At least as far as work goes! Vacation was such a slow nice time, we did NOT MUCH after the pellets were stacked, it was hot and humid and we didn’t have to. We puttered and visited friends, we ate out every single day. There was no cooking on vacation.
Then we went back to work.
This is my work organization’s 50th anniversary, but we are a Community Action Agency, so we have like, you know, no money for fun stuff.
Still, we wanted to celebrate with our partners and especially with our clients. And while we do an annual dinner, most times, clients and community members don’t attend. So we got this great idea (maybe in April?) to have community picnics or barbecues. We could load up the boss’s pick up truck, drive to different communities, set up, feed people, talk to people it would be great. The boss got some donations, and we were off. It sounded like a great idea then!
But of course, nothing is that easy, and the two person committee (me and my coworker of knit-buying fame, B) had about a million unexpected big projects land on our desks. July schedule turned to August, and it got later. We finally said we had to do it or we could not be outdoors! So this week we did it, and they were GREAT. But it was, of course, WAY more work than we ever imagined. We did 5 in 5 days, starting last Friday, the fifth one was today. That’s it, we are done for another 50 years. It will take us that long to recover and forget how much work it was. We put together a great team, we cooked about a million hot dogs and hamburgers, we traveled all over the two counties. The picnics were an hour long, but some places, that meant an 8 hour day, once you added in the set up time and drive time.
So it was a crazy week, and it ain’t over yet. Our third annual tennis tournament fundraiser is Saturday. I am almost ready for that, and will be by the time I leave Friday night. But it means a 6 day work week. Sigh.
There is always knitting and spinning to keep me sane. 🙂
I finished the Oaklet shawl in Tern. In spite of my apparent inability to count, and having to order more yarn, it came out well, I think! I would do it again, but pay more attention to my counting, I think.
I also finished one bobbin of the Life’s a Beach spin, and started the second one.
And I keep knitting on the other three shawls, they are starting to show progress, I think. No new photos of them for you, though. I also listed lots of hats and things on Etsy that came back from the pop up shop. Mostly baby things but not all. Check it out here if you have a mind to. Nothing you haven’t seen before!
I have a few new things in my brain. One of the girls who works for us during the school year brought in some “head wraps” she bought at the fair. They are lovely, knit from hand spun yarn, very cute on her. She wants me to make her some more. I looked and it looks pretty easy (famous last words) so I am going to work out a pattern to do that and make her a few of those. Other girls saw them and want them too, so I may be able to sell a pile of them! They are like cute hats with no top, not sure of the appeal, but I won’t argue. I will go and see if the person is selling the pattern, though. That would be easier, and would feel more ethical to me.
Other things I am looking forward to – supper at Mom’s after the fundraiser on Saturday, and NOTHING planned for Sunday! Plus, I am taking next Friday off because of working so much this week. Next weekend is the Common Ground Fair, and I will be heading there with Mom and niece B (owner of the now healthy bunny) so they can look at animals and I can look at yarn and fiber. I can’t wait for that!
Also, next Friday is the day I ship this %&*^#*&^&^ heart event monitor back to Tennessee. I can’t wait to get rid of it. I hope it is providing useful info to the MDs because it is driving me crazy and I would hate for that to be for naught. It did get me out of lots of hauling and lifting during these picnics, though!