and today 0715

Again, no cat early this morning. In fact, I woke at 0715, light shining in the window and a feeling that something must be wrong. No cat. Oh dear. Swinging my legs out of bed, there was this scurrying sound followed by a few meeps. Ok, the cat is alive and well… he must have overslept as well…

I headed to the back room for most of the morning – the light is great. I did have supervision –

Unlike most days where the only one who controls my schedule & activities is me – we had two “social” events on the calendar. The first was a reception for the donor group out of Cal from 1500-1700. Obviously important to George, I tagged along but found it even less interesting than last year. There was a nice table in the back of the room where I could avoid the masses of people (and read a book on my phone). From there we headed to Jack London Square in Oakland. The navigation apps all provided a route that involved freeways…

At 1700 there was absolutely no way any one in their right, left, or sane mind would voluntarily get on a freeway around here unless there was absolutely no choice. Instead, we headed essentially in a straight line up Telegraph Ave, used 29th to cut over to Broadway which went all the way to our destination. For anyone who might have to go through downtown Oakland, I do not recommend driving. The lane markings are continually changing complete with bus lanes, bike lanes, turn lanes…. leaving only one wandering bit of pavement for cars intending to head straight ahead. We survived to our destination only to find that it was on the far side of the train tracks, home to both Amtrak and freight trains.

Why were we doing this? End of season dinner for supporters of the Cal Women’s  BasketBall team. Last year the dinner was on campus. This year the team wanted to try something different. They succeeded. Plank is a bowling alley. Plus pool tables, plus all sorts of electronic game machines… Shall we say loud? Extremely loud?  The team had a great time. Most of us “adults” tried to stay as far away from the noise as possible.  We saw only a few people that we knew and I was glad to get out of there as early as possible.

End assessment? I will happily skip both events next year, especially if they are held in the same locations.

Part 2/3 of Portuguese Dreams (Barbara Ana) was released on the 15th. I managed to add all of the 3371 along the top as well as the bit opposite the houses. I have perhaps a few hundred stitches more to add. I think it is pretty obvious that her head/face will be the last section (30 April).

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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