I'm back. That was a much longer break than I intended--due to camera issues (it's disappeared)!
Mostly I've been knitting socks (most still in progress) and one finished fade sweater. Pictures later, hopefully.
In the meantime, the Engineer returned to school and is half way (maybe farther) through her master's degree. I was offered a new job, which I accepted, but have worked there for only one week since my previous school refused to release me earlier. I was in physical therapy for quite a while because my lumbar spine and sacrum kept locking up (and because it took five months to get into the orthopedist who specializes in backs). There is some lumbar deterioration that is common with aging, but what an MRI showed in addition is a pelvic mass, which raises concerns for ovarian cancer. Blood markers for cancer are only slightly elevated, CT scans show the mass but are not definitive. Therefore, next Friday, 12/29, I'm scheduled for surgery. In addition to praying for healing, we are praying the DaVinci computerized surgery and surgery room become available--since five small incisions would heal much more quickly than one vertical incision. (Sick days do not transfer to new jobs, so I've lost six weeks of sick leave and have only five days, which will not be sufficient.) My daughter doesn't have to return to university until January 22, so that is a blessing. In the meantime, I'm praying a lot, keeping things calm and sweet, and enjoying all the small delights and music that make the holidays so special. I welcome additional prayers for healing and for the availability of the DaVinci since it's scheduled for weeks out and we need it to become available for this coming Friday.
I hope to post more of what I've been making and working on soon.
Happy knitting and quilting, and have wonderful joyous holidays!