This is what most of our Fourth of July weekend was like. If I had a picture of Mickey eating, you'd get an idea of what we did the rest of the time. The weather could have been a bit more cooperative -- it was a bit rainy on Saturday and chilly most of the time -- but it was just right for playing SkipBo (a card game cousin to Uno) or sitting 'round the campfire. The kids went out in the paddleboat or rowboat a couple of times and they even did a little swimming, but there was no waterskiing or tubing.
I was a little nervous about taking Mickey up north with us. My dad has had some wonderful dogs, all well-behaved and obedient, and I wasn't sure how Mickey would behave -- her first road trip and so many people. She was a sweetheart! We also learned that, like many dogs, she's not a big fan of fireworks.
DH and M took a hike with Dad and they found an area that was apparently used as an informal dump. You know what's coming, dontcha? They found some old broken dishes -- some nice designs and marks -- and old bottles.
The badminton net was never unfurled. That's unheard of for a weekend like this! We usually play informally, but a few years ago, there was a full-blown double-elimination tournament that was eventually called because of a lack of light and the two finalists being named co-champions. We decided that we need a do-over, so we're all checking our calendars and hoping for another get-together at the end of August. Maybe the weather will be more cooperative in terms of watersports, too.
Upon our return, I had mail from France! I received this package as a thank you for sending a copy of the Interweave Knits article about knitting styles to Yvette. She -- and all of her aunts -- knit "weird," like me! Since then, we've both been intrigued by the number of weird (aka, right-handed or lap-) knitters standing up to be counted! Anyway, this gift is way too generous as a thank you for some photocopies! There are a couple of skeins of Phildar, some homemade, beaded stitch markers, some lovely soap, and some terrific samples for the grrs! Thank you, thank you, thank you Yvette.
The only knitting I did all weekend was a couple of hours in the car on Saturday and for about 15 minutes upon our return home last night. I have a few inches of the cabled strap for the Tasha bag on the needles. It's the same cable that I used on the modified Galway hat.
I'm off on an outing with Mom this afternoon, then it's back to work for the rest of the week.