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23.9.09

Knitting and tickets

It's been some time since I posted photos of my knitting! I'm now finished re-knitting the Amherst. The smaller size will fit better. I missed wearing the sweater over the summer! Knitting from the pieces saved time. I haven't picked up the Harry Potter sock yarn hat for some time. I found three more skeins of the brown Rowan yarn I used for the Fair Isle Collar Jacket, so now I have enough to make an easy pullover. The Lands' End yarn came in the mail for the Warm Woolies sweaters. I ended up with a cone of blue and a cone of black. The yarn reminds me of my least favorite yarn, Lion Brand Microspun, but it's for a good cause and good, warm sweaters for kids are always welcome!
The photo is of our patrol totem. It represents a bear, the course number C-08-09, Phyllis (our patrol guide), Stearns, Wood Badge, five members of our patrol (two in Boy Scouts and three in Cub Scouts), and our last names--SHWAC. John came up with the design and I tweaked it on the computer. I'm embellishing our flag right now and will post a photo when I'm finished. Wood Badge has kept me busy. My short articles are finished for the Gilwell Gazette, and sent to our Scribe. Our patrol totem is done and I tweaked the design on the computer and sent it to our Patrol Guide. I have my five ticket ideas and now I have to fill out the work sheets for each ticket with my vision/plan of action, who, what, when, where, why, how, and how verified. After the second weekend in October, I will have 18 months to complete all five tickets. Our patrol is meeting on Thursday to finalize our group project for presentation in October. We have less time between weekends because of Labor Day being late this year, and we live very far apart. Thankfully we have the idea in place and work well together! Eighteen months seems like a long time, but I know all too well how fast time flies! Tempus fugit...

17.9.09

Grrr...I'm a BEAR!

C-08-09 Bear Patrol
Mike, me, Naveen, John, and Gerald
Wow, what a wild ride over the last weekend! I spent last weekend up at the Scout camp for Wood Badge (BSA adult leadership training). It's a very intensive course for team-building and leadership training. Of course, I was extremely happy to be in the Bear patrol, as Jim is also a Bear! Our patrol's Patrol Guide is Phyllis (she's involved with Grey Wolf--the equivalent training program for Scouts). Our patrol consists of five--three of which are in Cub Scouts and two in Boy Scouts. The other photos are from the soda-pop rocket launch. Each patrol made their rocket and we had a launch on top of the hill. Ours is the very tall red one. It was general craziness and fun. The staff was dressed in costumes and music was playing, everyone had a great time with it.
My birthday was on Saturday. It was a lovely day, although a little warm. We rode our bikes with the Lifetime group to Stillwater. We loaded the bikes at Lifetime, drove a few miles from the town and rode in. We saw a group at one of our stops and it turned out to be John (from my patrol) with scouts and adults from his troop doing a trail clean up. It was great to see them out and about doing their good deed! We got to town early and the ice cream place wasn't open, so Jim rode ahead and found a great place called the Bikery. Wow, a bike shop/bakery! The coffee, cocoa, and scones were so good. If we had not been biking, I'd have tried a piece of that really good-looking chocolate cake!
Later Jim took me out to a late lunch and then we came home for cake. Ben called, which was an extra-special treat.

5.9.09

Ahhh...September

Friedrich is ready for the trip to college!

I love this time of year. Autumn is approaching, school supplies in the stores, etc. We've had a lovely summer with some really nice weather, which helped! Oh, I can't forget...the Ohio State Buckeyes are playing today. I have my new flag flying! Go Bucks!
Ben is back at college. We drove him over on Tuesday and came back Wednesday. It was great to move him in early before the rush and before his roommate! He's on the orientation team for incoming Freshmen and on student government this year. Swim practice begins earlier this year.
I got quite a bit accomplished this summer with sweaters! The latest is the Fair Isle collared jacket. Also, I decided to frog the single socks I have going and use the yarn for other projects like hats and scarves instead of socks. I'm just not feeling the love for knitting socks on toothpicks. I still love to knit the bed socks--much faster and mindless for me.
I'm recycling one of my sweaters--the Amherst. It's cotton, and was getting a bit droopy. I'm knitting from the knitted pieces. It's like Flat Feet for sweaters!
We have a long weekend and I believe we're just going to relax and enjoy it. Jim's on a time-trial bike ride today. I'm doing laundry and surveying the mess in my office. It's more paper work (not my favorite thing) that I have to file for my mother, but can't shred--yet (love the shredder!).The flowers on campus are lovely this year.