October, with all it's bright color and swirling activity, seems to have left like the steam rolling off my cup of tea. I have been steadily working away on my book full of custom orders that now runs into February, while trying to prepare for my upcoming Christmas Tea & Sale on Saturday, December 3rd.
My blog break, however, was unintentional. In the midst of everything I have once again been battling a Rheumatoid/Asthmatic Bronchitis flare that has brought along another sinus infection and broken rib from coughing. I am slowly working towards recovery as I give myself breathing treatments every four hours along with other medications, a host of natural remedies and, of course, drink lots of my lovely hot tea. Every cloud has its silver lining, I truly do believe. I have lived long enough for God to teach me this. So here's the silver lining in all of this ...
I have had time to accomplish a whole lot of knitting that had to be done. I've had deadlines and they've been met. Even when I feel my worst and would rather lie in bed, I can't because it makes my breathing worse and my body stiffer so....
I sit up and keep on Knitting.
And in the end my work gets finished and my customers are happy. But honestly, it's about so much more than just that. Not only do I still feel that I have been productive and my day has had purpose to it, but that yarn running through my fingers is a lifeline. It keeps me connected to the outside world. Due to the fact that the bulk of my knitting is for a customer there is a lot of communication that goes into an order before the first stitch is ever made. So much of my customer base is local, therefore I have the added bonus of a nice visit when they come to pick up their item.
When they have time I put on the kettle and we share a pot of tea.
Also while I knit I do many things like pray and go through precious memories in my mind and make decisions. Although my body is in a fragile place again at the moment, my heart and soul are doing well and the knitting, the tea and the company are really all I need. I am content. I am so thankful that my hands know their way with the fiber... the stitches.
Speaking of company, I also enjoyed a wonderful, long awaited, five day visit with a much loved cousin from out of state. She and I have always been very bonded to one another, like sisters. When she comes I want her to stay forever. This time she brought her little granddaughter, Kennedy, along. What a truly precious child she is too. She was so excited to help me feed my Mama Squirrel, Tallulah.
There have also been times of pure joy with my own grandchildren.
Life is beautiful and full and we find ourselves in the midst of November already. Time keeps it's own pace as we know but it does seem as though it was only Summer yesterday. I see the passing of time as these little ones grow. Such a bittersweet and glorious thing to behold. From a grandmother's perspective I now know how quickly it all happens. I guess what I really want to say here is though my body has it's weaknesses, my heart is so full of love and happiness, joy, contentment and thankfulness.
I will continue to take just a short blog break for one more week and then I plan to be back with my regular blogging schedule. I have so much to show and tell with all of the work I have finished. I also have some "tea talk" I want to introduce for those who are interested. I hope to catch up with all of the wonderful happenings in your lives as well.
Until then may you all have a Blessed November.
"Not that I speak from want,
for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.
I know how to get along with humble means and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.