I am relieved to be back in my home…it’s been a whirlwind wind up to this month as I’ve been traveling since we left for Cleveland and the wedding. That was certainly a fun event with much merriment and romance in the air. Although blurry, I thought this shot of Craig and Lauren really captured it. And I did enjoy the reception with my brothers and sisters. Beth did a great job on the seating chart. And Patty did a great job tracking our pork and beef orders. I’m quite sure that you, Patty and I were the hit of the evening entertainment-wise. We may have pounded a little too hard based on the way Wilson and Patty were holding their heads the next morning. I wonder if Ken and Kristen will be next?
I left the wedding and headed out to the west coast where I met up with good friends from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom for the Combined Communications Electronics Board. We did much official work and also spent a day and a half out on an aircraft carrier. MUCH fun and good work done as well. I was glad to have a chance to be underway — and very pleased to know Allen was underway on PROVIDENCE at the same time…likely the only time that will happen in our careers. As always, our city at sea had lots going on. Flight operations, combat direction center, radio shack, the bakery, Yoplait!! What’s not to like?
On return I got a few scant hours of sleep and then Dale and I and the doggies headed to Fair Winds for a one night camp out in the shadow of the new house. Dale did lots of property grooming and I knit the second of my First Flame Socks. Unfortunately I couldn’t find the original dpns on which I knit the first…found another set the same size, but then, not really. The second sock is slightly smaller. As the needles were different materials (carbon fiber vs. metal) they knit at a slightly different gauge. The socks blocked out to the same size, but I know one will feel looser. I’ll be sure the recipient knows to wear the smaller one on her smaller foot.
The house is all but finished. It is without doubt the most beautiful house I’ve ever seen. The interior decorator working the show had most of the furniture in place for the Parade along with many small touches…he said more were to come before the event. There is no doubt that his furniture is nicer than ours…but we should have 30-40 years to work on upgrading what we have — some of which has literally been around the world for 3+ decades. The landscaping was almost all in by the time we left…lots of flowering trees and lovely hot pink roses, bushy bright shrubs and promising perennials. I’ll not try to list them. You can identify them for me when you come visit as I’ll undoubtedly have forgotten what they are by then. I am just thrilled with my own flight deck too. I picture grandchildren practicing traps and cats for hours at a time! I also enjoyed the other plants around the farm — from ferns and wild strawberries to the corn that grew about two inches in the 30 hours we were there. The big VIP opening party is tonight.
Dale and I are heading up early in the day. We’ll drink champagne with the Parade judges and then head to a hotel at BWI from whence we can head to Tampa for the weekend to celebrate Jim’s retirement and Tom’s H.S. graduation. I hope to finish up a cap and booties to go with the overalls I’ve made for my friend’s baby (yet to be smocked — the overalls, not the baby!) And I’ll likely get another pair of socks started.
A very busy end to May and beginning of June, but it sure is fun! Did I mention that we saw a giant rabbit?…and a bear? (Just in case you were wondering about that expression about bears and their activities in the woods.)