Smart Phones and Old Friends

I haven’t had a call on my cell phone in weeks then out of the blue it rang while I was sorting laundry. I didn’t recognize the number but it was a knitting buddy I haven’t talked to in ages. She also has a new ‘smart’ phone and a new number. We used to meet on a regular basis for coffee and knitting but, life happens and I don’t get out much anymore.

I rarely got her phone messages on my old 3G phone so now it’s nice to be back in touch. We put off upgrading to the newer phones until we had to since we didn’t have service out here anyway. Turns out we were due for an upgrade and didn’t have to pay an arm and a leg to get 4G phones. Didn’t see the point in the more expensive 5G for now. I’m still getting used to having a cell phone that works at the house.

I used to make regular trips to Plano to a yarn shop there, but they went out of business a few years ago. Whenever I would drive to Plano I would look my friend up. It’s been a long time since I needed to make regular trips through McKinney on the way to Lewisville and I would call her and meet up once in a while. Guess it’s time to get back on the road and meet Julie for coffee and knitting.

Since Audrey and the kids moved back to Texas in 2015 they have been my main focus, aside from Brad of course. My world sort of shrank a bit. I used to be on the road every week. Trips to Dallas, Oak Cliff, McKinney, Irving, Lewisville, Flower Mound and Denton. I have the perfect vehicle for it now since I’m getting an average of 40 mpg in my Ford Escape Hybrid. It needs some regular highway driving, too.

SUV needs a bath, if it will stop raining long enough for me to get to the car wash. The grand kids asked me what I had named it. I said SUV, as in Suuuv, instead of Ess You Vee. They shook their heads. The Dodge Grand Caravan that we gave their mother is known as the Magic Bus, christened by my godfather, since it has automatic side doors and rear hatch. We bought this 2020 model vehicle in January of 2021. Can’t believe we’ve had it well over a year. It’s finally got over 5,000 miles on it.

Brad and I need to make a trip to Allen to the Cabela’s store for a couple of more game cameras. Now that we have better phones we can get cameras that link to them. As I was sitting out in the garage talking to Julie on the phone I caught sight of a bobcat walking across our yard into the wooded area north of the driveway. It would be nice to have another camera that we could aim toward the driveway from the house to get a different view of the wildlife that calls our place their back yard. Some days it feels like Wild Kingdom out here.

When the house is open we can hear our neighbor’s rooster crowing north of the creek and our neighbor south of us has a couple of donkeys that will serenade us from time to time. He also has a couple of longhorn cattle, a cow and her grown calf, that are pets.

Sounds like the washer is on it’s final spin cycle so it’s time to go tend to my laundry. Brad has driven over to the gun range for some exercise, fresh air and sunshine, which he needs badly. We’ve both been getting cabin fever with the acute allergy crud and the windy/rainy weather for the past couple of weeks. He rarely misses church on Sundays and he’s missed the past two weeks.

Have a blessed Saturday afternoon and evening, ya’ll.

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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