Not Just Treading Water

This week has been all about a big push to get myself and the kids back into a routine, to attempt to make the shift from just treading water in transitionland to really settling into a normal life again. For the kids, this means regulating the bedtime and wake-up schedule, normal school hours which had been on a brief hiatus for the move, and, of course, regular walks and hikes. For me, it’s meant tackling a few writing projects & other bits of online housekeeping that had been pinned until after the move and getting back up to speed in both the Friends of Knitting Sarah and Three Waters Farm Ravelry groups. It’s Wednesday morning and I’m already exhausted.

Moose is tired, too. I could barely hear the kids reading over his snoring during yesterday’s state history lesson.

We’ve made great strides toward our own brand of normal though and that does feel great. We’ve had two good full days of school now under our belts and even made time to enjoy a rare sunny afternoon (it’s been raining forever here) with a soggy walk with Moose on another new-to-us trail…

I saw a Hairy Woodpecker and Yellow-Rumped Warblers as well as the standard Chickadees and Kinglets along the way. We’ve been delighted with the nature parks in town that offer very beautiful well-maintained yet rustic trail experiences right in town. We’ve got so many kid & dog friendly, easy to hike trails within just a couple miles of our house. I feel so spoiled!

This was a trail we tried out on Sunday…

I forgot my binoculars for bird watching, but we saw no fewer than 3 of these guys…

This one was not pleased with us so we gave the little dude a wide berth so as not to stress him further and carried on. I seriously just can’t get over the fact that it’s so close, still in town, and yet such a true trail experience. Just, wow.

I’ll add that for the first time since February I sat down in my living room, knitted, and felt relaxed. It helps that I picked out my first ever new chair last week. Mr Knitting Sarah knew I would never actually buy one without a push from him so he patiently took me and watched me Goldilocks-the-heck out of every single chair in two stores before I found it, but eventually I did find it.  I swear for my body, it’s the most comfortable chair ever created on Earth. So comfortable, in fact, that as I walked to shut the door after the delivery men…

Moose decided to claim it. Post-photo he was promptly booted off and now I’ve learned to leave stuff on it so he doesn’t get any funny ideas. Nothing against my beloved spirit animal, but it’s a nice chair and we want it to stay nice for a while. Sorry, Moose.

In addition to finally feeling relaxed and comfortable, I’ve started getting mail at the new address including the latest installment from the Legacy Yarn Club from Mountain Meadow Wool...

These skeins are both created from Lincoln fleece and are dyed to “showcase the summer skies of Montana.” Blue fiend that I am, I adore the colors and as such am being very picky about the pattern I choose for them and haven’t quite decided what I want to knit. I’ve been browsing a lot though and I have a few ideas in mind. I’ll make a choice one of these days. The caramel on top,  however, is long gone.

In the mean time, I’ve been working on a random hat…

I have 2 projects on the needles and at least 4 in progress on my wheel and yet I thought, “Hey, knitting a Wurm hat right now with this stash yarn from Sundara. That would be cool.” So I cast-on and I’m almost through it. I think with school back in full swing and knowing I’d have a busy week, I just wanted something simple and quick that I could work through easily. It’s fitting the bill perfectly.

So my friends, the boxes are all but emptied and I’m more relaxed than I’ve been in a long while. It’s a palpable shift, to have the feeling of just keeping my head above water a thing of the past. I’m knitting and spinning and reading and writing and forging on with the business of living life. And what a wonderful business that is indeed.

15 responses to “Not Just Treading Water

  1. Finding just the right chair is a special thing. It took me a couple of months to get mine, and then my cat claimed it so now we “share” (meaning if I’m in it, she’s in my lap).

    • It really is! I don’t think sharing is an option for us since he’s almost 80lbs! It’s ok though — he can have 2/3 of the couch all to himself which is almost enough when he’s *really* relaxing. πŸ™‚

  2. I am so glad to hear that you and the kids are settling in, and re-establishing your routines. And that you have a wonderful comfortable chair to relax in! We just went through the chair buying experience for DW – I have very strong opinions ( surprise!) about what I want to look at, and she has strong opinions about what she wants to sit in. πŸ™‚ We have to wait a few more weeks for delivery but then will have it, and the cats won’t be allowed on it, lol. I’ll let them know that Moose understands their pain.

    All the parks look wonderful, in spite of snakes, and I can only imagine how they will green up in a few weeks. A new world to explore – exciting and scary, but I think you are over the worst of it. Settle in and do a bit of knitting and spinning. πŸ™‚

    • Hubby and I have been trying out couches and chairs since we found out about the move because we knew we wanted to replace a couple things. While I don’t veto too much aesthetically, it was almost comical to watch us try to agree on a couch. He’d be like, “yeah, this is the one” and I’d sit and be instantly ejected because it was so uncomfortable for me. So we each have a chair that we like now and we’ll replace the couch eventually. πŸ™‚

      • Oh, I get it! A and I are very different heights, and so she likes things with a deeper seat than I do. You can only do so much with cushions! We have a couch that I can lounge on but never sit on with my feet onteh floor. And she can sit on it, but is uncomfortable lounging. So chairs are important to us, too. Mine sit me fairly upright, are soft enough but not squishy. She likes big squishy things, so this recliner adventure was going to be tough from the start. I don’t want it to dominate the room, but it does have to be comfortable for her. I think we found one. I hope the real thing is as good as the one in the store, lol.

      • I hope so, too! I swear, every day I sit down on the chair I’m like, “Oh my god I love this chair!” I think that’s the reaction we want for this type of purchase – LOL!

  3. I love that you have such wonderful trails and that you are getting back into a routine. Home schooling is a real gift at this point, I’m sure, to easily keep the education going – no checking into a new school, etc. That’s a gift.

    Your new chair is lovely! Good luck with keeping Moose off of it – he looks SO comfy. I have given up at my house and put throws over the good furniture so I can wash them when needed. The cats are either in my chair or in my lap in my chair. OH WELL!

    Great to have you back in the fold and nice to see you relaxed.

    • Homeschooling has been a tremendous gift throughout this move. No having to wait to finish out a school year or find ‘the right’ school for the kids. Plus, we usually hit our minimum hours required by the state by February or March (we always exceed the requirements by a lot), so we’re well in the realm of just finishing out our planned lessons. Those are not insubstantial, but it was nice to be able to cut back before the move and then take a week off during and have it not impact our school year much.

      And I have been leaving a big metal bowl from my fiber scale on the chair. That would take a lot for him to move and he won’t lay on top of it. He’s occasionally grouchy about it, but mostly he’s content to take over the couch or he’ll slink off to the new bed. Because, of course, right?!

      • Laughing to myself, thinking of Moose sitting in your lap the way my cat does! πŸ˜‚

      • He had to sit on my son’s lap the other day when we were driving home (I’ve been slowly moving my husband’s stuff out of his temp housing to our new house and overloaded the car). It was pretty much hilarious.

  4. My dog Samson used to steal whatever seat I was using when I would get up. Even though our new airmchair was small for him, he would cram himself in.
    There must be something in the air, I’ve been wanting to cast on a hat despite having three WIPs on the go.

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