Friday, June 29, 2007
In addition, several special guests were given gifts of appreciation for helping make the journey through these years of education special. Each gift was chosen especially for the recipient, and each recipient was completely surprised by their generosity. Both hubby and I were so proud of both of them, not only for their dedication to their education and the effort and hard work they put into it to achieve the grades and recognition they have gotten, but also for their skills of cooking, planning, entertaining, and their loving generosity. All this while working, going to school, and for Deanna teaching on-line courses! We were also given special gifts and thanked for our love and support, something that we do as parents out of love as each parent reading this knows.
Of course Bakersfield wasn't the end of vacation. As my dear husband says "If I'm already most of the way there, I'll drive the two and a half hours - I'm going to Disneyland"! Funny thing, at the openhouse, after I gave a short toast to the girls, someone said "Now that the girls have graduated - what are you going to do?" My reply: "I'm Going to Disneyland" and everyone laughed because they know that the girls have followed in our steps as fans of that theme park of all theme parks!
Sunday morning after breakfast with most of the family (13 of us I think) we headed down hwy 99 to the I-5 and on to Anaheim. We spent Sunday afternoon and Monday in Disneyland along with huge crowds there for the opening of the new Nemo ride (the revamped submarines). We didn't join the crowds in line for the new Nemo ride as the lines were constantly 2 to 6 hours long. We did a lot of people watching, and because we had park-hopper passes we spent quite a bit of time in the California Adventure park, which was much less crowded than Disneyland. Tuesday morning we went to our favorite antique store, a yarn store that I'd been wanting to check out (but always found closed on earlier trips) and then back on the highway and headed for home. Fortunately the trip was uneventful.
On Wednesday afternoon hubby started complaining of a scratchy throat and feeling crummy. Not to worry, he seldom gets sick and never stays sick for more than a couple days. But that was not to be the case this time. He really got sick, and late Friday night I started exhibiting the same symptoms. Darci and Deanna were scheduled to come up for Father's Day ~ some father's day, we were both sick, so they were sweet enough to wait on us pretty much all weekend. They did get to see their grandparents, and Dale felt well enough to go with them on Sunday. But when I get sick, I usually get really sick and this time was no exception. Here it is 2 weeks later, and neither hubby or I have been able to completely kick this "California Creeping Crud" as I call it. We're past the fever stage, but still have a nagging cough and no energy to speak of. It's a good thing we're retired!
On Friday (I think that's the day) June 15th my CSM (circular sock machine) arrived from New Zealand. I purchased an NZAK (New Zealand Auto Knitter) but thanks to that CCC mentioned above, yesterday was the first day I bothered to try to use it. I did set it up immediately after arrival, but didn't try to operate it. I can't blame it solely on the CCC, part was because I didn't really know enough about it. But my good friend Kathleen called yesterday, and helped me get started . . . wow, what a start. I have a great feeling of satisfaction because I really accomplished a lot considering I'd only watched her operate her machine for an hour or less and used hers for about 5 minutes - and dropped a few dozen stitches! I was able to take the production sock off the machine, rethread it, add a second strand of yarn and knit a successful tube. Next up: hems, heels, ribbing and toes and then I'll be able to make socks on it!
This is what one looks like > >
and below is a close up of the machine part of it.
In the picture on the right you can see two wood "posts" sticking up, hubby put those on so the cones of yarn sit right over them and don't get knocked off if the machine is bumped or moved. Hanging down in the center of it is the sock fabric I made (greens) and laying on the bottom is the grey/black sock fabric that came on it. I look forward to many, many hours of enjoyment using my NZAK. It is kind of a tradition to name your csm, but so far I've not thought of a good name for it.
In other exciting news - we're going to be grandparents again . . . this will be our 8th. It's a girl, due in mid- October to our son JT and his significant other, Amanda. They are thrilled, and we are happy for them . . . now if they would just move from Colorado to California so we could spoil her!
Now for what probably should have been my headline . . . the web site for Scarves From the Heart should be up very, very soon! I am so jazzed about it! Of course you'll probably hear me shouting from the mountain tops when it is so stay tuned!
Have a safe and happy 4th of July!
I'll try not to stay away so long.