We’re back from Santa Barbara, and the house is still standing! I would have blogged again from Santa Barbara, but my laptop died. It is still dead. The battery is just about shot, but when I try to turn it on with the power adapter connected, it either doesn’t turn on or it starts up then goes black. Urgh.
So anyway, Santa Barbara was a lot of fun. We forced Deedle to do all kinds of new things. In addition to swimming (see previous post), we took her hiking:
We also took her shopping, which she loved:
What else? We got to visit Buzzville Kelly and her daughter Brynne and saw their immaculately restored mid-century home. Really great furnishings and paint colors and everything, as you would expect if you know her blog. Her collection of Japanese crafty books is nothing short of astonishing. She took us to a great fabric/craft store in Oxnard called the Fabric Well. They have a bunch of really great fabrics for $4 a yard! I exercised considerable restraint and only purchased the following:
I was also lucky enough to receive one of Kelly’s famous cupcake purses!
So yeah, it was my birthday, which is why we stayed in accommodations that weren’t part of the Motel 6 family. I am officially old now and embarking on the second half of my life, but what can you do? I had a nice birthday. Peter surprised me with this in the morning:
We had cake in the hotel room with Thuy, who saved us by picking up the cake before the bakery closed!
And because this is supposed to be a knitblog of sorts, I end this post with a photo of some glorious Noro Kureyon I received as a birthday gift. I have never knit with Noro before! I plan to design a saddle-shoulder sweater with the knitting software I got from Artfibers. Yahoo!