Monday, September 27, 2010

Am I Back?

I'd like to say I am, but in reality I feel like I have very little time left to me to accomplish as much as I want to before I have surgery on my right hand.

November 15th looms ever closer with each passing day and I can feel that little niggle of panic in the pit of my stomach as each day closes and another one creeps up.

I'm not making excuses folks.

The 'summer' for us Albertans was probably the worst on record. It was miserable and cold and any days that showed sunshine barely made it over 20C.

However!! This weekend we do have a forecast of 27C in our area. We just might get one day of summer now that it is officially over. I won't hold my breath - blue is not my colour.

As for my long absence......

I spent the summer mostly at my brother's, herding folks around as they prepared for the adventure of their life and then sharing laughs and smiles with them upon their return to our rafting center.

This year was much different for me than all the others. My health kept me from participating in most things and I loosened 'my' reins and let others take over my jobs for me. I basically looked after the building and tourists that came in once everyone was out on the river. I enjoyed myself - selling my jewelry and my brother's pottery is always so much fun. Then there's just hanging around with my brother on days when he came back early with the lunch dishes and we swapped tales with sudsy hands and munching on leftovers.

I still love it. I still love making people smile and hearing them scream with fear and delight. At the end of the day, knowing you've given that to a large group of people makes it all worthwhile.

Surprisingly, with the 'summer' we had, we were busier than other years. I put it down to people wanting to go and have fun no matter what the weather. They are more determined to have something to show for their summer than the regular whine us Albertans give.

Now home for a couple of weeks and trying desperately to get in as much myself before I lose the use of my hands, I can certainly relate.

Ahhhhh - Alberta summers!


Lane said...

Lovely to see you back Aims.
Sorry you've had a bad summer weather wise but helping your brother out sounds fun.

Hope you get a couple of warm days before the autumn really sets in. Sounds like you deserve it.

Leslie: said...

Welcome back! What's going on with your hand?

aims said...

Carpal tunnel surgery is required for both hands. Fortunately not doing both at once!

Maggie May said...

So pleased to see this post!
I had been wondering if you'd had the hand operations because of your long absence. However, I see that you still have to face that.
Glad you had a lovely time with your brother even though the summer wasn't up to much. That makes Winter harder to bear, doesn't it? When you haven't had a decent summer.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Nora said...

It's good to see you back here again, Aims, but it does sound like you had a good summer in spite of the weather. I know how much you like spending time with your brother.

Take care of those precious hands. Use them carefully while you can. Keep us up to date on them, please. And the rest of you to, of course.

Living the Dream said...

Hi Aims, good to have you back. I think I told you in an email that my dad had the operation on his hand and it has made such a difference. Mind you, he doesn't knit but I know he could if he did!! You will be fine and in good hands (pardon the pun!) Talk again soon.

Daryl said...

SO good to see you my dear Aims .. you bring smiles to my face and touch my heart all the time ... keeping you in my thoughts as always xo

Anonymous said...

Welcome home Aims, it sounds like you had a lot of fun being out and about helping your brother.

Akelamalu said...

Welcome home Aims!

Despite the weather it sounds like you had a great time. :)

Anonymous said...

Welcome back Aims!

Sounds like you've had some good times in the 'summer'.

Sometimes its good to let go of the reins and let others help. Perhaps you should do it a bit more?

Op should make a big difference (once you have recovered). Temporary pain for long term gain!

Keep us posted how you're doing. x

Alcoholic Daze (ADDY) said...

Hi aims. Long time, no hear. So glad you had a good summer break, if not summer weather!! Fingers crossed the op goes well in 6 weeks' time. Addy x