Striped Toe Socks
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Friends, knitting and coffee or tea, or smoothies for that matter.
J, we have been together for eleven years, I can hardly believe it.
Audio books, allows me to knit or clean house and still enjoy a good "listen".
Fall is just around the corner. I'll be thankful for this every week for a while.
Classes start again next week, I'm thankful I have this opportunity, even when it causes me stress.
My family, crazy thought they make me, and are themselves.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Belated Vacation Stuff
We went to Staunton, home of On the Lamb, which was delightful. The owner, Joe, is wicked smart, he'll talk your ear off. I can see why the local knitters love this shop, the staff makes you feel like a friend.
The other big trip was to Monticello. They run a well organized machine to get people in and out and protect the history of the place. Our guide was old enough to have been there with Jefferson, the perfect man to know all the ins and outs. The tour included Jefferson's office, family room, and dining area. It was at this point that the fire alarm went off and the building had to be evacuated. I was pretty disappointed, but such is life. We walked around the grounds and saw the gardens. The plants are all labeled, either from Jefferson's planting journal or brought back by Lewis and Clark. Jefferson's home was sold after his death, so the fact that it is so well restored and detailed is pretty impressive.
The condo we stayed at was backed up to a golf course, which got in the way of our views a bit.
Here is a pic from an overlook farther up the mountains. We were staying in the developed area you see in the middle.
It was a beautiful area and I would love to see in when the leaves are changing.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Dear Knitting Gods
I return to the land of Frog with a heavy and unsure heart. How can I please such a fickle god who claims to love and only curses?
Your humble, if disheartened knitting servant.
P.S. If you keep this up, I will be forced to worship the more kind gods of crochet.
10 Positive Things
So here is an expansion of Thankful Thursday.
1 Summer is coming to an end, leading to the best time of the year and prime knitting. With a ton of new knitting friends I'm looking forward to all the cozy evenings spent together. Plus, Fall/Winter are the best times for comfort food cooking.
2 Last night there was an incident involving something ucky (Molly related) that could have led to J and me being crabby, but instead we laughed about it, a big step and good parenting practice.
3 I just finished a really good book (Baby Proof) and a harder to stick with one that made me glad I pushed through and finished it (Love in the Time of Cholera)
4 I lost my pretty little row marker at Boston Stoker on Sunday. I called and they had found it for me! When I went in to get it the girl knew who I was, which gave me a whole Cheers vibe.
5 I can afford things like a gym membership and a drink on Sundays. I hope that doesn't sound braggy, I just know there are people who can't do those things and I've been one of those people before.
6 Molly and J, so they both annoy me, a lot, sometimes, but I love them.
7 I have two knitting books waiting for me at the library.
8 I spent last week in Va, which was beautiful.
9 I don't live in a place named Fraisers Bottom. Everyone there had beards down to their bellies, even the women.
10 Watching Shaun Johnson win the gold last night. I cried like she was my own, yes I'm a dork. Her parents joy was overwhelming.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
So I'm packing and planning and printing directions and doing all the things associated with travel. We leave in the morning, although not at the ungodly early hour of my past family vacations. I'll be staying here and hopefully visiting here and if I'm lucky here. The sheep farm makes me wish I was going with other knitters. We may also make a trip to Monticello.
I always obsess when packing and the added joy of knitting has thrown a whole new wrench into that. I don't want to take up precious suitcase real estate with stuff I won't use, but what if I run out of yarn? I'm bringing the Ballet Camisole and honestly I think it will be enough. I've enjoyed knitting it so much, the yarn is lovely and flows well and the pattern is simple with only increases and decreases to keep me awake. I worry less about what books to bring, since at least three other readers will be there to share what they finish. I'm bringing Love in the Time of Cholera and Baby Proof. I also have the audio version of The Other Boleyn Girl, I think this will be a good in the car distraction.
Ugg, I'm sure as usual I'm packing too much.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Friday Fill In
2. Give me ____love______ or give me __death________.
3. I am listening to __Neil Boortz________.
4. Somewhere, someone is thinking ____something dirty______.
5. I'll always be ______myself, good and bad____.
6. My idea of a good time includes __knitting or shopping, even better if it's shopping for yarn________.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to __relaxing_with J__, tomorrow my plans include __seeing Batman again___ and Sunday, I want to _knit with my friends____!