Friday, 21 December 2007


I have been knitting, socks mainly as they ar easy to transport in the train.

I hope to be back in here before christmas, but will make no promises. To any who call by here, have a Happy Christmas.

I've been minding my mum who is currently at my brother's up the line. She's 87 and was diagnosed with leukemia at the end of September. Last week she had a nasty infection and had only just finished antibiotics two days before when I realised all was not well. Yes, another urinary tract infection which has many very nasty side affects in elderly women. So off to the doctor down here. (She basically lives in Forster with my sister, though has her own house near Castle Hill.) Much stronger medicine with a repeat and the possibility of weeks of medicine.

I took my sock but forgot to take the first one to use as a comparison. I've gone too far and will have to pick back to do the heel.

More emotionally draining is that I have moved and am now living with my son and DIL on Sydney's leafy north shore. I haven't been able to bring much with me yet, as they have just moved here and have not unpacked properly. It was hard to decide what to bring but I have brought some heirloom jewellery, some pictures and photos for a wall... things like that to which are precious to me. It's amazing how much is only "thing" which can be replaced when a long hard look is taken at them. I thought I was prepared for such a move mentally, but I am exhausted and go to bed early. I've been walking heaps, going to and fro from my brother's. That's good in one way, but my brain is still very tense at night, so I get little sleep. The doctor gave me some tablets which I won't use. They make me sleep, at least to begin with, but leave me feeling not hungover, but very morose and weepy.

I am planning on some knitting here over the holiday time. Not tomorrow, we have a working bee planned here with more unpacking and sorting. I'm hoping for a comfortable chair to put in my room which has an amazing view south and west over a large area of Sydney. Then I'll sit and knit.

This is still the season of Advent, the beginning of the church year. Next Sunday is the end of Advent and then there's Christmas. I'm trying to look at this as looking back at the past and forward to the future. Hopefully Christmas will then be a beginning of happier times for me.

May you all have a happy Christmas.


Melinda said...

Merry Christmas Jan! I hope the unpacking goes well for you. Take care.

/Karen/ said...

Praying for you! Hang in there ...