Tuesday, January 15, 2008

it's all about balance

i'm becoming a firm believer in the idea of karmic balance; that is to say, "good" things being equally balanced out by "bad" things. example - last week, i had to take the car in to the garage (ongoing minor yet apparently unfixable engine problems), which is a few towns over from me. i'd timed it perfectly so that i could drop off the car & be exactly on time to catch the train back home; alas, the train was cancelled (although nobody bothered to announce it to the waiting people, so we all hung about for ages waiting on a train that never came). not such a big deal, except the town is so small that public transport rarely goes through it - everything (buses & trains) only leaves once an hour, so getting the next train (assuming it even arrived) would have meant hanging about in the freezing cold for an hour or more. i managed to nab the town's only taxi and got a ride home (albeit at the cost of £10, which i couldn't really afford). then the next day, i found a £10 note on the pavement while i was out with the pooch!! balance.
then yesterday, i had a great first day at my new job - i was even left unattended for several hours, and nothing disastrous happened! when i came home, however, here's how the rest of the evening went...
arrive at the flat to discover something horrid has happened in the communal hallway (i'm still not entirely sure what was going on, but suffice it to say that whatever had been spilled/dropped/who knows what had left a smell that i hope to god i never, never, NEVER have to smell again as long as i live). sigh. run upstairs (holding my breath) to the flat to grab the dog and take him out for a quick trot around the block. run back in with the dog, feed the cats, discover enormous heap of cat sick/hairball in the spare room. siiiigh. clean it up. fill basin with bleach & water, and take it out to sluice down the extremely smelly communal hall & staircase. accidentally pour bleachy water into my shoe in the process, onto my hand knitted socks!! gasp!! siiiiiigh. finish cleaning the hall, run back upstairs, take off shoes & socks to wash them before ruined by bleach; discover that at some point in the preceding hour or so, i've stepped in dog poo. siiiiiiiiiiiiigh. wash shoe, rinse socks, put in load of woolly things into washing machine (wool wash cycle) including bleachy socks, to remove any traces of bleach. shower (i'm so yucked out now by the smell, the hairballs, the poo, etc that a shower seems the only way to rid myself of the grossness). it's now nearly 8:30pm and i haven't had dinner yet. and another load of washing still needs to be done to wash the bleach off the bottom of my jeans. collapse. siiiiiiiiiigh.
and then this morning, the dog managed to get hold of my favourite pair of glasses, and chew off one of the earpieces. siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh. cry.
but then...........


the post came - my parcel of goodies from the vintage sock swap, sent to me by roo!! a gorgeous pair of socks ("gentleman's sock for evening wear" from "knitting vintage socks" by nancy bush, knitted in regia silk) and a host of other wonderful treats - sock yarn from the yarn yard, addi needle holders, lush soap, a little notebook, reeses peanut butter cups, and mini oreos (which mysteriously disappeared immediately after being photographed). the socks are beautifully knitted, and fit perfectly, and the parcel of treats has salvaged the day.
it's all about balance....

4 comments:

soCherry said...

glad it all balanced out in the end :)
Yarn will always rectify any imbalances out there!

RooKnits said...

Glad the parcel arrived safely and it made up for a series of disasters!

Midsummer night's knitter said...

Woa - makes our frustrations with Cable Com fade into the background..
India

Flavaknits said...

Glad it all balanced out in the end - what a lovely parcel !