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Need a Vacation…

March 29, 2007

from my vacation….

Yesterday Tony, the girls, and I got back from our mini vacation.  It was fun, but Tony and I both decided we really need a vacation away from the kids.  My parents watched the girls for a few hours two nights.  One night we drove around the coast and ate candy.  The funniest thing was when we drove down by the Headlands and it rained so hard on us we thought the ocean was blowing in.  It was like driving through a car wash.  We were so crazy (or sugar high.)  It was fun.

The second night we went to the movies and saw 300.  It is an excellent flick.  I am normally not a fighting movie type gal, but this was really good and who can complain about the period costumes?

My dad hooked me up with a local woman who has a llama farm.  She gave me 4 bag full of fiber for free.  The fiber is the first sheering off of their baby llamas, so it is really, really soft.  It is dirty, though so I am contemplating if I should wash it or just try to pick out the matter and spin it and then wash it.  I only have 2 small hand carders, so I don’t really know if I wash it if I can card it out real well.  I put an ad on craigslist for a drum carder, but I doubt that will pan out.  This really was a highlight of our trip.  I was told I can get more in July from them, as that is when they do their annual shearing.

Most of the time the weather was rainy or windy.  Sometimes we saw sun.  The nicest day was yesterday, the day we left….of course.  Every time I leave I get really depressed.  In fact, this trip, I started to get depressed about 3 days before we left.  I really want to live there, not just for the beauty of the place or the outdoor things to do, but for so many reasons.  The reality is that it is so darn expensive to live there and nothing for Tony to do.

I guess I just need to finish school and then we will decide what is best for our family.  Summer school….here I come!  (Yes, I did promise I would never do summer school…but I am…)

Here are some photos from our trip:

Fondue night:

Sleeping Beauties:

We wanted to go on a hike on the Headlands, but it was so cold that this is as far as we got…one picture, and then turned around and got back in the car.

You can’t tell from this picture, but the birds were doing some funny flying things.  They would periodically lift up their feet and then just hover in the air…they weren’t really flying anywhere.  It was funny.  They were just playing in the wind.

We drove to a private Redwood park on accident…long story is we were driving to find a bathroom and one really long windy road to a town that doesn’t existed made us end up in Leggett, home of the drive through tree.   So, we do what any tourist would do and pay the $5 so we could drive through the tree.

On the way back to my parent’s house we saw signs for Elk crossing and wouldn’t you know…saw a huge herd of elk.

Road Sweeping:

Car pics:

Colorful buildings in Willits:

We saw lots of animals, including goats, sheep, turkeys, raccoons, frogs,  alpacas, llamas, cows, horses, elk, deer, etc.

Lots of windy roads…thank goodness for children’s Dramamine.   Unfortunately we have to give them drugs or they throw up all over the car.

We had a really nice time…wish we were still there:

On the way home I stopped at Dharma Trading Company.   I told Tony I had no idea they sold yarn there.  I thought it was only dyeing supplies and blanks.  I thought maybe it would be “blank yarn,” you know, to dye.  However, the store has all yarn, from Noro to you name it.  They also have a large selection of knitting magazines and other knitting and weaving supplies.  I bought some silk roving and some acid dyes.

I did drop into my favorite yarn store in Mendo and I bought some Bearfoot sock yarn.   In a fall colorway called Goldrush.

Usually when we come back from a vacation we are broke, happy, and relaxed.   Well…we were all of that, but then this morning the kids went on a sneaky spree and got into all sorts of stuff in the house that made Tony get really stressed out.  Good thing he only works today and tomorrow and then gets the weekend off.

Did I mention we need a vacation from our vacation?  I think the next vacation me and Tony are going to drive up to Mendo, drop the girls off with grandma and grandpa and then drive home and rest for the week….Yeah, I like that idea A LOT!  I do miss sleeping in my own bed.  🙂

On the crafting front, I have finished several things for my kitchen swap partner.  I am so excited about it…I can’t share what I have done, but I will only give one hint that when I got the idea, I thought….”Elementary, My dear Watson.”

I am almost done with my dad’s sweater.  I am decreasing for the sleeve caps right now and then will do the collar and finishing.  I am also almost done with one sock.  I am getting closer to the toe.


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.


To Washington

May 22, 2006

We are leaving to Washington, although we will probably stay in Portland tonight at Tony's sister's house. Tuesday we will be off to Washington. We plan to stay there until Friday or Saturday and then drive on back and hopefully spend the weekend at home sleeping.

If you live in Washington and want to meet up (Kel?) Send me an email with your details, like phone number.

For those in the loop, my mom is doing good. She is home now and that is wonderful news and is what is making my trip to Washington possible. I wouldn't be going if I thought for one moment that she needed me or wasn't okay.

Well, got to go packing the car before Tony crabs at me and we argue…not a cool way to start off a vacation. (ps…he slept and I didn't…wah!) (I get to sleep in the car…wah….so more…) (I don't even own sunglasses…) Who thinks the trip North in the car with a 5 year old and 2 year old is going to be pure torture? (raises hand…) Yikes!

Okay, so that is enough complaining I just had to get it out of my system. (For all of you who go to Hawaii for vacations without the kids, I envy you.)