Hello out there everybody!! I think a few people are wondering where we are and how we are! It's awfully nice to open my email and find that I have friends asking how we are. :)
We are all fine. The big kids are all three here now after a visit with their dad during the 4th of July holiday. Suzannah enjoyed camp and somehow endured a great deal of misery as well. I was afraid it was a mistake to let her spend time down there alone - I was right. Camp wasn't worth it.
In court'ish news, we've paid the retainer to our attorney and he's hoping to draft our motion on Friday or Monday. Of course I was wanting/hoping for this to happen a month ago. It's just how things go. A rotten waiting game. Always just a few more days. It's okay. We're sitting around holding our breath in the waiting game and turning blue in the face because it's what we must do. I suspect that this will not be resolved until the very last split second before school starts and the children might have a slightly uncomfortable transition to the new school(s). But they want this - we all want this. We're all bracing for what we have to deal with to get what we want.
On the knitting front, Calliope is looking good! I finished the back on Sunday or Monday (can't remember now) and cast on for the front right away. I got my Channel Island Caston instructions back out and realized that I didn't do it correctly. The instructions state that the basic concept is: a yarn over plus a normal long tail caston stitch. What I did was: a yarn over plus a backward loop caston stitch. When I realized my mistake, of course, I had to do it the wrong way for the front piece but I did practice the proper technique too. The resulting effect is similar - my mistake method is much faster - the proper method looks good. Both are useable and both have a pretty edge. Doesn't matter to me that I did it incorrectly.
I just started my 6th skein of yarn, so on the yarn ball scale I'm approximately 48% finished. However, now that the back is finished I'm predicting that I will only use 9 balls of yarn. With the modified yarn ball scale I'm approximately 58% finished. I think that's more accurate since the back should be approximately 50%.
We had a very quiet and uneventful Fourth of July holiday. No parades. No big fanfare. The big kids were with their dad and stepmother having a terrible time so we didn't really need to buy any fireworks. I watered the grass and knit in the back yard. Emeline stayed in her pajamas until lunch time when she decided to come outside and join me in the back yard. She saw the sprinkler and said, DRINK!! She loves to play in the sprinkler and thinks that all spraying water is intended to be played in. So, completely uninhibited by the fact that she was still wearing her pajamas, she walked over and played in the drink. She stood there very still while the drops of water hit her hair and face. She looked down and touched her arm where it felt cold and wet. Her Daddy said, Oh Emeline, you'll get your clothes wet. I said, It doesn't matter. Don't you wish that we were still so young and carefree without being inhibited by the fact that we might get our clothes or hair wet and we could just go stand in the sprinkler and feel the water on our face and skin and be amazed by the wonder of it? By the time we went inside she was soaked from head to toe and enjoyed it very much.
After playing in the drink we took a drive to Wichita, got Emeline some sandals and visited Jeff's parents. We grilled steaks for dinner (oh so yum) and then settled in for the night. In our town you don't go to the fireworks, the fireworks come to you!! It sounds like a war zone for about three days with people shooting fireworks in town. I went out and walked down the street a little ways and saw some nice fireworks, heard people having fun. It's a dramatic feeling to see my neighbor's flag flying in the spotlight at night with those booming sounds all around.