Saturday adventure for $2.10
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Well, after a nice hot bubble bath, I decided to walk to the library. It was Knit-a-Thon Day in Sydney. So, I asked at the library for a bus schedule and confirmed buses are $1 on Saturday, and asked where I'd catch it and get off etc. They didn't know. We did figure out to catch the bus at the Post Office. So, as I walked past there, there was guy standing there so I asked if he was waiting. He was. So, got more answers. Then realized I had no water, so ran home and got a bottle. Went to where I have seen the bus stop, but no sign, so I walked back and got to the post office just in time. Bus went over town and then into Sydney, on the old route which I didn't know cuz I always take the highway, and we went over a one-lane bridge.... and came out on the street up from where I went to High School back in the 1970's... WooHoo, now I know that way.
Got off on the main downtown street and walked along, stopped at Subway and used up my subway card + 10 cents for soup and a sandwich for lunch. Then I found the library and the knit-a-thon. It was packed.... full of people and knitted articles and lots of wool and patterns and needles... and snackies... Why didn't I go there first instead of Subway? They had the best date squares, lots of date filling. I registered and the coordinator came over and showed me where I could help myself to some supplies and then invited me to sit at her table.. Very nice. Started knitting and chatting... Still I was an outsider and everyone else knew each other. So I called my niece who was considering taking her 3 teens (all she's taught to knit) in, but it was 3:30 when I called, and it only on till 5, so she didn't come.
Nice, comforting atmosphere. Took a quick tour of the library, thinking I had never been there before, but was assured that it was pieces put together like a patchwork quilt, and part had been built in the 1950's, so yes I had been in there decades before. and then another part had been built in the 1980's, so I probably hadn't been in that part before. And I ordered another book...
The library here had 6 books that I requested come in for me. They asked when I was there yesterday if I wanted them, but I told them I had to concede defeat cuz I had 5 books home already, well, ret'd 2 yesterday, so 2 more library books home and also a neighbor's book I started, so need to slow down the incoming books, so I can catch up.
Reading "Defending Jacob" by William Landay, at my sis's recommendation right now. It's about a 14 y.o. boy, charged with killing a classmate. His dad was the DA, so he was not allowed to try him (obviously) but also he had to be laid off and I'm only halfway so far, but dad is the writer and his side of things, and seeing things and knowing things, but not being able to believe his son really did it... Will have to call Sis and find out why she recommended it. But, can't say, I am not getting lots of reading in and lots of genres... Got that 500 pg. for the bookclub to be read by March 6 too. I don't want to read them too far in advance, but you can never tell how long it will take to read a book, so have to make a decision when to get started... Want to finish my neighbor's grandmother's book and return that to her too. I've been on such a roll, but like a diet, that usually comes to an end, when you just dont' want to do it anymore, so ride the wave as long as it's going, I guess.
WE also have to go see dh's mom and get our 2 week's laundry done and this is rent week at the apt, so lots of things happening all at once.
Anyway, back to the last little part of my Saturday Adventure. I did ask when I got off the bus where would I catch it to go home and he told me in front of the restaurant where he was letting me off and the time, only one bus left at 5. So, I was facing the way the bus had come in, but it was going the opposite way down the main street. So, it went right past, no time to panic, it would be at least a $25 Cab ride home, so I ran... Luckily, it was 2 stops, with several buses in a line and people waiting, so I yelled, "Hold the Bus" - yes, I really did... and the guy did. and I didn't miss it. But gave me a little anxiety....Whew!
I'd been gone 6 hours.... dh had no idea where I was. Got home just before dark.. He had a good day doing whatever he wanted, eventually it even included his doing the dishes...
And I managed to finish another hat before bed. Learned about a "Purple Hat" program they have, where you knit purple baby hats and every newborn goes home with one. And I think they must have a talk about Shaken Baby Syndrome, I will have to check at the hospital and find out more about it. That is certainly a better use of my knitting skills than making hats that can be bought at the Dollarama. Also they knit Chemo Caps, so it was good for me to go and find out about these other options for knitting too. And they do still make hats for preemies. I haven't made them in over 20 years. I assume they don't make booties anymore because everyone uses sleepers for babies, and probably they use those paper booties for kids in hospitals, cuz I used to make slippers for kids in hospitals before too.
And the last little part of my "adventure" was coming home with a bag of new wool and patterns. But, before that I also won a door prize. You know how they always say, you can't win if you don't buy a ticket, well, that's me... no luck, so I don't bother. Anyway, yesterday was my lucky day. Great prizes too, like Mary Maxim kits and some really nice pattern books etc. etc. I choose a ball of that new yarn they're making those nice ruffly scarves with. But, they didn't have the pattern on the back of the label, so I will have to go to their website and make myself a nice scarf, very stylish.... pinkish...
Well, that was my Saturday Adventure.. Today, nice and sunny outside, showing 80 F on the window thermometer.. Good day to go for a drive or a walk..
And the radio is advertising the Adopt-a B00k program at the library. I wil have to go to the mall and buy a copy of the Dewey the Library Cat book and donate to them, every librarian and library patron really should read that book....It is so PERFECT!!! I had seen it in hard-cover for $5.99, so even my limited budget (considering all the books and movies I get from the library) wouldn't even start to be payback...