I must apologize for not posting in what, the last three... four ... five? weeks.
All is well, in fact I really wish I'd been blogging during that timeframe. Several really good things have happened. Well, at least one good thing. I need to set it up for you:
We got the letter on March 3rd from SSI denying Joe's disability claim. One of the reasons was because he didn't keep going to the doctor, and another reason was because he didn't take the (crappy) pain medication they gave him. His reasons: first, the doctors wouldn't do anything for him. No continued physical therapy, no different treatments; he had nerve-deadening shots in his back a couple times but they (doctors) quit doing that when it didn't work one time. And... the drugs didn't help the pain, but it was the only medication approved by worker's comp. The drugs made him constipated, and the doctor told him to use more drugs to address that. Then he couldn't get away from the restroom, so he felt it was better to just not take any of the drugs. OK. So he copes by walking and sometimes drinking too much. :)
It was devastating. He's got a broken back with 3 fused verts and nerve damage in his back, legs, and torso, yet he can't get disability. Of course, he keeps saying he would rather work than be disabled, yet he can't do anything heavily (or even medium) physically strenuous. (his official disability rating has been rated at 42-48% disabled)
Two days later, I swear this is the hand of God in action. Joe got a phone call (woke him up from a nap) with a job offer. OUT OF THE BLUE. He's been in the electrical (power line construction) business for 35 years, and had been asked a couple of times to take a leave of absence from the company to go to work for the union. He never did it because he liked building power lines. The union called, on the 5th of March, and offered him a job - a PERFECT job for him! He's the utility business rep, and he represents all the union members that work for the electric company that serves our area (Texas Panhandle and Eastern New Mexico). Its perfect because he knows all these guys, he knows the company management, he taught a lot of these guys in apprentice school, he was on the executive board of the union local office for over 20 years. Its a perfect job for him. He has a company car, goes to every group's union meetings and meets with the company management whenever its necessary. He's got a laptop and can work from home, he has a cell phone and is always on call, and he will travel a couple days a week. He's getting paid really good money, and he is HAPPY! The union business manager also told him he should stay on the hospital board of directors and on the United Way board of directors, so he'll be able to attend those things and schedule his work around that.
Hope you can tell, I'm ecstatic. The year of poverty/living on one income has come to an end, praisethelord. We could have continued if we had to, but its sure nice to have a cushion again. And we learned a LOT during this past year, and we are even closer than before. + + + insert happy dance here + + +
So what else can be happening? Well, yesterday 3/29/09 was my 1-year sockiversary. Just one year ago I knit my very first sock. I'm pretty proud of my knitting accomplishments in the past year. I've completed 27 pairs of socks, and have 3 partially knitted single socks. (Yep, there's UFOs in knitting) My current projects are: Jigsaw Lace (the yarn is koolaid dyed by me - pretty huh?)
Kew (a leafy lace pattern) This is a different one than the one in my last post.... that one didn't work so well with the yarn. The leaves didn't show up, so I unravelled that one and found this yarn instead - I love how the leaves pop in this yarn, its called Lemongrass.
So I'm finishing these 3 pairs up as soon as I can. I hate having unfinished knitting projects. (Quilting UFOs don't affect me this way.... *grin*)
Next month's sock projects on my Ravelry group knit-a-longs: the SolidSocks group color of the month is purple. In the Sock Knitters Anonymous group, the challenge is to knit an under appreciated pattern OR knee high socks. I'm not a knee-high kinda gal, so I've been combing through the pattern library on Rav to find a project that's been worked less than 15 times. Um. Not a problem. So far I've found over 100 free "underappreciated" patterns and I'm not even halfway through the sock listings. Of course, I'm going to do a "two-fer" and knit the underappreciated pattern in purple, right?!
What else.... we had a blizzard on Friday.... and it was in the 50's Saturday and high 60's on Sunday! That's about par. We already had apricots, peaches, and roses budding out!
Next post, I'll show you the yarn I've been dyeing. I've been playing with Koolaid, Rit, Dylon, and easter egg dye! Its a blast, and I really needed another fiber addiction, right?