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Still here!

I'm finally back to posting! July went by in a flash and now the summer is winding down for us. We celebrated our 33rd anniversary with pizza. Buca's is a fun restaurant! Jim always brings me flowers--and not just for our anniversary!
We've enjoyed Ben's visits home every week. He brought one of his staff buddies back. Scott came over, they played Halo and now went to the dam to play Frisbee. I made cookies (Ben liked the added coconut), and most will go back to camp. I'm hoping the t-shirts are finished soon so I can run them up to camp and the guys will have them for the last Outpost.
The shed is finally moved out by the fence and we have a patio! It makes the back of the house look bigger. Jim had quite the job of replacing siding, which turned into replacing insulation because of those pesky "mini-bears" (a Boy Scout term for chipmunks). Jim set a cage in the garage and captured the little bugger that's lived in the gar
age. Of course I fed it (feeling only slightly bad about it being in a cage).
Anyway, Jim will power wash the house and then we'll have it painted. I chose White Truffle for the house and Dutch Chocolate for the trim--how could I go wrong with those colors?
My brother and niece came to visit Mom and stayed with us. Ben just happened to be home, so he got to see them. Jim and I celebrated our anniversary with pizza at a very fun restaurant.
We're still planning a trip this fall.
On the knitting front...I'm making progress on the Owls pullover. I decided to make a bigger size and put in all the shaping. I think it will fit and that way when someone else knits it, I can answer questions! The ECO Wool is wonderful
to work with, and the natural colors are classic. I got the darker brown. Naturally, I've frogged back and started over. The yarn holds up well to frogging. That's always a plus. The Bowknot is on display at the shop. I confess my weakness for yarn has shown itself in my purchase of some sale yarn--Manos. I loved working with that yarn. I have 6 hanks of red, 1 gold, and 1 black. I know what I want to make, I just need to decide the Fair Isle design I want to add. Also, I took back an extra skein of white yarn and 4 skeins from the felted bag. They'd put some lovely Naturally Tussock tweed yarn on sale, so I snatched up all 6 of them. The buttons I bought at Treadle will go nicely.
On a sad note--on our anniversary, one of my knitting students was tragically killed. I went to the church for Kim's visitation and I've never seen so many flowers at a funeral before. The family had a display of photos, quilts, and her knitting projects. The family was so gracious and truly show the power of forgiveness. It was so wonderful to see the knitting and remember her making most of them in class. She was a sweet lady and will be missed. What a legacy she leaves behind with her family.
Margie, I'm working on my 7!!


Kathy said...

Nice pictures. Leave it to you to pick chocolate-based paint colors for the house! Good job.

Deborah said...

I'm thinking maybe a nice red for my door...cranberry, dark cherry...need to stay with the food theme!

Rebekah said...

We love Buca!!!

All you'll need to do is add some M&M's along the roofline & around the windows, and you'll have one delicious house - people can call you guys Hansel & Gretel :D

btw, your mystery bag is lovely - I saw Mom's the other day & it's so interesting how the design looks so nice with both color schemes you each chose.

Margie said...

Hi Deborah, happy anniversary to you and Jim the evening out looked great, and I do love a man that brings flowers. Love the colours for the shed, they sound good enough to eat. The ECO wool sounds great.

Sad news about your knitting student.

Cant wait to read your seven.
Hugs, Margie.

Joanne said...

Oh, a chocolate house! Now I will have to come and visit. :) I like the idea of cherry for the door. Sounds wonderful.

Happy belated anniversary! The flowers are gorgeous.

So sorry to hear about your student. That's rough for all.