I was starting to get a little worried, in all seriousness, that I was going to miss out all together on fall this year. No. Not just worried. Downright panicky. What was I thinking, leaving town next week for a two week trip to the balmy, hot tropics? Right here in the midst of the best time of year?? Just when the stupor from summer heat has worn off? Wait! What did I sign on for?? Why was fall taking so long to start? Because I'm betraying it and leaving during it's finest hour?
But, here it is, right now, here in my front yard, side yard, back yard, all around. Phew. Just in time. Thank you, fall.
Not only has fall come, but an AMAZING package arrived this past week from Jennifer. She asked for my address recently, under the guise of wanting to send me "a little something." Hmmm. Wouldn't you call this more like "A WHOLE LOT OF SOMETHING?" Two skeins of Koigu, in the exact color of the aspen's and birch's leaves right now, and a skein of Lucy Neatby's Celestial Merino in the "Honeypot" colorway, along with some chocolate (enjoyed during the adventures in yesterday's post) and a batch of her cards with tiny knit swatches on toothpick needles. (Whoops, sorry, no pictures of those either and I'm having trouble finding them on your site to link to, J.)
She had even offered, awhile back, to put me up and give me a ride to Rhinebeck if I could make it this year. C kind of questioned me on that one, about whether I thought it was safe to stay with someone I knew only by way of the internet. As reassurance, I told him that I was pretty sure she gives away much of what she knits to charities, and so I didn't think he needed to worry.
As it happens, plans have changed and, after Panama, C and the boys and I will have a stopover in St Louis, instead of being split up across the country with me in New York, the boys in Seattle, and C back home in Montana, as was originally planned. That all just seemed too complicated, too juggled, like we were trying to do it ALL and it was just, plain "too much." We haven't been back to visit C's family in almost 5 years so we're well overdue and now we'll get the chance to meet our twin nephews for the first time AND, if the weather cooperates, I'll see midwest fall colors for the first time ever, something I've been wishing for for SO many years now.
(Aspen leaves, as they fell, on the steps leading up to "my room" above the shop.)
Your generosity is inspiring, Jennifer. Thank you, again. Usually, I spend an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out what yarn to pack along with me on a trip. This time, there's no question. I'll be bringing fall color along with me. Now, there's just the matter of which patterns to use. Oh, and the packing, and bills, and fall color to enjoy and...