I cannot begin to express my gratitude for the wealth of friends... your comments and concerns for my niece (who will be referred to as DN from here out, and whose identity is being guarded by the hospital where she is being cared for) have deeply touched my heart. Please know that if I haven't thanked you personally yet, it is not because I don't mean to; I reached out because I couldn't handle the fear and anger alone, but I heard from people I didn't even know were out there reading me regularly and haven't gotten all the replies out yet.
Update on DN
She is hospitalized, heavily sedated with morphine, and awaiting surgery, which has been postponed until tomorrow to allow the swelling to diminish. She has a small bullet wound to her cheek (the only "good" thing in this is that the gun was a small caliber), but her jawbone was shattered and a plate will be used to re-assemble... visualizing this process being successful is one of the hardest parts for me, but also one of the most essential. Her doctors assure her mom and my other SIL that she will recover quickly and be able to leave the hospital just a few days after surgery. She lost some teeth, and will probably need more treatment later. Glenn and one of the sons are going over to see her and the rest of our family on Friday, when he hopes she will be awake. She has spoken to her mom, who reassured her that she was going to be all right, and she also named the shooter. He has been arrested. The other three victims are doing ok, as well.
Update on Me
I was shaky and unfocused all day and my family has been calling each other off and on. DH and I have offered to take care of DN during her recovery, after all we are experienced (those who weren't with me through oldest son Cody's adventure two years ago can read about it here). We would all be happier knowing she was away from the town where the assault happened, but won't know how she feels for a few days.
At the same time a major storm has gone through our region, bringing the lowest snow levels we are likely to see this year... down to 1,000 feet in elevation. This is the view towards the barn early this morning.
Driving home was slower than usual for me last night, but not a problem. DD, coming up in elevation, had more trouble with people who don't ever drive in snow and aren't equipped for it. Her Nissan Pathfinder got her safely home to Grass Valley. Most schools are closed today, and I am only working in the afternoon.
Little dogs and donkeys don't enjoy the beautiful snow as much as I do; the dogs had a collection of "snowballs" attached to their feet after our morning walk. They wouldn't sit still for me to take a photo for you, but you get the idea... very decorative, but annoying to them!
The donkeys are desert creatures and complain a bit about the snow... even though I give them extra feed when it is very cold or snowing.
From left to right in this photo are Rose, April and Assteroid, sharing a bowl of alfalfa cubes... Rita, being older and wiser, stays in the barn in this weather.
I had a hard time concentrating on any projects yesterday, between listening in on phone calls and being exhausted already... I did wind off a lovely little handspun skein. This was spun from some mystery roving that Margene gave me while I was visiting back in September... the yarn is soft, fluffy, and easy to spin, and I started on more... there is enough roving for probably about two more skeins this size. Unfortunately, I was too unfocused to count as I wound off onto the niddy noddy, and will have to measure it later. I think I might use it as a single ply for a hat. The vest also got some attention last night, and I am now partway through the right front... with the rest of the upper body still to follow.
I promise I will keep all of you updated on DN's progress, and again, can't say enough to thank everyone for the comfort you brought me yesterday.