would lie to me, and take away something that precious to me.
Therefore, I knit and am going to look for a part time counseling position as soon as we return from Florida. We need to go and tomorrow is our 30th wedding anniversary, but Kevin is very ill with the virus I had last week, so we are going to just hang here. Hopefully,he will be able to eat by Thursday, I want to go to The Home Place on the top of Catawba Mountain which is my favorite place to eat! All home cooked food served at an old table in the family dining room(s) and you choose your meats, everything else comes with it! And I mean everything! Even cobbler with ice cream! It is so beautiful, in an old farm home on a large acreage, with a pond and cows all around.
I am off to work on the Candleflame Shawl ,got a long ways to go!!

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This is the mystery stole I am working on, my first beaded project, this is not even half of clue one, but it is so pretty! I am using Zephyr Steel Grey and E Beads.
I have been on a roll with cloths, not dish cloths, face cloths, although the ones I took Mom & Dad they are using as doilly’s!
This guy has been on the needles forever! It is last years Garden Mystery Shawl, I finished one for Cathy and this one is for me, you see, itis not finished yet. I did finish the Sun Ray Shawl from Elann, and gave it to Laura, it still needs to be blocked, but she went out to the movies in it last night! I may or may n ot catch a glimpse of her going by and get a picture! I am going home to Danville with her this evening for a few days, so I will get a picture.

We had a wonderful 4th, Laura was home, her friends, Jess & Tim, came over and we had a blast with Heath and the baby! After Jess & Tim left to take a nap, going to the movies at midnight! Laura took us up to the cemetery on the hill in the PT convertible, and we watched the fire works from there! We thought that was sucha novel idea, to go to the cemetery, guess what?? It was PACKED, there were as many live people as there were dead people!! We could not drive thru for the families that had gathered in their lawn chairs around their grave sites and were having picnics and waiting on the fireworks! It was totally amazing and much more interesting than the fireworks! We had to move people to get to the Wimmer graves!

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