A month ago last night….

A month ago last night we experienced every parents nightmare.  It was a lovely Friday evening and I was upstairs running myself a bath and the boys were outside at a neighbors house.  I was looking forward to a relaxing evening, that just wasn’t meant to be.

I didn’t hear anyone yelling for me due to the location of our bathroom and the running water but once I heard an unfamiliar voice yelling my name downstairs I quickly threw on my pajamas and bolted downstairs and outside.  My son was messing around on his bike, without his helmet, and he fell hard and it looked like he fractured his eye socket at the very least.  As I arrived on scene there was blood everywhere, all over my husband and my son.  I think I swayed a bit.  I am not quesey by nature but all bets are off when it’s my child’s blood.  Our neighbor promptly called 911 and we waited.  I suspected other injuries and remained calm while running into the house to put on regular clothes and grab my purse.

One the ambulance arrived my son was put in a cervical collar and strapped to a backboard and put into the ambulance.  He was assessed and everyone did an amazing job.  It was determined that due to the head injury he needed to be transported to Children’s Hospital in DC and the best way to get there was helicopter.  We live in a cul-de-sac and were so thankful that the Maryland State Troopers could land at the end of our driveway and take Bryce and I from there.  Getting into a helicopter was a first for me and a tad daunting with all the blades going.

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This all began around 5:30 pm.  I went with Bryce in the helicopter and hubby would have to meet us there.  I felt bad that he had to make the drive being so upset.  I can’t say enough about the two wonderful female trooper EMT’s.  They were awesome and took such wonderful care of my baby.  They even took a picture of the city all light up for Bryce.

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They were right, it was a prefect night for a helicopter ride.

Children’s Hospital was beyond awesome.  A trauma team was assembled and waiting and they went over him head to toe.  I heard the possibility of a skull fracture and eye socket injury and frankly I was glad they had me sitting down.  After x-rays and CAT scans he had a mild concussion and a broken collar bone and I aged about 5 years.

We left Children’s around 2:00 am on Saturday morning arriving home at 3:00 am.  It was not a restful sleep.  I felt on alert most of the night.

A month later and he is almost completely healed.  You know how it is with kids, they bounce back quick. Hubby and I are still not over the whole thing.  These things linger with parents.

So, this is one of the reasons I haven’t been around much.  There are more as things seem to happen in three’s…..

I hope you have a wonderful Saturday.  I’ll be back soon.

Michele

Rhinebeck 2014

What a perfect place for a Fall wool festival!!  Rhinebeck, New York did not disappoint.  The color was as spectacular on the ground as on the trees.  It was wonderful to see children playing in natures beauty.  I even caught a little guy in a beautiful Baby Surprise Jacket.

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It was a  r e a l l y  long day, but worth it in so many ways.  I saw tons of glorious sweaters, shawls, scarfs and hats.  Everywhere I looked I was just in awe of all the beautiful knits.

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I took this picture while in line for the Cider Donuts, which were well worth the wait!

I have to laugh because I said to a few folks like Laura Nelkin, I’ll see you there, when frankly it’s hard enough to stay with the people you came with never mind actually finding someone.  But I did literally run into someone and my day, week, year, was made….

Me and The Yarn Harlot

Me and The Yarn Harlot

The look on my face pretty much said it all.  There was a moment captured with any ugly cry on my part.  I am such a goof.  But seriously, what were the odds?

I got to see some lovely alpacas and even a nun with a goat. Yes, you read that right. A nun with a goat.  Too surprised to get a picture of that.

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I had a wonderful time and have great memories and photos and hope to go back next year, but for the whole weekend.

Here is a group shot of the group of knitters and friends I went with.

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Thank you Rhinebeck for the wonderful day!  I sure hope we meet again next year!

Happy knitting people!!

Michele

That was fast…..

Boy that week flew!!  Seems like it took forever for vacation to get here and it was over in a flash.  I seem more tired than when we left.  Oh well, I’ll rest when we get home.  Unfortunately I ended the vacation with a migraine.

Bryce should be good and water logged by now.  Spent most of the time at the pool.  The beach was beautiful but the sand a pain in the butt.

We enjoyed going to the docks each day to see how the charter boats did fishing. Poor hubby really wanted to do a 1/2 day but the prices were crazy expensive.  The big fun for the boy was the renting of the golf cart.  He’s eleven and between the golf cart and the lawn mower we suspect that when the time comes for him to actually drive, there won’t be any problems.

I must have thought I would get massive amounts of knitting done because I wound 2 skeins of sock yarn for my sweater and although I made great progress, I am just almost at the end of my first skein.  I over packed the knitting and packed just enough clothes.

We have really enjoyed the high speed internet and I have watched some podcast and even had a computer malfunction today and I am ever so grateful to Apple Support for getting me up and running again!!  Electronic issues are the worst.

The boys have really hit the ice cream hard here, treating themselves twice a day.  Not me, I’ve been eating some really delicious and healthy meals and staying the course.  We bought flounder and grouper, right off the boats, vacuumed sealed and frozen for home.

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My chauffeur once the golf cart was rented.  Can’t believe he starts 6th grade on Monday.

I thought I took more pictures, apparently not…

Goodbye OBX, we will see you next year!

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I hope you all had a wonderful week.  I will see you soon.

Michele

On Vacation….

Greeting from the Outer Banks of North Carolina!!!  We are on our annual family   vacation, a little late this year due to schedule issues.  So late in fact, that school starts on Monday.

Before we left I managed to get my son over to his new school for a quick refresher tour and actually met the new principal who was so kind to print off Bryce’s schedule and walked it with us.  We left for vacation more confident about middle school.

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This has been a summer of mixed emotions for me.  First was the loss of our beloved cat Chloe and I knit a beautiful lace scarf like a women possessed.  And usually after a project I flounder a bit and waffle about what to start.  Not this time.  I had my next project all picked out and when I had a free amount of time, I dyed my Yankee Stride for the sweater in our Under the Sea color way.  The pattern is Window to my Soul by Joji Locatelli.  It is finally looking like a sweater.

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I became immediately frustrated with the set-up row and then the chart.  All end-user error by the way.  I was hell-bent that I would get through it and I had  mixed emotions about the whole thing, but I kept going by having faith in the amount of fabulous success there was on Ravelry.  It was slow going but successful until I hit the proverbial wall.  When I got to Row 8, the directions state, continue in established pattern…..!!  What pattern??  I was only 8 rows in, I need more directions.  Don’t leave me to my own devices…..H  E  L  P!!!  This is where blind faith comes into play and a fair amount of anxiety.  I have my pattern repeats all tidy with stitch markers but I’ve come to a row where they need to come out…WHAT????  Oh snap, I went to bed that night and I had to talk myself down from the edge of insanity.  The sweater sat for about a week, in a rather undeserved timeout.  Of course it was end-user error and lets face it any knitting after 10:00 pm is just futile.

As you can see by the picture above that things are coming along nicely.  Sitting today on our 3rd floor condo with cool ocean breezes provided todays knitting destination.  It was pure heaven.

The boy is driving around in the gold cart he’s been bugging us about since we got here.  Eleven must be a rough age because when he isn’t whining he’s pouting.  I am ignoring both.

I’m off to knit a bit more before they want to do something else.

I hope that you all are having a wonderful week!!

Michele

The Perks….

Hello to you all!  I’ve been wanting to write but I have been in my car for most of the week dropping the boy off and picking him up and trying to dye a custom order on a deadline and I had a crazy asthma attack.  It’s been so long since I’ve had to deal with that, that frankly I thought I might be having a heart attack.  A little scary but nothing my expired meds didn’t fix.

My custom dye project turned out beautifully with a really happy customer who was hopping a flight tomorrow and needed knitting.  She is a happy camper.

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We got to feed her babies.  It was so much fun for my side kick after such a crazy week.

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and this beauty…

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My son wants horses so badly.  Maybe she will let us come back and feed them again!

Hope you all are well!!  I promise to be back soon!

Michele

Knitting therapy….

I awoke to the most glorious weather.  We really needed a break from the hideous humidity that makes life miserable.  It was nice sleeping with the windows open and listening to all the noises that are unique to summer.

As you know I have been knitting steadily on a lace project which really has been a sort of therapy for me as I am really missing our cat Chloe.  I needed a project that required all my attention and there were days a week or so ago that I suffered from a nasty summer cold and all I wanted to do was knit, so I did.  The resulting scarf is gorgeous and of course I can’t wait to wear it.  The pattern is Sierra Lupine by Rosemary (Romi) Hill and I used my light fingering weight yarn Yankee Pride in the Cornflower color way.

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and the edging is just stunning.  I just love the effect and the beads.  This project really did ease my sorrow.  Amazing what needles and some yarn can do.

Hard to believe that we are at the end of July and that I just ordered a new backpack for my son and LL Bean was out of quite a few colors already.  Next week is actual school supply shopping, it really is the most wonderful time of the year.  I love shopping for school supplies, always have.  Any excuse to hit Staples!!  I have a thing for Post-It Notes……

I hope that you are enjoying your summer.  See you soon.

Best,  Michele

 

 

 

Oh bugger…..

I hope that this blog finds you well.  I on the other hand, am not.  I have summer cold and somehow they just feel worse.  I wonder why that is?

It’s timing couldn’t have been worse as I have the weekdays to myself since my son is at camp.  I had hoped to get a bunch of work done, but no dice.  I have been kinda giving into this and napping when I need to since it’s just me and the dog and the house is very quiet.

I have been knitting quite a bit and have reached the beading portion of the pattern which makes me so happy!

My neighbor called me to let me know that a lone fawn was in my yarn.  This little one was all alone, not a parent in sight.  Pardon the picture, I reached for a camera and the battery was dead so I had to use my iPhone camera.

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Pictures of the lace soon.  I know you want to see it with some bling.

I’m off to have some tea and a bit of a nap!

Hope you are having a great day!

Michele

Adjusting….

Our Herb garden

Our Herb garden

We have been adjusting to the loss of our Chloe.  It has been a rather rough couple of weeks and it was all I could do to write that tribute to her.  For such a small kitty, she left such a big void.  I feel her absence the most at what would be her feeding times and at night when she would grace us with her presence.  The other situation that has developed is that the dog has been very affected by her absence.  The dog has never been alone and she has been looking for Chloe and making strange noises and has become SUPER CLINGY.  When we return home after being out the greeting is a bit beyond frantic.  We have been giving her extra attention and she is coming around.  Needless to say we are going to be adjusting for quite some time.

To keep my hands busy and my mind occupied I have been knitting away on my lovely lace project.  It’s really quite beautiful.  Pictures on the next blog because it is just a longer piece of what you saw earlier.

In other news, summer is flying!!  I can’t believe that we are almost into the middle of July.  Time sure does fly when you are busy and schlepping the boy all over the place.  He had his first friend sleep over Thursday night and it was the best birthday gift a mom could ask for.  His friend is super sweet and they had a wonderful time.  It brought back lots of memories of when I was younger and my summer sleepovers.

This week my son has horse camp so I plan on doing some dying.  I feel some funky colors coming and knitting quite a bit.  Sounds lovely to me.

I am sure that you all remember this winter and the Polar Vortex, well, now they (the weather people) are saying that this is going to happen again on Monday and Tuesday in these parts.  I have to say that weather is really funky and very scary.  I don’t mind thunderstorms but tornado’s are a totally different story.  I pray that it won’t be so terrible.

I hope that you are enjoying your Sunday.  Have a great day and I’ll see you back soon!

Michele

You had me at…..

Purrrrrr!  Oh, what a motor you had.  You picked me that day in the animal shelter 18 years ago.  You and your beautiful eyes and the paw that you tried to reach out to me with and that amazingly loud motor, yes my beautiful Chloe, you had me at purrrr!

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Your human family loved you very much.  You were the one and only for many years before we had Bryce and I know that was a BIG adjustment for you.  For an indoor kitty you had lots of indoor fun and a few escapes.  You never went far from your home life  which was much too posh for you to become an outside kitty.  You loved the birds and your catnip and even the baby, eventually.  Your life included four moves and in the last 4 years of your life, we threw in a puppy.  Life was rocky for a good while, but you set the dog straight on who was boss and she knew it.  Fresca seems a bit lost without you.

It was hard watching you age and lose your hearing, but you adjusted and we kept our eyes on you.  We had 18 wonderful years with you and you rescued us as much as we rescued you.  You were Daddy’s first fur baby and he adored you!!  I keep looking at “your spot” on Daddy’s chair and it just doesn’t look right without you curled up there.

As I held you on Saturday and let you go, I stroked that same paw that reached out for me many years ago.  You will forever be in our hearts Chloe.

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Rest easy my fur baby.

Love,

The Humans Who Loved You

(Your human mother wrote this through a river of tears, forgive any errors in grammar).

Sounds of Summer….

Another summer is upon us.  The seasons seem to come and go more quickly than I remember.  After the bitterly cold winter we had, I won’t be complaining much about the heat….humidity, well, that’s another story.

When I am out at night with the dog I love to listen to the sounds of summer.  All the night creatures singing their summer songs and the fireflies dancing along.  Brings back lots of memories of summers past.

Bryce was out in the field catching fireflies in a mason jar one night and it was the perfect summer thing to do. I love the smell of fresh cut grass and less the sound of everyone firing up their mowers.  Personally I think there could be a designated “cutting time” for everyone in my neighborhood and then we could enjoy the summer sounds.  I’m just saying’.

Summer knitting for me is almost always lace.  I really do love to knit it.  Think of all the places that are made freezing cold by the air conditioners.  I was in a restaurant earlier this week for breakfast, after a camp drop off, and it was freezing in there.  I mean my hot coffee was now iced if you didn’t drink it fast enough cold.  I could have used a shawl and will remember to carry one from now on.  So, this is what I am knitting at the moment….

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The pattern is Sierra Lupine by Rosemary (Romi) Hill and it can either be knit as a scarf or wrap.  I am opting to make the scarf but increasing the body by a few repeats to make it longer.  This little lovely will have some beading too!!  Any excuse to go to the bead store.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Michele