Around Here


After two noisy days at the beginning of the week created by the insulating company, I basked in the silence of Wednesday and Thursday. Even the pets breathed a sigh of relief. Frodo did well and mostly ignored them. Holly hid under our bed for most of the first day but on the second day she put on her big girl pants and ran downstairs to be under the sofa that my husband (her beloved) was sitting. Of course that was the time the workers were propping open the front door for the blown in insulation.  Luckily, she has no desire to ever be outside and we fenced off the area just in case.  All of that strategizing exhausted me.

(for those of you who are new here, we rescued Holly in the winter off the side of the road - she was close to death at 8 weeks old being abandoned by a not nice person).

Around here, there was a heat wave that I skillfully ignored for two whole days. I walked as early as I could and briefly so Frodo and I didn't get too hot. My inflammatory arthritis does not like hot and humid and I'm supposed to avoid the sun (like a vampire...). 

I finished knitting a shawl two days ago. Now to do the magical soaking and blocking.

Around here there's been: 

-sketching and a lot of personal art journaling - big salads - menu planning - knitting - eating the perfect watermelon - watching Stranger Things and being a little bit scared but not too scared - lots of reading on the back patio in shade

Today our daughter and son in law arrive for a long weekend visit, I am excited to see them and be with them. It's going to be a good kind of busy!

What have you been up to this past week?


  1. I'm glad the mess and noise are done, and you can enjoy a much quieter and relaxing weekend. I hope you have a delightful time with your daughter and son-in-law!

  2. Enjoy the kids visiting!! That should be fun. Your shawl knit up fast (seems like to me). I still need to soak and block the Guernsey Wrap...but it is so BIG that I am procrastinating. Love your tea bag tag.

  3. May your tea-bag be correct. Have a great weekend visiting with the kids.

  4. Quite a busy week you had. Glad things have quieted down now. How nice for you to have one of your children coming to visit. It's so nice to be with adult children. Makes the growing upvyears and tears worth it.

  5. Hi Karen. I love the wisdom on your tea bag, and your knitting project. Beautiful yarn! So good that you daughter and son-in-law are coming for a visit. Have a good weekend. Enjoy! See you again soon!

  6. Enjoy your long weekend visit with family. So glad Frodo didn't mind the work going on and Holly survived. I've been having sun allergies this year so I understand your vampire reference. I can't stand the itchy arms and legs. Ugh. I love that shawl. I am looking forward to seeing it blocked.

  7. Oh wow, that yarn has such beautiful colors! Can't wait to see the finished project. Enjoy your weekend!

  8. Your shawl is gorgeous colours, happy blocking. I love the list of things that you have been doing, wonderful. Hope you are all continuing to enjoy the peace and quiet.

  9. The shawl looks pretty. I hope you had a nice visit with your daughter and son-in-law.


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