I remember Sept 2020

where we couldn’t even see across the street at 1100 in the morning.

This is what Mark, in Long Island was seeing this morning.

Carmen described drive she and Stuart made from their DC home back to their Ottawa home. I am quoting and hope she forgives me..

There are massive wildfires in northern Quebec, plus a few in Ontario, and smoke from those fires has covered a large portion of eastern North America’s skies. I expected the smoke, but I didn’t expect it to be as low to the ground as it was. By the time we were in New York state, driving through Binghamton and Syracuse, the smell was acrid, visibility was limited, and the sun was partially blocked.

Just as a reminder for those of you in affected areas – you need a filter respirator/mask if you are going to be outside, even for a couple of minutes – that means an M95, N95, etc. Cowls, bandanas, scarves,, surgical masks … none of them really filter out particles of the size that are going to do significant damage to your lungs.

On the more mundane front –

I managed a bit more than another 1000 stitches on Born to be Wild, my ducks on a scooter stitch that I introduced yesterday. I had forgotten how fast and easy it is to stitch on 14 ct.


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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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