Happy Friday!! Just a disclaimer: This is a very random post (and long). Kudos to you if you are able to follow along without feeling schizophrenic. I felt somewhat schizophrenic just writing it :)
Been a while since my last post. I go through this on a pretty regular basis. I get in the writing mood and then it escapes me for a while. When I was young I thought I was going to be the next great American novelist. Then when I got a little older and really found my passion for history, I thought I would be the next great American historian. But then I realized that I'd much prefer someone else do the historical research and I'll just read their books. Thank you, David McCullough. I discovered that what I really love is to read more than write.
Someone said to me once, "You know you're a writer when you wake up in the morning and that's all you can think about all day. All you want to do is write." I think that's when I realized that, while I love to write, I don't want to be an author. Writing is a way for me to purge all the thoughts that swirl constantly in my over active brain. I'm a big fan of getting things on paper (or a computer screen) where you can see them and they are tangible, not just swirly thoughts in your mind. I'm a true believer of pro/con lists...I've written many of those in my life. So, while I wish that I could be the next great American blogger, I know that's never going to happen. I love to crochet too much.
One exciting thing happened since my last post. My youngest daughter got engaged! It's a weird feeling. I'm very happy for her and I love her fiance...he's so good to her and that makes me happy. But at the same time, I can't get over the fact that she's old enough to be married. She seems so young to me still. And then I remember that at her age, I had already been married for three years. Just weird. The other weird thing is...I'm going to be a mother-in-law! That has so many negative connotations in our society and I am determined not to be the stereotypical mother-in-law. I have good examples to follow. My own mother-in-law was so wonderful to me. She treated me like her own daughter. And I will always believe that my mother loved my husband more than she loved me. She thought he hung the moon. Both of our mothers were perfect examples of what a good mother-in-law should be. Supportive, caring, compassionate and never a buttinski. They are both gone from us now, and I miss them both dearly. I'm going to try my best to follow their example. So, just when I was getting kind of comfortable with my role as mom to adult children...another new role and another chance to redefine myself. Change is good. Change is good...
Christmas is around the corner. I've mailed my cards but my house is still not decorated. Hopefully I will accomplish that this weekend. Last Christmas I wrote this...all about my attempt to downsize Christmas. I have to tell you, I was successful. And guess what? The world didn't end. Everyday I'm getting more and more used to this paring down thing. If you've been around here for a while you've read about my addiction to Hallmark ornaments. Or, Hallmarkitis as I like to call it. This year I went to the ornament premier which is in July ( I know! It's a sickness!). And, I haven't been back since. If you don't know anything about Hallmark ornaments, starting in July, they have several weekends where they premier new ornaments. I went in July and fulfilled my commitment to all the series that I have started and that was it. And...it's been OK. Every once in a while I think about it and wonder what cute little Santa or snowman I might be missing...and then I pick up my crochet hook and everything is forgotten. Now you understand why I've been crocheting so much this fall!!
Speaking of crocheting (I always do, don't I?). I've started another new project. At first I wasn't a fan of the colors but I knew they were perfect for the recipient. Funny, they've really started to grow on me as I've been working with them. Take a look...
This is in the beginning stages. I'm about half way done now and I have to say it is turning out beautifully. I'll post another picture when I've finished.
I'm sure you all remember this project. I complained about it enough. I was very proud to give this as a gift and I know that the new mom loves it so that makes me happy. The baby for whom this was made was born yesterday and he is gorgeous. Plus, we are getting cooler weather this weekend...just in time to be wrapped in a cozy afghan and matching cocoon.