The weeks just fly by so fast. The week was mostly spent in the temple and was wonderful, except I managed to hurt the feelings of a wonderful lady when I mentioned how much I like her beautiful hair since she has let it go to its natural silver-y white. "How sharper than a viper's tooth" is an unthinking comment. I am so sorry but words said cannot be un-said. I really meant that she was beautiful just the way she was, that she was enough, and didn't need any extra help to become beautiful. She already was. Well, maybe I will just keep quiet in future...at least I hope I won't hurt any other person, particularly one as nice as she is.
Late during the week we agreed to host a farewell/celebration dinner for one of the original Indexer/Arbitrators before they head west for their mission. It will be on Saturday night. This future event will make this coming week REALLY fly if I am to get everything done that I would like to do before the friends arrive at 5:30! I will not humiliate myself by posting my hoped-for completed tasks, but let me say that if I get them all down, mingling task completion in between visiting teaching, meeting with ILEAD mentor, attending ILEAD fall teacher orientation, defunct chainsaw pick-up, knitting class at Joann Fabrics and Crafts, and multiple other items...by the time the dinner happens, I will probably be just this side of a basket case and may have to just lie down instead of enjoying the party. I hope not, though.
My plans for the dinner are to make the artisan bread I have posted before, some gazpacho...because there will be people to help me eat it as I don't imagine husband will even try it, and a cool noodle salad which is somewhat like Orchid's Cool Tangy Noodles.
Yesterday I started knitting on my Bond Ultimate Sweater Machine (which has been having problems ever since I bought it) to make a projected felted knitting barrel to use in the living room corner where I sit and knit when I am downstairs. The corner is a disaster and not at all in keeping with our plan to have the main level of the house guest-ready at all times. With this felted barrel I can shove all the projects I am currently working on into one container, and in a real pinch, actually pick it up (I am planning I-cord handles) and move it into our bedroom when knitting barrels and projects in the living room would be unacceptable.
So, I hung the cast-on rag I made from lavender yarn two weeks ago and started knitting. The first two rows went beautifully and I breathed a prayer of relieve that the machine was finally knitting properly after so many headaches. WELL, the very next row was nothing but trouble. Missed stitches again and again. I pulled them out at least three times, then stopped and took a picture. I am posting it here in case anyone reading this blog post notices and can tell me what I am doing wrong. I also posted to the Ultimate Knitting Machine group on Facebook. Someone will be able to help me.
We went to a glorious voice recital last night by our dear friend and sister, Elissa J. The music was fabulous. I closed my eyes and just reveled in the beauty of her voice and the music she presented. Afterwards we enjoyed a reception prepared by Trisha S who had, among other things, made tiny whoopie pies with absolutely perfect filling. Cream cheese, confectioner's sugar, butter. How can you go wrong with those?!
On to a new week. I hope I can share good news the next time I write.