I am a loner, especially the past 5 or so years since I left Nashville. I just haven't been any place long enough to settle in and find a group of like minded folks. I read blogs, and my most consistent friends are all online these days. Working nights doesn't help in that. When Favorite Neighbor came back with family (son and daughter-in-law) in November I was swept up and made a part of their family. I kinda remembered what that was like. I had been commenting on Rod's blog : http://retiredrod.blogspot.com/ and we had emailed back and forth, so while making plans to go out to eat at a local place I got in touch with him and he joined the family. Now that it is just Favorite Neighbor and Rod and I we still go out and find neat places to have supper. Luckily both of them are night owls so the accommodate the fact that I eat late-ish. Both Rod and I drive Jeeps, and Favorite Neighbor is 88 and shorter than I am. We found the key is to put her in the front seat where there is a grab bar on the dash, and to carry a small stool for her to step up on. She is game to go for it and hops right in. We are currently in search of some spaghetti that she had at a catered talk here at the park. It may take us a few tries to find the actual restaurant. The address is scribbled on some paper somewhere in her home. When Rod gets back from the Q we will try again. We may even see if more folks want to join in. So far everyone is a winter resident except me. I'm thinking it will seem even quieter around here next summer.
I would like to make the Blogger get together in Q on Saturday, but I'm working. Well, I think I will be. I got a call from my supervisor asking me to come in a half hour late as the manager wants to talk to me Friday morning before I leave, which means we meet at 6am , the time I usually leave. I'm hoping that he will be telling me how great I'm doing against what everyone thought I'd be able to do, and that I'll get a raise. Reality is such that as a precaution I'll empty out my locker that night anyway. This is something I do before every manager meeting. He just shakes his head. I made a big leap, knowledge -wise transferring from the Systems side of things to the Data Base Administration side. I'm enjoying it, but who knows how it is going in the scheme of corporate America where I work.
I will have the baby blanket I've been working on finished in about another hour. Then I will go back to working on my sweater. The blanket has ended up being pretty. I hope the lady and baby it is for enjoy it as much as I've enjoyed making it. Pictures will happen. Really. I found my tablecloths that I want to use as background to set off the things I knit. No more beige sweaters photographed against a beige carpet...
I'll let y'all know what happens Friday morning at work.