Six – so only two more nights…

and yes, I am still speaking of candles.

Sixth Night

Which of course doesn’t have that much to do with the rest of the day which consisted of errands, taking the youngest three to the Mountain Hardware Warehouse and lunch with a tour to the Rosie the Riveter exhibit afterwards.

My knitting today was pretty minimal.

while I managed another 11 rows

29 Dec 2016

Unfortunately, this section is really slow going because of all the “flower stuff” which has constant color changes. Why use four colors if you can use 11?

and, according to my simple arithmetic –  3916- (11×44) = 3432. Unfortunately I’m not half way but still feel like I am making progress… tomorrow it is the hair and face of the third woman….,

And then – I received a surprise in the mail.

yarn, t-shirt, goodies…

Pat, a good friend in Michigan has been threatening to send me a birthday present for the last several years. I kept putting her off which was easy when living in Germany and unable to get packages through the APO. I thought I had it under control. Then she asked me again for my mailing address and not thinking, I provided it.

I think this is treasures from several years. There is year, there is a great t-shirt that says “Hedge – hugs” and four containers of home made lovely spreads:

Rhubarb-banana confiture
plum ginger butter
pear cardamon
fig lemon marmelade

When George started looking, I snatched the whole thing back. No way is anyone else getting to taste my special treats. There is just enough to enjoy on toast or bagel for a couple of days before moving on to the next. If I put it out, I won’t get any. Not with four other people in the household.

And it will help me figure out what I can knit for Pat in return with the yarn. After all, if you live in Michigan you have to need hats and scarves – right?

Please note – I am not looking for gifts, presents, or anything other than good wishes and prayers from those who feel so inclined. Miriam and I managed to empty three more boxes in the garage this afternoon and I have another box of yarn to go out on Tues. So the flow out (rather than in) is absolutely in the right direction.

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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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11 Responses to Six – so only two more nights…

  1. Clint says:

    Since I don’t have your mailing address, I hope that prayers will do. You are in them.

  2. Cat says:

    I do have your mailing address and if I find anything I think you need or there is anything you need then tell me and it will be used!

  3. Margo says:

    Ha — I was going to ask you for your mailing address so that I could send you something. J

    We are certainly sending you heaps of good wishes – those don’t get delayed in the mail, get hijacked by someone else, or wilt after a week!

  4. Mary Hunt says:

    Holly, I am sending lots and lots of good wishes and prayers for the coming year!

    Thank you for the pleasure of reading your blog for so long!

    • Holly Doyne says:

      All good wishes and prayers gratefully accepted. Now, since we have been in contact from the early days of the knit list (~ 1995) it seems like you should really be in need of some yarn… want yarn?

  5. Marise says:

    Have no idea when your birthday is (mine is Jan.1st;) But since you got some lovely gifts, I assume it is coming up soon. So wishing you good health and many happy returns!
    Thinking and praying for you.

    • Holly says:

      Actually I am an Oct child which tells you how many years I can successfully duck gifts and greetings.

      A New Year’s Baby – how fun! or Not as the case may be. Do the Canadian tax rules run the same as the US (parents get full credit for the child in the year they are born (which means 31 Dec is by far a better deal than 1 Jan)

      • Marise says:

        Actually I do enjoy being a new year’s baby because there is always a party/celebration to bring in my birthday;) always young at heart!

  6. Jo says:

    Outflow is the way to go. When we decided to go full time in an RV we had a 2000 sq. ft. house and a garage sized storage shed filled with “stuff”. None of the kids wanted our stuff. They all have houses filled with their own. (I did have the pleasure of gifting some desirable things to each of the kids.) After storing it at $400 ++ per month, we finally sent most of it to an auction house. I used to be one of those women who shopped for enjoyment. Now, there’s not room for that indulgence. We still have a small storage shed with some stuff in it. Bill is more inclined to keeping stuff for sentimental reasons than I am. I think the kids are relieved, they will never be responsible for cleaning up after us when we’re gone. There are a few things that gave me a pang, but for the most part I’m okay with it.

    • Holly says:

      I will easily admit that most of the stuff in the garage is probably mine. I am contemplating that the best way to probably get rid of most of it is just to drop off boxes without opening them at all. Many of the things that I got 30-40 years ago no longer appeal. Much of the fiber things, I am honestly not going to use. And the books? Many should find a new home with someone else.

      But then I keep thinking of those few times when something has gone out then has to be replaced……

      I think if I had to pay for storage it would be easier to let things go…

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