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Currently . . .

the beginning rowdigging (as in liking): learning how to knit as part of my therapy to work on fine motor skills

listening: invigorated by Il Volo (Granada, Un Amore Cosi Grande)

reading:  since I still can’t concentrate enough nor comprehend when reading a novel, for now I’m content to read poetry from Ocean by Sue Goyette

feeling: easily fatigued, but alive!

weather: unusually dry for winter but mild and incredibly foggy for most of the past week (also unusual)

my new favourite thing:  no-knead artisan bread (a great way to get back to baking bread despite some of my inadequacies)

home baked artisan bread

wishing: you know, I don’t wish for a lot. I love what I have

surprised by: what a person is capable of, in a good way

thinking: how quickly life as we know it can be snatched away from us

grateful for:  despite having had a stroke that I’m recovering so well; in fact, I may end up regaining most of my faculties in time

loving: that I can (sort of) play the piano again — though my brain isn’t yet allowing me to work treble clef and bass clef together

looking forward to: getting back into circulation

excited: that I can walk again, even if I resemble a drunken sailor

busy: well not really busy yet because I’m still working on regaining strength and endurance

first ever knitting project: beanie nearly done

NOW YOU … tell me what most pleases you this past week

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dinahmow - January 28, 2014 - 11:10 pm

Ooh, what a lovely cloche! And well done for persevering.
What have I been doing? Trying to catch up on correspondence and all sorts of other things.I did wash all the windows(except the front ones, as I don’t have a tall enough ladder , not the nerve!) And now the windows are all clean and ready for the cyclone. sigh…

I’m so pleased you’re doing so well, Diane. keep it up.
love x

lisa - January 29, 2014 - 5:11 am

Truly, what pleases me most right this very moment, is how good you sound! I am a very firm believer that emotional state has so much to do with any sort of recovery, and you sound wonderful. Keep at it my friend, and never lose that wonderful spirit.

ALSO, when you learn how to knit (although it looks like you already know how!!), you can teach me!! I have tried so many times to teach myself, and I CAN knot a scarf or something straight, but that’s definitely my limit! 🙂


Sherry G. - January 29, 2014 - 2:54 pm

Wow! Diane, if you hadn’t mentioned the stroke I would have never known. Your images are as exquisite as ever, your baking looks as yummy as ever and you sound as amazingly positive as ever. On top of that you’re knitting — something I cannot imagine doing. So brava, my dear. I was writing a guest post in the last few days — and I too was reflecting on how quickly life as we know it can be snatched away. My honey had a heart attack 11 years ago and that’s one of the things that spurred us to get a sailboat and live on the water…Whatever you’re doing, keep it up and thanks so much for this post, it made my day!

shawna - January 30, 2014 - 4:12 pm

I just wanted to say what an inspiration you are. I admire your strength so much. xo

Candace - January 30, 2014 - 8:15 pm

Gosh, Diane, you are making remarkable progress and your attitude is so wonderful. You’re an inspiration to others. And that hat looks great!

Susan - February 3, 2014 - 5:01 pm

I am so amazed at the progress you are making! Your images are as beautiful as ever and your baking looks just as delicious as always…and how wonderful that you’re knitting and back to the piano again! So very happy for you!

Laura - February 4, 2014 - 9:44 am

That looks like a great hat! I think it’s really cool that you’re using knitting as part of your fine motor skills recovery. =)

A New Favourite Thing » observed by Diane - February 5, 2014 - 1:42 pm

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Susan - February 11, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Reviewing the week seems like an excellent way to take stock. You are doing all the right things. I’m proud of you!I hope you are proud of yourself.
Last week I was at my son’s wedding. I wish I had relaxed more and embraced the moment. A good friend phoned a few days later to see if I was O.K., she had picked up on my anxiety. It is wonderful to have a friend who understands me and cares enough to check in with me. Back on the coast I’ve been busy protecting the spring bulbs from the frost. I’m grateful I’m forced outside.
Looking forward to another update from you.

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