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Monday, October 15, 2012

It's time for the Surgical Hiatus

Those of you who follow my blog are already familiar with the story behind the "medical leave of absence" I'm taking these next few weeks. If you've missed the story how I went to get hearing aids and ended up having to have surgery, you can read about that here: http://xpressivehandz.blogspot.com/2012/10/i-went-to-get-hearing-aids-and-found.html 

I have been incredibly tired this year, at least I now know the reason why. With surgery coming up next Monday, I have decided give myself permission to take time off and just rest, rather than trudge through and force myself to keep up with my regular schedule and activities.

I am going to take this time to relax in my little nook and make something beautiful with the time I have on my hands.

Last week, I took a knitting class at the  Lancaster Yarn Shop in the Kitchen Kettle Village at Intercourse, Pennsylvania. It must have been market day, the buggy traffic was pretty heavy, the drive a little longer than usual to that end of the county. It was a lovely drive, regardless, but it did make the day rather long. I was worn out when I got home, but very pleased to have learned how to make something beautiful.

The instructor, Wendy was very patient with me. She not only taught us how to do the stitches in the pattern, but also how to read it. I used to crochet, but after learning how to make this interesting scarf and feeling the texture of  the beautiful yarn, I may very well have been won over to the craft of knitting. 

This week, I'll be sleeping as much as I need, and that has been a lot lately. Rather than fight it off, I'm going to listen to my body's needs, lay down and rest, read and knit. 

The only thing on my calendar this week will be the Hearing Loss Association meeting in Lititz tomorrow, Tuesday, at 10:00 at the Brethren Village in the Fellowship Hall. This month, Alan Kutner will be discussing the very cool new Sony Access Glasses and the upcoming #showusthecaptions event we are hosting in December. 

Monday the 22nd is when my surgery is scheduled. I will be under the doctor's care until November. I am giving myself permission to attend to my needs, rest and to graciously and appreciatively accept  help from those around me.

In the meantime, I may be re-posting a few earlier write-ups, if I'm up to it. For now, here's where you will find me. This is my knitting corner.


  1. Wishing you great rest and relaxation Joyce. Knit yourself a nightcap and enjoy the down time.

  2. Thank you, Anne! I will have to learn how to knit a nightcap next. :-)

  3. Looks like a nice relaxing corner to be in. Take care and best wishes to your operation, and a speedy recovery.