Tuesday, July 17, 2007

I've been oot and aboot


What a flaky blogger I have been, although to be fair the past month has been extremely un-computer friendly to me. We spent a week up at lake Muskoka at Joe's family's lake house that has been in the family for generations. While packing for the trip Joe recommended that I bring along some of my craft projects since there was going to be so much time to relax. Being the know-it-all that I can't help but be, I did not pack anything recreational other than a pile of New Yorkers that I have not had the opportunity to read. This was wise. While all of the family members at the house with us lounged on the dock and rode around in sail boats and Kayaks, Joe and I pretty much did what we do on a daily basis; we took care of Harlan. At twenty months the big lug has only been really walking about three months, and all of it has been on solid cement ground. The rocky steep ground on this Canadian island was not familiar turf, and so we spent a lot of time running around the porch and playing with grandpa's plastic clogs. Luckily grandpa was a good sport and enjoyed having a charming toddler take his shoes on and off repeatedly, and occasionally offer them to his cousin if she happened to be passing through. Not a lot of spare time to work on crafting, but it was certainly relaxing and always great to get away from Brooklyn in the summer. And did I even mention that they sell English candy in Canada? Yup. I got to go to the Cadbury outlet store. What could be better than that? The truck stop availability of maple or cinnamon Kit Kats? Perhaps. The abundance at the supermarket of those crazy English potato chip flavors like dill pickle and ketchup? Maybe. But as anyone knows, it's hard to beat the English Cadbury. I went to the outlet store in desperate search of the chocolate spread that Dottie Angel is hoarding over on the west coast. Alas, they did not have any, but I did leave with a shopping bag full of candy. I hope they have a good dentist in Austin.

Right now I am getting in my beach time at my mother's house in Long Island. The apartment is half packed and we move out on the twenty fourth. As you can imagine, not a whole lot of crafting going on these days. P.S. Check out this shot of Harlan in Canada with what we called "boat face" on. He loved riding in the boat, but always got this super serious face while the boat was actually in motion.




5 comments:

Rosehip said...

At last! I was beginning to worry about you.

You're right - moms don't get holidays - you just do the same thing in a different location! Still, my nan says "a change is as good as a rest".

kim said...

The 24th?!? Duuuuude. Oy.

You know that Farm to Market on South Congress sells actual Violet Crumble candybars, right? Right? OK, so it's Australian, not British, but still part of the commonwealth. (And your namesake, after all.) You can stock up on them and then munch away while sipping Jo's coffee and buying fabric at Craft-o-rama. Mmmmmmmm. I might be selling myself on Austinnow...

kim said...

The boat face photo is awesome, by the way.

futuregirl said...

Glad you are getting some relaxing in before the move. Love the boat face! :)

Angelina said...

That's a great picture of Harlan.

I want to get away to an island! Especially a non tropical one.