Progress is slow but moving along, at least. These are some of the Halloween fabric pieces I’ve managed to get cut for garlands. I have to dig out thread and tomorrow, maybe I’ll have some finished projects to post for you to see.

Sewing and crafting keep me occupied and help me feel productive on days when I’m not feeling very well. I wasn’t feeling particularly bad yesterday but not particularly good, either. So, I focused on tracing patterns, cutting them out and stacking them up. I’m going to be working on weeding out more stuff from my belongings so I’m sure by this afternoon, I’ll need to just sit and work quietly while I watch tv.

My new binge watch is ‘Rick Steves’ Europe’. My oldest daughter and I have done some travelling (thank you for that, my darling!) and I enjoy revisiting some of the places we’ve been and dreaming of where else we may go. My health may not allow any further travel but it wasn’t conducive to the other trips, either, and I powered through.

After waiting almost a year for the okay to get a pain pump, it was a huge blow to find my body reacted badly to the morphine injected into my spine as a test before the procedure. Despite the ambulance ride, ER visit and unpleasant side effects, I was pain free for the first time in several years and I enjoyed every second. Wasn’t exactly what I would have chosen to do with my pain free time, but you don’t get to pick and choose so I surprised everyone with my happiness.

But, it is a blow and the past few weeks have been spent coming to terms with that. I’d taken the other trips after pain blocks. Only the first one really worked. The others helped but each one helped less till I didn’t bother to get the last one allowed me. So, future travel may not be in the cards.

I never expected, never really wanted, to travel outside the US so to have done so at all is a major accomplishment. This world is so large and exploring it has really made an impact on me. Walking among ruins in Rome, for example, I felt quite young!!

If I never get to travel again, I have my memories and thousands of photos to take me back to those wonderous adventures. I’m extremely lucky to have been able to go in the first place, how can I feel disappointed I can’t go anywhere else? I’m human, so I do, but in my heart, I really don’t. Make sense to anyone but me? Probably not. 🙂

My challenge to you is to accept something you can’t control. Embrace the good memories and consider yourself lucky to have good memories to draw from.

Have a great day!

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Sandra Davenport Collins

Mother of three girls, two son-in-laws. Grandma to two boys and two girls along with four dogs and four cats. Living life fully with Chronic Pancreatitis and Fibromyalgia.

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