No more zucchini posts. I felt so guilty after the pie incident that rather than continue trying to disguise and subsequently foist them off on my family I packed up a load and left them on the lunchroom table at work. All have gone to new and loving homes.
Our transition from summer to autumn was virtually non-existent. Leaves are changing and the morning air is quite brisk. Most of the vegetables have been harvested, with only a few stragglers popping up here and there. Now all that remains to be done is the garden clean up and storage until next year.
Towards the end of the season the weeds grew unchecked, leaving quite the tangled jungle.
This past week a package arrived from Lisa (who incidentally confessed to slipping her extra zucchini into neighbors’ unlocked cars) with a skein of stunningly beautiful handspun yarn. I’d won a contest on her site for correctly guessing the owner of a home, based only on a picture of the front gate. Intentions of immediately taking a picture of the yarn and posting it for all to admire fell victim to impatience. Instead of the yarn here is a picture of the hat made with Lisa’s yarn.
I love the way the colors gradate from magenta to lavender. I had some hand spun of my own that serendipitously picked up where the purple tones in Lisa’s yarn left off, so that became the rolled cuff of the hat. Sometime earlier (can’t remember when for the life of me) I’d knitted a muffler with the same hand spun. It still needs buttons, but A1 volunteered to model the ensemble as is.
There are now 4 1/2 knitted items for the Christmas box! A1’s volleyball games begin on Tuesday and continue at the rate of two per week for the next several months. On the 18th A2 and A3 begin Chess Club. The scheduling is tight, but we should survive. Hopefully the holiday knitting will continue to add up in spite of our activity.
We’ve decided to not participate in the PTA fundraiser at school. I’d rather just write a donation check. The coupon books being sold are only good locally and all of our family lives far away. All of the neighbors have children who are also selling the books. We will not knock on strangers’ doors or park ourselves in front of a grocery store either. I can’t and won’t choose one child to buy a book from, nor will I ever use the coupons from one book, let alone three of them. On another note, I always find the carnival-style assemblies presented to the kids by the fundraiser sponsors to be offensive. It’s not that I mind my kids helping to support their school, nor do I have any qualms about donating to the PTA monetarily. However, the pressure put on the kids to compete with their peers and outsell them annoys the crap out of me. Those kids whose families cannot afford to buy these items, or do not have an adult to help them sell because of work conflicts or disinterest are left completely out. Inevitably some parents take their kids’ fundraisers to work and pressure co-workers to buy items too. This behavior on the part of the parents reinforces the competitive nature of these sell-athons. And all so their child can win the coveted trip to McDonald’s in a limousine. I’ve explained to my girls that I will write a check to the PTA and then take them to the Dollar Store to pick out whatever twirling flashlight gizmo that was the token prize for selling $100.00 worth of books. End of rant.
Hope everyone had a great weekend. Cheers!