Knit Hats and Warm Scarves


Growing up in the Midwest, I swore that I was going to move somewhere with out winter… every winter of my childhood.  I’m not a fan of cold or of the snow, so playing outside and building snow forts and lopsided snowmen did not intrigue me in the least.  Once Halloween rolled around, I started to count down the days until Spring and Summer.

I’m 28 years old now, will be 29 this spring.  Over say the last 5-6 years, I’ve grown to appreciate the Winter.  I still don’t look forward to driving in snow storms, or power outages and black ice, but snow? Yes.  Wearing my favorite winter jackets, my handmade scarves and hats?  Hell to the yes.  I look forward to warm fires up at the lake house, watching my daughter (who unlike myself, likes to play in the snow) run around like a maniac in the fresh powder.  I look forward to hot tea by the window watching snow fall, and maybe if I’m lucky, I’ll see a few cardinals out in the trees.

Winter’s not so bad.  Even when I start to get tired of it, say in late February or early March, it’s a good reminder that spring is coming.  Winter breaks up the monotony.  I get a couple months to look forward to planting in our garden, summer cook outs and fresh corn on the cob.  I get to alternate from iced coffee on my back deck to hot tea under a fuzzy blanket.  I get to switch from my broken down flip flops to my knee high comfy boots.

So apparently there is some huge winter storm bearing down on us tonight.  Depending on what weather report you read, we’re supposed to get anywhere from 5-10″ of snow, and we’re under a Winter Storm Warning until Sunday night.  Judging by the response from my other Midwestern friends on social media, you’d think this was the end of the world and snow is actually made of shredded dreams and broken hopes.  Shit.  I may be the only one excited.

I’m not sure if I’ll be home for the snow storm or not, I’m currently in the hospital for my Crohns Disease, but I’m crossing my fingers!  I am excited for the first big storm of the year, I want to watch my daughter play in the snow, and curl up in my own bed to watch the snow fall.  Even if I’m wait out the storm here, connected to my IV, I can guarantee I’ll weasel some hot chocolate out of someone here so I can still sit by the window.

We might as well enjoy the snow, as of now [thanks global warming] it’s only here for a few months out of the year.  So let’s watch the snow fall, and relax.  Spring is only a couple months away.


2 thoughts on “Knit Hats and Warm Scarves

  1. Good morning, I know you write a lot about Crohns so this is why it is making it easy for me to approach you about this. I have been having intense abdominal pain that started in May, I have been going to an OBGYN and they were suggesting that it could be Endometirosis, so they put me on birth control – here’s the problem, when I take estrogen I get severely depressed. so after 5 different birth controls I switched to a new OBGYN – this guy gave me an IUD, by the way that was a really fucking horrible experience. anyway, what I am getting at is the pain is getting worse, I’m having a lot of bathroom issues, I can hardly eat because I feel like there is no room for food in me (I’m not sure if that makes sense to you). So my OBGYN told me to go to a GI doc. The GI doc said he was concerned with the location of my pain and the type of symptoms I am having so he wants to do a colonoscopy to rule out Crohns. I think that the waiting to find out what the fuck is wrong with me is so hard and I am reaching out to you because I need someone to talk and vent to about it. It could very well be endometriosis that is now going on my intestines, but I won’t know that either until I get a laproscopic surgery. I read what you go through all of the time and I am so sorry, the pain you are feeling must be awful, and I feel like it takes a lot of courage to write about it. thanks for reading and I hope you feel better soon.


    • Hey you. The worst part of any disease in the beginning is the not knowing. I went undiagnosed/misdiagnosed for more than a year. I also know that endo and crohns like to share… I dont have endo, but i fo have cyst that are developing all over because of inflammation. Have inflammation? Will travel.

      Anywho, it does sound like you need the colonoscopy. It may be crohns or even a number of other things like celiacs or diverticulitis. Either way, make sure that if a doctor ever just shrugs you off or if they dont find a diagnosis, keep on marching to another doctor. I have quite a few i can recommend. :)

      If you want, email me. Im always opoo en for talking, it sucks not knowing whats wrong and feeling like people dont understand (and all the other issues that crop up). Head up chica.

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