Field Duty – Billeting


Picture in your mind a long open bay of sleeping space with a door in each end that opens to the outside. There are overhead lights and windows on the outer wall that open. The inner wall is shared with the other side of the buildings.

In this room are metal bunk beds along both sides witth the feet pointing toward the center isle. Since there are not 48 women, in fact not even 24, everyone gets a bunk on which to sleep, putting their gear on either the bunk above or below.

Unfortunately, it appears that most of the women sharing this location with me are GenXers and really young. Nothing against young knitters, most of you have manners and considerations for others. But for this crew who is sharing space the idea is not to disturb others, especially if they want to sleep. So TVs, Stereos without headphones are not a good idea. Neither are private phone calls in the building (unless you don’t care if everyone else hears them, and trust me – none of the rest of us want to hear you). Nor do we want to be woken up before 0600 if we don’t have to be anywhere for a few hours. You can tell most of these kids have not been deployed or they would not be doing this stuff.

I am contemplating posting house rules covering lights out, noise, and neatness. As the senior occupant, I am reserving my right to be crabby.


I have this lovely skein of Fire on the Mountain from Blue Moon Fiber Arts. I started Vinnland from The AnitCraft but the pattern disappeared in the bright colors. So I am back to a basic 4/1 rib. I am going to figure out tomorrow how to manage to get to the library so that I can upload a couple of pictures.

But I have some down time, a great opportunity to crank out socks.


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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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2 Responses to Field Duty – Billeting

  1. Kristina says:

    I’m sure that if you impose a few house rules that there will be quite a few people that will appreciate it!

  2. YaelB says:

    Ooowah! How is the Fire on the Mountain? I still covet that color, but wound up going for Farmhouse & Tourmaline (for the ubiquitous Last Minute Gifts scarf), and Carbon & Cracked Canyon.

    If I ever get to the Grasshopper (Why not Brandy Alexander, or Kung Fu?) sock thingy – it will be in a solid, as the Silky seems too busy for the pattern.

    When it comes to color, I want the nice pretties to be where I can see and pet them and tend to allocate the quieter tones to sock projects.

    As for the chatty bratties – they are definitely due for visit from the Clue Fairy and her Clue-by-Four regarding the basics of communal living.

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