This blog describes a few things that I am doing and what I am feeling right now.
Right now, I am sitting on my couch, a heating pad on low, at my back. My back doesn’t actually hurt that much right now, although in the early stages of having “the ‘rona,” along with daily migraines, my back felt as if someone was stabbing me, and then twisting the knife. But I am feeling a lot better, and I just enjoy the feeling of warmth that it provides. On my right is a cup of double bergamot Earl Gray tea, hot and sweet, providing warmth from within. I am wrapped in a thin but very soft blanket, my feet encased in thick, comfy gray socks.
It is a nearly perfect “rather blustery day.” Brutally cold wind, and clouds, rising from the mountains — although it is not snowing, which would have made it absolutely perfect. A cloudy day here, in Colorado, is to be celebrated and cherished for what it is, a rarity. But the Continental Divide gets in the way often, and snow or rain, quite common in the higher elevations of our stretch of the Rockies, doesn’t always make it to the city. It’s enough to drive me mad, at times.
I am watching an Australian crime mystery series, from Acorn TV, called My Life is Murder, starring Lucy Lawless (Xena Warrior Princess). It’s set in modern-day Melbourne, Australia. It’s a fun show, featuring a retired police officer who helps the police solve unusual cases, and it also showcases the beautiful city, so I can armchair travel there. I also know that Ms. Lawless has signed a 5-year contract, so there are four more seasons to look forward to (whenever they start filming again, what with the pandemic and all).
I am knitting as well, alternating between different scarves I’m making for friends. Only one of the scarves is straight knit, the others have a 5-row design that uses short rows to create a lovely “butterfly wing” effect. This is the “recipe” for the scarf: cast on 24 stitches — use needles at least two times bigger than what is specified on the yarn. Knit 8 stitches, turn the work over, slip a stitch onto the right needle, and knit the 7 stitches back. Knit 4 stitches, turn the work over, slip one stitch onto the right needle, knit the other 3 stitches. Knit across and repeat.
This means nothing to those who do not knit, but trust me, it creates a lacy, wavy design.
Tonight, I will go to bed at a reasonable hour. For me, this just means at midnight or earlier, as I have developed some bad sleep habits. Last night, I actually got to bed by midnight, and slept so well that I want a repeat of that. I’ll get there, bit by bit.
This is it, right now. I snuggle into the sofa a little bit more, and sigh. A simple evening. A good evening — a pleasant feeling from my head to my toes.
Comfort and joy. And more comfort.