Another week at “Fun at Camp” has come and gone. This year was a little different because Greg, Vanessa and Ella came and spent the entire week. That meant a whole week enjoying my granddaughter. She is getting so big and is walking, although tentatively. She gets around so much faster crawling that I think she prefers speed over technique.
Bill, Wendy and I arrived late Friday afternoon about 30 minutes before a horrendous thunderstorm struck the area. It was very scary. Lightening was striking everywhere around us. Wendy was a little panicky because we didn’t have cell service and she was afraid something would happen and we would have no way of telling anyone we needed help. Thankfully, that wasn’t necessary. Neither of us liked it very much but Bill didn’t seem too shaken by the whole thing.
For the most part, the weather was good all week. We were able to spend some time on the beach every day, even though it clouded up in the afternoon early in the week. We took advantage of a cloudy day on Sunday and went to play miniature golf. Well, it was cloudy when we left but was pouring by the time we called it quits somewhere around the 8th hole. Everyone was drenched but that didn’t stop us from getting ice cream on the way home.
We spent time doing what we always do at camp…reading, floating, eating, relaxing, listening to the Red Sox (that can be a real downer sometimes, though).
Speaking of mosquitoes. We were warned that they were very numerous this summer. That was a understatement! They were awful. Usually, when we sit around the campfire at night, there are a few mosquitoes. However, this year they were swarming all day. Even though it didn’t rain every afternoon when it got cloudy, we couldn’t go outside and just sit because we would be eaten alive. The little kids are very tasty to the darn things…they were full of little red bites. Ella got most of them on her face and Trevor got them around his ankles. Even though we slathered them with all kinds of kid safe bug killer, they still got lots of bites. Finally, by the end of the week and cooler temperatures, they subsided, which allowed us to sit by the lake and read. The only good thing about them was the fact that they were small and slow. If you spotted them landing on you they were easy to smack.
It was an entire week without internet, which felt a little strange. Funny how quickly the computer, e-mail, Facebook, Google etc. have become a staple of our existence.
Needless to say, I haven’t gotten any sewing done lately. After completing the hanging sleeve for the “Oriental Flower” I actually got a few inches sewn down. I planned to work on it a little last night but by the time we spent about 10 hours, packing, cleaning, unpacking and putting away, I couldn’t keep my eyes open much past 9. I had to return to work today so going to bed early was not a problem.
Bill and I traveled to North Conway one afternoon to pick up some staples at the grocery store. We stopped at a great little quilt shop there. Of course, we couldn’t leave without buying something. Bill purchased a charm pack of Halloween fabrics so that I can make something to decorate Wendy’s apartment.
I found some butterfly fabric which I have started to collect for a quilt for Vanessa. It was on sale for $3.99/yd so I bought the end of the bolt, 2 3/4 yards, which I can use for the backing. I also bought some bee fabric on sale to use for the backing of Wendy’s bee quilt, which I haven’t started but have all the fabric I need.
Now to make a decision on the pattern. I want to make a scalloped edge which I have never done before and am thinking about some applique but that may mean that I don’t finish it for another several years. That’s just too long.
I have 9 more shifts and 16 more days to work before retirement. I’m getting excited. I have an interview with Loews on Monday for a part-time position. They are opening a new store in town so it would be perfect. I’m crossing my fingers!
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