Monday, April 14, 2008

Hot Times

When the temperature outside is frightful--as in, 103 degree readings, and it's only April--there has to be a way of making the best of it.

So a knitters' gathering and mini yarn crawl is one of the better ways! A group of us got together on Saturday to have lunch and visit some notable sites and sights on the West Side. Ellen calls us the Eastside Goils, which is as good a name as any for us! She took lots of pictures and they are on her blog. I didn't get as many as I would have liked, and they are not great, so I'm only going to show you one--the cupcakes!
Because after all, Ravelry is celebrating Bobmas, and cupcakes have been designated the Official Holiday Food of Bobmas.
If you aren't a Raveler yet, what are you waiting for?

After the yarn crawl, there was a gathering of a different sort.
This one involved babies. Big ones... like the Grandcarrot... and little ones. Big brother was wearing his Dodgers shirt, cause there are some major Dodgers fans in the family. Little brother was wearing his BoSox onesie, because there are also some major Sox fans in the family.
Some of them are the same people! It's quite handy that the Dodgers and the Sox play in different leagues. We think a Dodgers/Red Sox World Series would be great fun.

I'm having some problems realigning these pictures in today's post, so I'm going to skip around and let you see them in whatever order they came up in, ok? My time is sorta at the disposal of one Little Miss A, who has been having a bit of a fuss today. The picture just above is the wall of windows in my dining room--now visible due to a lack of stuff piled in front of them, and reflected nicely in the newly refinished hardwood floor.
Living room, slightly blurred, with grandkids.

Looking from the front door through to the back of the house, you can see the dining room and the doorway to the guest room (the door that belongs in that doorway is the one that's leaning against the fireplace in the blurry photo) and the kitchen.
The dusty footprints belong to the workers, and are the clue that it was going to be okay to walk on the floor!

Miss A in her sunhat and sundress. She'll be 5 months old on Tuesday--already!

Some of the food. We had what D3 was calling a real Filipino barbecue, meaning that there was a lot of food (she said she estimated everyone's portion at around 4 lbs. per) and lots of it had an ethnic flavor.

For instance, the marinated pork sticks (mmm mmm good) are a secret family recipe from my daughter-in-law's family. The marinated shrimp is a variation.

Fruit. Yum.
Too bad I couldn't get a shot of this before the vultures descended.

Salmon: also good on the BBQ!

Little Nate, ready for the game!

One of the new projects in D3's area is something called Big League Dreams. The gang (which included all the aforementioned baseball fanatics) checked it out and then went back last night for a game. The park features replicas of famous baseball stadiums and apparently last night, Jose Canseco was there and autographing baseballs!
Today the Easterners are off to San Diego for a few days with their "other" grandparents. Good way to spend their spring break!


DPUTiger said...

BLD hosts one of the best D1 college softball tournaments in the country every February. I'm quite familiar with that park!

Madge said...

What a great day! Lots of great friends, family, and food!

And the house looks fantastic. The floors are gorgeous.

Ellen Bloom said...

Yes, it was a fun day! Ditto to what Madgik said...your house looks great! The floors are beautiful. We have hardwood floors too and I just love 'em. All of my yarn-bunnies just skittle into a corner, making sweeping very easy!

Knitting Linguist said...

What a wonderful weekend! And a lovely distraction from this hideous heat... The house is looking great, as are the lovely babies :)

Sheepish Annie said...

Such wonderful pictures. Made me want to go eat lots of yummy food and go hang out with cute babies...