We’ve had a stretch of not so great weather, but yesterday turned out to be a lot nicer than I thought it would be. A spur of the moment decision lead to a picnic on the town green with the Lorax. We have eaten outside before, but I made a big deal out of this – making sure to call it a picnic, telling her about the blanket we would sit on, packing her usual lunch fare. And you know what? It was great. She sat on the blanket, rolled around on the blanket, walked a bit away from me but not too far. We really need to do this more often. And sure, we can have a picnic in the backyard or in the family room if it’s rainy, but there was something special about this first one.

I hope the simplicity continues – the weekend is supposed to be nice as well – we’ve got plans for a bathroom painting job and some mulch spreading and garden prep!

Bits of Stuff (there’s knitting this time!)

The weather has turned nice, and then WAY too hot, and now it’s back to nice again. I introduced Lorelai to the sprinkler to give her a good soaking (maybe not the best mom move ever – she’s been a bit under the weather this week, running warm, but not feverish – sure, let’s get wet and run around outside in the heat… whatever. She loved it.)
Sprinkler fun

Here’s the garden, with Lorelai for scale:
We’ve got two raised beds and they have worked out quite well each year. After we took this photo she helped me pick cherry tomatoes – she was quite good at it. I was convinced she would squish them!

Chalk is a new favorite toy this summer.

We move our art around as needed.

Jackson keeps an eye on us at all times.

Malabrigo Test Knit
The Malabrigo Dress is all knit and seamed! I’m deciding on buttons – hopefully tonight at SnB a decision will be made!

It fits!
This is the current state of my sweater for the sweaterKAL I’m doing with some of the SnB gals. I was quite nervous I wouldn’t get it over my head, but now that fear is put to rest. Thank goodness – I have a back-up plan (Snow White) ready to start at any time, but I don’t feel like swatching 🙂

That’s the current state of this nutshell. I’m thisclose to starting the Bat Shawl – Dan’s cousin is getting married this fall. Halloween to be exact! I’m going to wear the purple dress from my brother’s wedding and I would like to have a shawl. Dan has approved – I may go hunt for yarn tonight!