Sunday, November 11, 2018

The Next Pair

Sock knitting continues. The pair below was finished early last week. The pair from the last post, that I didn't especially like because of how the colors worked up, has a new home, with a friend who loves them. Win-win for everybody.

I'm resting my hands this weekend, focusing on reading the latest Tana French novel, The Witch Elm. I only have it for a week.

I've been collaging frequently, and replying to penpal correspondence. It's so hard to believe this year is nearly over and done with. Went to a Thanksgiving Dinner last night, hosted by the mobile park where I live. I couldn't help but notice that a lot of people here now seem younger than folks did when I moved in...the older ones died or moved away, plus I'm 10 years older, so most of the newer residents ARE younger than me!

Our days recently have been mostly-clear and crisp. Parts of California are on fire again, with more new fires likely. It sure seems that every time new fires happen, they are more devastating than any previous fires. More total acres (1.7M+) have burned in California this year than in any previous year. There've been more fatalities in recent fires and much more destruction of homes, schools, etc. The entire town of Paradise, east of Chico, was wiped out by the Camp Fire last week. The Woolsey Fire in SoCal has burned from Simi Valley to Thousand Oaks to Malibu, right down to the coast highway. It's so sad.

I feel pretty safe in Humboldt County. No major fires here, no extreme weather (the long-standing drought in CA notwithstanding), as far as I know we haven't had any mass shootings here (although we do have a huge number of drug-related homicides and traffic fatalities).

Overall and in general, despite last Tuesday's election results, I feel things will continue to get a lot worse...and it might not begin to turn around in what's left of my lifetime. So I try my best to enjoy my life, here and now, and let go of the rest. Although it's a daily challenge, as I'm sure you all know, to live our lives without being impacted by what's going on around us.

Hope you have a good week.  xx


john said...

Hi Connie. I am back from Ireland and am resuming daily activities now that I feel somewhat back into the Pacific time zone. So nice to see your journal spreads and your knitting projects. I also love to read whatever you have to say. :-0

jacki long said...

Me too Connie, as John said, I always enjoy your posts. I am envious of your knitting talents. Must be wonderful to wear something you have created. And, your collage style is so beautiful.

Jan said...

Yummy socks...

jenclair said...

Your new socks look warm and comfy. :) I'm glad that your knitting, collaging, and reading are going well. I've thought about you with the newest fires and am happy to hear that you feel safe in Humboldt County.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I was talking to my great grandson (6 years old) the other day. He told me I was old. I asked why he thinks I am old. He told me because I LOOK old. I don't think I least I don't care if I do. That's a good thing.

As we get older, it's a great thing if we have have interests and hobbies that we enjoy. I have relations my age that don't read, work with fiber or even take joy in the garden or nature. I feel sorry for them.

I'm happy that you are safe from the fires. My grandson has moved to Oregon in the mountains. I worry about him living there. But he is happy.
xx, Carol

Jeanne Aird said...

Your socks look so warm and comfy Connie. Wish I knew how to do those! I can only knit scarves. I once tried to make a vest, but it turned out way too large. I guess my gauge was really off. The fires in our state are truly scary. "The new abnormal" as Governor Jerry Brown said yesterday. Hope you keep enjoying the fall weather. It's been lovely in Paso Robles too.

Sue said...

Connie, I love your collages. Where do you find your images?