Wednesday, October 23, 2013
October has been a whirlwind. While snow has fallen in other parts of the country, we've had one of the mildest Octobers on record here in southwest Washington. Temps in the low 70s have made for some gorgeous leaves and lovely days in which to enjoy them. Jessica's visit has come and gone. The countdown for her arrival took so long, and then the day for her to fly back home to Germany came far too quickly. Sigh.
Interestingly, we've had a nightly visit by a black bear over the past week and a half. Thankfully, our hens are fine. It's their food that he's after. Last night our poor bunny's cage was overturned; thankfully, she was all right. Kinda scary. Last night we actually saw the bear standing outside our hen house; he'd opened the door and was standing with his head and forearms inside scraping chicken food off the floor. I cannot imagine what the hens were thinking (if hens think, that is...). Jess was hoping to get a peek at him before she left, but he showed himself two nights too late. We did find a track that we believe belongs to him...what do you think?
AnnaLynn turned 13 the day before Jess left; we spread the celebration over two days. One in which we visited the mall for the ear piercing -- 13 is the traditional age in our family. We ran into my niece there, too, and captured a picture outside of Nordstrom. The second day we were joined by extended family for dinner and dessert -- sour cream potato soup and blonde brownies. Num!
Knitting has been hit and miss. I'm still working on my hitchhiker and my tea leaves. I tried to finish my pumpkin beanie pattern but it's still only in draft form which is just fine. I've been just a little distracted, don't you know. A deep, dark purple has made its way onto my needles, and a lovely variegated fingering weight has, too. I can't share the fingering since it'll be a Christmas gift.
Emotions have been running high the past few days. Tears keep getting in the way of my attempts to return to normal. Today was better. Lessons, errands in town, and catching up with bookkeeping are good distractions. Returning to normal is good. Sorting through photos is a good thing, too. So many wonderful memories. :)
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