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April has been a crazy month. I’ve been less than a stellar blogger and for those of you who take the time to read, my apologies. Steve & I were gone for a few days on trip that was actually his 40th b’day gift from last year. It was a planned trip – very special. Although I share an awful lot of our lives – both professional and personal here on the blog and the podcast, this is one of those things I’m not going to say much more about. We had an incredible time, we truly disconnected as much as we ever have. I know I can say in all honesty, I cannot remember the last time I was as relaxed as I was on this trip.
We came back with only a week before Steve headed to Stitches South. I did not attend South – the first Stitches I’ve missed in nearly 4 years. Being a Mom took priority and I stayed behind to run a big fundraising event at the boys’ school. The boys both ended up being sick so that through a bit of a curve ball into the week’s plans. All turned out well – Steve had a great time at Stitches South. Thanks to everyone who came by the booth to say hi and to shop. The event was a big success and the boys are healthy.
A shot of the tent at the event:
Here’s Jonathan the next day at the kids’ fair – kinda says it all:
I would be remiss before going any further in this post to not wish Steve a very Happy Anniversary. Today is our 14th wedding anniversary, the last 7 of which we’ve spent running WEBS together. Jonathan asked me this morning if I was going to wear my “married” dress to work today. I figured it might be a bit much – with the sparkles and all :). Thanks for 14 fabulous years honey! I love you!
One of the casualties of the past month has been Bessie (Sorry Pixie). If you don’t know who Bessie is it means you’re not listening to our podcast, Ready, Set, Knit. You can listen via our website or iTunes – just go subscribe and then you won’t be out of the loop. With weeks of anticipation, I presented to all of you, Pixie’s chicken, the lovely diva chicken of the coop, Bessie:
Isn’t she awesome! Look at her detail – the beading, the embroidery, the buttons on her tail feathers!
I just love Bessie’s attitude – she rocks!
Bessie is not only one cool chick (hee hee), she’s quite popular. She has had visitors. Here – Bessie meets the lovely MIss Loretta:
Then, handsome Henry showed up one Saturday to call on Bessie:
But I think her first visitor will ultimately win Bessie’s heart. He travelled all the way from Canada via his owner Lucy Neatby:
I think they’re both smitten.
Here’s the happy extended family together:
As for my Lily, well, she’s still a work in progress. Despite my pledge at the beginning of the year, my completion rate continues to be embarrassing. My darn chicken has travelled more miles in the past two months than most of you will travel all year – still unfinished. Not good.
Even worse – this is making me all twitchy:
Not good at all.
But it all does come full circle – at least in terms of chickens. Here is Steve’s favorite photo from Stitches South:
The beak opens and closes, eyes move. Priceless