We are both very thankful that all our loved ones are well and safe. A friend I have known online for more than 13 years lost her father this week to a rapidly spreading cancer. It is impossible for me to travel and see her in person, but after she shared her news, I began to knit a shawl for her. I bound off the shawl the same day he died, washed and blocked it, and today it was dry enough to mail to her. I am so grateful that even though I can't be with people I care about in their sad times, I can send tangible hugs with my knitting.
Otherwise things are ok here. Oscar had a small accident with a poorly made chair and injured his back, but we have been able to save enough money back to take care of such emergencies. He just got back from the chiropractor and she told him it was very good he came, and to come back next week as well.
I have made the somewhat difficult decision to sell more of my knitting books. It has taken me years to collect all the volumes of Weldon's Practical Needlework (Volume 3 was especially difficult to find) but when I learned they will be released in ebook form, I decided it made better sense to sell my books now then get the ebooks after things are more stable financially. The big heavy books are becoming difficult for me to read anyway, and we need the money more now than I need the books.
Another upcoming bill will be the series of blood tests and my yearly physical at the end of this month. The number of pain meds I am on mean the doctor feels more comfortable keeping track of how my system is handling them, and with my immune disorder it is important to check my white blood cell count on a fairly regular basis. As often as I have been ill this year, it is a good idea to get my physical done rather than skip it.
The good news is the money I earned in August from my Knit Picks sales is almost enough to cover the doctor appointment. I have called St. Joe health center to see if they have some kind of sliding scale for the cost of lab work to help people who are unemployed and have no health insurance. It will all work out, I'm sure.
I also have managed to write more reviews this month. My mind has been working well as long as I catch it first thing after I get up :-} So far in September I have submitted eight reviews, almost one per day :-} I will try and keep at this pace or greater. I still have 100 books waiting.
(photo is of Oscar holding up Ellen's shawl)