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Having too much fun to knit… June 20, 2009

Filed under: knitting,laughter — kathy @ 11:30 pm

My Sister and her youngest of 5 left today after only 3 days of fun and being in perpetual motion. I truly forgot how much energy a kiddo of 2 and 3/4  can be.

Believe me, she means business.

Believe me, she means business.

My little niece is absolutely adorable, but needless to say, I now understand that while my Sis has tried to take up knitting so we can hang and knit together over lattes when I visit, she’s never gotten past the first few inches of any project.  She hardly has a moment to even sit down or put a bite of sandwich in her mouth, much less pick up a pair of pointy sticks and make fabric.

She is extremely creative, however, and does make adorable hair bows for little girls. Hopefully soon I’ll have a link to her online shop so you can see them.

And anyway, it’s not important that she learns how to knit for us to hang out, eat naughty things, and laugh our heads off about whatever pops into our minds. 

I did manage to get a wee bit of knitting in: a few more inches of my “Something Red” as well as most of my “Biscuit Blanket”. But I accomplished that after everyone had turned in for the night.

In fact, I packed up my knitting to cart along with us (though it didn’t get taken out) on our trip to one of my daughter’s favorite places she calls The Magic Tree. This tree is an ancient California Live Oak tree which grows out from a deep depression in the ground at one end of a local nature DSCN0007preserve. Standing outside its canopy, it looks like an enormous holly bush, but from within, it seems like you’ve stepped into the great hall of some faery’s castle.  The huge branches arch over your head and sweep downward until they rest on the ground, like great winding rivers of wood. It really is a very cool place. Which is alot for me to say.

You see, I am not much of nature person. Well, that’s not entirely true, because I absolutely love animals, adore thunder showers and sunsets and stars, and I swoon over flowers. I think my problem with nature and why I don’t relish spending hours on end hiking or hanging out in it, comes down to three big things: Insects, Sweat, and Dirt. Heck, I don’t even mind all the dirt too much. It’s the bugs. And the sweat. And hey, those two don’t play too well together.  Please don’t try to talk me out of this point of view. CR has tried numerous times. Doesn’t work. It just makes me Grouchier. And camping…bah! The ultimate horror to me.

But I was willing to overlook my adversion to these little nuisances in order to take my Bug, my Sis and little Miss Pooky on a bit of an adventure on their second day here. So we went to the tree.

For a better idea of the scale of this tree, check the shot above.

For a better idea of the scale of this tree, check the shot above.

And then we went to this little teaching farm, which delighted the lamb loving, fiber nut in me. (There were two of the most adorable little black lambs, but they ran off into the shade and sadly, I never did get a decent photo of them. But dang, were they ever cute!)DSCN0043
We all had a delightful, if tiring day, even if the little goat tried to climb through the fence and into Pooky’s lap as she was sleeping in the stroller. Luckily it didn’t wake her up. DSCN0022
I’m really sad to see them leave. Really, really, really.
But we’ll see them again soon! Thank heavens for airplanes!
By the way, I hope you all have a mahvelous Father’s Day, whether you’re the Father who’s relaxing, or the Mother making sure the Father is getting the royal treatment. Perhaps your kids should take him to The Magic Tree… 🙂
shot taken by my Bug

shot taken by my Bug


One Response to “Having too much fun to knit…”

  1. Meg Says:

    What a wonderful break for all of you! Your corner of the world looks really lovely. ONE of these days, I’m leavin’ on a jet plane to come see you! Although I’m really going to want you to come back with me forever, you know?


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