Friday, May 26, 2006

Graduation report

Graduation went well. It was a little long (two hours) and we really couldn't see much of the podium but we could see Alek when he stood with the other Magna Cum Laude graduates and when he walked across the stage to get his diploma.

I tucked some dishcloth cotton and a circular needle in my purse and knit through the entire ceremony. I certainly didn't offend any speakers since they were so far away they couldn't see me. And I listened to all the speeches even though they were often hard to hear and understand. Ariane saw a lady with a Sudoku book and wished she had brought one, too. Here's my finished dishcloth. I only got half of it done during the ceremony but it was finished by the end of the weekend. Ariane claimed it as I was knitting it so it's living at her house now.

We didn't take pictures during the ceremony since, as usual, I left the camera in the truck. But I wasn't worried as I knew that they have professional photographers who take pictures as the grads cross the stage. And once we got back to Alek's house, we had his roommate take a picture of the four of us. I had already changed back into my warm sweater since it was a cold, nasty day. I'm not happy with the picture of me since I think it makes my smile look bad. So I'm posting another picture of us from a couple of years ago. The only problem with the second picture is that I was 25 pounds heavier than I am now. Some day I'll post a picture of me that I actually like.

We got Alek all packed up and moved back home. He still isn't sure what he's going to do yet but he has time to find something. And we are enjoying having him home.

I didn't get a chance to go to North Wind Yarns. But that's okay. Even though it's an hour and forty minutes away, it's an easy trip so I'm sure I'll go again. Yarn shop road trips are the best!

Friday, May 19, 2006

Graduation knitting

Well, my youngest child is graduating from college tomorrow. I think that makes me feel a little old. I'm happy for him, though. Now all he has to do is decide what he wants to do with his life. Well, he knows what he wants to do - he wants to write. He just has to figure out how to earn a living while he's doing what he wants to do!

After sitting through my daughter's bachelors' and Masters' graduation ceremonies, I know how long these things can go. I think I'm going to tuck a couple of mindless knitting projects into my purse to work on while waiting to see Alek walk across the stage. I just started the foot on the second sock of the Regia pair I've been working on for over a year. I'd love to finish that up. And I really need some new dishcloths but haven't cast on for any because I have so many other things started. This would be a good opportunity to work on one.

We won't be around for the whole weekend. Alek graduates at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and then a bunch of his friends have planned a picnic in the town park afterwards. I'm bringing the plates, silverware, and Chex Mix. It's what he asked me to bring. I will be making the mix from scratch. He wants the Muddy Buddy mix which is made with chocolate chips and peanut butter then coated in powdered sugar. I also thought I'd make the regular Chex Mix with the Worcestershire sauce and garlic salt.

After the picnic (and I really hope the it doesn't rain like it's predicted), we are going to start packing up his stuff to bring home. We rented a UHaul trailer that we will park at his house overnight. We're going to spend Saturday night at Scott's sister's house in Syracuse and then drive back up to Oswego on Sunday to finish packing. Again I hope the rain doesn't materialize. Since Oswego is 1 hour, 40 minutes from here and his sister only lives 40 minutes from Oswego, this will save us driving time. Plus it's always fun to visit.

There's a great yarn shop in Oswego (North Winds Yarn on 2nd Street) but I don't think I'll get a chance to visit it. I haven't been there since last year some time. They just changed their hours to include Sundays but I still don't think I'll make it. I'll just have to organize a road trip sometime this summer.

That's it from me for now. I'll be back on Monday and maybe I'll even post pictures of graduation. And hopefully, pictures of finished graduation knitting!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Camping, Color Swap, Charity

And for your viewing enjoyment, we have some pictures of Lake George RV Park in Glens Falls, NY. Scott and I took a long weekend, our brand new fifth wheel, the dog and went camping here. The park opened on Friday, May 5th and we were there on Saturday, May 6th. And there were a lot of other people with the same thought. This is a large RV park and quite a few sites were occupied. Well, until Sunday at least. Most people left Sunday and by Monday night there were probably only 7 occupied sites.

This is a picture of our new unit. It doesn't look quite as big as it does in our yard. And Isabella is sitting guard under the awning.

Here is a picture of the bike/walking trail that winds all through the park. It leads to a couple of ponds. We saw ducks and muskrats swimming in the ponds. I never thought to take the camera when we went on our walk.

You can see from this photo that this park is always clean and well kept. Even in the middle of the summer when it is filled to capacity. It's one of the nicest parks we camp in and also one of the most expensive which is why we don't go as often as we'd like.

And this picture shows a nice shot of the area surrounding the RV park. Lake George is a 32 mile lake in the Adirondack Mountains. We took a drive on Sunday up to Warrensburg and back down around Brant Lake and onto Lake George. Gorgeous scenery but, as usual, I forgot the camera. This picture also shows how empty the park was after the weekend. Even though there are other trailers, most were empty. The park has a spring package deal where you can leave your trailer on the site during the week and use it on the weekends. It must be a good deal because quite a few people seem to do it.

Here is my Color Swap package that I received from Lorenda. I love the rose colored Suri Merino! It's sooo soft. And the froggy stickers are so cute. I love stickers! I use them when I mail out packages and cards. And a nice selection of teas.

And to end this post, here is a picture of the Lopi vest I made for Children in Common. This is a yahoo group that sends wool vests, sweaters, and socks to Russian orphanages. The vest is the first item I've finished for them. Actually, it's not quite finished. I think the neck is going to be too small to go over a child's head so I'm going to add buttons on one side of the neck. I think I'll have to knit a small tab first with a buttonhole in it to attach to the shoulder. And I have to weave in the ends. But it should be done before the May 31 mailing deadline.