Friday, April 19, 2013

Bunny and Crochet

As you know, I have been spending my free time on the joykiller (treadmill). Can I tell you how strange it fields to be jogging to no where. The kindle and phone help with music. I tend to close my eyes and pretend I am away in nature, walking down a beautiful pathway, on my way to by log cabin lined with all sorts of flowers. Then I open my eyes and stare at a dull wall.. sigh. When a friend ordered one of my flower scarfs, I was thrilled to be able to crochet again. I used to sell them online but with little time on my hands, I have not been able to keep Etsy up. I am hoping to post a pattern here since they are super easy. As a matter of fact, it is the old and well known, Irish Flower pattern that I like to teach at the center to crochet newbies. Its a perfect scarf for spring. This scarf will be auctioned off and the bidding has already started for it without me even completing it. Proceeds will go to a non-for-profit community center where I keep an office.

This is what a finished scarf looks like. Easy. 

Something else is in my head today:
Today I got to go on a date and I am so thrilled about this. The hubster and I agreed that we are most agreeable when we have time for one another. We planned for simply, cheap dates at least once a month. We made March's date and almost forgot April. Because he is in terrible pain (cortisone shot on the elbow will hopefully do the trick) he stayed home. I was able to stay home with him and b/c G and A are in school, we got ourselves to an early movie. After the movie we got up to leave and noticed an elderly couple was sitting not too far from us. She  got up very slowly and was slowly making her way down the long aisle and we patiently walked behind her. I saw how she moved stiffly and it just looked painful. He held her hand to keep her from falling. At the end of the aisle, he put his arm around her and she lowered her head to his chest as he gave us permission to by pass them. I smiled and saw her face. I saw shame- embarrassment. My face went red and hot. Can I tell you horrible I felt? "No". I wanted to say "no, we need to learn to respect and be patient with our seniors. You go right on even if it takes a bit longer. Don't stop and wait for me to pass you by, you go right on leading".

We go by in life at all sorts of speeds, we the makers and movers and shakers. We have no time for hello's and goodbye's. We have things to do and people to see. I stopped today and looked into the face of someone who once was like me. A mover. A shaker. Today, she can barely walk. And, while I don't know her story completely, I saw shame and sadness in those eyes. No. I won't pass you by. Nope, I won't move you out of the way. Its ok if it takes you longer. No one will die if I am a few seconds late. I know you once were a mover and a shaker and today have to take the back seat. But not for me. You see, I know that despite the sadness and shame in those eyes, there is wisdom there. Wisdom that only comes from years of experience. So, I won't ask you to move because I am faster. I will walk by your side, chit chat a bit and see if a smile comes up; because one day I know I will be you. And because in slowing down, I will learn to appreciate life around me a bit more.


Sunday, April 14, 2013

A Little Baby in the House

I've had baby on the brain for a while. I think its just what 30 something mom's think about after their 30th birthday for the 7th time. I think it highly unlikely that another bundle of joy will join our family given my medical history. And, I am very pleased with the two wonderful kiddos that God has given us. They bring us exactly what their names mean: strength and joy!  With these two around, 2 part-time jobs, and every free time on the joy killer (treadmill) and a home to tend to, who has time for another baby? We do! A bunny baby that is.

After nearly 6 months of intense research and worries (bad memories from having to put my dearest Bella to sleep), hands on tests (had to make sure no one was allergic) and using the kids as ambassadors for a shared cause (they made little bunny rabbit pictures and placed them everywhere dad could find), we went for it!

We originally wanted to adopt but were weary when the rabbits we saw all indicated that the adoptive home had to be an experienced rabbit home. This is our first rabbit and hopefully we will be able to adopt one in the future. So, we bought our little bundle of rabbitness from a local pet store. We originally saw her about a month before but she was extremely skittish and not socialized. Most rabbits were sold but she was still left behind. We did our research on her breed and found that she was perfect for us. She is an American Chocolate Polish, three months old and bred specifically for size so that she won't weigh more than 3.8lbs. She has been with us for 5 days, is being litter trained and is no longer as skittish when we go into her play pen with her. I can't tell you how cute it is to see my family surround her with love.  We let her play around the house supervised and she is doing very well at potty training. We want her to be a house rabbit so we hope that she gets the litter box training down well.

Now to try and squeeze some crochet time into all of this. There are some bunny rabbit patterns and ripple blanket that need attention.
Hope things by you all are hopping nicely!