Thanks For The Wishes!
Thanks for all of the wonderful Happy Birthday wishes. Patrick had a few gifts (a bracelet and necklace) for me when I got home. I had a nice, quiet, and special day.
A Wedding in the Family
My brother, Gregory, got married Saturday, I had to get a photo of the sign in front of the church.
I think Greg and all the guys look great. The smallest one is my nephew, Donovan, who was the ring bearer. Lenny is another brother.
Here's Greg and Margaret at the ceremony. They both look great even though the photo quality isn't.
Here they are jumping the broom. It's an African tradition that used in many African-American weddings today. The broom could standing for setting up a household or sweeping away the old.
I love this photo of my sister Lisa and our nephew, Donovan. He's an active little guy who keeps my sister, Valerie and my brother-in-law, Ron busy.
You can check out more wedding action at the photo album.
Then and Now
Here's a photo of most of my family in July,1972. Dig that wallpaper!
Front--Greg (6), Me (9), Lisa(4) , my cousin Junior, (8) and Lenny (4)
Back--Grandma, Larry(8), and Mom
We lived in New York City then. Grandma and Junior, my mother's first cousin, came up to visit us from the South. I love how annoyed the twins are with Junior jumping in front of them. We had so much fun that summer.
The wedding was the first time that the six of us (Valerie was born in 1973) were together since my mother's funeral in 1996. While it made us all sad Mom wasn't there physically, and some tears were shed, we could feel her spirit. It was a lovely, if very hot day, and the ceremony was beautiful.
I've never seen Greg so happy. I wish the best for Greg and Margaret in their new life.
Girls--Valerie, Me, and Lisa
Guys--Larry, Greg, and Lenny
I even managed to get some knitting and crocheting done. I actually finished the Bonfire Shawl while in Cheraw.
Here I am showing it off at tonight's Barnes and Noble meeting.
By the way, I'm wearing my orange Picovoli tee to match the shawl on purpose. Block as I may, the neckline won't stay flat, but otherwise, it turned out well. I need to rip out the row of single crochet and redo it someday.
It was a quick and easy crochet and the Koigu worked up beautifully. I would have chosen my usual pinks and berries if it were for me, but I grew to like the colors more and more as I crocheted along. I think Gay (the LYS owner) will love it, some knitters have already brought the pattern, and I may teach a class for it.
I'm ready to start the toe. It's looking great, and I'll have a photo next time.
Shop Not Drop
In local shopping news, part of the new Tanger Outlet near the coliseum will open this weekend. I prpobably won't go for a while, but I glad Charleston has one so I won't have to go to Myrtle Beach or Hilton Head to outlet shop.