Monthly Archives: July 2009

Sprinkling my way through vacation

Here we are: the last day of July. July seems to be my least favorite month. The reason is directly related to the heat and humidity. While August can be the same, it tends to moderate a bit and feel a bit more like fall on the whole. Or maybe that is just in my mind. Either way, August kicks July’s butt, in  my humble opinion.

Margene threw down the gauntlet at the beginning of this week and challenged me to blog every day of my vacation. And I took her up on that (In my mind anyway). Um. Here it is, Friday and I’m finally posting again. Seems silly that the days go by so fast.

I’d love to say that I am knitting and reading up a storm during this vacation but I am not . I’m not being super productive with the exception of the day that I spent cleaning out my kitchen cabinets! Honestly, what a huge job. Note to self: Don’t wait so long to do clean out cabinets, for cripes sake.

We  owned WAY more sprinkles (Jimmies) than any family has a right to own. That was a fact but it has been rectified now. I will sprinkle no more. I swear to god. (Well, I can’t technically sprinkle because I now own none. Not a sprink)

And glasses. How many drinking glasses does a family need? I got rid of 2 big shopping bags of them. Weird how things accumulate.
I am hoping to do that to the rest of the house.
Geez, louise I’d better get going because vacation only lasts so long.

Zzzzzz. I'm on vacation too.

Zzzzzz. I'm on vacation too.


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Moose and lily on a vacation

Did you think I had forgotten you? I did not. Ever. Don’t ever think that!

The start of my 2 week vacation (staycation like usual) has brought the humid weather along with it. I’d like to say a polite “no  thank you” to that, if you don’t mind, Mother Nature. This cold and rainy spring/summer has taught me one important lesson about myself: I could indeed move to Seattle/Vancouver and be happy in the rain. Of course, all of my friends and relatives will be moving with me, you know who you are. There will be quite a coast shift going on if this happens!

I started my Christmas knitting which amazes me as much as you.

I'm in the mood for glove....Let the glove puns commence.

I'm in the mood for glove....Let the glove puns commence.

Annemor #7 from Selbuvotter:  Biography of a Knitting Tradition in various alpaca yarns, my go to mitten/glove yarn. The antlers need a bit of blocking attention, they seem a bit POOFY to me but overall I am happy with them. So far. But that pinky? Cripes all mighty. The pattern lacks certain instructions that make sense in that department. I am not happy with the pinky and will be ripping it out and starting over. Only the pinky, don’t get nervous. The biggest problem is that the chart does not match the stitches that she says to put on the needles. So, I dealt with it, chose another finger pattern and carried on. But the pinky is a bit small, fitting me perfectly. While I have non small everything else, I do have small ish hands and if they fit me they will be too small for my friend.

I never thought I would knit a moose in my life but yet, here we go. And I’m loving every minute of it.

There will be many a vacation moment spent on my porch with moose. That is my vacation goal, one I think I can meet.

And there are flowers:

Lilies to be exact. I am in love with a lily. I never really cared for them before but this one has me enchanted. My Mom gave me the bulb a couple of years ago and it’s not put on much of a show. Until this year. It must love the extreme watering it got!

Mystery lily. I wish I could remember the variety

Mystery lily. I wish I could remember the variety



What’s new with you while I was blog incapacitated?


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Will You Be There

We are off for our annual 4th of July trek to the lake for the weekend. This is the most highly anticipated weekend of the year for each of us, the only time that the young people will drop what they are doing and come along willingly. Believe me, I  understand that at 21 and 22, perhaps they have better things than hanging out with their mommy and daddy. However, it thrills me more when they are willing to keep a family tradition alive.

I’d like to say that my sore heel and I will be basking in the sun and doing some swimming but the weather around here is not the basking kind. But there will be a good amount of reading, knitting, talking, laughing and perhaps a bit of wine drinking, but you did not hear it from me!

Enjoy your weekend, whatever you do. Even if it’s not a holiday weekend for you, it is still July 4. And 5th. And a weekend is a celebration of it’s own.


~blue sky and green trees reflected in the water

~Having time to connect with our friends

~Spending time with the “kids” and learning what they are all about this year

~pulling out some knitting without feeling guilty about what should be getting done

~The men cook and clean, taking their turns as is right

~campfires and a s’more or two

~loon, red squirrels, various woodpeckers, hummingbirds

~my toes in the sand

~swimming in the lake (did you know that I am the champion at treading water? It’s true, as proven time and time again. I could tread water until the cows come home, literally. And they don’t seem to be ready to come home) (Don’t you just LOVE the little factoids that you learn about a person??)

~a side trip to Patternworks when people are not looking (it’s about 50 minutes away. How can I resist??)

See ya! (Please don’t encourage Mitch and Myron to be naughty. They will most likely figure it out themselves!) (It’s the first time they will be left alone. Giving ME separation

anxiety. Go figure)


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