Woke up, it was a comfy morning…

… Oh, sorry… Anyway, it was! Sunday morning was perfect. I opened all the windows, flung open the door, and turned the ceiling fan on to clear out the stale air-conditioned air. I poked around on my teeny-tiny “deck” — see how small it is? — and barricaded the stairs so that Herself could not escape. No ticks for us, no ma’am!

Fresh air at last! Breezy, fresh, oceany air! Nothing could have been more welcome. I brewed the coffee, started the computer, and went back out to breathe some more. Pure bliss.

I spent the morning working on my Project Spectrum Postcard for my July pal. I love making stuff with paper. I don’t scrapbook or do paper crafts, really, but I have a huge collection of images and bits that are fun to assemble. I’ll post photos after she gets the package, because I don’t want to spoil the surprise! Lisa has been very patient!

I seem to have been making negative progress on my Hippy Crunchy sock. Since I’m not a complete fool (and I know when to quit while I’m “ahead”), I decided to set it aside for a couple of days. I turned my feeble mind to figuring out what to do with my STR Rockin’ Sock Club Fairgrounds yarn (the mediumweight that wasn’t thrilling me as socks). I came up with this sweet little baby hat. My niece L is going to have a baby in October, and I want to make her something special. I started with a simple hat in the round, did a rolled brim, and added some purl rows every once in a while. I came up with a nice little decrease plan, to make the crown a little different — and I really like it! I have more than enough yarn left over for at least one pair of little socks, and I could probably make a pair for the big brother as well.
My sister E is planning the One Skein bib wardrobe, and I think I’m going to do a Mason-Dixon Kimono. We’ll have to try to control ourselves! This will be a well-knitted baby, because her Auntie A knits, too.

Work keeps surprising me with its strain and drain. I have been doing this job for eleven Augusts now. I mean, I know what I’m doing, and I know what to expect. But this year, I seem to be getting slapped around more than usual. We’ve decided that the heat wave took all of our energy, and the customers have stolen our very souls, so now we’re nothing but empty husks waving in the breeze. We like the drama, we do.

So far I’ve been able to keep up with the demands of the busy season, and it’s helped to retreat to my little home each evening and each day off. But I miss the rest of my world — walks on the beach, visits to Judy (I haven’t seen the Remarkable R’s since when, June?), unfettered travel around the villages and towns. I’ve sacrificed many of the bits of spontaneity my life had for peace and quiet. I’ve put many things on hold, with promises to myself that I will go there, or do that, and be that Jane again, after Summer. Four weeks till Labor Day.
It’s damp and humid again, so I’m back to breathing chilled air (but at least I’m not all sticky and uncomfortable). I’ll live with it for now, because you can be sure that the next time a cool breeze blows, or the temperature dips a bit, I’ll have the windows wide open in the blink of an eye. Four weeks till Labor Day!

16 thoughts on “Woke up, it was a comfy morning…

  1. Great picture of the cat on the deck!Nice to hear a cool breeze blew through for a while. That’s a cute baby hat. I need to get knitting for my first grandbaby, due the middle of October. Have never knit baby items.Hang in there, the tourists will go away eventually.

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  2. Oh, Sunday was a dream! We spent the day at Barcelona Point at the boat party. Sun and wind and music. Personally, I just adore October weather….you can keep the summer!

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  3. I just love the picture you painted of your morning. So peaceful ๐Ÿ™‚ Relief arrived up here in the Berkshires too and I agree that the heat was oppressive and draining.I am excited for your well-knit-baby-to-be! That hat is adorable. Congrats to your niece!

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  4. Yes yes yes! Sunday was so special. We had all the windows wide open and just drifted from one sweet room to another. Like stepping out of real time into soft time or magic time. I’m so glad you had a dya like that too.Dear dear Jane – please start loving those goofy customers! Just look at them as big green dollar bills walking into the store, flat and 2 dimensional, having to fold forward to pick up a book. Imagine them slipping into the cash register and sleeping there while you put the pretty books back on the shelf where they belong, like tucking children into bed.And congratulations on the beautiful baby hat. Lucky baby.

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  5. Thing is, I do love the goofy ones! We have a particular breed of customer here, though, one in a hundred, I’d say, that would vex even the Nicest of the Nice!

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  6. luv the baby hat – looks like a perfect choice of project for that yarn! and you mean to tell me that your kitty stays on your deck with the stairs blocked like that??? my kitties would circumvent that it no time at all ! good kitty ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. It’s less humid here today – and a wonderful breeze is blowing. Hope it stays this way for a while. I too live in a “touristy” place and very rarely venture downtown during the summer. The traffic sucks and I just can’t deal with it. Love the baby hat and I’m glad you enjoyed your “purple” package.

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  8. What a beautiful hat! And that cat is gorgeous too. Contemplating the outdoors. Yes Labor Day is almost here along with the completion of the Hampton Classic. THEN you can go back to normal.

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  9. Your cat, your hat, your deck … all beautiful! I love the glimpses into your life you give your readers. It was great here today, hot but not as humid, the air was clear. A perfect summer day.

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  10. Cute hat and such a nice view out your door. I’m looking forward to September when it should start cooling off enough to open doors and windows.

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  11. That hat turned out really well! Hmm. That’s a possibility for my mediumweight STR, too… Hang in there – only a few more weeks left until the season is over! Great kitty shot, too – such a thoughtful look.

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  12. C is for cuteness, and Catness, and well, that hat is so darn adorable, so never mind. Cats are beautiful but baby hats, well, they are adorable. That photo could go on a card!See, it’s mid August already. We all survived that record heat.

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