Friday, December 02, 2005

Whew, we made it.

The girls and I are HOME.

We took a train from Richmond to Florida. We left yesterday at 5 PM and arrived down here at 1:30 AM.

I love Amtrak, it is great for travel with kids, but if you actually need to ARRIVE anywhere on time, forget it.

The trip was grand, but I am a bit down in the dumps to be back. As an army brat I always considered myself pretty adjustable, but this move to Florida has really thrown me. I think somewhere in the back of my head I keep thinking of it as temporary, so why bother.

Rowan Felted from Knitting Sisters in Williamsburg

So what to do when in a funk? Knit, of course!

I finished the Grape Ape socks. Just need to weave in the ends, block lightly, and mail off on Monday.

I didn’t touch Dad’s vest once while we were gone, so I need to start zipping away on that. I am also planning on starting a stocking for Girl #2, who is borrowing one from the husband. We’ll see. I have visions of all this fancy Nordic design, lined in red and white gingham. How many days until Christmas?

I had hoped to make it back up to Willy around Christmas also. My brother and his new fiancĂ© will be there. Alas, my in-laws are coming here, and we still don’t know for how long…ten days? Two weeks? We’ll find out when they leave.

Unfortunately the season also brings all sorts of knitting distractions. Cookies to make (like 7 or 8 dozen…eeek!). I have been trying to convince the husband for years that since he is a writer he should do the holiday cards. After all I, the ex-math teacher, do the checkbook. No dice there.

And don’t even get me started on Santa stuff. How am I going to hide all that??

Off to drink tea and plan a stocking.



Acornbud said...

There's no place like home:) I bet it was a nice time for a train knitting on the train? Those grape socks are wonderful.

The Stitchin' Sheep said...

Yeah, Amtrak's hilarious. It took me 33 hours to get from Austin, TX to Chicago, IL once. I really enjoyed getting to know my fellow passengers, though. No other train system in the world could be like. They give the right of way to other trains every half-hour, it seems.

Karen said...

Ah ha, I've only taken Amtrak once (from CT to DC) and when it was late we were so surprized. Thanks for the tip - next time I'll know to EXPECT to be late. Sorry FL is putting you in such a funk. I agree that the writer should do the Christmas cards - makes perfect sense to me!! Are Girls 1 & 2 old enough to help with the cookies? That's always fun for kids.

Lolly said...

I haven't taken the train yet, but I really do want to experience that... it is a cool way to travel - thanks for the tip on the time delays. I love the felted tweed!

Thanks also for the yarn shop link in Williamsburg-we make it down there every few years, and I did not look for a yarn shop last time.

Take care!

knittinmom said...

Welcome home (even if it's a little bit of a downer - I know that feeling)! Love the yarn!

christine said...

Oooh --love the new stash!!! Got plans for any of it?
Welcome back - I'd be happy to ship you some snow from Chicago!!! :)