Well, here I am housesitting in Paradise. Here is a picture of the donkeys at twilight my first evening here and a picture of Lily in the backyard my first evening here, gazing out at the sheep and Minnie relaxing in the garden lawn.
And then I couldn't hear Minnie and Lily's jingling collars anymore! The two troublemakers were gone! Somehow they managed to escape the property fence, although I can't find the hole they used. What followed was a nightmare I hope never to repeat, driving up and down the local lanes calling for the dogs and scouring the fields for any sign of movement. Late in the day I took 2 trips to animal control, but no one had turned the dogs in. Finally late last night a neighbor called and said the dogs were on her property so I hiked up there and fetched them home. Whew! They are now in doggie jail (otherwise known as the wonderful home of Elissa) and they get no treats from me for a day!
Today all is right again in the peaceable kingdom, the dogs are in, the sheep are out and the neighbor gave me 5 of the juiciest most delicious tomatoes ever! I devoured one of them standing at the sink before I could even unpack them. There is a farm for sale one street over from here, I'm dreaming and scheming....
And in Knitting News
I hung out with the local Eugene knitting group on Monday evening at Perugino's. What a fun group! I am always nervous about meeting new people, but then I tell myself, "what's the worst that could happen? they won't like me and I'll go home. What's the best that could happen? I'll meet new wonderful people, make friends and learn new things" The best that could happen outweighs the worst and so I screw up my courage and go on in. Of course the best happened! The Eugene knitters are really fun and diverse. Here's a picture of Sandra, who was knitting FOUR socks at a time! I was astounded. She also dyed that beautiful self-striping yarn. Color me impressed! I can't remember all the names, but I'm glad I will get a chance to go back next monday and meet them all again. I'll report back.
More on the Festival
here are some pictures of my booth at the festival. Saturday was hopping busy, Sunday a little less. We met lots of interested spinners, knitters, weavers etc. on their way to their classes. Here's a customer who came in with a gorgeous hand-made bead necklace. I can't wait for next year! The theme this year was knitting. Next year's featured craft will be basketry.
Tomorrow, sheep, sheep, sheep and stash.