Monday, March 16, 2009

O Winter!

Hello Again!  How quickly these weeks are flying by!
Jai had the afternoon off today, so we went for a walk around the neighbourhood.  There's not a lot of signs of Spring anywhere just yet, but we did manage to spot a few little shoots poking up in the warmest part of our backyard.  Most of it is still covered in snow, but you can feel a change in the air, and the sun seems a little closer these days.  Plus, now that I am home most of the time, I can keep the fire stoked up, and it's nice and cozy in here.  Here's a pic that I took this afternoon of our little space by the fire:
There's still some work to do, but it's already a wonderful spot to sit.  I finally finished building our couch - it only took me two years, but who's counting?  It still needs to be painted, but we are going to wait and see what the fabrics look like when it's all together and covered in cushions before we commit to a colour.  Jai's Mom is sewing up the cushions for us, and sent us some fabric choices in the mail, so that was very exciting.  I can't wait to see it all finished, after having it exist mostly in my head and as a couple of glued-up slabs of wood for so long.  
I did get a little more sewing done this week.  I made two more elephants:
I had to go into Middleton for a doctor's appointment last week, so I stopped in to the Frenchy's and found some great sweaters.  What am I going to do with all these elephants, you ask?  Yeah, I don't know yet.  I'm open to suggestions.  My friend Katie suggested having elephants on every surface as one form of baby-proofing.  Hmmmm...  Of course, she was feeding this addiction by bringing me more sweaters as she said it.  
And I also made a patchwork blanket from old cashmere sweaters.  I love how it turned out, and it's super warm.  I also think it would look pretty cute wrapped around a little baby.  All this sewing seems kind of odd, but it makes me realize how deeply this need to be creating things runs in my blood.  If it's too cold to be out in the shop, then I will substitute it with just about anything else.  And I'm enjoying the sewing.  It's a nice, quiet, relaxing way to work, after the noise of the saws.  Having said that, it has been four days since I stopped working at the cabinet shop, and I'm already jonesing to get out in the shop.
Pretty soon I will have to go into Middleton once a week to see a Doctor.  I don't know how it is if you have a baby in the city, but I imagine it's pretty similar.  Here, you have a family doctor and an obstetrician, and it could be some doctor that you've never met who actually ends up delivering your baby.  I think it's kind of weird that they ask you to discuss all your options and everything with your obstetrician, and then he might not even be there.  It will definitely be a vast improvement when they finally cover the cost of a midwife.  It seems crazy to me that they don't, when there's such a shortage of doctors and medical facilities in the rural areas.  We will have to drive 45-50 minutes to reach the hospital, but there are people in the Valley who have to go even further.  Some would have a 1-1/2 hour drive!  There's closer hospitals, but only one in the whole Valley with a neonatal unit.  Anyway, it could be worse, I'm sure, and the doctors we have are great, so I am grateful for that.  And grateful for friends who have been there before, and don't mind when I ask them a million questions!

Oh well, I hope you all have an excellent week, and find a multitude of ways to stay warm, and dream of Spring.

O Winter! ruler of the inverted year, . . . I crown thee king of intimate delights, Fireside enjoyments, home-born happiness, And all the comforts that the lowly roof Of undisturb'd Retirement, and the hours Of long uninterrupted evening, know.
William CowperTask (bk. IV, l. 120)
English poet & translator (1731 - 1800)


KB said...

Lauren, you inspire me as always, and here I go on the hunt to find a sewing machine. Enjoy your creating! I'll enjoy making my new book!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful room! And I LOVE the elephants. Love love love.

It's funny; here you don't have too many medical appointments. You get about one every 4-6 weeks in the beginning (from 13 weeks on) and then when you get into week 34, you go to every two weeks. I felt I didn't get enough last time, but apparently you can have too much too! And it's the same idea here, but with midwives. You have *a* midwife, but it's very unlikely she'll actually deliver you.

Anyway, hope you're still feeling well and I do love that room.

x rachel

Christie, Mike and Brynn said...

Hey Lauren,

Yeah, it was similar here... about once a month and then as you get closer every two weeks and then every week in your last 6 weeks. Also, I had a doctor, but she didn't deliver the baby either, but BC does cover midwives which is nice, I'm really surprised NS doesn't. Crazy system. Also, even though we are right next to Royal Jubilee we had to drive out to Vic general, so even being in the city we had a 20-45 minute drive depending on traffic (apparently if we went to RJH they would just send me to Vic General via ambulance). Fun stuff! I'm so excited for you guys. :)

sherrieg said...

Your space by the fire looks great, the elephants are adorable, and I can't wait to see the blanket! I've been wanting to make one for ages. Are you using something for a backing?

jai and Lauren Soloy said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone! I find it totally interesting to hear about other people's birth experiences. Starting today, Nova Scotia has seven official midwives, though none in the Valley at all.
And Sherrie, I didn't do a backing, I just made it so the sweater pieces were mixed to go both ways. Also, I tried to sew it the way that Martha does on her web-site (just zig-zag stitching them together) but I couldn't really make that work, so I did a modified french roll seam. The back is a little messier, but it still looks pretty good :)

sherrieg said...

Thanks for the blanket tips - it's still on my list. Along with elephants, now.

Re: birthing (I was so excited about the other things, I forgot to mention it in my first comment), I was so disappointed with the midwife trial thing they're doing here; especially that there are only three locations, one of which is in Bridgewater, which is ridiculously close to the IWK, where another is, and nothing for the rest of the lower part of the province. I helped gather signatures for a petition to go along with a proposal to have one down here when they were choosing the locations, so I guess I was a little bit extra-disappointed. I contacted a few midwives to see if there would be any way to arrange things for a birth here, but logistically, it seems that nothing would really work out. There are so very, very many reasons why midwifery is a fantastic solution to many issues in the hospital birthing scenario, and I can't wait until it's covered under our provincial health care as a hospital birth is! Whoa, I've rambled on a bit much. Enjoy the sun today!