Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Finished One Present Today

I am knitting afghans for my granddaughters for Christmas presents this year. They love my wool afghans, so sometime in November I took them to my favorite yarn shop and let them pick out their own colors of wool for their presents. One down, one to go. It only took me about 12 days to get this one done (it is folded in half in the photo). I started the other one tonight.

It was lovely to have a day off today. It was 17 degrees fahrenheit below zero when I left the house to go to a meeting this morning. It really was a beautiful morning. So cold, so crisp, so brutal. There is no margin for error on a morning such as this. One little mistake could kill a person. There is something about this that appeals to me. Maybe it is my fancy studded snow tires that have given me a new sense of adventure. They make a world of difference, and make it possible for me to drive on snow and ice.

A sponsee wanted to meet with me this evening to discuss some important stuff and just at the time I was expecting her, she called and told me that her plumbing had frozen and she had water shooting everywhere - in her new multi million dollar house. Yikes. So I called my handyman friend and asked him what he thought I ought to do to prevent pipe freezing and I took his suggestions. I have cabinet doors open, etc. Hopefully I will be OK, and hopefully my sponsee will be able to get her home repaired without too much damage.

This morning the meeting topic was about getting through the holidays sober. I thought how odd it was that people in early sobriety would think that this is difficult. If they only knew how much easier it is to get through them sober. Getting through them drunk is the difficult thing! Oh how I never wish to do that again! But truly getting to experience Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years as a sober person is an experience not to be missed. Especially if you embrace the sober experience and don't try to straddle both worlds by trying to stay in the drunken world as a sober person. But to be sober with sober people and truly experiencing sober holidays is a wonderful, wonderful experience.

What a blessing it is to be sober.

12 comments:

Patty said...

What a blessing, and what a beautiful blankie! I just figured out what you meant by Chinese porn! Have been getting some weird comments lately and that one obviously got by me. Thanks for the heads up, and your kind words.

Scott W said...

Sorry, but that is just too cold for my blood. Yikes! Having to keep the cabinet doors open.

Ed G. said...

Nice to see the blanket finished - I hope she'll treasure it forever.

Blessings and aloha..

Kim A. said...

-17??? My water freezes at 30. This is going to be a looonnnng winter. The afgan..afghan??...is lovely!

Namaste

Hope said...

I love the colour and the pattern of that afghan. We have heat tape wrapped around pipes to keep them from freezing. Saturday the high is supposed to be -32C!

Pam said...

I love the blanket and the color! Lucky girls.
The meeting I went to last night was on the same topic, with everyone so afraid they would be struck drunk.

Lou said...

I wonder if it is too late for me to learn how to knit? I have accepted that it is too late for me to learn how to swim;(

Mary Christine said...

I am teaching several women at work - they are in their 40s. I have no doubt I could teach you Lou, but you would have to come to Colorado.

AnyEdge said...

Leave the water running at several faucets. Including the highest faucet in your house. Probably an upstairs shower or something if you have it.

Not runnning full blast, just a tiny trickle. The extra few dollars you spend on water you will save on repairs.

This works because running water freezes at a MUCH lower temp. than still water. That's why streams and waterfalls don't freeze till it's REALLY cold.

If you knew all this, please kindly ignore me.

Shannon said...

I sooo agree, what a blessing to be sober, and be amoung sober people... I appreciate you sharing that this morning, and beautiful afgan!

Shannon said...

ps 8 degrees here bbbbrrrr

Syd said...

I have never had a drunk holiday and I'm grateful for that. Lovely afghan.