Well, well, well ...
Forgive me for not posting any news on Lupey Loops since January.
(Yes, January! [shock, horror] I can hardly believe it myself.)
Today's blog entry is as much to remind myself of news to share as it is to reassure you that I am, indeed, still alive!
Apart from the unforgiving summer heat which takes so much out of me, the demands of other activities forced a temporary break from blogging.
Petitioning to save my community's access to public transport required much focus and determination. I have received much support from the community and dare I suggest a 'slight win' – the offending project which was flagged in June 2017 as "underway" and due to begin in "mid 2017"' has been set back so that it's status is now "in planning" and the new start schedule is "mid 2018." I will never know if this is pure coincidence or whether my hard work has influenced that. The petition (found online here) will remain open until further notice.
Everything was complicated by a State Election on 17 March 2018. Local candidates took on the transport issue for their own ends. It was a very busy time filled with meetings, phone calls, correspondence etc. I seriously don't know how politicians and candidates can sustain that level of activity. Now I have a better comprehension of the adage, "24 hours is a long time in politics."
South Australia saw a change of government this month but I cannot help thinking, "New circus tent, same clowns inside." I pray I am wrong but how does one bolster hope against a domineering cynic?
School re-opened after the summer break. The amount of energy expended on 'doing the school run' was almost tangible. Accordingly, I had less energy to deal with correspondence etc.
My health has suffered. Despite efforts to prevent sliding to pre-Christmas lows, there has been a toll all the same.
Other health challenges include the discovery that my GP retired and sold the practice without any formal notification to patients (and patients are not impressed). The new GP owner has not impressed me much either so that's another vital health support gone right at the time when I need support to navigate a whole new bureaucratic system - the NDIS (National Disability Support Scheme*). Sometimes it feels like the universe is conspiring against me.
My NDIS paperwork is submitted and it is now a waiting game for a 'planning meeting'. I had dropped the urgency of this matter while busy with the petitioning (because it was all too much at once) but my current services close on 30 June 2018 so I need to step up the pressure again to get it sorted.
Murphy's Law has been in effect during February and March. During this time, one of my elderly neighbours had a major health crisis. They live alone and don't have much family support in the local area. We have been friends for over 20 years. Naturally, I became involved in supporting my neighbour and the family during the time of need so I was up at the hospital visiting my neighbour in addition to all of my own appointments. It was a very demanding time. I wish I were able to do more for my neighbour and my own family and friends. It is frustrating when my illness limits my physical capacity to express my care for friends and family in practical way. It has been a psychological and emotional struggle for me personally trying to reconcile that.
Meanwhile, there's the never-ending juggle of a family household – meals, housework, mum's taxi service, admin. and other demands – plus a new season's Autumn food garden calling out to be prepared and planted if we want to eat well and affordably over the cooler months.
It's left little time for crochet. When a spare moment presented itself, the fatigue was too great. Either I could not keep my eyes open or my brain was too exhausted to think.
Have you ever felt like your brain would explode? That's how it felt with all the reading and correspondence. As the stress built up, I desperately needed to find my 'happy place' – to pick up my hooks, the antidote to stress. It was extremely difficult to find a balance – to not get so exhausted that even crochet was out of the question.
Somehow, I managed to do some simple crochet, much of it unfinished. The brain has been too tired for that but I hope to share the results with you over the coming weeks.
- broomstick beanie
- ripple stashbuster
- log cabin stashbuster
- garden motifs
- jug covers
- baby blanket
The latter has been unfinished for a long time, because I'm still on the search for just the right solution to create the desired effect. This weekend would have been perfect for investigation.
South Australia had its very first "Fibre Feast" market on the weekend – so exciting! My plans to go (of which I was so looking forward!) were thwarted by ill health and last minute circumstances and transport hassles. Just another thing to add to the building resentment of having a chronic illness that limits so many activities.
This is not a healthy state of existence. As 'Mad March' comes to a close, it marks the passing of deadlines met, the end of certain obligations, the comfort of settling into the new school year routines and the welcome, welcome arrival of refreshing Autumn weather.
My intention now is to have a rest, reconnect with the crochet world and catch up on Lupey Loops and the blogosphere!
What have you been doing during February and March?
What crafty projects are you working on?
What are you looking forward to, in April?
Related Posts on Lupey Loops
"Lost and Found", 27 January 2018: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2018/01/lost-and-found.html
"Access All Areas: Petition Power (Part 1)", 24 November 2017: https://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2017/11/access-all-areas-petition-power-part-1.html
"Battling Bureaucracy", 3 November 2017: https://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2017/11/battling-bureaucracy.html
Fibre Feast SA: https://www.facebook.com/FibreFeastSA/
National Disability Insurance Agency: http://www.australia.gov.au/directories/australia/ndia
National Disability Insurance Scheme: https://ndis.gov.au/