Wednesday, October 03, 2007

A new year for me and lots of new things

My birthday was the other day and as with birthdays around here, we like to stretch them out into birthday festivals. The Farmer, Julia and I spent the actual day in Boston going to the Museum of Fine Arts, walking our big and little feet off around town, drinking tea and eating chocolate cake at Tealuxe on Newbury Street and visting the Copley Plaza Hotel and the Ritz on the Park (which is now the Taj). Julia’s comment on going to Boston was “Oh, this is great – I’m going to Boston and I won’t be going to the hospital or the doctor.” Guess we had better do some more fun trips to town…..

I want to thank the anonymous person who sent me this book this past summer. It came in a box from Nebraska with a note that said Happy Birthday! I haven’t known who to thank – so thank you Kind Person. Golden Fleece is a charming account of a young woman, Hughie Call, as she adapts to being the wife of a sheep rancher. She is a great story-teller and although sheep raising in The West is a bit different than raising sheep on a small farm in New England, I have found many similarities to our lives and the cycles of the farming year.

I met up with Amy Greeman from Storey last week very early one morning as she dropped her children off at a local school. Look what she gave me – my advance copy of Kristin Knits. I have been waiting with great anticipation to seeing the bound, finished book. There were many elements to the book which I didn’t know about and I was hoping I would be pleased. The back cover? Nice. Thanks to Amy at for the great quote. The endpaper? The hard cover binding? The index? The photographic reproductions and cropping? The chapter openers? Well, all my questions are now answered and I am relieved. I’m not going to reveal anything to you though – that would take all the surprise out of cracking open a new book, wouldn’t it? The book was a nice early birthday surprise.

One of the best birthday presents I got was from my friends, Lori and Chris. They built a “shopping cart” for my website. How cool is that? Now anyone can order directly from my site and check out with Paypal. I am so very excited about this gift – I feel like I have really entered big-time time internet commerce. Lori and Chris built my website a few years ago and keep tweaking and updating it for me. But this is the best!
Thanks you guys! I am overwhelmed!

I'm thinking a chocolate cake may be due to add an extra weekend to the birthday celebration!


Gammy aka Peggy said...

Happy Birthday!!!! So glad to hear you and yours have had a relaxing/fun time, particularly Julia. I just ordered your book via your shopping cart, I can't wait to get it. I know the photo alone have to be awesome!!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Happy Natal Day(s)!
I so enjoy your blog... I wish I could knit!
Hugs Ruth

Brigitte said...

Happy, happy birthday, Kristin! Enjoy your birthday festival, every bit of it! I too think that a one-day-birthday is just way too short!

Patricia said...

Happy birthday, you are inspiring!

Patty in Maryland

Dianne said...

Happy Birthday, Kristin. I, too, have an October birthday and I think that may be why I love everything about autumn. Bithday festivals are the rule at our house also. Celebrate and be happy knowing there are many of us out here in blog-land sending good wishes your way. Wish I were coming to Rhinebeck this year---it is a lovely show. Although we have ordered your book for the shop, I would like an autographed one, so will make use of your new store!
Dianne (in kentucky)

anmiryam said...

Happy belated birthday! With a new book coming out, I think you could extend the birthday celebrations for at least a full month.

Paula said...

Happy Late Birthday Kristin. Sounds like you had a really nice one.

Penny said...

a belated happy birthday, i say stretch it out through rhinebeck (i'll be starting there, mine is a week or so after).