Friday, April 20, 2012

Down, not out

I've been spinning and knitting, but not blogging because there's been some worrisome health concerns in my family of late. My lovely mother-in-law is getting frail at 88. We spent last Saturday at the hospital with her and her whole family is pitching in to take good care of her. In spite of her health issues, she's about finished her sweater. I'll have to get seaming soon. I hope she'll be wearing it in good health next winter but I'm worried she won't.

And Jim's been feeling under the weather too, but there's no obvious reason. He's wearing a cardiac event monitor for a couple of weeks to try and gather more info. He's got two electrodes glued to his chest and the recorder hanging around his neck. I've been calling him my bionic man. 

It's hard to write for the blog when stuff like this goes on. Everyone is mostly OK, but one's mind does run on. I'm just grateful we live in Canada where all these medical expenses are covered. They're not free though. Last weekend I did up my taxes. Ouf.

But tomorrow, oh boy! Going on a road trip tomorrow to see the baby goats at Wellington Fibres annual open house. I hope it doesn't rain. There may be some fiber therapy. Actually some MORE fiber therapy. Since it's not a proper blog post without a picture, here's what came in the mail for me yesterday:

I blame Knittyspin since it was their review of Dyeabolical's superwash Cheviot that sent me shopping. I'm planning to spin some really awesome sock yarn with this.


  1. Hope Jim and motherinlaw are alright Laurie.
    I always think about getting to Wellington Fibres open house but I will not allow myself to buy any more fibre!! Please take pics to show us.

  2. Sounds as if you can really use some fire therapy. Hope Jim and your MIL feel better soon.

  3. I'm sorry to hear about the health issues in your family. My husband had to have this monitor for a while too.
    I've spun fiber from Wellington Fibres Farm and I liked it. You are lucky to be able to go there!

  4. Have fun at Wellington Fibres. The goats are so cute. We were there a few yeas ago. I think it sounds like you deserve some fibre/yarn with everything going on right now. Hope everyone is better soon.

  5. So sorry to hear about all you have going on with your family ... health issues are so distracting and worrisome, even when you know your loved ones are in good hands.

    Enjoy the open house ... I expect you'll find a few things there that want to come home with you. :)

  6. I'm sorry to hear about the health concerns your family is going through. I hope they find the reason behind your husband's ailment. And I hope your MIL is able to wear her soon to be finished sweater for many more years to come.

    I know what it is like to stand by and watch while those closest to us suffer with illness. I know it is sort of cliche, but it really is my knitting that has kept me going on more than one occasion, most recently with my 21 year old daughter. And like you, I am so very thankful I live in Canada where, in the midst of all the other worries, we are spared having to wonder if we can afford the treatments provided. It is a gift to be Canadian.

  7. Sending good vibes for Jim and your MIL.

  8. I'm hoping for the best for MIL and Jim, and that the woolly goodness is therapeutic for you along the way.