Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Where's hakucho?

First off, I want to apologize for disappearing from my blog. In case you are curious I'm fine. I just needed a break I guess. It's hard to believe that my last post was way back in May. Long before summer and now summer is gone. How did I miss posting during the summer?

There has been a few things going on. My mother-in-law was quite sick around the time of my last post. At the time I couldn't talk about it as it was a very upsetting ordeal. She was sick for about 9 weeks, passing away a few days before her 79th birthday. Same age as my mom. She found out she had colon cancer and then 9 weeks later she died. It was devastating. She's at peace now and we all hope happy, but it is VERY sad to lose her and we miss her greatly.

I do have some news about me! I found a job :) A part-time job. I've been a full-time stay at home mom for 13 years, but with the costs of college with one son ( a junior) there now and the prospects of my high school senior attending college next year I needed to find a job. The thought of two in college at the same time is downright scary!  Luckily I found a job using my skills as a medical technologist though it's not in my specialty...microbiology. I'm starting up a lab, doing drug testing for a physician in town (yes, a five minute commute). Part-time for now, but as he adds tests, my hours will increase. Need I say more that I am very happy and excited about my new job. I am very blessed for it's not so easy finding a job with a BIG gap in your work history.

That pretty much explains my absence, plus I've been busy with other things and we spent quite a bit of time at the cape this year. I'm still looking after my 95 year old dad who was hospitalized twice since May. Everything is good right now, but I am keeping my fingers crossed! I've been doing a lot of walking, listening to my audiobooks. I found out that I love reading books on an e-reader. I've taken advantage of trying a few out, borrowing them from our library. So far I've try a Nook Touch, Kindle, and a Kindle Keyboard. I love the Kindle and I'm patiently waiting to see a Paperwhite in the stores. I think I'm going to put an e-reader on my Christmas list this year. I wish our library had the tablets to try out as well. The lower priced tablets look like a good deal especially the Google Nexus 7 Tablet . How does one ever decide which to get? I love the e-ink e-readers...but would I like a tablet just as well? We'll see. Any advice would be appreciated :) Maybe I'd keep up with my blog reading easier with a tablet?

In the meantime I've been knitting. Not quite as much as usual, but I have been knitting. I'm somewhat behind in taking photos of the things I've finished. Would have taken some photos today, but its dreary and dark. I'm still working on that multicolor blanket:

that I started a while ago. This photo was taken in August, but honestly other than a few more rows, there hasn't been much progress.
I crocheted a few cell phone slings:
I did finish a baby blanket and started a throw for my niece who loved her baby's blanket so much that she wished for one for herself. That's my current project.

I need to start making more baby prayer blankets for my church (Can you believe they ran out of them?) and I am planning on knitting a large, possibly queen sized blanket for my nephew and his bride-to-be for their wedding in July. Really have to get started on that one...that will be a big endeavor, but a labor of love! Stay tuned ...I'll try to take some more photos soon. happy knitting :)

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  1. Welcome back to blogland! And congratulations on your job - it sounds great to me. My one job in the past 40 years was in a doctor's office doing drug screen paperwork. I don't work now, but I loved it when I did.

    No need to apologize for taking a break, but it is great to hear from you. A lot of us don't post near as often as we used just gets busy and changes, too.

    The blanket looks wonderful! I love those stripes. And the phone slings are very cute. I must make myself one. I leave my phone laying who-knows-where all the time.

    Have a great week!

  2. I'm really sorry about your loss. Congratulations on the new job though!

  3. So sorry about your MIL. Glad to see you back.

  4. Welcome back! Sorry to hear about your MIL. My condolences to you and your family. Congratulations on your new job! It sounds interesting. But how will you find time for knitting?

  5. I am so sorry for your loss. It's so hard to say that final goodbye. Hugs to you and your family.

    Congrats on the new job. Isn't it wonderful how you'll be able to ease into working again. So happy for you.

  6. Great to have you back, only so sorry to hear about your MIL! Congrats on the job! How nice to find something good close by. Good to see your knitting again also. Your blankets are always amazing!

  7. I am so sorry for your loss.
    The new job sounds interesting--best wishes and congrats! The knit goes on!

  8. So sorry for your loss, Deb. Congratulations on the new job, however! xoxo Teenuh


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