OK, so I have been a little less than diligent in my blogging duties. And, unfortunately, I don't have any FOs to show you that may excuse me from my absence. I will, however, catch you up on the last month in hopes that we can regain some lost ground and get back into the swing of things.
Well, as you probably already know, the fires were devastating to a large portion of San Diego County. My good friend Adrian was nice enough to open her house to me, my boys and "The Man". The boys and I have renamed her "Auntie Adrian" as she spoiled ALL of us - putting "Feelaway"(sp) aka "kitty crack" in our guest room - which, by the way is bigger and more comfortable than my apartment. If you have never heard of the stuff, it is supposed to calm your feline in stressful situations. Well, I must have been a feline in another life because I slept like the DEAD 2 nights in a row. She also supplied kitty treats and toys. And that was just for the boys!! I have never felt so cared for in my life. You know if that attorney gig doesn't work out for you, maybe you could teach "How to be the perfect Hostess classes". I never gave her a proper "Thank You" - don't worry, it is coming - I am just REALLY SLOW these days!
After returning home, my knitting group has shown my yet one more way that San Diegans step up and care for one another in a way you rarely see these days. Our Organizer, GeorgeAnne, started this:
You will see this on my side bar and it will link you to the blog she started. 1500 San Diegans lost their homes and she has challenged all of us to knit and/or crochet as many blankets so that there is a blanket created with love for everyone that wants one. This project started out simple enough, a shout out to our "Fiber Therapy" group. However, many in our group are in exchange groups and such; some work in higher profile jobs and have contacts in media type environments. Somewhere along the way, knitters and crocheters around the country - and even a few in different countries have donated their time, effort, fiber and well wishes to this project. What once seemed like an unfillable order is now well on its way and is an amazing statement of what people can do when they join together for the same cause. Check out the website. See what we are doing and if you have the ability, volunteer in some way. Even if you don't knit or crochet, there are ways to get involved. Contact GeorgeAnne - I am sure that she can help you get involved with whatever gift you have been blessed with. If you know someone that lost a home and would appreciate one of these blankets, go to the website and fill out a nomination request. The information will not be shared with anyone and is not being used for any other purpose than to get the blankets to those who want them.
Also on the excuses for being AWOL...
Well, I am moving out of "The Man's" apartment (yes, I know all of you who know me are saying "FINALLY"!). After a long (bizarre) "relationship" we are finally parting ways and I am once again moving my 10 tons of yarn. Thanks to a good friend (and new room mate) I will have plenty of room to put that 10 tons of yarn and a work space to spread out in. Of course, pictures will be available once I have it all moved in.
Not only am I moving my personal life, but we are moving our office as well. As some of you may know, I work for a general contractor (who is getting many calls to be build homes lost in the fires). We are in the final stages of finishing a brand new office building. Now, when I say "the final stages", I mean that we have about a month's worth of work left. We will be moving in Friday after next. As you can imagine, without the holiday it would be hectic but since Thanksgiving is upon us (whether the retail media wants to acknowledge it or not) and since the City of Solana Beach enforces a mandatory shut down on holidays, the 2 weeks we have is really only 1 week. The stickies have come full circle around my monitor and the surface of my desk has disappeared. OH WELL, at least packing will be easy - I will push broom it all into a box and then dump it out onto the new desk. I doubt any attempt at an organized move would be any more successful.
Well, I hope that this is a small indicator of why I have been absent. My sincerest love and appreciation to all of my friends that I know I have been neglecting. Bare with me just a little longer. And don't worry, I am working on your Christmas gifts!!