Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Busy Weekend---Books, Family, & Pet Lambs

By Maggie

The lamb pictured here is named Penelope, and I'll explain about her in the last paragraph of this post. I'm sharing the photo with Penelope along with the real-life owner of Lambspun knitting shop, Shirley Ellsworth (pretty blonde standing next to me). The young girl holding Penelope was a customer who couldn't resist the little furry bundle.


I don't know about you folks, but I was going 90 mph an hour this weekend--without my car. As I posted on the Cozy Chicks blog last week, this past weekend ALL FOUR of my daughters flew in from various parts of the country to have a special "90th Birthday" celebration with my mother. Even my granddaughter Natale came along, which made it even more special. What did we have planned? A big party? No. They came to simply spend time with my mom. Mom sat on the sofa in my living room, surrounded by my daughters, my granddaughter, and me. Just talking and laughing and talking and laughing and remembering and laughing and sharing and laughing some more. She loved it. I knew she would. She kept saying: "Look at all my beautiful girls." And we loved being with her.

I'd bought a special birthday cake---yummy carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. We spent several hours just enjoying being with Mom. Oldest daughter Christine even logged on to her laptop with her Skype connection to connect with the rest of her family back at her home in Fairfax, Virginia (Northern VA). That way, we got to see and talk with my two grandsons, Joseph and Matthew and the youngest daughter in the family--two and a half year old AnaSofia. She couldn't understand why she could see "Mommy" but Mommy wasn't really there. My mom loved seeing her youngest great granddaughter.


After we got my mom all settled back in her condo apartment at the Worthington retirement center and ready for her early bedtime, the rest of us headed for Jay's Bistro here in Fort Collins, CO, for some delicious food, yummy martinis and fine wines, and great jazz.

In the midst of all of this celebrating, I had a booksigning at the Lambspun knitting shop here in Fort Collins in the late morning/early afternoon of that Saturday when my girls were arriving to visit Mom. So---I'm not exaggerating when I said I was running fast that Saturday. As those of you who've been following my Kelly Flynn mystery series set in "Fort Connor" Colorado know, that knitting shop in the series is based on the real Lambspun of Colorado shop where I first "fell down the rabbit hole" into the wonderland of fiber---color and texture and sensuality. While I was signing and meeting readers, Shirley Ellsworth, the real owner of Lambspun, told me that the shop had a visitor---a five-day old pet lamb named Penelope. Notice the diaper in the photos. Penelope's owner had her on a leash, which didn't stop Penelope from nibbling books in the bookcases as one of the photos shows.

Oh---and earlier that Saturday morning, I also squeezed in an hour to finish planting spring flowers in my front yard. I'd already filled the planter along my front walk with alternating purple and white petunias, then finished all the pots and planters in the front with various other bright annuals. All that was left were the big pots and planters near my mailbox along the sidewalk. Several pots, mind you. Right when I had a "spare" hour to plant, our spring weather decided to start a rain shower---light sprinkles. Well, we're not impressed with little sprinkles here in Colorado. So, I put on my Pacific Trail hiking jacket, pulled up the hood, and went out to plant. Got them all finished in an hour. Just in time to get cleaned up, change clothes, and drive over to Lambspun for the signing. As you can imagine, by the time I finally got to bed Saturday night, I was ready----and asleep in less than 60 seconds.

15 comments:

Rural View said...

Awwww! So cute, and a diaper no less. :) Lambspun sounds like the perfect place to me (a knitter) but PA is too far from Co.

Lover of Books said...

Where in CO? My mom visits there occasionally and I would love to pass another yarn shop onto her. I have a couple pairs of socks as well as my sons have hats, sweaters, and socks all made by my mom. :)

Krista

Lover of Books said...

Okay I feel silly now, not only did I forget my mom reads your book but she knows where the shop is. lol It's one of those days. lol
Krista

jbstanley said...

Oh, my! That lamb is darling. Do you think I could borrow him to cut my grass?

Anonymous said...

The lamb is so cute.

Love the weekend with your daughter's and Mother. That is the best way to celelbrate such a milestone.

Heather Webber said...

Love the lamb! I'm not sure I can convince my husband to let me get one as a pet...

Glad you had a great weekend, Maggie!

Mare F said...

How sweet is that? I love it. I also have to thank you for getting back into knitting after many years. I crocheted, but hadn't picked up knitting needles again until I read your first book. The description of the shop also got me off of the internet and into a couple of lovely yarn shops locally. Please keep up the great work.

Dru said...

Can I hold the lamb? He's cute.

Your family weekend sounds great. Love the many generations present for your mother's birthday.

Andrea C. said...

Wow! You only need to count one sheep to fall asleep! LOL

signlady217 said...

Sounds like you girls had a great time. Hope you took lots of pictures!

If I ever get out that way, I will have to check out that wonderful yarn shop!

Helen Kiker said...

Oh how I loved those pictures - what a wonderful place for a book signing! That little lamb is so sweet even if it does like to eat (or maybe only lick) books!

Maggie Sefton said...

Rural View----Yes, that was a diaper. Five days old. I have to laugh.

Krista---I live in Fort Collins, CO, an hour north of Denver, home to Colorado State University. That's why I call the town "Fort Connor" in the books. And I now read your 2nd email and laughed.

Maggie Sefton said...

JB---Uhhhhh, I'm not sure about the grass. Maybe when she gets bigger. :)

Nancy---That's exactly what I thought. And Mom just loved it.

Heather---I'm not sure how great a pet they are. Lambs do grow up to become full-sized sheep. Baaa!

Maggie Sefton said...

Mare----Thank you for that lovely comment. It sounds like you're way overdue for some fiber time, peaceful and contemplative.

Dru----Cute was definitely Penelope's specialty.

Andrea---LOL about the sheep counting.

Maggie Sefton said...

sign lady---You definitely should get out here to Colorado. The state is gorgeous on its own. You'd love a trip here.

Helen---Oh, Penelope was nibbling all right. The only thing that saved the books was she was so small she couldn't do much damange.