# 29

In 1978, the 10th of Sept fell on a Sunday. Which is what you would expect, since that is the date we were married. Several years ago, I counted up and wrote about all the different places we had lived (number over 16 at that time), cars we had (I know that we are past 9) and the four wonderful children we have. Now I have to amend it to an outstanding adult daughter and three pretty terrific young adults (late 20s and teens are just worlds apart). Like all couples, we have our ups and downs. Never would have guessed, that hot September afternoon that we would have wound up where we are. Together yes, but on the other side of the world and dealing with the military, the world of venture capital and with four children? Not in a million years. Seems like a long distance for a couple of barely making it young professionals.

Tonight for company I have our golden retriever who has stayed close to my side all day. She is missing the teens and is not about to be left alone. Have heard from the DH several times today from his office in Switzerland – he will be home Friday.

I took a day of leave and, after an early morning PT session, returned home to work on this disaster of a house. I have mentioned the amount of dust generated by the renovations:


and I am piling, sorting and trying to containerize things. I am waiting to empty the left three sections of this bookcase until I have help. At that point I am going to move the higher section toward the middle while properly pegging a few shelves that have been living at an angle since I put them up.


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While listening to


there have been six loads of laundry, some dishes washed and a brief visit from the plumber after I went into our new bathroom to find water on the floor. It looked like it was coming up from under the tile near one corner. And turned out to be a faint drip from the newly installed heating unit.


Remember theses? My Sockapaloozas from my great pal feeling so comfortable on my feet (I took off the sandals so that you could see them better). Did I mention that she is from France, living and working in Berlin and is really computer savvy?


became my mental health break. I think I showed you this 3-ply rainbow yarn finished up around the beginning of the month now looking for a project.


I plyed the first two bobbins of the M44 from Winderwood Farms and am very pleased with both the handling and the way the colours are working out. I will be using it for a fairisle vest where the long colour repeats will be just what I need.



These are “those” spiral socks – with the spirals showing a little more clearly.


And finally – TISA has arrived from New England along with some goodies in the package. I am knitter number 4 on the sock, and i get to turn the heel! I love heels. Now I just have to restrain myself and follow the pattern directions rather than ad libbing.


This cooperative sock knitting is fun, and this particular little friend just made its fourth trip across the Atlantic. Once I have done the heel, I think I will take her up to the castle and to work before sending her on her way. I would take her to Switzerland but I really don’t want to hang on too long and slow things down.

The dog has long since gone to sleep, and I have accomplished at least something tonight with the shrank cleaned and organized as well as a start on these corner shelves.



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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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