After spending a pretty frantic three days this past weekend, it’s definitely GOOD to be home! Friday was my special needs group’s Gym Night and my ‘partner in crime’ (Lois, who is the leader of our group) and I did our best to prepare for our group’s attendance by cooking 60 hotdogs. Normally that would be just about the right amount for them – not this time, as we only had 14 students and maybe 5 caregivers attend, leaving Lois & I with mucho amounts of cooked hot dogs to take home. Hot dog, anyone?
Saturday and part of Sunday was spent at the historical society’s “Log Cabin Days” sitting around knitting, crocheting and working on embroidery while chatting with two lovely ladies who were there demonstrating wool spinning and cloth weaving. As one of the members of my knit group said: “We get to do what we love doing all day long AND they pay us in food? What could be better!?” (Just the strawberry shortcake, alone, is worth the trip!) We had a pretty good turn out of my knit group ladies; about 8 in all showed up at various times during both days. Last year I remembered to take quite a few photos to commemorate the event – this year only two were taken, and they were kind of dark (sorry). There were alpacas (again) but this year they brought two young ones who had just been sheared so they looked really scruffy (almost pitiful, actually!) Part of my distraction Sunday was due to the tornado sirens going off about 2 hours after I got there. I knew there were supposed to be some thunderstorms, but wasn’t expecting that. People all around me acted like it was just some nice distraction and kept on doing whatever they were doing. It started to sprinkle, but not big deluge of rain OR winds; sky was grey but really didn’t look like a Michigan Tornado sky. We kept on knitting, moving a bit towards the inner parts of our pavillion (which was only an open structure with a roof – no walls). Finally, about a half hour after the sirens, one of the persons in charge of the event came around and took down our signs, saying that they had decided to close early. It was a good 1 1/2 days of crafting; I came home with a child’s swing and a box of paperback books from the White Elephant sale PLUS the spinning lady loaded me down with two bags full of skeins of wool yarn! (This particular ‘gift’ was graciously received by me, knowing that I will find more people to use it for the Ghana afghans). Side note: My family is beginning to think I’m a ‘yarn magnet’ – it seems like not matter how quickly I give away ‘free donated yarn’, it just keeps coming back! Sunday we loaded up my van with a big box plus 2 bags full of donated yarns (to go to one of my prolific knitters of squares at church) and then that afternoon I come home from the craft event with MORE yarn! Too funny!
Yesterday evening was the birthday party for my grandson who just turned 4. Oldest son outdid himself (as usual) and prepared tons of food for the guests. Homemade red-skinned potato salad (really good!), large tossed salad, burgers, hot dogs, brats, sirloin kebabs and grilled chicken plus a HUGE chocolate sheetcake (filled with strawberries & cream) decorated to look like SpongeBob! Grandson got a ton of toys (as usual) – in fact I was really surprised – we were the only ones who gave him clothes (and some toys). In previous years he got tons of clothes and some toys; guess I didn’t do so bad on picking clothes! He even got two slip-and-slide toys which were immediately put to use – even some adults were having fun sliding on their stomachs in the water! (They added a little dish soap to the water to make a better slide).
I came home last night totally whipped; needless to say I slept the sleep of the dead! Today’s work is cut out for me – straighten up this house (laundry, dishes, etc.) house bills and get the special needs group newsletter ready to mail out before the end of the month. Think I might give the knitting & crochet a few days rest – wrists are a little sore from all the work (ya think? Probably 6 hours of it on Saturday!).
Sorry I don’t have any great photos of the event; just imagine a great outdoors ‘olde tyme’ themed fair and you’ve got the vision.
Hope you have a great day (and, hope it’s not too hot for you!) Here, it’s 74 degrees out at 7:40 a.m. and really humid (AGAIN!).
PS (don’t remember if I blogged about this but…) delivered 28 afghans to the Ghana Project Thursday. My friend the missionary to Durban, S. Africa emailed that he couldn’t take afghans this trip home, so I gave the whole batch to the Ghana group. Now to start on afghan #251!