The crochet fever that has consumed me for the past few years has left me. All the joy I got from it has been sucked out. Crochet is a very solitary craft. My mind wanders and works things out and imagines and solves problems while I crochet. I'm alone with my mind. I cannot be alone with my mind right now, or I don't want to be. I don't want to think about the things in the direction it automatically goes. They're sad and distracting and can incite anger or tears with no warning at all.
So yet one more thing has been taken from me that I loved. Boo-hoo, drama queen.
I cleaned out all my crochet stuff the other night. I threw away a giant lawn bag full of yarn, put another full one aside for donating, and what you see above is what is left. There are three more boxes off to the side in this room that are not pictured, but you can see that it's still A LOT. It's all going up in the attic. Maybe someday I'll get the bug again and get it all down, and maybe not, but it needs to stop taking up our space in the house if I'm not using it. Off it goes!
I really wanted to give it all away, but it would cost me a fortune in postage so I quickly put that idea out of my mind. I'm keeping all the books and patterns in the house -- and there are a ton of them. I still enjoy looking through them every now and then. I bet I've looked through my crochet books and pamphlets 100 times at least. Yes, I still love the crochet patterns.
Our bedroom feels so big now! Who knew we had all that space in there? I bought a new bed for the master bedroom right before Christmas. I'll show you and tell you about it in another post soon.
Now I have to figure out what I'm going to do with all my time. Nothing has come to mind other than maybe a little exercise? Go ahead and laugh. I did! But you never know. Look what happened to Kate!
One thing I'll still be doing is eating. Everybody has to eat, right?
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
1 can black-eyed peas, drained
1 can black beans, drained
1 can corn, drained
6 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (or regular)
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp dried oregano
1 tsp black pepper
Drain and rinse first five ingredients listed above and place into a large bowl. Mix dressing ingredients in a small saucepan and heat to the boiling point, stirring to dissolve sugar. Pour dressing ingredients over the first ingredients and combine well. Cover and refrigerate, stirring every few hours throughout the day. Serve with tortilla chips or pita chips as a dip, inside burritos, or serve over fish or chicken.
Now excuse me while I go play with the Kindle Fire that I got for Christmas. Maybe I can find a good book to live in for a few days. Suggestions happily accepted!