Well Good Morning All!
Last week, so busy (!!) seems like a blur now. There were several evenings where I was just too tired to knit or read. Add to that our friendly construction workers behind our woods - they were pouring concrete again at 3 a.m. Thursday night/Friday morning. Once again Fletch called, once again apologies were offered...but apparently just issuing cease and desist orders is not sufficient. The code enforcer sounded pretty wimpy on the phone and I don't think any fines have been levied. Per the company who is having the addition built, it shouldn't happen again...because there is no more concrete needed.
And then it was HOT (90+ degrees)! We don't have central air, and Fletch had not yet put our window air conditioners in. Very little sleep on Friday or Saturday nights. (Now that it is cooler, the air conditioners are in...we're ready for the next onslaught of heat.)
Fletch and his brother (who lives in Virginia) had planned to go boating/camping in the Pine Barrens this weekend. But Damon cancelled on Friday. The weather forecast was pretty iffy and thanks to all our recent rain, the Mullica River was extremely high and not really safe for paddling a kayak or guideboat.
Saturday I got up early and baked a Pavlova (my first!!). As it was in the oven baking, Colin texted to cancel his and Mailing's plans to come over for dinner that evening. Luckily I read that a Pavlova will keep in an airtight container.
I made my way to the Lansdale Farmer's Market and met up with Dee! Always fun. We walked around and I bought some veggies and a rosemary plant. Then we headed over to "our" coffee shop - Backyard Beans - where we drank lattes and knit and chatted up a storm.
It was pretty hot and muggy, but I noticed our Siberian Iris were blooming, so I walked out to get a snap of them:
I really like these better than our "normal" iris. These are such a deep purple, very tall and just gorgeous. We also have some yellow ones and the first one had opened up:
Sunday was a mess! I was up very early thanks to not being able to sleep and before Fletch was out of bed the rain started. We had probably 2-3" within 45 minutes or so! The entire basement floor was wet (not deep, but water everywhere) which has never happened in the 28+ years we've lived in the house! You probably saw on the news about Ellicott City, MD - we did not have that much rain, Thank God! The temps dropped some, but it was still extremely muggy.
Colin and Mailing did come over for dinner on Sunday and the rain had stopped enough that we were able to grill. And we had the Pavlova! I covered it with fresh whipped cream and a mixture of blueberries and raspberries. We all loved it except Fletch (which really surprised me). Col and Mailing left soon after dinner - we were all tired.
Monday was extremely lazy. I never got dressed until I took a shower after dinner! I did manage to finish the lace medallion socks:
The yarn (Barncat from Valerie) is wonderful to work with - soft and easy to knit. It's interesting to me how the legs are striped, but the colors pooled on the feet. I love them.
I started a new pair yesterday - Cataraqui Socks - in some Trekking yarn. I'm not completely sold on them. The pattern is for 54 stitches (I usually cast on 64), so I went up a needle size to #2. but they look a bit bulky and big and I'm not sure the pattern is really showing up well. I'll do another couple of repeats and decide to either keep on or rip them out.
Apparently I have been missing my dentist too. Yesterday I managed to break off a piece of a (very old) filling. Luckily it isn't painful, just extremely rough. So I'll be back in the chair this afternoon having that repaired.
That's it for me. A soggy, lazy holiday weekend. I'm looking forward to an easier week at work.