Saturday, September 11, 2010

On and off the needles..a little of this and that...

Life is settling down. Without regular access to the computer I find that I am returning to better habits. A tidier house, more attention to the present and the finishing of languishing projects. I know that this is a good thing on the whole but I miss my regular connections to the blogging world. We hope to have internet access by next week. However, I have been grateful for the break. Some connectedness has return as a result of not being connected. My challenge will be to find a better balance between the two worlds. I heard this story on Fresh Air a couple of weeks ago. It was sobering and well worth a listen. In retrospect, my time online has been used as a coping mechanism for our last year. But now that we are settling into a new life it is nice to find grounding in a life I want to live; which for me, means more balance.The situation at the old place had not been healthy for a long time before our neighbors became a problem. Living in the country can be isolating. Being a new mom can be isolating. I am generally a social creature so adaptation took a while. The computer helped me for a while but I don't want it to be a substitute for making real connections in the world I live in.

However, I also love writing. the blogging has helped me rediscover this passion again. So this space will be busier again but I hope richer in content.

Anyway, that is where my head has been lately...

My hands have been busy while my mind has been pondering these things.

I finished Evan's fall sweater. It is the Modular Tomten by Elizabeth Zimmerman. I LOVE THIS SWEATER. It was fun to make and looks so nice on him. I have had the unfortunate luck the last few years of starting his sweater in the spring, so I he would have his sweater when the weather cooled, only to find out that he had grown more than anticipated. The sweater would be just right for about 2 months and then he would no longer fit in it.


Wendy said...

I'm glad you're back ;), and that things are settling down for you.

I've found a lot of comfort in my blogging, too, and for many of the same reasons - especially it being an outlet for my writing, but also for the "connections." Most of the bloggers I know, I only know through their blogs, but there are some, like you, and like Kate, whom I've met in person. It's very, VERY cool when the blog world comes to real life.

The blogosphere can not and should not be a substitute for having contact with people in one's own community, but at the same time, with my life having been lived half out of a suitcase for many years, there's something to be said for how accessible like-minded people are here in the virtual world. When we started trying to live differently than we were, it was easier for me to be *me* in the anonymity of the blog world than it was for me to admit some of my more radical ideals to people I knew in the real world.

Of course, all of them read my blog now, and so there's just no hiding any more ;).

Sara said...

Hi Karen!
Wow! What a gorgeous sweater....and your Evan.....he is so beautiful!
love to you and yours,