As you see from the lateness of the previous posting, reentry into my other life is always overwhelming. The plane’s wheels touched down in the murk; it was a cool and foggy evening in Halifax, fairly typical for maritime spring weather. Foliage-wise, in my absence the daffodils have managed to drag themselves into bloom and the trees are getting ready (they never really spring into to leaf before June). The first day back is such a challenge: still jet-lagged, but trying to get back on top of things!
My youngest child is once again resident here, and how she has grown! I’m sure you are meant to have stopped growing at 18. It’s lovely to see her again.
Friday saw me ensconced in my knitting chair with two Mac laptops and the latest versions of The Brand New Knitter and Knitting Venus 1, for final edits. At last it is all coming together!!! It is extraordinary what a difference the detailed chapter and topic indexes make to the usability of the material. I have to get fully in the zone and slowly work through all the start and finish points of all the clips; it’s painstaking but worthwhile.
The weekend dawned finding me at home! Cool and showery ,but dry enough to go for my second bike ride of the season. I really want to achieve 1700 kms this season to complete a total of 20,000 kms on this bike (It’s taken many years!). It’s going to be a bit of a challenge to fit in that much riding time: about 80 pedaling hours would be required and we don’t have any multi-day trips planned (yet). The remainder of the weekend was spent in the garden with some much appreciated muscular Mother’s day assistance from my son, to empty the compost and spread mulch around the flower beds. It is way too early to plant anything, (attested to by the still frozen lumps of compost excavated by Sam) but I now have my tubs ready and waiting and hope to get them planted before I leave for the Galapagos.
The Ecuador/Galapagos trip is beginning to seem real at last: I’m working on my knitting notes for the trip. We are not having formal classes but we are packing a small surprise knitting kit, so a few notes to accompany it might come in handy. Another really useful tool when packing light will be the iKnit Needle Sizer app for an iPhone; I used it in earnest the other night and I was very impressed with its precision and ease of use. (Find this app by entering ‘iknit needle sizer’ in the search field of the iTunes store.)
Sad news: Kathleen died this morning. She was a wonderful woman and mother. One can not think of her without smiling. She lived well and generously, and set a great example to us as to how to depart graciously. We’ll miss her warm hugs and caring personality, and will remember her fondly.