Lots going on in the past couple months... First and foremost, we added a furry member to our family. Meet Tallula, who is a rotten little diva and whom I love to pieces:
She has certainly brought back an element of excitement to our household; I forgot what it's like to have a baby around. We all say "No!" a whole lot now. But, look at that crooked face -- she could probably get away with murder because of that cuteness. And speaking of murder, our old man kitty (Hamlet) just might murder his new baby sister if she doesn't stop messing with his tail... Poor guy.
School, of course, has started back up again while I've been gone, as well. We've been back at it for 5 weeks now. All but one of my classes are great (and that one is made up of 17 boys and 3 unfortunate girls right after lunch and an hour before they go to athletics). I'm working hard, as always, but I love my job, and I was ready to go back, even though I've already had my first head cold of the year. Even better, my daughter is loving junior high and thriving in every way possible. This next week is Homecoming, and while it will be insane for me and the other teachers, it will be a load of fun for my girl; she has no idea. She even has a date to the dance!
There have been a lot of family problems in the months I've been away from here. My in-laws are experiencing a great deal of drama due to an aging matriarch's likely downward spiral into dementia. I've managed to stay out of it and to keep my kiddo away from it, as well, but my poor husband has had to be the go-between and the voice of reason. He already has enough stress in his life from a job that is making him very unhappy right now; I hate to see anything make him stress out even more. On the other hand, my family is crazy as usual, though my grandmother has found a new... confidence in that she feels she must say any thought that passes through her 82-year-old mind. For instance, just last week at her birthday lunch, she informed me, "I just have to tell you that I don't like your hair right now." Thanks, Nana.
On the knitting front, I haven't done a whole lot. It's entirely too hot in the Deep South during the summer to want to pick up an afghan or a scarf... or anything! I did, however, finish knitting a shawl for a friend who had surgery over the summer. It was an easy but beautiful and satisfying pattern, and I knitted it in a dusty purple. Of course, I forgot to take a picture of the finished product; the best I have is this one from when I had just started the project.