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.