I generally try to get this post done by Monday evening, early Tuesday but I made a trip out to visit my daughter D and my absolutely amazing grandson Eli so I'm a little late. (Yes, I'm a little biased and totally smitten with that child...and he knows it!)
Last week I did a little thrift store shopping, first at Salvation Army and then Value Village. I picked a few pieces of needed clothing, a pair of capris, a pair of shorts, and a t-shirt at my first stop. For some reason, ever pair of capris I own have developed tears in them. I guess I should be so surprised as they were used when I bought then in the first place. So while I'll mend them for everyday use, I don't feel the old ones are good enough for going out to dinner or even shopping. For the three pieces I paid only $11 plus tax.
At Value Village, I found a rain coat for $8.50. The brand name is Alpinetek and while I searched using Google, I couldn't find a similar one in new condition I did locate a used one for $15. So I think I did well with this price. It will come in very handy this fall I'm sure, but I was also thinking since it is lightweight, but lined, it will make a great jacket for my British Isles tour in June 2020.
I also picked up a couple of bags, one of Little People for Eli and one of sewing notions for myself. In my bag I got a couple of measuring tapes, three stitch rippers, three transfer rollers (not sure the technical name for those), several packages of snaps, a few buttons, some thread, sewing machine needles and best of all a container of pins. All for $3.99 which was the original cost of the container of pins. So I did pretty well there too!
Thursday I had a couple of appointments, the first at 8:30 a.m. for my annual mammogram. No problems, I didn't expect there would be be, but as both my father and his sister had breast cancer I go every year. We had a showing at 9 a.m. so I took the cats with me. I learned that Saku does not like travelling at highway speeds. OMG, did he howl! It was almost frightening as you'd think he was being tortured. Thankfully it wasn't too warm at that time of day, so I left the sunroof and the rear windows cracked. I was in and out fairly quickly and then headed in the direction of home, though I drove through the city rather than around it. Saku hollered some but not nearly as much as he had.
Later that day I had a nail appointment and when I arrived home I realized I had dropped or misplaced my house and mail keys. I called the screening center and the mall where I'd had my appointments but no one had turned in any keys that day. The woman on the phone at the screening center insisted I'd find them between the seats of my car. So Friday morning, I pulled the car out of the garage and spent a good 45 minutes cleaning the car out, vacuuming and wiping down the inside of the doors, the dash, and the center console. No keys.
Later that day I had to run out on an errand and when I returned, as I stepped out of the car...I stepped on those missing keys. The only thing I can think of, is that I'd dropped them on the driveway and when I pulled the car out of the garage to clean it, I parked over top of the keys.
Friday night was dinner with friends, while Saturday and Sunday were focused on house work and crafts. I finished crocheting the edging on the blanket that D's friend M made for Eli. I hadn't noticed until I washed and blocked it (I used my bed for that as I had no other space large enough), that the pattern was so different. This was made for a single bed, mine is a queen so it's quite big.
Not that Eli is yet sleeping in a single bed, he still prefers to crawl in with his mother from his toddler bed. Since D did the same thing until she was nearly 6 years old I'm not surprised. Neither I nor she wake up when the kid climbs into the bed. It took several months of bribery to convince her to sleep all night in her own bed. I suspect Eli will put her to the test as well. Isn't that what every mom wants for their adult children, that their offspring will test them, as they had tested their parent themselves? Or maybe that's just me.
We had another showing on Sunday, so the morning was spent cleaning and tidying. I did start another knitting project but I'm fighting with it so won't show you until it is complete...sigh, if it ever is. I did get a pair of shorts cut out from some stash material for Eli, but haven't done any sewing yet. Monday I was on the road shortly after 8 a.m., stopping on my way out of the city for a cup of coffee and a breakfast sandwich. The traffic was light all the way out, and the construction was finally complete, so it was only a 90 minute drive.
We got a lot done while I was there, lots of weeding in the flower beds, along the fence line, her little gardens (she has three pumpkins starting but little else), while Eli ran around and played. While his mom took the recycling to the depot, I took him in the stroller and walked to the nearby park. The splash pad was open and he had a blast, running between it and the other playground equipment. I had no problem reaching 10K steps that day! Later that afternoon, when we'd got more yardwork done, D and I sat in the shade while Eli played in his pool, on his mini trampoline and his sand box. He is such a good kid. Oh, I forgot to mention, when I arrived, he told his mom, "ma-ma came!". She had been telling him for the last couple of days I was coming to visit. He was almost as excited to see me as I was to see him.
Here he is playing peek a boo with G'ma. I had used the sheet on the couch as my bedding last night.
This morning we spent some time reorganizing her kitchen cabinets before I headed back into the city. I'm proud of her, she's really come a long way in the nine months she has been living in her own home, both emotionally and financially. She is taking pride in her home, and especially in her little boy, and making a good life for the two of them.
This evening we've had quite the thunder storm roll through, even a little hail. I'm going to go spend some time relaxing in the sun room. I'm a little weird that way, as nothing makes me feel more at peace than the sound of rain on the roof and the rumble of thunder in the distance.
Have a great week everyone!