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Because a special knitter is visiting, I cast on a shawl we were both planning to make:



The pattern is the Silverleaf Shawl, and the special knitter is our DDIL, visiting with our son and the boys. Here's what it's supposed to look like when finished:



We've been having a fun weekend. They're leaving this afternoon to go home. We had some nice weather on Saturday, so we decided to go for a hike along the river. On the way to the trail, we had to stop for one of the locals.



We were in two cars. Our son and DDIL were ahead of us and took the photo. People are very good about stopping for deer and geese here. We have lots of both.


After we parked and started on the trail, the younger grandson spotted the playground across the bridge and wanted to go play for a bit first. They had some fun.



We had some nice views along the trail, like this view of the river and the geese feeding.



Lots of people were out walking, because it had been raining and now the weather was nice, besides having days off for the Memorial Day weekend. We walked 2.37 miles in an hour and 45 minutes, not counting the play time, when I had my Walk for a Dog app on pause.


The kids were planning to visit a local friend and have lunch with them, so they left after the hike, and we took the pups to the dog park associated with the trail. They both had a good time, but Dusty especially enjoyed himself, because he found someone to throw the ball and some real competition for going after it! He managed to outrun the thrower's ball and outmaneuver the man's dog (to the right in the photo) every time.



Dusty had a lot of fun playing with the grandsons. Here he is with the older one, playing in the family room.




You can see the toy still in the air in the second photo.



Earlier in the week I finished the doll sweater I was making. Now I have a couple of people testing the pattern. I'm planning to make a slightly shorter version with a little lower front neckline and two garter stitch rows between the pattern and the stockinette stitch shoulders. Here's the latest finished cardigan.



This week's story in "The Doll's Storybook" was "Paper Fun."



The dolls come back from a walk to find out they have been locked out. They amuse themselves with some paper in the recycling bin left on the porch.


Sunday night we roasted some vegetables for tostadas. It was nice having a sous chef.


Tostada shells spread with refried beans, sprinkled with shredded cheese and a little salsa with the roasted veggies on top made for a great supper dish.

What's on my needles: The Silverleaf Shawl.

What's on my sewing machine: Waiting.

What's in my hoop: The Whole Cloth Quilt. No work this week.

What's in The Doll's Storybook: "Paper Fun." The dolls find they are locked out of the house. What do they do while waiting to be let in?


What's on my iPad/iPhone: Finished listening to A Lady Unrivaled, by Roseanna M. White. Now I'm on A Name Unknown by the same author. It isn't one of the previous series.


What's in my wine glass: Lots of things because of company, but the latest is David Hill "Milan's Block" Pinot Noir 2017, a local wine. Extremely nice, but a little more expensive than most of our options.

What's my tip of the week: If you grind your own coffee, you can save time and load up the coffee pot with less mess if you use a measuring cup to measure the beans. A 1/2 cup measure will make 8 cups, 1/4 cup of coffee beans will make 4. One of each will make 12 cups.


Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals or dolls were harmed during the production of this blog post.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on May 28, 2019 at 2:46pm

I think deer poop is better than goose poop, but both stay out of our backyard. We have a tall, strong fence.

Comment by Barbara Graham on May 28, 2019 at 9:25am

I have deer up the ying yang. In order to have a garden, I had to get a strong, tall fence. They will eat, or pick and spit out, about every plant that will grow here, That includes the "deer resistant" plants. Still, I enjoy watching them for the most part. Wish they would leave my plants alone and wish they wouldn't poop on the sidewalk to the porch.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on May 27, 2019 at 3:32pm

I love seeing the wildlife!

Comment by Irene Gallway on May 27, 2019 at 2:29pm

By the sound of things you have been a busy lady. It's nice you had your family visit and do some fun things together. I LOVE that shawl. I can see your "kids" enjoying their new wardrobe items.  Best dressed kids in the neighborhood. Seeing a deer crossing the roads is also common around here. One night I looked out my sewing room window and 3 of them were feeding on my back lawn. 


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