Decidedly not sweater weather

Vacation is off to a good start. It’s only been two days, but I’ve been going full steam.

Saturday I did some yard work in the morning and then Dave and I headed off to the dump to get rid of the compost bags. Since it was still fairly early, he decided we should go on a little road trip. We got some chip wagon fries for lunch (a real treat as I haven’t had them in forever), and hit up a little antique shop he’s been wanting to stop at for a while.

And little is the operative word! It really was just a truck trailer. But the prices were quite reasonable and I managed to find something I’ve been looking for forever… a hurricane lamp that not only met my budget (they are often quite expensive, despite being pretty plentiful), but also my decor – I just love the pink base, and it’s perfect for the living room. AND, it was bought firmly in July, not August, so I didn’t break any rules.

Afterwards, we stopped at a new (to me) nursery, and I got some MORE plants for the garden. (Still in July!!!) I’ll share more on them later in the week.

Sunday, I was up bright any early to head to the range to do my safety test. Everything went well, so I now have full privileges at the range. Dave tagged along (and napped in the truck, despite the trap tournament that was happening right beside the parking lot!), so afterwards, we stopped for a late breakfast at a little diner along the way.

This was really special, because we rarely go out for breakfast as Dave doesn’t like crowds (and there’s ALWAYS a crowd for breakfast). Also, it’s the first time we’ve dined in any where since COVID hit. Dave got the Hillbilly Breakfast – three eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, homefries, and toast. I don’t know where he put it all, because I had trouble eating my three pancakes!!!

We came home and I did a little sewing (more on that on Thursday), and then more yard work after dinner.

When I have sat down, I’ve been stitching, of once sort or another.

Despite the hot weather (it’s still hot, though not as humid as it was), I’m trying to make some headway on Dad’s Christmas sweater. I was really excited when I realized I’d completed all the increasing for the yoke…. but then disappointed when I read the next part of the pattern and learned I’d have to knit several more inches straight until before I could split for sleeves an body.

It’s a lot of stitches, so it’s a bit of a slog, but if I keep at, it, I know I’ll get through it!

10 thoughts on “Decidedly not sweater weather

  1. I had to Google Chip Wagon Fries as I had never heard of them! That antique shop/trailer looks jammed with stuff – I really like the hurricane lamp you bought. Between that and the plants, it’s a good thing it was still July – LOL. I love going out for breakfast!


  2. We don’t do breakfast out much, but I need to go to Cracker Barrel to try their Cream Cheese Pancakes, my daughter says they are delicious!! The lamp is adorable with your gnome!


  3. Patty

    What a fun trip you had! Love your hurricane lamp. That base and lovely pink glass are just gorgeous.
    I love eating at diners, especially for breakfast. When I visit my son in Madison, WI we go to a different diner every time I visit and then we go antiqueing. Illinois doesn’t have the variety like Wisconsin has.
    Enjoy the rest of your vacation. Sorry I disappeared for a while. Medical problems in the family.


  4. Shirley Elliott

    It sounds like your vacation is off to a good start. You are getting some things accomplished and doing some fun things. The new lamp looks like it was meant to be in your living room. Had to google chip wagon fries since that was new to me.


  5. Last week my nephew and his wife took me out for breakfast. I had pancakes for the first time in years – delicious. I love roaming through small antique shops. Love the yarn you’re using for your Dad’s sweater!


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