As I begin this reflection of 2014, I realize that I have a new beginning at the end of this year.
For those who know me and have kept up with my posts on my GNJ Jewelry page on Facebook, know that I received an injury while cleaning house. Nope, not while doing anything wild and fun, just cleaning house. Now how boring is that? LOL That injury curtailed my creating and a lot of every day stuff. My physical therapist really put the brakes on a lot of things.I couldn't grip anything with that hand for two weeks. Have you ever tried to brush your teeth with your "other" hand? It is quite comical. I was a comedy in the making during that time period before my therapist finally let me start doing things. My husband and I had quite a few laughs. By doing my exercises and behaving, I avoided surgery. The PT put time limits on my creating. My therapist first let me start working 15 minutes a day and I worked up from there. That got to be kinda frustrating especially when you're just getting in the grove, but I behaved. On 11/20 my doctor told me to start using my arm and pushing the times limits but to listen to my elbow and wrist. I had worked up to 30 minutes morning and afternoon.
My new beginning is to recognize while I do have to push myself a little, I have to listen to my body and what it's trying to tell me. I've always been a "let's git 'er done" kind of person, no waiting, just do it. Not anymore, I'll take my time and still "git 'er done," thus a new beginning.
My mentor and friend, Dan the Man, lost his battle to cancer in March. He taught me a lot with his battle and never say die attitude. I miss him, but the lessons I learned from him really helped me through my injury.
I got to tick something off my bucket list this year. My husband and I visited friends in Texas in March. They promised us warm weather, they lied! LOL I had to borrow a coat while I was there, but it was sunny, so we could handle it. We had such a grand time with them. If you're ever in Dallas, go to their farmer's market. Have mercy! Being a cook, I was in heaven and brought stuff home on the plane.They introduced us to their Texas which was quite lovely. I was glad to see that one town, while they retired an old courthouse, didn't get rid of it, but are still using it for other things. A beautiful building, some of the new buildings towns are putting up just don't have the same character and charm as the old.
We also went to Helena to take the Gates of the Mountains boat tour in early September. Would you believe it snowed while we were there? The snow was in the mountains and rain in the Helena Valley. The sun came out the day of the tour, so in winter coats, hat and gloves, we did the tour in the enclosed boats. If you ever get a chance to visit Helena,MT, DO the Gates of the Mountain boat tour. You'll really enjoy it. We also visited with cousins Betty and Thurston while we where there. Thurston, who is a rock hound, creates beautiful cabochon and gemstones. He taught me how to make a cabochon.I loved it and will keep that cabochon as you cannot sell a memory. Both, introduced us to two really good restaurants.
We visited cousins, Hassel and Charlotte in Osburn Idaho. Other family members came over and we had a mini family reunion. Everyone loves Hassel's cooking.....yummy!
I started in a different direction in my creating. I started beading. It's a good thing I did, as that and kumihimo were the only type of creating that didn't hurt my injury. I still behaved though and adhered to my time limits. Wire wrapping is still slow and 30 minutes is about all I can do before my elbow and wrist say stop. Stringing beads on wire, well, we won't talk about what that does to it.
To each and every one of you, the Jackman house wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Keep your head up and a song and a prayer in your heart and you'll go a long way.