Soldier Daughter has been in Atlanta for 3 weeks and gets back today. Her hb had three weeks leave. His family is in the Atlanta area, so she and the little buddy flew down there to spend time with him. She had to put the poor guy back on a plane to Iraq yesterday. And the little buddy was picked up by his paternal grandmother and has been whisked off to Nashville/Ft. Campbell for a month. She was a little teary when I talked to her yesterday, but she plans to visit her dad in Texas and do some other things. And I bought season tickets for us to go to Music Theater this summer – 5 shows in all. The first show is her birthday weekend, so that gave her something to look forward to.
Found these two books at the library on Saturday. Knitting New Scarves: 27 Distinctly Modern Designs by Lynne Barr and Tyllie Barbosa. I skimmed it — there are some unusual designs and techniques. I will sit down and read it more thoroughly over the next couple of weeks. And Vogue Knitting on the Go: Quick Gifts. There are some cute patterns in it.
I am nearly finished with the tank — have the bottom edging to do. Then weave in all the ends, wash and block. I hope to get it washed and blocked along with the moss Branching Out Scarf this weekend.
I was trying to think of something to send out as a baby gift with the little pink MD baby kimono that I finished. One of my coworkers has a new granddaughter and she was telling me that one of the gifts baby R received was several pairs of plain white infant socks with eyelash yarn crocheted into the edging. So I think that is what I will do — I have some leftover eyelash yarn from various projects and I am certain I have pink, so I will purchase a package of infant anklets and crochet the edges with eyelash yarn. I think that is a very cute idea.
Herb Day was great as always. I purchased fresh asparagus and tomatoes from the farm market. Two basil plants, a 6 pack of red leaf begonias, a new rosemary plant, a small bag of epsom salts treated with eucalyptus, chamomile, spearmint and something else that smells yummy. I also bought an Earth Kind Rose bush — Caldwell Pink. I wanted a Fairy Rose, but those had all been sold. Ate brunch there and had a nice visit with my mother.
Sunday afternoon after I got home from church, I ate lunch and then decided to go for a walk in the park. It was so nice out and the breeze off the small lake was great. Lots of people picnicking and kids playing, walkers, joggers, rollerbladers, and bicyclists out — and a few fishermen. I stopped by the local garden center on my way home and purchased mulch, organic humus to mix in with my own compost, and some potting soil. While there, I decided to go ahead and get some bedding plants. I decided this year to plant white vinca, dusty miller, and yellow marigolds in my front flower garden. Then I went home and spent the next 7 hours digging, mixing, weeding, transplanting, planting, and watering — whew! I was really glad I bought the bath salts at Herb Day. I soaked in a tubful of those after the gardening was done. I used muscles I had probably not used since last year. Add to that the issues with my back and — well, let’s just say I am still recovering. Monday night I could barely get my arms up high enough to take off my tee shirt and put on my pajama shirt — sheesh!