Power Out

It was a quite day here in the Berkeley Hills with the first of the season’s El Nino storms venting on our neighborhood.  As a result, I thought that it would be best to stay home and enjoy the rain without having to experience it.

I have been working on the cross-stitch fractal, swtiching between picking away at the center with its frequent color changes and the major sections at the bottom where I can actually stitch a row or two at a time. Then there are there is also the ownership and requirements of the occasional random hole left by single color in a field of rapidly swapping other colors. (see frequent thread changes above).

This is where I started this morning

This is where I started this morning


This particular pattern is 75 stitches wide and 200 long printed across six sheets of paper, the even numbers of which are just a narrow section that didn’t quite fit on the a joining odd page. The Center section starts at about 80 stitches down.

Ignoring that center section – I am more than 1/2 way down the whole length. The lower section involves larger stitching areas and fewer color changes. None of which made any difference when the power flicked out shortly afternoon today. The light coming through the picture window wasn’t fabulous but I found a great use for my pocket LED purchased in Florida on sale.

There was a lot of grumping going on. George fussed about charging his cell phone. Noah let us know that power was out at his job where apparently most of the customers couldn’t get it through their heads that no power = no lights, no cash register, no sales. Further, that they had to leave the store as wandering around in the dark inside a store, especially someplace like CVS with all sorts of small desirables on the shelf is not a good idea.

PG&E figured it out. The power came on. And, unlike the last time – there was no fried squirrel involved.

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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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