I find solace in knitting. Mindless knitting of socks (my go-to when I know I may be distracted), or working on lace that takes all my attention. Either way, I can turn my brain off my problems for a while. It is escapism at its best as far as I am concerned.
While I have been off work (since early February, bad back/hip, lots of meds and pt) I have managed to finish 1 small semi-circular shawl, 1 large semi-circular shawl (still to be blocked), blocked a circular shawl (finally!). I finished my moms’ raglan sweater and matching socks for her. I have knit myself 2 pairs of socks, and I am mostly finished with 3 pairs that will be Christmas presents. And I have started a new circular shawl. All of this while unable to sit for more than 2 hours at a time. Plus spinning, and gardening, and occasionally shearing a sheep (weather permitting, lots more to go)
The weather has been less than cooperative. Mid-May, and it is still SO COLD! I have slowly weeded a little bit of the garden and have planted spinach, peas and beets, and the rhubarb is peeking out of the cold soil. I know that we will all too quickly transition to summer, but it feels so slow coming. This time of year is always hard in the high desert. The sun tells us that spring is here, but the wind blows all the warmth away, and nights still freeze. It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of the bedding plants in all the stores, but it is far too early to plant all but the hardiest. Better to wait.