Saturday, April 4, 2015

In Between

In between knitting projects...

I am waiting for some yarn to arrive to start a couple new knitting projects. So in the meantime I cast on a baby sweater to gift to someone here at The Cottages who just had her first baby. It's called the Plain Grandpa Sweater, and if you can get past some of the rather quirky Norwegian to English translation, it's a fast and interesting project. I know it looks like a lump of nothing in this picture, but the pattern promises it will all work out.


In between countries...

Rebekah and Anton are moving back to Canada! I am so happy about this I can hardly contain myself. Rebekah is here right now taking care of the some of the details involved with that move. She's taking advantage of my sewing machine while she visits.


We were in Vancouver on Wednesday, and found our way to the Button Button store. I wished I had the yarn for the baby sweater I'm knitting with me so I could have purchased a button.


In between trips to Spokane...

I was just down to see my mom a few weeks ago, and am now planning for my next trip down which will be in less than two weeks. My mom wanted to fly back to Chicago to visit my brother, but didn't want to travel alone. I'm the official escort.

In between fear and courage (or stupidity?)...

Yesterday was the first nice day in awhile, so I decided to go hike Teapot Hill instead of doing my usual walk to Lindell Beach. It was Good Friday, so I knew there would be lots of other hikers and I wouldn't have to worry about being alone on the trail. While I was hiking Teapot the neighbours behind us had come over to our cottage to let us know they had just walked down to Lindell Beach and encountered a cougar. They said it obviously had something wrong with it. It looked very thin, had a cut on its head, and was attempting to jump over a chain link fence but couldn't make it. They also said it was big. Very big.

They spotted the cougar before it spotted them. They slowly backed up and were trying to decide what to do when someone drove by, pulled over, and gave them a lift home. I wrote a post about my walk to Lindell Beach back in January. If you scroll down through the pictures you will see one of a mossy stone hanging on a pole. The chain link fence in the background is what the cougar was trying to jump over. If I hadn't decided to do Teapot Hill I would have been walking by that spot at the exact time the cougar was there. Of course, hiking Teapot doesn't guarantee one won't have a cougar encounter either.

Here's the thing. This is my daily walk. My meditation. My exercise. My routine. I am not going to stop walking to Lindell Beach. However, for the next week or two I do think I'll take my walking stick.

In between Good Friday and Easter...

We are having a fairly quiet holiday weekend. Alexandra is driving down from Kamloops today, so it will be a treat having both girls here together. Happy Easter!

24 comments:

  1. I always think of Easter Eve as an in-between day,Kirstie, so it felt very appropriate reading your post today. :) You always seem to keep very busy, so I hope you can relax with your two girls over the Easter weekend and that the weather will be kind to you.

    PS I think you're wise to avoid the Lindell Beach walk for a while. Even a poorly cougar isn't something you want to meet.

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  2. The most dangerous creatures we meet on our walks around here are drunks.... Make sure you keep safe Kristie, cougars sound awfully scary. Maybe you should take a noise making device on your walks, I don't like the idea of you poking a cougar with your walking stick, too close for comfort! Happy Easter! x

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    1. I just laughed out loud at the drunks!!!

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  3. Yikes, a cougar! That's scary. Definitely take that walking stick. Take two! I love the sound of a Plain Grandpa sweater. I'm looking forward to seeing more. I hope you have a very happy Easter with your girls.

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  4. Is there an agency that would come out to "trap" the cougar and get it medical treatment? Are they only a problem if they feel threatened? I found this on the web. It sounds like it has some helpful tips: http://www.mountaineersbooks.org/Assets/ClientPages/zz_CougarEncounter.aspx

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  5. You went to button button and didn't buy any buttons?
    I am in shock.

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  6. Happy Easter, Kristie! I am in total agreement with Breathing Life above... and envious of such a beautiful button store. Buttons are hard to find around here! I'm often jealous of your milder climate but I think I would be too nervous out there to do much walking at all. Too much wildlife for this nervous city kid. -- Ruth

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  7. I am glad that you were not in the wrong place at the wrong time. Exciting times ahead, I hope they are all good! Happy Easter! xx

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  8. Happy Easter, I'm glad your safe.

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  9. Happy Easter to all of you! Super news about your family members moving back to Canada. You must be so thrilled! Starving and injured Cougars are very dangerous, can you walk with someone? A trip to Chicago sounds very exciting! Sure lots going on with you, hope the Easter bunny leaves you some chocolate!

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  10. Happy Easter with your girls, and what wonderful news Rebekah is moving closer to you. As for the cougar - my goodness, that sounds dangerous! And I worry about a few little snakes about the place... I would LOVE to visit a store called Button Button :)

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  11. Good news about the move, hooray! Bad news about the cougar, I hope it isn't ill or has been hurt.
    Hugs and stay safe.
    Meredith

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  12. Great news that some of your family will be moving closer to you. And I'm very glad you decided to hike Teapot Hill instead of the usual - yikes!

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  13. how exciting that they are moving back that must make your heart sing :) My daughter might be moving far away and I'm trying to be brave about it....positive thinking and all that stuff. I would be feared to walk if there was a cougar around. Not only Frodo would be a tasty meal but me!!!! Yikes!

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  14. How exciting to have your daughter moving closer to you! I was just thinking yesterday when we took my daughter back to university how I would hate to have my kids live far away from me when they move from home permanently. I don't voice my fears though, because I want them to do what they want without me holding them back. I always wanted to move away from my own parents when I first left home because I thought it would be a great adventure.
    Encountering an injured cougar on the trail would send an alarming terror through me!! I'm glad no one was hurt, and thank goodness there was someone to offer your neighbours a lift.
    Now seriously, you don't have a button somewhere in your stash for the sweater?! Maybe you'll find one with that missing 5 mm needle!
    Wendy

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  15. How exciting to hear that Rebekah and Anton are moving back to Canada! Take care, that cougar sounds frightening! Sarah x

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  16. I don't think I could enjoy a lone hike knowing there was a cougar in the vicinity. I'm glad you have that wonderful hiking stick!
    Yay for Rebekah moving back to Canada. Will they be living in Vancouver?

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  17. Belated happy Easter!

    The sweater seems too nice for its name! I know it will be treasured. That's good news about R and A. It might be interesting to do a post about what they thought of their time in the States.

    It appears your walks are going okay, but I still worry. Hopefully the big cat has moved on and gotten help. One night while I was visiting my dad (with my kids in tow), we thought we heard a cougar in the woods near his house. We decided to investigate--armed with a flashlight. Fortunately all we found was his neighbor (and my former best man), who was also investigating the noise armed with a flashlight. Looking back, not my proudest moment. And my kids will never forgive me for leaving them in the house with my dad's wife--as she attempted to convince them there was nothing to worry about, she started to get hysterical. It was a bad scene inside and outside that night.

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  18. I can't begin to imagine what it would be like to be out walking and come face to face with a cougar. The comment made by Christina made me laugh, we too see the occasional drunk lurking, day or night and we think that's a bad experience!

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  19. How scary about the cougar!! But sounds like you have a few happier things to focus on!

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  20. Is there any organisation that could trap and treat that cougar?

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  21. Oh crikey a cougar!! I was thinking the same as Helen, sounds like it needs help

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  22. So glad they are moving back how exciting for you. But meeting a cougar. I couldn't imagine that!

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