We are back. It was a great trip. Gracie and Caitlin fell right back into place. It was really sweet to see them together. They are alike in personality—playful and genuine. I enjoyed spending time with Caits mom. The girls kept pretty busy so her mom and I had a lot of time to chat. Caits mom designs websites so I asked her lots of questions about designing web pages. When we lived in Hingham, she had offered to teach me html. I should have learned. Who knew I would become addicted to knit blogging?!
I stopped by my old neighborhood and visited friends. Our old house has been painted an unattractive shade of army green and they took down a lovely Blue Spruce. The new people also changed our side fence, the one where I would chat with Mr. C from 4 feet to 6. The neighbors were much the same and a few of us went out to dinner downtown. It was nice to catch up but a little sad too.
On Saturday morning, I stopped by the Creative Stitch, my old yarn shop. I felt like Norm from Cheers. I miss that shop, the familiarity and the friends. And the owner has some great new yarns! I was very tempted to purchase some Rowan Calmer. But as I had no specific project in mind, I held off. Besides, I don’t get my discount anymore. What I did purchase was some Tahki Cotton Classic for a girl’s cardigan from Debbie Bliss Easy Knits. This will take the place of the Patons Grace raglan I gave up on. It took much resistance not to buy more…And my Peace Fleece still has not arrived from Camilla Valley Farm. I am thinking of renaming the Everyday Cardigan to the Maybe Someday Cardigan.
Gracie and Caitlin handled the parting pretty well. Gracie learned a new craft from Caitlin’s grandma—plastic canvas embroidery. Gracie is mildly obsessed. We went to Michael’s today. She got some plastic canvas and acrylic yarn. I got a skein of Sugar n’ Crème to make a washcloth. Cameron got some coloring books and posters.
It was good to get away. I miss Hingham and my friends. Having family on Long Island—very locally—I haven’t made many friends here. I am not lonely…I don’t even think I understand the feelings. Let’s say I am glad I have my knitting—and my blogging.
Kevin and the boys did pretty well. Yippee! My mom and dad got Owen and Cameron off their buses. Owen spoke his first word ever to my mom. “Open,” he wanted Sour Cream and Onion Ruffles. And he even shared a couple of the chips with grandma. Owen and I had a nice conversation on the phone too. He isn’t a big chatter on the phone but he seemed to be enjoying himself and when I asked his Social Questions, he answered nicely. This was a nice generalization of this skill and very cool. The bad bit was he threw up Saturday night. However, he woke up around midnight and told Kevin, “potty” and proceeded to throw up right in the toilet. Nowhere else! Talk about generalization of bathroom skills…Owen rules! Cameron did great also. He is so fired up to be off from school. Spring vacation this week.