I don't know about most of you, but I think that this year has been unusually short! Maybe with the traveling it has made it seem that way. Where did Summer go??
Fall is on the way and it is my favorite time of year. I love the way the sun feels on my skin as we go into Indian Summer. There is a different feel in the air and the evenings start getting cooler. Days get shorter and I can't really explain it but I start to feel more cozy somehow in my home. Of course the color show outside is much better than the finest painting found anywhere!
This year I am going to miss all of this as we are headed back to China in less than a week. We will return just in time for Thanksgiving. Hubby and I were discussing how things change when we are away and I think it has hit me hardest this time because I will seem to miss a whole season. I know it will still be fall when we return but all of the beauty of fall will be gone. We will leave with green still everywhere and return to bare and grey.
It's all okay, though, as I will be with hubby and that is my most important time spent. And it will once again feel like knitting weather when I get home!!! I'll be able to pull out my knitted sweaters and socks!
Knitting has been kind of on the back burner this summer, don't ask me why. Reading has taken center stage. I have rediscovered some authors and found some that have made my summer so enjoyable. I'm reading Jean Plaidys historical fictions on the European royal houses, and also was directed by Susan at Yarn Explosion to Sharon Kay Penmans historicals. Very good!!! Thanks Susan!! Georgette Heyer is being reprinted also and I have been reading her mysteries which I LOVE and also have one of her historical fictions which I will start on very soon. More new to me authors are in Mystery, Ariana Franklins medieval series, Christopher Fowlers Peculiar Crimes Unit (awesome!!), Robin Paige (pseudonym) and Victoria Thompson Victorian series. Also new to me is Anya Seton historicals reprinted. All of these have helped to make my summer spectacular!
Also high on the list of fun was being able to work a few days at the Yarn Explosion shop and seeing a lot of my acquaintances and friends from Needle on the Square and my shop. It was great fun!! Hopefully when we get back I will be able to teach some classes there for them and I will be doing some workshops for Carole at Orchardside Yarn Shop as well.
I hope that you have all had a great summer!
When we get back here in November there's going to be a yarn stash sale. There's been a lot of decluttering at my house and it is time to clean out the yarn as well. If anyone is interested let me know! So it's back now to our second home!
Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, Xian, China. We were able to see this a couple years ago and it was unbelievable!! (Click on photo to embiggen)
Talk to you all soon!