There were 8 or 9 people there at one time or another.
My helper/apprentice, a student, a friend for lunch, another friend and her husband stopping by, another helper cutting socks, a friend of my helper, my husband, the UPS man.......I am losing track here.
I have met more friends in the last 5 years at the weaving studio, than in all the 30 years I worked as a nurse. How is that possible?
But it's true, there are just so many really great people to meet in this world of fiber. It has changed my whole life.
I received so many kind words after my good news yesterday. It is truly heartwarming to hear that I have so many friends and well wishers.
The last 6 years of my life have been unexpected. Who knew. I was working as a nurse in a prison, for crying out loud. My days were repetitive, often depressing and certainly uninspiring.
A few decisions that came from my gut, and here I am.
My life now is colorful. Inspiring.
I often stop, like today, in the middle of something, and feel such a rush of gratitude, and joy, that I can barely explain it.
Sounds gushy, doesn't it?
But it's true.
I am blessed, and I know it.
Hard work? Hell, yes. A ton of it.
But I have this incredibly beautiful house with so much personality and history, and it's mine. MINE. For this lifetime at least.
And I have tons of fabric, stuff to weave with, 13 or so (I lose count) looms to weave on. Four cats with character. A family that gives me so much happiness. They love me.
I am healthy, at least so far, and I can spend every day doing what I love.
Yes, it makes money. But understand, as long as I don't spend more than I make, it doesn't make any difference at all.
Another wonderful thing, I have Quick Books. I enter it, and that's the end of it. I have no idea otherwise, and don't really think much about it.
It's working. I know it. That's all.
I don't know if I can explain it, but sometimes, when I am working in the studio, I am overcome with the feeling that I have been here before, and that I have spent my whole life getting 'back here'.
I don't know what I have done to deserve this unbelievable opportunity to live my life creatively.
It amazes me every single day.
My only complaint? I have to sleep, when there are so many other things I would rather be doing.
Don't think that my life has been all peaches and cream. It has not. Not by a long shot. There have been some tough years. I made some lousy decisions that I had to live with. There were times when I couldn't see the end of it.
I am not sure why it takes so long to get it right. But I know that if you believe in yourself, if you have a dream, and if you keep working at it, you have a really good chance of doing just that.
But of course, it has been said before, and said better.
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau