If you’re Rhinebeck bound, we would love to see you at Jill Draper’s studio in Kingston on Saturday night. Details here.


Dear Kay,
As you may have heard, Spring Break is upon us. At 12:01 pm yesterday, life as I know it ended, and the tasty thing known as Time to Myself has evaporated. I can feel it already–there has already been a request for Lucky Charms, the official breakfast cereal of Spring Break.
I’m going to be away next week, so I need you to house-sit for me. Here are the things that need to be taken care of:
1. Feed the blog. There’s a sack of content over by the hot water heater. One big scoop a day will do.
2. Water the blog. Do NOT forget to change the water. Don’t think just because there’s water in the bowl that it’s GOOD water. It’s got to be NEW water.
3. Bring in the mail. Don’t let it pile up in my In box. Feel free to coordinate the soccer team’s snack schedule while you’re at it. Which reminds me: how did I end up being the Snack Coordinator? I think I’ve mentioned to you how much I hate Snack.
4. (most important) Please do NOT have any house parties while I’m gone. That means: no intarsia, no denim, no shrinking or fading or dyeing. When I get home, if I can smell even the slightest hint of a bleach pen, we’ll have to talk.
Where are we going? To the jungly ruins of the Yucatan! It is SO rustic down there in Mexico: I have heard that you can go a HUNDRED MILES without seeing a Wal-Mart. Can you imagine?
I’ll try to write, but I may end up in some Alfred Maudslay Victorian Mayan ruin explorer fantasy, and we may not come back. The children will just end up archaeology brats. Did you know that in the 1880s, there was a woman, Annie Hunter, who spent twenty years in the jungle painting pictures of all the Mayan hieroglyphs and carvings. For posterity? For the ages?
Nay, it was so that dorks like us could come down on spring break 120 years later and go, “Look at all this crazy stuff. Hey–that bus smell is kind of making me queasy.”




  1. Yum! Lucky Charms are still, after 20 years, my favorite!

  2. Get yer shots! Don’t drink the water! That’s the extent of my advice about a vacay somewhere equator-ish. Have fun!

  3. O that sounds so wonderful – so very Amelia Peabody-ish – keep your eye out for interesting string bag designs! What are you packing for knitting?

  4. Bon voyage!

  5. If you’re planning to get in the mood for the trip by watching some adventures-in-the-ruins-of-an-ancient-civilization type movies, Do Not watch the new King Kong–especially not the part about the giant creature with the head like a star-nosed mole’s nose that…nevermind. Don’t drink (or go anywhere near) the water. Bone Voyagee. xo, c.

  6. No denim? No intarsia? No felting?? Egads, how will we survive?? Have a good vacation! We promise to empty all the lint out of your washing machine!

  7. Have fun! Wear sunscreen!

  8. The Yucatan! STONES!
    I am legendary in my love for stones….my in-laws tease me for making them go to ancient irish archeological sites every time we visit them, but hey, its educational and they like it too! Crazy american showing them their own country…..
    The Yucatan has LOTS of ancient stones…see some for ME!!!!

  9. Yucatan, totally jealous……stones, history, and really good margaritas!! Enjoy.

  10. Ann, if you have the slightest hint of vertigo DO NOT climb the pyramids. Yes, it’s impossibly tempting. You’ll tell yourself, “Imagine the view!” Actually, you don’t want to imagine the view because, before you know it, you’ll imagine yourself falling right into said view. This is not pleasant. And you can not be airlifted down. On that cheery note, have a great trip!

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  12. Adios, me amiga.
    ¡La bebida, hace punto, respira y sea feliz!

  13. We went all over the Yucutan a few years ago. You have to go to the ruins in Uxmal. Unlike most of the others, they are crowd-free, and that makes them very special. xox,

  14. Oh yeah, and when they say don’t drink the water, they mean don’t brush your teeth with it and don’t open your mouth in the shower if you want to escape Montezuma’s Revenge. Just in case, pack cipro. That stuff works wonders.

  15. Espero que puedes ver todo lo que quieres y que los ninos porten bien. No se como decir “knitting” en espanol, pero tambien espero que tienes suficiente tiempo para hacer to arte!
    Buen viaje!

  16. …”tasty thing known as Time to Myself has evaporated…” I used to have that…I remember it well, how sweet it was… now it is always late at night when the rest of the world sleeps, I can knit.
    hope you had fun!

  17. love the snack–I mean Snack–entry. Lucky Charms would make good “treats.” I mean, come on, double the marshmallows, triple the sugar.


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