May 15, 2007

SEASONS COME & SEASONS GO

On Saturday, we said goodbye to Mugsy

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and his companion Chase

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who are going to go live in new pastures. For the first time in 11 years, we are horseless.(Although I hadn't mentioned it here on this blog, we had sold Bobby, Allegra's sweet-tempered little quarter horse, last summer.) Our girls had outgrown their interest in horses, and it was time for these guys to move on. We won't miss mucking out the stalls in the barn, nor the job of catching the horses for the shoer's visit every six weeks. Since Saturday, every time I drive into our driveway, I find myself scanning the pasture, looking for those handsome devils . . . making sure they haven't gotten loose . . . seeing what they're up to . . . but I'm sure I'll grow out of that habit, soon.

For Mother's Day, my family took me to the Mariners game against the Yankees. First off, we stopped at the new Baseball Museum on the ground floor of Safeco Field. Scott's company had built and installed the displays there. Lest you think I'm going off on another tangent entirely unrelated to yarn, let me show you this picture:

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The display shows how a baseball is constructed. The caption reads: "Official Baseball Rule 1.09: The ball shall be a sphere formed by yarn wound around a small core of cork, rubber or similar material, covered with two stripes of white horsehide or cowhide, tightly stitched together." Hmmm... I wonder if there's a fiber of preference. Merino? Shetland? Acrylic?

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Scott lives the fantasy of playing center field.

Our seats were in the All-Star Club, which is a new club on the suites level. Unlimited buffet food and soft drinks! (Alcoholic beverages could be purchased.) Scott's company had done graphics of the ballplayers, inside the All-Star Club and outside in the hallway, and everything looked shiny and new and very professionally done. (For example, in the hallway outside the All-Star Club were life-size graphics of Edgar Martinez and Ken Griffey, Junior, with brief text giving highlights of their careers with the Ms.)

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Left to right: Jennie, Allegra, and me.

I have never before taken knitting to the ball park, because I would worry too much about keeping it clean in an environment full of beer and peanut shells. So this was a first, for me -- I worked on the Basic Black Vest before the game started and in lulls during the game. You can tell by the way we are bundled up that the weather wasn't warm, but it was a great game -- the Mariners beat the Yankees, 2-1.

At Ferals last night, I was remarkably productive -- knitted another two rows on the Basic Black Vest, as well as two rounds on my standby Fair Isle project, the Sandness sweater.


Posted by Karen at May 15, 2007 10:01 AM
Comments

Aw, you didn't post the pic of you catching the ball in CF?! You looked so professional, too.

Posted by: DD#1 at May 17, 2007 03:26 PM

congrats to dd#1!!!!!

Posted by: vanessa at May 20, 2007 08:23 AM

I got to go to the game on Mother's Day too. But our seats weren't nearly as good.

Posted by: marti at May 21, 2007 12:41 PM