Right now






Right now I am...

:: so happy to be on Curaçao again
:: finally (after 5 days) feeling synched with local time. My jetlag was serious this time!
:: enjoying our first sunny day. It rained an awful lot these past few days.
:: smiling when I think about the forecasters that told us to expect some 'minor flooding in the usual locations on the island'. Typically Caribean relaxed way of coping with things that cannot be changed.
:: laughing at ourselves because we fell in and out of love with a 300-year-old monumental building (second and third picture) within two days of arrival. We looked at it, loved it instantly and started dreaming about all the possibilities. And then we found out how much bureaucracy we'd have to deal with... Hmn. Nope.
:: smiling because on Saturday we found another, much more realistic dream home
:: keeping my fingers crossed that we will be able to buy it (need to sell the Dutch house, officially move to Curaçao and get a mortgage approval before we can put an offer in)
:: having mixed feelings about jumping in so quickly. But oh, it's such a beautiful house! (last picture)

52 hats :: 35 - 39

I've been going back and forth between doing one post for each hat, because that's what I've done sofar, but these hats aren't the most creative. I just don't have that much to tell about them.
So maybe this is a better way to catch up on the hat making. Most of these were made some time ago. The last one took almost four weeks and I started a new one, but I just don't pick it up enough to make any progress. Oh well... that's life, I guess.

Anyway, on to the hats:

# 35 - Green Slouch (again... I had lots of this yarn). I knit this one during my husband's surgery.



# 36 : Soulemama's pattern again. The second hat I knit on surgery day.



# 36 : simple hat, great yarn.



# 38:  same hat, same yarn, different color



# 39: real, rustic wool. Love this hat, but it wasn't easy to knit with. This one took me four weeks to finish...





Catching up








The house has been officially on the market for a week now. We (and our realtor too) expected a lot of viewings in the first week, but we were wrong about that. The first viewing will be next Saturday. Maybe more people will come that day since it's 'Open House Day' (meaning a lot of houses for sale are open to visit without making an appointment). We'll see. It's a bit disappointing, but we keep telling ourselves that we need just one buyer.

My days are busy, editing jobs, keeping the house as clean and organized as possible, preparing for our trip to Curaçao. I try to savor the moments in this house, enjoy the last time those purple flowers will be mine, stop to admire the sunsets that are so beautiful this time of year. We've both got mixed feelings about it. We're ready for the change, but since it's going so slow our farewells are longer and more painful than we anticipated. We lived here longer than in any other house (in our 28 years of marriage, this is our fifth house and we've lived here for 14 years) and we love it so.
But now that the weather is changing, T.'s coughing gets worse again and that is a good reminder of why we're doing this. His heart condition is more or less under control, so we are grateful for that.

I've been doing a lot of thinking about how I use my time. There are so many things I want to do. I need more hours in a day and more days in a week. Or maybe I just need to prioritize. So, even though I'd like to participate in blogtober and post every day, I think I'm going to do a weekly catching up post. I may take time to prepare some hat posts, I have some catching up to do on that too.

I'm not sure if and how I will continue with the 52 hat challenge. My notes tell me the hat I'm working on is #39, so I'm not far behind, but I won't be able to knit on Curaçao since we plan to travel with carry-ons only and I don't have needles there. Should have left them behind on our last trip, but didn't. And even though I planned to be way ahead before we left, I have hardly done any knitting these days. Oh well, it's just for fun, isn't it? (I have to keep telling myself that, I tend to get too serious about these things)

One of the reasons that I haven't done much knitting is because I've been reading a lot. I discovered Susan Colleen Browne and love her books, so I've been reading them all. Her memoirs (Little Farm in the Foothills and Little Farm Homegrown) are fun to read. She and her husband moved to the country to live simpler and start a little farm. The fact that they're close to our age and that she's a writer too made her story even more relatable for me. But I also like her fiction, a series of mostly romantic books and stories, set in a small Irish village. (If you like to try these books, the first one is available as a free download on Amazon.)

linking up with Jeannie Gray Knits' Makers' Monday and Small Things' Yarn Along

These days









Finding time for blogging and knitting is hard these days. Life right now is chaotic, messy and full. Not all bad things, luckily.
Though there has been another big session of hospital knitting. We spent five hours (!) last week at Emergency. I won't start ranting about that day, but most of that time was spent waiting for help, not actually getting any. Oh, and the cardiologist (an intern) let it slip that it's quite common for a new arrhythmia to appear after an ablation. Well, they didn't tell us that before we decided to go through with the procedure...  My husband was really close to not doing it because of the risks involved and this information would have made up his mind - what's the use of poking around in your heart and burning cells if it's 'common' to be back at square one within weeks?

Anyway, we are adjusting now. He's taking natural medicine to keep his heart rate low and that seems to be working. He rests when he feels tired or weird and we're trying to pick up our lives where we left off.
Which means our house will be on the market next week. That is if I manage to clean and organize and weed the last tasks on my todo-list away, while T. takes care of the last repairs. I have lots of emotions and thoughts about leaving this house and my garden, but at this point, I can't find the right words for it.

And honestly, I don't have time for it either. This post I'm writing after finishing some computer work (of course I got a editing job that needs to be done... um, as soon as possible), but I should be organizing photos, cleaning out closets, weeding the garden or something like that.
But it's been bothering me that I didn't post anything for two weeks, so there you go.
I'm not sure when I'll be back. You might expect things to calm down when the house is on the market, but my experience in the past six years is that moving house is always a complete chaos in our family (always two at the same time, or sickness, or travels in between) and I'm quite convinced that this one will be another one of those. We've booked a trip to Curacao on October 10th, so I guess there's a really big chance we need to empty the house before that. But that would mean it sold quickly, so no complaints here.
And the other possibility of chaos, my husband's health... well, I'm trying to ignore that fear. Don't ask how that's working for me ;-)

Thanks for all the well wishes on my last post. I'm sorry that I'm not really reading and commenting on your blogs these days, but I'll try to pick that up again. I'm hoping on Curacao I'll have plenty of time to sit down and catch up.

Okay, time to go. Wishing you all a great week!

Last week in pictures




Well, actually just Friday in pictures, but that was what this week was all about. I spent the day knitting at T.'s bedside (except for three hours when he was in surgery). I actually finished two hats and started a dishcloth. It was a long day...
Anyway, everything went very well. They found the problem, fixed it and he is feeling better than he's been feeling for a long time. He was discharged on Saturday morning. We're both taking the rest of this week off and away from the computer/internet to rest and heal (my ear is still acting up).
Wishing you all a great start to your week!

52 hats :: 34 - this yarn



Oh, I love this yarn so much! This shade of blue is my favorite (like the sky on Curaçao) and combined with that greyish brown... oh my. Yes, I love it. I figured it just needed to shine on its own, so I made a very simple hat, that I love just as much as the yarn itself. I may have found myself a new keeper...

A to-do list

Three things I need to work on today:

1. decide what yarn to use for my next hat (told you, I should stop buying yarn - or find better storage)


2. clean up this mess (this is what's left of our former bedroom after we took out the bed and the wardrobes)


3. work on those photo albums


Oh yeah, and prepare for tomorrow (T's surgery). But I prefer not to think too much about it. This surgery is supposed to be routine, but it scares the hell out of me... Anyway, trying to avoid thinking, or blogging, about that. I'm scheduling tomorrow's hat post to keep on track and I hope to be will be back on Monday to tell you I was just worrying too much, like I always do when loved ones have medical issues that I can't take care of myself.

Linking up with/inspired by Carole Knits' Three on Thursday