Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My How Time Flies

It's almost mid way through January and it's been quite a while since I have blogged. December was a mitten and shawl and scarf month, making small projects for my kids and relatives. I also finished the Miralda Shawl from Nancy Bush that you see on the left.

Over the last few months I have been dealing with a few parental issues. Mainly this is that my parents have reached the time in their lives when it's time to get help. This means time to move out of their apartment and into a retirement place where things could be a bit easier.

It's funny how I just reached a point in my life where my kids have grown and are pretty independent but now my parents have replaced them in the "need help" part of life. My mom has some physical problems but generally is there mentally. If she would eat better and exercise more it would help a great deal.

My father on the other hand seems to be having some cognitive problems. Over the past few months they really seemed to have gotten worse. Sometimes it's quite sad to talk on the phone to him, which I have done everyday over the years, as it is like talking to a child. I don't know whether he is aware of what is going on. I still think this is the early stages of something but sometimes it's really hard to see it. I am pushing his doctor to get some tests done and for him to go to a memory clinic. We are just waiting for the referrals to go through.

Overall I am okay handling this stuff as it is what happens in life. It's time's like these that my knitting really helps to keep me calm and focused.

On the other side my daughter is doing great in her first year of University and I am so happy for her. It's still hard some days that she is not home and with me, but overall I am really proud of her. My Son also has been doing great in school and is about to get his drivers license (gulp).

As for me I have a few knitting classes to teach this month, and so many projects in my head that I want to get on my needles. I also have become the resident knitting teacher at work as a few of the girls have become knitters.

Happy New Year to all and I will try and not leave it so long before I write again.


  1. Hi Stuart
    It sound as you have your hands full too. I hear form my mother too that back home (Switzerland) its sound just like what you describe. I guess I get to see it soon too as I am going for a visit over the ocean to see them and my 97 year old Grandma….
    That is nice to hear your kids are doing well and driving around too as I can the next step I guess....Hope you’re feeling better too


  2. Thanks Jacqueline. You must be excited to be going home for a bit.