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4th of July Weekend

July 7, 2006

We went to Mendocino to see my folks. It was fun and we are all tired from the drive.

Here is a picture tour of our weekend. First, the girls and my husband saw deer out the kitchen window. I was in town with my mom at the local yarn store. My mom could not believe how much yarn there was. She agreed the owner is super friendly and you almost feel guilty if you don’t buy anything because she is so nice and wonderful to be around. Of course, we can’t have guilt, so I picked up some sock yarn to be auctioned off as knitted socks to support Beth in her 3 Day Cancer Walk.

The next day we go to the beach and look at the tidepools. Tony finds a star fish, a purple and white one. I didn’t have the digital so you will have to wait for my film photos to come back. Tony did get a picture of two people having lunch with a turkey. I am not kidding. There are all of these people sitting around having lunch with their kids and dogs. Then there are these two with a wild turkey sitting on their towel.

I decided to give Sierra the camera while we were sitting in the car. She took a lot of pictures, mostly of kites in the sky. I would share them, but well you can imagine what a kite looks like with a digital camera pointed by a 5 year old. She did get a nice shot of her sister sleeping.

While Madeleine slept in the car and Tony read his book (grumpy,) Sierra and I explored. We looked at tide pools, hiked along the headlands, talked to the kite man, and more important than anything else, we picked flowers (sh…you aren’t suppose to pick wild flowers…but you know, tell that to a 5 year old.)

I cannot wait for the day that I get a digital SLR, but until then you have to put up with our 5 year old digital point and shoot.

Before we left we went to the 4th of July parade in Mendo, where for the first time we did not see a marijuana plant. There is usually some type of legalize pot float in every parade, but not this year. We did see a lot of Peace floats, which I loved, Old Broads for Peace is just a hoot.

Also, did you ever wonder what it would look like if you went to grandma’s house and grabbed every knick knack off of her shelves and glued it to your car? Well apparantly this guy did. Tony couldn’t get the camera out fast enough so we only could get a picture of the tail end of it.

When we got home we were able to catch the local fireworks show and the kids did some fireworks also. Love the helmet?

Last but definately not least and probably the most surprising…

On the way home from Mendo we stopped through the redwood forest and I picked up some branches from a fallen tree. My plan was to mail them to Jimbo for one of his next projects. However, being the curious creature that I am I went up stairs and got out my spyderco, not your ideal carving knife, but it worked and started carving. I also used some sand paper and then oiled it up and here is my very first carved redwood crochet hook. It isn’t perfect by any means but I am so proud of myself I can barely stand it. I know Jimbo would be proud of me too.

I did finish one sock this weekend and am to the heel of the second sock. I hope to have it finished by Monday. Still working on changing my diet, no sugar, flour, potatoes, corn syrup, juice, or red meat. I corn chips and salsa today, not necessarily good but not super bad, either. Atleast it isn’t on my list of dont’s.