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June 19, 2018

Our public library kicks off summer and summer reading with a fairy tale ball every year. The schedule never seems to work out for us, but this year we were able to attend.

They had face painting, an indoor inflatable obstacle course, an escape room, story time, crafts, face painting, and Larson’s favorite part: sword fighting.

We are so lucky to have such a great public library, with such a creative staff.  The woman in the ball gown is the children’s librarian. 🙂

Larson signed up for the summer reading challenge while we were there, and wouldn’t you know, he won one of the weekly raffles last week!

Saturday marked the end of the little league season in our town.

And then Sunday was Father’s Day.  Larry put a brisket into the smoker at around 9am for dinner,

then proceeded to do chores for most of the day. He didn’t have a breather until around 3, but he made good use of the break while he had it…



June 15, 2018

Last Friday we nipped up to Maine for a long weekend.

We ate lobster,

played shuffleboard and made smores,

got some beach time,

followed by some pool time,

and I even managed a little knitting on Worldwide Knit in Public day.

After today there are only three days of school left. Summertime begins now!


June 7, 2018

I finally finished the second sock over the weekend. And promptly wound off yarn for the next project.


But it’s slightly too complicated for takearound knitting… I’ve been thinking of making a crochet washcloth or two, just to learn some other stitches.

We’ll see how things go.


May 29, 2018

Early in May, we noticed that a robin had built a nest in the eaves of our back porch.

A week or so later, we saw that her eggs had hatched, and that there were now a mama and four baby birds.

We kept an eye on the dog when she went outside, but otherwise let things be.

We took pictures of them most every day. All credit goes to Larry, who is the only one tall enough to reach his phone up over the nest.

They grew fast – and one by one, they spread their wings and flew away.

And now we’re empty nesters.


May 22, 2018

Right before I left for Texas, I finished knitting my So Faded sweater.

Once I got home and caught up on laundry and housework, I wove in the ends, then blocked it out. Wore it to work as soon as it was dry:

In the interim I’ve been working on a sock project – this is my first attempt at an afterthought heel, using the Smooth Operator pattern, and I worked the heel while on the plane.

(In a standard sock knitting pattern, when you get to the heel, you stop knitting in circles and knit a square for the heel, then knit a few triangles to make things back into a circle, then continue down the foot.  In an afterthought heel you knit in a circle all the way, but add a few rows of waste yarn (in white below) – then you go back, pick out the waste yarn, and add a heel in its place).

And worked the foot and the toe on my flight home.


This is the first time in several years that I worked socks one at a time, but that heel makes it all worth it.

I bet someone has figured out how to do afterthought heels two-at-a-time…I’ll have to poke around and see.




May 17, 2018

It’s been a whirlwind of a couple of weeks!

First, the circus came to town. Bonus because the high-wire troupe turned out to be the Wallendas!  Larry has been a big fan of Nik Wallenda for a long time, and it was awesome to see him meet a legend.


Then, I had a business trip to Austin for a few days. I’d never been to Austin – or to Texas – before, so my co-worker and I wanted to see as much as we could in the limited free time we had.


It was a great trip, but I was happy to get home.

We landed just before midnight on Wednesday, and Alistair’s spring concert was Thursday.



May 1, 2018

The youth baseball season kicked off Saturday.

There was a parade and an opening ceremony, and reunions with friends.


And finally, a game.



Spring is here at last!