I had a nice trip to see my friend Syndi. SHe should be here on Tuesday. What?! It seems that once I make plans to visit a friend out of state, they tend to follow me home. I don’t know.
I dragged her around Indiana hunting for yarn stores. We found two on google maps. One turned out to be very informative and the other turned out to be very smelly, yet fun! I will post pictures soon. I just got in LAST NIGHT geez. We got to pet sheep and baby sheeps too. So cute and soft!
It was absolutely beautiful weather and reminded me of PA. There is a smell that is “Pennsylvania” that I wish I knew what tree or plant it came from because I would plant them everywhere in hopes that they would thrive around the yard. It smells so good, thick with memories from childhood. :o) I was still sick, so we rested a lot, watched movies and talked. It was nice to see my friend and talk like it hasn’t been years since I have seen her. I am definitely fully refreshed and back in the groove this morning.
I am going to visit my friend Syndi tomorrow. Spur of the moment, I was checking Cheaptickets.com and came across *gasp* a cheap ticket! I could not pass up this chance to see my good friend whom I haven’t seen in quite a while. I am very excited. Not only will it be a beautiful 75 degrees the entire time I am there, but she has planned a game night (yay!) and a trip to see apples. Like REAL apples, at a farm, on trees and everything! Plus the many great conversations we will have and a chance to visit her church. Although I am hacking and coughing with a stupid cold or something, I am determined to enjoy my time with her. Plus! Two hour plane trip! Knitting time. Woot!
I found this really cheap, yet really nice yarn in “Sunburst” especially for dishcloths. I have made a few items (for Christmas) already and decided to follow my first pattern. It was mostly alternating between the purl stitch and the knit stitch, but each line was different for four lines…repeat. I still make my stitches a bit too tight, but can recognize more quickly now when I make boo boos. I have another pattern which is a little more difficult that I plan to begin soon. Some say I am a bit obsessed, but it is so fun and soothing to create and feel the softness of the yarn. :o)
We went to the Tampa Ikea on Saturday (holy crap it was packed!) and shot over to possibly the ONLY yarn store in Central Florida. It was called Knit n’ Knibble. They have classes too and on this particular Saturday this store was also packed. I was searching for a particular yarn, but fell in love with this Japanese yarn that was $20! I had to have Jason put it back for me because I couldn’t resist it! I also had to keep telling myself that I could come back, the store is only an hour away. It’s not like we were in NC or OR and I needed to grab what I could.
I have found that two of my friends knit and have been knitting for a while now. I have been thinking of having a little get together to get other friends addicted to knitting. I know enough to get myself into trouble, so it would be fun to start others on this obsession. I will be going to Indiana this weekend and actually look forward to the plane ride, since I am sure to get a lot done on my projects!
Sunday the fam came over and we bbq’d and swam in the stock tank. This is my favorite thing to do on any holiday. Everyone comes over, we eat, we play games (in this case badminton), and enjoy each other’s company. It stayed sunnyish out just long enough to turn blue in the pool and eat lunch. This picture is of us all cozy in our living room eating ice cream cones while it poured outside. It let up long enough to (sortof) have a fire outside and roast marshmallows! Yay! We each had about four marshmallows. Yum!
We didn’t get to the watermelon, although Noah REALLY wanted some, we saved it for our Memorial Day Shootfest.
This was the second shootfest which included Jason, Noah and I, Brittani, Sivilli and my mom. We mostly shot the SKS, very fun, at cans and target stickers. Jason’s blog shows the stands he made, which rock. Jason shot one watermelon with a hollow point bullet and then he helped Noah (or Noah helped him) shoot another watermelon with the SKS. Fun and burgers were had by all. Oh! and Brittani was sweet enough to watch the little ones for Jason and I to have a date night! We had dinner that did not consist of ordering a value meal! Sweet!
I have been knitting, as I keep telling you, and Noah wanted a scarf for Snowflake the Pony. I started a scarf in Portland and it was just the right size. I cast-off the last bit and voila! He loves it and Pony is nice and warm.
Jason and I have been to see his family a total of five times now. Driving to Ybor has taught me patience on a road trip, so this time we left a little earlier than usual and tried not to drive through the night. I think I actually did most of the driving this time which is highly unusual. It rained a lot and we knew this would be the last trip without the kids since Patrick had decided to up and move to PA. He thankfully waited until we got back from North Carolina. We took it easy, watching TV and movies like The Onion “Shoot your love all over me” eww. We found some new hiking trails and enjoyed breathtaking views. I found this little knit shop in downtown Franklin which got me full-out knitting! Yay! I still want to learn how to quilt, but I am not sure I will get to before the summer is over. The girls had to work most of the time that we were there, so we were mostly on our own. If we continue to visit and his parents stay in Franklin, I am thinking it would be really great to buy a small house up there. A small two bedroom that we shove all the kids in and stay for a few days. This (of course) won’t be for a few years, but it is a thought a-brewin’. It is very beautiful up there. A bit of country close to home. I think we are hoping to take the kids up to play with Jason’s family sometime this summer, but we don’t know when. Nora calls the new kitten Charley instead of Harley, so it makes me think of Jason’s dad a lot. “Where’s my Charley?” she says. Running from you! lol
On our last trip to North Carolina; Charley, Sheena, Amber, Jason and I all went whitewater rafting. I don’t think any of us have ever been and we were all very excited! Our river guide’s name was Patrick, which I thought was hilarious, but I think the funny was lost on the others. It had been raining almost the entire time, so the river was pretty high making it a category 1-3. It was so cold. The water would splash up a little on the sides and I would totally scream in surprise. I had this delirious moment thinking I might not get wet since I was in the middle. Ha! It was pretty tame for most of the ride down river. We had a couple of Duckies following us which are inflatable kayak’s for the very brave. One inexperienced duck fell out twice and we had to pull over the last time (not easy in a gigantic raft!) to wait for him and give him back his tugboat. He had a wetsuit on which I learned only works if it is wet, so it is a little bit ironic that he fell out and the other dude in swim trunks stayed high and dry. Anyway. We got almost to the end and had to get out to scout the falls. Exactly. A flippin’ (though smallish) waterfall we would be going over. Topnot is what he called it which basically means right through the middle. If we didn’t paddle hard all the way through we would flip, yay! So, we were good students and paddled most of the way. BRRR!
You can’t even see me! I am covered in waterfall! It was the best part of the whole ride. A perfect end to a lovely (freezing!) afternoon. I think us girls were practically hypothermic towards the end. Let’s go again!!
When I was younger I spent a lot of time with The Torbert’s. They were like a second family to me. Roger and Linda, and my two brothers Jason (haha), Luke and my sister Amie. I even called Roger “dad” for a little while. I met them when I was three (though I don’t really remember) and my mom and Linda were best friends, so we spent a lot of time at their house. I spent entire weekends with them during the fun years of 7-12 years and we still keep in touch.
I was definitely a tomboy when I was younger since they lived WAY out in the boonies off of Lunn rd and then Rockridge Rd…if you know where that is…in Lakeland. I climbed trees, played every sport with the boys and was usually picked first I might add! I mowed the lawn (3 acres!) once I got old enough and when I was about 5 or 6 I remember complaining that it wasn’t fair that the boys got to take their shirts off and play outside. Linda’s reply was “go ahead”, since they lived out in the boonies, who cares?
Well, I now live out in the boonies, so when Nora wanted to take her shirt off too this past weekend when the boys were raking leaves I thought, “sure, why not?” It brought back some great memories of growing up.