Recovering from this bug has left me with little energy and many days at home. Looking for something to do that didn't require much effort, I spied a stack of linens that I've been meaning to work on. The kind where the lace is coming off and needs stitched back on. Something easy to work on ~ mending while I also mend.
In addition to the linens needing mending, there were many old linens damaged beyond repair, the ones I wanted to salvage the lace from or save the embroidered bits from to use in something else. As I picked out the tiny hand stitches, 12 to an inch, that held the lace on a pillowcase, I gained a new admiration for those stitchers of old and the extraordinarily fine work that they did for the most utilitarian of household items. How glad I am to be able to give portions of their work a second life!
I often carry a little knitting project in my bag, something that doesn't take a lot of concentration. After I'd finished the mending/ salvaging pile, it was just the thing to work on. I've just started on the edging, which I've never done before. It's going quickly though and will make a nice little feminine facecloth when completed.
Thank you so much for all your well wishes and prayers. They have meant so much to me. I remain on mandatory leave from work and have been spending most of my time resting. I am hoping that within the coming week I will be mostly recovered and my energy returning!