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Where Have All the Good Times Gone?

The vacation is over and I’m back at work. Ugh. At least it’s raining. Last week was a seriously wonderful week. Dale was at work, Hannah was at school and I was . . . at home. By myself. Let’s take a look at my previously stated vacation goals and see how I did.

~weed garden
~plant annuals
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Check. Hannah helped with the weeding and Dale helped with the flower selections and planting.

~get haircut & color
Check. It looks good, too but you’ll just have to trust me on that one.

~spin every day
Check. I have a bobbin and a half full to prove it.

~practice spindle spinning
Check. I put that basket of spindles on the hutch in the dining room. Sitting right there it’s so easy to grab one and spindle for a few moments a few times a day.

~go to YMCA 3 times
Whoops. I never even made it once.

~dye some yarn and/or roving

Check. I’ll have more on this tomorrow.

~fix the everyday cardigan
Whoops. I thought about it and read about how to do it. But it was pretty warm last week and the idea of sitting with a wool sweater in my lap was less than appealing. I’ll tackle this one soon, though, because I really want that sweater to be wearable.

~knit a pair of bootees
Check. They are my first pair of baby bootees ever and they were quick and fun to knit. The pattern is Herringbone Bootees from 50 Baby Bootees to Knit. Size 2 needles with Rowan 4 Ply Cotton. These are a gift for a friend and they’re getting mailed off today.

I also did several other things that weren’t on my list like have breakfast with a new friend and go shoe shopping and have lunch at Panera and watch my soap every day. It was a fabulous vacation. What a shame it had to end.

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  1. Sounds like heaven! Also sounds like it’s time for retirement. 😉

    Love the flowers – and the fiber pics are even nicer. I think I need to get me a blue-green batt like that – yum. Your dyed yarn is pretty – I especially like the ‘early spring maple’.

  2. What a great way to spend a vacation!

    Booties are the first thing I ever knit. I was a crocheter and offered a bunch of pattern books to my pregnant sister so she could choose what she wanted for her first born. She chose one of only 5 knitted pair of booties from over 100! LOL I figured then that I’d better learn to knit, if only so I could make those for her…and I haven’t stopped since. Ruth is right – booties have a special addictive power.

  3. Oo love your nasturtiums, those have been my favorite since I was a toddler when I called them “nasty urchents”. The spinning is gorgeous as usual! Sounds like a fab week indeed.

  4. Sounds perfect. I have been searching for a scavola this year. You found one!

    Much needed rain is falling here, at last!

  5. ‘Kay, the booties are adorable, but I love the colors on the yarn you dyed. Yummy! We were treated with some lovely days this week, much to my surprise! Did I get anything done? Not with Mr Droolsby in his latest stage: grabby and gabby.

  6. Wouldn’t it be perfect to be ‘kept’ women? 😉 I have a thing for flower boxes and hanging planters and yours are the nicest I’ve seen for a long time! Love all the color. Sounds like you know how to relax and vacation well!

  7. Your flowers are GORGEOUS and those little booties are so precious! I love vacations like the one you just had……..quiet and relaxing 🙂

  8. Boy, wereyou ever busy. What a nice vacation and all your projects look great. I love the flowers. Have a great day. sandy

  9. It’s always sad to see a vacation end. It does make it a little better when you’ve accomplished much of what you set out to do.

  10. What a great vacation! I love all your annuals–what is the blue/purple one? The booties are adorable, too. Booties are such a fun knit–fast and cute!

  11. Oh, it sounds like a great vacation! I’m so glad you enjoyed yourself. Shoe shopping and lunch at Panera sounds wonderful 🙂 I can’t wait to heat more on the dyeing!

  12. It sounds like a wonderful vacation! I still haven’t planted my annuals yet. Yikes.
    What do you have to fix on your cardigan?

  13. Looks like you had a very productive vacation! The flowers are beautiful and the spinning and dyeing look great as well.

  14. That’s the trouble with vacations; they are never long enough!

    You did a pretty good job on that list of goals; I usually have a list and am lucky if I do one thing on it 🙂

    I love the adorable baby booties.

  15. Those booties are so sweet! I’d even use that stitch pattern on big-person socks, too… it’s very pretty.

    You know the truism about spindles, right? Slower by the hour but faster by the week. 😉 You can get a surprising amount done just by picking up the spindle for a few minutes here and there during the day!

    I’m sorry you’ve had to come back down to earth and all. The first day back after a heavenly vacation is particularly tragic. 😉

  16. Very cute booties! and all of that spinning should count as a form of exercise 🙂

    Back to the grind – *sigh*

  17. Sounds like you had a nice vacation.

    Nice job on the dyeing. Looking forward to hearing more about it tomorrow!

  18. That first day back after a vacation is always awful, isn’t it? At least you can get back to work knowing that you accomplished your vacation goals!

  19. Oh, your flower pots are so pretty! I love lobelias, so few other things come close to that cobalt blue.
    Glad you had a fabulous vacation week! I have been checked out (mentally) as well, I think. bleh.

  20. It sounds like it was a wonderful vacation! Just the kind to take; where you get to do what YOU want, rather than trying to fit too much in at a destination and coming home even more exhausted than you left.

  21. Wow! You got a lot done! The green yarn you spun is fabulous. Did you dye that roving? Congratulations on a great vacation!

  22. I’m very impressed. You did good. Really good. Everything looks wonderful. I need to follow your lead and put my spindle and some fiber in a prominent place so I can pick it up for a few minutes a day.

  23. So is this “Welcome Back To Work” Day? XOXOX I sort of missed your vacation Carole – looks like it was everything a vacation should be. Looking forward to reading about that yarn dyeing! 🙂

  24. Sounds like you had a great vacation! I love that bootie book and encourage you to have fun making more. The green spinning looks scrumptious, but the flowers even better. Ya done good!

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