A difficult message. I've started it a number of times, but it's not
the sort of thing I generally write. Oh well, here goes.
I've been very quiet in the jewelry lists for a while, though I have
been managing to read them, and I'm still doing some jewelry work.
The main problem is that I've been fighting some worrisome health
issues, which have made working difficult, sometimes very difficult.
I finally got fed up and went in for tests, and it turns out that I
have degenerative arthritis in my neck (among other places) and this
is why I have problems with my arms and hands. Numbness, tingling,
and, unfortunately, a fair amount of pain.
My main worry, which put me into a very bad mood for a long time,
was that it was an injury that I just wasn't getting over, and that I
was making it worse when I worked. It turns out that there is
basically nothing wrong with my hands or arms, and I can safely
endure the pain without worrying about causing further damage with
I've also been having some serious problems with my right eye, after
cataract surgery and a corneal graft, but that seems to be under
So, I'm going to try to get back to work, tying my decorative knots
and teaching others how to do them as well. My business has fallen
off so badly that I'm in a rather serious hole, but I'll be able to
turn it around as soon as I can get some workshops organized, and
maybe get a few jewelry orders. I've been keeping my hand in, so to
speak, tying knots in string to give away as bracelets, and I've
kept up my dancing to strengthen my lower back, so it's not as if
I've been sitting in some dark corner, sulking or pining away. :)
In fact, just a few weeks ago I decided to see how far I could push
my arms, and I tied a new one of my rings, using stainless steel
locking wire. Quite a challenge, but it made me feel good. (Or maybe
that was the painkillers? No, those wore off, and I _still_ feel good
about it!) You can see it heRe:
Anyway, I just wanted y'all to know that I have been reading, just
not saying much on the lists, and I still think of these virtual
places as parts of my neighborhood.
Thanks! I hope you all have a happy and prosperous new year.