Saturday, May 30, 2009

Dreams of Lacy shawls

Dreams of lace shawls dance through my head at times.
Usually it it during a time of great activity in my life when there isn't time to sit down and finish anything, let alone knitting.

Yarn4Socks posted a contest that sent my lace dreams into a spin and leaves me hankering for a new shawl project.
(Scotch Lace Thistle Shawl knit with Briar Rose Fibers Grace)

The prize is Handmaiden Sea Silk and that got me to thinking...If I was the winner, I would make another of my very favorite - Montego Bay.
Go on over and get yourself a chance at that beautiful skein.
(Montego Bay knit with Handmaiden Sea Silk in color Vintage)

Friday, May 29, 2009

I'm so sad

Delilah has left the building ...and is hopping around in bunny heaven.

It makes me so sad...

She was the perfect bunny and I held her every day. This made grooming an easy task and I never could have appreciated the loveliness of bunnies without her.

Delilah was my favorite out of the three buns and has spoiled me for all others.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

a moment

This post makes it look like there is a lot of play and little work going on around here. A nap is sorely needed and I would take one if there were time.

We closed on the new house and have been working to clean and spruce up those little things that need done to a house of about 6 years old. It has been difficult to squeeze in some fun time so it still feels like a vacation for mom.

The movers brought our 6 months of storage yesterday and it wasn't as bad as we thought it would be. Amazingly, we knew instantly that some things were missing...more soon on if it is ever to be recovered., a few quick photos of the fun part of the last two weeks: Bugg, finally home for the summer. She has already joined a tennis league and is hunting for a job. Keep your fingers crossed, she had an interview last evening and is pumped up about the opportunity.

FYS has been taking every opportunity to spend time with his Grandma. He has managed to play some tricks on her and we never know what is coming next.

Yes, even Hubs got into the pool to enjoy the waterfall.

AND we managed a trip to New Orleans last weekend. It was a lot of fun. The food was incredible and I can't wait to go back and take the kids.

These omelets were at the Camillia Grill and were too yummy for words. If you visit NOLA, definitely take the cable car out to Carrollton Ave, patiently wait in line, and brace yourself for the food experience.

Sunday, May 17, 2009


It was so exciting to think that Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty were in attendance at a wedding yesterday. Then I remembered they have both passed on.

These Golden Girls are distant family of the bride and I couldn't help but snap a photo.

Friday, May 15, 2009

A very good day

We finally had the new house closing today and it feels good to have that loose end tied up.

We feel lucky to have a back yard such as this - I will be 72 years old when it is paid off.

Although this photo doesn't show all of the beautiful flowers, there are quite a few beds around the yard. This will translate into much work for Bugg and I, but many great photos too.

We spent the day swimming and relaxing.

It was a very good day.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Looking up

I've always said that I didn't know what I wanted to be when I grew up. Shouldn't that decision be well on it's way to being made?

Success has been attained and I had a very equitable career which was enjoyable and challenging. The people I worked with were wonderful and these are things that I truly miss.

My kids are older now and the time we've spent together throughout their teen years has been incredible. I feel like it is time to go get my career back. Not just a job, but my career.

So, what am I going to do about it? If you know me, you can guess that I am already working on a little something-more to come soon.

The Swirlin' Shawl is coming along nicely and is easier to work on once you get into the second row. Jojoland's Melody is nice to work with and I've been intentionally placing color to avoid the random two swirls being very similar.

Can you believe all of those colors come from one colorway?

Rowan's Fine Milk Cotton called my name and I've chosen two (yes, two) sweaters from their Milk Cotton Collection to knit. Of course, I will be changing each design up a bit, but they will be recognizable. I've been having trouble getting gauge on the first sweater and have nearly decided to use size 1 needles and make the smallest size. These sweaters will not be for the faint of heart.

My son's school has been closed this week due to the h1n1 virus. There were no confirmed cases at his building, but it seems that a feeder school who did have a confirmed case houses a sibling who goes to his school. It has been nice having him home this week and it became a little nicer when we found out that he would not have to make the days up.

FYS found this fella heading to one of the ponds in our neighbourhood. We brought him home to show the boys next door and then he was set free.

He may have been smiling.

We are very near the edge of town and there are wooded areas close by. The hackle of coyotes sent chills down my spine last night as we took a dip in the pool. We could tell they were about 20 yards away and they called for awhile before finally stopping. The clubhouse pool is surrounded by a fence, but we were high stepping it back home. The new house is more populated and the possibility for coyote sitings will be somewhat diminished. Darby and Lucy are pretty happy about that!

Countdown to Bugg's arrival: 6 days