Good Times, a Parking Ticket and Farewell to a Dear Friend

 

On Worldwide Knit in Public Day, June 10, I made the 100 mile round trip trek to the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento to knit with a friend of mine that I hadn’t seen for awhile.  Last Knit in Public Day event I had been to was in 2015, and we were outside where I had to sit on some hard ground. Well, it was the well manicured lawns around the capital building, but ground is ground and it can be hard on these middle-aged bones! Being indoors with air conditioning during a heatwave was a welcome relief and I didn’t have to constantly shift my weight for pressure compensation.  It was a pleasant affair and I did enjoy myself immensely.  We closed them out at 2:00 pm, and my friend and I walked to our metered parking spots where I discovered –

A parking ticket.  I had been very careful to choose the time I wanted and paid up with a debit card and was unhappy.  I’ve disputed the ticket, and now I’m in ticket limbo.  Fun.

On a sad note, I had to put down my beautiful baby boy, my chocolate labrador retriever who was 12 years old, on June 29.  We were there with him at the vet’s office when he passed peacefully.  I’ve been crying on and off for the last few days – in fact, I just finished a crying jag.  I have a Queensland Heeler and a Chihuahua mix rescue doggie, and they’re adorable, but they’re not my Mario.  He was my 24/7/365 companion.

I’m not having a good year.

What’s happening with everyone else?

National Knit in Public Day

Redheads must always protect themselves!

As ever, the lovely Kris of KC Johnston Originals.

As ever, the lovely Kris of KC Johnston Originals.

How far would you go to a knitting event?  Today I drove a total of 120 miles, round trip, to be a part of a “do” in Sacramento under the shade trees in the park at the Capital building.  A group of us intrepid knitters sat in a circle working on our various projects, gossiping about everything and anything, watching the busloads of tourists with their cameras running to catch their ride.  We kind of laughed at that, wondering what kind of sights would someone see in Sacramento, and it was deduced that this must be a multiple city tour they were on!  The weather was surprisingly pleasant and since the original plan to meet on the steps of the building was usurped by a McDonald’s sponsored event with microphones and people in suits and chairs and clapping hordes, the venue was modified to the northwest corner of the grounds underneath the mature trees.  Except for the seating arrangements

Ooohhh!

Ooohhh!

(my wide behind didn’t protect me from the hard ground!), it turned out to be a better locale. I was actually able to park my car within 50 feet of where we were.  That’s impressive for downtown Sacramento.

As for driving the 120 miles for two hours of yarn communing, because of my remote location, I do close to that kind of traveling every week for my grocery shopping.  Living in the forest of the Sierra Nevada mountain range has its drawbacks, but they’re so worth it!

How did you spend your day?