Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Love Story (Cliff Notes)

I've been a very poor excuse for a blog writer, but I'm back to try again. My life has changed radically in the past 6 months - had major surgery and 2 more hospitalizations. Now healthier than I've been in years, I feel really good. The nightmare home environment I've written about is rapidly changing and I owe it all to this guy named Gene.

Besides getting things done, he inspires and encourages me. He also never criticizes, never contributes to my tendency to feel bad about myself. Quite the opposite: when I see myself through his eyes, I'm not half bad. I was okay with the concept of living alone for the rest of my life, but this is a nice alternative.

It's very hard to explain how we got together, because the whole event seemed to be guided by some other entity. We both had been alone for about 10 years with part of those years spent at the end of unproductive, unloving relationships. I had to move through my own life's journey where I finally learned that I deserve to be loved and that living alone is much better than living with someone who isn't crazy about me.

Garlic Baskets Nov. '12
At the same time, unknowingly I was waiting for Gene to be free of his unhappy life in New Hampshire where he lost virtually everything he owned and took a bus and a train to the west to re-connect with his family and eventually to find me. As if fate had been waiting for the two of us to be free at the same time, our paths crossed and we managed to recognize each other against all odds...

 My basket weaving seems to be getting better - certainly more productive. I just got into a holiday show at Marylhust. The house is coming together and basketry will be headquartered in the room across from my new sewing room which is currently being prepped for paint. The loom room is well on the way to having room for actual looms and supplies to move in and warp up for the winter...The old site for my basketry work? It will become Gene's workshop. He's doesn't sit around watching TV feeling sorry for himself. Like me, he has to create to be happy.
Small Onion Baskets 11/2012
Small Fruit Basket
  This happiness is showing up in my baskets - better work and a happy balance.
Large Onion Baskets
Fanny Basket!