One of the great things about visiting the USA periodically is that in a perverse way, it slows down my alcohol consumption at home. Not that I drink to excess (that is a sport for younger people than me), but once I discovered how heavily we are taxed for alcohol here in Saskatchewan, it took the fun out of trying too many new wines. Example: a bottle of red wine (and here’s where my lack of crediblilty as an oenophile shows), (and I can’t remember the name, but I know I like it,) costs upwards of 18 or 20 dollars here under Sask skies. I found it down in Arizona for 10. If that doesn’t slow down your consumption, I don’t know what will. (Well, at least it slows it down up here. Down south, maybe not so much.) As well, there is a lot of wine from all over the world that the Saskatchewan liquor board does not list, so we never see it up here. Fun things like this:
and for a closeup on the label:
Now, before the inevitable snarky comment from an older sister about how fitting it is that I might drink this wine, I would like to point out that she left home way before the worst of my drama, and I have been (mostly) over it for years.
Moving on, I would like to say that being a grandmother hasn’t changed my day-to-day life much. It would be a different story if we lived in the same city, I’m sure. Anyway, Geoff continues to send us pictures, and I send them care packages. The last one had 4 flannelette baby blankets that I crafted, mitred corners and all, a couple of dishcloths
These are Christine’s Stay-on Baby Booties, with one small change. Instead of a round of eyelets for a tie above the feet, I thought I would try just ribbing to the top of the leg. Mackenzie’s feet never seem to stay still long enough to tie ties, so I thought they could try this and let me know how the booties stay on. I also used dpn”s for the top of the foot, and it was easier for the short row shaping. (Just like they say in the pattern. Who knew?) I did switch back to circs for the legs. That seems to be my comfort spot.
Since no self-respecting new grandmother would sign off without at least one picture of the new addition, may I present, in her Easter Finery, Mackenzie!
Hopefully spring is rearing its head where you are, so I wish you blue skies, and warmer temperatures, and if you are in Calgary, I also wish you minimal snow. Just remember, you live there on purpose.