Travel time. I arrived in Washington, DC to have a staycation (for her) with my daughter and help her out after oral surgery.
I made myself at home in her beautiful apartment and tried to make a cup of coffee while she slept in. I finally found a coffee maker but no coffee. So I opted for a cup of tea instead. There was plenty of tea, hot water, milk and sugar. I had to look hard among all the bar ware to find a mug though. I spotted martini glasses, champagne flutes, beer glasses and a shaker.
Ice packs were stored among several bottles of liquor in the freezer. I did spot a package of frozen peas in there too, if needed in a pinch.
Post op, I visited my favorite DC yarn shop, Looped Yarn Works, and bought some lovely yarn to crochet boot toppers for the long DC summer. These were super quick and will just peak over the top of work boots.
I benefitted from the generosity of family and friends and helped eat the ice cream she received while we watched scary TV, The Following, and Romantic Comedies. Bittersweet.
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When my kids were little and people asked how they were, I usually quipped they weren’t involved in drugs or other teenage associated shenanigans.
Now that they are young adults, and make me proud every day, I am happy to report they sleep through the night and are potty trained.
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Yesterday was a perfect day to spin outside and whatever I left behind was a gift to the birds for their nests.
I have plans to make a pair of leggings for a friend in South America, where it is almost winter. She wanted grey. Amazingly, I don’t have any grey yarn but I had grey roving and I spun it up into a worsted/bulky two ply. Not my best effort but I have let my spinning wheel languish for far too long. In order to wind a skein of my new yarn, I had to take a skein of Blue Faced Leicester/Alpaca blend off the bobbins. It is luscious and I have tons of it.
I think I bought a pound of BFL roving and I distinctly remember buying the alpaca fleece. There are several breeders in the area and when I saw an ad for alpaca fleeces I headed out to the address. To my surprise, it was a chiropractor’s office. I walked in and approached the receptionist. As if I was engaged in an elicit trade, I quietly asked if I was in the right place for an alpaca fleece. Sure enough, she pulled 3 bags full from behind the counter and I paid with my credit card. I cleaned it and carded it and have been gradually spinning it. I plied it with the BFL and think I’ll either knit a soft, cushy warm garment from it or use it as weft for a blanket. After I dye it. Perhaps with the lichen I have been collecting.
My braided rug is coming along. I tore strips from several old sheets and it will make a great rug for one of the bathrooms. I began with an old table cloth in the middle and it wasn’t the right weight or material. But it will remain as a reminder.
This little dress is on the needles and the baby has been born. It’s the Clara dress and is an easy, knit, great for meetings and travel.
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If you build it, they will come.
Tim installed this sweet Purple Martin house the other day. I was nervous
when the Bluebirds checked it out because I thought they would change the
neighborhood and keep the Purple Martins out. We have never seen Purple
Martins near our house but heard they love to eat mosquitoes, which would be
good, or some people report dragonflies, which wouldn’t be so good.
Today, I saw the Martins checking out the house. Noone has put a deposit on
it yet, but I am hopeful.
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The weather has warmed up – a bit too much – and spring is in the air. Yesterday, the high temperature was 85 degrees f and the low was 35 f – a whopping 50 degree spread. What to wear? Actually, we don’t even notice the cool nights, except we sleep well, or I do anyway. We’re outside doing all sorts of projects – Tim is working on his cabin; I’ve been trying to figure out what are weeds and what are not; and the boat is ready to launch.
Trees are blooming and love is in the air (and in the hills). I see a heart in the trees.
Our first Humming bird returned, Bluebirds are checking out the boxes (including the Purple Martin house, which is supposed to be used by Purple Martins) and Eastern Phoebes keep trying to build a nest inside our porch. It’s complicated when the birds refuse to keep to their own neighborhoods. Goldfinch are wearing their bright yellow feathers and are so colorful.
It’s so nice outside, I haven’t been doing any quilting or weaving. I still do laundry though and love to dry clothes outdoors on a windy day. I may find clothing scattered around the lawn, but they smell nice.
One of my favorite pictures is my porch swing in the snow. Here it is in the spring.
Time to go enjoy another day.
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