It was no secret in the 25 years that I have been married to my wonderful husband, my mother-in-law is a very difficult woman to be around. Being 88 years old is not making it any easier! She is still able to stay in her large home alone (Scott’s father passed away just before we were married!) and gets around nicely for 88 years old. But conversations always seem to end in this “battle” of modern vs. old school. And it is always Lois’s belief that she is ALWAYS right.
When she laid down for several cat naps during the day we would escape and run about the towns surrounding Owosso finding letterboxes (in a couple days you will have to visit my letterboxing blog to see where we went and what we found on this trip)and unique places that NY doesn’t have.
One stop we did was this ceramic/headstone/statuary “place” – the biggest I have ever seen in my life! We were in search for a sleeping cat headstone to put on the grave of our dearly departed (in December) second cat – Molly. Fiona (who passed in July 2011) already had her angel cat headstone, but Molly was in need of one. This is where we went:
It goes on for acres – the photos just don’t show all that there is!
We learned something – these things big and small are very expensive now. We found what we thought to be the perfect one for Molly but had to leave it because it just was out of our budget. We will find her something…… I know she understands.
When my MIL was awake and needed our attention we spent early mornings making her rock garden look good. Scott painted the statues and the “pond” and they look great now. It makes her happy to have her yard looking nice and it is an easy thing for us to do for her. (Actually Scott does all the hard work and I just try and keep her from driving him crazy with her sharp tongue.)
I finished those other socks and have been working on the Wingspan shawl which is a slow go. In between I started a new pair of socks on the new magic loop needle I bought in Frankenmuth, MI. I love the new blue cables – all my Addi turbos were bought almost 13 years ago and they have the thicker gold cable. I just LOVE these tiny blue cables!!! So flexible! Originally the magic loop called for a 40 inch cable but I tried two at a time socks on the 40 inch and I just could not get the hang of it. I bought this trip a 32 inch cable and am doing one sock at a time and I love not having big loops hanging around while knitting. 32 inches is perfect for one sock at a time. I think, for the time being, I am cured of my second sock syndrome!
We head home tomorrow – early in the morning. We are driving straight through to NY and should be home early evening, God willing. There is talk of a cold front that we will either be trying to out run or we will be riding on it’s aftermath. Either way I pray that it is not a big one and that storms will not be our constant travel mate! Thanks for coming along on this journey with me. I would have posted more things but the hot spot I brought along is not working that well. I forgot, his Mom’s house is brick and metal siding – not good for hot spot contections. I tried going out in the yard, but it still did not work. If there are typing errors in this post, ignore them. I can’t edit quickly – I am lucky if this will upload this morning!