When you live in the cold north, you expect the weather to be nice and warm in the south. You expect sunshine and heat and humidity in spades. What did we get? Comfortably warm for the wedding and cool breezes everywhere else. The entire family left our emergency jackets at home safe and sound in our respective coat closets. We had to go out to the store and buy new jackets just for the trip.
Speaking of the wedding, it was a lovely ceremony. They had it out in the middle of a field that you would have never guessed was there. It was right beside a high school, but by the time you got to the site of the ceremony, it looked like you were in the middle of nowhere. It was a country themed wedding so we were sitting on hay bales and the arch was made out of logs.
Unfortunately, I didn't have much time to catch up with my friend Rebecca since she was busy with wedding stuff, but she made a lovely bride. And it is going to be so strange to think of her with a different last name now. She wasn't used to it yet either which caused some hilarity during the reception when her new husband tried to get her attention by calling her wife.
I did get to catch up with another member of my old Girl Scout Troop. Her name is Pooja and the reason why she has been so hard to contact is because she just finished up her first year of medical school. Her mom came too and it was quite a reunion! I didn't realize how much I had missed them until we met up at our favorite authentic Mexican restaurant La Hacienda. Boy, I didn't know what I was missing with that guacamole. I have been thoroughly spoiled by that and will not be satisfied by that mushy green stuff you can find at Moe's Southwest Bar & Grill or Subway.
While we were out traveling, we got to see mom's friend Sue and her husband Earl as well as my Grandma Peg and Grandpa Emerson. Those were nice visits and each included plenty of food. Sue gave us some of her homemade jam and I got to see a blanket that her mom made. I thought that was cool because none of my relatives that are in the grandmother age knits. My own grandma never knit and she is constantly amazed that I knit socks.
As far as the wedding shawl is concerned, it is going to be a wedding gift still, but Rebecca knows that it is going to end up coming to her in the mail. I have it about half done, but it is going to take two balls of yarn instead of one and a quarter. That's fine though. It means that when mine gets there she will have more time to appreciate it as a gift from a friend instead as something in a bundle of wedding gifts.
I did get in a bit of travel knitting. I discovered that I had to be drugged with anti-motion sickness pills to even think about knitting in the back seat of a car. But when I was visiting relatives, I could knit all I wanted to and still be social.
Obviously, my choice of travel knitting was a good plain sock. I decided to go into the more recent sock yarn stash I have accumulated and picked out KnitPicks Stroll Handpainted in Juice Box. It is a wild yarn and I was expecting it to pool and flash like mad! Unfortunately, I could not get that yarn to misbehave. It came out in nice neat little one row stripes and it does look really cool. There is a tiny bit of flashing on the cuff and on the gusset, but not much.
And with that I'm going to leave you with my favorite picture of the wedding: right after the cake feeding. I just think they look adorable together and we are going to keep more of an effort to stay in touch. Best Wishes to my friend and her new husband!