In a week we dropped nearly 30 degrees (Fahrenheit). If last weekend was a 10+, this weekend looks like a 3-.  We had planned an MSH outing to Lobster Cove this weekend. We had picnics, swimming and playing in the water in mind, but the weather did not cooperate. We had to cancel it and postponed it to next week. I fear we were too late; fall is here.

I finished the Aran sweater I have worked on in Maine and in planes. It turned out to be Axel’s size. I am a loose knitter and should have followed the instructions for the smallest size. Axel declined. It’s a girl’s sweater. And so I took it apart again, shortening the sleeves and fudging with the width, using a sewing machine. A little frustrating but I am not ready to unravel the whole thing and start over.

I am in between assignments at work and cobbling together odd jobs to earn my salary and overhead for the company. This includes small writing assignments which I can do from home. I can work well at home, have the discipline, and love that I can stay in my pajamas if the weather is lousy.

Every now and then we join Sita and her family on Facetime and see Saffi grow. She is in her third month now, smiles a lot and is becoming a little person in her own right, rather than just a baby. Faro looks huge next to her.

We also talk with Tessa now and then, getting updates on her babies, the chickens. They are a source of many good stories. These are about findings stashes of eggs (some already rotten) in surprising places, a swimmer among the chicks, a predator in the neighborhood (a bear? A wolf? A coyote?) that leaves feathers and bones and relationships with the dogs. It’s a tale of …and then there were 11, then 10, then a new cohort, then fights of dominance among the new and the old chickens. It is quite a drama and Tessa appears to love it, telling the stories with flair. It seems to me a good distraction, though sometimes too much, from her endless hours in front of her computer screen.

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