Some Thoughts

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve visited with you all, but this morning I think I might share some thoughts. Random and nonsensical they may be, I’m in the mood to share.

I’ve been trying to keep my internet shopping down to only what’s “necessary”. My problem is defining “necessary”. The good news is that I’m helping to assure that the UPS driver continues to be employed. Now all I have to do is make absolutely sure that the correct shipping address is on my orders, and I think that might need double-checking. I received notice today that one of my orders is being delivered to my old address. Thank goodness for kind neighbors/friends who will forward things, perhaps while muttering about my inefficiencies under their breath – or aloud, since I’m not around to hear.

I have managed to create my own “nest” at my daughter’s house. Correction – the home of my daughter and her husband. I chuckle to myself, because each of the three of us seem to have our little nesting spots, surrounded by everything we might need at any time that we’re sitting in our nesting spots. The cats kind of go wherever it is they please, and that often involves a trip across my lap because my nesting spot is very near the cat door that takes them out into their catio, which is on our patio.

I have been weaving. If I can figure out how to insert photos here, perhaps I’ll share some samples of what I’ve been doing. Let’s give it a try.

These have kept me busy the past couple of months. As you can see, I sometimes have a helper, and when it’s the big boy shown it can be a problem. The wrap on the loom is 18″ wide – just the right size for him.

This is a house of cats. They had three, and when I moved in with my two – which formerly belonged to my daughter anyway – that brought the population to five. Along with my dog, of course – Shasta is doing fine with the girl cats (two), but is a bit growly with the boy cats. There must be some kind of scent the boys give off that she finds offending. I wish I could delve into the psyche of animals sometimes.

I am looking forward to having my son with us for Christmas. Yes, yes, I know about the “do not travel” warnings, and I believe in them, just as I believe in wearing my mask when I go out in public. He is quarantining before he leaves, and will be driving up, so no public transport will be involved. I am hoping the weather will cooperate. His home area has a lot of Covid, our county does not, so the quarantine/isolation routine is necessary. He teaches, but his district is on all remote teaching.

I hope we, as a society, learn something from this Covid pandemic. Some of us are resisting it, I know, and I regret that happening, because we need to learn from our history, and we’ve not been very good at that over the decades.

Avoiding politics here, but I must say I am very happy the election is over, and will be even happier when the inauguration is over, because then maybe the election will really be over. Now all that we need is to recognize that together we can be a force for good – divided we will accomplish nothing.

It’s winter. Most of our days are gray, but I am grateful that this part of the state gets far less snow than my old part of the state. It is beautiful when it first falls, and watching those snowflakes fall from the sky is relaxing – but the shoveling and the slipping and sliding are not my favorite things to do, so I shall not regret missing it. I miss my friends, but we have efficient methods of communication, which helps. And I can visit them again come spring.

Wishing you all happy holidays and safe and sane lives – in the event I do not post again before the holidays. It’s hard to say when the words might want to be transferred to virtual paper again.

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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20 Responses to Some Thoughts

  1. Happy holidays Carol. Love your weaving projects. Keep safe.

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  2. Jim says:

    that big boy found himself a comfy spot


  3. loisajay says:

    It is so good to hear from you, Carol. You sound happy and that makes me smile. As does the Big Boy on your weaving! I have a feeling telling him he needs to move does not work. 😹 I am looking forward to January also–January 20, to be specific. Happy Holidays to you and your family. Stay well.

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  4. A very Blessed Yuletide to you Carol! I’ve missed seeing you around and figured that you were busy. Did you actually move? Now that’s something. It’s cold ’round our necks of the woods (you’re still in Colorado, aren’t you?) and since I moved in December that last time I did it, I know from cold. Ugh. Anyway. Your family (fur and real) sound like all are well and happy! Which is a pretty darned great gift right now, isn’t it?

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  5. leendadll says:

    WONDERFUL to hear from you!!

    Did I miss, or simply forget, posts? I don’t remember hearing that you were moving in with the kids.

    I hope all continues to go well for you. And I hope you get inspired to post again soon. If not (and even if you do), early Merry Christmas and Happy 2021!!

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  6. Those shawls are beautiful, Carol. I’m so glad things are working out in your new home. The travel restrictions are hard on everyone, even those who are adamant about complying with the COVID guidelines. It’s so hard not to see family at this time of year – my own daughters have agreed to do a Zoom Christmas this year rather than the larger family gathering, but I’ll miss being able to hug them. Your son’s visit should be just fine since he’s quarantining ahead of time and then driving in. Sounds like you’re both taking every precaution.

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  7. Kathy says:

    Glad to hear you all have such cozy nests there in your new home. And that you’re able to find something to do–weaving–that uplifts and fills your day. Glad to hear you’ll be seeing your son at Christmas, and I know everyone will try to be safe. What a year. I’ll repeat that. What a year.

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  8. Joanne says:

    It’s always good to hear from you Carol, and wonderful to hear that you are settling in with five (?!) cats and Shasta for the winter at your daughter’s home. 🙂


  9. I did miss the previous post, so thank you for the links. If the orange and green shawl needs a home, let me know? It’s wonderful!

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  10. Lisa says:

    I’m happy you’ll be surrounded by all your loved ones for the holidays this year. Will this living arrangement be a permanent thing? Your weaving is always lovely and I know it brings you joy. I’m less thrilled about the election than you are. This is not sour grapes. If there had been a definitive outcome that was not shrouded in suspicious shenanigans in some states, I would be better able to accept it and deal with the next four years. What I fear is, while it might not have been widespread, there is enough questionable activity to cast doubt on the process this year. What would help is a standardized process of voter registration and verification protocols for absentee ballots for all states. I can’t help but think if both parties, plus the media, had joined together four years ago with a positive attitude to be a force for good, the divisiveness wouldn’t be as rampant as it is now. But, from the second the 2016 election was finished, there was deep division at a “political outsider” winning the election. I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if there had been true bipartisan effort from the beginning. I believe many people voted on personality and not on accomplishment and substance. If the election stands, we’ll see just how committed the country is to healing wounds. My guess if there’s a faction who will continue to be divisive if they don’t get their way. Okay, rant over. xoxo


    • Carol says:

      And, of course, I am less convinced of suspicious shenanigans than you, and I feel a great deal of the divisiveness has been created by Trump. But that’s just our basic differences. I also feel our Congress has been less than it could/should be – and I feel it will continue to be when we continue to re-elect the people that have already been in their office for too long. People say they want term limits, yet they continue to vote for the same old same old. I also question that the diviseness is because “a political outside” was elected – I think it was more the way the outsider behaved and talked. But I do agree that now we shall see how much people really want to be united – and in that I also agree there will be those groups that do not want to be united. There are groups that thrive on chaos, and they are flourishing now. But really, I am glad the election is over because I am hoping it will reduce the amount of name-calling and denigrating words that are issued on a daily basis, by too many people. I sincerely hope that as a society we learn how to be tolerant and thoughtful soon.


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  11. Carol, glad to see you back blogging. Such beautiful weavings. Do you sell the weavings? Have a healthy Happy Holiday.


  12. Robin says:

    Your shawls are gorgeous, Carol. Are you selling them? I’m interested in the one on the far left (purple and pink? or so it appears on my monitor). Wishing you very happy holidays. I am so glad you will be able to be with both of your children. Quarantining worked for us when we went to see our family in the summer months. I think that’s the most sensible way to do it.

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    • Carol says:

      I will sell Robin, but the shawls shown in this post were all commissioned. I should have said that in the post. I’ll continue to post as I produce and perhaps they’ll be another one that catches your eye. I appreciate your interest.

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  13. You are so talented, and in so many ways! I knew you could write and paint, but didn’t know you were a fabric artist. So glad you share a nesting ground with loved ones. Sending love from Seattle.

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