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Archive for April 16th, 2009

Isabel’s 5th Birthday

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

My little sweet friend, Isabel, turned 5 years old on Thursday. There was a bit of a gathering, with cupcakes and dress-up shoes and many of her favorite people.

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Children this age are so fresh and authentic! She is totally self-focused as is normal for this age. I sort of find it refreshing, but then again, I’m not her mother.

My favorite line? “Aren’t you excited? It’s MY birthday!” Gotta love it. She said it many times, too.

Of course, the other small person at the party was wishing that *she* could open gifts also. She was not as excited about Isabel’s birthday as Isabel was, but they both got much cake and much frosting. It worked out fine!

chippy170x170.jpgHere is my young friend in a pose with ten colors of fingernail polish. (Photo taken at my house on Tuesday, we started partying early.) I adore this child so much I could just plain burst!!!

This is the kid who inspired my creation of the original “Chippy Socks” (you can’t knit just one pair). I knit her 6 in one colorway (the ones in the photo at right) plus 2 in another colorway.

She loved those socks and delighted in choosing which ones to wear together each time she wore them . Often she picked one sock from each colorway, unmatched together on her feet.

They do not fit her any more. She swears they fit. I think they fit like clogs… on the toe and foot but not the heel. She is too funny.

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So for this birthday, I knit her more socks. I only made two socks this time, a normal pair. Mind you, she knows that most socks (that do not come from Lynn) come in pairs of two.

She really liked her new socks (she wore them yesterday, could not wait for her birthday party). However, she was confused after opening her package. “Are there any more, Lynnie?” I told her not this time… these are normal socks… where there are only two in a pair.socks167edge.jpg

I think it’s time to start knitting another full set of Chippies.

(For the record, the new pair are knit from Cascade Fixation cotton/lycra yarn, toe up with afterthought heel and two rows of picot crochet at the top to make them ruffle.)

Spring Photos (Daddy’s Daffodils & More)

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

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It is acting more like spring all the time. We had sleet several days ago, where it looked mostly like rain but made noises like ice on the roof window. However, today it was basically room temperature and sunny, and they are expecting the same tomorrow and Saturday. Of course, then we should have days and nights of rain and rain and more rain, but that is typical of this time of year.

These pictures are mostly for the benefit of my Mother, who is still in Florida for a tiny bit longer and asks about her garden when we chat. The first photo is a shot of the daffodils my father planted in the late 1960’s. Dad has been gone since 1973, but the large yellow daffodils are still coming up regularly.

Mom and I share a love of rhubarb. It is not really a fruit but we make “fruit pie” from it in these parts. It’s very tart and a bit bitter, more sour than cranberries. Love it!

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Mom has a lot of rhubarb around her house. All were originally from plants brought to Michigan from the farm in Minnesota where she was raised. This is seriously hardy and healthy rhubarb! Above is one plant, pushing through the soil.

Now comes a bit of happy springtime from my own yard. First, a wonderful photo of a robin who watched me carefully but did not fly away when I moved around a bit.

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And last but never least, my side yard looking more purple than green. The wild violets have never been this wonderful. I just can not seem to get a photo to do it any sort of justice.

There are other yards with these flowers in our neighborhood, but we have more than anyone else, and they are more dense than ever. In the foreground are some miniature very-early daffodils for contrast.

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Food as Art

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Mama Bear’s Cafe, Turner Street in Old Town Lansing, Michigan. Even the pastry was made from scratch.

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Art. What else is there to say? “Yum,” perhaps.