Accident Prone Knitter

Here you will find musings about knitting, home renovation, travelling, sports and the myriad of things I delight in. "Out into the brimming, sun bathed world I sped"

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Location: Central Pennsylvania, United States

I've lived in California, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Toronto and Pennsylvania. I'm a retired police officer, and I've worked in accounting and payroll related fields for the last several years.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Arizona Update

Where does the time go? Mine went where the Antelope play. Where the wind can power water. Where a teddy bear can look like this. Where Ike Clanton comes to life in Tombstone . and the beautiful state my family calls home.

I flew from Pittsburgh to Phoenix via Memphis and came home with great pictures thanks to Ike (my brother) who spent some quality time with me sharing his techniques. The pictures are wonderful but cannot compare to the beautiful memories of time spent with family, made all the more special by a favorite childhood cousin who flew in from Houston so we could reconnect. Along with these pictures I came home with some handcrafted wood work.
My family met the gentleman who made these items with a scroll saw when we went with my parents who were looking at a home they wanted to purchase. He gifted me with the Colorado plaque and my Mom with an Idaho plaque. I purchased the hunter profile plaque from him.

How do I sum up my trip to visit family? I can't thank my Sister In Law in particular enough for her gracious hospitality. My brother drove through the night to get home from Yuma to spend more time with me and take us to Tombstone. We celebrated my Dad's birthday and rejoiced in my Mom's recovery from two surgeries in the last four months. We ate tons, drank a little, laughed a lot and I learned a new game.

A couple days after returning home I drove down to Harrisburg to meet up with Jessica. Several weeks ago she sent me an email letting me know she would be traveling through PA and suggested we meet. She is a knitter and a hockey fan - so right there we had a couple of things in common, how could I resist. This was a first for me. Meeting another knit blogger just because we'd "met on the internet". I had a terrific time getting to know Jessica AND she let me touch her hand spun sock yarn. Beautiful stuff Jessica. I drove her up to Knitters Dream a yarn store North of Harrisburg that is run out of a ladies house. It's a nicely stocked shop and the owner couldn't have been nicer. I came home with two skeins of Cotton Twist yarn - but do you think I remembered to take a picture of Jessica? No. The camera was in the car too - call it a vacation hangover. After a couple of hours Jessica had to head home and we parted with promises of meeting up again - maybe in NJ. Jessica thanks so much for suggesting the meet it was a great time. Remember how the owner of Knitters Dream said she had placed the store on a Yarn Diet? That cracked us both up.

The following day was Sunday where I found myself being driven to Youngstown Ohio with some friends so we could catch the Championship game of the ACHA National Tournament where the Penn State Icers were playing. MFB was driving there when I was headed home from Arizona, so it had been almost two weeks since I had seen him. The Icers lost the game to finish in second place for the season. When I got to work on Monday I wasn't sure what State I was in but I appreciated the ride.

I'll leave you with one last picture of AZ. This is Texas Kate who puts on a trick riding show in Tombstone.



Blogger Life's a Stitch said...

I am drooling over the sunshine. I'm suffering from some serious rust here in Vancouver.

7:07 PM, March 11, 2007  
Anonymous Francesca said...

Welcome back! So, did you get any knitting done while you were gone?

8:28 PM, March 11, 2007  
Anonymous emily elizabeth said...

hey! glad you're back and that you had an excellent vacation! your pictures look fab-love the last one. I would be on my butt if i tried to do something like that :-pe

8:53 PM, March 11, 2007  
Anonymous twig said...

Wow, sounds like a great vacation.

10:38 PM, March 11, 2007  
Anonymous Dipsy said...

What an awesome time it seems you've had! I so love the pics, they're really beautiful - looking at them made me long to go there too! It's good to hear that you had such a wonderful time meeting your family as well as Jessica!

4:09 AM, March 12, 2007  
Blogger Brigitte said...

Oh, it looks like you had such a wonderful trip! Arizona looks so beautiful...*sigh* And it's been so cold and snowy here.

Welcome home!

7:20 AM, March 12, 2007  
Blogger Carol said...

Sounds like a great vacation! Nice to see you back:) Sorry about the Icers, but I can tease a co-worker (Penn State Grad) over it. sounds like you've everything one can do to have a memorable and meaningful time with loved ones.
That was me being a dancin fool with one of my bosses.

10:47 PM, March 12, 2007  
Anonymous Carrie K said...

Oh, such fabulous pictures! I'm glad you had a good time.

8:02 PM, March 13, 2007  
Blogger Zarzuela said...

Looks like a wonderful vacation! It was great meeting you too and I'm so glad we managed to figure it out. And yeah...yarn store on a yarn diet was a pretty funny thought!


8:17 PM, March 13, 2007  
Blogger Bridget said...

What a nice-sounding trip! And absolutely fantastic photos.

I'm glad that you had such a nice visit with your family. After traveling that far, you really want things to go well!

7:00 PM, March 14, 2007  
Blogger Ava said...

What a wonderful vacation! And you didn't take me!!!!! We were cold here :)

7:27 PM, March 21, 2007  
Anonymous Joanne said...

What a wonderful trip! It's sounds very relaxing.

And hockey... how 'bout those Avs lately? Nineteen points in ten games? Where have they been all season. I'm still holding my breath, hoping that they can make it into the playoffs. They've got some tough games ahead.

So, did you add to your yarn stash while you were away?

3:31 PM, March 22, 2007  

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