Only Wednesday?

Good grief, this is a long week. Tough one, too. My bestest boss ever, K, told us he has found a new job, a good one for him, ED of an agency in the next county. While I am really happy for him, I am going to miss him tremendously. And I have no idea what the succession plan is. Makes it stressful. I hope that the big boss is making a great plan and lets us know what it is soon.

Today I decided to make a little photo book for K to commemorate his 30 years at the agency – an incredibly long time. I went through a ton of photos today, and found some good ones, but it makes me so sad. Not sure I will finish it. Funny thing was, after I had gotten a whole lot of old photos (pre-digital) I went down the hall and found a co-worker putting together a PowerPoint slide show of the same things! Great minds.

So I have not been in the craft room much this week. But I did finish a funny purple hat, and picked up the lace shawl I have been working on, on and off, for over a year. It is from Nancy Bush’s Estonian knitting and it is beautiful but not something easy to pick up and put down. I haven’t got much to go on it, so I decided I need to work on it and just finish it. Now I just have to figure out where I left off. 🙂 Friday is a “knitting day” at Mom’s, I think I will have to bring a different project to work on there, because I won’t be able to focus on the shawl. I can’t do ANYTHING but knit when I work on that – no chatting or watching TV. So I work on it evenings, and in the morning before work. But I can’t even finish a row in the morning, so it is slow going.

Wow – the time is flying! Lots going on and lots went on…

it’s been a while – I’ve started a few posts but never finished them. But now I am determined!

Vacation was great – decent weather, two weeks of swimming most days, playing games with two of my favorite nieces, what could be better? Got to also spend time with my sister and brother and their families, and go on a boat ride, go to a lobster fest. Had a blast!

A and I drove a round trip to CT last Saturday to return the girls and have a quick visit with Ma – she seemed well, but her hearing aids weren’t working – so I doubt she heard a word we said. Luckily, K was there to let us know how things are going, and I am sure she will tell Ma what we said when Ma can hear her. It was a long day of driving, but we were glad to do that so we could see the girls for such a long time. We rented a big fancy car to make the trip, so we were all comfortable, although the gas mileage – 22 mpg – nearly killed me, I am so used to 45! Love our little cars, but they aren’t the best vehicle for 4 grown ups on a long trip like that. Still, it was hard to not think of all the gas we burned. I was really careful to get good gas mileage all week to make up for it – coasted down many hills.

Back to work last week – after about ten minutes, it felt like I had never left. Good thing I like it there. 🙂

We had a “wellness lunch” at work Thursday – with a hula hoop demonstration – what fun! The woman who gave us the demo is in her 70’s, and looks like she’s 50. She lost 25 pounds when she started hula hooping every day. So you know I bought one and have been trying to use it every day since. It is harder work than it used to be, that is for sure! But I am getting better at it. Maybe someday I will be able to walk around while hula-ing, like she is able to! I figure it is a good way to get exercise when I can’t walk or ride my bike. Just mixing it up, right? When I have a svelte tummy, I will post a photo of me and my hoop. Watch for it!

A and I are hosting her family tomorrow – nephew DJ is in town, and his mom wants to have a big lobster feed. Our deck is perfect for that, and so we are getting ready today – lots of cleaning and laundry. Some cooking, as it will involve a whoopie pie extravaganza – not sure how many flavors of cake and frosting there will be, but it promises to be a sweet time! We have made oatmeal/cinnamon/chocolate chip cake, classic white frosting, and maple frosting. Who knows what else there will be to mix and match them with? Looking forward to that. And a good steak, since I don’t eat lobster.

Meanwhile, what have I been making? I finished the St Andrews sweater – just need to block it. Made a few birthday cards today, as well as the beginnings of a thinking of you card. The birthday cards came out better than I had thought – especially one I made for DJ’s A – it is made with a water-color paper base, a shell that I stamped and heat embossed with glitter embossing powder, overstamped with french script in black, and water-colored with pale pink. It is matted on pink, then put on a shell print paper, with a pink organza ribbon twisted around the pink mat. Sounds pink and girly but it looks pretty. The shell paper base is mostly white and gray, so it grounds it a bit.

Now that the green sweater is done, I have to make something for the Nest project, to follow my own rules… and then I will get started on the sweater I plan to make with some of my Fiber Frolic yarn… can’t wait!

But first…I cut out the fabric to make curtains for the craft room. It gets really hot up there on summer afternoons, so I dug out an old Laura Ashley decorating book and figured out how to make the roman shades I want in there. I happened to have a large amount of Waverly fabric that was going to be curtains in the house in Cherryfield – it matches the wallpaper I used in the front room – and amazingly, it matches the colors of the walls in the craft room, 15 years later. Sort of like a miracle! Or, I keep choosing the same colors? Either way, it is a blessing. And so I am working on another sewing project. This one does involve my own carpentry world, as I need a wood bar to hang them from. A is thrilled to be able to help with my decorating projects (well, maybe not!) But when she sees the finished product, I think she will be impressed. 🙂

Anyway, it’s been a busy month, but a good one. Lots of swimming, creativity, family, sun and fun. It has been a good summer. And there is another month of it, right? Then glorious fall.. Sigh. I wish summer could be as long as winter… or even longer. But then, I would not need so many sweaters, and Nest would not need so many hats. So what would I knit?

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