Return to ???

It wasn’t when I stopped at the mailroom hoping to be able to pick up all of our held mail – and the window was open. It wasn’t when I drove through the HMEDDAC Caserne and saw very few cars in the parking lots. It was when my cell phone rang and I pulled over to answer it.

Then I called work because I was running late only to find out that it was a training holiday. Well – DUH! No wonder the mailroom window was open; they do that from 0800-1200 on training holidays. Plus this was the obvious explanation for both the lack of vehicle and pedestrian traffic on the Caserne; all the clinics were closed.

Turning around, I drove back to the Caserne and used a computer in the PM Building for the next several hours in order to get caught up. By the time that 258 emails turned into 152 to be filed and most of the rest in the trash and I had seen a number of patients it was 1530. Heading back over to the mailroom to find it dark, the other shoe dropped.

I knew this. On training holidays the mailroom is open in the morning; a time that it is normally closed. Then it closes for the rest of the day. Period. There are no afternoon hours. I had stayed to 1530 on a day off – the day after returning from China because?

Packing my slow brain into the car I drove home, making it as far as the terrace with my packages before the temptation became too great.

Yarn from the Sweet Sheep? Check. August SOM from Chameleon Colorworks? Check. Books? Check!


Thin Air by Rachel Cain and Devil May Cry by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Both read before bedtime.


See how pretty my bathroom looks?


All that remains are the shower stall doors/walls and the light fixture over the sink. Oh, yes, and negotiating where (not here) my DH is going to put this tile he bought in China.



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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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4 Responses to Return to ???

  1. Suse says:

    Hi Holly,

    I was just clicking randomly through a few blogs of the SAM4-KAL, when I noticed the header picture on your blog. And it looked definitely verrry familiar. Heidelberg?? No. Yes. I can’t believe it 😀 I live just 20 km south of HD in Meckesheim!

    Suse (also on the SAM4-KAL)

  2. Suse says:

    Hi Holly,

    me again (sorry). My eyes just got caught by the word “Nußloch” … the funny part of it? Some time ago I was regularly participating in the Nußloch/Leimen-Spinnzirkel. Maybe I should go there again? 🙂 BTW: I have a Schacht wheel at home, too 😉

    We`re planning on having small knitting-meetings on a regular basis in the area of Heidelberg/Mannheim. If you’re interested in joining us, just email me 🙂 Spinning wheels of course allowed if there is enough room available (sorry for my bad English)


  3. Ruth says:

    I’ve been missing you. Hope all is well.

  4. Fascinating trip to china, read every entry. Wish I could have been a mouse in a pocket.

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