Monday, July 19, 2010

Vintage Fisher Price Cuteness

I love all of the vintage Fisher Price toys, but this one is my favorite. When I was little, we had the garage and the school house, and for a short time the houseboat (until my sister lost most of the pieces in a lake while we were on vacation. I'm still not over that!). This castle was not mine, but belonged to my niece and nephew, and when my son was born, the castle came to live with us. Yay!

My son adored this castle, and played with it all the time. It was on permanent display on our living room floor.

The royal family perpetually feasts on steak.

The knight (oh, my! the knight! he is so precious!) guards the royal family carefully.

My husband and I could never decide if this guy was an archer or a coachman, but as the play set lacks a bow and arrow, but does have a carriage, a coachman he became.

A lovely pink, friendly dragon frolics in the keep.

Here is the whole crew together.

I'm going to return the set to my sister, so I had to take photos, just to remember.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Crocheted Scarf for a Friend

In the spring we received the unhappy news that a friend of ours was diagnosed with cancer. How can you express to someone stricken with cancer how much you hate that this has happened to him? There are no adequate words, but I had to do something, so I crocheted him a wool scarf. Never mind that he lives in North Carolina. A handmade scarf is the best way to send someone a hug. The spirit of our whole family is stitched into this. I worked on it at baseball games, softball games, science competitions, karate classes, and in our basement while we sought shelter during tornado warnings. I finished it on our drive up north last week. It's been everywhere with us, and it's going in the mail today.

The pattern is Lion Brand's Thermal Scarf, but I used Paton's classic wool, which stitched up nice and soft.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Repeating Myself

We have returned from our annual trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes, and had a marvelous time! My son is periodically displaying signs of teenage ennui (even though he won't be a teenager for another 6 weeks or s0), but we were all enthusiastic about this vacation.

We have our Up North traditions (which now includes my son insisting that Up cannot describe North, because North is a direction, not an elevation. Love that kid!), but we also try new things, too, like giant chess:

We watched the Glen Arbor 4th of July Parade. There is a 4th of July Parade where I live, too, but around here it's not really cool to be patriotic or act like you care that it's the 4th. In Glen Arbor a lot of people were wearing red, white, and blue, and the grocery store was playing playing patriotic music. It reminded me of the 4th when I was a kid.The parade featured not one, but two, sewage pumping trucks. Pit toilets abound in the national lakeshore. In fact, some beaches that used to have flush toilets removed them and put in pit toilets! All those pit toilets need to be pumped sooner or later.

This beach front home/property is for sale. I'm sure it's way out of my price range.

We spent a few hours in Leland and its historic Fishtown.

It was a misty, drizzly day, but we didn't mind.

We always buy cherries at this fruit stand near Empire.

We took our kayak and rented another for a family paddle on the Crystal River. The mosquitoes were thick!

We saw several gorgeous sunsets.

One evening the rays were visible long after the sun dipped below the horizon.

I want to go back!

See more photos in this Flickr set.