A Fresh New Week

My goal, is to finish the mates to these. The Tofu Charades I’m keeping for myself and I’m giving the YP RumRunners to my mom.

Also in the works, but not in any hurry is my third Clapotis. This is with Artyarns Ultramerino 4 in colourway 105. I’m using 4 skeins, size 5 u.s. needles and the only modification (so far) I’ve made is to do one extra increase round. I think I’ll have enough yarn to do the same number of straight rounds that is in the pattern. I’m close to the end of the 2nd skein, so that will be my dividing point.

We had a really nice day yesterday visiting with our old neighbours and friends from Ohio. We lived there from 1984 until the end of 1986, in Concord, Ohio…just east of Cleveland. The company my husband worked for at the time liked to move its people around to the various divisions, so we packed up our little house in Redondo Beach, CA and moved into a giant house in Concord. Way big. On 5 acres, colonial 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, basement, large pond and bridge out back, horse stable and field.
We were smitten with the country lifestyle. But! Mowing an acre of grass in the summer of heat and humidity….not fun. Learning that we were in the snow belt…and our street in particular……not fun. Taking the field and turning it into a huge vegetable garden…..upkeep, not fun.
We learned our lesson, not to take on more than we can handle. It would be a great house for us now with our three kids. I’ve often thought that if I were there now, I would take that field and barn and have my own sheep, or maybe even an (gasp) alpaca. Can you imagine the wooly goodness? sigh
But alas, the company was eager to get the Mr. moving on to the next division, so we packed up and said our goodbye’s to our friends and made our way back to California……and eventually here to Vancouver, but this time on our own terms.
The best part of living in Ohio were the people we met. We were so lucky to have neighbours who became friends. And while it’s been a very long 20 years since we’ve seen them, we’ve been in contact and exchanged pictures of our kids as they grew up over the years.

Chuck and Warren “before” the grueling Grouse Grind….

We got to see them all yesterday as they were transferring through our city from cruise ship to airport and we got to visit, take walks, have dinner then make a mad dash to get to the airport. It better not be another 20 years before we meet again. God, we’d all be so old!!

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