Mary Oliver

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with your one wild and precious life?"

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Lessons Learned

Being sick for a day is one thing, but being sick for five days is a trying experience. I can't even imagine what it's like to be truly or chronically ill. The range of emotions I went through were mostly anger, exhaustion, frustration, more anger, and finally a near-acceptance that I was not going to bounce back quickly enough to suit me. When I'm too sick to do much knitting, I'm sick.

On my last day at home, I blocked the Imagine When shawl I made last summer and it made it look as gorgeous as the pattern had promised. I remember being disappointed in the pre-blocked shawl even though I know blocking can give miraculous results. It was silly to take so long to getting around to it, but it was a gratifying activity and easy enough to do while operating at less than 100% of my normal.

I'm almost finished with the first sleeve of my Stopover sweater and am quite pleased with the look of this. Can't wait to wear it!

I did feel well enough to read The Last Pilot, a book I really enjoyed, and start John Irving's newest novel.

Not sure exactly how I found this website, but I kind of love this sweater. I can so see myself wearing this in the house to stay warm and on my winter beach walks, which I haven't done nearly enough this winter.

I have spent a lot of time in my craft room this week, which means Gracie has too. This is a favorite spot for her when we're in here, unless she's perching on the chair with me. I think I took hundreds of photos of her up there.

When I was in bed, so was Gracie. We had lots of bonding time, that's for sure.

More craft room photos:




Including this one from this morning, which also shows the slight snowfall we had yesterday:

I did make it to school in Thursday, but was completed wiped out by the end of the day, so much so that I went to bed at 7pm that evening and slept almost straight through. I woke up around 1am long enough to grade a set of papers, which put me right back to sleep.

I actually felt really good on Friday, especially when I found out we were having an early dismissal due to a forecast of snow. While it seems silly to northerners who are prepared for it, our city budgets just don't have the same amount of money allocated for snow down here. And when there is a chance that school buses on icy roads would be at risk, erring on the side of safety makes sense.

I had another early night last night, so I'm hoping I continue to improve, especially since I had to start a second round of antibiotics. Clearly, the first round had not done the trick. Other than venturing out for an early brunch and some knitting with a few friends this morning, I plan to get a lot of rest on this three day weekend.

Here's hoping you have a lovely weekend too!



  1. Gracie is a Beautifully Charming Cat. (Which she knows.)

    I think you'll be happy with the hooded, pockety sweater you found. It looks comfy and cozy. It looks like something I'd like to wear with my fleece-lined tights or my leggings, were it long enough, cozied up on the big chair with my cats and my iPad or my own knitting.

    Please do take care of yourself and don't hurry the healing. The value of Real Rest cannot be understated. (A lesson I learned far too late.)

    1. True about resting; the reason I felt good on Friday was all the sleep I got. The upside is that I'm returning to my former "early to bed, early to rise" rhythm and I like it much more, having the calm in the early morning.

  2. You really got sick, didn't you? Five days, plus it sounds like it was coming on for quite a while. I hope all that sick time has helped you to get healthy. It's funny, I haven't been sick at all so far this year, but I keep getting injured. Middle schoolers are just so crazy.
    The pockety sweater is darling, perfect for the beach.
    Love the pix of Gracie.

    1. Yes this really flattened me; I've been lucky thus far this year, but it caught up with me with a vengeance.

  3. I am so sorry you were so ill Rose, that is horrible. When I am so sick I can't knit I am SICK!!! Thank goodness I have not had that this year, but all my little patients have been ill, coughing and snotting on me for weeks.
    Hugs to you and rest,

    1. I agree, if I can't knit, that's a bad sign, plus it makes me even crankier than just being sick, which is bad enough 😉 Thankfully I seem to be improving each day.

  4. What a good blog you have here. Keep Your Work Up....