Our first Christmas in Florida…Bittersweet, I think. While I’m happy to be in a warmer climate, it’s times like these that make it hard. No family; no old friends. Nowhere to really ‘go,’ except for the same places we go every other day.
Talked with the kids this morning. Meg has it tough, also, as she is quite alone in her little place in Kansas City. Thankfully she has friends, though she didn’t say she would be seeing any of them today. But she does like it there, and she’s had a few holidays on her own now. It’s just hard when you come from such a large family to suddenly have NO family around for special occasions.
Thankfully we have a lovely place and we have each other.
They just left a few hours ago. But it sure was a fun visit. Thom and I picked up Mom and Lauren in Orlando Wedn
esday evening and had a short but nice visit until they were picked up today by Molly and family who are now headi
ng down to Fort Lauderdale for their Christmas break.
After a VERY long ride home from the airport, we had pina coladas, then off to bed. Thursday started out a little cool with promises of warmer weather. We drove to Jungle Hut Beach only to be disappointed by a lot of people, plus a mess of a beach. It wasn’t conducive to shelling. We then drove A1A up to Flagler Beach to have a look around. We decided to go home and change into beach attire, have a lovely brunch at Oceanside Restaurant, and head across the street to the beach.
Thom and Lo headed into the water with a boogie board and an air mattress. Thom only had to show Lauren ONCE and she got it down! She was hootin’ and hollerin’ her way through the surf on the air mattress, laughing out loud at the sheer fun of it! We got great video of her numerous rides on the waves. Mom enjoyed shelling and watching the antics, and the sun mostly cooperated. We all had a really great time, and it was so fun to share it with them.
The day ended with pizza a daquari, the finale of the “X Factor” (horrible show), and an early bedtime. Molly and family arrived this morning around 11:15. We fed them lunch, passed out some gifts, and off they went like sardines in a can for the three+ hour trek to their final destination in the sun.
Five days until Christmas, 2011. I’m not even sure when my last post, but I know there have been some changes. Boy, have there been some changes.
Reader’s Digest version, and what brings me to where I am now:
2005 – I turn 50. I have a hysterectomy. I teach myself to knit. We buy a cottage. My dad has a stroke that puts him in a nursing home. He goes from work … to a nursing home.
2006 – Andrew gets married and moves far away. Kevin graduates from high school. I spend lots of time at The Cabbage … as much as possible.
2007 – I quit my career as a court reporter and open a yarn shop. Knitting becomes my life. On December 9th, my dad dies.
2008 – Meg moves away. Dennis files for divorce. Another surgery. I reconnect with Thom.
2009 – The divorce is final in May. Thom relocates to Michigan and we live in the cottage. My yarn shop is struggling through the spiraling economy while Thom and I struggle through our first winter in the cottage.
2010 – Thom undergoes back surgery. The shop continues it’s downward struggle. Crafty Glasses is born. Kevin gets married. Another miserable winter but beautiful springs and summers at the cottage.
2011 – I’m getting financially buried at my little yarn store. I finally cry “Uncle!” With the cottage property in a land dispute, I close my shop, file bankruptcy, leave my cottage to the bank and relocate to Florida. Crafty Glasses begins to slowly grow and expand.
And my best friend Sarah struggles to understand why the man she loves is dying.
I need to start journaling again. This is my beginning, near the end of ’11.
Okay. So you’ve seen all my Works In Progress. I can say that I did finish the watermelon dress, and it turned out even cuter than expected. Of course I forgot to get a picture, but I’ll do that next time I’m in the shop and will get it up here. BUT…
Got our new yarn in from Cascade. Oh. My. Goodness. It’s even yummier than I remembered, and I’m really happy with my choices. (This is huge, because I tend to second-guess myself all day long.) Every bag we opened was nicer than the last, and the colors are GREAT! So now, of course, I have to make a couple shop models with the new stuff. I’m going with little kid stuff since lots of it is in beautiful pastels that just beg to be made into something for a girl. When I get going on them I’ll post their progress here.
It might seem like a lot, but seeing as how two of them are ‘samplers,’ that means I do a sampling of ‘this’ for a little bit, then a sampling of ‘that’ for a bit, which is nice cuz then I don’t get too bored with it. Though I have to admit the dress is already boring and I’m only about an inch into it. As you can see by the picture, it’s all stockinette stitch, which is lovely in a brainless-I-can-watch-tv-and-knit kind of way, but is also a little hard on the hands because I don’t take as many breaks. But it’s a shop model (‘natch), so I need to get it done.
The scarf is a pain in the ass harder, so it takes longer cuz I have to go so slow.
And the afghan? Well, that’s gonna take all summer, I think. And honestly, I only have probably three more squares to go (out of 20!). But then it’s stitching them all together, and THEN adding the border all the way around. Yeah. Hopefully when the cold weather returns (if it ever leaves) it’ll be done.