Two in two days! Has the woman gone mad?:)
Not much really new to post, just an update. Today I finally went back to sing with the choir and ring with the bells for the last official choir Sunday - with few exceptions – until September. Today was Pentecost, or Whitsunday – the commemoration of the day the Holy Spirit descended upon the infant Christian Church. The bells played some fun pieces that were not too terribly challenging, but pretty and ethereal. The choir sang two favorites of mine: a rendition of Thomas Tallis’ If Ye Love Me, but rendered as Send Forth Thy Spirit; and Lux Beattisima by Howard Helvey- a more modern piece, but beautiful and also very ethereal. Here is a link to a lovely rendition of the piece sung by the San Joaquin Chorale:).
There was something terribly bittersweet about this morning and singing those two pieces especially. First, dear Nancy was back, on the mend from her surgery in mid-April. We are so spoilt by her excellent organ playing – but what many don’t realize is what a good conductor she is to us in the choir. We missed her very much! As I said in a previous post, we had some good people come in and sub for her, but in the end, it wasn’t Nancy. So having her back, safe and sound, albeit minus one kidney, was a blessing for all of us.
The past few months have really brought home the fragility of life. There was Nancy’s cancer surgery, and John’s debilitating back pain and surgery. And at the end of April another dear friend remembered his only son’s birthday – a beautiful, intelligent boy who died at best under mysterious circumstances and whose death devastated his devoted father and family. There is no pat answer to this, except that I do believe that there is more to existence than this life. Some believe in God and some sort of organized religion. I am one of those, but others do not and who am I to impose any of my beliefs on them? It’s funny, the older I get, the less it matters to me if someone believes as I do. What truly matters is how kind, how good they are.
After playing the first service, I went home and made sure John was OK, then went back for the second service with the bell choir only. We then had a baby shower for one of our members and her husband whose baby is due any minute now. It was lovely having a chance to sit and chat with all of them and to share in the couple’s joy at this soon-to-be miracle.
When I left the shower I went to the store and bought a gift for our granddaughter, Ruby’s birthday. She’s eight this week.:) All six of our offspring were present this evening. Danny and his friend, Dana, made dinner for John and me last night, which was really lovely, but sadly Dana had to head back to NYC this afternoon. Ruby loved her gift, John maintained his energy levels long enough to make it to the end of the visits/birthday bash, and a good time was had by all.:)
I just finished typing up some information to a very capable attorney who is covering all my cases for tomorrow morning. I am off until Wednesday to be sure John is able to be safe at home for short periods alone. It’s tough when you cannot bend, twist or lift anything over 8 pounds! Yet he has managed to do a lot for someone who previously could not function for the pain.
On the knitting front, I worked on the Natalie Tee and did a bit of the armhole shaping for the back and added a few more rows to Renee Leverington, Anniversary Mystery Shawl 2013 Clue Two.
Last night, I did not get much sleep, nor did poor John. He was up about four times in the night and when he got back to sleep talked pretty much in his sleep the whole time. No wonder he’s exhausted! No wonder I’m exhausted! Inch by inch, he is getting better, though. And Heaven only knows, I need the exercise!:)
On that note, I will sign off and wish you, dear reader or readers, a safe and peaceful night – and
God be with you ’til we meet again+
Cannot believe it’s been over five months since last I blogged. Betcha it’s Facebook and Twitter and all that instantaneous crap that keeps me from this much more thoughtful process. Yet it is blogging that provides so much more personal satisfaction.
A lot of things have happened in five months, and yet not much:). And the pictures that populate this post point out that a lot of knitting has been going on. And a lot of that knitting relates to events that have been going on in the state of Fugue, so why not talk about each bit of knitting and incorporate the life part as we go? How ’bout we start with the things I’ve finished since January?
The first thing you see here is a project I started February 3rd or thereabouts and finished May 1st. It is a pattern I developed by myself – Raspberry Fields, the second shawl of its kind. I loved the color of the Berroco Alpaca yarn and had to knit something pretty in it. When I learned my dear friend Nancy had an 8-inch mass in her kidney that was almost certainly cancer (it was later determined to be a first-stage malignancy, but the kidney had to be removed before they biopsied it), I knew this was to be her prayer shawl. I showed it to the Prayer Shawl Ministry group and they agreed, so I proceeded with their blessings:). The terrific news is, Nancy will be fine, although she will have to be even more careful than she was already. No chemo, no radiation, just be careful of the kidney remaining. Funny the things for which one learns to be grateful. What I didn’t add was that just before her surgery, her husband Rennie, was hospitalized in the ICU for complications that arose from an incident wherein his blood sugar plummeted, poor guy! Well, I never said that her life was boring! Thankfully, two lovely guest organists stood in for her – on Palm Sunday and then during her time in the hospital. But I have to admit, she is truly an excellent musician, and although the two wonderful gentlemen who stood in for her were very talented musicians, it just wasn’t the same without her. Thank goodness she’s back. I knit this shawl to show her how much she is loved and appreciated. I hope she knows this.
One of my goals in life is to knit EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket. Unfortunately, I have not yet had the good sense to begin this project. When our wonderful grandangel, Patricia Jane a/k/a Patty, was born back on October 2, 2012, I had to knit me some pink. So… I did a little t-shirt for her (below) and the Fiddlehead sweater to the right. Hey, what can I say? I’m a sucker for pink yarn:)
You may recall I mentioned that Raspberry Fields, the prayer shawl I created for Nancy, was the second of its kind. At left is the first one – knitted for an anonymous person to be gifted by our church’s prayer shawl ministry. I heard that the recipient really enjoyed it and that warms my heart. Another shawl of its ilk, also designed by yours truly, I had a lot of fun knitting this.
What I did with both of these shawls was to cast on the HUGEST amount of stitches. In short, I cast on the two bottom edges. By decreasing four times (after the edge stitches, before the center pattern, after the center pattern and before the left edge stitches), every right side row, and changing stitch patterns on the right and left side of the center stitch pattern every 12 rows, I had a pattern that meant a LOT of work at the beginning, with more and more “instant gratification” at the end. It’s for the same reason I enjoy “bottom-up” sweaters: you have the enthusiasm for a pattern at the beginning when you have a lot of work to do, then it gets easier and more interesting as you get to the top. Makes for a much more interesting journey:)
I used a sort of half linen stitch pattern (half because I simply purled the back side and offset the slip stitches on the right side), then knit short rows in increases of 14 stitches to create a rounded edge on one long side. Topped off with a ruffled edge to create a shawlette.
While on a visit to a number of clients in Washington County, near the MD-PA border, I found a lovely yarn shop in Amish country in PA – a lovely place called The
Knitting Cottage in Waynesboro, PA. There, I bought a couple of balls of sock yarn – and knit a couple of pair of socks – one for my future daughter-in-law, Robyn (soon to be married to our daughter, Betsy): These were the Knitmore Girls’ Vanilla socks (cuff down):
And another for selfish old me – just finished yesterday and on my feet right now as I type this:
This was the Almondine pattern by Anne Hanson of Knitspot fame – from the book Sock Knitting Master Class edited by Ann Budd. It is a great pattern, cuff down, works well with variegated as well as solids.
I have a number of socks still on the needles – an example of which is a pair of Wendy Johnson’s Toe-Up Socks with a difference. There was a lovely skein of red sock wool I recently acquired at a yarn swap and some leftover’s from Robyn’s socks. I might just stick with the red and save the leftovers for another project.
Despite having some 30+ projects on the needles at the start of this year, I have cast on a number of new projects. Some, mentioned above, were finished in a short time. The scarf at the right below was made from single skeins of yarn also acquired at a yarn swap. My son-in-law, Sonny, was a good match for the colors in that one. The pretty red thing on the left is one square of a pattern – Dogwood by Tincanknits. It’s in a big old red acrylic yarn – perfect for the couch if I can get up the ambition to do about another 29 squares – and machine washable, of course.
So of course, I make this amazing discovery of a really really good designer by the name of Corinna Ferguson, who designed a lovely series of shawls, created an e-book and called it Seven Sonnets. This little darling is the beginning of the Poe Shawl. Cannot wait to get back to it. It’s in one of the Cascade Yarns Heritage Paints in a colorway that looks to go with a lot of what I have. With any luck, I’ll be able to keep this one;)
Custom Yoke Sweater by Amy Detjen
Oh. My. Goodness.
Craftsy is just wonderful. You get to access videos showing you a new aspect of a craft – in my case knitting or crocheting and maybe one or two cooking or weaving or something classes. Oh boy. And this one by Amy Detjen is really nice. And informative. And funny. So far, I’ve got the body up to the armpits, and one of the sleeves done. Cannot wait to get to the yoke design. Am I using the one with squirrels? Sadly, no. I figure I should do something out of Alice Starmore’s designs out of either Sweden or Norway. More to come on this. The yarn has a nice history – I bought it on sale at a lovely store in Williamsburg during our 35th anniversary trip back in October of 2011. They had EVERYTHING:) And you can shop there online, too (oh dear oh dear oh dear!!).
Every so often I get e-mails from Elann.com and download a pattern or two or pick up a few balls of yarn. I decided to use some Tahki Stacy Charles cotton yarn and knit up the Natalie Tank and make a Natalie Tee shirt instead for this coming summer. We’ll see how that works out:)
Just as dear Nancy was dealing with her cancer scare, poor John ended up with some horrible back pain. The disc pain he’d been having for years finally hit home for him. After trying the non-surgical route for years, it became painfully (sorry) apparent that surgery would be necessary. It wasn’t until he was getting his pre-surgical exam in the waiting area on the date of his surgery 10 days ago, that I realized how serious this really was. Poor guy couldn’t even lift his left leg. So not only was he in pain, he was losing feeling and strength in his left leg. As the nurse-anesthetist said – the trifecta. So my husband went in for what ended up being a twelve-hour ordeal: Two hours of prep, Six+ hours of surgery and four hours in the recovery room when his blood pressure was so low, they almost put him into the ICU. He lost a lot of blood during surgery – because he forgot that the baby aspirin he had been taking for his heart was likely to make his platelets less than optimum. OY! The next day, he ended up getting a couple of units of blood and that seemed to do the trick. Then his gut stopped working – not unusual, we’ve been told – but not fun. He finally came home a day late on Sunday and has been gradually working toward improving. It seems to me the surgery was a success. He no longer has the excruciating pain he had before. However, he has a way to go in terms of other aspects of his recovery. I don’t think he’s going to be lifting anything for a LONG time. I am glad I had the surgery I had two years ago so I can be in good enough shape to pitch in.
Oh, and did I tell you, dear reader, that our lease is up in July? oh yeah. That’s going to be interesting. Times like this, I am very grateful for our six wonder kids!
So, whilst I waited through the surgery – surrounded with the prayers of Mimi, our deacon,our friends from St. John’s and St. Peter’s and from work – and accompanied by our various kids:) and the prayers of family – I knitted to pass the time. I knitted the tank/t-shirt above and worked on one of Renee Leverington’s beautiful Mystery Shawls – the 2013 Spring Mystery Shawl, which I called my Spring Mystery St. Agnes Shawl.
This pattern is supposed to use beads – something I wasn’t about to contemplate in a hospital waiting room or patient room – especially when one is there to help the patient, LOL:). Instead of a bead, I decided to put a 9-stitch nupp. So far, I think it’s working well. The yarn is from Dancing Leaf farms – a fuzzy off-white yarn that seems to be doing the trick.
John is finally home as I said, and I have taken a couple of weeks off from work to help him out as he negotiates life not being able to bend for a long while.I must say he’s been a good sport, but this is getting old for him. Sometimes we have to deal with the reality of what life is right now and it’s a tough thing to do. He’s been used to being the big guy who takes care of everyone else. It’s hard for him to let us take care of him. Yet we all want to. It will be OK in the end. It’s the interim that is always toughest.
Finally, I have one more project I started just this week. Ever since I bought the book Knitting in Two Colors by Meg Swansen and Amy Detjen, the cover has always intrigued me. Then Schoolhouse Press came out with Meg’s design of the Norwegian Rose Cardigan and I had to get that pattern. I dug in my stash and supplemented a little with some white wool purchased at the Cloverhill Yarn Shop in Catonsville. I had to start this. Haven’t done a really nice colorwork cardigan since I knit Nancy’s Westerwick (pattern design by fellow Middlebury Alumna Ann Feitelson) a couple of years ago.This one is for me. I decided to knit the largest size with the idea that it would be a nice jacket either as outerwear or a suit jacket worn with a navy blue or purple skirt for court. I plan on knitting about 20 rounds and seeing what my gauge will be. If it’s too large, oh well, I will rip out and start again. But this will be done right!
Well, that’s all for now. Hoping your knitting and your lives bring you joy.
God be with you ’til we meet again+
When last I wrote in mid October, I mentioned having done a bit of “ecclesiastical espionage” with Nancy and Rennie in three Washington DC churches. You may recall I wrote about a fortuitous meeting with the former Bishop Jane Holmes Dixon and her husband at St. Columba’s church. Sadly, that lovely woman died in her sleep Christmas Eve, a complete shock to many of us among her friends and admirers. I was very grateful to have taken the opportunity to tell her how much her work meant to me as a fairly new “Whiskeypalian.” You just never know when it’s going to be the last time you see a person, so why not let them know how important they are to you?
In other news here on the “Merlin” side of the Potomac, our great state, through the voice of the people in a referendum on the legislature’s passage of a marriage equality act, did not follow the horrendous example of the Californians and actually voted FOR same-sex marriage! Although I do not believe any of us get to vote on the civil rights of others, I was glad for this bit of fairness and never was I prouder to be a resident of Merlin (now let me tell you how I really feel….) Anyway, it turns out that a gentleman who worked down at City Hall in Baltimore, upon learning that marriage equality was to be a reality in Merlin, asked the good Mayor for whom he worked if she would perform the marriage ceremony. So, when New Year’s day arrived, City Hall was opened up for seven weddings and that good gentleman was able to marry his partner of 35 years. Stephanie Rawlings-Blake performed the ceremony, having been assured by the Law Office that she had the constitutional authority to do so (and rumor also had it that she had secured a temporary license online to do so as well – a belt and suspenders kind of thing). The other six weddings that took place that night were performed by three other judges and an attorney who had the ability to do so (don’t know if he was a minister or did the online temporary minister thing also).
Why, you may ask, was this of note to me? Well, I had the distinct pleasure of volunteering that evening. I met a lot of very nice people, all of whom were very happy and many of whom, like me, never thought they would see this happen in their lifetimes. It was a great way to spend New Year’s Eve and one I am not likely to forget well into my dotage.
Normally, my New Year’s Eves are quiet ones, spent knitting and watching TV, sometimes watching a grandchild or two. John works overnights and always works New Years and Christmases. It’s usually a time of reflection and a time when I hope to become more organized, more industrious, and a better person. Like many such times, I sometimes succeed and sometimes fail. But I was very glad to have played even the minutest part that I did to bring a greater level of equality for our citizens – and their children. And dagnabbit – it was fun!
Life for the most part has been trundling on. I visit clients, I represent them in court and hope to do the best job I can. My kids are growing up and I am getting older- which is just fine – think of the alternative:) Music and knitting continue to play a large role in my life as do my dear friends.
Right now as I sit and type this, the house is empty. Danny is living with us until he finds a place. JoAnna is at a party and Sabrina is also out. John is at work. Pretty soon I will sit down to knit a bit and perhaps catch a TV show or two. And then tomorrow I get up and start all over again. Nothing wrong with that, but not a heck of a lot to blog about really:)
On the knitting front, I have just gone through the some 162 projects listed on Ravelry and I am relieved to note for the record that 110 of them are FINISHED projects, LOL. Howevah, that does leave me with 52 to complete. So, I figured I’d work on finishing the smaller ones and the ones with the highest percentage done already. Right now I’ve decided to get going on socks. Isn’t that thrilling, you might ask. It is when you’re cold and it’s winter:) And the somewhat recent demise of a number of my fat cells has contributed to that freezing cold feeling in the bleak mid-winter!
Ah well, it’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it!
Not much more to say right now, dear readers, so I will sign off.
Happy New Year – wishing you joy, warmth, happiness and joy in the little things of life!
God be with you ’til we meet again+
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood today:)! Autumn is here in full force – or perhaps in its gentleness, for gentle it seems to be this year! Of course, winter will be another story, I’m sure!
A LOT has happened since my last post, dear 2.5:) We welcomed a new little babe into our lives – Patricia Jane, or “Patty” as she is called, came into the world the morning of October 2, 2012. She is named after my mother and me and perhaps also her Aunt and cousin, both of whom have her middle name. Those of you who know me on Facebook have seen these picture. And yes, the cardigan on the right was knitted by this Grammy:). As my grandfather used to say, she has the map of Ireland on her face:) - as it should be, seeing that at least 25% of her genetic material hails from there! Her brothers seem to have taken her appearance in stride.
On that same day, at about the same time, I was in Annapolis, arguing an appellate case, and “Pop” was home, taking care of her brothers/surviving the morning, LOL:) I used my first name that morning – something I never do, since I’m called by my middle name – but I felt I should, given that Patty was coming into the world with my first name and I thought it the suitable thing to do.
Regular “academic year” activities are also now in full swing as well as those things that keep up year round: Stephen Ministry, Bell choir, Adult Choir (hmmmm, does this mean we play the “adults?”), Prayer Shawl Ministry, Columbia Sip ‘n Knit, and Women’s Bar Association. I’m rarely home in the evenings! I think that since my kids have grown I’m more interested than ever in keeping busy after work.
Two weeks ago, Nancy, Rennie and I took a day off from St. J’s and engaged in what I like to call “Ecclesiastical Espionage.” We attended services at two churches in the Washington, D.C. diocese and also at the National Cathedral to experience their music programs. It was really a lovely day. First, we attended the early service at St. Columba’s Church – the largest parish in the District. There Nancy and Rennie met former DC Bishop Jane Holmes Dixon and her husband, Nancy’s former employer a number of years ago before the Bishop was made a bishop. My only prior encounter with Bishop Holmes Dixon was at a Lay School of Theology event about seven years ago – and she made quite an impression then. I took the opportunity to tell her so, for which she thanked me kindly.
Cathedral. The sermon was incredibly moving and so well crafted that it had me wiping away tears – and folks, I am NOT a person who cries at sermons! Of course, Nancy, who cries at the drop of a hat – well what do you expect?LOL!
A few factoids: One of the parishioners at St. Alban’s is the great granddaughter of one of St. J’s rectors! There’s a pic of Rennie (who is an avid genealogist) speaking with her. If you can see the mosaics on the floor of the center aisle, those are indicating other parishes that members of St. Alban’s have “spawned” in the DC area. Rather than growing large themselves, St. Albans parishioners have preferred to “grow” other churches.
But as I said, autumn has hit Merlin. A few days ago, I visited a few clients who are currently dealing with things at Sheppard Pratt. The campus of this organization, which houses a psychiatric hospital, a residential treatment center for adolescents and other things too numerous to mention, still has the stateliness and beauty of the estate from whence it came. In the light of a late autumn afternoon, it looks like a college campus. Yet it represents a lot of pain and suffering in this world – hopefully pain and suffering and healing.
Well as usual, I am going from the sublime to the mundane:) On the knitting front, I am plugging away at my projects and ever adding new ones. One that comes to mind is a Prayer shawl that I am knitting on a somewhat “ad hoc” basis – in other words, I started out with a plan, but am pretty much making it up as I go along. I started with a large amount of stitches cast on and am decreasing in hopes that the sides become the long edge at the top and the center grows together to help form the triangle. Hard to explain. Perhaps this picture will help.
I am hoping that by decreasing at each end (after a three-stitch knitted-in i-cord) and on either side of the braided cable in the middle, the widths on each side will join and will be long enough to be a wide i-cord edge at the top. If not, hopefully there will be enough yarn left to do a knitted-on edging to widen the sides. I think it might just work. We shall see. This will be a prayer shawl because the yarn I have for it was given to me by a woman who was donating yarn for a prayer shawl and I promised that’s what I would do with it!
Am plugging away on the Eadon cardigan also, but no new pics. I did, however, recently complete a project that dates back to 2008, LOL:)! It’s a Goddessknits pattern by Renee Leverington, now called Mandala. It’s a multiple-choice pattern, so the possibilities are endless. It’s circular and I thought for sure I had quit too soon and all I’d have would be a lacy tablecloth for a little table… maybe. But non – c’est magnifique! In other words, it blocked out quite well:
As I said, from the sublime to the mundane:)
Well, gotta get ready for the gang to come over. JoAnna is visiting from Cleveland (taking something of a break from law school) and we are all (I hope) doing tacos together.
Wishing you all a happy and productive week and most of all, peace.
And God be with you ’til we meet again.
1. Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,whose trust,
ever child-like, no cares could destroy,
be there at our waking, and give us we pray,
your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.
2. Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,
whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe,
be there at our labors, and give us, we pray,
your strength in our hearts, Lord, at the noon of the day.
3. Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,
your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace,
be there at our homing, and give us, we pray,
your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.
4. Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,
whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm,
be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray,
your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.
Sung to the hymn tune “Slane,” (same tune as Be Thou My Vision), this is a wonderful way to end the week – and it was our closing hymn this morning.
Am waiting for some friends with whom I’ve arranged to meet and walk with around Wilde Lake and finally have a quiet moment to listen to the crickets and squirrels in the cooler-than-expected afternoon sunshine.
Strange, isn’t it, that after a morning in church, one should still need a place and time for quiet contemplation?
But for me church is as much an event of friendship, company, and music as it is one of prayer- and I am grateful for a period of calm before I start huffing and puffing around the lake:).
This morning I got to play flute and it was OK- it’s so frustrating to me that the rehearsals always go far better than “show time!” I suppose it’s a function of being less nervous. Oh well.
Afterwards, I had a nice conversation with the Bishop “John” and a few other friends, wished a friend a safe journey back home and joked around with friends old and new. In Xianity, there is the belief, held by some more literally than others, that when two or more are gathered in Christ’s name, He is in the midst of them. Of course, among the “Whiskeypalians,” the old joke is that “When three or more are gathered, there’s always a fifth.” Oh never mind… But getting back to that basic premise, a very good friend of mine once said that the Presence of Christ is really found in those quiet, joyful exchanges of joy and sometimes shared sorrow among people who gather together and try to live as He would like us to live.
Well, that’s my theology lesson for the day;)
Things at the Realm of FugueStateKnits are in a holding pattern. Life is moving along, of course, but the arrival of the newest member of the gang is being joyfully anticipated:)
On the knitting front, I made a shameful killing at the Yarn Swap yesterday. I found a treasure trove of way back issues of Knitters and Vogue Knitting and an issue of Cast On – all from the late 80s to early 2000s.
I got dock yarn, cotton yarn, specialty yarns, silk and wonder of wonders, I scored myself some lovely Manos del Uruguay:). Schweet!!:)
-God be with you ’til we meet again+
Doing an I-cord cast-on for a Prayer Shawl I decided to try my hand at designing. If it turns out OK, I’ll have it here as a free pattern. I got the yarn last week on a trip to Cloverhill Yarns to get a circular needle for another project. A woman was donating the yarn for a prayer Shawl and I offered to make one, so I left the store with a new Addi Turbo Lace, size US 8, 40″ circulars and 4 skeins of this lovely tweedy orange yarn. Fun for Fall:). After all, one cannot have too many worthwhile projects on the knitting front, can one?
My plan is a triangular shawl starting at the top long edge with icord on all three sides, cabled bit in the middle flanked by alternating sections of gull lace, stocking or stockinette stitch – depending on your side of the pond, checkerboard, and feather and fan, divided by 4 rows of garter stitch. Working decreases into these various stitch patterns and figuring out a beginning stitch count with some sort of common denominator are my two biggest challenges. Will keep you all in the loop as I try this thing. As you can see, I haven’t gotten far, since the I-cord cast-on takes a little time, though it is easy peasy:)!
To bring things up to date, since we last met, I have been getting to all my fun extra-curricular activities, working of course, and plodding along on this “planet earth, our island home.” Wednesday, I had dinner and a nice chat with a friend who is visiting her brother- another friend. That was a lot of fun. Thursday and Friday were two somewhat hectic court days, but I did manage to get to Choir
practice- could not make knitting at the Sip ‘n Knit this week though!
Friday after court it was all I could do to have dinner a glass o’ vino and it was bedtime! Saturday I worked a bit, did some visits and home again.
Yesterday was a beautiful day- just perfect weather- as it has been all four years we’ve done it- for our parish’s One Service- where the different congregations come together outside for a service, combing musical groups and styles and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine together. A friend saw a hawk circling the sky during Communion and was very moved by it. It was a lovely time.
Afterwards, we had our annual Parish Fair at which I manned the Stephen Ministry table, sipped coffee and bought our truly beautiful parish cookbook. I will post pictures of this later- it was truly professionally done!
As soon as that was over, I hightailed it home so we could leave for DC, first to drop S off at her place and second to see our son Danny Gavigan in his latest play, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
at Bethesda’s Roundhouse Theater. The play is both very dark and very funny and the production was excellent. I know, it’s true, I’m his mother, but I know he’s doing well when I see him act and I forget that fact. And this was a good production. If you live in the area, you should definitely go see it. Danny’s the Marine in the middle in the ad above. But don’t take my word for it. The Washington Post agrees with me:)!
Afterwards, there was a short q&a discussion with the actors and staff from Roundhouse, then Danny, John, Dan’s significant other, so-much-more-than-girlfriend Casie, and I toddled off to a nice dinner a few blocks away. It was great spending time with both of them.
My weight loss has slowed down to a crawl and I’d like to lose anther 25-40 lbs, but I’m not complaining:) So far the total stands at 130 lbs (that’s 9 stone 4lbs for you Brits). I’ve lost a lot of inches and my body is a bit of a mushy mess, but I have zero regrets about having had the surgery except perhaps that I wish I’d had it sooner:)!
ON THE KNITTING FRONT
I have been really focusing on the Eadon cardigan. Both sleeves are done and I decided to knit the fronts and back together in one piece. It’s taking awhile, but it’s a fun pattern, do I don’t mind. The second sleeve on the Breckon is begun but awaiting the finish of Eadon.
I will write again soon, dear friends. Until then,
God be with you ’til we meet again+