When people ask if I'm ready for Rhinebeck, I don't know if I should laugh or cry. I've checked off a lot of items on my original to-do list, and while I'm still dyeing yarn, I'm reasonably confident I will finish, and it will be dry before I hit the road next week. It's a common occurrence for indie dyers to travel with wet yarn, so I always consider it a bonus when I'm not drying yarn in the hotel.
The problem is I keep adding odds and ends to my list. Lightbulbs. A couple of the bulbs for my booth display are burned out, and I'm out of replacements. This is going to require a trip to the hardware store. Clean tablecloths. I've made a mental note to wash said tablecloths and make sure I pack them immediately, so they don't get left behind. Enhanced checkout system. This is still in the works, but the other day I invested a couple hours of precious dyeing time to set the wheels in motion. The whole shebang still needs a test run, but I'm holding my breath and crossing my fingers. I'm the eternal optimist.
My family has been encouraging me to get more sleep. While I don't see that happening any time soon, the other day I did adjust my routine. It was a gorgeous fall afternoon. Lately I've let too many of them slip away, so I took a little break and went outside with our newest family member.
He belongs to my daughter, Luz, and while she doesn't live at home any more, her puppy has been spending a fair amount of time here. It seems we're in the puppy sitting business - not that anyone is complaining.
He's cute as a button.
He even comes equipped with a beard.
Every day Benji confirms that puppies are a lot of work. Thank goodness there are a lot of us to share the responsibility. And he's a good excuse to take a break from work.
Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway. As always, I enjoyed reading the comments, although when 1Geek2CraftAll made mention of Rhinebeck Sweaters (3!), I immediately felt like a slacker.
The winner, chosen at random, is Pat's here. How appropriate since she can't make Rhinebeck this year. I'll miss you, Pat, and will think of you when I eat my cider donut.
There's nothing like the impact of colorful trees this time of year, but sometimes I enjoy a single leaf just as much. This week's color inspiration . . .
A splash of yellow.