As you might imagine, two weeks lying around the house and hospital has left me rather disconnected from my everyday life. In many ways, it's a blessing to be able to deal with my injury without having to worry about other things. In other ways, it is isolating, especially at this time of year, when people are so busy dealing with the holidays and, this year, with their own hearts and minds in the aftermath of the election.
I'm kind of taking things day by day, and doing what feels okay to me each day. I don't have a schedule. I listen to my body and decide what it needs and then do it. Last night I had a fantastic night's sleep and I woke feeling quite refreshed. After getting up and going through my bathing routine, getting dressed, and coming downstairs, I had enough energy to slap together my iced cold brew coffee, then I needed to lie down before I had the energy to sit up and drink it. And that's fine. It's what this time is for - recovery and healing.
As I go through this process, I find that I am looking for more connection, though on a level that I can manage right now. I've found a few ways to feel more connected. The first I found on Vicki's blog - Project Peace, which is a MKAL. It starts December 1st, and continues for three weeks. There are daily downloads with pattern and inspiration, so only a little knitting every day is needed. I was a bit hesitant about knitting one more thing before Christmas, but I think a few rows a day on this project can be almost seen as a little bit of knitting advent calendar.
Next, I found this through Lorna's Laces, but it also involves Tin Can Knits and Franklin Habit - it's a KAL that doesn't start until after the holidays. There's a KAL for Tin Can Knits' Marley blanket, which will be hosted by Franklin. Lorna's Laces has put together some yarn packs for a few different color ways, ranging from brights to naturals. I'm not likely to buy yarn for this one, as it appears that I have enough yarn in my stash in colors that match Child 3's school colors, so this will probably be destined for him. It's quite likely that he will make the basketball team this year - the varsity coach came up to him at the (football) homecoming game to introduce himself, say he'd seen my son playing basketball, and invite him to try out for the team. Last week, when El Esposo went to school for parent/teacher conferences, the basketball coach introduced himself again. So, this blanket project will be knit during basketball season in school colors, possibly during Child 3's basketball games. It's his first year at this school, and he's not sure whether he will make varsity or JV but, either way, he will proudly rep his school colors.
Finally, our lovely girl (shown above with her flower of power) has made a deeper connection with me since my surgery. As is quite normal, I had an IV inserted in my hand, and when I was discharged from the hospital, the nurse covered the wound with gauze and tape. The day after I returned from the hospital, while I was still lying in bed, our lovely dog pulled the tape/gauze off my hand and ate it. There was definitely some of my blood on that gauze, so this appears to be some sort of ritual or ceremony that has deepened our bond. Either that, or the dog is just crazy.
She's not the most nurturing dog. Our lovely, snuggly nurturer is the black one:
No, we don't normally have a dog bed right inside the front door. However, sometimes I do put the dog bed there so he can lie down in the sun and watch the world pass by him. He loves that.