Early last week our Thanksgiving plans fell through. We both said that it was a little depressing and quite expensive to just make a huge dinner for the two of us. So at the last minute, Bill secured lodging near Yosemite for us. I was off on Wednesday, so I got us packed and picked up Bill when he got off work on Wednesday afternoon. It usually takes us a little over three hours to get to Yosemite from Monterey. Being Thanksgiving, traffic was a little heavy for the first couple of hours. Liesl is a seasoned traveler and loves a road trip so she just relaxed in her dog bed and enjoyed the ride.
Thanksgiving Day at the park was beautiful. The weather was perfect but still cold. We hiked all over the park. It occurred to me, watching all of the families there for the holiday, that Thanksgiving is not about the meal. It is about the relationships we have with those we love. No one there seemed to be missing a big meal. They were thankful to be together in such an amazing place. We thoroughly enjoyed our day together and the majestic place which was created by God for our enjoyment. I had picked up turkey sandwiches at the grocery store the day before, so we had our Thanksgiving Dinner of turkey sandwiches, potato chips, and pumpkin pie in the shadow of Half Dome. It was amazing.
Liesl LOVES Yosemite. She has been to the park several times and knows her way around. She is a trouper and walks with no complaint. She does not like her feet to be cold, but she still walked all over the place, made friends with other dogs, and just added so much joy to the day. She was pretty cold and tired at the end of the day. Normally she would stage a protest about leaving the park, but she was happy to be tucked into her bed under her new blankie. She could see out of the window and quickly fell asleep. She slept twelve hours straight that night. :)
Speaking of Liesl's new blanket. I was inspired by Raggedy Stitcher's blog when she talked about the 100th anniversary of Caron. This year Caron introduced Caron Cakes which are 20% wool. The colors are so beautiful and I fell in love with Raggedy Stitcher's afghan. I loved it so much that I made a small basic blanket for Liesl. She loves it and even when she is not under it, she sleeps with her nose touching it.
I had so much fun making Liesl's blanket that I was kind of sad when it was done. A couple of months went by. I decided to just see what colors were available at Michaels on my way home from work. The Caron Cakes were buy two, get one free, so I got six. I have been needing a throw for the sofa in my craft room, and I loved the Cherry Chip colors. So I am just doing a simple granny stripe afghan. I am having so much fun, I may have to make more!