Saturday, June 21, 2008

Summertime...


...and the livin' is easy!

And a little busy. The first week of summer vacation tends to mess with my schedule a bit, until the old muscle memory kicks in and I remember how to deal with having kids home every blessed minute of the day. We've been having lots of fun: playing with friends, swimming, shopping, lunching, going to movies, reading Harry Potter.

Yesterday we went on a field trip to explore San Diego's Old Town, which is really pretty cool. We visited a 170 year old Spanish hacienda, a more modest adobe house, San Diego's original one-room school house ("boys and girls playing together--eight lashes"), the original, teeny tiny "offices" of the first local newspaper (still going strong), the office of the "dentist" (who was also the barber and the surgeon--heaven help us), the old Catholic graveyard, and--best of all--our primary destination, the Whaley House, described as "the most haunted house in America." Stories abound of strange and ghostly experiences, and the boys took their cameras in the hopes of capturing a ghost on film, but alas, all we saw were a whole lot of live people. But we enjoyed good Mexican food, root beer floats, and freshly pulled taffy, so they weren't too disappointed.

(What do you think: does that bright blotch on the wall to the right have a face?)

I have been knitting, too. A lot, actually. I've finished the ribbed lace shrug, Sahara, a mystery pullover, and Sligo, but it was over 100 degrees today for the second day in a row, and I'm just not willing to model sweaters during daylight hours. It is supposed to be even hotter tomorrow. Thank God for air conditioning, though I shudder to think what the electric bill is going to be this month.

The kids start day camp on Monday, so I'm hoping to get back to a more reasonable schedule and catch up on my FO blogging next week. Stay tuned!

11 comments:

sophanne said...

You finished those things while they were home...yikes!

The trip sounds cool. Definitely a ghost face. Likely the ghost of a "flasher" har har.

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Your boys are....such boys!:) Hope you guys have a great summer together.

Tracy said...

I'm looking forward to seeing th FO's!!

If it helps tell the boys I too see a ghost face in the photo.....not really but it's always fun to mess with kids! LOL

Sharon said...

What a great photo! He is totally having a blast.

Can't wait to see Sligo. :-)

Kim said...

It's Elvis! Elvis is on the wall and he wants your Mexican food, root beer floats and fresh taffy. I am drooling: the perfect summer food grouping!

ktb38 said...

Can't wait to see the FO's!
I think it really does look like a ghost face!

punkin said...

So you were celebrating "strangely orange snacks" before it was cool!! ha ha ha.

Steph B said...

How the heck do you get all that knitting done and still do everything else you do? I swear you're magic. I can't even finish a thought most days. Maybe we could work a trade: you send the boys here for "summer camp" (because lord knows I'm never kid-free anyway, so what's two more?) and then you can knit me something yummy. Deal? :-)

Lydee said...

what fun! love that pool!

Mary-Kay said...

I'm no believer in ghosts. But I've got a story from a nighttime visit to the Whaley House. We had the tour and there were some crazy guys video taping every room upstairs. I went to investigate. While standing near the railing of the stairs and talking to one of the guys, a finger or a hand trailed down my arm from my shoulder to my hand. I jumped a mile high and whipped around to see who was behind me. No one. I guess I'm slightly more of a ghost believer now. Totally weird experience...

quiltyknitwit said...

Yeah, I do see a face! It looks like a sheep...