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Looking forward and backward   23 comments

Made it through another weekend of travel.  This one was different, as I warned you it would be – no yarn purchases.  But lots of knitting, thanks to my sister being willing to be the driver!

Saturday morning I was up and out of the house by 4:30, drove down to Portland, and together we left at 7:30 for Connecticut.  We must have done something very good, because the traffic gods blessed us, and we made it to my aunt and uncles in record time, arriving RIGHT on the dot of  11.  We had a nice visit with them, then the two of us headed down into the town we first lived, had a picnic on the village green.  It was SO NICE!  Of course it looks the same but different from what we remember.  It’s smaller and the trees are bigger.  But the beautiful old houses and churches look the same.

From there we drove past our old house (also smaller with bigger trees) and then on to visit with Dad and Stepmom S.  We stayed for a couple of hours, chatting, looking at old yearbooks, and then spent quite a time out in their yard – they have loads of bird feeders and an amazing variety of birds, which keep them and their indoor cats well entertained.

Then it was back on the road by 4, and home to my sister’s before 8, where we relaxed with delicious pizza – delivered!  Oh, the good part of living in a city!

I was wide awake, so though they offered me a bed for the night, I headed home.  I have had too many days away from home, between traveling and working every day.  Got home by 11:30 and when I tell you I fell into bed and asleep and didn’t open my eyes for a solid 8 hours, I am not kidding.

And I never moved out of low gear Sunday.  I did start a load of laundry (dear A finished it for me) and I went to the dump and the hardware store, but other than that I just sat and knit.

Well, knit and ripped out. I got to a point where I could try on the green and black striped sweater, and it just wasn’t right.  The neck opening was too large, and the front of the sweater too big.  So, I took good notes on my gauge, then ripped it all out, did loads of math, gave up the idea of the boat neck and cast on a crew neck sweater.  I did like the width of the stripes, so now I really think I am good to go on this one. No photo now, it looks just like the last time I started it.  🙂

I worked a lot on my socks on Saturday, so I ignored them Sunday, just worked on the Moon and Sky shawl, got past the first beaded row.  The beads on this are going to be pretty subtle, I think.  They are matte finish and close in color to one of the colors in the yarn.  But they do glow a bit in the right light, so I think when they whole is complete, they will be awfully pretty.

I did a couple of rows on the handspun vest as well, but no one except me would notice.  fingering weight takes a long time to show effort!  But I still love it and want to have it ready in the fall, so it stays in rotation.  🙂

I didn’t do any spinning, I was just too tired to move the wheel into position, it seemed like too much effort.  I’ll work on that this week, I promise! Last week, I did cake up the yarn I will be plying that with, so I am ready for plying should I ever finish spinning.

This week will be long, with the promise of a holiday weekend at the end!  Before Saturday I want to get the pool water tested so I can get the PH right, and the stabilizer and chlorine in – then I can get in and get the last of the leaves from the middle.  I can’t reach them from the edges.

I also want to work on that spin and get it off my wheel so I can clean the old wheel and move it upstairs, and give attention to the new wheel!  And I want to finish my May sock, so I am ready for June when it arrives (so soon!)

And my sister and I are both inspired to do some cleaning and clearing, so I will once again put that on my list, to start weeding out the craft room and organizing the yarn and fabric.  It won’t happen in one session or one week or maybe one month, but every bit helps.

This weekend I am on for ALL of the household chores and some serious catering to A’s wishes as she has been the solo person two weekends in a row.  Good thing I have three days, because I also want to get some seed sin the ground, and some yardwork done.

I might need a 30 day weekend to do all I would like to do and that needs doing.

 

 

 

The Weekend Report   21 comments

Gang, I had so much fun out and about with Mom last weekend!  We started off on time early Friday morning and decided to stop for breakfast at a place we had heard about near Augusta (not Aunt Gin’s, which would have been a better choice, it turns out) and it took them over an HOUR to get us some coffee and eggs.  Wow.  So then we were behind schedule but not too worried as we had no deadlines or commitments Friday, just plans and anticipation.

It was raining and spitting most of the way through the boring turnpike driving.  I had MapQuest plot me a route using “shortest distance” so that I didn’t have all highway driving all day.  It was 8 hours of driving after all, I wanted to see something other than yellow dotted lines.  🙂

Mom navigated, and it was fun, though we have no idea where we were most of the time, we knew we could figure it out with maps and GPS if needed. We wandered through western Mass, and wound up in Amherst, which I have always wanted to see.  It was very lovely, but it was UMASS commencement weekend, so to say that there was a little traffic is an understatement.  It took forever to get to Northampton from there.  And once in Northampton, we added road construction to the mix, it seriously took us more than half an hour to go the short distance from the pretty bridge to WEBS.

But get there we did, and by then the sun was shining (as it should over this wonderful place!)

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It is in an industrial setting just in back of town. If you are looking for a cute yarn shop, this isn’t it (but there is one in town.) However – go in the door and you are transported to fiber heaven. There is a HUGE retail space with all the yummy yarns beautifully displayed.  A whole entire section of Madeline Tosh just hanging there, showing off it’s lovely colors, calling for me to buy it.  🙂  There are wheels and buttons and yarns and fiber and pattern books and loads of room to move around, good lighting and (mostly) very nice staff.

And then there is the backroom.

It’s actually where we started, because the restrooms are back there… and we were five hours from coffee after all.  🙂

This room is much more like a warehouse, I can’t begin to guess how big it is.  Aisles and aisles of shelves from the floor to over my head, filled with yarn.

I spent the most time in the Valley Brand aisle, touching everything (remember, this is why I was there!) If I liked how it felt, I took photos of the tag so I would remember it when I get to ordering online someday (soon I hope) and so my phone is filled with photos of tags.  🙂

All the prices were reasonable but some were on sale, so they were WAY more than reasonable.  This coming weekend is their huge tent sale, I can’t imagine what a zoo the place will be, but I bet people will be getting some great bargains.

The other aisles are organized by fiber weight.  I cruised fast through bulky but slowed to a crawl in fingering, sport, and lace.  Oh so many things were calling my name.  But I had a strict yarn budget for the weekend.

But I wanted it all.

But I had a budget.

But…

I finally settled on this selection:

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The Leyden for some socks, the Southampton for a shawl, or something light and fluffy.  Southampton is a yarn I have been wanting to try since I can’t seem to get Soie et Doucette anymore.  It is very similar to kid silk haze, which I also love.  So I will give it a shot and see what happens. At $7.99 a ball, it didn’t seem too bad an experiment.

I was pretty impressed with myself, coming out of there with money left and my homework completed!

Then I caught up with Mom, and she staggered me.  She was in there with me the whole time, and she bought NOTHING. Because she had no project in mind.

I didn’t know that was a thing.  🙂

Anyway – we got some vague directions about lunch and parking and muddled through that and got out of that town as fast as we could, which was not fast.

The directions continued to meander through the Berkshires in the general direction of New York, and we blindly followed them, trusting MapQuest.

Until we found ourselves in a two track dirt road wandering under leaning dead trees. A road not on the map we had, but clearly marked and where MapQuest said it would be. As we drove, the road got narrower (it hardly seemed possible) and ruttier.  When we finally came to an intersection with a paved road we abandoned MapQuest and took the paved road.  First chance we got, I pulled over and we set the GPS with our hotel address in Poughkeepsie.

Our new route zipped us along Route 23 through Great Barrington and out onto the beautiful Taconic Parkway.  I mean it, it is a beautiful road.  NO trucks!!!  It’s a true parkway, loads of pretty trees and green grass.  And of course, it is late spring there, the trees are fully out.  The dogwood was blooming in the woods. It was really a gorgeous trip down to the hotel, which we found with no problem.  Thank you, GPS.  Sorry, MapQuest, I won’t ask you for shortest route again.

Saturday dawned gray and dreary and raining.  We had breakfast with one of Mom’s classmates and his wife, and I left her with them to enjoy her day of reunion activities. Then I settled down to await another highlight of the trip – meeting up with a blogger in the real world!  Slipped Stitches Weblog is a blog I have loved since I found it, Maryanne is hysterically funny when writing about her adventures with her little dog, her knitting and the calamities that befall one at the hand  (or paw) of the other. We are friends on Ravelry and our blogs, so I knew she lived in the general area, but was nervous about suggesting a real life meeting.  I was so excited when she was not only willing to meet, but willing to come to Poughkeepsie to meet me!  I wondered if we would find enough to talk about or if it would be awkward, but the minute she walked into the hotel lobby I knew it was her and we just jumped right in, sharing current WIPS, stories, talking about our lives.  It was like seeing a friend I just hadn’t met yet.  🙂

I used the app Yarn Places to locate a local yarn store, and the kind desk clerk told us how to find it, so we went there to start with.  We spent quite a bit of time in Walkway Wools checking out the bright colors of yarn she had packed into her tiny shop (the owner is the dyer behind Mother Frogging yarns, check them out if you can).  Keeping in mind that I had only $7 left in my yarn budget, I tried really hard to be good.  But this yarn was too pretty to pass up!

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I have been wanting to try linen, and the price was just right.  I am thinking that someday I will make this into a shawl, but meanwhile, I am just enjoying the color. And I only went $8 over budget, which if you think about what I could have spent this weekend, was kind of like a miracle.  🙂

From there we went through the rain to lunch and gabbed for a couple of hours before Maryanne returned me to the hotel.

I am so glad that she was willing to take a chance to meet up with me and that she gave up a rainy Saturday to do so.  I am pretty sure that she could have been chasing the dog through the mud, around the pond, and down the lane as he ran off with her Shetland lace shawl, or something equally entertaining instead.

Saturday evening Mom and I went back over to her school to have a fancy dinner “with musical entertainment.”  There were a total of five from her class at this reunion, so with spouses and a daughter, we all fit at one round table.  I heard a lot of funny tales about kids at boarding school in the late 1950s. There (apparently) was lots of smoking behind buildings, and some panty raids, football games against giant farm kids, and other memorable moments.  After dinner, we went back to the hotel and hung out in the lobby for a few hours chatting with one couple until it was really time for bed if we were going to make that long drive home again in the morning.

I think Mom had a wonderful time, and is looking forward to the 65th reunion.

So – we got back to the room, mapped out a route (using a real, paper map with indicators fro things like pavement) that would avoid all major cities and be pretty and get us home reasonably quickly, and hopped into bed, where we slept like babies until 2 am when the fire alarms went off.

Have I ever told you about my hotel curse?  I have rarely stayed in a hotel more than one night that I didn’t experience the fire alarms going off. Sometimes I even manage to do it on a one night stay.  It is darned annoying.

We were up on the fifth floor, so we donned shoes and rain coats, (yup, still raining) and did take the time for a speedy bathroom break.  And I DID grab the car keys.  If the hotel was burning up, I wanted to be able to leave! And down the stairs we went to the dripping parking lot.  I was sort of surprised at how full the parking lot was and how few people came out of the hotel.  I guess they could stand the noise and didn’t mind burning up.  Hmmm.

We sat in the car, watched the big hook and ladder trucks come in with sirens blaring.  After a few minutes they all left and we went inside.  Seems an overly steamy shower was to blame, so at 3 am we climbed back into bed to stare at the ceiling for a bit.

Naturally we got off to a later than planned start Sunday morning.  At least it was sunny!  We headed back up the Taconic Parkway to Route 90, by which time it was raining again, and all the leaves were still only thoughts and the world was gray and dreary again.

Our new route seemed a bit longer than the other way, though the drive time turned out about the same – 8 hours or so to mom’s house. And no Worcester, Hartford or any of those other traffic nightmares.  It was after 8 when I finally pulled into my driveway, and I was really ready to be home!

This weekend I have an different sort of an adventure planned.  I’ll get up and hit the road around 4:30 Saturday morning, and drive to my sister’s, in Portland.  Together we will travel down to Connecticut (she will drive, I will knit – see, it’s different already!) to visit an aunt who lives down there, and our dad and step mom.  Then we will drive back to Portland, and I will stay over night in there with her and her family.  Home fairly early Sunday morning.  At least that’s the plan.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

And next weekend?  I am going NO WHERE.

We are off on an adventure   27 comments

The first of several this summer – yeah!

Mom graduated from high school in 1957.  She had plans to attend her 60th reunion with her old roommate, but then plans changed.  Mom decided not to go if her roommate couldn’t.  Too long a trip.  So of course, I offered to drive her, and this weekend, we are headed off to Poughkeepsie NY.

While she spends the day remembering old friends and crazy times, I plan to meet IN PERSON a blogger who’s become a friend, Slipped Stitches.  I can’t wait to get to put a real person with the imaginary one in my mind.

But before we get to that on Saturday, Mom and I have decided to break up the drive on Friday by stopping in Northampton, Massachusetts for lunch.  And um, well, you know, going to WEBS.  In person. The real store.  I have wanted to do this for years, and I am pumped.  I want to touch all the yarn.  It is the one thing I hate about buying yarn on the internet – if I haven’t seen it elsewhere, I have no idea what I am buying.  So I plan to do a  lot of touching, and perhaps a tiny bit of buying.  A conceded that I have been exceptionally good in the yarn buying department these last several months, and we worked out a budget we can both live with.  Woot Woot!

I am looking forward to this trip.  I am sure to have lots to share with you when I return on Sunday.  And I think you will care more about it than A will.  🙂  She is happy to be staying home playing with cats, I think.

And guess what?  Next weekend, another adventure – but more on that later.

 

 

What? New software?   14 comments

Since coming back to work on Monday, I have been immersed in learning the new software the IRS is using.  Trying very hard to think of change as good, but there is that learning curve thing that just gets harder and harder as I get older.

Have to start helping other learn it soon, so I need to get it. Rather be knitting…

The good news?  Yesterday we went to an all day training, and while it was too crowded for me to knit during the training (rats) I was able to get a good 3 hours in on the drive, as I was a passenger.  That Christmas knitting is moving right along, although the one tedious project still feels pretty immense.

I also ordered some more fiber from Three Waters Farm – I think between TWF and the Purple Fleece, I will never need to look at fiber out in the world – they both have so many lovely colors!

I actually did 2 orders from TWF, the first one arrived and I went on Etsy to do something with my shop, and saw that there was a sale page. I could not resist one of the braids there, so ordered another.

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And now I need to stop doing that.  I have lots of spinning to do!  The most recent Purple Fleece Roving of the Month is begging me to cast aside Cadillac Mountain and spin it instead, but it has to wait it’s turn… Check this out – Alpaca – and I have 2 braids because I signed up in October and got a special promotional extra braid, oh my.  🙂

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I finished two turbans this week, and am working on a third in a lighter weight yarn. I want to knock these out fairly quickly so I can move on.  The pattern is so nice and simple, it really is fast.

I tried one on and sort of like it, but not sure I would ever wear it, really.  But maybe I need one to see?  Later, later…or, if the girls don’t buy all these, maybe I will keep one.

(Stop planning more knitting, Salpal, you have knitting for Christmas and shops and Christmas cards to make and spinning to do. Oh, and some software to learn to gear up for tax season!)

 

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I started this post late last week but didn’t finish it, lucky for you, you got to see all the fiber I acquired!  And you get to hear about the weekend.

Saturday I got the snow tires on, just in time, as it was snowing as I headed down to Stockton Springs for knitting!  I spent the afternoon working away on hats and things, and made good progress, finishing another secret project and ignoring the last secret project which is boring me to tears.  🙂   Cast on another turban (a good thing as that is the one one of the girls really wants, it turns out.)

Sunday, A and I went on an adventure.  Last week she was in Georgetown (Maine) for three days, and this week, she is in Edgecomb for two, one of them very long, so she was going to stay over night.  Then she got this great idea – stay over two nights, and I go along for a day of adventuring, and stay there one night with her.  The ladies in Georgetown had told her about their tree lighting ceremony, so we decided to check it out.

Bright and early Sunday morning we ventured forth, in two cars ( waaah, no knitting for me!) and met at our hotel, the Cod Cove Inn, which is very nice and comfortable.  Looks like it has beautiful gardens, but they are put to bed for the winter now.

Then we had lunch in Wiscasset at Sarah’s Café, no dieting this day! and ventured off to Bath for shopping.  We managed to mostly buy things for ourselves, but did get a couple of Christmas presents, and found a lovely, huge shop filled with Maine-made things.  I could have spent a fortune there!  I did notice some baby veggie and fruit hats and they were $40!  Maybe I need to adjust my pricing and head back over there with some things… I went into Halcyon to check out their spinning fiber, and came out empty handed but with lots of info for the future.  🙂

From there we headed down the Georgetown peninsula to Reid State Park – I had never been there, and it is beautiful!

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It was cold and windy, and there were some kites flying (you can see the edge of one at the top right corner of the photo) but no one was in swimming, lol.

Then it was off to the tree lighting ceremony.    The town pier is absolutely beautiful, of course, what with being on the coast of Maine and all.  🙂

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And it was soooo coooooold!  They had hot chocolate, and we thoroughly enjoyed it while waiting for the tree to go from this

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to this.

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Sorry it is blurry, I guess the phone doesn’t like low light situations.  🙂

We were so cold that once this was done, we skipped our plan for a nice dinner and a trip down to Boothbay to see the lights, and went back to our hotel room, where we dined on left over lunch and watched sappy Christmas movies on the TV, while snuggled under warm pretty quilts.  🙂

And now it is a new week of learning software and teaching people how to use it.  One more week of work after this and then we are on vacation AGAIN.  I love it.  🙂

A quiet weekend in Lake Woebegone   17 comments

A long weekend, to be sure!

I did go to Whorls and Purls on Saturday, and so did a bit of knitting. Finished up a little hat for the Community Caring project there, using yarn that Debbie wanted us to test out. It was merely OK, so no more about it. We discussed the fact that we are all yarn snobs and we know it, having grown used to good quality wool and silk. So maybe we aren’t the perfect testers? Yet we are her customer base, and we are happy with the commercial lines she does carry…

The rest of Saturday was for puttering about the house. And knitting a bit.

Sunday, I convinced A that we wanted to go for a ride to see the colors north of us. Naturally it was the first rainy day in a long time. NOT complaining, we need the rain. Just noting.  We took the back roads up to Bangor, then the highway to Staceyville.

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Saw this from a highway overlook. That’s Mount Katadhin, the northern end of the Appalachian Trail.

From there we took State Route 11 up to Patten, then back down through Millinocket.

This was in Patten.

Here we made a slight detour to the New England Outdoor Center, for which I had an ulterior motive.  I wanted to see this site of the Highland Handmades knitting retreat. Can’t make it this year but I want to sometime. I wanted to see if it is a place A might like to spend a weekend. 😀  I think it is. So perhaps next year…

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From there we followed route 11 to Milo, then went back down the highway and home.  As A said “6 hours of driving and we didn’t go anywhere!” But I said since she likes to sleep in her own bed think of it as a vacation. Lol.

Monday was yare work as the weather was fine. Pool is all ready for the winter, gardens are getting there.  A used her new brush cutter to clear the edges of the driveway, she wants to get that done before snowfly. And who knows when that will be?

Of course there was more knitting and spinning. I finished the knitting of Mirno, I’ll try to block it this week so you can see it next week. That left two shawls on the needles from my big cast on in July. So naturally I cast on 2 more. 😝  One is a Gloria del Sol in Purple Fleece’s Radiant Gradient in aquamarine, the other is hitchhiker in my handspun you red my mind. I’ll post photos when there is enough progress to see.

Now it’s Tuesday and so back to normal routines. Like knitting isn’t?

Posted October 11, 2016 by salpal1 in how I spent my day, what I am making

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Yoohoo! Anyone out there?   16 comments

I can’t blame you if you aren’t – I have been neglectful of our relationship.  I hope you will forgive me and come back.

When last I posted – over a week ago – I told you I would be going to PA this past weekend, and while that is NO EXCUSE for not writing, it is in fact what I did.

But that sounds so simple.  Going to Pennsylvania.

Just for a day, really, although three days are needed for the trip.  I did not think it would be a huge big deal.  I was very much looking forward to seeing where my nieces live now, and where niece C (the younger, if you are trying to keep track of them all) goes to college. She is a sophomore now, and 19 years old.  WOW.  She was just born last week, you know.

So, the plan was to rent a comfortable car in Bangor, pick it up with Mom so we could both be legal drivers on it, and then pick up niece B after her Friday class and head out together.  Mom would drive the first part (in daylight, in Maine) and I would do the dark hours of driving after that.  I would knit peacefully while she drove.  We would drop B off at her home and then proceed to our hotel.  I had told them it would be a late check in when I made the reservation, so no problem there as long as we were there by 2.  Saturday we would connect with C, see her college, then take her home to her house where we would visit with her mom, and leave both girls, then we would head back to the hotel, planning an early pick up Sunday morning and a long drive back, with Monday to recover and return the rental car.

Sounds a bit crazy but not bad.  B said it takes her “about 8 hours” to get home from Bangor.

Here’s what really happened:

I started coming down with a cold on Thursday. I got some non-drowsy drugs and a box of tissues and pretended I would be fine. Mom forgot that she had a class when all these plans were made, so instead of leaving Bangor at about 3, we left Rockland at about 6.  Thus, instead of having two drivers on the rental car, we had one.  Instead of 8 hours, it turns out it takes 10 because there is construction in Connecticut, even in the middle of the night.  A panicked call to the hotel let them know we would not make it by 2.  Fortunately, they were OK with that, and glad we called. So FINALLY at something after 3 am, we dropped B off at home and really hoped the barking dog wouldn’t wake anyone but me.  It was 4 am when we closed the door of our hotel room and collapsed.  But not until after getting a text from C saying she would like to meet us at 10.

We struggled up at 8, showered, went downstairs to breakfast, and texted her “where are we meeting you?” only to find she had overslept, and could we come at noon instead? Certainly we could, and we tried not to think of the two hours of sleep we could have had…

Instead, we looked up the address of a yarn store I had found on-line.  (Yes, when going someplace new, I always google yarn stores just to see what I can find!) In this case, I found “Gosh Yarn It” in Kingston, just over the river from Wilkes Barre! We thought it was near the college (it was) and that we could get in and out in under an hour (pretty close!)

It is tucked into a nondescript office-type building on a main street, luckily had good signage, so we got there with no trouble.  Although small, it had a very nice layout and a good selection.  I was looking for Lamb’s Pride, which it mentioned on the website, but couldn’t find it anywhere.  I asked, finally, and the store clerk told me that the website isn’t up to date, they are having trouble as the webmaster went out of business. Sigh.  Advice we always give new businesses – make sure you own your website. You just never know what the future will bring.

So, no Lamb’s Pride (although they offered to order some for me), but a wealth of other gorgeous yarn and really adorable project bags.  Lots of Madeline Tosh, I drooled all over it, and many other fine yarns, some I had never heard of, some I had.  I almost made it out without spending a dime, can you believe it?  I say almost, because as I was perusing the Tosh Light, I saw a cowl that was just plain gorgeous.  And so simple!  Called Panda Food, it is much like the worm hat everyone has made and loved, it alternates bands of stockinette and reverse stockinette.  But it is knit in stripes, and has a cool looking carry-stitch feature (like bamboo, or panda food.)  The tag said “free pattern with yarn purchase.” Someday someone should remind me that patterns aren’t that expensive – much cheaper to just buy the pattern. But I knew immediately which yarn I had to have for it, and scooted back across the store to some hand-dyed gradient yarns I had seen.  Sure enough, the package had enough colors and yardage in it for this pattern, and there was a big skein that matched that would do for the main color.  So, $65 later, I had my free pattern and we were back on the road.

C came to greet us in the lobby of her dorm, I was quite impressed with the security there – we had to show ID and be signed in before we could go upstairs. Her room was amazingly neat and tidy, and though small, she and her roommate had made it very homey.  Then she gave us a quick campus tour – it’s a small school, but very pretty, and she seemed very much at home and comfortable there.  It is amazing how much she has grown up since I last saw her! Beautiful inside and out, she is learning and growing and expanding her horizons.  The three of us went to lunch, then went back to her house.

The new home is fairly rural, with apple trees and a broad lawn, a really nice place.  While the house is small, it works for their mom and step-dad, since these two are the last of the kids, and will soon be on their own. We spent a couple of hours there, and then headed back toward our hotel.  I just wanted to make one stop, because I noticed my glasses were a little wobbly.  We easily found the same chain store I bought them at, and while I had hoped for a quick easy (cheap) fix, that was not to be.

It seems they could not only not repair the wobbly bit, they found that the weld that held the two sides together was so weak that they were afraid to touch them for fear they would fall apart.  Naturally, these are not new frames, so they don’t carry them anymore.  Their lab was closed, so they could not make my lenses fit into a new frame.  They called the Scranton store, but they could not help either.  The fellow was kind enough to say that if we went and got some super glue, he would put it on the weld, but he doubted it would do much good.  We raced to CVS for glue, raced back to the store, waited while he glued the frames, and then went in search of supper. The glasses were now wobbly and stinky and besides my sunglasses, the only ones I had with me.

We decided to get takeout and eat in the room, and it was a good idea, I think I would have fallen asleep in my dinner if we had sat in a restaurant.  But it was Saturday night, and something was going on in town, all the restaurants were mobbed, so even take out took nearly an hour to get.  It was after 7 o’clock by the time we sat down to eat dinner.

We told B we would pick her up at 7 the next morning, and when that alarm went off, I seriously considered just living in that hotel for the rest of my life. Or at least sleeping another hour. My cold was here in full force, but I swallowed some pills, loved the hot shower, put on my sunglasses, and off we went.

After picking her up, stopping for gas and coffee, we hit the road.

This time, we got smart and decided to skip Connecticut. We got off of Rte. 84 in New York and went up the NY Thruway to the Mass Pike.  It was a MUCH nicer ride, but no shorter.  At least it was daylight, and until we met up with Route 84 again, there was no traffic to speak of.  Yeah!

Now my goal was to get Mom home and get us home before dark, so I could see where I was going.  Almost made it!  Got Mom home at dusk, didn’t; waste time visiting, we basically dropped her and bolted.  I had to put my regular glasses on, and prayed they would hold together for the next hour.  Thankfully, they did, in spite of the sneezing and coughing.

We were home by 7:30 Sunday night, just as planned.

But I felt like a train had run over me!  I said to B “If you ever hear me offer to do this again, please remind me to stay there a couple of days at least, this is crazy.”  She promised.

On the whole, I am so glad I went.  I now know where they live, I got to see C and the girls’ Mom, and C’s school.  And it was a pretty drive (home, anyway) so that was good.  And of course, lots of quality time in the car with Mom and B (although, B slept the ENTIRE way home!) But I hope I don’t have to do that too many more times.  I hope they settle down some place a bit closer.

Monday A was sweet and spent half of her holiday to drive me to Bangor to return the car (she was a legal driver on the rental as we are married.  Not sure why the woman who gave birth to me can’t be a legal driver, but whatever) and go do something about my glasses, which by now were a serious worry.

This time we had better luck in that department.  While the frames I had are long since out of production, the young man who helped me found a pair that my lenses would fit in, thereby saving me hundreds of dollars.  We had to wait an hour, and spend $175, but I have a good secure pair on my nose right now.  It is great.  My next plan is to get a second pair in the new year.  Not going on road trips with no spares again! (Also, he offered me back the old frames.  As the fellow in PA had said, they would, they broke in half when they took the lenses out.  I declined the offer.)

We did the grocery shopping and FINALLY headed home with no plans for anything but me to sleep.  B was just getting up when we got home — lucky kid.  🙂

Needless to say, although I had planned to go to work on Tuesday, I did not.  I slept half the day, and then sat and knit the other half. I am just now feeling like I might live.

There you have it.  How my weekend went in just over 2000 words.  In another post I will share the other stuff that has been going on lately, and show you the photos off the camera – none from PA, I was too tired to remember to take pix! But there is yarn and knitting and some early mornings.  I promise.  Before another two weeks go by.

How I did with my Friday list – words and photos galore.   13 comments

I did everything on my Friday list! It has been a long time since that happened.

First up – the shawl –

I finished knitting it Friday afternoon and blocked it. Today it came off the foam board. I love it! It always amazes me how lumpy thick, small pieces can be totally reshaped and come out as fabulous lace.

Remember this?

gail shawl

Well, I did this to it

nightsong blocked close up

nightsong blocked

And got this out of it!
nightsong blocked complete

Second up – a drive to the Stonington Farmers Market

I love going to Stonington. You might remember that I went down there last winter to do some free tax prep? It was cold, bumpy and desolate. Yesterday? Not so much. Here are some photos I snapped along the way – some through the windshield, sorry they are blurry.

Stonington is about an hour away – down a long peninsula with fabulous views of the islands and Penobscot Bay at various points – and some pretty flowers, too. I always think of roses and day lilies when I think of Stonington in summer. There is nothing like the smell of the flowers, the pines, and the ocean. Just heavenly.

This is a blueberry barren along the way down the peninsula – there was a lot of blue showing, but not in the photos – almost harvest time!

driving in Stonington 6

caterpillar hill 1

caterpillar hill 2

rose

Once you reach the end of the peninsula, you have to cross the bridge to get to Little Deer Isle. (You actually can see the bridge in the third photo. It looks a lot tinier there!)

deer isle bridge

Then, you have to take the serpentine causeway to get to Deer Isle, which has two small towns – Deer Isle Village and Stonington. Stonington is at the tip of the island.

causeway

It is perched on a big hill of granite at the edge of Penobscot Bay. I just love all the wooden houses perched on the edge of the earth, and the beautiful gardens.

driving in Stonington

driving in Stonington 1

driving in Stonington 2

driving in Stonington 3

driving in Stonington 4

driving in Stonington 5

Isn’t it pretty? Even that cell tower is pretty with all the black-eyed susans blooming in the garden beneath it.

Coming home, I took a moment to snap a photo of one of my favorite places – this barren is one I drive by every day to get to work – I love that stony field with the lone tree. 🙂 Appropriate that this is through the windshield as that is how I always see it.

driving

And oh yes, I did remember to go to the market while I was in Stonington – got some delicious cheese, chocolate, veggies and raspberries. Deliciousness.

farmers market haul

Inspired by all the summer gardens, I raided the wilds around our house for a couple of little bouquets. (Like that blue jar? My very talented sister made it for me!)
wildflowers 7 25 14

kitchen windowsill

And, lest we forget – sock knitting – I did some yesterday, and today, finished my 16th pair this year! And of course, cast on number 17 immediately. 🙂

sws 16 complete 2

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