Thursday, May 20, 2010

Thankful . . .

Whew! What a month so far!  I know it has been awhile since I last posted and so much has happened.  I mentioned that my wonderful brother and his wife celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary last month, which was great.  Even better, a week later my sweet hubby and I celebrated our 19th.  Long live this great marriage!  There seem to be so few and I am thankful to have a man in my life that is my best friend, my rock, a great father, lover and so on. . .  you get the picture.

Then came Mother's Day. . . I normally don't expect much and hope to relax and indulge in some selfish endeavour.  The only plan was to visit my mother who lives about an hour away.  Well, when I woke up, the smell in the house was amazing. . . walked into the dining room and there it was!

A beautifully set table (oh I wish I took pictures!).  My sons are 19 & 27 and instructed me to sit in the seat of honor.  I was then served fresh berries (raspberries, blueberries and strawberries, yum), fresh OJ and coffee.  WHAAAAAAAT?  The next course, Cinnamon French Toast with warm syrup,  Bacon and scrambled eggs!  It was such fun.  They are wonderful chefs but as they say, "We prefer Mom's cooking, if push came to shove".  Those sweet lazy buffalos!  Buffalos is a pet name for them that I can say without embarassment. I am so THANKFUL for them.

They chauffered me to my Mom's for a visit and when we got back home, my hubs was prepping another meal.  Sauteed Tilapia with tomatoes and green beans with garlic roasted fingerlings, HEAVEN!  For dessert, Key Lime pie.  The best part was that we were all there together and had so much fun talking and laughing about when the boys were young.  THANKFUL.  They topped it off with GCs for online yarn shopping and a GC to one of my favorite aromatherapy shops.

I did get some knitting done along the way.  I'll say it here and now - I am not a monogamous knitter.  I like to have a lot of different projects going so I don't get bored.  We Geminis are just born multi-taskers (ha ha).

I presented the Heaven shawlette to my mother. She seemed to really like it and put it on right away.

I finished a pair of socks that I called Scylla Ice with yarn that was gifted to my by a new friend that I hope to meet in person one day.  I hope this doesn't embarass her too much.  Deb has this wonderful spirit of joy.  She is upbeat and can always be counted on for a laugh.  Just thinking of her makes me smile.  I would love to bring her the same spark and support she has given me.  I am Thankful.

The pattern Scylla's name is taken from the Greek tragedy, The Odyssey.  I love the slipstitch pattern great for varigated yarns -- the yarn is Fleece Artist Sea Wool in the color Glacier.  Beautiful color, just a little uneven.  Indie dyers can't always get it the way they want it but they keep trying.  Thank goodness!   

I started another pair of socks from my new favorite pattern book by Veronik Avery, Knitting 24/7. The Lacy Cable Socks.  The yarn is Knit Picks Risata in the color Dusk.  I love this yarn too!  This cotton/wool yarn has been in my stash for a while and I was looking for something cool and summery for lacy socks. Perfect match!  I am almost finished with one sock.  It has good elasticity which pleasantly surprised me.

I also started a square shawl by GraceAnna Farrow, called the Curator Wrap, more on that later. 

I will be celebrating a milestone birthday next week and can't wait to share what is planned for the week and the Memorial Day Weekend.