Author Archives: Holly

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!

And now there are three

When I checked in on the CalFalcons channel this morning, there was a third chick with one egg left to hatch. Checking in on the live feed off & on during the day – and watching one of the adult … Continue reading

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Like many others during the pandemic, I started watching various live feeds on YouTube. The natural disasters are pretty self evident. I never expected to (nor wanted to) have first hand and up close experience with a volcano. Iceland provided … Continue reading

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the reprieve is over

That kind of good luck never lasts. Last night the cat decided that he needed to sleep next to me on the bed. Ok, I can deal with him taking his ½ on the outside edge. What was less than … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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An extra 15

Seriously, the cat didn’t sleep with me last night. Nor did he start bothering me in the dark. I actually woke up on my own at 0615. I took a good look at him. No signs of illness; no fur … Continue reading

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Monday, Monday

For those of you who are no longer part of the Monday-Friday working world – Monday no longer functions as the “great divide” in which you slide downhill hoping that something stops your decent before you hit Wednesday and start … Continue reading

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Not better today

Some how, have the old attitude of the working multitudes – that weekends should be best enjoyed as not having to be in the office/workplace/base /whatever but should be for personal time and catch up. So what part of that … Continue reading

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Early breakfast

I have mentioned that I am cat sitting, right? And that said cat belongs to my youngest? Like many others of her generation, she works remotely. Not an issue in most cases but the firm for which she works is … Continue reading

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Small figures –

and, as I mentioned there are 324 of them – each in a different DMC color. It almost takes more time to pul the thread than to stitch those 25-50 stitches  for each color. Is where I am currently. Trying … Continue reading

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On the keyboard –

which doesn’t help me 1) send email 2) watch YouTube or 3) listen to an audio book since head and paws hit keys/ trackpad on a regular basis…. and just in case he wasn’t a challenge…. Which I am afraid … Continue reading

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Three 24

has become a kind of “thing” in the cross stitch community. Arlene Cohen of Works by ABC released this particular patter at Nashville last month. Perhaps the best way to describe it is as a combination of a color gamp … Continue reading

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Finished with those beads

But first – pictures of my helper today Since supervising is obviously exhausting. And if you keep pushing the laptop enough – you can gain control of a significant section of desk – But Taurus – Nora Corbett’s Zodiac Girl … Continue reading

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She is shiny

and I had planned on having her finished today, which just didn’t happen. First, I had help from the cat who felt that his place was on my lap with his head between me and the stitching. When that didn’t … Continue reading

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Not quite a throne

and I was the recipient of the Kitty STARE for a good proportion of the morning. There were obviously several things I had done totally and completely wrong and thus had earn the ire of the cat. The first was … Continue reading

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And #27 for the year

In spite of errands, distractions, Costco and other such time consumers, I managed to sit down to stitch late afternoon. Silhowitches was released by Teresa Kogut in 2021 if I remember correctly and I started it sometime in 2022. Obviously, … Continue reading

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Power Outage

I am currently sitting in a lovely cafe down on Shattuck Ave in Berkeley. We had fair warning about a power outage today from PG&E as they tackled the replacement of two power poles. My section of Euclid is a … Continue reading

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Check 0ff the Greenhouse

This is the third of the Fabulous House Series by Cottage Garden Samplings. So far it is the only chart of theirs that I have stitched in the last three years that didn’t call for even one skein of a … Continue reading

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Amur Leopard complete

and here he is in all his glory. stitched on 18ct fabric hand dyed by VintageNeedleArts (Etsy shop) left from another project. As the background and one of the suggested floss colors wouldn’t work, I substituted DMC 3862 and two … Continue reading

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Looks and sounds like those responsible should have come up with a better name. It stands for Women’s Basketball Invitational Tournament. California (UC Berkeley specifically since it is considered the MAIN CAL school) landed a slot and the first game … Continue reading

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Down to six

I counted on my WIP shelf. I am down to six projects carefully stored in their project bags with origin dates from 2019-2022.  Looking at them, I don’t think I really have anything left over from last year. Strange that … Continue reading

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