Monday, July 6, 2020


Hello, Hello!

Welcome to the 2nd half of the year.  Did you have a good weekend?  How was your 4th of July?

Thanks for all your concern about Mailing.  Still no results on her test if you can believe that!  Today will be the 5th business day, so she should hear by today sometime.  A neighbor told us that if she had gone to the county facility to be tested (she went to a CVS) she would have had results in 48 hours...but we also hear our county testing site is closing.  Not sure why with the number of cases increasing....Anyway, she is sure it was just a stomach bug of some kind that she had

Anyway, back to the weekend.  It was nice to not work ALL weekend including Friday.  I never turned the computer on!  Friday was stinking hot - too hot for walking or being outside, but Dee and I met up mid-morning at a coffee shop where they are allowing inside seating.  It was so good to get together with her again!  I ended up just tinking rather than knitting.  I was working on the Hellebore Hitchhiker when I noticed I had forgotten a tooth.  So, I tinked back 3 rows or so and then bound off for the tooth and continued on...until I noticed a hole a few rows back.  Dee is a much more experienced knitter than I, so I had her look at it.  Nope - neither of us could see a dropped stitch.  Not sure how or why that hole appeared, but I started tinking again.  When I got to the point where I could continue knitting I put it away.  LOL  I wasn't going to take any chances.

And the Tomfoolery socks are exactly where they were (or I should say it - the first sock).  The pattern is Cathedral Socks a free pattern on Ravelry.  I'm altering it so there are no purl stitches.  The leg pattern is a 32 row repeat.  I've done two repeats, so 64 rows.  That's shorter than I usually knit legs of my socks.  So, I'm debating whether to just knit some plain rows before starting the heel flap, or do a portion of the pattern.  The heat has addled my brain and I can't figure out what I want to do!

Saturday, the 4th, was another hot one, but thankfully not quite as humid.  I made a corn and black bean salad to take over to Colin & Mailing's.

I also took the gin that had been marinading in my basement with rhubarb.  It was good, but not good enough to bother making it again - lol.  Mailing's Mom made a cucumber and radish salad and also brought some marinaded chicken wings and smoked salmon rolled around peppers and cilantro.  Col & Mailing had made a potato salad and Colin grilled hot dogs, chicken sausage and plant-based brats.  And then there was a huge bowl of cut up watermelon for dessert.  Everything was tasty (except I had the vegan brat and it was not good - lol).

Mailing's Dad had been visiting his Mom earlier in the day and he brought potholders that she had made for all of us!

Aren't they so pretty?  Little tiny stitches.

Around 8:30 or 9:00 the neighbors (in all directions) started setting off fireworks.  It was like a competition of who had the loudest and brightest display.  I had a headache immediately.  Poor Marcel and Talbor were terrified, as were all the wild animals - birds, bats, deer, bunnies - everything was looking for cover.  I felt badly for them.

There may be no knitting to show you (since it all looks the same as it has), but I do have some other pictures from the weekend.  First up, Mr. Frog!  We've had two in our water feature lately.

And Mr (or Mrs) Wren poking out of our camper birdhouse.  Not the best picture - I'm unable to get too close, but we watch them coming and going ALL day long!

Our Trumpet Vine is blooming and we are hoping to finally see more hummingbirds.

And look at this gorgeous Calla Lily at Colin & Mailing's house.

Such a deep, strong yellow.  Love it!

Yesterday Fletch pulled our garlic.  Look at this haul!

Well, I supposed I've rambled on for long enough.  I need to pull up work email and start the work week.  Wishing you all a wonderful week!


  1. What a lovely weekend, Vera! I love the photo of the wren peeking out of his/her "camper." I hope your transition back to work goes smoothly, and that Mailing hears about her test results soon.

  2. Testing seems to be the same mess everywhere but I do hope Mailing gets good results soon. As always, your food looks and sounds delicious. Fireworks had the same results here as I sat and watched birds and bats flying frantically looking for cover. There were still people with fireworks last night! I'm glad you had a good work-free weekend and hope you have a good week ahead!

  3. I hope Mailing's test comes back negative! Glad she is feeling better. You have a lot of garlic there! Wow! It's been hot and humid here too. And the fireworks were nuts! It's the first time I've seen Mia terrified of them. She usually isn't bothered. That's how bad it was!

  4. I hope you get a good result back soon from the test. I love your camper birdhouse. And the callas. I have been wanting to get some callas for ages - I really like the chocolate one.

  5. Hello,

    I hope Mailing gets a good test result. Your flowers are beautiful, I like the cute wren in the house. I am glad you had a nice weekend off and could meet up with Dee. Take care! Enjoy your day, have a great new week!!

  6. My son brought me over some fresh garlic from his garden and it's a first for me.
    I hope Mailing is feeling better. My poor sister and her husband had to wait in line for 4 hours to get their tests done and that is no fun when you are as sick as he was. They did get immediate results. He was positive, she was not. When she started running a fever later that week she never went back to get hers done again since he was too sick and she was now too sick to drive there. So that means she never got included in the count. I wonder how many other folks find themselves in the same situation? How do you take yourself to get tested if you are too sick to drive or walk and all alone?

  7. Have a nice weekend!.
    The atmosphere of your camper house is fun as a vacation spot.
    Greetings from Indonesia.

  8. Those callas!

    Your salad looks delicious. The whole meals sounds good.

    I'm almost ready to strain my rhubarb cordial, too. Like you, I'm wondering if it will have been worth the trouble.

    I wish I could help you with some of that garlic! My basil is ready for trimming, which means pesto time.

  9. I'm glad she is feeling better and I hope the test comes back negative! Golly! We had a great weekend :)

  10. So glad Mailing is better, those test results take a long time. You can't even get a test here, they are booked up for weeks. sounds like you had a wonderful weekend, a visit to Dee is icing on the cake!

  11. Looks like the wren is a happy camper. I can only imagine how many people are “positive” and don’t know it. Love the blooms and the potholders.

  12. Look at all that garlic.
    I forgot to plant some last fall - must put it on the to-do list for this year.
    Pretty cala lilies too - Mine started blooming - they are white

  13. It was so good getting together.

    The menu at Colin and Mailing's sounds wonderful! Glad you were able to get together.

  14. Keeping Mailing (and everyone) in my good thoughts. Sounds like you had a good weekend and whoa, all that garlic - yum!!! We are finally harvesting some tomatoes (Marc loves that every time he brings in a handful, the price per pound for his homegrown crop drops dramatically ... he just might break even this month :-)

  15. I hope Mailing's test is negative. It's such a scary disease. I need to make some masks for us since my sewing machine is set up. But I get confused by all the patterns I see. I might end up fudging it and making my own design. I started a 2nd cross stitch and will share it soon. Stay safe! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  16. I'm so glad Mailing is feeling better. The potholders that her grandmother made for all of you are wonderful. I'm am in awe of those who quilt so well.
    It sounds as if your weekend was a good one and I hope you all continue to feel well and be safe.

  17. Always good food! My bean salad has 5 beans, no corn.

    We had a drive in testing site at Walmart and hardly anyone came so it's closed now. About 25% of customers are wearing masks now.

    I must look for a camper birdhouse! I love it!!

  18. I love blackbean and corn salad. I usually just mix up corn, black beans and green salsa. And then pretend I worked really hard.

  19. Oh, what a nice catching-up! The birdhouse is sweet--the bird looks happy! You can call the wren, Betsy! lol Love the flowers-everything is so lush-how enjoyable!

  20. Sounds like a great weekend. I also made a corn and black bean salad. Tis the season. Those yellow lilies are so striking. Fingers crossed for Mailing and her results.

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