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Archive for April, 2012

Hello, Stranger!

So, while I totally rock at Counted Cross-Stitch, and have crocheted some amazing items, I totally suck when it comes to blogging.

Why do I suck, you might ask?  Because it has been a long, long time since I last posted.  Life keeps you busy, ya know?

So, what has been keeping me busy since my last post last year…

Family, for one.  My mom had surgery for her cancer in October 2011, and I was there at the hospital visiting her every day.  When she got home, she was going to be bed-ridden for a short time, so I was helping her out at home as well.  One of the really good things about working for family is that we were able to adjust my work schedule around so I could help out my mom.  After mom healed enough from surgery, she started a 12 course chemotherapy treatment.  My dad went with for the first one, but after that, I’ve been taking her.  With blood test, doctor consult, and treatment, chemo days are 6 hour days at the doctors’ office, and I tend to get a lot of crocheting done on those days.  While there are many people who go alone to get chemo treatments, I go with mom to not only keep her company, but to also get her back home safely in case the chemo makes her feel really sick.  She has had nine treatments so far – just three more to go.  This is her third time dealing with cancer, and it has been the most difficult. My wish is that this will be the last time she deals with cancer. and that she will be cancer free for a long time to come.

There is fun family news as well.  My nephew T turned 3 in November, and he is one of the best things in my life right now.  He has an AMAZING imagination – fighting dragons, putting out fires, shooting pirates, and making up stories about Prince T.  Yesterday, he woke up from his nap and became Action Man!  He had Action Boots to keep his Action Feet warm.  He had an Action Punch.  He even had an Action Theme Song that he warbled to me over the phone.  I just love it all!

His twin sisters (whom he will tell you are ruining his life) just turned 11 months old this month.  E is walking ALL OVER THE PLACE!  She also wants anything that T has, and if it is food, she really wants it!  J isn’t walking yet, although she is pulling herself up on objects in order to stand.  The problem is that she hasn’t quite figured out how to get back down to the floor, so she will stand there and cry until you help her.  I’m looking forward to celebrating their birthdays next month.

Crochet has kept me busy as well. I won’t go into too much detail here because I do have another blog to write, but I can hit the highlights.

  • Went to CGOA in North Carolina, was “adopted” by the Fabulous Ladies of the NY Crochet guild, and was able to meet some incredible designers.
  • Started teaching beginning and intermediate crochet at a local yarn store in November of 2011, and as of this post, I’ve had 12 students in beginning crochet and 5 in intermediate.
  • I’ve developed some amazing relationships with a couple crochet designers which have helped broadened my fiber horizons.
  • I added to my yarn stash – a lot!
  • I will be celebrating my one year yarniversary (thanks to Liz and Zontee of the Lion Brand YarnCraft podcast for creating that word) at my LYS at the end of the month.  I love the amazing group of friends I have met there – they have been an blessing of support and love both when I knew I needed it and when I didn’t know.  Plus they introduced me to the yummy food at Peggy’s along with the glorious taste of Sparkling Peach Wine!

 

Okay, I think that is enough of an update for now.  While I won’t make the empty promise of trying to blog weekly, or even monthly, I will try to do it more often than once every six months.

As an added bonus, here are a couple pictures…

Sticker face T

 

E the Bunny

 

J learning to climb the stair

 

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