27 April 2008

Odds and ends

Lessee...let's back up about 10 days ago (give or take). Friday before last was Knit Night at the Ear. Remember the Malabrigo incident from the previous knit night? Well, before I picked out the blue, I debated back and forth between the blue and luscious light yellow and even considered one of each before finally making up my mind. Well, then I go and Malabrigo is still 30% off and lying there on the shelf are two skeins of the yellow and one other of an orangey shade. Three skeins of worsted left in the entire store and two of them I had been debating. Clearly a sign.

After the winter that wouldn't end, we were finally rewarded last week with some glorious weather. In the 70's (20-25°C) and sunny. So on Tuesday, we took a picnic to the zoo and spent most of the day there (meerkats haven't arrived yet, red panda was still hiding from us). Then on Thursday, we took a hike at the Arboretum. We took a nice long hike (well, long relative to Bug and Bean legs) and enjoyed seeing all the buds and new leaves and listening to the birds sing.

However, the highlight of the trip was seeing Mr. and Mrs. Turkey out for a stroll:

We managed to be quiet (well, for us) and got a relatively close look and followed them down the main path for a bit until they took a right on smaller path and walked away side by side. It tickled me as much as (if not more than) the kids! We also enjoyed seeing the magnolia trees in bloom in the "tame plants" section of the arboretum (as opposed to the native ecotypes).

This weekend has been a blast! Saturday was last Saturday knitting and just great fun all around (BaxterKnits provided the quote of the day). Quite the lovely group of folk! And then, today we saw most of them at the alpaca festival. A small ball of chocolate brown alpaca roving came home with me. Beyond that, I have decided to live vicariously through MollyBees roving purchases, for she is a dinkwad* and has better access to pretties!

Tomorrow is Harlot Day. I am very excited! Beyond that, my parents hit the road this morning to come visit the grandkids. They are planning on doing some hiking in Yellowstone and visiting Dad's brother on the way here (and Mom's brother on the way home), so they won't be here until Thursday, but we are looking forward to seeing them!

I still have FO posts to catch up on...I'll get there eventually! *sigh*

*Of course I mean that in the nicest possible way: Double Income No Kids, With A Dog (and another dog and a cat and a rabbit, but I digress and the acronym starts to break down) ;o)


YarnThrower said...

Hadn't heard of a "dinkwad" yet, but once you explained it, I had to chuckle!

Glad to hear you and your kids have been enjoying the outdoors lately! I know we'll have more beautiful days like those we had this past week, right?! -- We have to, because my bleeding hearts are about to bloom!

Cindy G said...

It was so nice to meet the rest of your family. Hope the kids had fun with the alpacas.

MollyBeees said...

Hey now! There's no need for name calling! Dinkwad?!?! DINKWAD?!?!? I resemble that remark! :-)

Was great to meet the gang on Sunday. Your son won our hearts with his Alpaca Adventures story!

Marianne said...

Hee... DINKWAD... that's funny.
Lovely times! I hope the weather continues on the good and warm direction!
That yarn was born with your name on it. seriously. :^D

Namma said...

This comment is written from the great state of Wyoming after spending much of the day driving through Montana...where temps are in the high 70s and 80s. However, it was 27 degrees in West Yellowstone, MT this morning...and still lots and lots and lots of snow on the ground and piled up. We had to stop and wait and share the road with herds of bison several times...two tiny baby bison among one group. We're getting closer...and also getting excited to see everyone.