Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Thursday, August 25, 2011

I Forgot About the Fire

I forgot to mention the third local weather phenomenon in my last post: The Great Dismal Swamp Fire, which is so large that it now can be seen from space. The air quality is terrible today, which is one reason that our area is actually hoping for some significant rain from Irene. And it appears she is still heading our way, although it will probably bounce off the Outer Banks of North Carolina and veer a little bit to the east.

The girls and I had a great time thrift store shopping last weekend. As a matter of fact, it was so much fun that we went twice. Meredith and I focused on sheets and fabrics, while Melissa and Stephanie primarily went for the clothing. One of the projects that came together beautifully was the completion of a purse for Melissa. I had completed the knitting of it at least a year ago, but it needed a strap and a lining. Mere bought a linen shirt and used it to make the lining, and Melissa picked out the coolest belt to repurpose as the strap. It was definitely a labor of love and a group effort, and she loves it. The next time she stops by, I'll take a photo of the finished product.

The only other "field trip" that Meredith and I went on (if you don't count grocery shopping), was a visit to a new-ish yarn store in the area, The Yarn Club. It was a beautifully stocked store with a very friendly owner. Mere picked out a couple of skeins of MadelineTosh Merino Light; the candlewick (yellow-gold) one almost glows, it's so saturated with color. They are a gift for her for Christmas, which means I get to enjoy looking at them until then!

Hope your day is a good one!


  1. The purse is lovely.

    I hope the rains douse the fire, but don't cause you a lot of damage. Stay safe, Rose.

  2. Wow! Gorgeous purse. I'm imagining all the fun you had with the thrift store shopping and re-purposing. My kind of shopping LOL

    Hoping you get just enough rain from Irene!