Monday, July 30, 2012

Family Vacations - eh?

I write this from the Oregon coast in a drop-dead gorgeous house that sleeps 12. The entire family has converged here to spread ashes of our parents, grand-parents, and great-grandparents. While we are here for 7 days, every minute of close living is treacherous.

My husband says that my sister and I have big personalities. I've never been described that way before, but my sister and I can really mix it up, and we have been doing so since we arrived. I guess I would say that we are each super over organized, planned to the Nth degree people, which is OK if just one of us is determining the schedule of activities. However, that is not the case. Oh MY! Unfortunately it is not enough to agree to disagree.

Before coming to the coast, my sister and I went to visit Jacob Avshalomov, seen in the picture above. He conducted the Portland Junior Symphony, now called the Portland Youth Philharmonic, that my sister and I grew up in. Mr. A, as we all affectionately called him, had more of an influence on me than most of my college professors. He taught discipline, orchestral ettiquette, "Look up" he always said. He's 92 now and still has the brightest snappy eyes you've ever seen.              

Friday, July 27, 2012

Victoria Jicha's Tales of a Knitter: I Love to Travel

Victoria Jicha's Tales of a Knitter: I Love to Travel: We leave tonight for a 10-day vacation on the Oregon coast and I couldn't be more excited. The entire family (minus my oldest grandson, wh...

I Love to Travel

We leave tonight for a 10-day vacation on the Oregon coast and I couldn't be more excited. The entire family (minus my oldest grandson, who is working in Maine this summer) is coming, and the week culminates at our favorite beach. I look forward to lots of crab, smoked salmon, and salt water taffy.

My sister and her husband are there awaiting the rest of us to arrive, and she took the picture on the left yesterday at the Rose Gardens just west of downtown Portland.

Everytime I get off a plane in Portland I can feel my total system relax; it just says "Ahhhh! I'm home." Isn't that strange? I haven't lived there in over 40 years, but it will always be home. I think it's something about all the green, the mountains, the water, the vegetation. There is also a pioneer component that lurks below the surface. When I was a kid we studied about the Oregon Trail, Lewis & Clark, and the wagon trains lumbering down the Columbia River Gorge. I know! That all happened a long time ago, but that spirit still resides there. Soon, so will I - for 10 days anyway!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Cranking and Catching Up

I have been remiss about writing here but I have been cranking socks and baby hats out with a vengeance. The goal is to have 50 pairs of socks and assorted children's socks and hats ready for the Biltmore Lakes Association Arts and Crafts Festival in October. It will be my first public offering, and I am excited about it. The time span between now and then incorporates a few dates that my husband will be out of town, and while he will be missed, I will be able to get more done when he is away.

I've also started reorganizing my sewing room, so at the present it looks like it threw up. The space is in the basement, and it is larger than most craft spaces. I don't know why it has always been such a quandry for me. You would think that having the room I have it would be easier to keep it clean, but that is not the case. I have decided to divide the space into two distinct halves - a sewing half  and a knitting half.

Next week the entire family converges on the Oregon coast for a family vacation, and yesterday I started a sock on needles (Egad!) so I would have something small and transportable to knit on the plane. I hadn't knit a sock by hand in over 6 months and was shocked at what a slow process it is. I knit socks on 2 circular needles, and just the act of joining in the round and doing that first row reminded about how much I appreciate the circular sock knitting machine.