May is a very busy month


I have not posted much this month just because there has been alot going on.  May opened with Opening Day for Markus’s Little League team, which I posted about last week.  Then I had court appearances Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of last week – combined with receiving my Little Knits order – which shot the beginning the of the week.   Then Thursday Chip and I took a mini-vacation and drove up to Lake Placid for an overnight.  My wonderful son volunteered to watch the three little guys for two days – including getting everyone to Markus’s game on Friday – so we could get away.  I LOVE my son.  He covered Mother’s Day, Chip’s birthday and my birthday with that one!

Now, this trip was not completely a vacation in that I had to attend the annual Law Guardian law update seminar which is held in Lake Placid in May each year at the Crowne Plaza Resort.  Its a nice hotel, in the middle of the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Mountains, and Chip’s birthday is this month so it is just one of those necessary trips that we try to stretch out a little to be together.  We rationalize it by making it a birthday celebration.

This year it was chilly – it actually snowed on our way up the mountain – so I thought we would spend the extra money and upgrade to a room with a fireplace.  Not the best idea.  The fireplace was electric – which meant no fire, just some orange lights and a halogram like flame behind glass. 

It did give off heat, but the blower was so loud it was not worth keeping on.  Bad idea.  Then there was the non-existent Lakeview of Mirror Lake

We got a view of a roof – but the mountains were nice behind the building.  We also got a jacuzzi tub with jets that did not work.  Sigh.  At least we were sharing a room without four dog crates and six dogs, so on the whole it was still fine.

Here are some pictures of the view of the Lake from outside of the hotel – just to show you how pretty it all was.

Yes, it was grey and chilly and rainy all day, but watching the clouds grazing the mountaintops was just wonderful.  I love the beauty of nature.

We went out to dinner at the Brown Dog Restaurant which has just wonderful food – and we were given a table by the window where we were able to enjoy our lakeview along with a wonderful meal.   Chip had filet mignon and I had organic scottish salmon (oh yeah!)along with herbed mashed potatos and asparagus and carrots.  We each had a glass of wine, relaxed and felt like adults.  Then we started talking about how much the boys would like the food and the view and the village and laughed at our inability to stop being parents – even on vacation. 

Then we went back to the hotel and we curled up on the bed, turned on the television (which seemed like a luxury since we don’t have a television in our bedroom at home) and I worked on Chip’s Java sock.  Yeah, I can be about as romantic as a turnip at times.  Luckily we are such a crafty family that bringing along craft work doesn’t bother either one of us.  I took advantage of having Chip there to make sure that the sock was going to fit.  Alot of folks who have made this pattern have complained that the final product came out too big or too small – but Tada!!!

It looks like its going to fit him just fine.  In fact, he said that it felt really good.  He is pretty excited that he is going to get the first pair of socks.  I will be pretty excited just to get one done.  I just started the toe decreases tonight.  Maybe this week.

The next day Chip was on his own while I was at the seminar.  He went into Keene and climbed Cascade Mountain.  Here are some pics that he took from that hike.  As you can see, on ground level, the land was clear but as he went further up, he found himself hiking through snow, ice and 50 mph winds. 

Cute, isn’t he?

I had a great time at my seminar just because I got to connect with some North Country attorneys – Cheryl and Meredith – that I talk to all the time on the phone but had never met.  We had a great lunch together and it just made my day.  That plus I was able to knit the second Lettuce Knit armwarmer up to the point that I start my thumb gusset during the seminar.  I could have done alot more but I did not bring my place markers with me and I needed to concentrate more on what the speakers were teaching than where I was in the stitch count.  So I pulled out the sock and kept knitting.  I actually know the pattern to the point that I don’t have to concentrate on it while knitting.  I guess that is progress in my path to become a sock knitter.

Then today was Mother’s Day.  Jesse’s special friends from church – Jerry and Sharon – invited us to their house for a Mother’s Day brunch and it was wonderful.  They raise chickens so the eggs were right out of their hen house.  Add fried potatoes and onions and red peppers and sausage and a fresh fruit salad and hot coffee and english muffins and we could have just moved in with them right then and there!  I don’t think there were any leftovers.  Plus Sharon had toys there for her grandson that my boys found wonderfully fun and then, of course, were the chickens and the barn cats and Jerry’s printing press and it was just a wonderful day.  I sat in the kitchen with Sharon for alot of it, talking church and ritual and tarot and archetypes and spiritualism and kids and family and art and . . . . . I could have talked with her all day.  How wonderful to find such a wonderful person who is so intelligent and caring and could be such a great friend.  I think she was my best Mother’s Day gift.  Thank you Jesse.

So now I will go back to trying to reach my own Mom.  Seems that the cell service at my house wants to be – fluid.  Sometimes it works and then the wind blows and it blows away with it.  Sigh.  Luckily Mom has enough of us that I know she will hear from lots of kids today. 

Then I will start getting ready for tomorrow’s court appearance.  Busy month.

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About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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2 Responses to May is a very busy month

  1. danielle says:

    Great pictures Chip! And I am loving that sock! Go Shelly, go! I’m so glad you two had some nice time together alone, you deserve it. And Happy Mother’s Day! Glad you had fun today as well.

    • Only you would know how much making this sock affects my life. It is becoming absolutely necessary to finish this sock. So here I sit – with the Java Sock instructions up on the other window of my computer – working on knitting that last toe section of the sock. Got – to – get – it – done!!

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