07 May 2021

Good Things

Hello, Friday!  You certainly took your good old time getting here, but as long as you show up, I'm happy.  

Not that this week was terrible, but there were enough ick times along the way that having the weekend break is even more welcome than usual.

But there were definite highlights.

Hamlet had a wonderful day for his birthday.  

Here he is in the morning, before we went out for our walk.  He is kind of giving me the side-eye, because I had just promised something special if he stayed put, and I think he is doubting my veracity.  But he did get a treat after this, so we both kept up our end of the deal.  He got more treats throughout the day, and he got brushed and fluffed up, some nice long walks, and some special food for his dinner.  Ending the day with "Happy Birthday" being sung to him (which he LOVES) and getting a new pull toy meant that he has had to do some extra resting ever since, there was so much excitement!  😀

This next photo should give you some idea of the next good thing I want to tell you:

LOTS of snipped ends of yarn - yes, I finally finished the knitting on my sweater!  I wove in the ends, and today plan to give it a quick soak and blocking.  I tried it on and it fits *exactly* the way I had hoped it would.  I can't wait to show it to you!

The next good thing happens tomorrow actually, when The Tim will get his second dose of the Covid vaccine!  In another couple of weeks we will both be invincible (well, you know what I mean), and that will be wonderful.  

Extra wonderful, because it means we will be able to see some of the family.  For Memorial Day weekend, we are headed to West Virginia to my sister and brother-in-law's.  If you have read my blog for any length of time, you probably recall that the Memorial Day weekend is usually one where everyone descends on them for a weekend and a huge picnic.  Well, of course that didn't happen last year, and the year before, we were unable to make it, so it's been two years since I've seen them in person.  This year, still no big event, but they are both vaccinated, and my niece Amanda and her husband Patrick are also both vaccinated, so all of us are headed home for that weekend.  It will be so wonderful to see everyone - we haven't seen Pat and Amanda for over a year - and still be safe.  I'm actually glad that there will just be the six of us, because all of us are very careful people, and I think having the smaller group will make it easier to adjust to visiting and traveling again.  

I'll believe it all when I see it/do it, but it's fun to think about until then, right?  (If not slightly nerve-racking, but so is everything these days.)

And that's about it from here.  The weather here in Philadelphia is supposed to be rainy and cool this weekend, so I may have to adjust some of my plans - there's no reason to try and clean out the garden when it's raining and windy, for instance.  But that's fine, I am good at doing both anything and nothing ...

For those who celebrate, I hope you have a lovely Mother's Day.

And no matter what else you do, I hope you have at least one moment this weekend when you are as happy and content as Pip is in this photo from the other day, where he was sitting with The Tim. 



Nance said...

What a joyous post! You have a lot to both Celebrate and Look Forward To, and both of those things are just the best.

Congratulations on finishing your sweater with success.

Have a lovely weekend.

karen said...

Happy Birthday to H! and yay for vaccinations and future traveling plans, it's been a long time coming. (can't wait to see the finished sweater.)

Kym said...

Fridays are always good for celebrating, but when you add in a good-dog birthday, a finished sweater, and family reunion plans . . . well. It's a BIG, freakin' deal! Happy birthday to dear Hamlet. I can't wait to see your new sweater (so nice when they fit the way we want). And HOORAY for post-vax family time. Enjoy your weekend, Bridget! XO

Ellen D. said...

Lots of celebrations for you this month - how nice to finally be able to do that!

Kim in Oregon said...

Happy birthday Hamlet!!!

KSD said...

Perhaps it's because I keep finding them on my sidewalk/driveway, but I thought the yarn ends were earthworms. . .

Picturing the singing and Hamlet's happy face delights me.

Araignee said...

Yay for the big finish!!
Meeting up with family and friends sounds wonderful. I am going to see my kids on Mother's Day. My sister just got her last shot and now all three of us will be able to meet up in a couple of weeks. I am overwhelmed with emotion at the thought of seeing everyone again without masks or on a screen.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Happy Birthday Hamlet!

Dee said...

I'm so glad you will get to see your family.

My sister and her husband came over yesterday. They are up here to bury Charlie's mom who died in January.

We had a good visit. Today I was thinking about how long it had been and realized I hadn't seen her in FIVE years.

Love that photo of Pip!

Mereknits said...

A doggy birthday and a planned trip to see family after a tough year, what more could you ask for? Well I can think of a few things but I'm grateful for all you have going on.

Anonymous said...

You folks in US are lucky to be fully vaccinated. Here in the Canada lands we are so far behind. Many my age have first vaccine but have to wait 4 months for the next. We are still in lockdown. I’m. So. Tired. Of. This. Just wondering if The Tim got his job back?
Cheryl (aka seajaes on ravelry)

Caffeine Girl said...

Your trip to W. Virginia sounds wonderful. All these family reunions are joyous. My mom is taking all us kids, spouses and grandchildren to San Diego for a week in June, and I can't wait to see everyone!
Can't wait to see your sweater!

kathy b said...

Thanks Bridget. I was with my son!!! and his kitten Bo is adorable but needs surgery again probably. She's coming into heat over and over and clearly something was left behind. Fingers crossed its a good surgeon.