That's the thing about being retired. Not retiring. Busier than ever. A lot of nice changes. And I'm dropping by to let you know I'm still alive.
Alive and knitting.
Socks and cowls, all finished after the first of the year. I just made the socks up as I went along. Standard sock pattern, knit to fit the wearer. The cowls are sev[en] circle, a free ravelry pattern, by Kirsten Johnstone. The one below is, technically, only five circles.
The next one is truly seven. Also cashmere.
The pattern is addictive. I'm on working on my third.
And there's another pair of socks on the needles.
And there's work. Part time. Halfway through the contract.
And on Monday evenings, I'm singing.
And, OMG, I forgot to tell you the BEST news.
We're all home together now. All of us at the same time.
Greetings from sunny California, where yesterday it was shirtsleeve weather (77 degrees in the shade!) for our celebration of Super International Pajama Day. It was ladies day Chez Unraveling, Mr. Celia having flown the coop for his annual Superbowl-sojourn-somewhere-else. This year he went to Phoenix, which was cooler in temperature than here. We had to open windows, partly because we are ladies of a certain age but mostly because it was WARM.
My ladies came over and we ate, caught up with each other and collaged. I was feeling rather serene and produced this:
and, later, these:
It was a grand, relaxing day.
Sorry if you are freezing, but we are really enjoying this lovely warmth. I'm sure we will be in for our share of wet and cold in the near future, but for now it's SUNNY and all is good.
Two weeks from today, I will be celebrating Super International Pajama Day this year on February 6, while wearing this positively psychedelic nightie that my sister tie-dyed for me. A Christmas present! Score. I hope you'll join in and stay home, take the day off, put your feet up, and do just whatever you want. My girls are coming over and we will make art together. And isn't it time we had a nightie edition?
While many of you are buried in snow, here in Berkeley it's sunny, clear and a chilly 41 degrees. Although it's what we call "cold," we still have some bright spots of color in the garden. Even the roses I pruned in October have produced a few blossoms.
There are holdovers from the fall.
Things we planted in winter.
Plants blooming at the appropriate time (for here).
Goodbye 2010! You rushed by but you weren't a lot of fun, especially not the second half. 2010, year of letting go. We lost jobs, friends, lovers. We had some wonderful high spots, great things that make the lows endurable, but I am not sad at seeing you end. The Girlie has amused us all by showing us this post.
The holidays have been really nice. Busy, but nice. And now looking forward to 2011, a slice of heaven.
It has been a busy week, and I'm feeling rather festive. It started with a quiet weekend at the beach.
The cottage was just perfect for two.
And we stayed warm, despite the rain.
Monday, the auspiciousness happened. The longest night of the year. We welcomed the return of the sun and longer days while standing on the sidewalk late in the evening, watching the total eclipse of the full moon.
Mr. Celia insisted on a yule log. "Welcome Yule!" he bellowed.
There was a flurry of activity all week. And tonight, everyone but me's snug in their beds. I have one more late-night task and then it's to bed with me, too.
Best Holiday wishes to all. And to all a good night!