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31 May 2016

Our Memorial Day Weekend Whirl of ...... Gaiety??

Oh, what a weekend!!  And I don't say that in quite the same cheeky way that I would have said it 30 years ago.  Although this Memorial Day weekend had its high points, yesterday was such a trying day.  We made the 90 minute drive to Huber's Orchards in Starlight, Indiana for strawberries.  Memorial Day weekend is the peak of strawberry season in Kentucky, and I've spent many past holidays either picking or buying berries at various farms and stands around the state.  I didn't feel quite up to picking this time, so we made the drive on a hot, sunny day to buy a "flat" of strawberries.  We made our purchase, went back to the car, and prepared to return home the "long" way, so I could get some photos ...... and the car made a terrible sound.  Simply awful.  The man had a look at it (as much of a look as he could have so soon after his eye surgery), and figured out that the problem prevented us from driving home.  So, we sat while younger child made the trip to fetch us.  Although we are back in Kentucky, the car is still in Indiana, in the hands of a garage -- one that the staff at the Orchard assures us is honest and competent.  Even though it was a tiring and problem-plagued trip, we did bring home a flat of strawberries .... I'm glad I'll have a grandlittle on hand later this week, to help me eat them!

Sunday was a fun, glorious, golden, hot and sunny day.  The man and I went for a long drive -- not far away, but certainly covering a lot of back roads!  We saw so many beautiful things along the way.  I took over 400 photos!  (Don't worry, I'm not sharing them all here!)  As we sojourned, we saw animals and blooming plants in abundance, all evidence that the fullness of summer is nearly here.

We stumbled upon Weisenberger Mills quite by accident.  I've long wanted to visit there -- their stone-ground meals and flours are extraordinary, and they've been in business for six generations!  The current mill building was built in 1913.  I had a wonderful time photographing the mill and the weir, and obliged a group of motorcyclists by taking group photos for them with their smartphones.

We continued our meandering to the Jack Jouett House in Woodford County.  Jack Jouett was a prominent player in the Revolutionary War (War of American Independence), and his 1797 home is open for guided tours.  We didn't take the tour, but I did get photographs in the grounds, including the dogtrot between the house and kitchen, and the period-appropriate herb garden.

Now, for news from the farm:
Steve's foot is fully recovered.  We had intended to make him an indoor citizen, but he rebelled.  At first his rebellion took the form of meowing plaintively.  Then he tried to scoot outside past our feet when we opened the door to let the dogs out into the yard.  Then -- believe it or not -- he went on a hunger strike.  Yes, that big yellow tomcat stopped eating his tasty soft food and gave us baleful looks.  So ..... we gave in, and returned him to the outdoors.  We just have to accept that Steve's been outdoors too long to enjoy full-time indoor living.  I'm glad to report that he's back to being fat and sassy, and is once again gobbling up his kibble and biting our fingers for pets.

I'm still trying to catch birds on camera, and I finally succeeded in getting a good photo of Mrs. Cardinal! She landed on the old maple stump to preen her feathers.  I also saw Mrs. Turkey Vulture perched on the neighbor's roof.  The man and I call them "buzzards", and they are carrion eaters; but they are not buzzards, according to our county Extension Agent.  And the mystery of who's been eating Steve's dry food when he's out catting about is solved ....... yep, Mr. Nuthatch is a shoplifter.

The rosebush is in full, and I do mean full, bloom; and the Stella D'Oro daylilies at the edge of the porch have big, fat buds that promise golden flowers in the days to come.

News of things string-y:  
When last we chatted of stringy things, I was working on a baby cardigan from Sirdar pattern 1997, in Sirdar yarns Snuggly DK (White) and Snuggly Baby Crofter (Florrie).  I finished it, and from the outside, it turned out very well ....

...but I wasn't very happy with the inside, specifically, the side seams:

So, I sewed the buttons on and put it away for a few days.  When I took it out of the basket today to photograph it, I found that it really isn't as bad as I thought when it was first finished.  I am out of practice sewing knitted fabric together; but I'm also my own worst critic, and I may have judged myself too harshly.  These seams aren't perfect, but they're also not horrid.  In the meantime, I began work on a wonderful pattern by Tracy Darby called the Kelly Sweater (found it on Ravelry, £1.50 or $2.25).  It's a top-down, raglan sleeved, seamless cardigan.  I'm working it in Sirdar's Snuggly DK in Popsicle Purple. I'm very pleased with how it's going so far!

I'm getting ready to pick up the stitches that are currently on the waste yarn, to begin working the sleeves.  It's a very simple pattern, and a good place to start for those new to sweater knitting -- or for those who hate seams!

Before I go, I wanted to share just a few more photos with you.  These were taken on Sunday, as we drove home.  In fact, I took them from the window of our moving car (with a really fast shutter speed!), so you could see how beautiful it is in my part of the world.  Summer is a-comin' in!

 That's about it for now!  Hopefully we'll have the car back soon ... in the meantime, feel free to share this post with those who like all things string-y and summer in the country!  You can also follow me on Facebook using the link above.  Got a question or comment?  Leave them in the space below.  If I get the Kelly Cardigan finished, I may be posting again later this week with finished photos.  See you again soon!

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