Howdy hey neighbors. Hope your day finds you well and joyful. Before I forget, Coal wanted to express his thanks for all the kind words you had to say of him. He wishes he could accept it with great humility, but cannot deny he already knows how cute he is and that the scar on his neck is going to make him that much cooler among his feline friends and the strawberry patch creatures.
It’s been a week of rain and house-quivering thunder on this South Dakota farm – much needed and appreciated. Last Friday I mowed like a mad woman, and while in search for a piece of wire to connect the bagger to the mower (I lost the key the first day), I nearly tripped over this passerby:
He blended in so well that I overlooked him the first time, but my surprise turned into excitement as this ancient-looking reptile stared us (Tobi and I) down.
A 22-inch 40+ year-old snapping turtle made my day.
I thought of Turtle today, driving north on the ripped up gravel roads toward my older neighbor’s home. Marlene is her name, and she’s teaching me how to knit. And like Turtle, learning this new skill has been slow going. But I am determined, because as Marlene pointed out, I need something to keep me busy during harvest and long winter months. Marlene is right.
Today marks my fourth lesson, and today my mind and fingers have clicked with understanding on how to fine motor the steps. I can cast on. I can knit. Is it pretty? That’s a big no. But I am doing it.
Plus, I have some pressure breathing down my neck, and she comes in the form of a nine-year old granddaughter next door. She’s a self-proclaimed “caster master”, and Marlene has made sure to remind me of this knitting whiz.
Learning something new is dang hard. For me, knitting is a generationally-minded skill, keeping me focused.
I cannot wait to knit cool things. Like a Christmas sweater for Country Man. He’ll love it!
What have you learned that has proven challenging? What drives you to press on? Have you been fortunate to have an older person teach you something that will last a lifetime?