In addition, both of my daughters graduated from college this past May, one week apart .....and the younger one is extremely proud of the fact that she was the first!
Okay, now for the difficult part ...
First, Knit 'n Knibble, my LYS (local yarn shop) shut down. I enjoyed teaching classes and hanging out there for many years. Actually, they reinvented themselves and now offer mobile lessons, finishing services, ready-to-wear items and other finished goods, and even do commissioned work (Link: Knit 'n Knibble).
Next, I decided to go back to school to reinstate my teaching certificate, which I originally received in 1980. I had the crazy notion that it would be an honorable career move to teach reading to high school students who desperately needed it. What a struggle that turned out to be .....two years of ninth graders in a Title I school with very little administrative support regarding behavior issues. How can you create a warm and inviting learning environment where students are engaged in higher order thinking when you are not allowed to take away their phones (it's an addiction - seriously, there should be a 12-step program), isolate them in the classroom, or send them out in the hallway when they are misbehaving? The phones are a liability issue, the isolation is a "damage their psyche" issue, and the hallway is a safety issue ....in case you are as confused as I was. To top this off, I even had one student threaten to put me in the hospital. So, after two years, I am DONE. Yes, that was bold and in all caps.
And finally, an estranged family member decided to reconnect with our family (we were able to enjoy a wedding and the birth of another grandchild), but then his determination to stay removed from the family once again caused us much pain. Enough said, that is dirty laundry that I don't want to air any further on this blog.
Now, I am determined to rediscover how to enjoy life. I am updating and revamping my Etsy shop (stay tuned for new items) and dusting off my blog.
On a final note, I visited my new favorite yarn shop again yesterday with a dear friend. Four Purls is located in Winter Haven, Florida and has an amazing selection of yarns and all things "knitterly". I have been going through knit shop withdrawal for quite a while and yesterday's trip was very satisfying. The beautiful bag shown below was a gift from my friend and is a RockFlowerPaper original. The yarns are both from Cascade, the teal is Alpaca Lace, and the gray is Venezia Sport ....they are both destined to become shawls. The lovely wooden yarn bowl will probably find a home in my new camper (more on the camper in a later post), and the purple needle keeper will prevent my needles from poking out of my fabric bags!