Normal? Over rated I’m sure

Today I have no clue as to what is going on in the world outside my little slice here in the East Bay. Christian is alive, well and probably exhausted with days more till Augsburg has gotten through its bomb removal. My friend and colleague Janet from my first tour in Germany (1981-84) spent three years stationed in Augsburg. Knows exactly the area involved. Berlin is still recovering from the truck into the Christmas Market this past weekend. I am sure that there is plenty more out there equally unhappy, unpleasant.

Oh, yes, someone or other driving an 18 wheeler managed to block a goodly portion of one of the local freeways. Seems to happen all too frequently, especially during rush hours.

I spent my normal day with my Eldest (car drop off for service) followed by a nice breakfast at Saul’s Deli. We ran a couple of errands. I managed to get two more Yukon Pullovers cut out and serged. All that is left is thread trimming and adding loop and button. I have a pile of remnants to turn into napkins and placements. I also have this lovely huge bale of batting which is going to be used in bags, placemats and table toppers.

Friends came over for dinner; Dani fixed some veggies, salad and made a great brownie cheesecake.

In other words – a totally and completely normal day. I’m running a bit tired but otherwise doing well. Thanks for all the well wishes. Not sure what my new normal is going to be.

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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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13 Responses to Normal? Over rated I’m sure

  1. RG says:

    Sounds like a lovely,normal day. When do your treatments end? Are you booked for a winter cruise someplace warm?

    • Holly says:

      How many is in flux, depending on tumor sensitivity. And yes, running away from home for a week of sunshine in Jan sounds wonderful

  2. Vicki says:

    I’m glad at least you are home. Prayers are continuing for you honey, praying you have complete remission again soon. Wishing to a day early Happy Hanukkah!!

  3. Carmen says:

    Normal is a setting on the clothes dryer. I miss Saul’s. I am admiring your sewing frenzy. I started a new knitting project last night, ripped it out and decided I have to finish the two already in progress.

  4. Donna says:

    Normal is a setting on the dryer…lol. Life is never “normal”. Just think how boring that would be. Of course, sometimes that’s good, and sometimes, not…but that’s what keeps it interesting.

  5. Alison says:

    Even I have heard of Saul’s Deli—someday Richard and I have to go try it out. Loved your description of your day and I’m glad you’ve got family around.

  6. Ann says:

    Our best to you, Holly. I appreciate the updates on your treatments and will visualize you back in cruising condition.
    I do think “normal” is overrated until it is snatched away, then it is underrated. I find that age creates
    a mechanism by which I filter out lots of crap and find a comfortable normal. Maybe it’s because 84 years have taught me that I can’t really do much about much.

  7. Isobel says:

    As far as “normal” goes. When Matthew was around 8 he was wondering what it would be like growing up in a normal household. I asked him what he thought. Answer: boring.

    Also, “normal” is a cycle on the washing machine.

    Just a few “pearls” today.

  8. Mitch says:

    I have been marveling at your spirit and stamina. Keep it up!

    Happy Hannukah to you and the family.

  9. Rebecca says:

    Sounds like you are recovering from the effects of treatment and hospitalization. At least rested enough to care about world affairs, if not energized enough to bound forth and fix the world’s problems.

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