Monday, July 19, 2010

I've been busy!

I'm sorry that I haven't posted for so long, but I've been busy! Here is a month in my life...which includes a bit of everything! My dear better half enjoys ripping things apart, and luckily he is quite adept at putting them back together. Our barn windows had probably been broken and crooked for 50 years, so he fixed them. First he took off the entire top side of the barn. Then he framed out the windows.
And as I said he knows how to put things back together with a fresh look! My role in this is to keep a cold beer in his hand and keep the phone handy in case he falls off the roof or
does damage to an important body part!
We attended the wedding of our friend Bob and his new bride Evelyn. They were both recently widowed, and we think they compliment each other quite well. It was a quiet and lovely ceremony.
Sometimes we all are able to make friends on the internet. I have been writing with Debbie St. Germain for a few years and she and her husband paid us an unexpected visit for a few days. While I was working during the day they enjoyed the area and went kayaking and beach walking. Each evening we all sat outside and chatted until it was dark. They stayed in our cabin you have heard me speak of and I believe they will return in a few weeks. Don't worry Debbie...I won't post pictures of you! But here is the cabin:

I went to my favorite auction house and although I bought little I always enjoy the scenery. This is a shot I took by Mt. Chicorua as the sun was setting.
In the winter they run sled dog races and ice sailing races on this large lake.
My friend Laura and I both love music. I couldn't tell you how many concerts we have attended over the past 34 years since we met. This time we went to Gillette Stadium to see the Eagles, Kieth Urban and the Dixie Chicks. Now when a stadium holds 75,000 people you can't expect great seats or great sound. You go for the experience of having that many people all singing the same songs at the same time. It was such fun!

Living quite near the coast gives me the chance to see the ocean every day at work, and there are certain places that those dreaded tourists haven't discovered yet. Here is one of them, but I can't tell you where it is other than the town of Kittery Maine. Lovely view, isn't it?

We celebrated the 14th birthday of our wonderful dog Brutus. He still does pretty well, although he has lost his hearing and his legs just don't work so well all the time. We used to let him run in the fields but since he can't hear us calling him back he has to stay on a lead now.
His name is tough but he's our loving, ever loyal and non-judgemental baby.

Some other friends arrived from Tennessee for a couple of weeks. Steve and Rosie are such fun! They come up each year and make our cabin their home. We all went to a camp and had a big lobster bake with some friends. It was a relaxing gathering full of laughter.

Yup...when in Maine you have to have lobstah, steamers, mooseburgers and fresh corn.

I also spent some time in my "Gardens of Weedin". I adore my gardens but seldom have them all looking nice at the same time. My lupine looked really nice this year.

And this little garden is called "Mo's Garden" after my dear friend who is now an angel. She and I purchased the lilies together at a local garden place that only sold varieties of lilies. The hummingbirds love them.
We also attended another wedding. It was for AnnMarie and Eric. They planned it for a year, and had the most beautiful flowers. AnnMarie personally made all the invitations, centerpieces and candle gifts for all her guests. She also made the bouquets at the end of each aisle with garden hooks found at the Christmas Tree Shop, canning jars and some wire. She's so clever! They had a fabulous chocolate fountain too!
It was a joyous celebration.
And three weeks later...she's expecting their baby!!!
I have also been spinning a lot in the hopes that I will get good at it. I'm improving! I figure I can make yarn during the summer and knit it up during the winter. Of course I have been rug hooking too, but lately that has taken a back seat to spinning. This is my spot to spin overlooking our back field. Often deer and other critters come out because I don't make any noise while spinning.

Here is some spindle spun Blue Faced Leicester that I worked on during that concert:

And this is my first try at blending fibers. This is a mix of Coopworth wool (from my favorite sheep named Dolly) blended with angora bunny. I am proud that I was able to make it thin and rather consistent. I must say that blending angora is a bit of a pain because of static. I know there must be a trick to make it easier but I don't know it yet! However it is worth the effort as this yarn is butter soft and lovely. I am going to spin up another batch for a pair of fingerless gloves.
And this is a skein of my lovely thick and thin yarn. It has character, doesn't it? This is actually my first full skein that I dyed, spun and plied. I just like looking at it!
So that catches you up with many of the things that have been keeping me away from blogging for the past month. Oh...and did I mention that I work full time? Yup...I've been busy. But don't feel neglected. I'll be back really soon! Hugs to you and stay cool!


theolde stone house said...

Looks like you've had a really great month. The barn is coming along nicely. Keep the beer coming.
The yarn looks good. Keep up the practicing. I can't seem to get motivated to hook. I think my project was too big an undertaking.

Have a good summer,

Jacque. said...

Wow, you have been busy! Thank you for sharing the photo journal with us.

WoolenSails said...

You have been busy, but you are always on the go;)
Dick did a beautiful job on the side of the barn.
Bill is taking a few days off, so guess we are sticking around here this week. Then the boat comes back so he will be busy again, so hoping he gets more down time.

Love your yarns, would be beautiful in art quilts and for needle punch. Maybe while bill is home we can get the machine all together and make sure all the parts are there.


Joanne said...

Oh my Lauri - you have been busy! Happy Birthday to Brutus! How nice to share your cabin with Debbie and I say go ahead show her picture - on her blog we only see far away! LOL! Your yarn looks wonderful- just gorgeous - what a great job! Great job on that barn too!

Kathy (woolfind) said...

Amazing how you can sum up your summer in a few paragraphs. Loved reading it all. Sounds like you've been busy with so many wonderful things to do! The barn is wonderful, looks great! Your wool is beautiful, but I have to laugh. When I first saw spinning and how you were getting better at it, I thought spinning as in the exercise LOL. I have recently talked about it with a few friends are we are thinking about trying it. Not sure if I will be able to keep up. But anyway, your spinning turned out some beautiful wool. Can only imagine when you finally have time to pick up a hook, what your rug will look like.
So nice that Debbie and her husband came for a visit too! Still wish you would have snapped a pic :).

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Glad to see you back and that you're having a good summer!

Sheila said...

Wow just really enjoyed your blog and photos. I really love your blue yarn it is just awesome and blue is not one I use often.

Kimichris said...

After attending that spinning retreat with you I know how much "work" went into completing that beautiful skein of yarn too! What pretty colors! I'm still planning on taking a knitting class this winter! :) Then I can make something of the yarn I spun on my drop spindle! :)

LadybugSue said...

I enjoyed all the photos and bits of info