Stepping outside today is wonderful! Although we live in a neighborhood, the houses are at a distance from one another, and during the daytime there is not a lot going on. So yes, it is an immense quiet! The snow acts like a big soft muffler, and the sounds change.
I recently constructed a new purse/bag/tote for myself. See, this is what happens when you travel - last September we were visiting Missoula, MT. That included a search for any interesting stops where I might find inspiring fabric, yarn or patterns. I have great guys, Bob and Dan, who enable me! We tracked down The Confident Stitch in the downtown area. That's where I saw a large tote bag and decided I must have it. The pattern for the Oberlin Tote Bag comes from Klum House in Portland, OR.
No one will be sitting round the chiminea tonight, telling tall tales and gazing up at the stars!
More snow has been falling to the earth throughout the day. I haven't even ventured out to the mailbox!
I am repeatedly amazed about the path my life is taking now. All of the big questions about work and finances and retirement are all coming together, and I couldn't be happier! There are still many unknowns, but we are working through it as well as we can. One big question is what will it be like for both of us to live without a paycheck every 2 weeks? It's kind of scary. We both have been working since we were teenagers. Sometimes part-time, or full-time, or more than full-time. Sometimes 1 job at a time, or 2 or 3. Learning to value the balance between work and family and vacation and frugality and enjoying what our work produces.
I think that Debbie and I have developed a new sport! It's the act of visiting yarn stores wherever we go, shopping, and then petting our beautiful new yarn that may or may not have a purpose planned for it!
A sharp contrast to the weather we had last week in MN! Last Saturday, we flew to Tampa for a vacation. I'm not real sure you call it a vacation when you aren't taking time off from work to do it? We traveled with our friends, Bob and Debbie Engh. They have made this trip several times over the past few years, and had already booked a house to accommodate us on Anna Maria Island.
We have some serious cold going on here! I had to go to an appointment today, otherwise I would not have ventured out of the house! Now I'm back home with the fire blazing and hot tea, a book and 2 blankets!
And now I'll continue with our history of family camping! We graduated to a nice tent for the 4 of us, and then to a pop-up trailer when the kids were a little older. At that time, when the kids were 4 and 6, we found ourselves needing to recommit and make our family solid again. So, we went camping! We were able to take about 8 weeks away from work. We loaded up our new mini-van and towed that trailer from Minnesota to Florida then slowly up the east coast to Maine before turning back towards home. That turned out to be the best thing we could have dreamed of to heal up our family. And we made so many big memories that have stayed with us ever since.
And Happy 2019 to you! A little late, but ready to share a toast of champagne!
Driving from East Bethel, MN to Lake Park, IA, just yesterday. Heading to mom's to help celebrate her 89th birthday. If that's not special enough by itself, a lucky sundog appeared when I turned in her driveway! Timing was just right, I got a quick photo from the car window before it disappeared.
Hi! I'm Pam! Join me on this journey through the next steps of life!