Knitting by Blind Faith

Apologies to My Readers
Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 12:15 pm
Filed under: Life

To My Loyal Readers:

I want to apologize for being quiet these past few weeks. This is a hectic time in my life, and I haven’t had a lot of time to post. Nothing bad, just busy.

If it’s any consolation, my knitting misses me, too. It’s always with me, so I can knit a few stitches here and there, but I haven’t spent a lot of time with it, which I miss.

I will write more soon. Know that I am thinking of you all fondly, even if I havent been commenting on your blogs, calling you on the phone, or seeing you at Knit Night.

The World’s Largest Pizza Party
Saturday, May 17, 2008, 2:31 pm
Filed under: Life,Special Moments

Today, RAM, Joy and I attended the world’s largest pizza party and witnessed the awesome sight of the world’s longest pizza.

The good folks at Big Apple Pizza hosted the event and provided the pizza as a fundraiser for their foundation. Part of the proceeds will go to one of the local firefighters and his family, who recently lost their home in the massive fires in Brevard County.

When RAM, Joy, and I arrived, we were personally greeted by the county sherriff, who began the count shortly after our arrival.

The sherriff and his crew are preparing to measure the pizza.

The 9-inch pies took three days to make and were laid side by side for the count.

756 9-inch pizzas lying side by side across 10-foot long plastic tables.

The current world record was 611 feet……until today. The new world record? The 756 9-inch pies laid side by side measured an astounding 722 feet and 1 inch. That beats the old record by 111 feet and 2 inches, according to the good folks from Guinness, who were present to witness the event.

Congrats to Scott and his crew for pulling this off! And thanks for the free pizza. You don’t often get to eat a piece of history.

A slice of pizza in my hand.

Swimming Lessons
Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 5:15 pm
Filed under: Life,Special Moments

Joy sitting on the beach in late afternoon with the ocean behind her.

RAM and I took Joy to some of Loyal’s favorite places on Saturday to celebrate his life. Although Loyal did not like to swim, he loved the smell of the ocean air and frolicking in the water.

We went to a seafood restaurant where you could eat outside overlooking the water, and then to the beach for some fun.

This was Joy’s first trip to the beach, and we decided to take her later in the day when it wasn’t so hot. This girl is a retriever through and through, so it came as a bit of a shock when we walked up to the water’s edge, and she just stood there. We had to coax her into the water. She would wade in, begrudgingly, then jumped on me excitedly when I praised her, and finally, the waves would chase her back out again. After a few minutes of this, it was clear that she was far more interested in greeting people and eating the sand than swimming.

We thought she might do better in the river, because it was calmer, so we took her there. She was more willing to wade in the water, but then she just stood there. With the water up to her shoulders, she looked up at me in confusion as if to say, “It’s my job to take you AROUND puddles [which she does very well]. Why are you leading me into a giant one?”

Since it seemed that swimming, or even frolicking in the water, just wasn’t on Joy’s agenda for the day, we decided it was time to go home. Joy may not have apprecated the way she spent her afternoon, but she took it all in stride. She didn’t seem to begrudge us these forays into the deep, and she put up with the impromptu bath afterward without complaint.

The summer is here, and it’s time for fun in the sun. RAM and I hope to be spending a lot of time at the pool and the beach this summer. Although we may give it a couple more goes, but it looks like our Joy just may not be a water girl. I suppose this is a good thing. After all, I wouldn’t want her jumping into our pool after me, harness and all! (She is only permitted to be at our pool in her capacity as a guide. Since the pool is a quarter of a mile away from our apartment, I often take her with me unless it is too hot.)

RAM got me a beautiful lavender spa set for Mother’s Day. I can’t wait to enjoy it.

Keepsake box tied with a lavender ribbon.

Even though we don’t have any human children, we consider Loyal, Independence, Peace, and Joy our children, and are very blessed that they are a part of our lives.