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Spinning my wheels…

I have really been spinning my wheels this fall and that is no play on words. My spinning wheel sits dust-covered in a corner of my sewing room. The start of school is always rough, but it is almost the end of October. I haven’t taken the time to write about my fabulous visits to my daughters, or documented any of my knitting. And yesterday I finally figured out why–I think I have menopause-induced ADD. Many of my crone friends can attest to the hormonal fogginess that can come with large hormonal shifts. I am okay with that, I remember it well from pregnancy, the oft-felt motherhood memory loss…but I hadn’t a clue about the ADD.

If you spin me not, do I not make yarn?

I have always been a person who is easily distracted and often when cleaning the house, I will find myself getting off task, starting to clean a closet while in the middle of cleaning a bathroom, but I usually could get myself back on task. But yesterday I set myself a few very specific tasks and it took me hours to complete them! The first task was to put together a draft of a brochure for a church task force that I’m on. I told myself that I would work on the text first and then fiddle with the layout. Multiple times I found myself messing with text boxes and searching for images. My second task was to take care of a couple of pressing e-mails and finding myself looking at random weblinks from non-essential e-mails. I finally finish the brochure, and take care of the e-mails-hours later! Leaving the house to go pick up a Papa Del’s Pizza my heart lurches in my chest-I haven’t sent out the draft of the brochure, only to find out after dinner that I had…So ADD and short term memory loss! Curse those wildly fluctuating hormones!

But for now, I will close and get to work on one of my two knitting projects. This one is almost done, a beautiful red scarf made out of alpaca and silk. It has a lovely hand and sheen. The final part is the ruffle I am half-way through first ruffle and hope to finish the scarf in the next few days.

Ruffle Scarf

Ruby alpaca silk from Blue Sky Alpacas

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The End of Summer…

It is the eve of the first full week of school…I have actually been back to work for almost two weeks, but I have been in denial. I love to see all the students (I work as a K-5 school librarian) in their new clothes and backpacks, but it is hard to have to set the alarm. I like living a life that is not timed by clocks and bells…

I ended my summer in the best possible way: a camping trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore with my husband Michael, daughter Sadie, and her friend Zoe. The trip was far too short, only four nights, the weather was perfect-high eighties during the day and seventy or below at night. Had my first campfire on the beach-this will be an annual tradition, but next time we will remember to bring flashlights for the trip back to the car!

I think a firepit for the backyard might be in our future! I hope I can feed the fire within as I start my ninth year in the library. May your fall be filled with sunny days, crisp nights and new adventures!

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