Southern Summer and Surprises

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What an eventful… almost two months! I must confess, blogging in the last bit hasn’t been a priority. But I have very good reason! My dear younger brother and his wife, along with my precious little niece, have been home for a visit! They flew in about a month ago from Okinawa and have been residing with us here at the Cat House. After months of planning, sneaking, and speaking in code, we managed to surprise everyone with none the wiser.

I have to say, it was absolutely wonderful to hold her in my arms. She’s the spitting image of my brother as an infant – and into everything!

In the last bit, we’ve done a little of everything and a lot of nothing. The kids wanted to go and do, see everyone they’ve been missing for the last two years – which I fully understand – but it would have been nice if at least some of the people had come to them. Ten thousand miles is a long way to travel to have to keep traveling once you’re at your destination because other people are too lazy to make any effort. I think a lot of it had to do with my (very young) sister-in-law, honestly. But that’s neither here nor there. I got to see my niece and spoil her rotten, and that’s all that matters.

Kassi and I took a nice nap together while I was laid up after a rather unfortunate incident the other morning. Grandmama rocked her to sleep and then brought her up to snooze with me and the kitties in the Blue Room. I was tickled when she rolled over and hugged my leg in her sleep. Such a sweet baby (especially when she’s down for the count 😉 ).

After a rather exciting month, I ended their visit by badly spraining my foot. Didn’t stop me too much, but it had me worried – afraid I had broken it and right before I have to be back at the plant for training! Fortunately, it seems to be getting better (though I think I did a little too much today). I get the feeling I’ll be leery of flip-fops for a while yet.

Ever since the kids got here it’s been hot – very, very hot. The daytime high didn’t get below 105˚F for three weeks, blowing the top at a baking 114˚F one day. And top it all off with no rain. Voluntary water rationing and burn bans went into effect stymying the areas plans for Independence Day celebrations – of course, that didn’t stop the large population of idiots around here from setting off fireworks despite the ban. You’d think with what was happening in Colorado at the time that they’d be a little more cautious (especially since all the grass in the town was crackly brown with not a lick of green to be found), but no… Fortunately that’s over, for now (and is it!). The temperatures are back down into the 90s and for a solid week it has rained! The riverbanks are full to bursting and the yards are the greenest they’ve been all year!

In other (craftier) news…

A new hooky project is in the works… and quite a few more are on the boards. I’m finding myself rather desperate for a good yarn store (all of two in the area and one carries next to no cotton). I’ll admit, while I might be computer savvy and am willing to buy odd finds online, I dislike buying textiles through the internet. They’re never the same color as is on the screen and I can’t put my grubby paws on them to see if I like their texture before I purchase. I hear about all these great brands, wonderful colors… but I’m picky. I really like the feel of Lily Brand Sugar n Cream, but they don’t have all the colors I want (and my most recent green from them feels funny, weirdly stiff and unappealing)… And other brands have wool in them – or I’ll find a color I like but it’s acrylic (I’m allergic to acrylic yarns). Or most annoying yet, a store will advertise Cotton-Bamboo blends but have none in stock. See? Picky. Finicky. And a darned sight more than frustrated I really should let myself be over this.

Ah well, tomorrow is another day… and another yarn shop.

Warm regards,
Am

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About Auntie Am

My name is Am and I love crafting... so much so that I spent my degree on it. I crochet, sew, felt, solder, hammer, and set... amongst other things. I have the cutest niece that I have yet to meet. And I'm extremely flattered that you're taking even an instant to glance at my ramblings!

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