Have you seen my winter blanket?

There are three of us in my immediate family (my two daughters and me) – and in the past six weeks we have all relocated.

Which made me think of my winter blanket. As in, where exactly is that thing, anyway?

Wait, don’t you live in Florida? Why do you even have a winter blanket? Valid question. It’s a bit of a story.

absolutely true

When I was 17 and living up north, I found myself finished with school a semester early and also, without a job. It was the dead of winter and I had not a single thing to do. Reviving my crochet skills, I grabbed some yarn and made myself a scarf. Since that filled about a day and a half, I thought, well, maybe this should be a blanket. I have plenty of time and it felt more productive than getting lost in soap operas.

I would work on it, then get busy and do something else. Then I would pick it back up and work, then run out of yarn. Three years later, I finished that baby!

It was 7’ wide, and when completed, 7’ long as well. There were 4 rows of navy and 2 rows of burgundy, all done with a double crochet stitch, or a half double. Which is a strange term, half double, like isn’t that the same as a single?

When I finished this, I threw out my crochet needle and vowed to never attempt such a project again.

I managed to hang on to it for many many years, even though I’ve lived in Florida for the majority of my adult life.

Once when my younger daughter was in high school, she returned from a football game with this blanket all full of leaves and grass. I almost came undone. She had no idea prior to that moment that I had actually MADE the thing.

And now it’s gone. I have moved several times in the past few years, and it’s been a minute since I even remember seeing it. It’s not like it’s folded up in the corner somewhere and I missed it. This massive wool monster weighs about 20 lbs.

None of the offspring have seen it. And they’ve all handled their life’s belongings, as have I, in recent days.

Maybe I gave it to a friend who was moving up north? Maybe it mistakenly ended up in a goodwill drop off? The mystery has been haunting me for the last few days.

I have often thought if I could choose any super power, it would be to locate lost things. Or lost people, and dogs, maybe even cats?

Have you ever suddenly realized something was missing? And you have no clue as to its whereabouts? Could you use the super power of finding lost things? Tell me what you lost and when!

Thanks for reading, until next time,

2 thoughts on “Have you seen my winter blanket?

  1. Lost a silver spout topped thick aqua colored glass seltzer bottle with the glass stem still intact. Being a Navy family we moved all the time. However, through every move my brother and I would always find this glass seltzer bottle to play with as kids. My brother and I would hook our lips up to the end of the spout and suck the seltzer air still zesty and carbonated inside. This was our fond memory together. The one we would always talk about when we got older.
    My parents have moved a lot lately and I have found myself packing and unpacking their worldly possessions . What seems four houses and moves or so ago , I can’t recall seeing this beloved seltzer bottle that my brother and I remembered being our object of fun. When I think about it I can still taste the zesty carbonated air streaming through that shiny silver spout.
    For a year they landed close to my family here in Peoria, Arizona. Unpacking again, new house, new state the aqua bottle had been unpacked. I know it made me smile to think of the many times my brother and I have had nothing better to do then to breathe in the ancient air living in this aqua delivery bottle. My parents decided not to stay in our home state of Arizona. Packing again they asked me if there’s anything that I would like to keep that they had collected these73 years of life. Yes! Of course, the aqua seltzer bottle is the first thing that came to my mind.
    The Seltzer bottle has been moved around my house over and over and still it looks out of place. The carbonation that once existed is now extinct. It looks out of place in my life. I asked my brother if he would like me to send our glass seltzer bottle to him in Portland , Oregon. Great memories and he said he would pass.
    Carbonation or not this bottle has been lost and has been found. The memories are better then this 1920’s home delivery aqua seltzer bottle itself.
    I am letting it go tomorrow. I hope it will make someone else smile and remember something that was lost but maybe they just found.

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    • What a beautifully written story Leah! I’m so glad it was not totally lost, and I hope it finds a perfect spot at your brother’s home when it arrives there! Thanks for reading 🙂


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