It was time for Grandma (AKA Froo Froo Ruthie) to go home.
My car was packed and I’d left Mark and Erika’s house to head to James and Laura’s house. About a twenty minute drive. Had to drop off the cast iron griddle gift left by the couch.
Drive back to Pittsburgh.
The one thing I didn’t really do on Christmas day was take any photos. It’s hard to be a participant AND a photographer simultaneously.
It can interfere with your living in the moment and enjoying those you are surrounded by. A camera can be a barrier, a distraction, an annoyance to others- sometimes I’m unobtrusive and candid and they ignore me…..but I said to James and Laura I was leaving and the one thing I didn’t get was a family photo of them at Christmas. And I’d really like to get one of their family I’d gotten Mark and his family on Christmas eve in the usual spot after church.
Okay, get Penny a milkbone biscuit. And Charles got an animal cracker/cookie.
Bribery. This group family photo will just take a sec, a little tasty bribe….. OOPS
Penny’s nose was right at the level of Charlie’s animal cracker.GULP. One big bite for Penny. And in the second photo you can see how Charlie felt about losing his snack.
We’ll get that family photo another visit. Thanks for letting me try.
Saturday morning I photographed the pancakes and put the iPhone on the table. Maura said, “what’s that camera noise?” Henry nuzzled the open camera app and captured the red tablecloth. Maybe a smudge of butter on it that drew him to the circle at the bottom of the screen.
Shades of Rothko? Definitely abstract.
And here he is taking up most of the bed while I’m visiting for the weekend.
Alaskan sock yarn was the quest. And this was the place to find it.
I ‘d researched on the computer from Pittsburgh, prior to our trip.
Knitty Stash is the home of Alaskan Yarn Company , right in Homer, Alaska where we were headed.
Gorgeous hand painted sock yarn with special Alaskan colorway names that invite you to knit your Alaskan experience, right into a pair of socks ( or shawl, cowl, etc) “Our Alaskan color way: Kachemak Bay, Lupine, Arctic Autumn, Northern Lights and Fireweed and Denail Autumn and High Bush Cranberry” You can click here to see what they look like knitted up
Yarn store number three on the great Northwest adventure.
You meet the nicest people. My friend Lisa and I went back on Tuesday night and watched the three women use spinning wheels, turning fiber into yarn.
Meet shop owner Jules and her sweet dog Ruby.
Jules made the knitting artwork out of duct tape with the help of a friend! Weatherproof..
You can see some of the colorways on the wall in this shot. I focused on Jules so the background a bit soft focus.
My quest was satisfied and I mailed some skeins the next day. It was here, waiting for me when I got home. I’ve wound one colorway already. Will keep you posted.
Here are the colors close up, borrowed from Knitty Stash site so you can see how lush they are.
I did not take the yarn photo below, but I wish I had bought all the colors and taken it! Thanks Jules.p.s. If you missed my 4/27/16 post on The Satisfaction of Sock Knitting you can read it here
or should I say- *Photographing Kite Boarding (or Kite Surfing) in Alaska.
Sure looks exciting.
I learned the difference between a WET suit and a DRY suit.
Kite boarders were in both types, the dry suit worn over clothes and keeping you warm and dry.
The beach is in Homer, Alaska on the Spit. (A geographical landform)
Photographing these adventurous sports was enough for me. I was in a sweatshirt jacket and hat and did not get wet. The wind was strong that day as you can see by the waves. I knew I should have lugged my 7-200 lens on vacation. These are taken with a 24-70mm.
Meet Laura Hayner. And Shadow. What a sweet doggie. She follows Laura everywhere.
She is spinning fleece of some local sheep.
Here’s a skein of some of her handspun yarn from a spinning workshop. It was a grab bag of different fibers and has a really cool and varied look to it.
Spoiler Alert for Christmas Gifts- Made in the U.S.A.- World’s Warmest Socks for Winter. I’m sure she’d be happy to send you some. They are thick and cushy. Perfect in a big boot or to wear around a drafty house.
Thanks Laura for welcoming us to your lovely shop. Love the name of your store.
Thanks for showing us your logo. My sister likes the buttons she bought, too.
I enjoyed seeing your spinning and will enjoy knitting all the yarn I bought and shipped to myself. It’s great you get your fiber from local ranches and farms- 4R Ranch in Tonasket and Good Farms in Okanogan for two.
Everyone loves Michael.
Happy 11th birthday, August 21st.
(Top left-at your baptism by your namesake Fr. Michael Joseph Zeps, S.J. Then your Godfather Joe, Dad, FF Marlene, Uncle Joey again, Aunt Lala-August bday club and your Mom holding you on the bottom)
He is one loveable young man. (Last year I might have said boy)
Concentrating on his yo-yo skills in Pittsburgh. Summer 2016
Language camp last week -photo by parents
Teasing old Grandma, making me think your head was stuck!
Michael if you want to see how quickly you are growing up, here are some blog posts documenting your growth!
Seems as if you just turned 10- tenth birthday post
A Florida Rainbow appeared when you were born. 9 years old
*Seems you were 8 not so long ago 8th birthday post
* Here’s your 7th birthday
Laura made you an Alvin and the Chipmunks cake when you were Five – Chipmunks Cake
Don’t know what happened to six but you were my first photo on the blog with Murphy the Airedale.
And here you are with Henry the Airedale
Love you lots
Happy 11th Birthday to you Michael Joseph
P.S. I need a photo of me with you, please. Birthday mail on the way.
St.George Island, Florida.
The enormous sea turtles crawl out of the water at night and make their way over the sand to dig a hole and lay their eggs. Keep your porch lights off so the baby turtles aren’t attracted to the lights and travel in the wrong direction. If you see an actual sea turtle, you shouldn’t get closer than fifty feet. Their nests are called a clutch.
You can see the tracks- their shell making the flat middle and the side tracks from their flippers. Sea Turtles
“St. George Island is one of three barrier islands near the mouth of the Apalachicola River. It often hosts the largest nesting population of Loggerhead Turtles in the northern Gulf of Mexico.”
Dogs and humans walk along the water’s edge.
He was abandoned last week. Now he’s sitting up in a doggie stroller with a squeaky toy and LOTS of attention from his new owners. One lucky dog!
He was watching the Etna Memorial Day Parade on Monday. I included some parade highlights so you can see what George saw.
And here is George with his favorite squeaky toy. He is very happy dog.
Nothing like a marching band to get the parade going! Anchors Aweigh they played.
Some of the Veterans
Firefighters from surrounding communities
I am created a Flickr album of the Etna Memorial Parade if you want to see if you are in one of the images. https://www.flickr.com/gp/ruth_e/6z3yA8