First, let me just get this out of the way:
Yes, you are seeing clearly and no, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you! This is my brother and Norman Reedus. I am still mad at my brother for meeting "Daryl Dixon." He came into my brother's Walgreens (brother Arthur is an assistant manager there, like I used to be) the other night. I love how they have their arms around each other and Arthur isn't smiling, like they are old pals or something. Ha! (Oh, and isn't it so confusing to have two Arthurs in my life? Brother Arthur and baby Arthur). Ok, I admit that I look at this pic at least once daily because I may have the tiniest crush on good ol' Daryl --- who, by the way, is so much more appealing to me than Norman Reedus... he's kinda artsy and sensitive in real life, unfortunately. No one likes a redneck until they carry a crossbow and kill zombies. Or someone needs their car fixed.
Anyway, they have been filming The Walking Dead in the old Griffin Walmart all week. I grew up one county over and lived in Griffin for a while before joining the Army.
Ok, now that I have that out of the way, I must say that life is pretty good right now. I'm very happy overall, even though I still hate where we live. Maybe it's the weather, or Charlie's steady paychecks, or.... I don't know and I honestly don't care what it is because it feels pretty darn good.
My MIL's birthday was on the 5th and we went to their house to celebrate with her. She had a friend take some pictures and she snapped a few as well. The above are my favorites... that boy really is something special!
My garden is thriving. I still don't have any seedlings popping up from where I planted seeds, but those things take time and our ridiculous weather isn't helping. I mean seriously, freezing temps in MAY??? I've had to wrap up Mater the tomato and Beulah the bell pepper twice already and the potted plants have spent a few nights indoors because of how cold its been this week. The plants are doing great, though, as you can tell from my gorgeous champagne bubbles poppy! This was her first bloom and she opened another yesterday. There are 5 more buds waiting to open.
Mater is growing like crazy and has a few teeny tiny buds now. I was skeptical about the Topsy Turvey, but it seems to be working well. My dad got two of them at a yardsale for 1.50 each and my mom gave him two plants for it, planting for in her garden for herself. They were all the same size initially, but now my dad's two have taken off and are a good few inches larger than my mom's and are much fuller looking.
Charlie and I got to go see Bo Burnham, our favorite comedian, live on Mother's Day! We knew he'd be in town then (playing only about 5 minutes from our house), but the time was cutting it close since Charlie had to work so we decided not to buy tickets. Well, our friend Bartos called Sunday morning to say that he had 2 extra tickets if we wanted to buy them from him and Charlie's step-sister happened to be with us at the time and offered to babysit! It worked out perfectly and it was such a good time. A very rare and special treat to be able to go out with my husband!
My 26th birthday was the 8th and it was pretty good. Arthur had a doctors appointment that morning and we had to run to the store for a few things right after, but after all that was done Charlie treated me to a lunch of my choice. I really wanted Texas Roadhouse, but they have the oddest hours and didn't open til 4pm that day, so we went to Red Lobster instead. We had a nice lunch, then came home and Charlie slept for work while Arthur and I played.
I've been spending my days playing outside with Arthur and Barrett, working on some fine-tuning on Barrett's training, tending to the garden, riding my bike, going for walks with Arthur and the dogs, and the regular housewifey stuff like cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc. I am getting some fibery fun in when I can, though don't have much to share right now. The Genesis Shawl for my MIL was a big hit on her birthday, but the border wasn't done then so I took it home and get a repeat done here and there. I'm close to finishing, so won't share a picture until it's done and blocked.
I have been doing a little weaving as well, which is great because I can work on it when I have a few moments, but not enough time to get the knitting out. I recently worked on pick ups and made a belt:
It's not perfect as I still have a few issues with tension (I need to get over my fear of weaving too tight... those habits from when I had my RH loom are dying hard), but I like it and wore it when we got to see Bo Burnham. My dad has requested the same pattern in black and brown for a leash for his service dog, Lady.
I recently got this sampler of all 150 colors of Knit Picks Palette! There are 5 yards of each color. I'm a moderator for a large KP group on Ravelry and a generous and dedicated member did a co-op in Palette. She purchased all 150 colors and divided them up into 5, 10, and 20 yard shares, labelled everything, packaged it, and shipped them all out. Quite an impressive task and she had the best attitude about it! I bought a few things today at Michaels to make a little thank you gift for her... she really went above and beyond on this.
That's about it for updates I guess. I did get a Knit Picks giftcard for my birthday, so am trying to figure out exactly what I want to order with it. It takes me days to get an order together... I start by putting everything that I want into my cart, then start culling from there.