Monday, November 28, 2011

Thankful

I continue to be amazed how the time between Halloween and the New Year seems to go by at warp speed.  A week ago, I had the good fortune to attend Knitter's Review Retreat (again!).  I am grateful to have had this weekend away - it's the right mix of leisure and learning, with good food and fabulous conversation.  A special thanks to my mom who was able to entertain Alex, Alison and Pepper (the dog) while I travelled westward.  Bob had last minute travel plans, so this was extremely helpful.

Thanksgiving was low key - just the four of us at home, picking through the afternoon on the way to dinner.  Is it a terrible thing that my favorite part of the day was the brie en croute (which I seem to have consumed the lion's share of?)  I spent the balance of my time working on an addictive pattern (Prana) from Clara Parkes' new book - The Knitter's Book of Socks.  If you know a sock knitter (or any knitter, for that matter) and are looking for a holiday gift - this is the ticket.  I love this book (and I'm not just saying that because I have a signed copy...)

This evening we enjoyed the remains of Thanksgiving in the form of turkey soup (I think Bob is sighing with relief).  And now begins the journey towards Solstice and the holidays.  I love the Winter Solstice for it's promise of brighter days.  And once I click a couple of buttons to order some special gifts, I can settle into my knitting projects, destined to warm a person or two this Christmas. 

And lastly, I'm thankful for what's been a very mild November, and sights like these that close out the late afternoon.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Walk of the Zombies

The past 2 weeks have been a blur.  There were so many things to organize for Bob's trip to China, Alison was in the last week of rehearsal for the drama production (which went off beautifully this past weekend), the new website is up, yarns are being dyed...  Now I'm getting ready for the Knitter's Review Retreat.  I've looked forward to this event for months - it is an oasis of fun and a place to unravel (seriously, there's a lot of frogging, untangling and skein winding going on).  I have lists and more lists so that I don't miss anything this week. 

This morning's adventure involved Alex giving an oscar winning performance of "not feeling well".  I was going to suggest he try out for the drama club next year, but thought better of it.  In a move that should net me the "parent of the year award", I handed him a Tums, a glass of water and shooed him out the door.  It's not that I lack sympathy - I really know about not feeling well, but it wasn't in my plan to have him home today.  His "unwellness" did not stop him jogging down the driveway.

I expect the school nurse will be ringing in any moment.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Night Out

Last evening I cooked a pot of stew for my family, then headed out the door to a dinner/knitting get- together hosted by a friend.  The food was spectacular and the conversation involved a lot of laughing.  Knitting didn't necessarily take a back seat, but projects sat waiting for more stitches to be put on as their creators became more engrossed in the stories being told. 

When there are so many things that keep us busy - work, children, the never ending list of chores, it's great to spend an evening out with friends.  As the holiday season approaches and things get even busier, I hope you make time to connect with friends and enjoy their company.  It's good for the soul.  (Thanks Diane!)