27 Days On Crutches, 2138 Days Sober 

…and still going strong!

I took a break from blogging to enjoy my grandsons at the ski hill this past weekend. What a treat it is to spend time with little ones! I love the way 2-year-old Calvin says “bo-na-na” for banana and “gii” for ski (both of which he loves). Baby Sam entertained me from his jolly jumper. When the kids were in bed we watched “Eddie the Eagle” – a fun ski movie that took us back to watching the ’88 Winter Olympics from our university basement suite. Good family time all around. 

Today I was craving a new pastime and my kids were kind enough to take me to the mall for my first shopping trip in over 3 weeks. It was a ton of effort just to manoeuvre through the mall on crutches but it felt so great to be out and about. 

We stopped at the craft store to find me a new activity to pass the next two weeks – 16 more days until I walk again!! – and look what I came home with:


Here is my first creation. It’s a delightful pass time. I highly recommend it for those looking for a way to fill your wine-less evening hours. 


About UnPickled

I am learning to walk without the crutch of alcohol. As I begin I am 1 day sober. Gulp. I drank in private and hope to quit just as privately. The purpose of this blog is to help make me accountable - just by following you will give me enormous support and encouragement.

Posted on January 24, 2017, in Family and Marriage, Insights and Lessons, Life After Alcohol, My UnPickled Life and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. lookingforpeace

    doing great – feel great…


  2. Hi there! Glad to hear you are enjoying the grandkids and your jewelry making. I need to pick up a hobby, photography used to be a big one I have a pretty sizable collections of photos I’ve taken that I need to do something with maybe printing and framing them to give as gifts. I also want to take up knitting, maybe I’ll swing by the yarn store this weekend. Just finished a full week back on the grind. Work was/is a biiiiig stressor for me, I’m so glad I don’t have booze to make it worse anymore. That plus therapy and starting to excercise again (yoga and beginners pilates) is really helping. Still get tense but now I am working on building a new repertoire of behaviors to help me cope and relax. Day 51 (almost 52–wow!). Have my moments here and there but really surprised how I’ve managed to tell a couple people that I’m not drinking (“no thanks”, “not drinking today” “oh are you not drinking? No I am not.”) And the sky didn’t fall. The more I say no the easier it gets…Amazing how that happens huh? Next week will be a challenge because I drive home for the weekend (my mother was my trigger, enabler, and biggest critic–second to me in this front), but I have my tools to bring with me. Onward to day 52 (tomorrow).

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  3. Beautiful! It must be quite challenging to work with one hand in a splint!

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  4. I used to to bead work back in the 70’s!
    Some of my friends love to do it.
    Time for me to pick it up again!

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  5. lookingforpeace

    Thanks i will be reading and learning – i am scared – but i feel like when i drink i relax – then it gets worse and i want and drink and i don’t… i could check off everyone of your redflags…
    I want peace and relaxation – i don’t know how to achieve this…

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  6. Very nice! I was obsessed with jewelry making a few years ago and I have lots of supplies and beads that I’d be happy to send to you. Now it’s knitting. Love. Knitting.


  7. daisy4leafclover

    That is really pretty! You must be very creative


  8. Soap making. I was all about soap making for at least a solid year. Kind of obsessive. Gave me a creative outlet and busywork for my restless mind as I thought up new scent combinations and molds and packaging. Great fun and need not be too costly.

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