Swapping Out


When we bought this house in 2001, there were some items of furniture that had been left from the previous owner. Along with the color scheme, shag carpet, and horrible wallpaper, these obviously dated from the low price end of the 1960s. All one could say for them is that they did not cost anything.

As time has gone on, we have gradually fed various of these furniture relics to others or the recycle center just as we also worked on renovating several of the rooms.

One of the last remaining rooms, except for our bathroom and the ½ bath in the upper hall is George’s office. There are ceiling spot lights directed toward the built in books shelves, the wiring circuits having a hunger for expensive bulbs. There is otherwise no lighting in the room that is not supplied by a couple of cheap floor lamps.

Several months ago now we held a clean out the office weekend on George. The end result is that his desk was excavated, shelves and cupboards emptied, boxes put in attic storage and a way cleared through so that you could easily walk from the door opening to the living room to the one leading to our bedroom hall.

But we had left an old daybed, not having a couch to place in the room. My feeling had been that this was an extra place for company. But what it had really been doing is serving as a dumping ground for extra stuff.

Today, while George was running, I took advantage of Shana and Frank’s visit. Clearing off this piece of upholstered junk, Noah and Frank hauled it out through the living room to the back patio. Then, they brought up the futon couch that had been in Shana’s old room. They were just rounding the corner from the back hall to the living room when George got back to lend them a hand.

With a wooden frame and cream colored fabric, it makes the room look much more comfortable as well as professional. I just have to move something next to it to serve as a small table and place some lighting on that wall as well. It does fold flat, should we have an excess of visitors. It also neatly covers the LAN plug-ins along the baseboard of that wall while not blocking access should we want to take certain rooms downstairs off line.

The house is now quiet, the kids are settled back at school, Shana and Frank have headed home, and George is at work in his office. Since it is a work day somewhere in the world, it is another evening of conference calls for him.


I have listened to all the audio books currently checked out from the library. This includes the first three Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich, read by Lori Petty.

The Attack by Yasimna Khadra I started The Attack by Yasmina Khadra and decided it requires too much concentration to be a knitting or driving book. It has received mixed reviews, the positive ones from the original French and mid-Easterners. The more negative ones coming from the English speaking reviewers. From looking at his website (the author is actually a former Algerian military officer who, after completing his military service left for exile in France for his personal safety), it is obvious that the translations of his works may be good, but are lacking in English.


Ah yes, the important update with pictures. I finished the toes of on both pairs of socks (Hope and Inside-Out) and am in the process of updating the pix on the 2007 Sock Page. I also finished up the Sweater Vest and it is now blocking.

So currently on the needles are the Chameleon Colorworks March Sock of the month – Niagara Falls. and Baby Half Circle Cardigan in Seina-Pink for an accent with the main portion being in Siena-Stripes.
Chameleon Colorworks March SOM-Niagara Falls The Baby Half Circle Cardigan from the Shabui Knits siteThe Baby Half Circle Cardigan started

And then there is the joy that only a dog can feel when enjoying her current best thing of the day –
The dog - Elena


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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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