Back from the depths of a blogging lull

What a busy summer this has been. I’ve enjoyed focusing on life in the real world, but I’ve missed the virtual community.

I may not have posted updates this summer, but I have still been working on various projects. So, I have a lot of sewing and reconstruction projects to share, along with some recipes, hairstyles, and other fun stuff.

While I would love to write a couple of lengthy recap posts of my summer, I’ll just give a (relatively) quick explanation of my absence.

If you’re interested, here’s a recap of the summer with pictures.

I have been working out at the shop much more often. I enjoy doing various tasks from cleaning, to assembling machines, to soldering wires, to machining parts on the mill.

We also finished painting the office, and there will soon be a BC logo on the wall (pictures later).  Laura found a desk that is perfect for the space at the local Habitat Restore. I’m in the process of looking for the rest of the furniture and decor.

On the 4th of July, we went out on my in-laws’ boat to watch fireworks on the water at Solomon’s Island. I made a patriotic outfit for the outing, which I will discuss in more detail in a separate post.

In July, I found out that I had Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever for the better part of a year. I hadn’t been feeling myself for many months. I finished the antibiotic, but I still have many of the same symptoms. I’m wondering if because I had it for so long without treatment, I’ll just have residual effects for a while. It’s not as though, I needed another reason to despise ticks, but now…Well, more on ticks and RMSF in a separate post too.

My grandparent’s came for a visit, for about five days in mid-July. We had fun visiting and browsing around the local antique stores.

While they were here, Alex and I celebrated our fourth anniversary.

Yes, the drywall is missing in our dining and living area. That was my project one day, a while back.

Alex brought me some lovely flowers.

My sisters and parents came the following week.

They visited for about a week and a half, and we were out and about most of the time.

I took them to D.C. a couple of days.

We went out on the water, and Heather and I got stung by jellyfish. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but it hurt.

We also visited some local historical sites and museums.

We went to eat at a restaurant by the water.

I ordered a soft-shell crab sandwich so they could see one of the area’s specialties.

I went to a couple of estate sales last month, after my family went home, and came away with some patterns.

I also found this interesting tracing wheel that allows you to add seam allowances at the same time you trace the pattern or garment outline.

Alex and I both celebrated turning a quarter century old last month.

This month is far from normal, as well, but I am going to work on squeezing posts in more often.

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