Friday, August 29, 2008

Community Market

This morning I met up with a new knitting friend, Lara, and she took me to the Lynchburg Community Market. It was nice to spend time getting to know her, browse the vendors that were there and learn a little of the downtown area.

Next time I'll take Mike and the kids.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

And...We're back!

As you can see I got my knitting groove back...

Pattern: Wisteria Sleeveless Dress; Yarn: Plymouth Jeannee

Finished it last night while watching the Sox. Finally got to see a game here in Virginia, that doesn't happen often enough. : (

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Love it When it Rains

I must have been born on a rainy day, because I LOVE it when it rains. I even love it when it rains consecutively for a week! I know, people always look at me like I'm crazy. Most people love sunny blue sky days, as do I. But, there is just something about the rain that I love even more.

It is finally raining here in Virginia!! They say it hasn't rained in this part of Virginia since June. Everything is brown and shriveled. It is probably too late for anything to turn green again, but I feel rejuvenated by it. As I sit at the computer, I'm listening to the rain hit the leaves on the trees, and the birds are going crazy in song. They must be feeling rejuvenated too.

The rain was just the excuse I needed to give myself to stay in, do a couple loads of laundry and oh yeah of course I'll knit!! I cleaned the house yesterday so it will even be guilt free knitting! Nothing like it!

What would you do on such a beautiful day?

Monday, August 25, 2008

Knitting Muse

Since moving to Virginia I haven't been knitting too much. Yikes! I know! To my knitting friends who may read this post, this is a drastic thing for me. However, last week I ventured to my first Virginia Knitting Group and that helped, but only a little. You may be thinking, "Well Michelle there is a lot to do when you move." But, that isn't it either.

It occurred to me the other day that it is quite possible that the reason my knitting has taken a back burner is because the yarn shop in Putnam Connecticut was my knitting muse. Now that I'm not visiting there I haven't felt inspired to knit like I had been.

Then on Saturday, I received a note from Jen (miagi on ravelry) the shop owner telling me all about the sales she has going on this week. After reading her note I felt a small glimmer of inspiration to pick up my needles. That was it! My connection to the Woolworks shop in Putnam, CT had found me in Virginia. Inspiration hit!!!

After we went to early mass on Sunday morning, breakfast out with the kids, and a few house drive bys we came home. I couldn't wait to sit in my rocking chair and knit. I spent about 3 hours sitting and knitting and watching old movies.

Then I actually posted my new project on Ravelry with photos this morning. I think I may just be recovering from the drought. (Ironically Virginia is in an actual drought, but I mean the knitting drought.)

Here are photos of the current project, for those of you not on Ravelry:

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Time with Mom and Dad

Mom and dad share a birthday of September 13th. Although mom is quick to tell everyone dad is 6 years her elder. Because we won't be with them for their birthday we decided to celebrate it with them on Thursday 8/21.

Because they seemed to have some trouble with their Mapquest directions in finding sister Suzanne in Charleston, SC and then getting to us here in Lynchburg. Mike insisted we get them a Garmin. Dad proudly named her Josephine.

They used her today, 8/23 to get to cousin Larry's house in Ararat Virginia, and there were no wrong turns or arguments. I would say it was money well spent.

On their last day here we went for lunch at the Golden Corral, a favorite of moms. We all left stuffed to the gills. Since we already had everyone in the car we went to the D-Day Memorial in Bedford Virginia. We walked through and around the grounds and learned a little history. After the huge lunch this walk was welcomed. We all got something from the gift shop and headed home. (Sorry to say it was a last minute idea to go so no one knew to have their camera.)

In the evening the kids decided to pull out their kareoke machine and everyone took a turn at the mic.

We had a great 4 days with "Mem and Pep". Looking forward to our next visit.

Friday, August 22, 2008

2 Weeks In Virginia

- Post by Michelle
Well we have been living in Virginia for 2 weeks now. I'm slowly learning my way around thanks to Lynn (the name we've given our Garmin GPS). Here is a list of our accomplishments over the first 2 weeks. (In no particular order.)

  • Mom and Dad have visited! (a huge reason why we moved to Virginia)
  • I attended my first knitting group and met some wonderful knitters.
  • Found where the yarn shops are. (Haven't ventured in yet they were closed when I drove past :( )
  • Registered at a church.
  • Got a library card. (Have yet to get my license, you can see where my priorities lie.)
  • Cousin Larry and his family visited. (Another plus to being in Virginia.)
  • Found my way to and from the WalMart shopping center without help from Lynn.

So as you can see we are trying to settle in and doing a pretty good job of it. Jacob even made the comment this week, "This isn't so bad." He was our biggest hurtle when we moved because of his age and all his friends in Connecticut. He however is enjoying this blog spot and the new lap top we purchased that has a web cam so, he spends a lot of his time on there with his friends. (Almost as good as being there.)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

New Crossbow

-Post by Jake
This is Mike's new birthday present. Keep the squirrels out of the birdfeeder.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Waiting for Mom & Dad

-Post By Michelle
Mom and dad will arrive tomorrow!! It has been almost a year since we've seen them. They left Florida on Saturday and arrived in Charleston SC to visit with sister Suzanne for a few days before heading to visit with us. This is the main reason we moved to Virginia, to make it easier to see them.

Looking forward to spending time with them just relaxing, and maybe take in some sights. We have yet to do anything like that.

My New Nintendo DS

Jake's new Nintendo DS.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Going to Church

Today, we went to church. Then we went to Best Buy. Then to a restaurant "Five Guys and Fries". Rest of the day was spent chillin'.

New Shoes

Most Awesome Sunglasses

Four Paper Cranes

These are the family of cranes that two of my friends made for me.
(From Left to Right) Wolfgang, Ludwig Tiberius Green, Clarence Newell Janovski, and Regina Marie Stillwater.

Saturday, August 16, 2008


Today, we waited around for the guys that install Comcast. They were supposed to come at 2:00. They came at 7:00. Wasted the whole day.


Most Awesome Musician

The Greatest Musician, that will ever live!

Target Get's Blown Away/ Evil Laugh

My Dad and I at the shooting range. My Dad shoots the target with his 45-70. Then I laugh.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Good Song

Awesome Song, one of my favorites. "Heartshaped Box" by Nirvana.