I am an old new mommie. This means that approx. 13 years ago, at the much ripened old age of 43, and 20 extra years after MY mother, I laid an egg~ and it actually hatched! Surprise!! Yep, I found myself with a life-changing, yet amazing little dragonette in my arms–Little Drake, to be exact. The drake wouldn’t have it any other way. He is the joy of our lives.
Things have changed a lot since I first started this blog in 2005. It was originally intended to get my head together after having my first, and only child. I wasn’t handling it very well and needed something to distract me from the bomb that went off in my head.
For the purpose of the blog, I had wanted to document the baby stuff so I wouldn’t forget. I also wanted to blog and document the crafts that I was into and bring it all together with another love of mine, writing. I am a gemini and true to that nature, I have entirely too many interests and hobbies. I am involved in the fiber arts, including knitting, crochet, and most recently, spinning… YES, I am a SPINSTER, which is the correct term for one who spins yarn out of fiber… or really, anything one can find. I also have been into wire wrapping pendants. I’ve made other pieces here and there, but I had wanted to concentrate on pendants and have been happy with the results. I give them as gifts which is more appropriate for me, anyway.
My Little Drake actually got me into knitting. He was six weeks premature when he was born and he had received a tiny little hat while in the NICU. The second I saw it, I knew that I wanted to be involved in that ministry. Just having had this mind-blowing little boy (long story for another time), I knew that I could not knit in the volume needed for donations to hospitals, so I just filed it away in the back of my head. Months later, I discovered the Knifty Knitter (KK) looms in a craft store and knew that I could now knit in the volume needed in a very short time period. I could make a complete, finished hat in 30 minutes. I donated them in batches of 30 to 40 at a time and after my (had to be 4th or 5th) batch, the grand total was well over 200 hats… YEA! I started hand knitting and crochet projects which were those in between projects so that I didn’t get bored out of my head with hats. I’ve made many different items and participated in many charity projects around the web and in my real life with my fiber friends. My main asset is being able to tweak patterns to suit my needs and desires and I’d say that is my talent in different arenas.
During the past 9 or ten years, I’ve been spinning fiber into yarn. This is something that I can really relax with and creating something out of basically fluff is pretty cool. People say that they relax with knitting, but for me, it’s the spinning. I will forever be grateful to my friend Lisa of All About Ewe fame for practically giving me her first wheel. I paid a fraction of what she ought to have been paid. Her compassion and friendship have always been appreciated and valued. Lisa has since given up her business and I sorely miss the time I spent there among friends tied together with our common love of yarny goodness.
Another love of mine is singing; but everyone always said that I couldn’t do it well. I sing anyway, for it’s my love. One time I was talking with my neighbor upstairs about hearing things from each others’ apartment because this is an old house. I told her that I hoped that my singing didn’t bother her. She said something like, ‘it didn’t sound like singing to her’. Oh man, the most direct comment I ever got! Then, the Drake always said that I should “join the choir or something” at our church because I was looking for things to do here in the, at the time, new neighborhood. So, I joined the choir. It was my chance! I don’t care who you are or how shy you are. If you like to sing, you WANT someone to HEAR it and LIKE it. Singers have immense egos. Check out any rock star, or any rock star wannabes. Anyway, I joined and as it turns out, HOLY COW, they actually LIKED my singing! I have even led some hymns and singing responses during the mass (we are Roman Catholic). There is some conflict here, though. Now, as far as the singing goes, if I am not practicing church songs, I have no voice. Weird, right? One day, a priest commented about a psalm that I sang. He said that I was right on the money, every note, good pitch. I had to tell him that I really can’t sing; that God gives me “the voice” when He needs it.
I love to read. I read all the Dragonriders of Pern books right up to the time Anne McCafferty said she was retiring…then she came back and I did not have the time I once had to truly get into one of her books. I also loved her “Rowan” series, and read all of those, unless there is more. Now that my hair is graying, I fancy myself looking like Damia, who has black hair with a single fat white streak of hair in the front… love it. But our similarities end there! Sometimes I use a red temporary color on my hair and all the white becomes a bright swath of RED! LOVE IT.
I’ve been trying to keep my reading material entertaining. I have a tendency to get into very cerebral, theological material, but sadly it’s all over my head. I grieve that the Lord did not give me the intellect to understand physics, astronomy and all the higher subjects. I have no talent or skill with any kind of math other than managing the most basic… ugh. My career options were nil because I could not advance in what I loved most, the sciences, simply because of being mathematically challenged. Theology is another area I have an immense interest in. I love unique, witty puns to the extreme! oooh, I love themed, pun-oriented stories. Does that surprise you? One time I wrote one about taking the car to a mechanic. I’ll just let your imagination do the rest.
I have been active in different churches we’ve belonged to, currently Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. In addition to being in the choir, I have been the president of a Rosary Society, and currently volunteering for the CCD program. Hopefully soon, I will return to serving as Lector and Eucharist Minister.
Wow. Major, major thing that has now become an integral part of our lives, AND have written about and will continue to write about is that our LD had been diagnosed with Autism during his sixth year of life… yeah, I’m dramatic. I mentioned before, LOTS of changes, and they just keep coming! Well, we are adapting and dealing. I’ve made it my mission to get educated because I need to be at the top of my game when dealing with the educational system. Currently, LD is thriving and he’s got services in place that will help him stay successful academically. This is a whole separate section of my life and I’m not sure how I will reflect that on this blog. Keeping a separate page is not good enough and updating a page doesn’t seem the way to go with this… I attended a whole 6 week workshop and became a SRP (Span Resource Parent) and VOLUNTEER with that organization.
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