I hadn't mentioned this before, but my Mom had surgery back in March to remove a pancreatic tumor. Looks like they got everything, but she started chemotherapy treatment on Tuesday. I will be taking her once a week for 3 weeks, then a week off. This will go on for about 6 months.
She's such a trooper. So far she's tolerating the chemo pretty well and is in great spirits, still walking 2 miles a day. I hope I can say the same when I'm 79 years old.
I did get some new yarn in the mail which is always a treat. Last week was Crochet Week at Quince and Co., and they released 5 crochet patterns to drool over. I ended up ordering 3 skeins of Piper which is a light fingering weight in the color Sweetwater, and 2 shawl patterns.
Two new magazines came as well, Taproot, and the first edition of Making. In Taproot, they have tutorials for things like arm knitting, or how to season your cast iron skillet. This issue (18) included recipes for Moroccan chicken with preserved lemons, cheesemaking and and herbal remedies like bug balm. I really enjoy their short stories/essays.
Making is full of beautiful photography, knitting patterns, embroidery, cross stitching, sewing, even recipes.
So, relaxing with a good magazine, a little crochet and iced tea is working wonders. Cooking always helps recharge my battery somehow too, and I made some pasta yesterday and added chard and basil from the garden (so much chard!. you pick it and by the time you carry it into the house, it has grown 20 new leaves.). Things are slowly drifting back to normal. Soon I will feel less like this....
|substitute yarn ball instead of rubber ball|