Wednesday, August 22, 2018

To Be With You Again...

"To be with you again" by Level 42...

On the  beach...
Scheveningen,The Netherlands
July 25 2018

This morning our daughter moved back to L.A. for her final year at university there. This day also sort of signifies the end of summer for me:  the kids are back in school / work,  the husband is back at work / school and my life will slowly have to find itself again...

I cleaned the kitchen counters, did some laundry and walked around the house sort of aimlessly. After some therapeutic knitting I decided to watch "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" on Netflix. That was just the ticket. I enjoyed,  then I cried (a little for myself as well) and I enjoyed some more...
   
I've purchased quite a bit of fabric over the past two months and I've also bought some new patterns so plenty to look forward to. And knitting of course, always the knitting!  {smile}

Summer really will keep on going for a little while longer
and I'm ready to enjoy some quieter days ahead...

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Rocky Re-Entry...


Wijk bij Duurstede...

And we're back!  We have returned from three fabulous weeks in my home country, The Netherlands. Unfortunately  a nasty cold bug hitched a ride with us and both Master C. and myself succumbed to it. Now we are two weeks later and I'm finally off the cold meds and have slept two consecutive nights in a row without waking up: progress. I can feel the energy returning...

New cut & color by myself this morning...

For those of you who haven't seen all my Instagram posts: we spent a week with my dad and his wife in Muiden (just outside of Amsterdam).  We were extremely lucky to have been able to borrow somebody's house in Amersfoort for two weeks following that at walking distance from my sister's house. It was was just wonderful to have our own home base for a good amount of time and to do our day trips from there. And to spend so much time with her and her men of course... {smile}

My sister and myself...

All four of us bicycled both into town and into the fields. We went shopping (lots!), rented multiple 'whisper' boats (e-boats) around the canals, met with lots of friends and ate way too many french fries. (and Dutch candy) It was so much fun to show Master C.'s fiancee Miss K. (who is American) around our old stomping grounds.

Miss K. and Master C. at the Zaanse Schans...

The weather was insanely hot, up to 100 F/ 38+C several times with no a/c, no fans and no mosquito netting. It was quite brutal at times to be honest...



But beer helped... (a lot!)

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Now we're back in the States, but normal life hasn't quite resumed quite yet. The engaged couple (wedding next year!) moved to Denver, Colorado last week where she will be spending time on her Masters degree and where he has just landed himself his first big job after grad school with a big accounting firm. We are so excited for them!

Miss M. is home for  two and a half weeks before her senior year at  uni starts. She is looking to start a Masters/ PHD program in Natural Resources in 2019, curious to see where she'll end up. She is always wonderful to have around the house, bringing so much warmth and happiness. 


Mr. G. unfortunately started work as soon as we landed and he is in the middle of preparing for another school year. New teachers have arrived and the 'old' ones will return next week with school starting on the 27th.

We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary last weekend, can you believe it?!

From left to right: Miss K.'s mom, Miss M., Me, Miss K., Mr G., Master C.

It was wonderful to spend so much time with family and friends this summer. 
I will miss them so...




Sunday, June 10, 2018

Neverwhere...



Although I'm currently working on both a fabulously over-sized sweater (Teru by Junko Okamoto) and another  hat (Geo Point by Dallas Ann Prentice)(my fifth!), I felt a very strong urge ("cast-on-iritis") to cast on yet another project: the Neverwhere Shawl by Melanie Berg.

For the main color I'm using Madeline Tosh BFL in  the colorway 'Found Pottery'.  It reminds me of those sprinkles called  'hundreds and thousands'... This was probably not the best choice for the first section of cables so after one repeat I decided to use up some of my grey stash yarn, can't remember the name of it.  I'm just enjoying all the different colors and textures So Much! 

It makes me Happy!  {smile}





This will be just a fun project to take along to different places, especially to The Netherlands in July. Yes, Mr. G., Master C and his fiancee and myself of course will be visiting my family and friends for three weeks. 
The best part is that we have a house that we can borrow for two weeks right behind my sister's house in Amersfoort! Now we don't have to sleep in all these different beds and places all the time and have a little home away from home of sorts, can't wait! 




Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Flooded waters...



With all the recent rainfall and snow melting in the mountains, some flooding occurred once again in our valley. Yesterday, whilst on my way to Little Bit, I stopped to take some photos along the way.  One of the main roads across the valley is still closed this morning, but will hopefully open again later today. 

We are never in any direct danger so don't you worry. It (the flooding) has just become one of those things that is part of our lives in this area...


In the mean time, I'm working on finishing this over-sized and boxy sweater. The pattern is called  'Acorn' and is designed by Junko Okamoto.  The yarn is Brooklyn Tweed's Shelter in Snowbound (grey), Camper (pink) and Newsprint (black & white marl). If you click on the link then you can see I've changed the colorwork area drastically. The acorns just weren't speaking to me somehow...

I'm loving this slightly different design. (then again, I always enjoy things that are 'slightly different...')  {smile}

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Our last hike...

Snow!

Railroad relics...

I-90 toward the Cascades...

Taken from the car...



Saturday was Miss M.'s last day at home before she would return to college. Therefore we had to take one last hike with her. Her wish was to experience snow one more time... (my wish was to walk on a fairly level trail)







 We drove to the Homestead Valley Trail Head just off of I-90 and explored parts of the Iron Horse Trail. Such cool (and very high!) trestle bridges  from the old railroad that used to run there. 




After a 4-mile walk it was getting very foggy and couldn't see much anymore. We drove up to Snoqualmie Pass for some lunch (and a beer at Dru Bru brewery). It was snowing and it was just beautiful.  After all that we drove back home and Miss M. started packing. She left very early Sunday morning (we had to leave the house for the airport at 5:45am...) and today was my first day back to being home alone. It was a looooong day....



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Friday, January 19, 2018

At the Lake...





To celebrate our last days together, Miss M. and I decided to go on a walk to Rattlesnake Lake, just past North Bend, WA. It was very cloudy, wet and moody: so Pacific Northwest-like. Beautiful!













Two more sleeps and our house will be so quiet again...

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Complete...


"I'm so happy, I could cry..."

The period from August until now has been the longest that we haven't seen our children. It feels so good to have them home again...





Today we are celebrating Thanksgiving, yesterday the floods arrived...






Don't worry, we usually have some secret roads that are still open. We are expecting seven Dutch guests for dinner this afternoon. They've all been sent updated travel info, we should have a grand ol' time!  {smile}

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To Be With You Again...

"To be with you again" by Level 42... On the  beach... Scheveningen, The Netherlands July 25 2018 This morning our ...