Friday, April 18, 2008

Baby Showers and Spring Rain

Lovely baby things!
Lovely baby things

Most of the people I know are grandparents now, and have been for awhile. Or they have grown children that have decided against babies. So there aren't many reasons to celebrate new life around here, except in the bunny house and alpaca fields. It was fun to head north next weekend with the SO's sister to attend a baby shower for his son and daughter-in-law. The sister will remain nameless to protect the innocent (or guilty, as the case may be.)

We set out early because we were crossing the entire state of Virginia, under cloudy skies. Occasionally the sun broke out, though, highlighting the blaze of redbud that bloomed wildly all along our route. I never get tired of redbud, which doesn't grow well on our mountain. It was putting on a show all the way up the valley of Virginia, though, and into Charlottesville and beyond. It was hard to get a picture and drive, though, so I refrained from trying.

Cutting Pretty Shower Cake

It was lovely to see good friends when we finally arrived in Fredericksburg, and we soon settled in to chat, eat and admire all the lovely things the mother-to-be was showered with. She now has enough clothes for this child until the age of two, plus a lot of the necessities that the modern baby requires. A lovely little bed, stroller, diaper pail and humidifier...and some things I have no idea what to call them!

Later in the afternoon we headed even further north, and I spent a lovely evening with friends, including a nice meal out and talk about recent books we'd read. I didn't take a picture of the meal; I was almost too tired to eat but it was lovely!

Atlantic Breeze Alpacas Booth
Atlantic Breeze Alpacas

Then home again to a busy week; we received some more gorgeous yarn from Little Bit of Heaven Alpacas and I've been running to meetings again. Sandra from Atlantic Breeze came in and restocked her booth, making some beautiful changes. Wednesday I spent a pleasant day in town with a dear old friend and then yesterday I traveled with a group from Patrick County to a Virginia Welcome Center to do demonstrations (more on that later). We saw some snow flying earlier in the week and I thought it would never stop raining. But today is an absolutely perfect spring day. I saw some bloodroot on the west-facing slopes along the Parkway; another one of my favorite signs of spring!

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