Happiest of New Years Wishes to you!

Today finds me at work, like I was on Christmas Eve also.  I know, at least I have a job and benefits and … .

Knitting:  several WIPs are now Finished Objects:  Red, slouchy hat for Melia mainly, but also a  Downton Cowl (for me) using the lovely Sunrise Fibers Vintage DK in Black Cat color.

Dogs:  all are healthy, annoying and fine! LOL – Tico has suffered a couple of seizures lately; maybe it’s the excitement from the holidays and us coming and going more often? IDK.

Stella: taken up residence next door since we went to Seattle – need to do something about that!

Friends:  Prayers out to Jo who is in JW for the second time in a week – our thoughts are with her and her girls.  Kudos to Beth P who had eye surgery and is singing its praises!

Cousins:  Have not seen enough family lately — guess I’ll have to come up with an event soon, if possible 🙂

Happy New Year all … may 2014 bring us good health, better habits and more of whatever it is that each of us wants or needs!

Letting sleeping dogs lie

Behold Max – aka Mr. Edison (who is about 17 months old).  Is he not the epitome of comfort and ease?  He is a very photogenic little bugger….

who knew slippers were so comfortable?

On the knitting front, sock number 2 is coming along great – I am working on the heel gusset! I am hoping to be able to wear them Thanksgiving : )

With regard to a shawl I am trying to start, I have now cast on 4 or 5 times, but I think I finally have something I want to continue with.  This is what the sample looks like –

Argante by Corrinna Ferguson

– lovely, isn’t it?

First I cast on with some squishy, soft Serendipitous Ewe yarn I bought at our own River City Knitters Market Faire back in August.  I actually started it three different times and something was holding me back.  So, I pulled out an amazing hank of Bountiful (Adorn sock yarn from Three Irish Girls) and wound it up … wow- – it was so pretty I almost didn’t want to start knitting with it!  But I did and I was glad.  I will give you guys a look at that later because I don’t have a photo of it yet, but do check back, because I hope you are as taken with it as I am!

Monday, Monday

Good weekend – nothing we HAD to do! Yay!  I knitted on the sock (had to do the heel twice though), did a little housework and shopping with H2B… it was pretty relaxing, but I couldn’t sleep last night for some reason (actually for about 7 reasons: one man snoring, one kitty mewing and 5 sets of restless doggie paws and bladders)… go figure, huh?!

Friday evening we started out with a quick dinner with DSS (that would be dear stepson Ant) at Don Pepe, one of our new favorites.  You can read a T-D review here if you wish.  Like the review says, cordial friendly staff, predictably good food and inexpensive – what more can you want?  We’ve eaten at both the location on Midlo and on Hull Street and both are equally delicious.

Loving finding good deals on paperbacks, H2B and I hit several thrift stores on our circuit:  Diversity, Fan and the Habitat For Humanity Re-store.   Can’t beat the prices – and Diversity Thrift’s books are … alphabetized and categorized! I love it!

While at Diversity, we ran into one of my numerous cousins; nothing unusual if you’ve heard me talk about my family any, but what was unusual is that it was one of my cousins from my dad’s side of the family – my first cousin BC.  BC and I are, as I said, first cousins – his mom and my dad were siblings and he and I are almost exactly one month apart in age (he’s older).  Our moms used to tell us that we should have been born closer together but BC was impatient and came 2 weeks early and I was procrastinating (imagine that?) and was 2 weeks late.   Our older sisters were born close together too – about six months separate them in age.  We always had a great time when the families got together, which was as often as they could manage with my dad being in the Army.  I loved staying at their house because my Aunt Cissy (BC’s mom) was a great and prolific cook – if she did not have enough leftovers for at least another entire meal, for the entire group, then she had not made enough to begin with!  Seriously, she was a cook extraordinare!  And the dads – when they got together, we never knew what was gonna happen because they loved to party together and the more the merrier.  We’d all be sitting around eating (because we could not fit at one table) and Aunt Cissy would still be running around, warming things, refilling things, putting more things out, washing pans, you name it!  Good times.

Our loss of H2B’s mom three weeks ago today has sent me down memory lane I guess.   I know he is hurting so much, and I know that time is the only thing that will help.

Since wordy posts are no fun, here’s a photo for you right out of Memory Lane —

My dad & his Cissy