I got up in time to sing with the choir this morning, got showered, dressed, and, armed with my bag of music and purse, purposefully headed out the door to my car and then…. decided to stay home. You may wonder why. I hadn’t been to rehearsal Thursday evening and felt so unprepared. And there was bacon cooking in the kitchen (didn’t say I was proud of my decision..) and I thought, I could get so much done at home without mucking up my part in church. I played around with my planner, thinking if I worked now, I’d really have a day off tomorrow. Selfish? Yes, most likely.
I learned that the littlest grandangels would not be gracing us with their presence;(. Their Daddy had custody earlier than usual this weekend. And that’s ok.
So what’s an old grandma knitter/lawyer to do? Well, I thought of heading back to Cloverhill Yarn to knit with my friends, but then I saw the snow heading our way and figured. Uh. Nope. I do not like driving in the snow when the road gets slick and icy under the little snowy bits. So I stayed home.
I worked on hubby’s scarf and made a wee bit of progress. I’d say I was 52 percent done, since I’ve made my way into the second of two skeins for the project. It’s Jared Flood’s Dryad – and I’ve been working on it on and off since the summer of 2012. I knitted another wide scarf for John by Jared Flood – that within a year was appropriated by our daughter, S.
I’ve also been working on a couple of sock projects. For some reason, I don’t really post my sock projects on ravelry. Perhaps I should.
More to come later.
One thing for which I am grateful: the Ashby shawl came in very handy today. It is large enough to keep this chubby grandma warm in the midst of a sudden decrease in temperature this afternoon.:)
Not much more to add, dear readers. Back soon. Until then, God be with you ’til we meet again+
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I listened to the audio version of this book via a Christmas gift subscription to Scribd. It’s the kind of book for which the reward of getting to the second half far outweighs any impatience one might feel about the plot at the beginning (I had no such impatience, but have read the reviews of others who as a result had not finished the book). Fates and Furies depicts the realities in one marriage – in effect teaching us that one never knows another perfectly, lifelong love notwithstanding. Lauren Groff’s portrayal of the husband, Lotto, is practically two-dimensional; though I suppose the incredible depth, darkness, and complexity of Matthilde’s character as shown in the second half of the book is meant to stand in stark contrast to Lotto’s almost infantile simplicity. I would like to now buy a Kindle or hard copy of the book, because it is the kind of book one wants to re-read to gain a better understanding of the beautifully drawn characters who fill its pages. Well done.
Oh, and the narration was very well done in the audiobook.
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Am working from home today. The rest of the family are working and I have this lovely bit of quiet to get paperwork, scheduling and other organizational tasks completed. One of the things I was doing was of course reading emails, updating calendars and the like. But a post from Mason-Dixon Knitting drew me up short for some reason. My really cool grandson, Gram (all my grands are cool – don’t ever disabuse me of that notion!) has recently expressed a desire to learn to knit. Kay and Ann of Mason-Dixon knitting fame are having a book giveaway contest on their blog. I frankly do not care about winning that book, although it looks like a wonderful book to have, but I did post a comment because I figured there would be a lot of folks who might have some ideas for me. Here’s what I wrote:
– See more at: http://www.masondixonknitting.com/our-favorite-things/contests/teach-some-kids-to-knit-a-book-and-yarn-giveaway/#comment-118492
Last Sunday, Gram, along with his mom and sibs, stopped by to say hello on their way back from a birthday party. I was at the concert having a great time, but to have missed this is just heartbreaking! Hopefully, I will be ready for him this coming Sunday, two little chubby knitting needles and some nice yarn for him. I keep thinking of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s recounting of how she learned to knit at this age and wondering if perhaps that’s the way to go. Cast on, teach him to knit a stitch or two and then that’s it. It’s the “teach him to knit a stitch or two” part that is daunting, LOL:)
Ah well. If any of you dear readers have an idea or two, as I said, I am all ears!
Gotta get back to work. Back soon. Until then, God be with you ’til we meet again.+
And yes they were all finished January 3rd. Never you mind. They all fit -and came in handy for the cold weather when it finally did arrive! And anyway, what self-respecting kid wants a sweater for Christmas? Not that they didn’t genuinely seem to like them. Many thanks to my two youngest grandangels for modeling theirs:)!
Well, it was a nice week, give or take, of “staycation” for me. Especially enjoyed the week between Christmas and New Year. But it’s also great to be back in the swing of things-at work, in music, and in knitting.
Speaking of music, this rank amateur will be playing snare drum on Sunday (the Radetzky March) with the consummately professional Howard County Concert Orchestra (HoCoCO). The brainchild of Ron Mutchnik, a gifted violinist (and teacher) in his own right, and comprised of professional musicians, many of whom come from the sadly now-defunct Baltimore Opera’s orchestra, it has become a Howard County treasure. The January concert is a multi-media extravaganza of romantic waltz music, accompanying a video of beauty to be found in Vienna, Prague and Budapest, and dancers from the Columbia Ballet. Attending this concert has become one of my annual traditions and what a wonderful way to beat the winter blues!
This year, the concert will be held at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD (that’s short for “Merlin”) at 7 p.m. Tickets are a mere 25.00 -and children under 17 are free, accompanied by a paying adult. There is also a student discount ($12-bring your school ID).
If you attend, don’t shoot the drummer for the Radetzky. She’s new.
Hope you get to enjoy your weekend. Back soon. Until then, God be with you ’til we meet again.+