Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Proof of Life

Hello from the Gulf of Mexico where the temperatures are rising. Finally, we're able to leave the condo with just light clothing. No snowsuit required.

Yesterday, we took a drive a little further south to Fort Myers Beach, where we had lunch with my friend's family. Her dad is down here wintering in comfort.

While this critter appreciates a bird bath in the Gulf, I think the water temperatures are still a bit too chilly for a swim.

The wind, which is no longer out of the north, has died down enough to allow us the opportunity to walk the beaches in relative comfort. I'm thankful for that. The day I took this picture was cold, but tolerable, because we were walking.

This critter, a one man band, looked insane, drew a crowd (see his tip buckets?), and entertained the masses at the pier on Fort Myers Beach. He was truly awful, but like staring at a horrible train wreck, I couldn't tear my eyes away from him. I have a feeling he sings all the the way to the bank.

What kind of knitter would I be if I didn't at least sample the local offerings? We stopped by, A Good Yarn, yesterday morning. My friend, who doesn't knit, truly indulges me. I know I'm blessed, but call us even as she is frequently the recipient of my goods. On our way back to the condo after seeing, The King's Speech (most excellent), we saw the store and decided we needed to visit the next day. I'd checked their website and noticed they carried, Three Irish Girls, which I've only heard about.

It turns out, they carry a special line of TIG, one that's dyed specifically for them. Each color comes from a photo from around, atop or within the Gulf. Sea Flower was a close second to my choice, but really, how could I not buy a sock yarn of this colorway?

On the way home from the beach, I cast on the left front of the vest (this is Cloud Chaser). Fairly soon, I'll be working on that collar. To this point, it's all been easy enough, but I have a feeling the collar will give me an opportunity to practice my swear words. We'll see.


SkippyMom said...

Do I need to come down there and steal your computer to keep you from posting? heehee

You are on vacation girlie!

Although I am wicked impressed with the soon to be vest - wow!

And the "practicing my swear words" reminds me of when I sewed. Did a lot of that and got really good at it. I could clear a room in a heartbeat with the appearance of my sewing machine. giggle

Sounds like a fabulous time - and so beautiful. [We loved The King's Speech too- can't wait until it hits DVD to see it again.]

Hugs, love and fun!

Anonymous said...

Oh, how naughty are you posting those wonderful pictures of warm climes. We have a windy and very cold day here in the north of England and to see your beautiful photos has made me all warm inside. However, still cold on the outside, lol.

CJ xx

The Bug said...

Looks lovely down there - and so does cloud chaser!

Alice said...

Gee, you are missing the nice warm weather here. The car was reading an outdoor temp. of 43 degrees on my way home at 4 AM. I went to the mail box in shorts and barefoot. Okay, maybe that was pushing it. (to make you feel better, it is 28 degrees today)

As for parking at the airport, dang, you could have parked here and I would have given you two a ride, 10 min. in traffic.

Have a great time.

Finding Pam said...

Rudee, it looks like you are having a wonderful time. The ocean views are beautiful as is your cloud chaser.

sapphireblue said...

You're photos are beautiful. Can't pass up the local yarn store! Your project is moving right along.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

i am really glad it's warming up there, it is lovely here. that beach sure is beautiful!

smiles, bee

Ruth said...

the beach looks lovely enjoy the change and relax

Gail said...

SOooooo beautiful there and not a flake of snow in sight...enjoy!

distracted by shiny objects said...

Can we go to the Thomas Edison home??? Pleeeeeeaaaasssse? That huge beautiful tree out front... And the John Darling(I always called it Ding Darling and now have forgotten its real name)) Bird Sanctuary on Sanibel? I love those places.

jeannette said...

Love the surroundings! Yes, what's this - stay at the beach instead of blogging:):) You know, we expect you to have a tan when you're back!

Jane/WTKnits said...

THE perfect sock yarn souvenir!.....and I haven't seen a one man band since I was a child! Awesome!