Field Duty – some are sleeping

Have you ever slept on a Coleman blow-up air mattress?

Let me give you a hint – these are about 6 inches thick when blown up. Air distributed between a number of cells. And it is not possible to punch or push it into shape much less nestle yourself down into a nest. It is not form fitting. It is sleeping on top of a thick plastic covered balloon.

What you can do instead is make an incredible amount of noise while you settle yourself on it, trying to be comfortable.  Driving everyone else in the room around the bend.


The yarn for those orange/pink broken rib socks is Dicentra Designs in Sunset. At 375 yards for 4 oz, it is slightly heavier than the traditional sock weight yarns. Composition is 50% wool, 50% alpaca. I am not going to be wearing these until the weather gets cold.

 I have the cuff completed on the second rib on the side, but no pix. Tomorrow, I promise.  What is even more wonderful is that Anni managed to mail out the June pattern – River Valley socks will be up next. And I have lots of choices with me.

Audio Books

I am finding the Rex Stout mysteries featuring Inspector Nero Wolf interesting. I would be happier if my computer was willing to transfer CDs to my MP3 player at a rate faster than 3-4 CDs an hour. I am not sure what is going on with the interface between the CD Rom drive and the software, but it is driving me nuts. Right up there with Norton warning me that my virus files need to be updated. No kidding, but I am not hooked to the Internet.


Or sculpture with same. Since I am out in the field, for the second Friday here is another military relevant arch.
Taken at the DMZ Museum, perhaps the world could be put back together.

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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 – some are sleeping

  1. Hi Holy! Feeling your pain trying to sleep on that mattress. Been there, done than, possibly think the mattress is better than bare ground. Maybe.

    I haven’t been knitting a heck of a lot. Fell off the wagon in April, trying finish that fuschia sweater. Still not done! Today, I actually just finished a pair of heavy duty mitts for my neighbour, and started a matching hat. Small stuff seems to be on the agenda lately.

    You look like you will be busy with socks for a long time, judging by the KALs.

  2. amanda j says:

    Very cool picture today! I think I will stick to my comfortable innerspring mattress thanks very much!

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