November 07, 2005


After sunny San Antonio, I've been trying to get acclimatized to the gloomy and cold Pacific Northwest. This place called home was made all the more gloomy by the time change -- moving not only from Central Daylight Savings time, but to Pacific Standard Time and short days of low, wet skies. And cold? While we were gone our furnace decided to go out. (Oh, my poor sister and brother-in-law who were here from Arizona house- and pet-sitting for us, how they suffered....)

Once upon a time I wrote a blog entry about repairmen and how they never show up when you expect them; they arrive too early, before you are ready; or, more often the case, they arrive late when your patience is worn out and perhaps you are even on your way out the door to some pressing engagement. Last week continued to prove this rule true. The furnace repairman promised me he'd come by Monday afternoon between 2:00 and 4:00; at 5:30 that evening I phoned to ask if he was still coming. And although he claimed to be on his way, because night had already fallen, because rain was pouring down and traffic was a mess, I told him not to come that night. And as things turned out, he couldn't come on Tuesday, but would make it Wednesday morning between 8:00 and 10:00.

Surprisingly enough, who should show up Tuesday but the cable guy? He was scheduled for Friday. Talk about repairmen showing up too early!

Wednesday morning at 9:55 I had the phone in my hand, ready to call the furnace repairman and say, Where the heck are you?, when he drove up our driveway.

Our heat was restored on Wednesday. Lest it sound like I'm just griping for the sake of griping, let me tell you that our area has had something like 10 inches of rain over the week since Scott and I've been back from San Antonio. Really made me long for that warm and dry Texas weather.

Here are a few photos of highlights from our San Antonio trip:

Friday, October 28, I went on a tour to Fredericksburg, Texas. Fredericksburg is a shopping mecca best known for its variety of shops for home decorating. However, a few blocks off the main drag, I spotted a cute little sheep-shaped sign that I knew must indicate a yarn shop:

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Stonehill Spinnery. Virginia was the clerk on duty at the time, and she showed us warm, Texan hospitality. I asked about what yarns they might have that were unique to their store, and she showed me some natural-colored worsted weight yarn that is spun from animals owned by the shop's owner. While those yarns were lovely, what really appealed to me were some dyed yarns from El Coyote Ranch:


The inside of that cute little goat label reads: "This is a wonderful blend of my pet Angora goats fiber (mohair) and Texas Rambouillet. 60% Rambouillet, 40% Mohair."

We had very limited time to shop in Fredericksburg, so I grabbed up these two hanks of purple yarn, said good-bye to Virginia, and headed back out to the main street to visit a few other shops.

In one of the home decorating stores, a swan sighting:

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This little flock is made from hand-painted gourds. They are on sticks and you would put them out in your lawn, like pink flamingos. (Gourds painted as pink flamingos were also available.)

What I was really looking for was a turquoise necklace and earrings, and I found some darling ones at a store called Jeep Collins:

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I got these just in time, for Friday night we went to a big bash that had a Western theme. Here I am in my cowgirl duds -- including new turquoise necklace and earrings -- with George, a long-time friend from California:


Check out that purse George is carrying! (Actually, it belongs to his wife Patti.) When we were packing for our trip to San Antonio, and I was putting into my suitcase my Western skirt, top, and jacket, I said to Scott, "I'm gonna get me some red Tony Lama cowgirl boots." And that is just what I did. And I did not buy the most expensive pair. And I love 'em!

I'll share more photos of that evening in the next entry.

The Ferals ride tonight!

Posted by Karen at November 7, 2005 11:43 AM

Go, momma!
You can write that I watched movies this weekend. Your readers would LOVE to hear about that!

Posted by: DD#1 at November 7, 2005 12:57 PM

Fredericksburg -- and the whole Texas Hill Country -- is Wonderful! Have a daughter in Austin, TX. A lot nicer in winter than here in PA!

Posted by: Nancy J at November 7, 2005 05:40 PM

If you aren't just the sweetest thang! You go, cowgirl. Great shopping, too. That yarn is yummy... How long will it take before one of the girls tries to borrow those cool boots?

Posted by: Anne at November 7, 2005 06:22 PM

Nice boots! Nice purse! And you came back to no heat for days? How miserable - it's so cold and damp lately. I looked at the Coyote goats - what funny fur they have. I know it's wool, not fur, but neither of those words really seem right. They look like dreadlocks, actually.

Posted by: Patti at November 7, 2005 07:22 PM

Yeah, the PNW has been drenched! Welcome back from your trip, seems like you had a great time. That yarn looks lovely, let us know when you find something to do with it :D

Posted by: Heather Leigh at November 8, 2005 06:00 AM

Those are feral boots, honey--and I'm jealous as hell!

Posted by: Janine at November 8, 2005 07:43 AM