A big decision has been made,, finally!

Over the years I've been limited to where and how I travel due to my health. It's always been to a well established town with a Hospital that had Cardio care,  and this past year my son has asked me several times to come see where he and his family live.  Although I have wanted to go to them the little town they live in does not have proper health care for me and if I was to need medical help I'd have to take a 2 hour life flight to Seattle or Anchorage.... so I've avoided going to Juneau.
This past two weeks I've had several conversations with my Cardio Doctor and after he put me through several tests he finally said "GO"!   In fact he gave me a lecture on how to not worry and how my new High Tec  pacer/defibulator will do it's job if I have any kind of problems.  I will have time to get to the help I need.  
 Juneau does have a Hospital and many Doctors but not one Cardiologist who can read my pacer and act accordingly.  I've always been afraid to put my trust in a Family Practice doctor and for the past 10 years  I've avoided going to this tiny town because all they will do with me is put me on a plane to fly out.
 The red pushpin is where my son lives (literally over his house) and the blue pin is Downtown Juneau... and that is all of it, nothing beyond except a home scattered here and there.  In fact the Federal Building  (Juneau  is the Capitol of Alaska) is the only building of any great size.  Beyond those beautiful mountains is wilderness for hundreds of miles.
Well, I'm going, finally!

I've been thinking of my knitting coming with me.  No matter where I go I need my needlework. These hands must stay busy and 6 hrs on one flight then three on another, I may go nuts with nothing to do.  
I found a little canvas bag that would be perfect to carry knitting and not wanting to spend a lot of money on the fancy knitting bags and only $5.00 at Michaels,  but it needed a long shoulder strap and snaps to keep it closed.  
  That was easy enough.  I bought a yard of flat cording and stitched it to the top of the bag then added two snaps on the
inside of the top and now if I manage to drop it, all the contents will not fall out. 

 Then I thought about all the black bags I might see in the airports and I needed to add something to distinguish it as mine, in a flash... I crochet some little flowers and stitched them to the front pocket.  Who else with have these exact flowers?

 Turns out this little bag holds more than I was hoping for.. my knitting book with the instructions has plenty of room.

I'll be sure to do a post in a few months... (might take me that long to finish my sweater)  Hopefully it will look as good as the photo.
 Below is a photo my son took from his front porch.

I'll be there for about 3 weeks and I can see me  sitting on an easy chair with a hot cup of coffee  doing my knitting when were not out hiking or finding something wonderful to do.  It may be July in a few days but that mountain will have snow on the top all summer long.
 I'm a bit excited to finally visit with my son and family.  I know they are going to be happy to have me there..  I don't get to see them too often since the Coast Guard took Tom to Alaska but knowing how happy he is with his job and his life it makes this mom smile.

Spending some quality time with Michelle, his wife and their daughter, Eve will surly be good for me.  
I need to go shopping for gifts, can't arrive without any and I hope none of them say Florida.
(big smile here)

I'll be linking this post to
Fun in the Sun 
Thrifty Knitting Bag 


Daphne Bryson said...

Good Evening Sandy, How thrilling for you to be seeing your son and his family after such a long time. Don't worry about the flight time as your hands will be busy with your knitting and you will probably have someone nice sitting next to you on the flights who will have a chat with you.
Have a wonderful time and I look forward to hearing about your trip on your return.
Best Wishes

W. Latane Barton said...

How exciting, Sandy. I can't wait to hear all about your adventures in Alaska.

I have a question... will the airline let you get on the plane with knitting needles? I know they didn't even allow nail files at one time. Crazy people!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I'm so happy for you to get to go to Alaska! How thrilling. I know it is a big step for you...Just Trust God!
He will bless you each step of the way. Here is a blessing for you.

~~~ Be anxious for nothing, but in everything with prayer, supplication and thanksgiving to God; let your requests be made known to Him. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding,will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4: 6-7

God Speed, Pat

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Oh how exciting.. You are going to have a fab time. I was thinking about the same thing with the needles. At one time you could one take plastic ones and I'm not sure you can take the scissors either. Check it out. They wouldn't even let my sister take an opened water bottle thru security last year. She had to throw it out. Have fun.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Enjoy your trip!! Love the crochet you added to the bag, adorable! Thanks for joining TTF this week.


Anonymous said...

Oh, I am so glad for you ~ going to visit your son and traveling with your knitting ~ You have a great time and know you will do well surrounded by all that love ~

Happy Day to you ~ and Thanks for 'visiting'.

Pride In Photos said...

What a dream come true!!! Take tons of pictures to be able to relive all the beautiful memories you are going to make.

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm so happy for you that your doctor has given you the go-ahead! I hope you have a wonderful time, as I am sure you will!

Clipped Wings said...

That's going to be a wonderful trip. Have fun!