H ♥ E ♥ L ♥ L ♥ O !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I've tried to be here a good few times in recent weeks but for one reason and another it just wasn't happening. Thank you for all your kind messages, so very much appreciated I can tell you. S0 here I am, emerging from what has been a slow, slow time of laying low in recent weeks. I'm doing OK, feeling the heavy grey fog lifting a little more each day, finding my energy levels slowly but surely returning to something resembling close to normal. I've one more month of hefty iron supplements to come through, and I'm hopeful that with some other interventions in place that I should be able to put all this behind me very soon. My spirit has felt low to be honest, but I am super-relieved to recognise that I am most definitely over the worst and feeling very much brighter again. Phew.
I just spent a while looking through my photos from February and early March, and really I am quite surprised by them! I had forgotten so much of the past couple months which have felt like a blur of fatigue to me, and yet there is much photographic evidence to remind me that there was indeed lots of all round good stuff. I see woodland strolls, hilltop views, flowers, yarn, sunshine, coffee, cake, stripy wellies, a purring kitty, a blanket den and the most gorgeous looking moss. I see the comforts of home and family, warmth, creativity and love - all that is good in my life. I wish I had had more energy to blog about these things as they happened over the past days and weeks, but it's still good to look back, to recall the little snippets of those days and feel a rush of gratitude for it all. I can't quite seem to spin the dialogue to go with the photos in my usual wordy fashion, but I'm hoping the images will give you the jist of things and tell you that I'm doing OK.
I've not stopped being creative in my time away from the computer, although I've felt quite erratic and weirdly unfocussed with everything of late. I finished my first cross stitch project and immediately started another (yes, I will show you very soon I promise). I went full tilt through another obsessive mandala making phase, designing a new pattern which I am thrilled with and will be sharing here on my blog very soon. I was away for four days last week taking a much needed short holiday, and I packed a bag of yarn scraps to take with me. As you can see from the bottom photo, I made a whole heap of little solid granny squares which I began stitching together today. This is a fun project, I'll show you more very soon (it's not a blanket or a cushion or a bag, are you in shock?!)
It was my bloggy-birthday last week you know, on the 12th March. I quietly celebrated a whole decade of Attic24, and feel a little sad that I didn't have it in me to write about it at the time. It all felt so overwhelmingly emotional, and my brain wasn't up to articulating those feelings into words. I've been thinking a lot about my blog this week though, and there is definitely a ten-year-something that wants to be written......but I have a mandala tutorial to make, cross stitch finery to share, 38 more solid granny squares to crochet and stitch together and all sorts of other things grabbing for my attention. My current to-do list is approaching epic proportions, but I'm OK with that. I'm emerging from my low-slow phase and I am so very, very glad.