Sunday, June 3, 2012

Long silence

Baby soybeans
My mom always told me that if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all.  While I probably haven't done a great job of that in my lifetime, I try hard not to bore you with the everyday things in my world when things aren't going so well.  Hence, my silence.  Not that I don't think about you (with some guilt, and daily), but it's just been a bit trying around here.  Our Ani got really sick, was in the hospital, and is home now...but it gave us all quite a scare for this past week or so.

Handsome nephew, Tim
We had a great week in Illinois.  We visited our family, had lots of great conversation, laughs, and OMG, the food.  Those folks sure now how to lay down a feast (to which I submit very willingly).  I didn't realize it had been four and a half years since I'd been back, so that won't happen again.

While we were there, we got to visit our baby soybeans.  I've never been there in spring before and I swear, I could see how much the corn grew just in the few days we were at the farm.  I'm always blown away that generations of folks have survived by planting seeds and then hoping that the sky blesses them with enough water to raise healthy crops.  Strong people, they are; the core of this country.
Detail: subtle colors

Trip project
I always like to use a trip to start a new project, so at the last minute, I grabbed two balls of my own hand spun yarn, a lace weight of hand painted wool and silk blend.  It was just right for this trip, light to carry and mindless to knit on.  I finally finished it a couple of days ago and blocked it last night.  I had so much fun, I've started another, out of commercial yarn (Noro sock yarn).  I always have to have my hands busy or I go cuckoo...or maybe I'm just a cuckoo who likes to knit.


Dora, the Quilter said...

One of the things I enjoyed about growing up in Illinois was that we could stand in the middle of a cornfield and literally hear the corn growing!

Robyn said...

Oh - so glad to hear that Ani is back on track! Yikes! Please send her lots of love from all of us.

Your shawl is gorgeous - very New Mexico colours (to my eyes).

Kim said...

My Mom used to say that too and I used to say "that's no fun".
That yarn is gorgeous. It looks wonderful

Orange Sink said...

Oh Martie,
I am so sorry to hear about Ani and I hope she is recovering well! It is just natural to be silent when things aren't going well.... at least that is how it affects me too.
Glad you had a good trip and enjoyed listening to the corn grow..... it is definitely something everyone should experience at least once in a life time! LOL!
Lovely colors in your knitting! Wish I could see it and touch it as it looks so soft!!
Hugs and prayers!!!
Cathy G

island sweet said...

so good that ani is feeling better martie. take care of yourself. xxx