Far, far away…

Hi, folks!

Please excuse my absence. Both my mom AND my step-dad have been suffering from heart disease, with various operations and “procedures” happening during the past few weeks.

Thus my lack of writing.

At this moment, I am far away from home, in Sacramento, Calif., helping them out at home, going to doctor’s appointments, and offering unoffical medical advice (I’m a medical writer) and very official emotional support. They seem to feel better having me here, which was the point of my trip, so that’s good.

I have been knitting, and finished Walter’s “Christmas” socks–the brown Koigu slip-stitch ribbed ones. He liked them very much, indeed. I’ve also finished my Online cotton socks, which I started in June, and cast on the second Waving Lace sock. Also, I bought some kind of incredibly soft, self-patterning cotton sock yarn (I’ll post the name when I can remember it!) and started a pair of simple stockinette socks on the flight out here.

Speaking of flights…If you ever have the choice of flying on Alaska Airlines, I HIGHLY recommend it. What a wonderful experience. Every employee I encountered was friendly and helpful, the planes were clean, and they were ON TIME! No small achievement in this day and age.

Tuesday, when I flew from D.C., the weather was spectacular all the way, and I got some gorgeous photos from the plane. It’s so nice to see REAL mountains again…the soaring, awe-inspiring kind. The mountains back east are ancient, so they’re subtler and gentler. Sometimes I miss the West Coast scenery.

Today, though, I’m missing my beloved husband, who had to stay in D.C. due to work. I hated to leave him alone… He just got digital cable, though–so maybe access to lots of soccer (REAL football) and good (non-NASCAR) auto racing is helping take the edge off of being alone ;-)

Well, until I can post again, I wish you all cool weather (or warm, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere) and happy knitting!

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