It seems the last six weeks went by so quickly — maybe because so much of it was spent sleeping. No kidding, when we didn’t have something that had to get done (like tend to guests or drive to DC for Navy outprocessing appointments) I slept between 10 and 14 hours a day. I’ve checked with several other friends who have retired from active duty in recent years and they too found a need to sleep for long stretches for weeks and even months before they finally “woke up” and felt rested. I think one reason is that for our entire military careers we are always on ready alert — that adrenaline is almost non-stop and we go into deep sleep deprivation as a result. Doesn’t that inspire confidence in your senior military leadership for you? Good.
I won’t say I feel totally rested yet, but I am a LOT closer! I actually feel an urge to start tending to things I’ve been meaning to do for weeks. Things like answering e-mail and writing thank you notes…and yes, even posting on our blog. Dale is encouraging me to take more time as I start stepping towards reinvention, and I’ll do that, but I am going to start taking some small steps. This post is one. I’ll add more in the coming days to try to give a sense of what’s gone on in our lives the last 2 months and the knitting and fiber related activities in which I’ve indulged. Don’t expect the coverage to be complete or chronological. Hopefully it will be somewhat entertaining.
Another reason I feel compelled to start posting is that I have to introduce you to the newest seven members of our family. Only one has a name so far (Pinto — she has the biggest white spots and is in the picture at the top left and also the one to the right of it), but the rest will reveal their personalities in due course. They love being held and stroked and it is so nice to just watch them scratch about their coop while making contented clucking sounds. They are about 9 weeks old — will develop their colors more fully with each molt and should start laying sometime in October though some may start earlier. No rooster, so my sleep should be able to continue uninterrupted.