Kevin and I are making our way through Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince slowly. As part of our nightly routine, Kevin reads a chapter or two aloud while I knit on Birch. It's ideal for me, as the lace is complex enough that it prevents me reading and knitting at the same time, while the pattern is simple enough that I can still pay attention to the story. Kevin reads with character voices and the whole thing comes alive in my head. Reading aloud is, however, a slower process than reading silently and in addition requires that we both be present. So while most people I know have sped through the book, we're taking our time and enjoying it in tidbits. I've studiously avoided reading Britta's blog, knowing that there are plot spoilers there and any time anyone mentions the book I put my fingers in my ears and sing, "La la la la la" until I know they're done. I don't want to know how it ends until we get there. We'd probably get there faster if I'd stop falling asleep mid-chapter though. I can't help it. Nestled close beside my love, the deep rumble of his voice. I'm like a little girl listening to bedtime stories from her daddy. It's the safest, sweetest place in the world to be.
The Wedding Shawl (only authorized individuals are allowed to click that link!) continues to grow on my needles. Some days I power through a dozen rows or more, others I only manage a few. Still, I'm pleased with the progress and I hope to get it finished by early next week so it can block while Kevin is out of town. We're narrowing down wedding dates and taking care of details. With many thanks to Lolly for helping out with logistics.
This shot I couldn't resist. Bud jumped up on Kevin's lap while Kev was cruising the net and then put his paws up on the keyboard. I don't know what he was looking for, but he sure was intent on it! Somehow I don't think Bud's ready for his own blog yet.
Tomorrow night is the Open House at the store. We're in serious prep mode. The back room is full of food and beverages, flowers and serving dishes. We're expecting at least a hundred people, maybe more. If you're in the neighborhood stop by any time from 5-8. Hope to see you there!