Teens and Tigers

It was one of those times when you really have to remind yourself that you like your children. Love them? Of course, but liking them? A whole ‘nother world.

I must have been totally and completely out of my mind, asleep perhaps when the youngest quietly reminded me that she had not had a birthday party last month. Would it be all right if she had a few friends over for a pool party the second week of vacation?

Or I was hoping that most of them would still be on vacation, but certainly not thinking clearly. After all, who willing undergoes the noise level that can be created by 14 year olds?

Next I was to find that this was going to be a mixed group. Ok, I can deal with that.

(Notice that she is leading me on, one step at a time?)

Then came the request for some of the kids to sleep over. This is an issue. I don’t want them in the house if there is no adult present. George is now out in LA and I am here. Ick.

Who was she thinking?
The whole group.
Nope, no boys, you are too old for that (or not old enough, but I am not going there). She settled for requesting a few of the girls.

The shopping completed last night, my final words were that she and her siblings had to have the house completely cleaned up for company.

I made in home barely before the first guests were due to arrive. As I came up the steps, I heard Nina rehearsing her performance piece. Noah was going to be downtown with friends.

Do you think for a minute that the house was clean?


 Opal Tigers, completed pair At first they were going to be for my husband, but they turned out to be too bright for him. I thought about my son, but his feet were too big and he has this lousy habit of walking around in his socks.

But the 18 year old daughter thought they were really cool, and they were tal enough that she can wear them with her ever present boots (as long as I shortened them a bit in the foot).

So there you have it – the original (2000) Opal Tiger knit on 64 stitches. They are 20 cm tall and 23 cm long. Knit on 2,5 mm needles.

Audio Books

I finished up Very Bad Deaths by Spider Robinson, The Witness for teh Prosecution & Other Stories by Agatha Christie and have just started on the Sue Grafton series from A is for Alibi.


I have Graham Wheat bread down pat with the bread machine. Doesn’t it look nice?
1 cup buttermilk, 1 egg, 3TBS molasses, 1/4 cup oil, 2 Cups bread flour, 1 cup graham flour, 1.5 tsp yeast and whatever herbs you like (2 TBS dried onion flakes and 1 tbs chopped ginger) placed in the break machine in whatever order required and baked on the large wheat loaf cycle.

 the loaf of bread  ready to eat

I am now going to be brave and go into the kitchen since the kids are all downstairs….

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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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3 Responses to Teens and Tigers

  1. amanda j says:

    Kids! You have just mentioned most of the reasons why I got so mad at a childless friend who still lives at home (!) suggesting to my daughter she could sponge from us for as long as she needed. Cough splutter!

    Wow, you made those socks so fast! They look fabulous.

    By the way, you inspired me to take an audio book out from the library! Now I just have to work out how to get it on my ipod without jumbling the chapters up! Happy Friday!!

  2. anne says:

    oh, much better that the house be clean AFTER the kids leave; no sense in cleaning up before they get there!

  3. Kristin says:

    Wow, that’s some really tall bread 🙂

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