Chaos is my norm...
...and knitting is my zen. After 3 months of no postings, well...i"ll catch you all up. Warning: it's a lot!
June: our 16 yo "adopted" teen son found his mom dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in her apt. 4 days after the fact. Very horrible, very sad....what else can be said except that obviously led to funeral, etc. Then I went to Florida for a house/pet-sitting gig which was one of the most relaxing weeks of my life - aahh, the power of sleep. Came back to get my 15 yo DD and adopted son ready for their different trips to Honduras doing mission work.
July: 7/2 house struck by lightening...most electronics fried. The scariest thing I've ever experienced as we were 10 feet away and all felt the electricity surge up our bods. I peed my pants on the spot, and I am not ashamed to admit that!!
Didn't know it then, but it would be well over 2 months before we have full telephone and Internet service again. No washing machine for a month...
DD home for 8 hours from Honduras and then off to be a camp counselar for kids whose moms are in prison. Yes, she is a wonderful person. Meanwhile 17 yo DS goes to the US Coast Guard Academy for a week to try it out before applying this fall - he loves every minute of it. I go get him, and we drive back, a normal 6 hour drive that takes 12 - yuk! Everyone finally arrives home within a few hours of each other and we all stay up all night talking and sharing.
Next day our dear cat , Clyde (see below), gets hit by a car and fractures his pelvis in 3 places. He survives and now, after 8 weeks of crate confinement, walks like John Wayne. He is even more affectionate than before, sweet boy. Next day after THAT, my DS leaves for a trip out west to Wyoming with his church Sunday School. Realize that all of this coming and going by kids is done with NO washing machine. Thanks for good friends!!
Meanwhile I decide it is time to write a knitting book...more coming on that!!! and I am taking a college Travel Writing class that is awesome, and I get a lot done on my book about our years living in Italy. Bravo!!
We end the month by going to our non-electric island home in Maine for 2 weeks which leads to:
August: away in maine, we buy: 2 kayaks and.....I make lots of great contacts for knitting book, and buy great yarn and DH and I get 2 nights away alone (!) and ...drumroll please.....we also buy:
a 1972 VW Camper Van - DD's dream vehicle!!! (Pics will come soon) and then drive this baby back home...what a hoot! She drives like an old truck with a 4 speed manual transmission. DD's first try at it is perfect and she doesn't stall at all: good karma!!!
One week left of August until school starts, and then it's Senior year for my boys, and I am in tears on the first day of school as always. and I have no phone or Internet to sob to friends, so I knit:)
Sept: Clyde gets to come out of his cage - yea! - DS finishes Eagle project - yea! - college applications are rolling...DS makes Varsity sailing (very tough to do in this town) and DD gets more serious about electric guitar and also talks me into giving her turquiose hair highlights...hey, it's hair!
I'm leaving out so much, like a quick hospitalization of my dad, car trouble with a capital T, and many great family moments. Those are the ones that will last and are why I love my family.
My favorite moment of the whole summer: my daughter gets home at midnight from Honduras and my son is asleep before rising at 4:30 am to catch a train for CT to the CG Academy. He insists that I bring his little sis in and wake him so he can rise from teen deathlike sleep to give her a quick hug, tell her it stinks that they get no time together, and make sure she didn't come home sick like HE did from Honduras 2 years ago. She tells him she hopes he has a great time at the Academy, hugs him back, and me? I cry watching this sweet moment. I will hold it close forever.
SO...besides all of the above I have been knitting like crazy on secret designs for the book, and so can't post pics of FO. But I do realize that chaos does seem to be hovering over our house, and knitting is keeping me even, as it has for over 30 years. In 2 weeks i will be 44, wow...that's a lot of stitches!