Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Crazy Stress

We are under some crazy stress around here and I am well aware of the toll it can take. I make a conscious effort to find some time to wind down but relaxing seems to elude me.

Yesterday I worked and had to stop for groceries on the way home. My feet were hurting like crazy and this was not my idea of how to spend an hour or so after work but we needed food! People needed to be fed and the cupboard was looking very bare.

After loading the groceries into the car I headed out for the drive home. Now I was really depressed because daylight was fast disappearing. I didn't get to enjoy the day and already night was marching in.

And then it happened..... a gift. What gift could I possibly find on the drive home? A beautiful sunset, one of those that can only happen at this time of year. Winter light creates the most beautiful shades of pink, purple and blue. All my cranky thoughts immediately left my head and I just focused on the colors and the bright pink reflecting off the underside of the clouds. It was a Maxfield Parrish sky. No pictures.... I was driving!!

During these stressful days I find myself talking to my grandmother, long gone from this earth. I thanked her and the Big Guy for sending me that sunset. It just said to me, breathe, take time.

I'm so glad that some of you are crocheting along, using the Emergency Room Scarf pattern. Vee, it appears that you've figured out Row 3, if not, let me know. My friend Sandy says that the pattern works with a beginning chain of 18. See, this is why I'm not a pattern writer!

Have a wonderful day everyone.


Vee said...

Okay, love. So I put on my beginning loop and crocheted an additional 17 for a total of 18. Guess it worked. I am working on my post right now and am showing my efforts, which don't look just exactly like yours. I prefer yours because the patterns are slightly offset for each row creating more of an interwoven look. I'm not explaining this well. Anway, mine are in neat and tidy horizontal rows that one can follow along with a straight path. Yours lilt up and down beautifully.

Praise God for a beautiful sunset. It is all about the simple things after all. I do hope that you have some nice Epsom salts for your tired feet. That's what helps me when mine get throbbing, which they do all too often with this heel spur I've got going.

Take care, my friend, and thank you for the lovely pattern!

bv said...

one gift that comes with 'crazy stress' is the ability to appreciate something as simple as the sunset. i think we grab at the small gifts more. i love that you had this moment and really saw and relaxed. take care.
bv...who is headed to mom and dads to explain just way they WILL be keeping the in house help i took forever to arrange!

Dorothy said...

Hook size???
I know, I know but I need instructions for everything. I have crocheted for years but still have to have detailed instructions. I think this is same pattern as a scarf my friend gave me last year. She took it off when I admired it and put it on me. This was in church. Pays to act needy I guess. Ha

Terri said...

now that's what I call a miracle!!!

At Home in English Valley said...

Suzanne, I was in a parking lot and saw that same beautiful sunset. I hope that things settle down for you and that you can enjoy a peaceful healthy Christmas. Love, Penny