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County Fair Blue Ribbons!

All the judging is complete at the county fair and I will be bringing home some ribbons!  Talk about excitement and jumping up and down… I didn’t really but I felt like doing it.  But, I’m not the only one bringing home blue ribbons.  My teen-age daughter is bringing them home for her knitting AND baking!  I’m so proud of her.  We pick up our ribbons and prize money Sunday afternoon.  After I post pictures of the winner’s ribbons, it will be time to start planning for next year’s entries.  Any suggestions?

The Aftermath

Power is back on for me and life is pretty back to normal;  but, for countless others life will never be the same.  There are towns and communities practically wiped off the face of the earth and people are still missing.  Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa on Facebook is doing outstanding work putting people and resources together.  Food is being cooked and distributed; diapers and personal hygiene items are being handed out and people who are walking around in a daze not knowing what to do next are being comforted.  For those of you who may not be familiar with the Alabama way of life, Toomer’s Corner is the famous corner at Auburn University where people gather after football games.  And the rivalry between the two universities is unmatched.  In the state of Alabama, when you are introduced to someone, one of the first things you ask is “Are you an Auburn or Alabama fan?”

So it is significant that this effort is instigated by an Auburn graduate who has made appeals to alumni from Maine to California.  18-wheelers loaded with supplies are leaving from places like Delaware and California headed to Alabama. It’s not just Tuscaloosa that is  benefiting from her efforts, other towns and neighborhoods suffering damage from the multiple tornadoes are being helped.

I am so impressed by this young woman’s efforts – she’s awesome.  If you would like to support her and the tornado victims check out Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa on Facebook.   I am moving in June and instead of having a yard sale I’m taking clothes, kitchen and other items to the local drop-off.

My Niece Now Has the Socks

After giving the Spring Forward socks to my sister-in-law on her birthday, October 2nd, she died a week later from lung cancer.  She left us much, much sooner than we believed she would.  That’s the reason I haven’t been writing, as it’s been a sad two weeks.  Today I told my niece she could have the socks as well as the feather and fan scarf I had knitted for her mother (was waiting for Christmas to give them to her) with her daddy’s approval.  When it was apparent she wouldn’t make it to Christmas, I gave her the scarf along with the socks.

Don’t take family and friends for granted.  They are priceless gifts from  God.

Miscellaneous

I really want to expand my habit of (getting involved) with my forums on Ravelry.  I am a member of several forums but really interact with only two or three, those at the top of my page.  There’s one on blogging that I’m really interested in following.  Right now I’m still trying to learn how post my favorite websites and my Ravelry link on My Knitting Circle.

Life has been rather hectic lately.  Have set aside my v-neck top and am doing some serious knitting on a prayer shawl for my niece’s daughter.  It’s taken me a little over a week to finish the mate to the socks I’m knitting for my sister-in-law.  Her birthday is October 2nd and they’ll be a gift for her. She’s in need of prayers, too.

September is two-thirds over and I’ve not begun knitting for Christmas!  I have a list that includes half-fingered gloves and full-fingered gloves, a tea cozy, a hat and miscellaneous sachet pillows and whatever else is on my list.  I need to find my notebook.  Right now I’m headed for the woods way behind the house looking for my black cat.  She hasn’t been home for two nights but considering the almost-full moon and warm weather, I’m not too surprised.