Celebrating the Other Things.

These past few days I’ve had this almost FIFTEEN year old post in my head (when I had to take a prescribed break from running) and somehow forgot I even wrote this one seven-plus years ago (the last time I took a prescribed break from knitting). I knew in my heart that this current break – no impact on my knees and no knitting – felt different. and those two posts make the difference really clear … I leaned heavily into knitting when my feet needed a break, and heavily into running and walking when my knitting needed a break. This is my first prescribed break from both favorite things at the same time.

Thankfully, there is still physical activity. I’m diligent with the PT (2+ hours most mornings, including the warm-up heating pads and cool-down icepacks); I can tell it’s working … and I am finally making good use of our basement gym

new spin bike lower right … the treadmill is the only piece that doesn’t see daily action

And it’s good I have Other Things to celebrate. Boy baseball could not have arrived at a better time. I spent most of Saturday at the ball park or out to lunch with my sister (a 2+ hour affair with pizza, wine, and book talk!!) … it was so much fun!

We’re settling into our Monday after school time – we start with snacks, then “art”. The boys always have ideas for what they want to do, and it’s fun to let them take the lead.

Saturday’s baseball was “exhibition”. The real season starts this week and Sam had his first game last night. In the photo at the top of the post, he’s playing 2nd base. and here he is batting. He had two hits, both to left field; here’s the second one …

can you see the ball?!

… that scored a run … and helped his team WIN!

Bonus after-game photo with Sam and his dad (who is assistant coach and an awesome pitcher). If you look really close, you can see the scoreboard and the final 13-10 score. Go Sam!!

I didn’t see much activity with the gun sense work until a few days ago (I think there was a backlog processing volunteer applications with the influx of new folks earlier in the summer) … and now I have a class tomorrow afternoon about Events and Sunday afternoon I’m “tabling” for a get-out-the-vote rally featuring gun sense candidates, including Stacey Abrams (maybe I’ll get to meet her!) … I’m finally going to be able to wear my red Moms Demand Action shirt 🙂

Other Things are quickly becoming The Things … and it makes me wonder (just a bit?!) where those old things might fit when they return?! (I do miss knitting … watching TV is just not the same without it!)

Are you embracing any Other (or new) Things right now? do share!

11 thoughts on “Celebrating the Other Things.

  1. I hope the PT you are doing is making a difference. I’m glad you are close enough to enjoy Sam’s baseball games. We will see a few in October if the weather cooperates. Not exactly new but my daughter sent me a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle for my birthday so that has been out on one end of the dining room table for two weeks. The puzzle is challenging. And of course, spinning on a wheel is my newest thing.

  2. I’m not sure how I’d keep my sanity if I couldn’t work out or knit at the same time, so I guess it’s a good thing you have plenty of family activities to fill your time — and I hope you can get back to the needles soon!

  3. I remember vividly many Saturdays at the ball field. Could never get enough of little guys in little baseball pants. Hope you are enjoying the spin bike for a change of pace.

  4. I’m sorry you’re needing to take a break from things you love doing, Mary. It sounds like you’re doing well with the PT, and hopefully you’ll be back at it before long. In the meantime, you have some very good “other things” to keep you occupied and stimulated. Life is good . . . even when it’s not quite what you had in mind. 🙂

  5. Sometimes things that are causing pain have to be supplanted with other things, but it is still difficult. I can’t imagine not knitting and walking, but keep up the PT and hopefully, you’ll be starting the new normal soon. Thank goodness there is still reading!

  6. What a fun trip into your past with those posts! So good that you have some lovely ways to divert your attention while the healing happens.

  7. I periodically have to put knitting aside due to tendonitis. When that happens I turn to other loves such as drawing and spinning. It’s hard to put aside things we love but you will be back to knitting soon. Take time to heal and enjoy the time with your family ☺️

  8. It’s hard when we have to take a break from our regular outlets for stress management. It does sound like you have a handle on other ways of coping, though.

  9. I hope that you have a good response to PT and will be back doing the things you love soon!
    It’s nice you are close enough to your family to enjoy ball games and other activities!

  10. So glad you’re enjoying your spin bike. Your home gym looks lovely! I love the pictures of your family – I’m glad you’re able to spend so much time with them right now!

  11. Having family nearby is such a good thing Mary! I do hope your PT is paying off (2 hours each morning!!) and that soon you can get back to the “regular” things. Meanwhile, good to have “other” things to keep you occupied.

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