Rainy days, Packing and Saying Goodbye


I finished this cowl!  But I haven't had time to do it's dedicated photo shoot, maybe early next week.  I've been knitting frantically every moment I've had free.   Yesterday the rain arrived and with the thunderstorms came my frizzy, swirly, wonky hair.  Oh I don't know why I battle it so.  We all want what we cannot have.  So with each hour passing I tried to avoid looking in the mirror.


My husband and I drove to the newlyweds apartment to load up the "pod".  I believe my husband loved eking out every square inch of that space.  We took lots of photos, of a pod loaded up.  There is beauty in precision.

When we started loading up, half of us was doubtful (my husband and me) one of us was positive (my son-in-law) and my daughter had no opinion one way or the other.  I loved the moment when we all thought, 'that's it, nothing more will fit, what should be sacrificed and left behind' to 'oh!  let's see if those chairs do fit and what about that nightstand'.

I brought home with me: food, shelving units, two chairs and some of their possessions that we will store here for the two years they are in California.  So now my house is a bit of a mess.




We had lunch and dinner together to break up the long work day. Goodbyes were said- I'm excited for their new adventure but I'll miss them.  I keep thinking back to when my husband and I moved to Texas so many years ago and saying goodbye to my own family. Full circle of life (cue--lion king song).

She will be back at the end of September for my nephew's wedding and I'm sure we will see them sometime over the winter break. As you know, I'm planning our own trip to visit their new home in the spring, hopefully with our son as well.


Today I'll be on another adventure which I'll share for my weekend post.  There will be YARN therapy involved :)

Have a lovely weekend!

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  1. I'm glad to see you won at packing Tetris! Safe travels to your daughter and her husband. Yarn therapy is the BEST therapy when your kids are far away and you're missing them. Happy weekend!

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  2. I said an extra prayer for you yesterday and you came into my mind several times through out the day, I'm so glad everything went well and the new couple are off to begin their adventures. I think we need to plan a girls trip somewhere, of course it will include woolie love, now wouldn't that be fun?
    Have a beautiful weekend my dear friend.

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  3. I remember that day when our daughter and her new husband packed up the car and drove off. Many tears. They also could not fit it all in so we stored things here. That was over 6 years ago and we still have some things here even though they live just a few miles away (in a small place). I love when they leave things her - it means they have to return!

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  4. It sounds like knitting is keeping you sane!

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  5. have a lovely weekend too xxx

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  6. Circle of life indeed! :) You have a lovely weekend too!

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  7. Aww. Wow.

    I lived afar from my mother as children do until a a couple of years ago when she retired and moved near me. Now I can't image living far from her ever again. Just wont happen.

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  8. Never easy to let them go but the visits will be all the sweeter. There are lots of other ways of keeping in touch I see my grandbabies everyday on the computer. Keep busy...
    Love the cowl.

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  9. Big love to you xxx
    Love the cowl :-)

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  10. Saying goodbye is so hard to do, isn't it? But you have the right attitude in looking forward to when you'll see them again. Thank goodness for Skype, it's a godsend! Looking forward to hearing about your weekend!

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  11. I'm so impressed with that packing job. I honestly heard the Lion King when you said circle of life. I appreciate the circle of life, but dang if it doesn't make me feel a little tired and a little beat up sometimes. (Yes I am avoiding the "O" word). Pretty knits. Have a good weekend!

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  12. There's something so satisfying about a well-packed unit! The knitting's looking good-can't wait to hear about today's adventure :)

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  13. So hard to say good bye. Hope they have safe travels. That is one impressive packing job :) I am intrigued by the sounds of your weekend, can't wait to hear all about it. Enjoy!

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  14. Good byes are so difficult with my daughter. It is getting worse and worse. She's been in Virgnia 3 years. She is so wonderful about texts and calls, but it always tugs hard at my heart when she goes back to the coast.
    Your finished knitting is just lovely

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  15. Great cowl....and pink sweater!!! And yarn therapy!!! Yippeeeee!!! It's so good that you can remember your excitement with your TX move and get excited for this similar stage in Rachel's life. And it's only 2 years.....with several trips in between!!! Lots to look forward to!!!

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  16. Love the colours you have used for your cowl! Please may we have a photo of how it looks when being worn? ☺️

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  17. You guys really packed the pod to the brim! Looks like a puzzle. :-) I know how hard those goodbye's are, but luckily you'll get to see each other in September already. Enjoy your weekend and the yarn therapy!

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  18. Great job on the packing! It is so hard to say good-bye! My daughter has been gone for almost a week and I still miss her presence in the house.

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  19. Saying goodbye must be hard but what a wonderful adventure they have before them. Lovely knitting on your needles :)

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  20. The Circle of Life for sure. I am glad that there are plans on the horizon for visits soon, but I am sure they could not be soon enough.
    Liking the look of that beautiful yarn and can't wait to hear about your yarn therapy.

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  21. A bittersweet day for you all, Karen, but as you say it is the circle of life and it goes on. I love how your husband precision packed the pod, very satisfying indeed and well done! I look forward to hearing about your next adventure. Happy Sunday xx

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  22. Love your cowl the colours are great. Joan at www.aviewtothefells.com

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  23. congratulations on your successful packing! I bet saying goodbye was so bitter-sweet, but an exciting new chapter in their lives! And it's great you already have future plans with them too :) well done on all your knitting too in this hectic time! jenny xx

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  24. I am sure that the two years will pass very quickly, time flies when you are having fun and you have their visits home and your visits there to look forward to! xx

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  25. What goes around, comes around, doesn't it? Like you, I remember leaving home for CA after our wedding, and then years later DD#1 left to study in Chicago. Now she is married and lives there....3 GK later. You will find CA a very fun place to visit, I predict.

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  26. I'm so behind on reading your blog, I'm so very sorry! I had to laugh when I saw the pod loaded up, we call it "playing Tetris" every time we have to pack for a vacation with all the kid-travel stuff. We are looking forward to this holiday season when we'll be traveling without the stroller and the highchair for the first time.

    I'm sorry your daughter is moving so far away, but what an adventure! And I always say, the best time to travel is when you have a place to stay. :-)

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