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There And Back and Then Somewhere Else and Back

There And Back and Then Somewhere Else and Back - 1

Dear Ann, The last bit of summer was a triathlon of travel, company, and more travel; it’s all a gloriously caffeinated blur. I feel like I could sleep for a solid week (once the backlog of iced coffees gets processed). Where did I leave off? Chicago? Yes, Chicago, mid-August. Chicago To review, we were a party of 4: me, 2 kids, and 1 dog. We spent 12 hours in Chicago, and were only awake for 3 or 4 of them. We arrived in the...

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Mason-Dixon Mailbag: State Fair Edition

Mason-Dixon Mailbag: State Fair Edition - 1

Dear Kay, As you know, it’s state fair knitting season, and I love it when people send along photos of notable knitted stuff they see at state fairs. Above, for example. Minnesotan Anessa Andersland saw a knitted fish, so of course she thought of us. Cool, I thought-what a cute stripey fish! The thing is, when I scrolled down, I saw this: Anessa writes: Hello Ann – I really enjoy your website with Kay. I just had to send you these...

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What Are The Chances

What Are The Chances - 1

Dear Ann, Yesterday I was foraging for bandwidth and found myself in the Whole Foods in Omaha. Not only does this excellent Whole Foods have WiFi, it has WiByGla (wine by the glass), which I think is just about the greatest concept in grocery shopping since the paper bag. The kids got a snack and settled in while I did my computer business. When I was done, I got up to get an iced coffee, and out of the corner of my eye, I saw this on the...

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Tramps Like Us

Tramps Like Us - 1

Dear Ann, Well, now I’ve really gone and done it. The kids, the dog and I drove from New York to Omaha. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Well, actually, so far it’s still a pretty good idea. First stop was Cleveland. It was touch and go, because we were trying to (a) drive from New York to Cleveland, (b) drop off Olive at the Inn To Pets (get it? Inn To Pets?), and (c) find Progressive Field in time for a 7:05 game...

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Eye Openers, and Contest Winner

Eye Openers, and Contest Winner - 1

Dear Ann, OK. It’s Monday. It’s the last week of school here, always a Sheer Hell/Level 5 week. Suddenly, certain people are doing extra credit math homework. The effort not to roll the maternal eyes back in the maternal head, or indulge in gentle maternal sarcasm which is hardly ever taken the right way–go figure- is heroic. Heroic, I tell you. I need extra caffeine, or some stimulus to wake me up, to give me FOCUS. ...

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Road Trip to…..Red Sox Nation!

Road Trip to.....Red Sox Nation! - 1

Dear Ann, I’ve been holding out on you. Next weekend I’m heading north to visit Red Sox cousins, and one of the cousins has kindly arranged for me to knit, chat, and sign books in the following yarn shops: Saturday, May 22 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. A Loom With a View in Newburyport, Massachusetts. 1:30 – 3 p.m. The Fiber Loft in Harvard, Massachusetts. Sunday, May 23 Noon-2p.m. Newbury Yarns, in Boston. My traveling...

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