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Thanks (Again) Frank.

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More drag racing was had the past two weekends….

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We had some really nice days and it gave me time to get a chunk of knitting done on my commissioned sweater:

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And hang out with my pit crew collegue, Ray, doing our usual waiting-around-on-the-atv’s-in-case-we-are-needed-for-pit-crew-duties:


And then there was Frank.  Here is Frank’s new car with a brandy-new-super-duper-lots-of-horsepower engine:


But I’m not really going to tell you about his car.  We’re talking donuts.  Anyone remember this post?  Well, Frank hasn’t forgotten about those Bella Napoli jelly donuts.  So, since we will be seeing him again this weekend for racing, he is requesting we bring some.  [Or maybe Paul offered, because that is totally possible and we can’t totally blame this whole thing on Frank.  We can probably safely assume we are totally not blaming it on me.] After the racing day was over, and all the talk about donuts, those donuts were all Paul and I could think about.  How really, very yummy they are.  How Bella Napopli is pretty close if we go out of our way to the other Advance Auto on an errand for another car part.  And how we really shouldn’t wait until this weekend to buy some.  We might want to get some to make sure they are still really, very yummy…..


What the heck???  They are, AND we are of course getting more to bring to Frank, which means we will get enough for us too.  This is not great for our healthy eating goals.  Thanks (again) Frank.

And then there were these:


Enough said about that.

And in doodlebug news, there was this very unfortunate happening in the backyard:


The Big Blue Ball (as opposed to the Big Pink Ball or the Little Purple Ball or the Little Blue Ball) met its fate yesterday.  One good kick that hit just the right sharp corner of the deck and this backyard staple, that has been around for three-quarters of Mr. Doodlebug’s life, popped and deflated. Oh, the tears that gushed when he realized it was no longer play-with-able! (It had a big hole in it.)  I felt his pain, because this was such a beloved toy for him (as is the Big Pink Ball for Miss Ladybug), used in so many different, developing ways as he has grown.  There proceeded to be lots of negotiating about how to then share the Big Pink Ball, and discussion about whether or not there may or may not be a replacement some day (maybe at Christmas or his birthday, he thought), and how if there wasn’t, then there were SO MANY more balls they have that he/they could play with.  Who knew a big, blue, few-dollar ball could have such an impact?  Combine that with their first day of preschool a few days before, and this was a big week for them.

Blog Silence

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It’s been a week and a half since my last post.  I don’t like to go that long between posts because I know you are very likely checking every hour or so to see if there is a new post and I don’t like to do that to you.  But things got busy.  In that time:

There were several days of working at and filling in at the yarn shop.

There were two classes to teach. Finishing up the two socks on one circular needle class: IMG_2125

You may notice that there are only two sets here.  In the first class there were five!  I had three participants who didn’t make it to the second class – but hopefully they will finish their socks!

There was also the Bridgeport Cowl class: IMG_2157

Lots of fun was had with a very spirited group!

There was baking, which I’ll show you in another post.

There was cooking, which I’ll also show you in another post.

There was this fox in our yard:


Paul and I were both frantically racing for our phones to take pictures and then realized that we couldn’t get a good picture because of the screen on the door….

There was helping to bleed the brakes on Paul’s race car:


My job was to use that pole to push the pedal down and let it up when Paul said “Down” or “Up”.  A really taxing job, right?  It took some time so I brought my book.

Oh, and there was that book!  What a great book! Divergent by Veronica Roth (click there to get it on Amazon).  The first in a three book series, it is a fun, exciting, page-turning sci-fi book.  I’m not usually into sci-fi but I loved the Hunger Games series and this is somewhat similar.  There is a strong female lead character who has to deal with a huge coming-of-age life changing event.  The story just pulls you along and I couldn’t stop reading it.  From Amazon:

“In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.”

I HIGHLY recommend it and I can’t wait to read the next one in the series.

And then there was this:


Do you see it?  It’s screaming at me “YOU MADE THIS BLACK STRIPE TOO BIG!!!!”   And do you see how far back in the work it is? I’m not going back.  And I’m almost done.

More posts coming about the baking and the cooking and the finishing of the knitting….and hopefully sooner than a week and a half from now…