Thursday, May 28, 2009

Denver...Here I Come!!!

Above is a picture of my mother, Germaine, taken 20 years ago when she was 69 ....and now 89. (I did the math for you...hehe.) I'm flying into Denver next Wednesday to visit with her for two weeks and also help as she is having carpal tunnel surgery two days after my arrival.

It's been nine years since I've seen my mom. Circumstances and life got in the way for both of us. I so wanted to visit her, and often felt very sad and teary that I couldn't. I've not seen my sister in 18 years. All will be meeting me at the mom if she feels well enough.

I’m starting to have terrible withdrawal symptoms. It’s my addiction again… yarn, fiber, knitting books, etc. I’m leaving Wednesday for Colorado for two weeks and will only have internet access on my cell phone which is very cumbersome. I can’t remember the year that the internet came to life, but I was there at its birth as I was for DOS, etc. This will be the first time in all these years that I do not have the internet at my fingertips.

I longingly look at my spinning wheel and wish I could bring it with me. I look at my laptop and want that along also. How many of my sock knitting books can I lovingly stuff in my luggage and not go over the weight limit for my bag? This is pretty bad when I’d rather pack knitting items than clothes. If I were smart, I’d pack the clothes, leave the knitting at home except for my project on the plane and buy knitting paraphernalia in Colorado.

I’m very emotional regarding this trip. I feel this may be the last time I see my mom. Her health is not good, but I will be able to assess things more closely when I arrive. I think she probably realizes this also as she keeps telling me, “We’ll have to do this again next year.” She is the last surviving sibling of a family of seven (or was it eight?) kids.

I will be able to read e-mails on my cell. Not sure if I will be able to read blogs or leave comments. Perhaps a short trip to the local library will allow me to do that and save my sanity.
I'll have lots of pics from my trip to share with you. I'll also have a fair amount of new knitting items I've been working on, some you have not seen yet.

See you when I return!!


  1. Have a safe trip, my friend.

  2. Have a safe trip and have a great time visiting your mum.

  3. Joansie, I am so glad you are getting to spend some time with your Mom. Maybe you will be busy talking, asking all those questions about great grandpa & grandma and people whom you never met that Mom did & the time will sail by. Do I have your email addy ?
    Take your guardian angel with you . I will miss you .
    Elsie <><

  4. Have a wonderful and healing trip.

  5. Joansie, I'm soo glad your making this trip! I'll miss hearing from you, but I know you'll be sharing lot's when you return. I can't wait to see your new knitting items.
    Please take lots of pics and be sure to jog down some of the answers to your questions. You might want to reflect on them at a later date!

  6. Have a fabulous trip. Just remember, they have LYS there too.... (and possibly somewhere to 'aquire' more fibre for when you get home?.

    Huge hugs.

  7. Joan, safe travels. I went to the library before I had a home computer. We have similar distances with our grandmother, enjoy it to the last drop!

  8. Hope you are having a great visit with your mom, and enjoying time with your sister also.

    Try to think possitive - maybe you WILL be doing it again next year! ;)

  9. I hope your visit is going well and that you are enjoying seeing family. I also hope your mom is doing well after her surgery.