The long road home from Durham, NC, to Albuquerque, NM

When I left Durham, North Carolina, late Monday morning, my overarching goal as I looked ahead at the long road home was to reach Arkansas, the earlier, the better.

I left Durham and headed east, driving through Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Asheville, then I crossed the Tennessee stateline and was onto cities of the Volunteer State: Knoxville, Nashville, and finally Memphis. Then around ten o’clock Central Time, I did reached my goal: Marion, Arkansas.

I was exhausted, and sleep came quickly, as did the morning. Nine hours laster as I prepared to leave for the second half of my journey, my overriding goal as I looked at the long road ahead — 1003 miles to be precise — was to reach that place called home, and I did exactly that pulling into the driveway shortly before 9:30 Mountain Time.

I did not, however, get any crochet done. Not even one stitch when I stopped to refuel, so it wasn’t until after lunch today that I finally had a chance to resume my regularly scheduled crochet.

With just nineteen days between me and the deadline for the New Mexico State Fair, I should be focused just on the squares for that project, but I am finding that the crochet monster I began a few days ago has a hold on me that I can’t easily shake, so rather than fight it, I surrendered and finished a second horn and the mouthpiece:

A future crochet kitchen monster
A future crochet kitchen monster

With the mouthpiece crocheted, the monster released its hold on me, and I was able to resume work on the objectively more urgent project the Flamboyant Afghan for the 2019 New Mexico State Fair.

Instead of finishing anything up, I decided to plow ahead with my yarn scrap abatement efforts and use the still plentiful yarn scraps that abound in my household, and while it isn’t super impressive, I did make some progress on the still long road to finishing this piece:

Five future Flamboyant Afghan squares on the long road to my 2019 state fair project
Five future Flamboyant Afghan squares on the long road to my 2019 state fair project

Clearly, I have a lot of work to do, and I will continue forward, one stitch at a time.

4 thoughts on “The long road home from Durham, NC, to Albuquerque, NM

  1. You are so brave! That is a very tiring drive.. So glad you have returned and are already back to crocheting!
    Is the kitchen monster decorative only, or will it have a function?

  2. Omg Leslie! Huge drive and lots of work! Love the bag for your son’s bags! And the squares! 🤗🥰

  3. You were heading West, Miss Leslie, West!!! I used to live in NC, too. 🙂
    Good luck on your NM State Fair entry!!!


  4. You did have a drive on you Leslie! I live near the eastern southern end of coastal NC. I know that you had a long drive on you especially from Durham. I am glad that you had a safe trip all the way back home to NM without any problems..Good luck on your NM state fair entry and hope you win. I remember driving from NC to Rockport Maine and I know how tired we were..

Comments are closed.