I went over to my friend Linda's house yesterday after book club and lunch. She had a tree for our yard and I wanted to show her the backdoor to Blogger so she can blog her new adventure. After a lifetime of a love/hate (mostly hate) relationship with her career as a CPA, she decided that as an empty nester, it was time to cut the ties. She's dumped the career and house and is headed to Washington to live with her boyfriend on a five-acre parcel next to his father's tree farm. They've talked about living the simple live for years and now they're going to do it. I had never in my dozen years of friendship seen Linda happier. She says her new operating system is OFF: Open, Flexible and Free.
Mike and his dad will be here with a U-Haul on Saturday, so what is Linda doing to get ready - besides packing? She's washing fleeces. She wants to get them all washed and dried before she lives on a septic system. She and I have roomed together at several fiber conferences and I know how motivated and focused she is. I think this shows the mark of a dedicated fiber lover.
This is the gorgeous spruce tree that we'll be adding to our yard. We already have a number of plants from her. She offered eight pots of Johnny Jump Ups, but they would just be rabbit food. We're getting ready to take it downstairs and strap it in my passenger seat. I've already been to Costco and bought two Oregon Grapes from the nursery so room is tight.
Last minute glitch - there are quails eggs here and it appears that they've nest in this tree on her balcony. The tree stays. She's not sure what's next but the tree stays. I love quail and hope this ends well for their little family.
For Black Sheep Gathering, Ian and I have reservations to camp at Lane County's new Armitage Campground. Mike and Linda will be going and want to camp too. I refused to say goodbye to her. I said, I'll see you later.
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