Friday, March 14, 2008

Slowly Moving Forward

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Hi, All.

Well, things are a little better in some ways and worse in others. I got my step-dad moved to a "locked" unit at the assisted living joint. I HATE it and he's not loving it either, but more importantly, he's safe. I'm trying to get him in a place that's closer to the town where I live. There is a great place that I wish I had brought him to in the first place. I thought he would be happier in his town, but he doesn't know where he is anyway, so I told him I'd like to move him closer to me and he said that he would really like that. So, as soon the the nurse I'm supposed to meet gets over her "bug", I will be making arrangements if they have space. I Hope this will be the last move for a while. The legal stuff is out of my hands and moving along. My step-dad's beautiful house is pretty trashed. He did some major damage to the kitchen and bath that will be a major project to repair. I think I will clean the place up and have a realtor friend come by and see what she thinks that I need to do to make it marketable.

I'm struggling with my illness and it gets a lot worse with all this stress. I can't do more that a few hours of work a day and then I'm off to bed for two to six hours. My "schedule" is all over the map. I wake up and don't know what day it is or if its night or day. It's not too bad if I don't have to be anywhere at any particular time, but really hard if I have to be functioning for meetings and appointments. Makes me think of the Chinese curse "May you live in interesting times." Lately, my life has been really interesting. I'd like to have a party and go crazy with my spinning friends for an afternoon. Maybe in April. We all need a break.

I've had a chance to knit a little while waiting around for appointments and such. It's a big project to haul around, but it's all I'm knitting on at the moment.

I've finished the underarm gussets and am now working on the chest.

Here is the pattern that I have put together for the chest and shoulder area.

My loom came on Monday, February 25th. The only thing that was broken were some pegs on the sectional warp beam that will be easy to fix.

The instruction manual was also missing the "Parts Identification and frame assembly page. But I managed to put together the frame anyway.

Unfortunately, I had to stop and wait until I got the page from AVL so I could I.D. the rest of the parts. There are a LOT of parts. Sheesh! It took me three different days to put it together this much. It may take a long time before I'm weaving on this baby. That's okay, though, because it's fun to look at, even just the frame. The only thing I can see that makes it look "used" are a bunch of puncture marks on the frame. Looks like some kids got after it with something sharp. Other than that, you'd never know it was 14 years old. I'm very happy.


Lori said...

lol reminds me of that old loom you and I picked up all those years ago.. no instructions - broken pieces - nightmare! lol This one will keep you happy though for a while I think. Sorry to hear about dad. Hope the new place works out for him though and at least it's closer to home. With gas doing what it's doing life will be miserable this summer.
Take care of yourself GF... love you!

Monika said...

That sounds all very stressful. Hope it will be over soon, and you can get back to normal life and enjoy your loom, and knitting again.

Alpaca Granny said...

Whoa, I'm sending happy, good energy your way. Take care of yourself.

Leigh said...

It sounds as though some of those interesting can be done without. It's even harder when you don't feel well. A spinning party sounds like a good idea. Or maybe a put-the-loom-together party would be more like it, *lol.

I love your sweater! It's absolutely gorgeous and I love the color variations in the yarn. Great idea.

JustApril said...

I hope things get boring for you soon, interesting isn't much fun most of the time =) Hope your dad gets in to the nearby place, too. Have fun looming =))

Peg in South Carolina said...

Courage! I took me a week to put together my first loom (a simple LeClerc counter balance) and the air was blue with swear words much of the time. I had instructions, too. My second LeClerc (an 8-shaft jack, took "only" 3 days. One thing for sure, you will know this baby inside out and backwards by the time you are done, and you will find that knowledge very helpful.