Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Look who I met on my walk today...

So today I took a lovely walk in the heat and humidity (ugh). The debris left after Beryl was evident everywhere I looked.  Storms seem to churn up the critters, too.  This little turtle above was out in the street just outside my neighborhood.  I was hesitant to touch him, thinking he might be dead (gross), but a fellow walker was just coming by, picked him up (turtle was very much alive) and placed him across the street in the direction little-turtle was headed.  Fellow walker said that it was always best, if you have to move them because they're headed in a dangerous direction (like across a busy street, as was this case) to move them in that direction to a safe place.  He said if you don't they'll just turn around and head back in the same direction they were headed.  Ok, I'm not sure if this is true, but it sounded good to me. 
And, um, LT could very well have been a tortoise. 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Here's how we're doing...

We've been cleaning the house this weekend in preparation for visitors coming next week for Veronica's graduation!  Yeah!!  It's been a LONG time since any family has been here to visit, so we're super excited that seven members (both sides) will be arriving soon.  I'm surprised I haven't got a phone call about Beryl from anyone, especially Mike's folks who arrive on Tuesday.  You'd think it was a category 5 Hurricane the way the media is going on and on (and on the weather channel).  We've only had a few minutes of hard rain and lots of clouds.  Maybe we'll see some overnight...that's when they're saying the most rain will fall.  We'll see.  I don't have a lot of faith in the weather people around here, can you tell?

We're trying not to stress too much about our pending move.  Got our approval on the rental in Annapolis and will finish all the paperwork next week.  We should be in our new house by July 2nd!  Wow!!  After our visitors leave, we'll really ramp up our preparations for moving.  Not 100% sure how everything is going to work (hence, the stress) but it will. Want to see more of the new house?  How about the kitchen?

Once again, crappy ipod photo.  That's a gas stove!  The counters are black speckled Corian. Good thing we already have bar stools for that counter area, huh?  The pantry has pull out shelving, too.  I'll be able to stand at the sink and look out the slider to the deck and woods's not a sparkly pool, but it is pretty nice. 
That yellow is the living room.  It's just looks super bright because of the sun coming in that room and the dark contrast of the kitchen (no lights on).  The yellow is bright, just not THAT bright.
Now, back to my knitting. 
Have a great holiday tomorrow.  Don't forget to remember.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


The yarn is La Jolla (pictured above just in case you're not fortunate enough to know it first hand).
The yarn company is Baah!


Pick some up for Jacksonville.  Go figure.

Found a house!!

Here's the house we found in Maryland!  It's in Annapolis...kinda across the Chesapeake River, then across the Magothy is on the Little Magothy River.  Right on the can see it from the back deck.  From the ground floor (lower level, no basement) you can walk out to the small yarn, then onto a path to the river.  Gracie might like that!  She'll love hanging out on the deck and front balconies, too.  Gotta keep watch on the neighborhood for squirrels, right?  The house has 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 2 half baths (that's alot of toilets to clean, I know).  And FOUR FLOORS.  See the stair photo below. It's in a great school district with the High School of choice, in other words, the best band program.  Hey, got to have priorities!

Dizzy yet?  I am.

I also found a great yarn shop called All About Yarn in Columbia. 

I got some Regia!  Haven't found/bought Regia since the early days of knitting when you couldn't get sock yarn except by ordering it through a catalogue on the phone!  (Remember that, mom?)
Also got a skein of Opal's Van Gogh yarn...Sunflowers!
The best news is that they carried Jitterbug!!  I almost got some, but resisted.  I figure I'll have plenty opportunity to get a Jittgerbug fix once I move. 
Anyway, the shop was HUGE, plenty of yarn too (I hate "skimpy" shops with only a ball or two of each color out.).  There was plenty of sock yarn, lace, cotton blends, wools (all weights) and kid/baby yarn.  The shop owner was nice, too.  Always a plus!
The house we found is actually closer to the first shop I found called Yarn Garden, not that I would hesitate to travel to this one!