Holidays, Health and Handwork

My husband came through the operation well, now it is just waiting for the results. It just looks so uncomfortable. The dressing is right up against the eye, and has been stitched on. The plastic surgeon said no dressing would stay in place otherwise. In the hospital she said we would come for an appointment next week Thursday – the 27th. The rooms phoned this morning and said Monday the 24th. Go figure. They can’t be taking the stitches out, it’s less than a week after the operation. Knowing my luck, it will be both days. With a 200 km round trip each time.

This must be one of the worst times of the year to be doing this – it’s so full of holidays and half the time people you need to see are away. I’m really not in the Christmas mood, what with one thing and another. However, I really don’t want this blog to turn into me wailing in the wilderness, so let’s change the subject.

It has been quite a hectic year. We had our car stolen, right out of the school parking area. My classroom faces the parking area and I can see the car from my doorway. Looked out between one class and the next and the car was gone. It was insured, but we had to add money to get another vehicle. A little hatchback. Lighter on petrol, at least. It’s only a 1 liter engine. My brother would have called it a motor-bike with two extra wheels and ambition.

I am keeping on with the handwork – surprisingly soothing in times of stress. Busy on another jersey for my husband. I’m not liking the wool. There are uneven areas and I can foresee problems. I’m doing some crochet as well. So fast compared with tatting.  I have a side project with tatting. Some years ago I tatted a pot plant for a friend of mine. The pattern is on Homemade by Meta.

Tatted Pot Plant

I liked it, and am busy with one for myself. A very simple pattern, so it is a good carry-around project. In other words, not easy to mess up if you are not concentrating. It is odd how small the tatting thread in comparison with knitting and crocheting. It’s size 20 and I have used 100 before today. (The higher the number, the finer the thread) This is Ben Fikkert’s Josephine Cross in 100 thread. A great site to visit. The pattern is there, although I don’t seem to be able to link directly to it. Look under ‘Galleries’ and then ‘Other Stuff’.

Ben Fikkert’s Josephine Cross


Perspective is everything, really. Shakespeare said ‘There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so’. I can say, ‘What a terrible year, our car was stolen, my husband has even more health problems’, or ‘The car was insured, we got another vehicle. Maybe we caught the Melanoma in time’.

So on we go. Blessings and best wishes over the holiday season, however you celebrate it (or don’t).

About notewords

Guitarist, Music teacher, Writer
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23 Responses to Holidays, Health and Handwork

  1. Many blessings and well wishes to you and your husband this holiday day season.

  2. It was a difficult year but it is important not to lose Hope!
    Have a splendid Christmas 😍

  3. WOL says:

    Being a knitter myself, I understand about the meditative nature of handcrafts. It stills the mind and gives it focus, like telling the rosary, only with something tangible to show for it at the end.
    I had my own health issues this year including cancer, so I can empathize. Didn’t get my car stolen, though (touch wood!) The important thing is we made it through.and are able to tell the tale. Joy and happiness are where you find them. Hope you find an abundance of them in the coming year.

  4. earthbalm says:

    Hope all goes well at the appointment whichever day it turns out to be. Hope you both have a better 2019.

  5. Kat L. says:

    That’s a difficult time indeed. I’m sorry you’re going through all of that. Hopefully things turn for the better soon! Fingers crossed for the appointment!

  6. GP Cox says:

    Terrific news!! I’m sure the follow-up visit will go well too.

  7. Best wishes to you too, may you find plenty of blessings in the days ahead!

  8. Continuing to send good wishes for you and your husband for things to get better and for his health to improve!

  9. Onward and Upward, my lovelies! The only way! Adore the tatting and plant. I can certainly say I hear you re travel and time of year and folk not being around and a sense of ‘weight’ involved in it all as I went in again on Wednesday (ambulance and everything), came out again last night 🙂 Lots of fun and games ain’t it? But it’s all OK, it really is, whatever the outcomes, or that’s what I’m telling it at the moment. We’re able to communicate and love and share – good enough for the moment?

  10. joey says:

    It would be a very awkward time to have a noticeable bandage, I agree. Seeing so many people and no end to the “What happened?” I am hopeful it will all be okay with your husband 🙂
    The plant is amazing. Incredible detail. I wonder if my mother has seen these, will have to ask.
    Along with my happy busy I’ve had some rotten busy as well. Makes peaceful days at home even more pleasurable for me.
    I wish you both a very merry Christmas and all the best for 2019!

    • notewords says:

      There are times I want to write out a large sign with the essential details and just hold it up when anyone says ‘Oh my goodness, what haaaapened?’ or ‘Did you hurt yourself?’ (No, I had someone else do it for me…)
      We will get through it. 😉 Thanks for coming past!
      Have a wonderful Christmas and all the best to you and your family for 2019.

  11. elfcroft says:

    God bless you both.

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