Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Home, Swim Meet and Thanks

Thank you so much for your wonderful, positive thoughts for my son.  Mr. 20 year old did well on Friday against West Virginia, not as good on Saturday against Michigan, so who knows if he will be picked for the big, final swim meet.  He is eternally hopeful, I might be thinking a bit more realistically, really only time will tell.  These swimmers work so hard.  Training 4 to 6 hours a day, 6 days a week, for years, and years, and years.  They are a different breed.  Lap after lap, early mornings, weights, training and more laps, all to lose a mere fraction of a second  in a race. 

This is where Mr. 20 year old spends most of his time.  It is a beautiful facility.  I can picture him at 6 AM, five days a week walking in here getting ready to train.  He is also spends every afternoon here but Sunday, that is a lot of time.

He is gorgeous, my boy.  And frankly would not be happy about me posting this picture of him standing behind the block, getting ready to race.  We had such a wonderful time.  I was able to eat four whole meals with him!  That might be a record.  We had dinner on Friday night after his meet, and lunch on Saturday after his team just barely lost to Michigan their arch rival.  Saturday evening I took Mr. 20 year old and 5 of his roommates out to dinner.  They are really lovely young men, or at least they can pull it together for a two hour meal with a parent. Then again on Sunday morning before I left for the airport we went out for breakfast.  Nice talks, nice easy time spent together, it was wonderful.  He is becoming a man, while he still needs time to cook a bit before he goes out into the real world, I see signs that he is maturing, they may be small but they are there.  We have discussions now, not so much lectures, that in itself is progress.

Oh yes there was time for yarn shopping even though I thought there might not be.  The schedule I had for his meets was not correct.  I thought his meet on Friday started at 5, well no it was 6 which left me time to pop into  The Yarn Shop.  I love this store.  It is so jam packed full of fun yarn.  Every corner you turn leads you to something beautiful to see.

So you need some needles or hook?  They are plentiful.  They even have supplies for tatting and needlepoint.  The book selection was very impressive for both knitting and crochet.

Beautiful yarn everywhere, what could be better?

For my cross-stitch friends I give you Cross My Heart cross-stitch shop.  It is three doors down from The Yarn Store.   I popped in, walked around and popped out.  You see it was like being in a foreign land for me, cross-stitch is not something I understand, but I love that many of you do.

I did limit myself to just a little bit of yarn, as many of you said that souvenir yarn is just fine to buy when you are away from home on a trip. Two skeins of Berroco Boboli Lace to make a linen stitch scarf.  I have been seeing them all over Pinterest and Ravelry lately and I am intrigued.  And speaking of intrigued this Bamboo Bloom from Universal Yarn, caught my eye and would not let me leave without it. 

So while I have gone 38 days without buying yarn from home, I have only gone 4 days without buying souvenir yarn.  

I did not go on my blog once while I was gone.  I came back to my hotel room and I knit and read.  I will tell you about my knitting experience at the meet in my next post. 

Hope you all had a great weekend, I am planning to catch up with you all in the next few days.



Hello Dear Meredith. Your trip UP North sounded very lovely.. Congratulation to your son's team for doing so well. He looks like such a nice young man.. I really like the pretty yarn you bought but I absolutely fell in love with the Bamboo Blooms. It reminds me of the desert southwest. Hugs Judy

Bridget said...

I'm glad the trip went well, in every way.

And I for one will not tell your son about you posting pictures of him ... :-)

Penny said...

Sounds like a great time Meredith, amazing how much training goes into this sport.
Gorgeous yarn shop and lovely yarn buys, look forward to seeing what you have been knitting xox Take care x

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Oh what an adventure you had! Love both of those shops!

Wishing only the best for your son. I know he has a bright future ahead of him. :)


ColourMeCrochet said...

My Dear Meredith, it sounds like you had a lovely time and managed to spend some precious moments with your handsome looking son. It's lovely to see him and share with you what seems to me to be an important weekend in his training.
Your yarn looks delicious, how did you manage to restrain yourself to just 3 lots, they all look lovely.
Take care
Sally x

Anonymous said...

Handsome boy!!!! Glad he did well in his swim meets.

Pretty yarn too -- I love the bottom one. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

A yarn store and cross stitch in one plaza???? Good thing I don't live near there. I would bust the budget for sure!

Kris said...

Hi Meredith. HOW did you sneak in all of these posts, and HOW did I miss them?
Your son is a good looking chap, indeed! I am so glad you got to go spend time with him. Glad he did well. And I hope he gets chosen for that special team he wants.
It was fun to read back here this morning, and read/see what you have been up to. That post between you and yarn was hysterical!

Shari LeBlanc said...

I so happy your trip is going so well my friend. Your son looks like a very nice nice man and I know you are so proud of him. After all....look who his mom is!
Love the new yarn and thanks for the snap shot of the cross stitch store....I would soooo love to go there!
xx Shari

Linda Gilbert said...

Meredith family time is the best time ... And it looks like you had a lovely time. Your son looks like a super lad and what a commitment to train so hard. You must be very proud of him. I am sure he is equally proud of his mum too x

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful time! Wow!

Betsy said...

I'm so glad that you had a wonderful trip to see your son. I know what it is like to have them far away. He's very handsome and I'm sure is maturing each time you see him.
The yarn and cross stitch shops look intriguing. I think you've done very well in not buying yarn at home. Trips don't count-those are onvisible days! :-). By the way, it's gorgeous yarn.
Lunch with the "girls" in a couple of hours. Wish you could be with us.

Pammy Sue said...

Welcome home! Lovely yarn you got there. Can't wait to see what you whip up with it. Your son is a cutie pie!

kathy b said...

Funfun roundup of your trip. Isn't it strange and good that our boys turn into med in college?????

Swimmers are an exceptional group ; I have always thought that. Fireman was on the HS swim team. he still has a beautiful stroke when we swim.

I want that big buggy orangypink yarn Ma'am!

linda said...

Your son is lovely Meredith, I'm pleased that they did so well. I just love that yarn store, it's the kind of place where I would love to be locked in all night haha, I love your souvenir yarn I can't wait to see what you make with it. :)

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

You are enviably restrained on the yarn front Mere! I'd have used the away from home excuse to buy a bag full of woolly loveliness :)

Your son is clearly a handsome fellow and a truly sweet guy ... lovely to be the mother of an almost grown boy isn't it x

kathyinozarks said...

Nice to hear from you and gorgeous yarn-I am loving that pretty bamboo-perhaps we will see your son in a future olympics-good luck to him

Claudia said...

My nephew is a handsome son of a gun and I'm eternally proud of him. And of you, my sister.


mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Boy, you did have a great time!! Good for you and all those meals with your handsome son, now that in itself is extra special!!! Lovely yarns, so nice you got to knit and read.....away from blogging and the internet : )
Glad you're home safely, xoRobin

Clare said...

So glad you had a lovely trip and yay new yarn
Clare x

Amy at love made my home said...

Well done to your son for his one win, I hope that he goes on to great things as he is obviously putting a huge amount of work into this. He deserves to do well I am sure. Looking forward to seeing what your souvenir yarn (so not really real yarn!) turns into. xx

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

So glad you had such a good trip and the time you spent with your son was the GOOD kind of time!! I think you are doing great on your yarn restraint! Traveling purchases don't count. LOL! blessings ~ tanna

Jennifer said...

I'm so glad you had a nice trip. That yarn shop looks pretty fantastic! How nice to take them out for a meal, I'm sure they appreciated it a lot. Your son looks a little like you, I think.

CJ said...

Meredith, that sounds like a wonderful trip, and the very best of luck to your son. He has worked so very hard, I do hope he achieves all that he wants to achieve. Glad you had a little yarn shop time as well.

Mrs. C said...

Glad you had such a great trip! Love the yarn you picked up! :)

Lynne said...

What a handsome lad you have there! It's a lot of work to participate in a sport while keeping up with your studies, I bet you are a proud Mama!
The yarn looks gorgeous, and I can't wait to see this linen stitch scarf of which you speak.
Have a great week!

RedSetter said...

Sounds like you had a fabby time and lovely that you had such a good time with your son and his friends. You are right I am sure son will be very miffed by the adoring parent pic with accompanying gushing but you are spot on he is a very handsome young man and you are justified in feeling very proud.

A yarn shop and a cross stitch one beside each other, be still my beating heart! I must say you've been very restrained with your souvenir purchases as I'd expected to see you needing to resort to panoramic pics to get it all in shot!

Teresa Kasner said...

Welcome home, Meredith! What a neat trip you had, getting to spend time with your big strong handsome boy, meeting his friends, then going back to the hotel for some "me" time.. and a yarn shop, to boot! I've been thinking about you.. and admiring you. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)
PS - wish you could have joined Gracie, Taci and Betsy and me today!

Lulu said...

such pretty yarn colors..Always nice to stop at a yarn shop..

Rose Red said...

I'm glad you had a good trip and got to the yarn store! A linen stitch scarf will be gorgeous in that yarn.
I don't know how swimmers do it, such dedication.

Gracie Saylor said...

Thanks for letting us enjoy some of the highlights of your trip, Meredith! The daughters of one of my forever friends were on the Olympic Gold Medal team for synchronized swimming so I appreciate your description of your son's training schedule. It takes amazing commitment and focus! I loved seeing the yarn shop especially :) And in defense of our stashes I want you to know that mine has helped me on several occasions when I wanted to gift a friend with a yarny something I made, but was too slow in making something so shopped in my stash for special yarn I thought they might enjoy using. I did that last night and this morning, in fact, with good results...whew :) xx

Faith said...

Your boy is a clever lad, I like swimming but the thought of staying that long in the pool actually swimming (not just bobbing about like I do!) Makes me feel queasy! I hope he gets the news he wants! The shop looks amazing, when I first saw the picture (having just woken up with my eyes only part open) I thought it said tattooing... I thought it was a pretty 9 combination!

Great yarn, love the look of them both..I think you've been very restrained!x

Faith said...

*odd combination

Linda Powell said...

My son is Mr 27 year old and I remember noticing the time when I could sit back a bit and relax with the knowledge that all those years of nurturing had come to fruition.There were rocky times before this transition took place but we rode them out together and now he is an independent young man with direction in his life. We as mothers work towards this goal and when it happens it is a joy to know we have done our 'job' right.

What a wonderful trip for you both, spending quality time with your son and his friends. Your yarn goodies are delicious and I look forward to your 'hotel room' progress with your projects.

Ana BC said...

That yarn shop looks delightful! It is not every day that you get that opportunity, so go for it without guilt ;-)

Heldasland said...

I have just read your post conversation with yarn and I laughed at the title .I have just written a post about my yarn talking to me . glad Im not alone.

Your son is so handsome, well done mum, he has your great looks

Lisa N. said...

That's good he had a nice swim meet! and I love the yarn shop and all the colors! it is so nice to see other yarn stores in different places. :)
have a great day!

Toni said...

Fun! Did you manage to avoid all the winter storms?

Susanne said...

Your son is a handsome young man and you should be very proud of him. Sorry they lost to Michigan, I know how badly the rivalry is between the states, it extends to families as well, some for one, some for the other. We endure the jokes and negative comments from both sides and that is why this girl does not root for either one. Now the fun yarn, how pretty the choices you made and I can't wait to see what you whip up with them. Glad you got to spend time with your son too. Hope your trip home was a safe one.
(((HUGS))) Susanne :)

brsmaryland said...

Your son is a very handsome, muscular swimmer! I'm sure he really appreciated your being at his meets and having meals together too. He must think you are 'cool' to have friends join for a dinner ;-) That is great! He is very dedicated, training so early in the morning, going to classes, and training again later in the day. I hope hope hope he gets chosen for the final big meet. I know it means a lot to all of you.
LOVE all the OSU pix! And yarn store porn too.
hugs to you, my friend,

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

You sound like you had a great time,and really enjoyed seeing your Son. What a committed athlete he is. That's some schedule.


Sandy said...

What a handsome guy! You must be so proud of him. I can't imagine the hard work and dedication that swimming takes.

Pradeepa said...

So overall you had a very good time! Glad your son did well.

Vicki Boster said...

Meredith -- your son is so handsome -- what an accomplishment to be a competative swimmer --- he will be heading to the olympics someday! I hope he is doing wellin the competitions.

Had to laugh about your yarn story -- I agree that yarn purchases away from home do not count if you are trying to not buy any more yarn! I love that you go yarn shopping whenever you travel - I do the same thing -- your bought some gorgeous yarns!

Thank you for your visits and prayers for our dear friend~

Danette Bartelmay said...

I'd say you had a lovely trip all the way around Meredith!
And ~ he IS a handsome young man!
We won't tell him we saw these pictures of him :)
So glad you got some quality time with him. I truly admire how dedicated he is.

Joy said...

Oh what a handsome young man with a great physique, and congrats to him and his team for working so hard and doing so well! It's so lovely that you were able to be there Meredith and that everything went so well! Love your yarn, how could you not buy those gorgeous colours - I'll be very interested to see what becomes of them!
Warm hugs, Joy xo

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

So glad that you made it to Ohio safe and sound. You do indeed have a very good looking young man!! And glad that he did so well! Ohio and Michigan have been enemies since the beginning of time!! My husband is a 3rd generation OHIO student. He grad in 1976. He was in journalism and took pictures at the football games. He was riding on the team bus, returning from a Michigan game and the coach wouldn't let the busses stop for gas in Michigan and they ended up coasting into Ohio before stopping for gas.
Beautiful yarns!! Have so much fun making something amazing!!

Hannapat said...

Your son is so handsome and he looks so in place there. It sounds like a great trip and how wonderful that you could combine it with a trip to the yarn shop!! Xoxo

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Mr. 20 year old is a handsome young man. My 18 year old never did respond well to lectures. He would just shut down so it was a waste of time. So I've always just talked to him honestly and let him make his own choices. He's done pretty well so far. He's always been independent which is good since he is so far away from us now. Sure is still strange sometimes, though. I would have been in hog heaven to have a yarn shop and a cross-stitch shop right in walking distance of each other. Hard to find good cross-stitch places anymore. Best wishes, Tammy

Liz said...

Your son is gorgeous. I bet you are so proud of him. It seems he has a good work ethic with his training and goals. It makes me wonder how my child will be at 20 years old.
I love, love, love seeing photos of yarn shops. Some people would think we are crazy huh? I have some of that same yarn but in a different color. I have yet to find the perfect project. Maybe a knitted one?

Grammy Braxton said...

I'm behind on reading blogs but trying to catch up this week. My heart did a little loop-de-loo at the sight of that cross stitch shop. Our local shop closed at the end of 2013 and I miss it so. Kudos to that handsome young man. And kudos to the parents who raised him.