Tuesday, November 04, 2008


I appreciate everyone who stopped by and left a note. It doesn't feel quite so lonely here now. I've been feeling a bit guilty over the last few days that I haven't posted after rattling at the gate like that.

I continue to be busy doing....who knows. I can't believe it's November. I'm delighted it's finally election day!!! I took Arielle with me for her first time voting. It's Adrienne's first time too and she's registered and set to vote in Pittsburgh. The lines here were not long at all. I guess that's an advantage to living in a "village". Population density is not an issue.

So now.....we wait. I hope all the polls are not misleading us.

I've been spending a lot of time with my sewing machine recently. I signed up for a short online class on mixed media collage. The primary media is fabric...something I'm comfortable working with. I've posted a couple of my pieces on my photo/art blog. I've got something in the works now and I'm tickled with how it's working out. It's going to be a gift for my sister. I'm never sure how handmade gifts are going to be met, so I don't do a lot of them. But I'm pretty confident about this one. I will post it when it's all done.

I'm going back to Allentown this weekend. The Aquatic Exercise Association is holding a weekend workshop there and I'm all signed up. It is the last step I wanted to take before I started to go out and look for a teaching gig. I've got my certification re-upped, but I wanted to get to a workshop and get some fresh ideas. I worked a lot with specific equipment when I was teaching in Allentown and I can't depend on any equipment being available anywhere I can get a class. I think I'll get up to speed a little quicker with some new ideas.

It will make for a long weekend. The sessions go from 8 - 5:30 both Saturday and Sunday. I'm not returning to NY until Monday....I was concerned I'd be too exhausted to make the drive after a day at the pool.

I'm approaching this trip with a bit of angst. I'm going to be staying with my across the street neighbor while I'm there. It's going to be hard to be that close to home, but not home. I am still wrestling with homesickness that overwhelms me at times. I want to be a big girl and get over this, but I'm very scared of how the trip will affect me. I intend to see a few people, including Kate who owns my house now. I want to see them...I want them in my life. But I am concerned I'll have an emotional backslide and the associated stress when it's time to come back here.

Speaking of stress, I've been having pain in my upper back for about 3 weeks now. It's right across my right shoulder blade and it feels tight. I'm constantly moving my shoulders around trying to get it to relax. But instead, it's spreading. Now I feel it around in front of my shoulder, and down my side, and sometimes even my arm is aching. I was scheduled for a doctor visit yesterday and had her assess it. She said she could feel a knot near my shoulder blade and that it was so tight, it was probably compressing a nerve. Then she asked me...."are you under any stress?" Gee...there's shocker.

We're on the tail end of autumn here. The leaves are all turned and most of the brilliant color is gone. It's going to take one good storm and they'll all be down. I hope that I have something going with the teaching soon. It will help me get through the dark gray months. I've got to be proactive and fight the doldrums that come with winter. I'm doing all that I know to do.


Monica said...

I miss the days of living in a smaller community! I waited OVER 2 hours to vote. We had the TV news and the local newspaper there reporting on the turn out. I just hope it doesn't scare people away.

I'm looking forward to see what else you create on the sewing machine!


Cynthia said...

Good luck this weekend. You'll be in my thoughts.

Kathy said...

I was so excited to be able to go with my oldest the first time she was old enough to vote ... just four years ago. LOL

I'll be thinking of you this weekend and sending good thoughts your way. Enjoy the classes and remember that sometimes gifts are found in strange places.

Robbie said...

I'd love to hear more about your online class. So many people are offering them that I'm tempted to try but I think with all the opportunities I have to do something in person, I should do that. I'm a people person and need the opportunity to connect face to face. Anyhow...take care of that back.

Lisa :-] said...

A little scary going back "home" for two days. I'm sure you'll be fine. I think it might even be helpful.

Good luck at the pool.

DB said...

One of the best ways I know of to fight the winter doldrums is to stay in touch with people, on the line. DB

Vagabond Journeys

Jon said...

I always read your journal, Kat, but I don't always comment. You can be sure I'm a silent admirer & sympathizer. I can fully identify with homesickness. And, heck, STRESS is my middle name (but you already knew that......)