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

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!

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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

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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!)
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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

Short little Friday list

Here it is, folks. Yawn.

Hit the road at 6:30 AM for beautiful Stonington, Maine.

Spend the day doing tax returns.

Finish up there around 5.

Get home around 6:30 PM.

Collapse on sofa.

If I haven’t already done it, knit a round on stargazing socks.

I’ll do better in a couple of weeks, I promise.

Friday List

A and I are both starting a week’s vacation today, so she is joining me on this list.  It’s great to have her along!

 This morning we will head to Ellsworth early:

Stop at the Post Office on the way to pick up the giveaway package that is waiting there for me, from All night Knitter – can’t wait!

Then it is too the doctor to have my stitches out and learn the ramifications of “pre-cancerous” and what it means for all the similar but small bits on my back.

Following that, we go to breakfast somewhere – of the take out variety, on our way to Stonington. I haven’t been to Stonington yet this summer, and I love their farmers market.  I think today is the last one of the season, so I put it on the must do list. It was harder to convince A that this is what she wanted to do, I had to promise a really good lunch.  Luckily, there are many choices down there this time of year.

After lunch, we wander back up off the island, up the peninsula and into the real world.

Stop by the vet’s to get some wormer for Tigger, who sadly has shown some signs of worms.  The downside of being a good mouser.

I’ll also need to either go back to the PO or stop at the one in Ellsworth, to mail off the package to my give-away winner.  The goodies are all made, wrapped and boxed.  Just have to get to the PO when the desk is open.  Gets tough in rural America with all the cuts, but that is another story.

Somewhere in here we also have to call Down East Toyota rentals and see if they have a truck for us to rent for the weekend, and if they do, we then have to run to the town office in Bucksport to get a temporary dump permit, and then to Bangor to get the truck.

 I’ll have my knitting with me, never fear!

So it will be a day of mixed messages – chores and vacation activities.