Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Stormy

Yes, the title is a bit of a joke, as I am in sunny Palm Desert and their idea of a big storm is the wind blowing and the temperature dropping to a chilly 75F.  I've been here since January, my first official season as a "snowbird."  We are due to head back north to the Pacific Northwest in May.  Number One son is being married mid-May and we need to arrive ahead of the other kids to get the rooms furnished in the new house that I moved into right before leaving town.  DH and I will spend the summer getting things squared away there and landscaping done but for now we need to have appropriate sleeping places set up for the other kids who will be arriving to stay with us before the wedding.

I've been knitting and spinning here, but kind of lost my mojo for a little while.  It's been warmer than usual and my winter knitting just didn't seem to interest me.  I did reconfigure a sweater that I made last summer, the Brynna cardigan.  I didn't like the way the short sleeves flared out due to the lace pattern, so I took them apart and made the sleeves longer.  I used up most of the rest of my 4th skein of The Plucky Knitter Primo Sport, which I loved.  I will post a photo when I get one taken.

I finished some charity mittens for afghans for Afghans.  Mittens and socks are good to work on when it's warm, ya know.  I also spun some Corriedale from woolgatherings and, as it's not a real soft yarn, I'll use it for some mittens or a hat.




But back to the weather.....  It really does get windy here.



And it's exciting.  People stop in the middle of the road when something (tree bark) blows by.  Not quite like getting stuck in the snow, but these guys run into each other anyway.

Here's a video I took of the hummingbirds trying to catch up to the feeders.  When they get there, they get a ride along with their snack.

video

More later.  I'll show you the lap blanket I made for DH when I first got here and it was really cold...you know, 70 or so.  He said he wanted a blanket to put over his legs and as a knitter, I immediately told him that I could make one.  Let's see, buy one in twenty minutes at Target or take two months to knit one.  No decision, right?


Monday, February 3, 2014

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year

Making breakfast in my new kitchen and looking out at the ducks.  Pretty great. 

The only thing that would make it better is if my family were here with me. I'll see them all soon!

Friday, December 27, 2013

I May Be Out Here

...in the middle of nowhere with a ton of unpacked boxes, but it sure is pretty.


Saturday, December 21, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

Ch-ch-ch-changes

It's that time of the year when it's only natural to think about how the past year went and how things might be different in the new year.  I am making more changes than usual and am gradually altering my thinking towards embracing the new and not feeling as if I'm being dragged kicking and screaming from my usual routine.  Even though this has been coming for awhile and is good, all change is stressful and, especially as I get older, hard to embrace.

About a year and a half ago, we started designing a house that would be built on a small lake on property that has been in my family since the 1940s.  To accomplish that, I had to kick out the deadbeat renters who were there, get the design going, and get the little shacks on the property torn down.  There also were a couple of huge fir trees that unfortunately had to go.  Somewhere around last January, the site was ready and the construction commenced.



I had been trying to spend several months a year in Palm Desert with DH, but due to the construction and decisions that had to be made, I was here in Seattle most of last year.  I was also concentrating on getting our main house cleaned up and cleaned out, and it went on the market in June.  We've been here over 17 years, raised our three kids here, and it's a big house.  You can imagine how much stuff was stashed everywhere.  Not only yarn!

The new house was finished in September and I love it.  The problem is that it's about an hour south of our old neighborhood and even though I'm familiar with those surroundings, it's not near my yoga studio, not near my friends, not near my book club, my favorite grocery store, my book store.....You get the picture.  I will have to find new routines when I'm there, which will mostly be in the spring and summer.

The timing actually worked out well.  The big house and yard were viewed by prospective buyers in the summer when it looks the best.  By now everything is starting to get messy and drippy so I'm glad the people have signed on the dotted line already.  We had a last Thanksgiving here and it was almost perfect; the Princess and Prince Charming couldn't make it.  But they recently purchased their first house in Las Vegas, and right after using our dining set  here for the last time, we shipped it off to them, along with a lot of other furniture that we no longer needed.

Our last big family dinner:

The dining room now:



 I even sent my beloved piano, knowing that the Princess could be a gifted pianist if she decided to study again and even though I took lessons for years, I really have no aptitude for it. It will have a good home with her and be loved again.



So I've been packing for a month.

Shelves are emptying out:



Here's how my knitting room looks:


Notice the skeins of yarn on top of a box.  Also the swift (and ball winder) are both still set up.  I might want to start another project or two this week.....

DH was here for about 10 days at Thanksgiving and, even though he was sick the whole time, helped me get a lot of stuff cleared out and taken to the dump and to the new house.  He's back in the desert now, as this is his busy season.  The movers are coming for the rest of the stuff in this house the day after Christmas.  I'll be at the lake for a week, then go to the desert for a few months.  Graduating to official snowbird....somehow I don't feel that old.

I am looking forward to being with my husband...we've been apart for the majority of each year ever since he went down to work in Palm Desert.  His business falls off in the summer, so we're planning that we'll be at the lake together in the summers and in the desert together for most of the winters.  That's going to be a bit of an adjustment as well...I hope he gets in the swing of following my directions again quickly!  He's been thinking that he could manage himself....

Here's a shot from the upstairs balcony right before the new house was all finished.  You can see where I'll be sitting and knitting all summer!  Of course, that's after some work is done on the yard.  The rocks were part of the original house and will be a firepit, and the lovely dirt yard needs a little something.



Sadly, we had to say goodbye to our little Buddy in October.  He was facing multiple health issues and we knew that he wouldn't be able to adjust to moving between two different homes, so we had to let him go.  As much as I miss him, I know it was the best thing to do.  He had a great life and went peacefully on to being, as the Princess said, "the newest angel in doggie Heaven."

He used to love to float on a mat in the pool, watching over the kids and barking.  He was such a character!



Out with the old and in with the new is exceedingly true this year.  I know I'll need some time to adjust and no longer wonder why I feel alternately sad and excited.  My comfort zone is being stretched to the limit and accepting the changes with grace is my goal.  I know I am very lucky to be embarking on this new adventure.  Embracing whatever life holds in this next chapter will be my mission.

I wish you all health, happiness, and peace in the year to come.

Gratuitous glamour shot of the Princess and Prince Charming.  Aren't they beautiful?