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Family Visit and Crochet Updates

A week ago today I had a lunch date with my Aunt Violet, who lives about an hour and a half from me. I drove over mid-morning, picked her up shortly before noon, and we went to Olive Garden for lunch and then to Michael’s for some yarn shopping. We had a really nice time and I wish I had thought months ago about visiting her during the week instead of trying to find time on a weekend.

Here is a picture taken last May on my aunt’s 80th birthday. That is her standing in back and seated in front are her three daughters, (from left to right) Bonnie, Carol, and Judy. My aunt looks wonderful for 80, don’t you think?!

While at Michael’s, I found a new crochet book that looked interesting, Learn to Do Bavarian Crochet (Annie’s Attic: Crochet). I may have to make this baby blanket, Bavarian Lullaby, that is featured in the book:

And, I picked up some yarn for a couple of Christmas projects.

3 skeins of Michaels Loops & threads Impeccable yarn, in Luxury Ombre, of which 1/3 is already becoming a scarf. Please ignore the red, that is not part of the scarf put actually the red of the cherry table showing through the spaces in the scarf!

And 3 skeins of Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn, in Fresh Lilac Ombre, which will soon look very similar to the previous picture! I have two nieces that have spent their whole lives in the south and are now about to be subjected to their first northern winter. I think warm scarves will be welcome Christmas gifts!

As you can see, I have begun new crochet projects before finishing my final WIP (Work in Progress) that I mentioned in my October 2nd post Crochet Shrug.

I did complete almost one row of that afghan before setting it aside. I am beginning to think that I should turn that into a small lapghan instead of a full-sized afghan, finish it off just about where it is now, and then find another pattern that I like better to make for David’s graduation gift. I will need to make a college graduation afghan for him in another year and a half and it would be really nice if he received his high school graduation afghan before that, don’t you think?

Unsettled Times

As you will have noticed, I got a bit behind in posting pictures this past week. I think I am now caught up to today and hopefully I’ll find something later today worthy of a picture! I also realized this morning that it is now May and time for an overview of April, which I will try to get done soon.

The last few days have been heart-wrenching and unsettling ones. For almost 48 hours, beginning late last Wednesday afternoon, I have been glued to the TV and the computer, watching the coverage of the devastation in Alabama. Most of Thursday I spent relaying information via text messages to my son Charles, since they had no power and no other way of getting news. We were very lucky that our immediate friends and family came through okay, but we do know that Bill’s IT manager when he worked in Huntsville lost their house to a tornado. And we also know that many relatives of friends in the area lost homes and businesses. Even this morning, five days later, I see the pictures and updates and I just can’t believe it. Some ask how one could live in an area where a tornado can wipe out everything in a second, but most of the time it is such a beautiful area to live. And I think it is human nature to believe it can never happen to you.

Interactive Maps of Tornado Activity, Deaths By County (Alabama)

Be patient. This loads slow but has quite an impact.

Lawrence County is where we lived and my Dad still lives. Morgan County is where Charles lives. The Tornado Activity tab shows a tornado touchdown in Speake, yet my dad said they had no damage.

In addition to being absorbed by the events in the Southeast, I have been spending much time updating Bill’s resume on the job boards and searching for opportunities for him. This weekend I printed off probably 50 possible jobs in Arizona (Phoenix and here in Sierra Vista) and Bill spent the weekend reading through them and making notes on them. Some we applied to yesterday, others are in a stack on my desk to apply to today, and many more were rejected for various reasons. Since his job ends June 3 and the contract has not been awarded yet (it was supposed to have been awarded the first part of April!) it is getting more difficult to see us staying here for much longer. Time to begin packing a few things, weeding out some stuff, and making plans!

Happy Birthday Rebecca

Today is my daughter-in-law’s birthday. I wish her a very happy birthday and hope the coming year is a healthy and happy one!

This picture was taken December 2004 at one of Charles’s black belt tests (his very first Karate Black Belt Test, I think). Charles is in the front. Rebecca Chappell Gibson, David Gibson and Caleb Chappell are in the back.

Charles's Black Belt Test

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