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Racing toward Retirement -- sort of

[[Note: This being my first blog post, I hope I'm not breaking any rules. Please let me know if I am, and I'll fix it!]]


DH is the one racing, or trying to. We want to move to our ten acres of sagebrush in Nevada and get started setting up our Retirement Ranch. But right now, it's at long two days' drive from home, and there hasn't been time to make the trek more than once this year, partly because I'm providing full-time daycare for Nermal the World's Cutest Grandbaby. He's not really a baby anymore, he's a Toddler with a capital T, which rhymes with ... um, something ... which stands for Trouble! Not really, he's a good boy, except when he isn't. Which is why I don't get much done while keeping an eye on him. Including the one in the back of my head. Good thing us Grannies know how to do that.


And speaking of Grannies, is it too crass of me to mention my Zazzle store here? If you go to , you'll see my "Granny loves to knit Afghans" products, including a couple nice bags to carry things around in, like afghans-in-progress, and a mug for your coffee. Okay, end of Commercial.


Meanwhile, back at the ranch. Once we've tamed the sagebrush, put in a road, a well, a septic system and some form of dwelling (which at the moment looks like our 31-foot travel trailer, Serenity),

we hope to acquire a couple Alpacas to feed my daily fiber requirements. But as you can imagine, that's down the road a ways. In the meantime, I'm busy spinning bits of fluff from my local supplier, Dedri Quillen. Her goodies can be found here: She hand dyes delicious blends for a very reasonable price. I currently have some blue-to-purple merino/silk/bamboo on my wheel, waiting for me to quit playing around online and get the rest of it spun. Then, of course, I'll have to figure out what to do with it. In between toddlerminding, drawing and painting and the usual Stuff, I'm also knitting some hats for the little grocery store in the little (population ~80) town nearest our future ranch to sell as local souvenirs. I'm using Swish DK for the double-knit hats:

As for Serenity, the monkeys are threatening to take over. They've been having way too much fun, and are still demanding their own blog. Well, except for Senor Foster and Mimi LaTour, who are off in the closet, supposedly hiding out from Nermal. I suspect I know what they're really up to .... Marvin, in the meantime, is enjoying his new hot tub:

Now, off to find lunch and plot some more Adventures, especially for the monkeys ....

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Comment by cherylbwaters on May 17, 2011 at 8:29pm
Deb, your blog is so delightful. I'm just glad I was able to figure a way to get it posted.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on May 17, 2011 at 8:02pm

I love the photo of your rig! Camping is so much more fun with a good bed, a kitchen, a bathroom and a roof!

Alpacas don't thrive alone, and two might be rather small for a herd. My alpaca friend suggest boarding your couple of alpacas with a herd. They don't care whom they belong to if they can identify themselves with a herd.

I can so identify with your fiber phantasies!

Comment by MartyAZ on May 17, 2011 at 7:02pm
Lovely blog. I enjoyed reading it very much. Looking forward to,the next one.
Comment by PickleSue on May 17, 2011 at 5:58pm
LOVE your artwork!  So great!  I should have gone to look at that before I posted.  :) 
Comment by PickleSue on May 17, 2011 at 5:55pm
What a fun, fun read!!  Thank you so much for sharing your plans and doings with us.  Really enjoyed it!  How cool will that be to have a spot for animals!!  Yay for livestock!  :) 
Comment by Jean on May 17, 2011 at 5:32pm
Deb your blog is awesome and I have saved the sites you mentioned.  Great job on all of it.
Comment by Freelance on May 17, 2011 at 4:57pm

Thanks, Cheryl! I thought you'd like Dedri's fluff. It's really quite gorgeous. She sells roving (and hand-dyed, hand-spun yarn) at the weekly Farmer's and Crafter's Market here in Las Cruces. I'm usually down there on Saturday mornings, as DH takes piano lessons at the music store downtown. I have to ration my spending at her booth. I'm hoping the hats will sell well. I made the "prototype" for myself and wore it up there in March, and it felt good! Nice and warm, and soft, too. Marvin and a non-sock monkey named Minky are currently occupying Serenity. As soon as the other monkeys find out, I'm sure they'll all be out there, waiting for us to take them traveling. Nermal is adorable, in an exasperating way--he shares "male pattern deafness" with his Granddad, which drives me nutty. Oh, well, they're both loveable.

Thanks again for the help in figuring out the blog!


Comment by cherylbwaters on May 17, 2011 at 4:35pm

Oh, Deb, it is so nice to see what you've been up to. I've bookmarked your store as well as Dedri's. The Granny loves to knit afghans are terrific.  And your hats are going to be a real hit at the corner store.

Marvin's hot tub is marvelous. Senor Foster and Mimi LaTour are naughty little things, aren't they?

Although Nermal looks like a handful, he looks to be as sweet as little boys can be.

So glad my suggestion worked for posting your blog!

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