Wednesday, July 8, 2015


Hi there,

Happy JULY!!!

It was a wonderful long weekend, starting with a family birthday celebration for our son (#28).

Saturday morning we went to our town's Fourth of July celebration that was mostly kid activities, a bike parade, etc., and a lot of fun.

Now my attention is turned to the anticipation of August when Steve and I plan to head to the beach for a vacation.

All year long at my day job, I schedule, coordinate, provide customer service, administer, plan, and strategize. So when it comes to my vacation, I want to do none of those things! No itinerary, no agenda. All I need to know is the check-in and check-out time and are the beach chairs and umbrella reserved. And it's so nice to not be responsible for hungry kids, bored teens, or the comfort of others (although I have wonderful, fond memories of those vacations too!)

I grew up in rural Wyoming, the daughter of a sugar beet farmer. I didn't see the ocean for the first time until age 25. We never took a family vacation. It was a big deal for my dad to take a day off so we could go to a nearby reservoir for a family picnic.

I do like to anticipate packing for what I'll enjoy while away:

What I'll read . . . 

I normally read everything either on my Kindle Fire or Kindle Paperwhite. But on the beach in the sand, I like to read a summery paperback, so I've selected these two:

What I'll knit . . . 

My daughter replenished my stash with five new skeins of Peaches & Creme. I love knitting with cotton yarn in the summer, and making dishcloths is a great way to try out new stitches and patterns.

The current one on my needles is the chevron stitch used in the ZickZack Scarf. I cast on 48 with size 6 needles, although if I make another one I would use a size 7. Have any of you knitters used Tahki Cotton Classic for dishcloths? I want to give it a try. I've read that the mercerized cotton is more absorbent, but the ladies in my LYS say it is less absorbent. What is your experience?

What I'll wear . . . 

Swim suits, cover ups, monogrammed tote bag. I'll look like a walking Land's End advertisement, but I love their merchandise, especially the high quality swim suits that come in TALL sizes!

Nike flip-flops!

The chocolate stash!

Sharks? Not a bit worried, probably won't get in deeper than my shins.

xoxo Tammy 


  1. Sounds like a great time is ahead. . .

    I agree with the LYS lady that it is less absorbent: I prefer the Peaches & Cream or Sugar & Cream cotton yarn for dishcloths.

    I didn't know what vacations were until I was an adult. Growing up on a dairy farm with cows that needed to be milked twice a day everyday made playtime nearly nonexistent. I make up for it now though. ;o)

  2. i love beach vacations. We did one last year but not this year because of the wedding. Now next year we plan to visit our daughter in May in Santa Barbara.....however I'd love an east coast beach vacation as well.

  3. As you know I am a huge beach fan so hearing you are headed to the shore makes me smile.
    Just want to let you know that sharks usually attack in shallow water so be careful as they are pretty active this year.
    Have a great time!


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