Sunday, December 30, 2007

Digging Out

I went into this school vacation knowing that there were going to be some stressful moments.  I'd hoped for maybe less of the stress than I got, but I was prepared for whatever might come.
I figured I'd set a few goals for myself that would center around hearth and home just in case circumstances led to my wanting to stick around.  And let's face it:  Christmas is a great time to do a little housecleaning.  There is new cool stuff coming in and every reason to get rid of some of the less cool stuff in order to make a little room.  Sadly, I have made minimal progress towards that goal.  A few things have migrated out to the dumpster...but it has certainly not been the full scale, life-changing re-organization that I'd planned on.  

To say that I have a somewhat "forgiving" attitude towards goals and the ignoring thereof would be an understatement.

I thought that maybe taking down the Christmas tree today might inspire me to take the tidying a little bit further.  Clearing out that corner of the living room would most certainly demonstrate to me the joys of having wide open spaces in which to roam.  In truth, all this really accomplished was my saying something along the lines of, "Hey...lookit what I did!  I'm such an amazing housekeeper and creator of new spaces that I deserve a nap!"

And if someone could tell me how it is that I have to vacuum up pine needles when I have a fake tree, that'd be just keen.  I mean seriously...I need some clarification on this.

After the nap I'd gifted unto myself, I sort of figured it might be time to revisit the vacation goals.  The clock is really running down and I've not done as much as I'd hoped.  Certainly there were extenuating circumstances and all...but I really thought I'd feel a little better if I did something.  

So, I scraped the sleep crusties from my eyeballs and wandered over the the spinning wheel.  You know, just to see what was happening in that little corner of the living room.  Lo and behold, there was a little fiber on there!  And it was very pretty fiber...soft, too.  I sat myself down and proceeded to reacquaint myself with Mr. Wheel.  I'm not saying that I spun up miles and miles of singles or anything.  


Louet Roving

But there was progress...


This is some very, very lovely Louet roving that was sent to me by the generous Lori.  It is an amazing wool/silk blend that simply glides through the fingers.  Just the thing for some mindless, but highly soothing spinning.  And, as you might imagine, mindless and highly soothing activities are much sought after in The Sheep household these days.  And, if I'm not mistaken, I may just be spinning up another skein of laceweight.  We aren't breaking out the sett gauge at this point.  I like to be surprised.  But it is awfully skinny!  I giggle just looking at it.

And it looks like I may have some time in the near future to spend a little more time with the mindless giggling over skinny yarn.  I may not have been able to dig out much of the clutter from my quarters over the past week.  But it is looking like more snow is heading our way.  So I suppose I'll have some time for spinning.

When I'm not digging out my truck.  

SA

16 comments:

Teri S. said...

I think that given your stress level of late you are entitled to have a forgiving attitude towards goals for now, at least until after the New Year. Naps are good...very good. Spinning is also good...very good, and once again you've done beautiful work.

Please send the snow south. All we have in the forecast is rain (or the dreaded wintery mix) and temperatures in the 40s. It's almost January, for heaven's sake. We need a little winter down here!

trek said...

Very pretty single there.

And rain here. Snow might be a nice change.

mehitabel said...

Don't you get this whole next week off? What with the whole new year thing and all? Here's hoping you can forget all about goals and cleaning and just spin and knit and enjoy the rest of your time off. "Cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow..."

Beth said...

A life-changing re-organization is what I need, too. But it doesn't seem to be happening around here, either.

Your spinning is beautiful! I really need to learn to do that one of these days...

Kath said...

I believe the root of your problem is in the following phrase: "vacation goals". That's close to an oxymoron in my book!

Brenda said...

I spun some Louet wool/silk blend and it was wonderful! Just the thing to get you to spin the afternoon away.

Leigh said...

Wow. It never occurred to me that Christmas was a great time to do housecleaning. Actually, it never occurs to me that housecleaning is great at any time. So. Back to that spinning wheel!

Lorraine said...

I'm so pleased that the fiber is spinning so beautifully. It sounds so peaceful.

As long as you aren't doing zombie research at the same time ... Hmmm, what happens to your singles when you're watching scary movies?

Anonymous said...

I think you deserve to take a bit of a pass this vacation. Worry about the whole life reorganization thing next vacation. Spinning is very healing and that's some mighty nice spinning you've done there.
Karen
http://nothingbutknit.blog-city.com/

Donna Lee said...

Reorganization is another one of those things that is way overrated (she says as she looks at the overflowing bookcase that should be cleaned out but that is for another day). I have done nothing but eat, knit and nap all week and I feel great. The thought of going back to work and having to put on actual clothes (and shoes!) is sad. I would make a great lady of leisure.

kmkat said...

I think I saw on CNN that the State of Maine declared a snow emergency/vacation/mental health day that will continue until further notice, maybe until after the election. So you just go ahead and nap and snuggle the kitty and spin to your heart's content. Healing takes time. And naps.

Mia said...

Happy new Year sheepie :)

April said...

Sheepie, I cleaned for the both of us so you're off the hook! You have "cleaned by association."

Have a very Happy New Year!

*hugs*

April

Debbie said...

Happy New Year, Annie! (Maybe 2008 will be the year I finally learn to spin, but it surely will take much longer before it's half as fine as your work, in every sense.)

Knitting Linguist said...

Those colors are just lovely -- can't wait to see what they become :) Happy New Year's eve!

Anne said...

Happy New Year's Eve--and please don't clean. What a horrible idea.