Sunday, 28 June 2009

Summertime and the Livin' is Easy (and Busy)

Skip and I have attended two retirement celebrations since my last post - Rick Norman's and Edie Kennedy's. Rick taught History at Roberts for about 25 of the last 29 years. Edie has been a secretary there for well over 33 years and Head Secretary for much of that time. She was scarily efficient and will be really missed. I do not envy her replacement, who will be a newcomer to the school.

We enjoyed seeing many of our former colleagues and welcoming Rick and Edie into our fold of retirees. Edie has been my weight-loss inspiration having lost 80+ pounds in the last two years with the help of LA Weight Loss. After seeing her so skinny on Tuesday, I have decided to step up my workouts at the gym - both the frequency and intensity - and monitor my food intake more closely.

On Saturday the 20th, Suzanne and I went to an outdoor David Cassidy concert in Peterborough in the pouring rain.

David did look like he had 'had some work done' and definitely avails himself of botox injections.

Fortunately, Suzanne had a big golf umbrella which helped somewhat but we still got a bit soggy.

I did manage to get some knitting in while we waited for the concert to start.

Last Wednesday Skip, Scooter and I made our way to Henrietta, NY - a suburb of Rochester - to attend a ladies' professional golf (LPGA) tournament sponsored by Wegmans, a US grocery chain. We had a great time being able to be so close to world-class golfers and sampling all the free snacks handed out in the merchandising tent. In fact, we didn't need lunch after trying all the treats.

We then drove to Buffalo and spent the next two days shopping. After arriving home yesterday afternoon, Skip and Scooter had a Transformers bonanza, renting and watching the DVD of the first movie yesterday and seeing the second one this morning at the movies.

Scooter is spending 3 1/2 weeks in Switzerland and the environs this summer - leaving next Sunday. I hope his hosts get a chance to take him to a lot of scenic and historic places. We won't see him again until the beginning of August, after which we have another road trip planned to Pittsford, NY with him.

I borrowed a Louet spinning wheel from one of my knitting friends, Nancy, and have been learning how to spin yarn by watching lots of YouTube videos. I have been able to figure out how to get the wheel to work and have actually spun some yarn. I'm trying to spin really thin yarn so I can make some socks or something but I'm going to need lots of practice.

Currently, I'm knitting the Leaf and Nupp Shawl from 'Knitted Lace of Estonia'. I am using some lovely raspberry-coloured Jaggerspun wool with two strands.

I'm a little over half done the centre rectangle.

After that, I have also been commissioned to knit the Triangular Scarf in Leaf Pattern using more Shetland wool, this time in a lovely purple/green colour.

Lately the template for my blog has been acting up and only displaying the photos in html. It is very annoying trying to format photos and now impossible to size them. I don't know why it's like this all of a sudden. I don't remember changing any formatting settings. Merde.