Monday, hubs had the day free so we went looking at furniture. Our family room has never had furniture that was picked out for it, and the time seemed right to consider it. We found some things we liked, but we decided to hold off and wait for maybe a better sale closer to Labor Day.
And then Monday and Tuesday happened...
My clothes dryer broke on Monday night, and after work on Tuesday I went out and bought a new one. The broken one was too old and beyond its warranty - and I'd been feeling like the thermostat on it wasn't accurate, anyway... so while I hadn't exactly been contemplating replacing it (and it was painful to spend half the money on a dryer that I was contemplating spending on a sofa), in the end it felt much better to replace it than spend money diagnosing it and hopefully fixing it.
Then Tuesday night my 20 year-old vacuum broke and after finding a deal on Wednesday where I could get a $300 discount off a new one by trading in my nearly vintage and now broken one... well, let's just say I didn't need any convincing. So Wednesday I went out and dropped the rest of my sofa money on a bright, shiny new vacuum - that might just live longer than me, I'm suddenly realizing. It will surely live longer than a new sofa.
Anyway, Friday I became convinced that vacuuming stairs, hard wood floors, and high up places would be much easier with an extension hose, so I went back to get the accessory kit that includes a 12 ft hose and a brush floor attachment. Oh my - that made a huge difference. Why did I never consider getting these things before for my old vacuum??? Anyway, the second half of the week, I've been a cleaning machine. A woman on a mission to find every lazy cobweb and stray dust bunny. It's amazing how motivating new (and well-working) tools can be.
Saturday, I put down the vacuum cleaner hose and we traveled north to meet our new great-niece. She is 5 weeks old, so it was high time to meet her. Allow me to introduce you to my (presently) youngest great niece, Hannah:
There were four adults there (not counting the new parents), and if you can just imagine... we all just sat (and sometimes hovered over whoever was holding her) mostly staring at baby Hannah - for over three hours. It was as if we suddenly came under a spell. We were entranced. Definitely enchanted. I'd forgotten how mesmerizing a new baby can be. She just lay there doing nothing but breathe, sleep, and occasionally smile. Truly fascinating stuff.
It was a perfect ending to the week. Nevermind that I want to hold a baby again, already...
As you can imagine, I didn't give my yarn stash
much any love this week. But I did finish the third doily I was working on - Summer Splendor:
The yarn used is Artiste Cotton Thread (available at Hobby Lobby) in the colorway, Ginger
And that's all there is to tell. It was an expensive week, but not as traumatic as some we've had, and far more wonderful (at its close) than most.
All three doilies in Artiste Cotton Thread in the colors, Ginger, Boysenberry, and Glacier Ice
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