Monday, February 28, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
I'll be moving to Massachusetts around the middle of March. Although this is a change we have been looking forward to for some time there is still some panic in the actual preparation. We have gone through all of the books about forty times. The last of the rejects have been sold to Half Price Books and the keepers are all boxed up and out of the way. I think this has been the worst part of the preparations. I never thought I'd see the day when Shana has as many books as I do, but I was ruthless in thinning the herd. The combination of moving by the pound and drastically reduced living space has done the trick, although it has literally taken months to go through them one at a time.
We've planned a beachy break to Maui prior to the actual move, although that is beginning to look iffy. We may not be able to make the timing work this year after all.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
The other thing I noticed is that Massachusetts in winter is brown brown brown, as opposed to Oklahoma, which is more golden brown. More color is definitely needed! Hence my current knitting (which is brighter in person than in the photo) - bright orangey red self striping yarn for a pair of socks, and a lovely bright hand dyed alpaca fingering weight for a hat and mitts. I'm making another sock yarn slouch hat like I did with the fingering weight alpaca Jennifer gave me for Christmas year before last. I makes a pretty, sort of dressy cap that is really warm.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Things are a little chaotic here - moving plans, life changes. Since everything is up in the air we've been enjoying a lot of comfort food. Fortunately it's the sort of thing people will bring around to you when they think you need a little treat for the spirit - cake, chocolate, fruit. We had to go out and get these big menacing lobsters for ourselves. Although their appearance is not encouraging they are actually quite soothing to eat at home. Their sweet flesh dipped in butter combined with the absorbing effort to get everything good out of their shell is relaxing. There is always laughter around the table when lobsters are on the menu.
Now that we are back together in Oklahoma City we turn to comfort food again. This time it's spaghetti with meat sauce, roast brisket with mashed potatoes, peach pie with ice cream, cheap macaroni and "cheese", and canned soup.
Our local Buy For Less just gets better and better. In addition to a beautiful and improved cheese department, a good deli and beautiful produce they are improving the decor of the store by adding murals with local themes to the rear wall. There was already one at the front of the store pointing out the sights on our segment of Route 66. I thought it was quite interesting to watch the men working on the new one.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Moving plans are underway, we've had a death in the family, and I am temporarily overwhelmed by what needs to be done. I'll get my focus back shortly and I'll have some kind of post up this weekend. To those people who have been a comfort and encouragement - thank you.