Saturday, April 20, 2013

Rushing To Get Ready

Rushing To Get Ready

I’m up early on my day off because I have a lot to do before I’m ready to head out for my stitching retreat.  This always seems to happen.  Despite plenty of planning, it often comes down to the final hours before departure before I pull together all the things I want to take.

Clothes:  I had to wait for the latest weather report to decide what clothes to bring.  It sounds like we’re going to have fabulously warm and sunny days with cool and probably foggy evenings and mornings.  So suddenly, I need to dig out a tank top and pair of shorts for their first use of the year, while remembering to pack the long sleeve shirt and warm sweater.  Not unusual for the San Francisco Bay Area, the best clothing strategy is to layer, layer, layer.

Downsizing my purse:  I don’t need to take along all the stuff I usually carry in my purse so I have to dump out the contents and think about what to include in the re-pack.  A small flashlight (it’s going to be dark out there at night); a tube of sunscreen; lotion to counterattack the drying effects of country water.  I can’t believe I almost forgot to pack the camera!  And while I’m thinking of it, I should dig out the small binoculars.  With a lake, a creek, and miles of hiking trails on the retreat property I expect to see plenty of wildlife.

Stitching project:  this has been the most difficult of decisions to make.  I have plenty of WIPs (works in progress) so deciding which one(s) to bring along has been surprisingly hard.  I also want to learn the technique of Hardanger so I’m pulling together the fabric, thread, needles, sharp scissors, and tweezers I will need.  Oh yes, don’t forget the small light and magnifiers!

Last but not least, prep for the A-Z letters that will come up while I’m gone.  I’ll be unplugged for a few days—no cell phone service or online access.  So there’s still a couple of blogs to write and schedule for release.   I’m looking forward to immersing myself into nature and stitching, and getting away from the noise and bustle of urban life. 

But first I have to finish getting ready to go!  I’ll catch back up with you in a few days!


  1. Have a blast in the Bay Area!!! Safe travels! When I lived there, I could always tell the tourists in the summer. They were the ones in shorts & tshirts, freezing in the cold wind and fog, while the rest of us residents were in sweaters.

  2. I could feel the excitement in your packing and planning; hope you are having a fabulous time!!! Love you!

  3. Hope you had a great T for Time. Tell us all about it when you get back!

    Happy A to Z-ing
    Jemima at Jemima's blog

  4. Hope you are enjoying/did enjoy your retreat!

    I am always rushing to get ready in the mornings. I get as much sleep as I can and worry about things like breakfast later in the day when I'm at work ;)