Recovering from vacations…

Have you ever felt like you need a vacation to get over your vacation? I’ve been feeling that way since I got back to work on Monday. Even though I’ve been going to sleep at a reasonable hour, I’ve been having to drag myself out of bed every morning. And it’s not because I’m dreading going to work. I love my job, I love my boss, and let’s face it – work is air-conditioned!

This has been my first ever “eventful” vacation, and we didn’t even do all that much. I drove down to Chicago on the evening of Friday, June 22nd. Met Rob half-way at the Port Huron train station, and he drove the second half of the run. I’m getting way too old for that – my legs started cramping up the second I got into the passenger seat. Saturday was spent hanging out with his family, and we had the added pleasure of a visit from his uncle Marty and aunt Barbara who live in Florida! It was so great to be able to see them! We didn’t do much until the following weekend, other than a few dinners out and seeing Deadpool 2, because Rob was still working. We did visit the Holocaust Museum in Skokie, IL… but I’m still processing all I saw and felt there. That will be for another post (no photos were taken, other than of the memorial fountain outside, which you’ll see in the mosaic below).

Saturday, June 30, we took off bright and early for Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. We visited the Canadian Bush Plane Centre, and had a lot of fun there! The next morning, we made our way bright and early to “The Station” and boarded the Agawa Canyon Train. What an experience! This four-hour train ride takes you to Agawa Canyon Park, which is only accessible by train. In the park, there are several hiking trails in all directions, which you can explore for an hour or two while the train gets ready for its trip back to the Soo. It was so beautiful out there, but REALLY STINKING HOT. Happy Canada Day to us đŸ™‚ We got back to the hotel just before dark, and were lucky enough to catch the city’s fireworks display – which was being set off RIGHT next to our hotel. We had front-row seats!

The next day, we drove back to Ottawa along highway 17. We stopped in Sudbury to see the Big Nickel and to have lunch. I despaired a little at how much North Bay has changed since I lived there briefly in 1995. Once we were back in the city, we hung out, spent some time with my parents, saw Deadpool 2 again (with my daughter, who was DYING to see it), rented a paddle boat on Dow’s Lake, and took a day-trip to Burlington, Vermont to do a bit of shopping and hang out with friends. All in all, I’m exhausted! (Add to all that the fact that we were in a major heat wave for the entirety of the two weeks, and my apartment only has one air-conditioning unit, which cools the diningroom/kitchen area. Sleeping was most uncomfortable once we got back to Ottawa!)

In the five days since Rob flew home, I’ve been getting an insane amount of knitting done – you’ll see that in the next podcast episode – and enjoying my time back at work. I’m starting to make some plans to hit the Twist Fibre Festival in St. AndrĂ© Avellin, QC in a month. This is the first time in seven years that I’ll be missing Stitches Midwest in Chicago! I feel awful about it, but I just don’t have the funds to make two trips to Chicago that close together. I’ve got my eye on Rhinebeck, and I can’t wait until October!! Several of us will be staying in the same group of cabins I usually stay in, and we’re going to have so much fun!

Stay tuned for another blog later this week on what I’ve been doing to improve my overall health, but more importantly, to finally get my blood sugar under control after four years as a type II diabetic. Keep your sticks pointy!

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The Wayward Skein – Episode 4

Welcome to Episode 4 of The Wayward Skein podcast! Apologies for the picture quality – I’m saving up to buy a better camera than the built-in on my laptop.

Knitting content:

Finished Object – Barley hat by Tin Can Knits, out of Lorna’s Laces Haymarket in the Lookbook colourway, on size 4mm (US 6) and 5mm (US 8) needles.

Works in Progress – Sock Recipe: A Good, Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, out of Nova Sock Print in colourway 174, on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles. Also working on the Bandana Cowl by Purl Soho, out of Ancient Arts Yarns Big Squeeze in the Orange Tabby colourway, on 6mm (US 10) needles.

No tv or reading content this week, but I do talk a bit about my travels with Rob in Sault Ste Marie, riding the Agawa Canyon Train, visiting Burlington, VT, and checking out the boat rentals on Dow’s Lake in Ottawa!

Lazy Sundays

I’ve got to be more responsible about taking either my camera or my phone with me when I go out and do things, if I’m going to start blogging again. As it is, I only have a couple of photos of this weekend’s activities thus far to share with you!

Let’s start with knitting, shall we? I’ve been unable to knit since last September, due to a shoulder injury, but as things have improved greatly since March with the help of my fantastic physiotherapist Pierre-Luc, I have started to venture into a bit of knitting again (just a little at a time, and lots of stretching and breaks, I promise!). As it happens, Rob informed me that some friends of ours are expecting their first baby at the end of June, and baby knits are quick and easy. Especially if you use a Tin Can Knits pattern! Their Simple Collection is a great way to learn new techniques, and all the patterns are just gorgeous. I’m doing the Harvest cardigan in the 6-12 month size, using Lorna’s Laces Haymarket worsted BFL in the Lookbook colourway. And as usually happens with things in my stash, this is a discontinued yarn.

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Saturday morning dawned bright and early around 5am, and found me waiting out in front of my friend Mike’s apartment building. He’s moving to Toronto next week, and there were still a few boxes that needed to be transported to his new place. We loaded up my tiny car, and headed off into the… well, AWAY from the sunrise. But it didn’t last for long! We hit rain about two hours into the trip, and it continued to rain on and off for the rest of the day. We made it to Toronto around lunchtime, unloaded all his cargo, and then his boyfriend Daniel took us out to an amazing dim sum restaurant called Crown Princess Fine Dining. My friends, if you happen to find yourself in Toronto and love good Dim Sum, do yourselves a favor and visit this place! It was SO good, and although we ordered a ridiculous amount of food, there were no leftovers for Daniel to bring home.

We headed home around 4pm, deviating from my normal route by leaving the 401 in Brighton, ON and taking highway 62 up to highway 7. But not before we visited The Big Apple in Colborne. We wandered around the pie shop and the candy store. There’s a picture of Mike in the mosaic below with the giant bear that greets you when you walk into the candy store. This means I discovered some new parts of my end of Ontario, and we stopped to stretch our legs and take a picture at  Moira Lake, just outside of Madoc. What a gorgeous area!!! I’m partially telling you about this because I want to remember how I found it so I can go back later this summer, especially since it seems there are Walleye spawning grounds in the area!

Today was spent wandering around Mike’s estate sale, and bringing home far more stuff than I intended to, including four antique chairs that are going to serve as kitchen chairs for the kids and I. Then we popped into Starbucks for a little pick-me-up (a rare occurrence for me) and came home. I wasn’t intending to bring anything home, because I’m starting to feel overwhelmed at the sheer amount of STUFF we have. The more time I spend surrounded by stuff, the less of it I want to have (and the nicer I want my stuff to be). Things are slowly leaving the house in bits and pieces, but I think in the next few weeks, a gargantuan purging effort is going to have to be made. But I will admit that the things I did bring home from Mike’s are NICE things, and they will last. I’ll talk some more about all that in my next post.

For now, I’m going to go enjoy some Midsomer Murders, and a bit of knitting. For my Canadian friends, have a great Victoria Day weekend, and please celebrate responsibly! I’m looking forward to some fireworks tomorrow night.

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