I treated myself to a day off in honor of Presidents Day. Two of my neighbors and I decided that we needed a day out, so we drove to Leu Gardens in Orlando. The camellia season is coming to a close and the azaleas are beginning to bloom. The day was a foggy mess at the onset. The fog burned off and soon the sun was giving off the accustomed heat. Lunch was on the terrace overlooking the lake and consisted of what cold cuts, cheese, fresh strawberries and brownies. Yum. The gardens seemed to have made it through the few frosty days that killed quite a few plants in my yard. That’s Lisa and Cathy in front of a giant fig tree.
After lunch we hit Joann’s. I needed some more knitting needles. I bought my first aluminum dpn’s, a Susan Bates set of 5 sizes. I think that I like them alright. The price was surely right, 5 sets for what I usually pay for a set of bamboo needles. I also picked up my first issue of the Vogue's "knit 1" magazine. Most items are too out there for my taste. I bought the magazine for the skull sweater, something I think Erik would like to wear. It seems that this is more of a Lion Brand publication
judging by the yarn requirements.
Onward ho, on through the new Stepford-like Baldwin Park, what was once the naval base. Here homes are only feet apart and pricey. This is a mini city on the edge of Orlando that is a mix of town house, brownstones and palatial homes. All surrounding a budding central down town, somewhat populated with shops, parks, and restaurants. Our trip to the big city ended with a big strawberry purchase on the side of the road. The berries taste incredible this year. I also just bought a new Waring blender, something I have wanted for quite a while. Smoothies are on my breakfast menu again!
Knitting has been sporadic at best. I have been rotating through the DNA scarf, DaCapo and my sock o’ the month. I really need to work on the scarf as the deadline is May. It’s a tough pattern to knit. One has to keep a sharp eye on the chart at all times. Hard to do while chatting with friends or watching the Olympics!