Things are getting better... I just came home after finishing the third week at my new job, tired but having had a good day. A day where I seemed to know what I was doing, waded through the necessary forms (and believe me, there is a form for EVERYTHING with this agency), kept the peace with parents, staff and children who were more difficult than usual. I even got to appreciate spring, with its cold, crisp, dark mornings and warm, sunny, blooming days.
My niece is recuperating well, DH has put most things in good order around the old Camp and is gearing up for another work year with the Forest Service, we have enough money in the bank to pay our taxes (even though we resent how they are being/not being spent), and we get to go on vacation in a week.... life is pretty durn good!
There are still issues to get solved, more parts of the job puzzle to get trained in, but I am greatly relieved by how much things have improved. My life is lightening up right along with those early mornings. The one thing that has felt really out of sort though is my connection to my knitblog friends. I don't sit at a desk any longer. My two night classes now have a handful of students each time. My time at home doesn't seem any greater yet. I have to get out the door earlier in the mornings, and don't even get to check my email daily until the late afternoon or evening... I have managed to post two or three times a week, but am not keeping up when it comes to reading about all of you!
I guess someone out there was sensing my feeling of disconnect, because when I stopped at the post office, my routine on the way home since it is only one-quarter mile away, on our road, there was a nice big box waiting for me from Becca. I hadn't been expecting anything, and it's not my birthday for another half-year or more, so I was completely surprised and delighted to open it and find all kinds of lovely, spring gifties...
She squeezed in three bars of chocolate, a collection of scented candles in cute little tins (perfect for traveling or putting on the bedside table), a creative collection of knitting patterns, and some fabulous spring YARN!
As you can see from this photo, there is some pinky kid merino, which might need to be a lacy sort of something, and two skeins of Knit Picks sock yarn in spring-to-summer colors, and a terrific, heathery pale green skein of Cascade 220 begging to turn into something felted, maybe. There is also a book I haven't seen anywhere else, that I will be relaxing and delving into tonight, while I munch on gourmet chocolate. Becca not only showered me with kindness, she picked yarns in just the colors I would have been attracted to right now! What a special friend to decide now was the moment I needed a little boost.... I am humbled.