Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Where Does A Year Go?

Hello there,
My oh my... where does a year go?

I can hardly believe it's been a year since my last post, how is this possible? Where have I been and what have I been doing? Well, quite a lot actually. A few days after my last post, I turned 40 years old young, and boy, what a year it's been. Forty seemed to be a magical number, a big number, and big changes.

A couple of months after my birthday, I saw my gynecologist and started the ball rolling for the next big change in my life, hysterectomy. I had a total hysterectomy two weeks before Christmas. Although everything is fine now and I'm quite recovered, the surgery didn't go as planned. I had hoped for the minimally invasive, robotic, partial hysterectomy that would allow me to keep my ovaries, and have me back on my feet in a couple of days, but it was not to be. I ended up being off of work and recovering for 8 weeks and I have another nice big scar across my abdomen to add to my collection. Forty may seem young for total hysterectomy, and perhaps it is, but my cycles, which have always been unpredictable in arrival, strength and length were getting worse and worse. It was time. As it turns out, probably exactly the right time as my doctor explained to me later, I had stage IV endometriosis, the worst she'd ever seen. I have pictures! Believe me, you don't want to see them.  Abdominal surgery... not for sissies. This is an experience that I hope never, ever, ever (EVER!) to repeat again, twice was more than enough.

One week after my surgery, a very good thing happened, we closed escrow on our very own little cabin in the woods! It's old, it's small, everything needs to be replaced and I could not love it more. We scrimped and saved and worked at buying our cabin, mostly in secret, for months & months. T'was was a test of patience to be sure! We've spent nearly every weekend there since I was able to be up and walk around. A place to run away, to disconnect (and boy have I!) and reconnect. It is wonderful and I hope to share more about it soon. So many projects!

When I returned to work from my surgery I knew I needed to make some physical changes so that I could better enjoy our time in the mountains. I'm so drawn to nature, I always have been but boy, I was I out of shape and the surgery sure didn't help. Hiking?? More like sucking wind. I had work to do, and I'm still doing it, better and better all the time. I've made some big changes over the last few month and I'm seeing the results, it's encouraging!

In late May I got to take a trip to see my very dear friends and visit a new part of our country, Montana! Stunningly beautiful, those Bitterroot Mountains. I can now attest that it's true what they say, the sky really is bigger there. I'm not sure how that's possible, but it really is.

At the end of June, another new adventure, my first backpacking trip! A ladies only backpacking trip in the high sierras, we hiked carrying all our equipment on our backs from Luther Pass (near Lake Tahoe) along the Tahoe Rim Trail to Carson Pass, which is on the Pacific Crest Trail. To say "obsessed" might be a little bit of an understatement. I learned a lot in preparation for that trip, and it's just the tip of the iceberg. It was maybe one of the physically hardest things I've done, and one of the most rewarding by far. Ironically, all my photos look like we're walking through flat meadows... I surmise that this is because when you're hauling your big booty (ahem) and probably 40+ pounds of gear and water up a steep trail, breathing is more important than photo documentation. Truly though, it was a great lesson. Many lessons, actually.

Most recently, the next big change, this time for my dearly beloved husband; a new job! Changing jobs after you've been with one company for over 12 years is daunting and intimidating and he did it with aplomb. His former employer is closing their mighty doors in a few months, the end of an era of sorts in our small town, 450 jobs will be lost. To stay until the end, then have to compete for jobs against your former coworkers and friends just sounds like a complete bummer so my guy started looking early and found a good fit and a new career. I'm very proud of him. 

Craft and embroidery projects? There have been a few, although as you might imagine, not as many as in years past, my hands have been a bit full this year, but I have picked up needle & thread a time or two. As always I have more projects than time, so my list of to-do's grows ever longer, especially with all of the projects at the cabin and my reignited wanderlust for the trails and forests.

There have been lots of other little adventures along the way, too many to tackle tonight. I hope that this post will be a fresh start for my wee blog, I never intended to be away so long. The more time that passed, the easier it was to ignore the nagging little voice that says "you need to". But I have always loved this space and sooner or later, I think I'll always return.

I hope you've been well, my friends! I'm so glad many of us have stayed in touch via Instagram. That is where I'm most active, it's just so easy and fast. I have a link up there on the right side bar, if you're interested. 

My best until next time.


Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Nice to see your post and catch up with what you have been doing. Your life has been chock full. So glad you have recovered. Your cabin is so cool. I bet it's hard to stay away!! I sure hope you continue to blog.

Crystal Rhew Staley said...

*waves hi* Your hiking and backpacking trips seem so wonderful! I haven't done anything like that in a while myself. It's great to reconnect with nature from time to time. I've loved seeing your little cabin.

beadgirl said...

Welcome back! I'm glad you are feeling better and enjoying nature, and I look forward to your stitchy projects -- your work is always beautiful and fun.

parTea lady said...

Glad you are feeling better. How wonderful to have your own cabin in the woods. I always enjoyed the cottage life when we lived in Canada - lots of moose in Northern Ontario too ;-)

Denise :) said...

Gracious -- you've had quite the year, haven't you? I'm sorry your surgery wasn't as neat and tidy as you'd hoped, but happy to hear you have recovered fully!! Your little cabin in the woods sounds just delightful! I can just imagine you this winter with a fire in the fireplace, feet propped, stitching a little something for you walls! Be blessed, friend, and don't wait another year before posting again!! :)