Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I realize some of you from other parts of the country are wondering why Northwesterners can't handle the heat, at least we don't have the killer humidity. Simple answer really ... WE DON'T HAVE AIR CONDITIONING. In the NW portion of Washington only 13% of the residents have air conditioning in their homes. We do, fortunately, have air conditioning in our work places, so attendance at work is high right now.
I feel like a walking balloon bloated with all of the water I have been drinking. I have been drinking about 3 gallons of water, in addition to other liquids.
As I said it's hot, too hot to eat, sleep, garden, and knit. The only knitting I've been getting done lately has been when I'm in a moving vehicle or inside a mall or building with air conditioning. Monday was knitting guild night at Crossroads Mall. When David heard I has heading over to Crossroads with Susan, he volunteered to drive so he could spend a couple of hours in air conditioning reading a book. Worked for me. I got to knit with the air conditioning blasting on me while David drove.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
It's interesting how the last six months have been like the last month of pregnancy, lasting forever. Marlaina, my dear friend and hairdresser, has been like a rock in all of this for me, styling my hair and keeping the ends trimmed so we can get the hair to grow. Thursday night, it was ready!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
At least I have my pictures.
Well, off to work!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Thursday Marylou and Laurie came to visit and to have dinner. Marylou is Mom's cousin and Laurie her daughter. Instead of trying to figure out if we are "second" cousins or "first cousin twice removed," or whatever, we all call ourselves cousins. What a fun time we had. David roasted a chicken on the grill, and everything else came out of the garden. Laurie is a vegetarian, so was in heaven with the broccoli, beets, carrots, and potatoes and onions. After dinner, we tarried out to the pie cherry tree to pick cherries for Marylou. She loves cherry pie, loves to bake cherry pie, and wanted the cherries. At one point we borrowed Marylou's cane to pull down some branches, but she assured us she was fine, she had the tree to hang on to. It was such a treat to see them again.
Our vacation officially ends tomorrow. To be honest, I hate to go back. This has been such a relaxing and rewarding vacation. It's right up there with our trip last July to visit the Jersey Boys.
Well, it's time to get dressed so we can head up to the lumber yard and grocery before the Lavender Festival traffic hits the streets.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Yesterday it really didn't rain much, but we sure did have a continuous stream of drizzle. And it was cold. We didn't get out too much. I did have a surprise visit from Cliff and Michelle, a great couple I worked with while with Small Paws Rescue. They, and their three fluffs, stopped by and we had a nice visit. They are still rescuing and fostering bichons for Small Paws. The little fluffs are lucky people like Cliff and Michelle are there for them.
Last night we actually turned on some heat and the lights early in the evening because it was so dark with rain clouds. It's supposed to be summer!
This morning Louie again got me up at 4:30 a.m. so we could go out and see the barn owl. Well, I couldn't see it because of the dark cloud cover, but I could hear the flap of his wings. Amazing.
David is on his way over to join us for the rest of the week. The doggies and I are excited to have him with us. He's also bringing my camera.
Well, it's a bit chilly so we are all huddled on the couch. Maybe Louie will let me take a short nap. The sun is supposed to return tomorrow.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
After they decided it was really me through all of that lavender, I mowed part of the back 40, decided it was too dang hot to do more, cleaned up and knit for the rest of the afternoon.
Funny, but as I'm writing this post, I'm smelling lavender.
Friday, July 10, 2009
This evening Leslie and I went to 7 Cedars Casino for dinner, and $20.00 worth of slot machine effort. Again, another fun evening. The dinner and company were great. The $20.00, a donation to the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe. There are seven cedar totem poles outside the casino and they are so beautiful. I tried to find a picture to post but couldn't, which is too bad. Each one is hand carved by an elder craftsman, with the help of younger tribal members learning the art of totem carving. Each totem pole has a story based on the faces and the order they are shown from the bottom to top. There is a book written about the totem poles of the S'Klallam Tribe and I looked for it at the gift shop. Unfortunately, they were out at this time.
Tomorrow morning Leslie and I are doing a tour of the lavendar farms (a week before the Lavendar Festival). I haven't been to any of them so I'm looking forward to it. In the afternoon I'm picking my first batch of raspberries. Yum!
Well, I'm tired, the dogs are tired, and it is finally dark enough to go to bed.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Next I hear the mourning dove sing it's wake up call. Edgar's Acres is the only place where I have seen and heard the mourning dove. What a beautiful bird.
Later in the morning I saw the first of the American Bald Eagles flying over. Each time I see one I am in complete awe. I never tire of see the true majesty of this bird.
And then there is the goldfinch, which is a delight to see anytime. They are such cheery little birds. The color alone is cheerful, and their song is so sweet.
Then, later on in the afternoon is the local raccoon. Not too fond of them, but they are beautiful in their own right. It's odd to see them during the day, however, since they are primarily nocturnal animals.
I haven't done one stitch of knitting today. I knit so much yesterday while it rained that I spent most of the time outside working in the yard. Leslie, and her mom, Ramona, had me over for dinner tonight and we had a nice time and wonderful dinner. Good company and good food, what a perfect combination for a good time.
Well, I'm heading to bed early tonight so Louie can see the barn owl again tomorrow morning.
By the way. I'm sure it's obvious, but the photos are not mine. The images section of Google gets all of the credit.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
This is the failed project. The yarn is Knit Picks Shine in sport weight in the color Cherry. I love this yarn. I hated the fact that the sweater was a dismal failure, but was consoled by the fact that I love the yarn and would find another project for it.
This is the successful project. It is the Neckdown Shaped T Shirt by Knitting Pure & Simple. Love the sweater, and am very happy to have some yarn to knit it again because the fit came out so well. The texture of the knitted fabric is a bit rough because I'm using yarn from a frogged project, but it is coming out very nicely. It has such a nice hand to it that I am enjoying knitting with it again!
(In case you're wondering, I still don't have my camera, just old photos in my dear computer's memory.)
Speaking of which, I did have a picture of one of the baby projects in progress. It's almost done now. This is just the classic log cabin pattern (which seems to be hot right now since the Yarn Harlot is knitting one). I'm using Encore Colorspun by Plymouth Yarn, in "Baby Boy." I've brought along a stash of baby boy yarn for the other projects, since all of the expectant mothers are having boys this year.
Yesterday I went with Leslie to Taco Tuesday at the the Elks Club and had a fun time. I met some more neighbors, and many friendly and fun people. The more time I spend in Sequim, the more I am convinced Edgar picked the right place for us. God blessed us with our home here, and with the dear neighbors we have living next to us. They have become dear friends as well.
Since it's been raining for most of the day I did a little housework, and a lot of knitting. When there is a sunbreak, the dogs go out for a walk about. On one of their walk abouts, Johnny found something and decided he wanted to bring up to the house for me. A DEAD MOUSE!!!!!!. Fortunately I had the broom and dust pan in my hands, so the DEAD MOUSE was quickly swept up and tossed over the fence where Johnny couldn't get it again. Of course, after that, Johnny is looking at me like "don't you like my special present for you?" Don't worry, I very calmly explained I love all of his gifts, but A DEAD MOUSE needs to be kept in a special place ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCE. With that he went back out into the yarn and brought me a rock. I love the rock.
I've been listening to music while knitting with dogs all around me napping (we got up at 4:30 this morning, they're tired). Poor little Johnny, he's not used to a good sound system with the Bose speakers so some of the bass drums coming through the speakers startle him. He's getting use to it though.
Well, here comes a sunbreak so time for me to go take another walk about.
Monday, July 6, 2009
This morning we had a LOUD thunder storm which sent all three dogs in my lap. Edgar was pretty cool about it but Louie and Johnny were shaking like little leaves. I would just get them calmed down when we had another LOUD clash of thunder.
This afternoon David finished my garden work station and I love it. David asked if I liked it and I told him it was so beautiful I could cry. Again, I can't post a picture, but wish I could. Now I can clean my garden produce outside and keep all of the dirt and yuck outside where it belongs. Thanks David. I love it!!!!!
After that we helped Leslie trim back some trees along the property line. She is such a wonderful neighbor, and a very good friend. Now the garden will get some more sun, and both of us won't get slapped in the face by fir trees when we are mowing the law.
Tonight we are just hunkering down for the evening. It's a little chilly and windy. It will be a good night for knitting.
One final note --- I love being on vacation.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
On Friday, Gov. Sarah Palin announces her resignation to "pursue the bigger picture." Whatever that may be. I've not been too impressed with the Tina Fey look alike from day one, but I read today that Sarah is using Facebook as her political forum to announce her "higher calling." Facebook? You've got to be kidding. Next thing I'll read is where she is solicitating campaign funds via Craig's List.
Back to Edgar's Acres. I brought lots of knitting with me. I'm still working on socks and baby items. I also brought a sweater I started last summer and hope to finish this summer. Pictures? I forgot my camera. David is heading back to Bellevue on Tuesday and will return on the weekend, with the camera.
Too bad I forgot the camera too. Susan and I harvested cabbage, brocolli, onions, lettuce and potatoes this morning for her to take back with her. She said she likes the exchange of weeding labor for fresh produce. We've been eating good all weekend too, with the fresh produce, and great meat from Sunny Farms.
Today the dogs are so tired they're letting me comb the sticky seeds and weed burrs out of their fur. It's a bit windy today so Edgar's hiding under the end table.
Facebook ... I just can't believe it. Sarah, just what in the world are you thinking?