Hey there! We had another busy weekend. Lish and Bruce suprised us with a visit so we all drove down to Portland Sunday morning to see the tail end of the Rose Festival. While there the girls all climbed a diminutive rock wall (they have a climbing wall at their school so they thought this one was “boring” in comparison).
We watched some bicycle riders and skateboarders defy gravity. The most amazing thing about these fellows was that they are all in their upper 30’s to mid 40’s in age.
We walked around downtown a bit and visited Powell’s. There the girls each picked out a journal for summer writing.
I pulled a few weeds in the garden. The slugs have devoured my pepper plants, leaving nothing but slimy green sticks in their wake. Darn it all. I usually try to avoid all pesticides, but there are so many of these nasty little guys that I’m considering slug bait. Luckily they’ve left many of the other veggies alone. Some itty bitty little summer squash and zucchini have formed.
Not to be outdone, the fruit has made some early showings too. Green strawberries and tiny little apples are in abundance.
Beets, green beans, peas, green onions, carrots, lettuce and even some spinach have all popped up as well. I love the bright contrast between the spinach plants and the soil.
My tomato plants are in dire need of baskets as they’ve all started leaning.
Knitting WIPs are completed with the exception of one pair of socks. Not having tons of projects on the needles is quite a relief. Now summer projects can be started without guilt about neglecting my UFOs.
A2 helped take some pictures of the finally finished Forest Canopy Shawl. The yarn is Erin’s Cinnebar Colorway and you can find/order it over at Mama-E’s Cye-ber Fiber Warehouse. I believe this was from her seasonal solids line. The subtle variations are stunningly beautiful without overpowering the lace pattern.
Finally, I was able to coax our neighbor into modeling the hat I test-knitted for Kathleen several weeks back. Actually, she didn’t need much coaxing as she is quite a ham. The hat is too small for all of my girls. Kathleen is working on larger pattern sizes too and when they’re finished this will be available for everyone. I hope she won’t be angry with me for posting this picture early, but it looked so darned cute on B that I couldn’t wait.
My DH is home again now too. I never said he was gone before this because I don’t feel comfortable advertising the fact when he’s away. His absence is part of the reason for being so tired lately. Another big part stems from a mistake made in our pharmacist’s office. The temperature in the storage refrigerator dropped and all of the medications stored within dropped below freezing. Freezing destroys the proteins in the shots so for about a week I took useless injections. To their credit, once the error was discovered I was notified immediately and the shots were replaced at no expense. This must have cost them a forture to replace everyone’s medication. It’s taken awhile though to start feeling “normal” again.
I’m woefully behind in my blog reading. Hopefully I’ll have time tonight to catch up and see what everyone else is doing. Cheers!