Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Busy Summer

It's been a busy busy summer this year.   So much for the those lazy hazy days of summer.   Our summer here has been on the cool side.  First time I can remember that lettuce has grown all summer ! 

I haven't posted much but have enjoyed reading all the posts from others.   Our daughter and family, along with their dog moved in with us for a couple months in between a big move to the west coast.   Being empty nesters, our house was once again a hub of activity, especially with a toddler.    They have now made their big move to their new home and we are empty nesters again.  Our house is very quiet !

A couple of weeks ago I went on a business trip.   I haven't had the opportunity to travel for the company in many years.   This trip took me to Richmond, Virginia.    Before my flight home I had a couple of hours to spare and drove to Hopewell, Virginia and took in  a little bit of the history there and visited a couple of plantations.

The drive was beautiful and scenery amazing.   I would have liked to spend more time there to do some more exploring.  

The Weston Plantation - built in 1789 overlooking the Appomattox River in Hopewell

  The Appomattox River - view from the Weston Plantation

Beautiful Crepe Myrtle trees growing everywhere in full bloom. 
We don't have these in our area. 

The Appomattox Plantation built in 1763.  It served as headquarters for General Grant (1864-65) and is now operated by the National Parks Service.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Knitting for Charity

Manni in my back yard
Our local Knitter's Guild took on a project for the Alzheimer's Society of Peel this year.

For the last 16 years the Alzheimer's Society of Peel's fundraising program has included Teddy Bears - the "Forget-me-not Bears".   They have 450 bears available for sale and the monies raised go towards programs and services offered by Alzheimer Peel.   They sell their bears October through December each year.    Each year a different bear is selected and volunteer knitters are encouraged to knit sweaters for the bear. 

This year's bear is called Manni.   A beautiful soft cuddly medium sized GUND bear. 

                 "Teddy Bears bring a smile to everyone's face and warm the heart".  

Alzheimers / Dementia is a sad fatal degenerative disease that affects the brain.   To learn more about the disease you can go to the Alzheimer's Society web page.

I have knit up a number of sweaters for Manni this summer using up my yarn from my stash.   The pattern was provided by the Alzheimer's Society.   The pattern was easy and allowed knitters to be as creative as they wanted to be by adding cables, buttons, etc.

Here are my sweaters so far ..... 


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