There's a reason why I don't often stay away from work for more than 4-5 days at a time... I'm not so good at the re-entry. It's going to be apparent even more later today because, for some reason -- for the first time in quite a while -- I was wide awake at 3:00 a.m. (well, I know the reason -- I woke up to go to the bathroom -- but I could not get back to sleep). I knew it, too; the minute I woke up, I could tell I'd be awake for a while. My alarm is set for 5:15, but having had enough of the tossing and turning, I finally got up and checked my email (of which there's been very little lately, of course) at 4:30. I crawled back into bed at 4:55, warmed up (it's really been heating up during the day, but cooling off at night) and waited for the alarm to go off while DH rubbed my back and neck and shoulders (that was the good part, but even so, overall, this whole thing is probably going to start sucking big-time in a little while).
A good time was had by all in a Little House (my uncle's log cabin) in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. It's not really Laura's "Big Woods," but it's close enough for me. We took some walks (I nearly sprained an ankle the first time out, looking at baby ducks instead of where I was going) and some pictures, went canoeing (power-paddle!), dinked around in some nearby towns, had lunch at "Jumbo's," cooked over an open fire, read, knit, crocheted, played cards and Scrabble, sketched, listened to the quiet... and the loons. Maddy and I got very close to a pair of loons in the canoe. So cool.
I haven't knit a stitch since... I don't know when. I even went to Knit Night on Tuesday night without anything to do. I just drank iced (decaf at that time of day) coffee and chatted (I wasn't the only one, either... there might be something in the air). I will be knitting soon enough, though. At the very least, I will be working on any one of the 16 swatches required for Level I of the TKGA Master Hand Knitting Program, the materials for which arrived via email today. My LYS, Iris Fine Yarns, is hosting an "interest group" which will meet a couple of times a month, and several members of the Knit Night group are also attending. I'm very excited about this and looking forward to the challenge -- learning more and improving my knitting.
I visited three northwoods yarn shops and have a story or two or three to share -- when I'm a little more with it.