Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Some years, the bear eats you

When I would complain or engage in a session of self-pity, my Dad would chant, “Some days you get the bear and some days the bear gets you.” I’m not sure if this is a widely-held aphorism so I did a little “G-search” and learned that the saying is really, “some days you eat the bear and some days the bear eats you,” attributed to baseball pitcher, Preacher Roe. This makes sense as my Dad was a talented baseball player and likely gained this nugget somewhere in his pitching days.

Well the bear ate me this year and I will save you from the gory details other than to say I have developed a renewed admiration for all those many caregivers out there who, day-in and day-out, care for their loved ones. We had an health crisis this year that caused us to pretty much put everything on hold that was not part of the medical bubble in which we found ourselves. And despite some harrowing hours and moments of despair, I count us among the fortunate as having access to excellent doctors, decent health insurance and a boss who allowed me great flexibility in my work hours.

Hobbies were definitely one of those things that took a back seat, thus the lack of posts since September. Fingers-crossed, we have found some stability that has allowed me to return to regular beading and crochet.

So I'd like to leave you with this beaded peace sign which was one of my first beading projects after a long hiatus. It is a pattern by Marcia and Mark DeCoster and is available in Marcia's Etsy shop. Don't let the price tag be too off-putting as some of the proceeds go toward Alzheimer's research.

Here's to a healthy, happy 2018!


AntiquityTravelers said...

So sorry to hear about the health scare in your family, but I hope everything is ok now? Wishing you a healthy, happy 2018

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