Tuesday, April 21, 2015

What I've Been Up To.....

I can't believe we are at the 20th of April already.  April has been......well.....different for me this year.
I'm certainly glad spring has arrived.  It's still cool most days here in central VA, but the birds are singing outside my window, the flowering trees are blooming everywhere, and at least for today, the sun is shining, though we've had a LOT of rain.  The rivers are muddy and flowing and the creeks are almost out of their beds.  The grass is SUPER green, so much so, we've had to limit the time the horses are on it.

On March 31, I had arthroscopic knee surgery.  I had been looking forward to getting it done because my knee was so painful.  Though I'd had this same surgery, well, almost the same, 25 years ago, I guess being not so heavy, and not so old before, the healing is taking it's time this time.  WAY too much time!   I'm 3 weeks out (today) and I'm a bit frustrated.  I think at first, I pushed it too much, knowing what the doctor expected of me.  When will I ever learn to take care of myself, and not CARE what I think someone else expects of me????  Sigh.....

I won't post what my knee looked like, 2 days post surgery.  I don't want to gross anyone out.  It's just swollen and puckered and 3 little stitches.

I haven't been very creative during the last 3 weeks.  Which makes me unhappy.  I've been tired, and trying to recuperate, and now, I'm going to PT too.  That takes time and energy.  Hubby has been very good to me, and takes me out.  It's good that he does.  I get cranky otherwise!

I also read a good book, by Barbara Delinsky, called Sweet Salt Air.   It was distracting and that's exactly what I needed.

Yesterday, I decided I just had to do something creative, so I sat down at my little Cricket 15" loom, and this is what I made.

©MJManigross

©MJManigross

©MJManigross

©MJManigross
Black cotton warp, naturals for the weft.  I used beads, and some silver sparkly bits, commercial yarn, and hand spun yarn, and a bit of white nylon fiber I had.

I have to say, I LOVE this wall hanging.

I will be doing MANY more of these wall hangings.  There is just something about them.  Freeing.  I let loose, and the fiber talks to me, and tells me when it needs more, when it needs less, and when I need to add something special.  I sometimes wonder, if I'll lose that somewhere along the way - the freedom to create, and not care whether anyone else will like it or not.  I just love this feeling and I hope to hold onto it, and not over think it each time I approach another hanging.

Tomorrow will be my first time driving in 3 weeks.  I hope I don't get anxiety over it. I'll be going to my massage appointment, which I really am desperate for, which is going to be a challenge, with the place I go being on the 2nd floor and no elevator.  I'm stubborn.  I'll make it!

That's about all the "news" from me.  I hope you are enjoying life, and taking it one day at a time!
Always,
Martha