I had made a decision, many years ago, to move back to Ohio to be close to my family. My husband’s family is from a short driving distance away so it seemed like a no brainer.
I have become tired of all the traffic in Orlando and the heat and humidity is wearing on me. (I have complained enough about it, you know.) And truth be told, for as long as I have lived in Florida I have never felt a sense of community, so I have always felt a little lonely. I have searched for this community ever since I moved here and have never found it. The closest I have come is my dog park friends. I figured that Florida is such a transient state, that there never truly is cohesiveness or community, it’s just what it is.
So in April I put my house up for sale, and since then I have been working toward moving. I have been packing and cleaning and clearing and purging, and I still have a lot left to do. I’ve discovered how much I can live without and how much I actually need. I have 10 pieces of clothing to wear and I have never felt more unencumbered in my life.
Let’s see how that plays out in winter in Ohio, amirite?
I’ve discovered how much crafty stuff I actually have and do I really need all that? I have come home to a near vacant house and I feel so free of the duties and obligations of all that physical stuff.
On the one hand it is all very freeing, on the other I’m nearly terrified. Change is always difficult but even more so later in life.
But I have missed my family these 30 years I have been away and time is moving at such a faster pace than it used to that I need to move now before I lose another 30.
So I am crying and sobbing saying goodbye to my beloved dog park friends and my coworkers and my really really good friends I used to work with but have kept in touch with all these years; and I’m packing up all my crap and moving to Ohio.
Wolfie always finds a way to be right on top of what I’m working on. I almost had her buried under some material but when I went to get my phone for a photo, she moved. And it was the cutest photo too, you could just see her ears.
The summer storms have started with some force and regularity, with big thunder and lighting and a small creek running down my street. Lola is afraid of these storms so she tries to hide under or behind me. She’s so soft and cute I don’t mind. Duke can’t hear much and Anna is ambivalent. The cats whine to come inside and then make themselves comfortable on my bed. At least they all have a safe place to be, and I’m happy to be able to provide that.
Besides sewing I’m learning some new crochet skills! We’ve started a crochet-along at the library making a market bag. I’ve got 2 weeks to get the bulk of it done. It’s not difficult, just repetitive, which works for me because then I can remember what I’ve done. I need that muscle memory.
So if you didn’t know, I took a Level I crochet class at the library this past week. I only learned the chain stitch and single crochet stitch, but I practiced my ass off over the weekend. I made about 5 dishcloths just from the single crochet stitch. All I did was make a square and crocheted back and forth. The pink and the beige and green are the crocheted dishcloths. The dark green is a knitted crochet cloth.
I have noticed that crochet is much more forgiving than knitting, and (so far) so very easy to do. (no wonder my mom likes crochet so much!) Crochet is not as fussy, you only need one hook, and I can whip through a pattern really quickly with crochet. Now let’s just see if I still think it’s that easy once I try the Level II class.
So what do you think of my patterns? This was so easy to do and kind of fun. Besides napping, this was the bulk of my weekend. I am not complaining.
Oh, I also started some more of those drawstring bags too. Those are fun; quick and easy to make too! So, what are you working on?