She was...um...tenacious. I joked that she'd survived the last ten years purely out of spite and that's only sort of a joke. Our relationship was complicated--made more complicated by her demands for purely passive/aggressive modes of communication among all of our family.
But she was also generous (graciously to the outside world, usually with strings attached when with family) and full of love for many.
But that doesn't mean a passing like this isn't going to be fraught. In fact, I'll be disappearing from time to time, I imagine, to help my Mother pick up the pieces left behind. In fact, you can expect it.
Needless to say, in the midst of all of this, I've picked up some new things to do.
I've started teaching knitting at Kiwi Knits in Tucson (YAY) and some of the projects are seen in the next two entries below--felted fish and hedgehogs. I cannot TELL you how much I love these! The hedgehog especially is a DARling pattern and if you've never experienced the beauty of a short row...do this.
If you've never experienced the beauty of a short row, do this in a CLASS! The instructions make sense if you know what this is all supposed to look like...they're gibberish if you don't. That's a problem with many of those one-sheet-plastic-page-protector patterns. They're brilliant, but they have to truncate the darn thing so much it's hard to follow...
I've started beading engagement rings for my sister and her boyfriend. You may think this is a little pushy of me. It is. They're so in love they don't care. The rest of us would like a happy occasion for the family to gather at, thank you. Beading Daily (through the Interweave site) has a great (FREE) peyote stitch stackable ring pattern...I actually had to look up peyote stitch elsewhere to get it clear in my head, but MAN it's fast and easy. Lovin' it!
I'm also getting ready to warp my loom for Fibers Through Time! The AZ State Federation's conference--vendors and all. I'm taking a color and weave class and HOPE to have an audio diary of said class for Syne's Weavecast! Whoo Hoo!
Thing 2's ear is progressing beautifully and today I picked the digicam up from the shop so there will be more pictures up shortly. You won't believe the changes. Just amazing.
Thing 1 got his first 100% on a spelling test last week and Thing 2 is home on spring break this week so we've had a lot of quality time. However.
It all started with a BAD MONDAY. He wouldn't put his shoes and socks on...actually he wouldn't get dressed at all (a feat he manages easily when he's inclined) so I plopped him in the car with a shirt and no pants or underpants while we drove Thing 1 to school. #2 was to finish dressing in the car while I walked big brother into school, then we'd go do fun things.
When I got back he managed to get his underpants on and was pulling on his pants but refused to put on his shoes.
Thing 2 is loud. Thing 2 is stubborn. We cave in to Thing 2 a little too often, so this time I decided that's it. I don't care how long it takes. I'm not moving this car until he puts his socks and shoes on.
FORTY NINE MINUTES LATER
Seriously. Screaming, crying, what FINALLY got him to put his shoes on?
In desperation to keep myself calm, I grabbed my knitting --the hedgehog--and he asked--in a cute little voice--"Is that for ME?"
"Maybe...maybe I'll have to give it to someone else who knows how to listen to their mom!"
Did the trick. He zapped on his socks and popped on his shoes and we were happy as clams and good to go.
So that night I got this book.
I love it.
But he's been strangely good these last few days...hmmmmm....