Monthly Archives: June 2014

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).

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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

 

 

 

Handspun…..

Oh my indeed!

Two years go in a Dyer’s Christmas Swap I was lucky to receive a braid of lovely fluffy stuff which has sat quietly in its zip lock bag and every once in a while I would hear the whisper….Spin me….make me yarn.  I have been tempted to buy a wheel but the itch hasn’t been itchy enough…you know what I mean.  I already dye the yarn, do I really want to make it too?? The inner me is like HELL YES but the practical side wins out every time.

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While on Twitter chatting with my virtual fiber friends, I got chatting with Tammy who is Black Sheep Goods and man can she spin.  After much chatting it was decided that I would send the lovely fluffy stuff to her and she would send me back yarn that was ready to rock and roll.  Mind you I was sending this the British Columbia, CA.  I thought the fluffy stuff deserved an adventure and I met a lovely lady who made this for me.

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It is 100% Corriedale and just a beautiful as can be.  It is about 390 yards of  fingering.  I wish you had touch-a-vision because this has me completely smitten with the whole process.  I keep it close and pet it often and wonder what it might want to be.

On another note, I just updated my Etsy shop.  There are gradients and our new Sport weight yarn, Yankee Clipper.  Be sure to stop by and check it out.

It’s knit night with my peeps! I hope you have a wonderful evening!

Best,

Michele

 

Promotion Day….

Hello Friends,

Whew, what a crazy couple of weeks!  Busy, busy, busy!!  Lots of end of school year events which concluded yesterday with a Promotion ceremony for the 5th graders.  It was a sweet ceremony and of course I shed a few tears.  Part of me wants to hold him close and part of me wants to send him forward.  I’ll have the summer with him and we will have plenty of time together between camps.

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Here he is with his teachers.  They had a lovely ceremony which concluded with all students singing the song Happy.

I made these two lovely ladies the sweetest lavender sachets with leftover sock yarn.  They were lots of fun to make and due to the late hour at which it all came together, there are no pictures.  I used the pattern in the book, One Skein by Leigh Radford.   A great little book with lots of interesting projects.

I hope that all is well with you!

Michele

 

 

 

Brain freeze….

I was doing so well and then I wasn’t.  You know that feeling when you put your car keys down in an unfamiliar spot and internally you are screaming NOOOOO and yet you leave them there and them guess what….you have NOOOOO ideas where that unfamiliar place is.  Thank heavens for spare keys is all I can say.

I have had a week from HE double hockey sticks and it will end with a small ArtFest tomorrow that I am participating in.  Forecast for Saturday night into Sunday, face plant into bed.

I have an assigned photographer for the event (my son) because I always forget to take pictures.  He’s my go to guy for that stuff.  I will have a tent set up next to mine for the knitters.  So if you are heading to ArtFest LaPlata and you are a knitter, bring a chair and make some new friends.

I thought by writing this post I might have a “moment” where I remember where the keys are, but nope, nothing!

I am going to knit for a bit then bed.  Sweet dreams and look forward to some interesting pictures.

Cheers,

Michele

 

The years are going too fast…

It seems like yesterday we were driving to the hospital on a crystal clear perfect spring morning, 11 years ago today.

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It seems like yesterday when I could hold him in my arms and rock him while reading books and singing to him.

These past 11 years you have put us through the paces making us better parents.  I hear more of my mother in my words everyday, I must be doing something right.

You make me laugh and you make me cry and though parenting is the hardest job I could ever imagine, I wouldn’t change the experience for anything else.

I feel terrible that you are sick on your birthday.  I secretly hope that there might be some cuddle time in there for me.

I promise to stop cutting your meat.  To my defense, there was a choking incident when you were young and I’m still not over it.  I promise to listen more before passing judgement.

I am so proud of the young man who you are becoming.  You are my best work in progress dear son.

As for your birthday wish list of all things that start with an “i”, here you go!

I will love you always and forever.

I will always listen to your point of view.

I will always be there, no matter what.

I may not always agree with you.

I honor the person you are.

I love you to infinity and beyond.

I love your freckles!!

Lots of “i’s” and not connected with a pod, touch, pad, or shuffle.

Happy Birthday to my sweet son Bryce.

Love,

Your Mom