Sunday, June 25, 2017

Year of Projects end of year...

This is the second Year of Projects I've completed and once again I'm just amazed at how fast a YOP year goes by.   Here at the end of June, it's fun to take stock and see what all was completed.

While the following isn't everything I've worked on and completed, it's a good representation.

 Some Goody Bags and a Tunisian stitch pillow 

Small doilies

A beginning to my Potholders for Posterity collection

Practical and just-for-fun projects



and more scarves

And of course, blankets
  colorful blankets...

Small projects

And projects with many parts (yet to be completed):

Knitting was something I tried my hand at this year and and while I didn't venture too far from making dishcloths, I did find that knitting dishcloths really did improve my stitch consistency and tension.  Maybe during the next YOP year I'll challenge myself to move beyond the humble dishcloth with my knitting needles.

My YOP list for 2016-2017 can be found here.  

The Year of Projects project runs from the first Sunday in July through the last Sunday of June of the following year.  Next Sunday most of us will be posting our new lists.   Everyone's lists are different - some people create lists with specific projects and some of us prefer a more casual, open-ended sort of list.  We always love to see new bloggers join us so consider yourself invited to join in on the fun and camaraderie  of this weekly challenge!  There's no pressure to post each week, but each Sunday a new thread is opened in our group on Ravelry where members can post their Year of Projects post.   Come drop in and see what it's all about!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Wibbly Wobbly Fair Isleish...

I started crocheting the Fair Isleish Cardigan this week.  On one hand I love how simple the pattern is.  On the other hand, I'm baffled at how each row starts with a loose single crochet and then a double crochet stitch.  For me this resulted in edges that are all wibbly wobbly:

Wishing now I had followed my instincts and started each row with a standing double crochet, but there wasn't a single complaint or caution in all the projects listed on Ravelry by people who had made this pattern, so I decided to just trust the pattern and do as the designer said.  I'm seriously wondering if the problem is me or the pattern.

Hopefully I can get all the crookedness blocked out before crocheting the bands on both sides of the center opening and all will be okay in the end.

We'll see.  I hope to finish this little sweater by next week for my final round-up of this YOP year's projects.    Next week is the wrap-up week and then on July 2nd we will all post our goals for the next YOP year.

On that note, let me issue another invitation to all you creative folks who also enjoying blogging.  We'd love for you to consider joining us in the Year of Projects group on Ravelry.  Come check us out and see what it's all about.

And let me leave you with a picture of me as a passenger today in a new Jaguar driven by my brother-in-law -- car salesman extraordinaire of very expensive cars.    He brought a Jag off the lot to our Father's Day celebration to give his dad a ride and some of the rest of us got in on the fun, too.

Happy Father's Day!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

How hard can I make this?

Not much crocheting happened this week, but I did (and re-did) enough of a border on my Corner to Corner blanket to decide I didn't care for how the border was going, and decided I needed to put the whole thing aside until I find the inspiration to finish it in a way that I'm going to be happy with.

With that large project put in time-out just before the weekend I didn't think I had anything to show yarn-wise, but then I remembered that I never did show a square I crocheted - back in April, I think.  It's only square #5 for my BAM (Block-A-Month) Blanket:

I remember after I made this block I felt a bit unsettled about it going with the other blocks I had made. This block made me think that I should probably be more intentional (maybe careful?) about just how varied in color I make all the blocks that will go in this blanket.

After finishing the above square it hit me that it would probably be a good idea for every block to have at least one color in common, and it probably should be a bold (or obvious) color.

Looking at what I've completed so far, I'm thinking maybe the gold color would be a good color to put in each square to create cohesiveness.  Unfortunately, that would make this newest square
not fit in.  I don't know...  What do you think?:

I think I'm at a crossroads where I need to make a decision about what will make these squares cohesive, and stick with it.  I hesitate to make another square that doesn't have gold because, well... I may end up with another one I'm not sure of.  On the other hand, making some more without gold, and maybe with completely different combinations of colors, will be the only way I can tell if I can successfully use squares that don't have any one color in common.

I'm open to suggestions.  The only thing I'm pretty decided about is that I plan to use the dark blue yarn to border and/or join all the squares, and then to border the blanket itself.   My original thought was as long as I use the blue or another equally dark color in a square, that dark color could be the anchor, bringing a cohesiveness to all the squares.  Looking at the squares above, though, the thing that stands out to me as being most cohesive is the gold color.

I think I know the answer - at least the answer I'm most comfortable with, but I'm always curious how others see things.  Feel free to comment below with your ideas, thoughts, suggestions.

Does a different layout produce a different sense about how they go together?

I had no idea when I started on this project how complicated I could make it.   I shouldn't be surprised.  I am the queen of overthinking things and making the simple complicated.

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Welcome, June...

It's been a beautiful transition into June here in Indiana. All my crocheting this week was spent on two long-term projects, but only one is worth taking a picture of.  While I'm being terribly slow at making progress, when I do find time to work on my Lost in Time Shawl, I love it.  Very much.

Here is what it looks like today:

After I do one more repeat of the popcorn and ruffle rows I'm going to take stock and see if blocking it will make the ends long enough to wrap this around my neck kerchief-style.  I envision wearing this as a scarf with a winter coat so I don't need it as large as a shawl.  The problem is it's a pretty perfect triangle and the side "wings" really need to be longer than the center point if it's going to drape around my neck.    I'm also now seeing the point of the tassels in the original design go beyond aesthetics.   While they are pretty and add a trendy flair, I really I thought I'd forgo tassels (as they seemed a bit fussy for my tastes).  But I can see that tassels on the outer corners will help give a bit more length to that edge as well.  So maybe I'll go trendy with this after all.

I know I've said this before, but I highly recommend the pattern.  Simple and well written (even if a tad awkward translated into English, it's very easy to understand what the designer is saying).  And the yarn I'm using is so nice. It's dk-weight Stylecraft Batik (an 80% acrylic, 20% wool blend).  It's very soft to work with, and should be easy-enough to take care of.  I have found the place most likely for me to find this at a good price is Deramores.   I just bought some more skeins, in fact, because it was 30% off for a few weeks last month.  I bought more without a plan for its use, but after working with it, I can see it would be nice for scarves, shawls, sweaters, baby hats, baby blankets...  all sorts of things.  I look forward to using it again.

The only other thing that saw hook-time was a large corner-to-corner blanket I've been working on since the first of April.   I had to purchase yet another "last-skein" of yarn this past week to finish this and now I'm finally starting the border.  I'd love to get this finished this week and at that point it will be worth taking a picture of.  Hopefully.  At the moment, it's just a big beige rectangle.   A picture of it today would look identical to the picture I took months ago, except that it's larger.  If this is ever going to be interesting enough to take a picture of it again, it will be the border that will make it so. We'll see soon, I hope.

This year's Year of Projects ends later this month, with Sunday, June 25th being our final wrap-up post for the year.  While some YOPPERS follow a different time table, our group officially begins each new YOP year the first week in July and we run through the last week in June of the following year.    If crafting and blogging sounds appealing to you, please consider yourself invited to join us.  Everyone comes up with their own list of goals, dreams, inspirations for crafting (typically knitting and crocheting, but some other crafts find their way into our posts), and then blog throughout the year about what we are making.  We're a small group of bloggers who find inspiration in blogging and seeing what other YOPers are up to.  We are somewhat diverse (in lifestyles, and in crafts) and it's the most encouraging bunch of folks I think I've met online.   Check out our group on Ravelry and consider joining us if the idea appeals.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Angel Wings Pinafore

Short and sweet would describe both my project and my post this week.  :)

Last week the Angel Wings Pinafore was a CAL (Crochet-A-Long) project in the Our Happy CAL Place.  I finished mine today - just in time for my weekly YOP post.

While the pattern was easy and it worked up super quick for a sweet pinafore, I have to be honest that I'm not real crazy about the yarn I chose.  It's an acrylic, and while I like using easy care acrylic for baby blankets and the one baby sweater I've made, I think something like this begs for a yarn that has...  I don't know... more substance? Cotton seems, to me, to be the obvious choice, but it would have to be an airy cotton so it wouldn't get too heavy.  Probably a cotton and synthetic blend would be best.  

I have some choices of cotton-blend yarn in my stash and I look forward to making this again - most likely in a larger size.  I think this would look adorable as young girl's pinafore top worn over a long sleeve t-shirt and a pair of jeans.  Or even just a summer top by itself over a pair of jeans or shorts.

The yarn I used is Lion Brand's Jamie (DK weight, or size 3).  It's an awfully splitty yarn and I personally don't care for it now that I've actually used it.  Since I have a bit left, I think it will work well enough in a blanket (mixed with other yarns), but this Jamie yarn did not score any points with me.  And I would not purchase it again.  Fortunately, I only bought 3 small skeins of it on clearance once upon a time.

This was probably a good project to give the yarn a go with, though.  I consider that I've made a quick and cute prototype, and now that I know how one of these pinafores is made I can adapt it to a larger size fairly easily I think.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Twiddle Muff

This week I was going to try to finish one of the two longer projects I've had on the hook for a over a month now.  But then someone posted an interesting project on the Our Happy CAL Place on Ravelry.  And like a child who's attracted to everything new and shiny, I couldn't resist jumping in.

We were introduced to the concept of a Twiddle Muff (also called a Fidget Mitt or Sensory Sleeve - though this name can refer to another item as well).   If you're not familiar with the concept, you can Google or search Pinterest with any of those terms (and others) and see variations on the theme of an item that has attached to it all sorts of "twiddly" things.   Dementia patients and autistic children or adults may find these items a great relief to play with or focus their attention on.

If this is a new concept to you, you might find some of these links interesting:

Video showing a commercially made twiddle muff
Video showing how to make a crocheted twiddle muff
Knit a mitt for patients with dementia
Could you knit a twiddle mitt?
Twiddle Mitt Knitting Pattern

There are some basic patterns (both knit and crochet) out there for making these twiddle muffs, but basically, you just knit or crochet a tube (approximately 11 inches long and 8 inches wide) and attach stuff to it.  Suitable stuff to attach is really anything that's safe for handling and is machine washable.  To add body to a muff and to hide the messy stitches that happen on the inside when you attach twiddly stuff to the outside, a liner is recommended.

Without a particular pattern, but understanding the concept, I came up with the following for the outside fabric of my first Twiddle Muff:

First I made a chain that I thought looked about the right size, joined the chain and began crocheting in the round.  I confess, I didn't apply a lot of forethought before beginning this sleeve.  I think I used an I (or J) hook and after chaining 45, I just kept crocheting in the round.   At some point I consulted a book of stitch patterns and chose some stitches that I thought would provide interesting variation of texture over the length of the muff.  Most of the irregularities caused by different stitch patterns were blocked out when I was finished crocheting the outer sleeve.

The first (bottom) section has some front post stitches, then the greenish section has four rows of "shells" (which I like for its own twiddle-factor, as a person can stick their fingers in the holes and explore what that section feels like).  I followed that with a stitch pattern that approximates a basket stitch, followed by a simple linen stitch and I finished up with some ruffles made by chaining and front-post-single-crocheting around a series of double crochets.

I think my favorite part is this "ruffly" bit. 

When I had this outer sleeve finished I set to work crocheting a lining for my mitt -- by starting with a chain (joined together) and then crocheting half double crochets in the round until I it matched the outer sleeve in length:

This liner is about 1/4 inch smaller around than the outer sleeve.

I may add a pocket or two to the inner lining and then when I'm finished adding "twiddly" things to the outer sleeve, I'll finish by crocheting the lining to the sleeve.

Figuring out the twiddly stuff is both fun and time consuming.  And I can see that it will be hard to know when to quit.  But knowing when to quit, it seems to me, is just as important as starting one of these in the first place.  Hopefully, I'll know when I'm done - otherwise, I can imagine that too much twidde-ability might lead to sensory overload for someone.

So far, the outer sleeve has gotten some flower treatment

And a short ribbon of twiddly beads 

I have some more ideas for twiddly add-ons, but I've run out of time this week.  Hopefully, next week, I'll have a finished Twiddle Muff and will be moving on to my other languishing projects.  :)

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Round Jacob's Ladder

I had a finish this week!  After much dragging of feet, and mostly ignoring this project over the last month and a half, I actually managed to finish crocheting the Round Jacob's Ladder Baby Blanket:

I don't know why I was so pokey finishing this blanket up because it's truly not hard (once you work the kinks out of the pattern, that is).   I'm pretty sure I'll be hooking up more of these in the future.

And yesterday was middle son's college graduation.  It was a beautiful day in all respects.  It feels so good to see your children succeeding and marking the milestones of their lives, but times like these also make me nostalgic for the days when they were little boys.  Why oh why does the time seem to fly now that those days are passed?

Feeling very pleased and proud of this young man

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

How I feel about felting...

Don't you love it when you try something you've been putting off - maybe it seemed difficult, or you didn't think you had the proper tools for it - and it turns out, once you give it a try, it's really easy and you didn't need anything special to do it after all?

Such was my experience last week.  

I needed a quick and easy project for a CAL I'm hosting this week on Ravelry and I came across a pattern for making felted coasters and a felted container to hold the coasters in.  The instructions looked too easy not to try - even though I didn't really think it could be as easy as the designer made it look.  I figured even it was a bust, it was worth a couple of hours of my time to finally try this felting thing.

Well, lo and behold, felting a crocheted (or knitted) coaster and bowl is extremely easy!   You need to use 100% non-superwash wool and you'll need a few items everyone has at home, and you're good to go.  My coasters are still "in process", but my bowl is finished:

 I'll be the first to say it's not the prettiest thing, but I'm still very excited to have a success. 

If you check out the pattern link and think you'd like to crochet a set of coasters and a container to put in them, I have some thoughts to share:

First of all, I had to make my coasters and the base of the bowl larger than the designer said to (maybe because I crocheted too tightly?)   Shrug.  For the coasters I crocheted 10 rounds to get a 5-inch coaster (pre-felting).  After felting (and drying) my first coaster measures 4 1/5 inches across - which is a perfect size.   I made the base of my bowl two rounds larger than my pre-felted coasters, but that ended up being a bit too small to hold my coasters.

So, I think this is important to mention...  If you want to make a container to fit coasters into, I suggest making coasters first (felted and dried) and then make the container's bottom at least an inch and a half larger than the felted coaster, then crochet the sides.  Once felted, this should give you enough space inside the container to fit the coasters.  That said, it's all still a bit of a guessing game.

If you're curious about my experience and things I did differently from the designer of this pattern, I've written a detailed explanation of how I felted the bowl above on the CAL page on Ravelry.  

Here's the thing... felting is an inexact science (or maybe it's more of an art - but regardless, it's inexact).  Everything shrinks during felting and I'm thinking it's pretty near impossible to accurately determine how much shrinkage you'll have.  After I have some more experience under my belt, I may feel like what I have to share about this business is worth writing about in more detail, but for now I'm embracing the uncertainty and enjoying turning something like this:

into this:
Just because I can.  

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Sunday, April 30, 2017


Have you ever been going along, minding your own business,  happily making things you enjoy making, or doing things you enjoy doing, and suddenly someone expresses the thought that spending the time and money to say, hand knit or crochet that thing is just lost on them - because, after all, you can buy it so much cheaper than you can make it, or they would consider the activity a waste of their time?

I'm pretty sure my sock-knitting friends here have had that happen to them from time to time. Artistic folks and craftspersons who love experimenting with different tools and techniques surely have seen their fair share of raised eyebrows when some practical soul has trouble comprehending spending their time on pursuits that lead nowhere "useful".

Anyone reading this iron their sheets? I can imagine the jaw-droppings you've witnessed if you've ever publicly admitted to ironing anything - let alone bed linens. I iron certain items of clothing (a topic which receives a fair amount of tongue wagging when the subject comes up in my circles), but I confess, before watching this video, I would have dropped my jaw over the idea of ironing sheets:

Now that I've watched it, though, I'll admit I wonder how much nicer ironed sheets feel than my never-ironed sheets do. This gal ironed and folded that sheet in less than four minutes! Trading four minutes of a small bit of (not even hard) labor for 6-8 hours of yummy sleep on smooth sheets seems a reasonable trade-off. Am I going to give it a try? Probably not. But I'm curious, nonetheless. ;^)

Now seems as good a time as any to tell you that when I have the time and the weather permits, I line-dry our bed sheets. I didn't always. For years I was just too, I don't know... busy? modern? practical? I tend to consider myself all of these, but one day I bought a retracting clothesline to attach to our shed and strung the line between the shed and a post on our back patio and I decided to dry all sorts of things I had previously just tossed into the clothes dryer, bed linens among them. Just to see if I would enjoy doing it.  At the time I think I was also curious how many energy pennies I might save in the process. I quickly found the trade-off of a few extra hours of drying time for the pleasurable experience of slipping in between crisp sheets that smell faintly of the outdoors completely worthwhile. I couldn't care less if I'm saving any money. I dare say I might do it if it cost me money.

Years ago, I remember a discussion on an online forum where one of the members of the community told about how she enjoyed artistically decorating packaging for items she mailed out. She knew the artwork would likely get damaged and ruined with the rough handling it received by our US postal service. She knew that the recipient would probably throw the packaging away when they opened it. She even suffered the comments of many who felt compelled to tell her what a waste of time this was. I remember how I both disbelieved that someone would take the time to create artwork on something that would be abused and shortly after being received would probably be thrown away, and at the same time imagined the delight at receiving something from her. While creating has always been a part of who I am, I remember thinking "I'm too practical to indulge in something like this". And I felt poorer for thinking it.  The more I thought about it, I realized I felt something akin to admiration for this person that she did this - that she found an expression for the creativity inside her while bringing others, I would imagine, a very curious delight.

Are your wheels turning? Have you begun to think of some things you do that others wouldn't dream of (or perhaps have just never thought of) doing? Things, that while they may appear on the surface to be unnecessary work, they add some true, if small, pleasure to your life. Pleasure that's hard to quantify and is impossible to measure against such practical units of measure like money or time.

The immeasurable pleasurable thing I'm contemplating today is the humble hand-knitted or crocheted dishcloth. Until I had made my first one, I truly didn't recognize how good it felt to use something I had made for such an everyday, even mundane, task. Add to that, the squishy softness of some cottons and all the fun colors, and dish washing was elevated to something almost enjoyable for me.

Actually, maybe I'm just weird, but I often actually do enjoy the meditative quiet of washing dishes in warm soapy water, looking out my kitchen window at God's beautiful creation, sometimes seeing children playing in the yards behind ours, or watching the sky turn light or dark, depending on the time of day I find myself standing in front of that window.

That said, of course, there are times when washing dishes is the last thing I want to do, and I do rotate, to some degree, this duty with others in my household. But my point is... a simple handmade dishcloth is something I'm conscious of that adds pleasure to those few minutes for me every day.

Thinking about this, and knowing that this weekend I was going to be connecting to some very productively creative people (that's you, dear reader), got me to wondering what my creative friends enjoy immersing themselves in that others don't "get" (or wouldn't "get" if they knew you did... whatever the thing is).

What are some things, that on the surface may appear to hold no real extrinsic value, but you derive enough pleasure from that you still do them? You can certainly share artsy-crafty stuff, but I hope to also hear of things that are outside of that realm. I hope to read your ideas in the comments below.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Do overs...

If you check back to last week you'll possibly notice that I have changed up my Lost In Time Shawl/Scarf.

At first I was just going to rip back a bit to fix what, to me, felt like a too-wide section of teal where I had left off.  But for some reason as I ripped back, I kept ending up with a spot at the end of each row where I couldn't just pick up the yarn and start crocheting from.  It was weird and it didn't make any sense to me, but it kept happening.   It was like I was ripping the rows out backwards.  But how could I do that?

Anyway, at some point I had ripped back so far, and because I was never quite settled over the bright green popcorn stitches early on, it started to make more sense to just start this thing over.   So I did. And I've gotta say... this second try feels better to me.

I also decided to reign in my color choices - from something like eight or nine colors to just five colors.  That was a relief, as well.  While I love the riotous shawls some have made from this pattern, too many colors to figure out just made me nervous I came to realize.   With fewer colors, I was able to write out a plan for the placement of those colors - except that I've already goofed up that plan.  In the end, though, I don't think the color placement plan needs to be set in stone, but it can still serve as a guideline of sorts.  So, we'll see how I like this scarf as it progresses from here. 

I know there's really nothing exactly new here, except that I brought you into my process a bit.

Speaking of processes...

A few weeks ago I started crocheting a Corner to Corner blanket - thinking I was going to make it as simple as possible - basically, all one color, with an interesting (contrasting) border, perhaps.  Well... turns out I am really good at taking a simple-as-can-be project and making it a most complicated one.

Somehow the 10 or so skeins of yarn I had on hand to make this blanket with came from about six different dye lots.  What was I thinking?!?   Clearly I wasn't thinking at all.  I know better than to buy yarn from different dye lots - thinking I'm going to put them together in the same project.  That is never a good idea.  But none the wiser (to the fact that I had different dye lots) I just dived right in to making this blanket - all the pretty skeins of yarn looked the same to me in the basket.  And then it came time to add a second skein to my work.  And the difference was glaring.  One skein had a gray cast and one had a definite beige cast.


There was no way I was going to buy more of this yarn to make this blanket.  I also didn't want a blanket that had big sections that were different from other sections, and I didn't really didn't want to give up on it either.  Fellow Yopper, Stefanie (finding herself working with different shades of the same color on her Pink Flamingo on the Lawn sweater), had inspired me to consider how to work with this sort of problem.  Stefanie simply alternated rows between the two different yarns and the end result is she has an interesting tonal thing going in her sweater.  The problem with the C2C stitch pattern is that alternating the different dye lots among different rows won't work so well because the rows aren't made of narrow knitted stitches that run across the fabric.  The rows in a C2C pattern are fat, chunky things that run on the diagonal.  The result I would get, alternating the skeins between the rows in this blanket, would not be as subtle, or interesting as Stefanie's sweater. 

So, rather than just switch back and forth every other row (which would be depressing enough), I decided that I would rip back and start over, this time interspersing sections of the darker yarn amongst the rows made up of the lighter yarn.  Randomly.  With no plan or real forethought. Hoping for something that looks kind of intentional in its randomness.

Can you see the variations in the colors?   Do the variations look random enough?

But, of course, this method means that I can't carry the yarn.  It means that every time I change the color I have to join yarns, snip,  and then do something with the ends.  I was dutifully weaving them in, until I thought, there's got to be a better way.   And don't you know.... there are a number of better ways. 

I searched and found the Braided Join.   And the Knotless Join.  I've known for some time there is a Magic Knot, but honestly...  I have trouble feeling confident that this would truly never come undone.  While I'm going to give the Braided Join more thought and practice, so far I've been having the most success using the Russian Join.    And I'm liking it so much that until I hear some horror stories about how any of these joins have come undone, I think I may try to use these kinds of joins when making blankets in the future - especially when adding yarn of the same color.  I don't suppose these methods work very well when joining a new color at the end of row - though I'm open to hearing if there are ways to join new colors at the ends/beginnings of rows without a lot of yarn weaving, or carrying yarns?   Really, I'd love to know if that's even possible.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Weekend...

I'm not sure what happened to my week, but there wasn't much crocheting or knitting except that
earlier in the week I joined The Other 11 Months Group on Ravely as they started a new CAL - The Lost In Time Shawl. The pattern is actually pretty simple, and is very well written. I highly recommend it.   Here is a progress picture of mine:

The sections that appear yellow-ish are really a lime green.  While the lime green is prettier than the yellow it is showing up as, I do kind of wish I hadn't made that "popcorn" row early on using it. It just feels so bright.  I don't regret it enough to rip back, so hopefully after I get some more length on this and more colors added, the lime green will not look so bright to me.


The weekend was busy with a Good Friday worship service, a birthday celebration, and then Easter Morning worship.  

Our Good Friday service is a combined service of 6 or 7 (at least) churches.  The church it's held in is an older country church that has a beautiful, large sanctuary.   It's a wonderful service - and to make it even better, we get to see people whose lives have intersected ours over the nearly 19 years we've lived here, but our paths have diverged for one reason or another.  It's almost like a homecoming - except that we're all meeting at a new place.

Then Saturday night we went out to eat at a unique place in Indianapolis.  Rook (with street-food inspired, Asian cuisine) is at the northeast edge of the Fountain Square area - an old, but revitalized part of Indy where pubs and restaurants and some non-food businesses line Virginia Avenue and apartment buildings are fitted in - sometimes above the eateries and sometimes angling down side streets.   It was a beautiful spring evening, with music and wonderful smells wafting out of various eateries as we walked a bit.

Oldest son requested it as a place to have his birthday dinner and while there wasn't a thing on the menu any of us could recognize, we happily obliged.  It was a fun adventure food-wise.  Here am I with my oldest and youngest sons waiting outside for middle son and his girlfriend to arrive:

We're laughing at my husband who couldn't seem to figure out how to take a picture with my phone.

Or so we thought.  Unbeknownst to all of us, he was actually, accidentally snapping dozens and dozens of pictures.

We weren't going to get a clear picture from my phone camera if our lives depended on it, but I'll take a fuzzy, happy picture of laughter any day.


Then, this morning was Easter worship service at our church.  There's always an extra special joy on Resurrection Sunday - just as there should be.  This year we came home and I'm not doing anything else with my day except relaxing and posting this.  Normally, we get together with extended family, but no one else was making it happen, and I wasn't up to the task of making a big meal this year so we're doing the next best thing.  Resting.  Or maybe it's the best thing.  :)

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