A belated Christmas present from the kids: the annotated Pioneer Girl , the autobiography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I was introduced to LIW when my parents gave me Little House in the Big Woods for Christmas when I was seven, and I was hooked. Every birthday and Christmas thereafter I received the next book in the series, and have read them multiple times as a child and adult, including reading them all to my children. (I'm sorry that somewhere along the way I lost one of the hard cover books, On the Banks of Plum Creek, retaining only the dust jacket. I think I had lent it to a 'friend' in junior high or high school, and when she moved away the book went with her.) I also own related books, like a Little House sewing book and cookbook.
I love them so much, my daughter's middle name is Laura. :-)
So I have lots of good reading to look forward to- the book, and also the above website which I could get lost in.
It has been a glorious Memorial Day weekend weatherwise, sunny and a bit on the cool and comfortable side. Saturday I went to the Virtu Arts and Crafts festival in Wilcox Park. I ended up buying a red nautical rope doormat made by a couple in Massachusetts, for the backdoor. I saw the mats last year and was wishing I had bought one then. I also got two pretty watercolors to frame:
A special feature of this year's show was yarn bombed trees. When I read that this was going to happen, I had disparaging thoughts. Yarn bombing always seemed to me a kind of silly activity. I had forgotten all about it as I entered the park. However, when I came across the first unexpected yarn bombed tree, I had to smile. And then, there was another...and another...and another!
The trees lining each side of one of the walkways were most impressive, all dressed up in a double row.
It was fun to see people's reactions when they first encountered a colorful tree. Double takes, jaws dropping, huge smiles, funny comments, fiber fondling, tree hugging, phone cameras whipping out, posing with trees...Adults and children alike were delighted.
I admire all the time and work those knitting and crocheting elves put into decorating the trees (and some lamp posts!). All in all a happy day in the park. I won't make the mistake of dismissing the power of the yarn bomb again!