This one is the "acorn" bowl. He didn't plan on it, but the top fits perfectly and looks just like an acorn. This one is my favorite.
I have to share some of these with my other sister "K". We forgot to bring them when we met up with her. Looks like we'll have to have another meeting so she can get her bowls. I'm holding them hostage so it won't be another eight years before we see each other again!!
Day 2: We had a nice dinner and then we went back in the car to take a car trip up north to visit my eldest son and his wife. We had a nice ride and "D" and "E" could see some of New England. We had a nice visit. "D" and I knit and talked the whole time in the car. We talked and talked. I don't think I talked that much in a long time. Probably not since my dear mother passed away eleven years ago. The two of us could talk back then. Having "D" here was almost like having my Mom back again. She is old enough to be my mother as her two oldest boys are older than me. With all of the excitement of having them here I really wasn't sleeping well and I ended up with a massive migraine in the middle of the night. I had a really bad reaction to the migraine medicine that I have been taking for years...so bad that I ended up in the ER in the middle of the night. Imagine, having two people that I didn't really know that well sleeping soundly on the hide-a-bed in my living room and slipping out quietly in the middle of the night to go to the hospital! Well, I was there for 12 hours, while they ran all kinds of tests. I had been having some health issues previously and part of my symptoms was due somewhat to that. Overall, everything was checked out and I was released. Thankfully nothing serious was wrong. As you can see Day 3 ended up being a really big bust. They entertained themselves, took walks. "D" knit and I think they just relaxed. I manage to get back home just in time for supper.
Day 4: We visited my Dad. Went out to lunch. We had delicious crab rolls. Then went to the grocery store. I bought swordfish for dinner which was absolutely delicious. We don't have it very often so that was a treat. They had never had it before and they enjoyed it. They stocked up on items to fill their cooler with non perishable food items to take back on the train with them. Buying food on the train is very expensive. This saved them a lot of money bringing as much as they can.They also really enjoyed my grocery store. We have a lot things they don't have in Oregon, so it was rather entertaining for them. They were the best guests...very easy to please :)
Day 5: We met my other sister "K" at the Nautilus sub museum in Groton, CT. It was a half way point for both of us. We had lunch and talked....not much in the way of checking out the museum, but there were plenty of places inside in the AC that we could sit and talk and "E" could wander about while us girls were doing all the talking. It was fitting as our Dad, was retired USN. He never was on a sub, but spent many years on other Navy ships. On the way home we stopped in Mystic CT to take a few photos.
A historic site was our next stop, the first public library in America. Benjamin Franklin's gift of a set of books is what started the library back in 1790. Here a picture of the book collection that started it all:
Day 6: I had a doctors appointment in the morning, but my husband brought them to a concert at my youngest son's music camp where he had been working as a mentor for the past two weeks. I stopped at the German store on the way home and bought gelbwurst and fresh rye bread for our lunch and some weisswurst for our supper as we were heading to the cape for the weekend.
Day 6: A whirlwind tour of the cape in one day.
We started off the day with an early morning walk on our beach.
It was right after a massive rainstorm and there were lots of shells left on the beach.
Even an unusual folded scallop shell.
My sister was thrilled with all the scallop shells as she makes angel Christmas ornaments from the shells and sells them in her shop around Christmas time.
It was the first time ever that I could see Nantucket from our beach.
I'm not sure if it was because it was very early morning or the conditions were just right. Can you see the land way in the distance? Click photo to enlarge.
We packed a picnic lunch and then headed out on a tour of the cape. First we stopped at Chatham Light.
I've always loved seeing the light house and the lovely beach there.
The beach was closed to swimming because of great white sharks in the area.
Unfortunately the seals attract them, but I must say I got a thrill to be able to see all the seals off the shore. Be sure and click on the photos to enlarge them. They are hard to see, but there are seals on those rocks!
This was a first for me in all the years (my whole life) that I have been coming to Cape Cod.
After Chatham light we proceeded to check out more of the beaches.
and light houses
of the Cape National Seashore all the way to Provincetown.
Rose hips, better known as beach plums on Cape Cod.
For dinner we had lobsters. A real treat for them as they have nothing like the cape lobsters in Oregon. After dinner we visited with my uncle and aunt, my niece and her husband and daughter. It was like a mini family reunion.
Day 7: Time to return home and prepare for their journey back home to Oregon. Once they got everything together, we headed to the cemetery where our father is buried. "D" is a family history expert. Thanks to her I have the results of all of her research on our ancestors from Hungary. We also went back to the house where my mother and father lived on the second floor. My grandparent's lived on the first floor. It is the first house that I ever lived in and it is the place where my father died. I have fond memories of going down the back stairs to jump in bed with my grandparents. I had not been back there in a very long time. Once again I did not bring my camera. I've decided I need to buy a really small inexpensive digital camera to keep in my purse or pocket.
One last night together. Sad that the time went by so fast, but thrilled to have the gift of meeting my sister and husband. A once in a lifetime gift. Worried about getting them to Providence in time to catch their train we got up extra early the next morning.
Amidst tears and hugs we said our good-bye, but not real good byes because even though we might never again get to see each other in person, we will be calling each other and emailing frequently. Hopefully in the not so distant future we would love to make the trip to Oregon and visit with them. I know I'd love see what their day to day life is like. Off they go......
While they were here, I didn't even get one of my circle squares finished! "D" won the prize for getting the most knitting done. Once again no photos of her knitting, which I reget. She made 2 pairs of beautiful handspun mittens to sell in her shop. On the train she made a beautiful scarf knit the long way. I have a copy of her catalog if anyone is interested. Let me know in an email and I can forward it on to you. She did give me a pattern for my next project. I'm anxious to get started on it, but I want to finish the circle square blanket first. Since their departure though I have managed to finish seven squares finally.
It's slow going, but I'm plugging along.
Once I have the squares finished I'll be putting them together using a technique developed by my new friend Anita. Here's a photo of her beautiful finished blanket. Stay tuned for I'll be posting more of the how to's at a later date with her permission of course. Sorry, Anita for the delay as I'm not progressing with the squares as fast as I would have like to.
I'll leave you with a couple of morning glory photos for my DIL "K" :)
Happy Knitting everyone!!
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