I can't believe it's been a week since we spent an evening at the ballpark!
It's a terrible photo, but I love the goofy expressions! We had a good time... and funnel cake.
The weekend was all about family! I spent most of Saturday with Gin -- one of the happiest people on the planet!
I did manage a little time in the garden on both Saturday & Sunday mornings -- my long-neglected weed-infested overgrown garden! It looks a lot better now.
And I began to harvest potatoes!
Maddy already roasted a few of the reds the other day, so I had a taste (yum), the rest are curing. I will definitely grow potatoes again, but will likely try a different method/location.
My brother came on Sunday to help celebrate Addie's 10th (!!!!!!!!!!) birthday and assist in the send-off as Ann & family make their way back to Spain.
The kids threw/burst/plopped at least 300 water balloons, and then it poured rain, so we're all a bit damp.
We tried wrangling the kids again...
And did the best we could -- with some acceptably cute photos!!
My re-working of the shawl worked great and, in fact, the last stitch was cast off (bound off?) last night! I'll weave in ends today and soak & block it on the weekend, then it's off to NZ -- I think it's still cool enough there that it might yet be of use this year!
The garage door opener died the day before Rusty returned... it's been sluggish & weird, but then began making a horrific noise.
So, Welcome Home Rusty!! ;) And thanks for so quickly installing a new and so much quieter opener!
I took a few moments on Tuesday morning to fell a couple of seams on my Factory Dress/Tunic. Sewing & felling side seams is next, and then binding neck & armholes.
I haven't tried yet, but my new "computer glasses" might also be great "sewing glasses." I had a follow-up appointment at the eye doc last week for some of those fancy eye photos, and all is well... but while there, I asked about options for work/computer. Everything in my work space is at a good height & distance, but I was constantly tilting my head back to get the computer screen in focus -- literally, a pain in the neck. I was ready to go for TRI-focals, if that would help (I remember my grandmother having those when she worked at the bank). Alas, the Rx ratios were adjusted (I can't wear these for distance/driving), and I was able to find some clearance frames (that I love) and take advantage of back-to-school savings of 50% off lenses. I wore them all day yesterday and it's so worth it. I LOVE THEM!!
Love the new specs. I have reached the point where I finding disappointing that getting to good vision is now a chore. But there are so many things that make it worth it.
You made me look up potato 'curing'. I had no idea, and I live in an area where potatoes are grown. I guess I just assumed it was for commercial reasons, but I can see how it might benefit the home gardener if they have enough of them to last a while. Yours are so beautiful I instantly thought of about 3 things I'd like to use those for!
Posted by: Robby H. | 10 August 2017 at 02:38 PM
Those new glasses are perfect for you! Love them. And what a great catch-up post. I just adore the kid-wrangling shots. Because so Real Life. I think potatoes taste better when they have a bit of dirt on them. (I grew potatoes one year -- and never really wanted to bother with them again. But they were mighty tasty!) XO
Posted by: Kym | 10 August 2017 at 03:02 PM
So much good stuff ... even dirt :-) Love the photos of trying to get the photos with the kiddos. and yay for your new glasses - they look great and even better that they can "see"!
Posted by: Mary | 10 August 2017 at 07:13 PM
Beautiful potatoes, cute kids including darling Gin, Rusty home, great glasses, a gorgeous shawl, and a bit o' stitchin' -- Life Sure Looks Good!
Posted by: Bonny | 10 August 2017 at 08:05 PM
Those potatoes! Gorgeous! And, more gorgeous (and joyful) are the photos of the kids!! So much good in this post! (and yay for seeing clearly!)
Posted by: AsKatKnits | 11 August 2017 at 09:14 AM
There's a lot of really great things in this post!
Posted by: Carole | 11 August 2017 at 10:05 AM
Your shawl turned out beautifully. Love those pictures of the kids. Such happy, frolicking times. Garden potatoes - LOVE!!! We just had some of our first ones the other night - they were tiny and I just sautéed them with garlic (from my boss' garden) and onions - SO good!! Now I have another bowl of them on the counter. Your new glasses look fab on you. Fun post of all catching up stuff.
Posted by: Vera | 11 August 2017 at 11:14 AM
Good way to make Rusty feel right at home (and needed)! The potatoes look fabulous. We will start harvesting ours next week. Tomato season is just starting and I've made a couple of small batches of "Vicki's"....SO GOOD! Love the photos of the kid wrangling. They look like they have a great time together! Hope the glasses work out perfectly for you. It's often hard to find the right pair of glasses for all.the.things!
Posted by: margene | 12 August 2017 at 08:54 AM