I’ve Been Thinking. . .

First off, I knew it had been awhile since I posted, but I had no idea how long it had been! Other obsessions have been occupying my time. The family was to all be together for Thanksgiving, and my son did make it here before the weather got cranky and decided to obstruct our time together. My daughter and her partner started for here, hit nasty snow and wind, and had to return home. So instead of the four of us and a friend who cancelled her flight to be with us because of the weather, it was my son and I. We did enjoy the holiday and we did have fun sharing the cooking chores.

In the meantime, my daughter and her partner were going to have a quiet wedding at my home the Saturday after Thanksgiving, but obviously that couldn’t happen. Instead, they had the ceremony at their home and shared the day with friends. I’ve been thinking – the wonders of technology that allowed them to share the day with those of us who were not there via Facebook Live. Yay!

I’ve been thinking about the oddities of life – or at least my life. When I was young and had skin that was firm and without those aggravating dark age spots, I worked very hard to apply layers of makeup to give the illusion of perfect skin on a daily basis. Now I am older and the under eye dark circles are forever ingrained as well as a couple of age spots here and there – I use a B&B cream if I plan to leave the neighborhood. Gone are the concealers, the pancake foundation, the mascara, the eyeshadow. I’ve been thinking – isn’t this rather backwards?

I’ve been thinking how each of us seems to choose what we believe, who we stand with, what is reality. While I am thankful for this freedom, I wish I could understand the reasoning of the “other side” – as I’m sure they feel about “my” side. And I’ve been thinking about how much I dislike the whole “sides” thing – yet here I am. Picking my side.

I’ve been thinking that I am rather glad that I am old, and that I will not have twenty years to see where this world goes, because I have a sinking feeling about that. Although – at my annual doctor’s visit a few days ago, my doctor insisted I have a certain test because she expects I should live at least another ten years. I’ve been thinking how her comment made me feel so good, so secure, so relaxed. I’ve been thinking how silly it is that I didn’t feel that way before the visit, at least about my lifespan.

I’ve been thinking about how many hobbies/interests I’ve had in my life. It’s a revolving door, me and my hobbies. My most recent thing is weaving, and I’m loving it. I like the woven look better than knitted or crocheted, so now I spend my days at the loom, creating projects that maybe I’ll offer for sale one day. Or maybe now, for a couple of them. I’ve been thinking it would be good to recoup the cost of the materials so I could buy more materials. Shall I share some of what I’ve done? Yeah, why not?

I’ve been thinking you might be interested. Let me know if you are.

I’ve been thinking that I am very fortunate. I have enough. I have my family. I have my friends. I have my furry kids. I have my freedom. Let’s all think about how we’re going to vote next year and do our best to preserve our freedom.

About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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21 Responses to I’ve Been Thinking. . .

  1. I LOVE that second scarf… the one with the purples, turquoise, tan and a pleasing blend of all. If you’re interested in selling it, I’d be interested in buying…just let me know and I’ll provide you with my email address so we can exchange information privately. Thanks Carol and good to see you back! 🙂

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  2. loisajay says:

    Carol–these are beautiful! You are talented in every new hobby you pick up. And that, in itself, is a talent!

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  3. I detect a very mellow mood – the weaving seems to be working wonders! The peacock colours are fantastic!

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  4. leendadll says:

    Congrats to daughter!! I’m glad tech allowed to share the day!

    Your weaving looks fanastic!! How long, on average, does it take to make a scarf??

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    • Carol says:

      Depends on the yarn, the width, and the length. And how many times I have to undo and redo something. I did a small one – 7” wide by 60” long – in about 8 hours yesterday. That’s the warping and weaving time with no mistakes. Today I’m doing the wet finishing.


      • leendadll says:

        Wet finishing??? What’s that?

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        • Carol says:

          Basically washing and drying. I run lukewarm water into the sink with a little baby shampoo, agitate by sloshing it around in the water a bit, then let it sit for half an hour or so. Then I run a fresh basin of lukewarm water with a little fabric softener, slosh and let it rest. After that, roll in towel to absorb most of the water, lay flat to try, trim bits and pieces where yarn was joined. The process “fulls” the yarn – it fluffs up, relaxes, fills in the little space left in the weaving, softens. If it were cotton kitchen towels or something like that, I’d machine wash in warm or hot water and machine dry.


  5. dawnkinster says:

    I second the remark that you are very talented no matter what hobby you choose to pursue. These are all beautiful…it’s good to create such wonderful things! And yes we need to make a conscious decision about voting next winter. It’s the only way to make change.

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  6. Sandra Sparks says:

    Beautiful work 😊

    Sent from my iPhone


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  7. Carol — You are so artistic. Your work is simply beautiful! And yes, “let’s all think about how we’re going to vote next year and do our best to preserve our freedom.”

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  8. Helen says:

    Beautiful scarves! I like the woven look better than knit or crochet too. I just retired this past summer, hoping to enjoy many more years but one never knows.

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    • Carol says:

      No, you never know – a great reason to allow yourself time to do what makes you happy – housework can wait. Unless, of course, that’s what makes you happy.


  9. Lisa says:

    These scarves are simply gorgeous. I can understand how weaving would be a wonderful form of relaxation. They are truly a labor of love with the amount of time you put into creating the finished product. Congrats to Kat and I hope her life is full of blessings. It is sad there are *sides* in our political culture. But it’s inevitable since the parties are poles apart on what they think is best. After watching the DOJ hearings, I came away shaking my head and wondering what our forefathers would say if they saw how utterly ridiculous this whole thing has become. It has changed nobody’s opinion, and, I think dangerous precedents are being set for the future.

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