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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Summer Weather

It's totally unpredictable!
We have had some VERY hot and dry weeks.  Then we have wild storms.
Our electricity has been off for hours several times.  Luckily we have a few oil lamps for the emergencies.

One of our huge maple trees has been damaged beyond repair and will have to be taken out.  We knew it had a crack in it, but it withstood the winds of winter.  It was no match for the storm on Monday evening.

We are hoping the rain we've gotten in the past few days will save what's left of the garden.  Earlier in the season we had a nice crop of strawberries, enough for me to make jam and freeze a few quarts for shortcake during the winter.

 Then the dry spell came and the beans dried up, along with the Swiss chard and tomatoes.  We're hoping the tomatoes revive.  We have had a few nice ears of sweet corn. 

It had been so miserably hot that for a few weeks Zip and I didn't stray far from the fans.  My Mom had been wanting us to take her to visit her sisters in Mt. Joy, PA, so one of the not-quite-so-hot days we made the trip.  It was a nice visit.

Mom is on the left in the black and white top.  My aunt Ada is in the middle and Aunt Mary is on the right.  We were at the nursing home where Aunt Mary is now living.  It's a very nice place and she seems to like it there.

On the way home we had to drive through the eastern part of York County near Hallam.  Mom's family lived near there when she was a child and neither of us had been in that area for over 20 years.  The house where she lived was still there.

She and Dad were married in this church in Hallam in 1946.

Afterward they went to her older sister's home and had hamburgers and fried oysters for their reception dinner.

I love revisiting places from my past.  Not that I was there for the wedding or anything!  ha-ha!  I just wish my parents had been more open and told more about the times when they were growing  up.  Once they are gone, that part of family history is lost forever.  Mom has always told me that the skeletons in the closet should be left in peace.  But why, so long after the fact shouldn't we know about the people whom we came from?  I guess because I'm such a tell-it-all kind of person that I can't understand the need for 'family secrets'.

And now for my confession of the week....

Two months ago I started a summer sweater.  My dear friend Julie from the Knitting at Large blog says 'summer sweaters' are an oxymoron in the mid Atlantic states.  But I was not deterred.  I chose a lovely bright pink yarn and a pattern with lace ribbing around the bottom, sleeves and neckline.

It came out lovely!


It's a little snug bordering on 'stuffed sausage'!

I did a gauge swatch and it seemed OK, but over 400 stitches, even a little deviation could cause a sweater not to fit right.  But I wet it and dried it on my Maxi-Me sweater blocking form and I didn't have to stretch it to get it on the form.

I didn't know what exactly went wrong, so I decided to start another sweater and just make it a little bigger.  I usually take measurements before starting, so I can check the numbers to help see if it's going to be big enough.

Holy Guacamole!!!  When I measured myself, I was 3 inches bigger in the chest than when I started the pink sweater.  Three inches in two months!!!  And my hips had increased too.  Darn those yummy lunches of burgers and hot dogs on the grill with potato salad!  And maybe the latte and pastry in the evening while watching the Food Network added their contribution, too.  I am disgusted!

And the fact that Zip and I haven't been doing much besides sitting in front of the fans isn't helping.  This summer we have made a slug look hyperactive.

That sweater is going to be part of my fall wardrobe.  Back to Weight Watchers.

The kitties are spending their time lying around in any cool place they can find.  It's even been too hot to cuddle.  I miss that! 

Greetings from Deiter!



  1. What a nice visit for your Mom. Hope you get some cooler days we need some, too! I'm sure that sweater will be fitting in no time!!

  2. That sweater is pretty. Don't worry, we've all "expanded" this summer ;)
    So nice your mom got to visit with her family. The family secret thing made me giggle. My auntie is the same. She hides, denies and fakes ignorance when some old story surfaces she doesn't like. It cracks me up.

  3. Good to hear from you again!
    The visit, so good of you to take her! The color of the sweater is lovely. Have missed seeing pictures of Deiter and the gang!

  4. Pat ~
    SO GOOD to hear from you!!! You PA girls have been so quiet this summer and I'm including Joanne as a PA!
    Great post. How nice your mom got to visit with her sisters and how kind of you to take her.
    Your sweater is lovely. I bet the yarn was shrinking from the heat and humidity!!!
    Hugs to the furbabies :)

  5. Hi Pat!
    Yes! It's great to see a post from PA! I've missed seeing Dieter and the other kids! My what a rough summer this has been for so many! I think Fall is really going to be welcomed by man and beast alike this year!
    Your knitting is gorgeous as always! Don't give up on the weight loss..... Sending big hugs for encouragement and well-being!!
    Cathy G

  6. Good to hear from you Pat! Looks like it was a great visit for your Mom. Your sweater looks fabulous! Summer is usually when the winter "butter cookie-a-thon" gets lost here... but, I gained a few more on top of that this Summer simply for the lack of enthusiasm to move around in this humidity. Sure makes me wish I had a swimming pool! Exercise in cool water... now that's more my speed! lol! Rubs under the chin for Deiter!

  7. I love your sweater and hope you can wear it soon! I get it totally ~ this has been a rough summer on the waistline! Glad to hear from you ~ I've been wondering what you're up to, so really glad to see your post!

  8. PAT, dear friend, so good to hear from you... I haven't been blogging much myself this summer. Once in July I think. I've been so busy as usual reorganizing stuff that I haven't paid much care of my yard and gardens. Weeds everywhere, but the house is clean. I have fans everywhere to keep cool.

    My body melted in the heat and constant work but I'm not complaining. I battled with my weight for years but since I work at the farm I've finally turned fat into muscles I think. JB

    I bet you that you have a lot of water retention in this heat. I used to be like that but I've cut way back on salt and I'm finally getting used to it and no more swelling of hands and feet and whatever else....

    That sweater is just beautiful. You do such nice knitting. I haven't pulled hoops all summer.

    Sorry about the garden drying up. Hope that next year will be better. I say that every year.... If it's not bugs it's hail, or flood or heat and weeds... Sigh....

    I missed reading about what you've been up to. How nice of you to bring your mom for a visit. So true about family history. I know a lot about one side of the family but my other grandmother was adopted so a lot of missing history there...

    Good luck with the weight watching thingie...

  9. Great to have you back ...and with a such a great post.
    I too have gained over the Summer ....not that we could call continual rain , a summer sitting with a house full of food was not good for me. As for family secrets ...I am with you ...and they make family history more colourful. When Mum was alive she got quite angry at me delving into things and I tried to explain that it cant hurt those that had long gone.I managed to discover a couple of stories but so much stayed locked away in her head...including more about my father ....shame.
    Great shot of gorgeous Dieter too.xx

  10. hey pat! i always put pounds on in the summer...i love summer food!! Your knitting is so impressive! Tell Zip i said hello!

  11. hey pat! i always gain a few pounds in the summer. I love summer food!! Your knitting is impressive!! Tell Zip I said hello!!


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