Wow, this birthday was surprisingly enjoyable in spite of the fact that I’m now firmly part of the middle-aged demographic group. Not only were there thoughtful and funny cards, but even some surprise phone calls! Which reminds me that I need to return several that were missed.
Mom and Dad drove down for a visit too. They brought with them and cooked dinner here (excellent food) before making the 3 1/2 hour drive home again. We had a lovely visit in spite of my hormonal daughter who decided to pout and act like a teenager. She normally doesn’t do this, but experienced sources tell me to expect more of the same. Strangely enough, her behavior seemed to delight my mother. Payback, Karma, just desserts, the mother’s curse, you know, “I hope you have one just like you!”… what ever you want to call it, this is nature’s way of preparing us to encourage them to move out someday. Sorry, I digress. Dad barbecued pork chops while Mom picked and cleaned beet greens, carrots and beets from the garden. Dinner was finished off with a huge bowl of mashed potatoes and homemade bread. Yum!
My younger brother, David, called that morning and during the course of our conversation he reminded me that to check my driver’s license. Sure enough, it expired, so I made an unplanned trip to the DOL. There I finally did something that’s been needing to be done for well over a decade… I updated the weight and height portion of my license. Many years ago I always wore heels. That, coupled with an over-inflated sense of stature prompted me to list 5’5″ as my height. Last year’s doctor’s exam revealed that I’m only 5’3 1/2″. As for the weight… I always intended on losing that last 5 to 10 pounds. Now that my gravitational pull as increased instead of decreased I begrudgingly changed that number too. Honesty may be the best policy, but new numbers combined with a lousy DOL photo have me driving much slower. I’ve no intention of pulling it out for any reason! I look like my dad. Not that there’s anything wrong with my dad, but I’d prefer to look a tad more feminine, thank you very much!
That evening while searching through sock yarn for a new project I happened across the four skeins of Rowan’s All Seasons Cotton received when joining their club. The light and summery color screamed out to be a light cotton tank top, and who am I to argue with yarn. I grabbed the nearest available needles (size 5 Addi Lace), cast on and whipped out a simple little tank top with a diamond motif down the front. Because of the needle size and yarn gauge it was an extremely fast knit. I was hoping to have enough yarn to echo the diamond motif in an edging around the neckline and sleeve openings, but I’ll have to run down to Portland and buy one more skein to make this happen.
Well, I’m not ripping it out damnit! I’ll just either find someone who it will fit or lose weight. Considering how unsuccessful and drawn that whole weight and driver’s license theory went I’d best be checking my Christmas gift list.
Now off to do some chores before heading south for a day trip. Cheers!