Friday, May 6, 2011

Let the Sunshine In!

Yes, the sun is shining. We had a normal little shower last evening that lasted 30 mins. A little bit of thunder, but nothing too earth shattering. I got the yard mowed just as the rain drops started their prologue. I got the tools put away, a little bit of weedeating, and then the real show started.

I am at the in-between food situation. I don't want a heavy cooked meal, but I am not ready for the liquids and salad meals part of summer eating. I know, lucky me that I have choices.

I had more company over the weekend. I am ready to seal the extra bedroom. My girlfriend doesn't get to come to town that often for shopping. She usually drives the 2 hour drive to see her grandkids, and then heads home to prepare for next day work. This week she found someone to cover shifts for her to give herself some time off work. After a day with the grandkids, they all came here for a visit. After the daughter and grandkids left, we settled down for some knitting. She wanted me to show her the linen stitch again, so we made a swatch and pinned it to the instructions.

Monday we went out in the rain to shop at all the stores she hasn't been to for a while. She needed more cotton for washcloths, but nothing else was important. She wanted to shop at some stores to look at yarn for the grandkids Fall sweaters she knits every summer. I was tired out by the time we got home and she left around 5 p.m.

Saturday I spent the day at JE's shop in Bentonville talking to Girl Scouts. I do not want to publish my opinion of how Girl Scouts get merit badges these days. Let's just say it is ridiculous and it wasn't that way when I was a Girl Scout.

JE did bring her Spring lambs with their moms to be sheared. Not the lambs, just the moms. There is nothing cuter than new lambs. They are clowns and precious. Of course, I left my camera at home.

I am proud to say I just bit the bullet and started knitting on the giraffe sock again. I like it again. I will say I will not do this again. I am tired of color stranded knitting on socks. This is the third one in six months, and I am tired of it. I said that with the pink clown socks, too. I remember that. But this time, no more stranded socks for a while. I did cast on for a plain sock to stick in my purse for knitting in public. I have trouble follow charts if I am talking to other folks.

Speaking of socks, I have yet to wash and put away my wooly socks. I was happy to have a pair on Monday in the rain and cold. Yes, I wore a light coat with a hood all day. It has been in the 30's and low 40's at night this week. The promise is warmer weather by tomorrow, and maybe next week I can wash all my sockies and put them away. I need to do the same with the gloves and mitts. Another chore to put on the list.

The insurance adjuster came by to check out my roof for hail damage. While he was on the roof he trimmed the tree branches that were touching the roof. And he cleaned my gutters that were under those limbs. Wasn't that nice of him? I guess there are advantages of being older after all. When he left, he acknowledged my thanks and said, "At least you can knock those off the chore list." I was very appreciative that I do not have to climb up to the roof to trim the limbs. I clean the gutters twice a year, and I just have to stand on the ladder to do that.

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Have a good weekend. Hopefully the showers next week will just be brief afternoon showers like yesterday. I think it is time to move on with this weather pattern. Of course, we haven't completed our tornado season. I am going to visit with CJE tomorrow and hopefully we will have good weather for a long walk.

Oh-and yes, I did watch the wedding. I am not going to hide from that. I loved watching the beauty of their event, but also to see how happy they look. I also loved seeing what I could see of the Cosmati Pavement in Westminister Abbey. YouTube has videos of the restoration of this beautiful floor. When I see it, I always think of weaving tapestries or making quilts or something out of the design. It is so gorgeous. I love the idea that a message meanders around the edges of the designs throughout the floor.

Anyway, keep happy and keep loving each other. Until next time.....

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