I have the first week of retirement under my belt and am ready to determine it all good! I do have to admit to a little disorientation. Hubby and I kept thinking every day was the weekend! We would get ready to do things that we normally do on Friday or Saturday and then realize that it was the middle of the week! If that's the only downside, I think we can get used to it fairly quickly.
Where to begin? How about at the beginning? Saturday was a big retirement/birthday party for me at the original doc's house. I was so humbled by the amazing outpouring of love and appreciation. There were about 20 people there, including former employees and my favorite former doc, who attended via webcam. Ben & Abby and the girls and my sister were there and it was an absolutely wonderful night. Some of the gifts were even fibery – here's Isobel trying to cop my wool:
And two dozen beautiful pink roses – one for each year:
The week started off with lots and lots to do. I think everyone is right – whenever did I find time to work?? There was Christmas sewing to do (pictures after Christmas) and even a little leisure time visiting some knitting projects. I started Sue's Swallowtail shawl and made decent progress – I've finished the body and started the first Lily of the Valley border:
Notice the little dog nose. Maggie thinks she needs to be included in everything. I decided I needed to get this done before starting the Enchanted Wood Mystery Shawl in January. And, spurred on by Kris, I started a pair of Nutkin socks.
This is a fun little pattern. I'm not ready to do multiple pairs, but am enjoying the process. Work also continues on a Reversing Tide scarf.
This is a great, almost mindless pattern – very easy to memorize. The scarf is reversible, but has a different pattern on each side. The yarn is a lovely handpainted merino that came in one of my Embrace the Lace shipments. It was intended for knee socks, so the yardage is substantial. I just couldn't see this as knee socks, but it's making a beautiful scarf (maybe two!).
This weekend was busy with granddaughterly doings. We met the family at Warm Beach Camp for the Lights of Christmas. The whole camp is decorated with millions of Christmas lights. And, of course, the obligatory visit with Santa:
The girls really enjoyed it and we took them home with us for a sleep over, giving Ben & Abby a few childless hours. The next day we took them home, dumped them off and then went on a Christmas dinner cruise, given to us by the new doc and his wife as a retirement present.
By the end of the day we were exhausted! Definitely a surplus of excitement, if there can be such a thing. Today will be a relaxing day. After church I will be playing with my new toy. Oh, didn't I mention?? Friday I took delivery of this – some assembly required:
After two hours, this is the result:
It's an Ashford Traveller. After much research I felt that I couldn't go wrong with an Ashford. On Thursday I attended a local spinning group and was welcomed with open arms. I think the ladies were really excited at getting their hands on a newbie! They've set me up with workshops, spin-ins and offered to give me all the guidance and lessons I could possibly use. Oh my – when did I have time to work???
I hope all of you have a very blessed Christmas. This year, especially, we are counting our blessings. We are so grateful for the good health and prosperity that God has given us, along with the blessings of a family that is near and time to enjoy them. But most of all we are grateful for the gift of God's Son sent to us. May His peace be with all of you. Merry Christmas!