My Name is Ozymandias!

‘My Name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;

Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!’

The Jinxed Jersey is finished! With all the pulling out, I must have knitted the damn thing about three times.

Jinxed Jersey

Those who know the poem, will know that it does not end well… But it’s a great line! πŸ˜‰

Tatting has also been happening.

Annalisa by Iris Niebach

It doesn’t look like much, but it is one of the more difficult patterns I’ve attempted. I do love the way she designs. Here is an image of theΒ book with the doily on the cover.

My husband went to the specialist again. Even with the improvement, she hasn’t changed her diagnosis, just that perhaps it is not as advanced as she had thought. My sister-in-law rates this as good news. Myself, not so much. I feel we are headed towards a cliff. The fact that the cliff is perhaps a little further down the road isn’t as comforting as it might be.

Be that as it may, things are going better. He is far more independent and I don’t have to watch him so closely. He is also sleeping better, thank heaven. When things were really bad he needed very little sleep, and had to be watched constantly.

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

courage to change the things I can,

and wisdom to know the difference.

About notewords

Guitarist, Music teacher, Writer
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24 Responses to My Name is Ozymandias!

  1. joey says:

    Clearly the sweater was worth undoing a time or two πŸ™‚ Nice!
    I see both your and your sister’s side. You’re both right. I pray that serenity comes to you.

  2. rmkinder says:

    I love the tatting, and the doily on the book cover. They make me want to stop reading (I’m judging some fiction entries, and loving that, but…) and do something with my hands. My tatting is primitive. I can’t use a shuttle. Well, I can, but I can’t finish a project with a shuttle. I can make lovely bits of lace. The knitted sweater is amazing. Surely such fine work requires a steady hand and thus encourages calmness. About the cliff: it’s there for so many people who continue to live full lives for a long time. I hope that’s true for your husband. My sister is undergoing heavy chemo and radiation and she keeps such a bright spirit. Keep tatting and knittig. I may return to the tatting this very evening, prompted by your post.

    • notewords says:

      You make a very good point about the cliff. I suppose it’s always there, whether we can see it or not.
      All the best to your sister.
      Thanks you for your comments. Much appreciated.

  3. Ahmen to that.
    On the things one can actively do summat about, well rangled with that jumper. It looks great! and I love that tatting pattern – from here it looks v art nouveau-ish, very stylish.

  4. salpal1 says:

    The sweater is lovely! Worth the effort. The news is a mixed blessing indeed. Good that it gives you some relief now, but dread that what is coming is still coming. Glad he is sleeping better so you can, too.

  5. Great knitting work πŸ˜€
    I’m glad the things with your husband are proceeding in a better way!
    Big hugs ❀

  6. joliesattic says:

    I remember feeling the same way years ago when caring for mother. The doctor had said she would live another ten years in a demented state. It’s never easy to watch a loved one suffer. My mother in law is going through it now. Many get through this. I can only tell you that God gives us the strength to do more than we think we can. Cherish each day. I don’t know what your husbands state of mind is but surprisingly you will find yourself looking back at this time with humor and amazement. Friends and family can do much to help you through this time. BTW the Dr.s prognosis was incorrect.

  7. So so so much love to you as you provide loving and patient care. I love the sweater and the tatting. I have yet to tackle knitting a sweater and tatting is the one thing I have never been able to comprehend…I even took a class that met for four weeks…beautiful work.

  8. I say “Amen” to that.

  9. I love anything with cables. Your sweater looks lovely and cosy πŸ™‚

  10. D J Mills says:

    Well done, finishing the jumper. Looks good. πŸ™‚
    The tatting looks extremely complicated to me, but the linked image on the book cover is beautiful. πŸ™‚
    I am also glad to hear your husband is still independent, and not as bad as first diagnosed.
    Hugs from me.

  11. slippedstitches says:

    The sweater came out very well. As for you husband. I am watching my father go through dementia. It is never easy. Keep saying the Serenity Prayer. It works! I have always found that if I turn things over to God I get the strength, serenity and wisdom I need to get through the day. The cliff is there for all of us. Just remember you are not there yet. Stay in the moment and try not to project and let your mind wander into what “could” happen in the future. When I find myself living in some future hell in my mind it makes my present day go all that much harder. Try to stay in the here an now. Be watchful for the things that go right, luxuriate in moments of peace, take time to do what soothes your soul. Breathe.

  12. You’ve created a mind picture I can identify with. Knowing the cliff is there can create great anxiety or help us enjoy the road until we reach it. I find myself wanting to keep peering over the cliff to see how deep it is and if there’s anything to land on, because I am compelled to prepare myself. It’s just hard to know where my head should be at any given moment. I hope we both find a good balance.

    • notewords says:

      I think you’re right about balance. Don’t let it take over what time you have – without pretending it’s not there.
      But it’s not easy… πŸ˜‰
      Strength and blessings.

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