June 22, 2009
June 19, 2009
Tomorrow Hubbs and I have some errands to do and then we're packing to head off to my moms. We're spending the night at her house in the Napa Valley and then on Sunday morning we're off to Infineon Raceway in Sonoma to see the Nascar Race! I'm pretty excited because I haven't been to a race in at least 10 years and the last one was pretty exciting. The race starts at noon so there's no telling what time we'll be back home. Mom is going to keep the dogs for us and bring them back on Wednesday next week, but we'll be home on Sunday night.
If I didn't have a meeting on Monday at work, I'd take the day off to recover from all the weekend fun! I hope that your Fathers Day weekend is awesome!
June 18, 2009
June 12, 2009
I've been working on a shawl for my Stepmom for her birthday next month. I finally finished it today including blocking.
Pattern: Weekender Lace Wripa by Lisa Dykstra
Yarn: Knit Picks gloss in Woodland Sage
Start date: 04/26/2009 Finished: 06/13/2009
I'm currently blocking the same shawl in black for my Sister-in-Laws Birthday. This pattern was so easy to memorize I want to make a third one for myself. But I'm currently on a roll for birthday projects and I cast on a scarf for my Mother-in-law's birthday. Thankfully her birthday isn't until November so I have plenty of time to get it done. However, I also have a sister and a mother with up coming birthdays. Some times I wish that I didn't have a thing about buying gifts and could just go to the store and buy them something. But handmade gifts are just some much more personal.
For Mother-in-law's Birthday:
Pattern: Lace Trimmed Scarf by Katherine Hunt, Yarn: Knit Picks Merino Style in Hollyberry, Started: 06/13/2009
Soon as the blocking is finished on the second shawl for my Sister-in-law, I'll be sure to post pictures. Hopefully I'll be able to get the one for my Stepmom in the mail this week. I still haven't sent her her mothers day card and I need to get my dad's fathers day card in the mail to him too. So much to do and so few days to get it all done.
I got my first pair of boots when I was 16. My mom gave them to me as a birthday gift. I still have them. They're classics. All black American made leather with silver heel plates. They're broke down with wear and every time I slip them on it's like wearing my slippers to the grocery store. I wore those boots for every important event in my life. I wore them to the funeral when I 2nd dad (my mom's second husband) died, I wore them to my high school graduation and I was wearing them the day that I met my husband.
I think I was even wearing them the night he proposed but I can't be sure, it was all such a blur. But when it came time for my wedding I knew that the old boots weren't going to be able to cut it for such a special occasion. At that point they were almost 15 years old and the leather was starting to crack. They just weren't up to the job. I spent months trying to decide if I was going to wear them or buy something new. I searched high and low for new boots and couldn't find anything. I'd finally decided that I was going to wear them anyway when Hubbs and I went boot shopping for him for the wedding. I was just wandering the aisles of the store when I came across the soft black leather with green and blue stitching. I was in love so fast that the $300 price tag didn't even bother me. I've never spent $300 on shoes before! Shoot, the most expensive pair of shoes I owned at that time couldn't have cost me more then $40! But as soon as I slipped my feet into those boots...I knew I was home. I think my mother-in-law was totally shocked when I pulled up my gown to show off the boots at the wedding but being the type of woman she is, she loved it. And so did I.
So here's to all the boots that came before and to all that boots that are still to come! May you be on my feet for all the important events to come!
June 10, 2009
The carrots are up and looking good.
We got tomatoes but they're all still green. I'm already looking forward to vine ripened goodness in my salads!
The pumpkins are already getting huge! We much have 10 or 12 about this size already.
The zinnias are starting to get ready to bloom and I can't wait. Nothing says summer like a big bunch of them on my kitchen table.
The sunflowers are just starting to open.
Looks live even my mini lemon tree is getting into the act. I got this tree over three years ago and it has never had fruit. Fingers crossed that this is it's year!
I don't have any knitting to update you on. There has been knitting, don't get me wrong but I haven't taken any pictures. I'm about half way through the shawl I've been working on for my sister-in-law and I finished the one for my stepmom. I haven't blocked the finished one yet but am planning on doing that this weekend. Hubbs and I have no plans for a change so other then taking care of a couple of errands, I'm planning on hanging around the house, knitting, gardening and just being lazy.
Last weekend was a whirlwind of activities for both Hubbs and I. He went off with a group of friends from work and they rode Harley's down to the Yosemite area and had a bit of a boys weekend. Read that as "No Girls Allowed". Poor Hubbs, he didn't even make it out of town when his bike broke down. Thankfully it was a cheap fix and he was able to do it himself, but because the group was waiting on him he ended up taking my bike for the weekend. My poor baby was God knows where with God knows what kinda people! lol. When Hubbs got home on Sunday, I met him in the garage. I started looking over my bike as soon as he got it turned off, didn't even say hello and then asked him if she was ok! lol I gotta tease the man! After all he was riding a bike that has a personalized plate on it that makes it clear it's a woman's bike!
I went home to see my family. It's not something I really ever get to do and I couldn't have asked for a better weekend. The weather was perfect, not too hot, not too cold. I spent most of the morning driving there with the doggies and as soon as I arrived it was back in the car. My mom wanted me to go down to her job and meet all her friends and then off we went to Calistoga to my grandmothers friends yarn shop. The shop, Calistoga Yarns is very tiny and part of the ladies home but very warm and friendly. I spent most of the day hanging around with Granny and then we met up with my sister and her boyfriend for dinner. My Cousin also met us for dinner and we ate fish and chips at the Silverado Brewery. The food was really good even if they were lacking in customer service. All and all it was a good trip.
June 4, 2009
This baby bird just learned to fly from his nest in the tree outside my window to the ledge. He peeps and peeps until the momma shows up and feeds him. So far he's only able to fly from the nest to the window ledge and then back to the nest but I think within the next few days he'll flying free in the clouds! But what a cutie he is!
June 3, 2009
The view over the lake to the snow covered mountains was just so pretty.
Who's a happy dog?!!!
The waterfalls were just georgeous
The plants were amazing with their colors all decked out for spring
Looks like every one was having fun!
Living in California definatly has its advantages. The whole area we were in is National Forest land and open to the public for no fee. Even though it's June and summer here in the valley, the Sierras are still in spring mode. The streams were rushing and there were water falls everywhere. Plants were putting on their best spring faces and since there was hardly anyone up there, it felt like it was all for us.